In planning our first night out without our new baby (enjoying her time with her Aunt and Uncle), I stumbled across the Ponce de Leon Hotel in downtown St. Petersburg. When we arrived my husband and I were both very excited at the location and proximity to all of the great nightlife in downtown St. Pete. The staff were very friendly and the lobby was a nice mix of eclectic and modern. When we arrived at our room, however, our "Queen Deluxe" room was far from deluxe. While the room was quaint in the sense that there were original wood floors from when the hotel was first built, it was stuffy and hot, after not having the in-room AC turned on. (The equivalent of a window unit - and anyone currently living in Florida can tell you that AC is one of the most important things in the entire world.) The bathroom was like a cave of trying-to-be-retro green tile, and the room itself was furnished in relics of Ikea's past. I believe the website advertised "luxury 300+ thread count sheets" - which was funny seeing as the sheets resembled 50 thread count. As well as the added feature of robes in the deluxe rooms, which translated into an old, dingy robe sadly hanging in a smelly closet. The closet wasn't the only badly smelling part of this dorm room equivalent, unfortunately. The bathroom smelled slightly of old plumbing, which in Florida means that it hadn't been used in quite awhile. The overall smell of the room as well was old, dank and vacant. My husband and I joked that the room was like walking into our dorm rooms in college, but to be honest, my dorm room was a lot bigger. I commend the hotel for its attempt to be viewed as a "boutique" establishment, but it has a little way to go before it can own that title. By far the most positive part of our stay was the fact that Ceviche, one of Tampa Bay's most recognized and excellent restaurants and great place to spend a Saturday evening was located right next to the hotel's main lobby. I would definitely spend an evening listening to great Flamenco music at Ceviche again, but would fork over the extra money to stay at the Hampton Inn right next door.
- 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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