We booked this as a 3* property with a "name your own price" deal with priceline.com. The photos of the building and surrounding areas had us pretty excited about our stay at this property, but the reality was far from pleasant. The first room we were given had dirty towels on the bathroom floor and a dead cockroach on the carpet. We should have left immediately. Instead, approached the desk and with their compliements, were "upgraded" to a room with a damaged blinds, a cracked window and rusted bathroom fixtures (new floors and bedding though!). But, with a baseball game to get to, and just planning to stay a night, we stuck it out and decided to stay.
We were awoken to power-saw & hammering renovations and in the room directly beneath us at 8:30am. We quickly packed and checked out with bitter disappointment. Priceline.com offered us a partial credit, thankfully.
I don't think I'd stay here again unless a new management company is able to bring new life to an otherwise historic and lovely building.
The location and area amenities are excellent, so that's something to consider. If you can get a great deal on a room, and don't mind noise, cosmetic issues, and maybe roaches, it could be worth it. We were told by a local not to eat at the restaurant there, as there had been locally published health-code violations. Ugh.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1922, The Ponce de León Hotel is a Spanish Mission Revival building of great historic interest. Located at 95 Central Avenue and Beach Drive, one might notice that this hotel is only one block away from Saint Petersburg’s beautiful and vibrant waterfront and in the heart of downtown. The Ponce de León Hotel is at doorstep to the most popular restaurants, museums and music venues in the city. Some of which include; the Salvador Dali Museum, Janus Live, the Mahaffey Theater, Tropicana Field, Vinoy Park, and much, much more!Boasting 74 modern rooms, and home of one of the city’s most popular and award winning restaurants, Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant. You can unwind with a drink or dine at the hotel bar & restaurant while you enjoy nightly live entertainment. They make their dishes with locally sourced ingredients for the freshest and finest taste. From the moment you walk into the hotel you will be impressed by the style, décor and air of calm professionalism. Ponce de León Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of St. Petersburg’s most popular recreational and business districts, offering convenience, effortless style, and affordability to leisure and corporate travelers. The Ponce de León Hotel combines impeccable service and comfortable accommodation with spectacular views of the waterfront and downtown St. Petersburg. Be delighted by incomparable value harmonized with everyday amenities, service, plus all the attention you expect from a boutique hotel. ... more less
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