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“Great Curb Appeal - downhill from there”
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The Birchwood
Ranked #18 of 42 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Tampa, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Great Curb Appeal - downhill from there”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Wow! what a nice looking building from the street. Shoot, even from the roof, the property is beautiful.

I stayed here for an anniversary recently and best I can say is this hotel needs some time to work out the kinks. Service was well intended, but fell well below the mark.

I'm thinking summer of 2014 would be a good time to try again. I really hope this place gets it together because it really is a nice looking place.

P.S. need to get Valet - you can ask people to pay that kind of money and then tell them to park at a lot by the museum.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Treasure Island,Fl
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The food is excellent,loved the BBQ ribs as an appetizer and plan to go back for dinner and steaks.The roof top lounge area is very unique and will get really busy when the weather gets cooler.The Birchwood is a real gem,enjoy.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We booked a room overlooking Park Drive for a night out on the town, in celebration of my birthday. Room was very nice, modern, clean and tastefully decorated. Walls were well insulated. Street noise was barely heard from our room, even during peak nightlife hours. Cool bathroom. Only negative was the bed frame, it creaked loudly anytime you moved even the slightest, which may be a product of the Birchwood being a newly renovated hotel with brand new furnishings. Roof top bar has a killer view and the layout is very Las Vegas. Drinks were OK, but not as good as other locations in St Pete. The view is worth visit though. They need more places like this in St Pete.

Overall I would say it was a good experience and we will probably stay there again. Might get a room with a balcony next time.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Central Florida
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32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

The Birchwood is literally the perfect St. Petersburg, Florida destination for any romantic couple! (I would not recommend The Birchwood for children.) My wife and I were in town and had heard we needed to check out The Birchwood. So, while strolling along Beach Drive we decided to take a look; and we were not disappointed! In fact we decided to extend our stay in St. Petersburg for the sole purpose of experiencing The Birchwood! This chic and stylish boutique hotel has done just about everything perfectly! Here is a quick rundown:

Pros:

1. Gorgeously decorated rooms! From four-poster beds to claw-foot tubs these rooms exude a sultry and sexy ambiance! Rooms are super clean and spacious! Of all our travels and various accommodations around the world, these rooms at The Birchwood pale in comparison to no one!

2. Location! The Birchwood sits right in epicenter of all the Beach Drive action. Easy walking distance to parks, museums, marina’s, shops and restaurants! Park and never touch your again until you depart.

3. Friendly staff! The Birchwood has employed some wonderful people who make you feel welcome and appreciated.

4. Amenities! Even though is plenty to see nearby, you literally do not need to leave The Birchwood. On the ground floor you have a chic and stylish bar and restaurant (Birch & Vine) with some of the best food and drink that you’ll find in St. Petersburg. Much of what they serve is made from scratch by their own chef’s, and the proof is in the tasting. Simply outstanding. On the 5th level, the roof, they have a sexy lounge (The Canopy) that would rival any in South Beach or LA. With five VERY comfortable cabana’s (with cable TV), outdoor couches and fire pits, and the best views in St. Petersburg, the rooftop lounge is the place to be afterhours! Music is excellent and volume controlled to a very acceptable level that actually allows people to have real conversations. Truly a wonderful experience.

5. Breakfast (in Birch & Vine) is included.

Cons:

1. Parking isn’t the best. It’s an old small lot that they share with another business down a side street.

2. No pool.

Overall, The Birchwood is the perfect romantic destination to escape to. This will be “our place” for all future visits (without the kids) to the St. Petersburg area. We will be recommending it to everyone we know!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Citrus Springs, Florida
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Although the Birchwood had only been open a short time and there were some problems, the staff was very helpful and quick to respond to the problems. The rooms are very nice and roomy and the continental breakfast was good. The hotel is within walking distance to most things in downtown St. Pete and is pretty much the hub of the nightlife. The rooftop bar is only accessible from the outside of the building and ensures the privacy of the guests which is another plus.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: The Birchwood
Address: 340 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-3406 (Formerly Grayl's Hotel)
Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in St. Petersburg
#10 Business Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Birchwood 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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