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“Iconic Hotel with First Class Service” 5 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 #6 of 44 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Central Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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“Iconic Hotel with First Class Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

My wife and I recently spent the 4th of July weekend at this iconic Florida resort hotel. Situated on the bay near the heart of St. Petersburg, Florida, this historic property has everything to provide you and yours with a memorable stay. Yes, valet costs $20 per day and in-room WiFi is another $15, but overall the Vinoy offers a first-class experience in a beautiful setting that is likely to make you feel that the price point is…on point. Here are our quick pros and cons of the Vinoy:

Pros:

1. Friendly and helpful staff! If all else fails, the welcoming and friendly staff should make you feel like a million bucks! From the first staff you meet (the valet) and all the way through our entire stay, every staff member made us feel welcome and appreciated. Special recognition goes to Joshua, Bob and Jessica who definitely make time in Marchand’s an exceptional experience.

2. Location! With outstanding views of the bay and within very easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, museums, marina’s and parks the location of the Vinoy couldn’t be any better.

3. Ambiance! While there are signs of wear and age (and why wouldn’t there be when dealing with a hotel built in 1924) they pale in comparison to the history, architecture and interior design of this beautiful resort. This is not your cookie cutter hotel!

4. Spacious rooms! We had the pleasure of staying in two different room types, both of which offer plenty of space. We would recommend the King Patio Spa room in the “Tower” for a romantic weekend with your significant other. While this room does not offer much of a view, it does offer a tastefully decorated and spacious room with a large private balcony and built-in hot tub for up to four. We would recommend a King Bay View room in the historic building for anyone desiring fantastic views of the bay and marina. This room is also very tastefully decorated and spacious.

5. Great food selections and drinks! Several great options on property and many more just steps away.

6. Awesome views of fireworks over the bay!! Absolutely the best fireworks show we’ve ever seen and the Vinoy has the perfect vantage points to take it all in.

7. Activities! From tennis, to golf, to spa and pool there is plenty to keep you active.

Cons:

1. In all honesty, nothing noteworthy to mention!

Room Tip: Pay the extra for Bay View!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Jeanette R, Manager at Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Not much more I can say - you covered it all with your mention of our room types, our restaurants, the wonderful customer service you received, the Fourth of July Fireworks display right outside our front door and more. Thank you for your time in mentioning our team members by name. I will be sure to share your comments and compliments with them directly. We appreciate your patronage and certainly hope you will join us again for the Fourth of July and/or other special occasions down the road.
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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38 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This was an absolutely gorgeous hotel. Clean and well-kept - and the customer service was fantastic. The staff really went out of their way to make sure we were taken care of. This was the fastest check-in we've ever experienced. When must husband returned to the hotel late one night to find the little store in the hotel already closed, the staff opened it up for him just so he could purchase a bag of pretzels since he was starving. The location was wonderful - we wished we had more time to explore downtown St Pete, but we heard the sites were amazing.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Jeanette R, Manager at Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Guest satisfaction has always been and continues to be our number one focus, and it was refreshing to read how you experienced that to the fullest while you were a guest with us at the Vinoy recently. Thank you for sharing your story of our staff member opening the cafe for your husband to get something to eat after hours. What a great example of customer service. We do try our best to not only accommodate but also anticipate in advance the needs of our guests. We appreciate your positive comments and hope that we will have the pleasure of your company again in the near future.
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Grayling, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This was our first stay and a combination business and family. Staff were great without exception. Our "upgrade" wasn't exactly what we had in mind (offered two Queens and requested king with a view) so cannot say the additional $30 per night was worth it. I echo other comments about the wi fi. Our room was spacious and very clean, nicely appointed. It was such a treat to experience this stately hotel with terrace seating with views of the water, beautiful grounds and marina. The park across the street and down the street are not to be missed. Overall a lovely time including a good meeting and visiting family who made the entire trip the best.

Room Tip: Be sure to get details regarding your room selection in advance, upgrades are pricey and may not be...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Jeanette R, Manager at Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
I'm glad to know that you enjoyed your stay and that you were able to experience all that the Vinoy and our surrounding area has to offer. It was great to read your comments. Thank you. I did want to mention that we offer complimentary WI-FI in our lobby if that works for you. Keep it in mind for a future visit. It's too bad that your accommodations did not meet your expectations but hopefully on your next visit, we will do a better job of anticipating your needs and requests. Overall it sounded like you had a wonderful time and that is the most important aspect. Join us again soon! We appreciate you.
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Woodstock, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

As you enter this grand hotel you step back into the 1930’s Great Gatsby, Titanic type elegance. Combine this opulence with a touch of old Florida and you are in for a special experience. The staff is exceptional, as you might expect; the grounds, food, and pool area are wonderful. Rooms are well appointed and provide ample space. The area has many shops, restaurants, a pier, and a nice park to enjoy all within walking distance.
My wife enjoyed a wonderful SPA filled afternoon, which was well worth the investment. Having that service available was a very nice touch and should absolutely be taken advantage of if you have it in the budget.
Both onsite restaurants were good, which in the US is rare. They have both a causal and formal restaurants. I really enjoyed the casual more so because of the service and friendly staff. They knew my name the 2nd day, and made me and my family feel welcome. The formal restaurant had exceptional food in a very , wonderful elegant setting. Even if you are not staying at the hotel, it would be worth coming for dinner.
There are few things, as a reviewer I must state. I wished they had an adult only pool. Though I enjoy children with great glee, sometimes you need a nice place to relax, not see swimsuit covered diapers, nor the passionate screams of children enjoying the vacation of a lifetime. I was very glad there was no smoking by the pool.
This place is a rare wonderful treat, carpe diem.

Room Tip: Book the spa if you have the budget. ..Ask for a Bay view room when booking.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jeanette R, Manager at Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
What great feedback you provided - thank you for taking time to do so. It was a pleasure to read your raving review, and I appreciated your compliments about our resort including our restaurant staff's friendly service and our wonderful spa on property. Glad that you were able to enjoy spa services as we have a wide variety to offer including manicures, pedicures, facials, massages... to name a few. I can understand your comment about the pool and wanted to let you know for future, we do have a smaller pool at our golf course. It tends to be less crowded and could be the answer that you are looking for as far as privacy and quiet time. Hopefully you will have the chance to try it out next time. Come and visit soon. Thanks again for your critique.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013 via mobile

They treat you like a king or queen. The room we stayed in was on the first floor with high a high ceiling and large room. The four restaurants on the property had great food. Two of the restaurants were a little expensive. If you wanted something that was not on the menu they would ask the chef to prepare it for you. They have a water park and beach down the street from the Vinoy. If you do not want to eat at the Vinoy their are many restaurants in walking distance. The staff at Vinoy cater to everyone. If you need something they will get it for you. If you need directions they will provide them for you. Check in was quick and easy. Great welcome staff. The spa was awesome and a huge exercise room open twenty-four hours. The pool was clean and they provided towels for us. They provided umbrellas and towels for us if we wanted to walk in the rain. The staff was friendly and courteous. The Vinoy was quiet and close to the marina and they have their own private beach. It is near Saint Petersburg and Clearwater beach. Great place to stay depending on any occasion. Me and my husband enjoyed the Vinoy and we will go back.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jeanette R, Manager at Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, responded to this review, July 9, 2013
Thank you for the great review. On behalf of the staff, we appreciate the positive feedback and glad that you felt like you were treated like kings and queens. Our customer satisfaction is our number one priority, and it was nice to know that you were treated so well. I hope you will join us again in the near future. We would certainly welcome the opportunity to provide you with another wonderful visit at the Vinoy!
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Antwerp, Belgium
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

My wife attended the HNS conference here and we stayed for 3 nights. The website of the hotel does not give a realistic impression - this is a hotel - not a resort

Liked:
- great central location. You can walk to all the major attractions in St Petersburg and you can easily walk also for 2 hours to/in the Coffee Pot Bayou from your door
- Nice architecture, elegant lobby
- Large and quiet rooms
- good conference facilities
- large pleasant porch

not so good ...
- swimming pool was a bit small for the hotel capacity, so not so easy to go for a real swim
- 15USD internet charge
- not enough elevators - and my wife was once stuck in one

The hotel is quite large, so it may not always fill up out of season. The conference rates seemed a lot lower than their advertised rates - and at 129USD without tax it was very good price quality ratio -- join you partner if they have a conference

The Ale and the Witch pub is in walking distance and is a fun place to hang out for some good beer tasting

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jeanette R, Manager at Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Your compliments about the architecture, the lobby, the large and quiet rooms, the quality of the conference facilities and our front veranda here at the Vinoy were very much appreciated. Thank you for those comments. And at the same time, your constructive criticism was very fair and also appreciated. For future visits, keep in mind that we actually have two pools - one at the resort and one at our golf course. As for internet, we do charge for access in the rooms in order to pay for the high-speed and maintenance on the equipment used to deliver it. We do offer FREE Wi-Fi in our lobby so if you need to check your email or a web site quickly, that is always an option. Thanks for suggesting that conference attendees bring their spouse/partner - depending on what they are looking for, we have a lot to offer here at the Vinoy and our beautiful city of St. Petersburg. Hope we will see you again at one of the future conferences or perhaps a vacation down the road.
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We reserved the baseball package, which included r/t transportation to Tropicana Field for the Rays game, seat cushions and snacks, and breakfast the next morning.
We arrived early - around 1:30pm. We were given our room, along with the package amenities. Check-in was easy and quick. The room was very nice - typical king bedded room, decent size, and very nice bathroom.
We sat at the pool, and received great service from Matt.
Then we decided to go to Marchand's to have a quick drink and bite to eat before the game.
Our anniversary was the day before. I casually mentioned it to Josh, one of the bartenders. He and bartender James sprung into action. Champagne and signature "Happy Anniversary" desserts came shortly thereafter.
We were blown away. We ended up staying at the bar and watching the game on their TV.
Breakfast the next morning was amazing. Again in Marchands, we ordered pancakes. Our waiter Pedro convincingly coerced us into ordering their signature french toast instead. Holy smokes! It was the best breakfast ever. We are making more reservations at this wonderful hotel. We can't wait to return.

  • Stayed June 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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Jeanette R, Manager at Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
From the anniversary surprise from our staff of champagne and dessert to the best french toast around, it sounded like your stay and anniversary celebration were perfect. Glad to know that you enjoyed your visit, and we can't wait for your return! Sounds just like your review title - a complete delight.
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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
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Classic Bayfront Resort comprising restored Vinoy Park Hotel & Tower (1992). ... more   less 
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