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Dickens House Bed and Breakfast
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Reviewed July 5, 2006

On my first trip to St. Petersburg, Florida I had the pleasure of staying at The Dickens House B&B. Ed Caldwell, the owner, proved to be a gracious and extremely helpful host as his attention to detail made our visit extra special. Our room fridge was always stocked with juice and water(included in the cost), the room was very comfortable and attended to with clean towels and sheets. The breakfast provided was always fresh and well prepared. But the part I enjoyed the most was the interaction with the other guests at the table which was encouraged by the atmosphere Ed so expertly creates. I highly recommend staying with Ed on your next visit to St. Pete's.

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Reviewed June 27, 2006

The Dickens House is a warm inviting place to stay. The Inn Keeper is friendly and engaging. He is very informed about the St Pete area and helpful with suggestions on places to eat and visit. To us it was like a home away from home.

Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed May 28, 2006

My husband and I just came home from a very relaxing Memorial Day weekend. He surprised me with reservations at the Dickens House in St. Pete. We live in Sarasota and needed a getaway - even if the getaway was 45 minutes North.

We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived. The house looked exactly like it did online. Clean and perfectly decorated. Ed, the owner and innkeeper, is the perfect host. He welcomed us into his house with a very happy personality and showed us the ropes. Very cool key pad lock on the house. - what can I say, I am easily entertained. ;)

Our room was FABULOUS! The bed was high and so comfortable. The jet tub was very relaxing (twice!). The small fridge was very handy and it comes with a couple of apple sauces (spoons) and two Capri-suns! How fun is that? I don't normally treat myself to those items and it was sweet and refreshing. (again, easily entertained)

The first morning was beautiful. We woke up to the smell of fresh breakfast cooking and coffee brewing. Yes, every-single-morning he gets up and cooks breakfast for his guests. This morning we had, what I like to refer to as, "The most perfect quiche EVER" with sausage patties. And that was after the pealed halves of oranges and the homemade blueberry and banana pastry. Lovely juices were offered too. We had joined two other guests as they were finishing up and enjoyed conversation with them and occasionally Ed would join in.

This morning we ate fluffy round French toast with fresh fruit, cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi, blueberry, pineapple and bananas. The maple syrup was REAL - no AngeMima in this house.

In the evening we sat outside under the fans on the porch and played chess. Mosquito spray was available and handy. Ed thinks of everything.

The house was full of guests and you would never know it. We didn't hear any of our neighbors coming or going.

To Do: Dickens House is located two blocks from the pier. St. Pete has a trolley called the Looper that costs $.25 - that's right - twenty-five cents. It takes you on a tour of the city if you want, or to your destination. Ed has a handy map he gives you the first day. Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant (http://www.cevichetapas.com/) is just a few blocks away and AMAZING. The wait was well worth it. We even found a hip bar called The Independent that serves a ton of different beers. (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/11554/?view=beerfly)

So, my review of the Dickens House is FOUR THUMBS UP! (my husband's thumbs too) Ed balances that home so well... it's hard to leave to explore St. Pete (and go home!). I am looking forward to seeing Ed again. Our plans are to rent the entire house with some friends. Can't wait!

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Reviewed March 5, 2006

We stayed at the Dickens House back in 2000. It was a great experience then and was amazing the second time around. My stay at The Dickens House began my love affair with B&Bs. I have stayed in many B&Bs since then but this one has yet to be topped. Ed, the owner, is the most accomodating and gracious host. Every detail is thought of in this inn. We only had a slight problem with check-in due to a date mix up but it was quickly fixed. Had a wonderful stay. Plan on staying at the Dickens when I return to St. Pete.

  • Stayed: February 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 6, 2006

We stayed at this B&B only 2 nights and it was too short! The owner was fantastic and very friendly. A wealth of information about the area and its history. The home was warm and inviting with its early craftsman styling -- Beautifully restored. Our room was large and fantastically clean and comfortable. I loved the canopy bed. The bath was fantastic with its Jacuzzi and large shower plus it had 2 sinks to accommodate both our needs at one time. The breakfasts were unbelievably delicious!! The egg breakfast we had one morning was an adaptation from a famous artist's cookbook and was out of this world. I must say, I have stayed in many hotels large and small, since my business used to be working with and rating them, and this was one of the cleanest, most welcoming and homestyle atmospheres I have been in. Just want to thank Ed for his hospitality! If in that area again, we will definitely stay there.

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Reviewed August 6, 2005

My husband and I celebrated my 40th birthday by spending the weekend in St. Petersburg and staying at the delightful Dickens House Bed & Breakfast. It is so conveniently located to downtown St. Pete with so many things to do..(ride the trolley, shopping at the Pier and downtown. But what made this trip so special was our stay at The Dickens House with Ed's extreme hospitality, attention to detail and exquisite cuisine. We met the most enjoyable people and the breakfast was most creative and delicious. One can tell that Ed's ultimate goal is to make a wonderful experience for his guests as he is truly accommodating in everyway. We shall return!

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Reviewed July 5, 2005

Stayed 2 nights in the best b&b in florida,the place has so much charm but not as much as Ed the owner.He was the perfect host who made the stay memorable.We loved his homemade cookies,exotic breakfasts,large glasses of wine,whirlpool tub and great conversations with our host.Very quiet and peaceful,highly recommended.

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Additional Information about Dickens House Bed and Breakfast

Address: 335 8th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-1904
Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in St. Petersburg
Price Range: $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Recommended by NBC Today travel correspondent, Peter Greenberg, and listed in Frommer's - Florida, as the highest rated B&B in Tampa Bay. We have Rough Guide's only official "Recommended By" award in Tampa Bay. Extraordinary 1912 Arts and Crafts restoration featuring unpainted woodwork, casual but refined interiors, Wi-Fi, guest computer, whirlpool tubs, fine cotton linens, Egyptian towels. A multi course gourmet breakfast is served daily. National Historic district neighborhood and downtown location all in one! ... more   less 

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