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“Beautiful hotel in the heart of downtown St. Pete” 4 of 5 stars
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Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   501 Fifth Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701   |  
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Ranked #7 of 45 Hotels in St. Petersburg
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Beautiful hotel in the heart of downtown St. Pete”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The hotel grounds and lobby are beautiful. As for the rooms, it depends where you're staying. If you are in the original portion of the hotel the rooms are pretty small and without a balcony. The elevator holds no more than four people and is pretty slow. The bed was very comfortable and the decor was nice but that's really all there is to it.
We booked the room on Priceline (paid 250.00) and it included breakfast for two in their main restaurant. The Vinoy is the only four-star hotel in downtown St Pete so if you use "name your price" and pick 4 stars then you're guaranteed to get it.

We ate at the pool bar for lunch and had the best nachos I've ever eaten. For dinner I had the grouper sandwich and my husband had the club. I do not recommend the grouper sandwich ($18) but the club was delicious and huge.

For breakfast, which was included, we were able to pick as many choices as we wanted off the menu. Everything was delicious. My husband had the lobster and hash potatoes, the fruit plate was delicious and I had the vanilla waffles.
Our server Tony was probably the best server I've ever encountered. It definitely was a breakfast to remember! And that means a lot coming for me since I don't usually like a big breakfast.

The pool is quite fun and it has a big waterfall., It was nicely heated as well.

All in all a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sanford, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

A great place to relax, never the pressure or confinement one might expect in a stuffier establishment of equal value. Staff were helpful and it felt like there is always just the right spot to settle in and relax. Variety of food and venue makes the Vinoy a wonderful place to get away from the hustle and bustle and yet, if you are ready to plunge into the night life, it's right outside the door.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, Tennessee
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This historic hotel located on the waterfront in St. Petersburg is lovely with an excellent helpful staff. You have a choice of rooms. There are some in the old building and some in the newly built "towers", your choice. Our room overlooked the waterfront and pool, very nice. The floor plan is a little zig zag but we found that the self park was actually located under our room, very easy to manage. The hotel itself has vaulted ceilings and has recently been re decorated. My only complaint is the double tipping when you drive up. You tip the guy who unloads the luggage, he turns the luggage over to the bellman that you need to tip again. Bit heavy on the tipping. The hotel is located 1/2 block from the Chiluly exhibit, worth the whole trip. Golf and Tennis also available.

Room Tip: We found the whole hotel quiet, question is do you want modern or historic room?
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NJ
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Spent 2 days at this pretty hotel for a conference. A really nice place, but for that amount of money for a room, you would think they could include internet access without a $15/day charge. Same goes for parking.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Selma, Alabama
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4 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Stayed here for three nights in Feb. Large room, Beautiful view from our room of the bay. Beds were very comfortable. Could not ask for better service. Only negative is there is no frig. in the room. For the price of the room per night I did expect a frig. Absolutely Gorgeous old hotel with Wonderful history. Would for sure stay again!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights as a last minute, spur of the moment, weekend get-away. The hotel is gorgeous and the pool was awesome. Beds were super huge and comfy. You are steps away from the best restaurants in St. Petersburg and the scenic harbor. The only downfall was no fridge in the room. So we used space in the minibar. huge mistake. there are magnets on the minibar that charge your room if you move the item. Thankfully, the receptionist removed the charges.

Pool was warm (even on a cold day) and pool service was great. You are just a few miles from the beaches (we went to Johns pass and treasure island).

We didn't get a chance to take advantage of the steakhouse only available to members and hotel guests. But it looked lovely.

The gym is great and free classes. you can't beat it!

Room Tip: high floor, bay side
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Quincy, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013 via mobile

Stayed there for meeting and fell in love with it this place. it is an older building that is gorgeous and with excellent service. it's location is good, the pool awesome and it stands out as a renaissance. i would definitely stay here again.

Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club

Address: 501 Fifth Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in St. Petersburg
#2 Family Hotel in St. Petersburg
#3 Business Hotel in St. Petersburg
#3 Romantic Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club 4*
Number of rooms: 344
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Classic Bayfront Resort comprising restored Vinoy Park Hotel & Tower (1992). ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Renaissance Vinoy Resort And Golf Club Hotel St. Petersburg
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Renaissance Saint Petersburg
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