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Watergarden Inn at the Bay
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Lakeland, Florida
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42 reviews
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“New Owners Have Made a Great Place Even Better!”
Reviewed March 26, 2012

Just returned home from a four-day stay at Water Garden Inn at the Bay, a bed and breakfast we've visited for many years under previous owners Denis and Jewly. New owner Bill has taken a great place and made it even better! Beautiful new pool, wonderful "updates" - and Bill is an awesome host. Breakfast changes are wonderful - so many good choices instead of a "fixed menu" each day. Best place to stay in St. Petersburg based on location, amenities, atmosphere, comfort, hospitality and value.

Room Tip: There are no "bad" rooms - the new building has beautiful suites with a large front porch...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

Our team from work had a great one night getaway to this charming place. We were able to hang out in a variety of settings - around the pool, in the common room and then around lovely St. Petersburg. The rooms were clean and comfortable and the location was very convenient to everything we needed. Bill, the owner, took very good care of us. Would definitely enjoy staying here again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed December 8, 2011

My wife and I just spent three nights here and loved it. The owner, Bill, couldn't have been more helpful, friendly, and accommodating. The inn is undergoing a significant renovation, so it's a work in progress, but our stay was perfect, and the place is going to be even nicer when all the work is done, which won't be that long from now (Dec 2011).
Terrific location: Five-minute walk to The Pier, 15 minutes to the Dali Museum, and one minute to the Chihuly exhibit. Many, many very good restaurants within walking distance. And just a few minutes to get to the freeways to Tampa, Bradenton, Sarasota, etc. Breakfasts were delightful, including the espresso drinks Bill fixed us. Very comfortable and well-equipped rooms. We will go back to this excellent B & B.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a featherbed top. Very comfy.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed November 16, 2011

My husband and I are B&B junkies. We love them! We stayed at Inn at the Bay in September '11 and cannot wait to go back. Bill, the innkeeper, was awesome! He made sure we had everything we needed and was great about telling us the local hot spots and even the history of the building. As for the cold breakfasts, I was a little hesitant when I made the reservation, but they were delicious. They had the best fresh fruit, healthy cereals and granola, and a great selection of coffee and tea. And the location was perfect - it's one block off the main Beach Drive, so it's nice and quiet and convenient to everything. We cannot wait to go back and stay!

Room Tip: Honestly, we got a personal tour from the innkeeper and I didn't see a bad room in the place. Th...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

My wife and I stayed here just last night to celebrate our 12th year anniversary and the moment we walked in we wished we booked a longer stay. Our suite is removed from all the other rooms in the inn because it is the only third floor room. It had everything we wanted with the king sized feather bed, sitting area, wet bar, 42" flat screen, Keurig coffee machine (not that we needed it since Bill made a much better double espresso down in the kitchen) and of course the hot tub! Even though there was construction going on for their expansion and new pool, Bill was very gracious and accommodating that a little bit of dust could not put a dent on our experience. It is conveniently located around the corner from anything you could possibly want to do for a night out down town and we look forward to staying there again! Would I recommend this BnB to my friends? I already did with pictures posted on Facebook the night we got there!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Clearwater, Florida
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Reviewed June 27, 2011

My husband and me stayed at this BB when it had just been purchased by a couple not too long before we stayed there. This place needs a lot of work done especially outside. Inside it's very nice. The new owner Bill treated us very very nice. He made sure we were well taken care of, we were the only ones staying there, but he treated us like he had known us forever. He let us know that the place is undergoing some renovations and it will be finish soon. They are adding a garden pool and a beautiful garden outside. The breakfast could be way better. I had been told that the old owners wife cooked a delicious gourmet breakfast every morning, BUT unfortunately she's gone!! Hopefully in the future they hire a cook to make hot and fresh breakfast. The room we stayed was the lighthouse and it was the BEST room I have ever stayed at a BB. It was on the third floor and it was so secluded and romantic. It was very quite and we didn't want to leave. The bed was beautiful and the hot tub was so relaxing. I recommend you stay here because in the upcoming months this BB it's going to look so beautiful. I can't wait until the renovations are done because my husband and I will definitely will stay here again!!!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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WilderW, Owner at Watergarden Inn at the Bay, responded to this review, July 22, 2011
Thanks for the review. We agree that the property needs work, and that's our priority! We're excited that our patio is completely re-landscaped since these guests stayed with us, and we will be installing a beautiful courtyard and pool in the next couple of months.
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed June 24, 2011

We stayed at the Inn At The Bay for one night, and found the B&B to be very comfortable and hospitable. Bill has many updates in the works, and we look forward to seeing the transformation. The location is excellent, as it is walking distance to many restaurants and shops. We are relocating to the area, and will definitely recommend to friends and family who visit.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
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Property: Watergarden Inn at the Bay
Address: 126 4th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3402
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Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover your private oasis on over 1/2 acre in the heart of downtown. Steps away from Beach Drive shops and restaurants, fabulous museums, exciting sports venues, picturesque waterfront and marinas. Watergarden Inn at the Bay offers gracious accommodations and warm hospitality to travelers who enjoy privacy and comfort. 14 unique rooms & suites from Luxurious to romantic. Lounge by our pool or a private garden spot. ... more   less 
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