This is the first review that I've posted on TripAdvisor that I've been conflicted about. The hotel was not up to my very stringent standards... but the people who run this place are absolutely amazing.
I'm a corporate traveler... I normally stay exclusively in Hyatt flagged hotels. This is not a Hyatt type hotel and I did my best to try and set my own expectations to that so I wouldnt spend any time comparing it to the Hyatt.
My partner and I needed to come down to St. Pete to tend to some business at Bayfront Medical Center. There weren't any other hotels in the area with availability and this hotel was highly rated here, so we booked. I read some of the past reviews and given that I like a room with some space, I chose the King Suite.
Paved parking is very limited in this area. We ended up in their overflow dirt lot (that due to a huge thunderstorm was now a mud pit) next door. The building is cute and old. Check in was painless and the gentleman (George?) who checked us in was very warm and friendly. During check in, I ran to use the restroom while we got our luggage together. The restroom downstairs was clean but ungodly hot. There's no A/C in the restroom downstairs and the temperature in there was easily 90+ degrees.
Our room was on the second floor... luckily they had an elevator (well, half an elevator) which took us to the second floor. We wondered the halls a bit to find our room. The room was spacious and was about what I expected. A bit of a cross between a hotel and motel. They did have a flat screen TV which a decent channel line up. The bathroom was a bit dirty and like a few other reviewers, we too found hair in our towels. The bathroom was in need of a good deep cleaning.
The A/C worked very well, which is great because the hallways are not air conditioned and are very hot too.
Beds are subjective. Some people will love them, some people will hate them. I will confirm there was a bed and we slept on it.
There was no phone in the room (which I found odd and will likely be a liability issue for the hotel somewhere down the road...) but there was wifi. It was pretty spotty (although they deploy Ubiquity access points which are high quality wireless gear) and slow so we ended up surfing using our mifi devices instead.
The night was very noisy.... on the 2nd floor you can hear everything your neighbor is doing, both inside and outside of the hotel.
We got thirsty... when I went to call the front desk and realized there was no phone (I was calling to ask about vending machines or where I could get some bottled water) so I ran down the stairs to the front desk. George was busy talking with some guests in the restaurant but came over as soon as he saw me waiting. He was happy to provide me with a few bottles of water at no charge.
When we checked out, I was tired and cranky. I didn't sleep well the night before (unrelated to the hotel) and just wanted to get over to Bayfront. The gentleman who checked us out was very friendly and warm and wished us well.
This isn't my type of hotel. I like the chains better because I've become accustomed to a certain quality / standard of hotel. With that said, at $100 night, this was a great deal and because the people there are so damn friendly, we'll likely stay again the next time we're in town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful new boutique Hotel 0.3 Miles from the city center of St.Petersburg. Downtown and all it has to offer is just a stroll away. Come and enjoy the restaurant, bar, and hotel. Live music Friday and Saturday nights. Best music in town. Blues/Jazz/Pop and more. Relax and enjoy our Beautiful New pool and outdoor Bar area, with Cabana rentals available. $3 Craft Beer on Tuesday night. Get a massage in our spa or enjoy the in house coffee bar "Common Grounds" with a different specialty coffee every morning to start your day. Breakfast served 7 days a week. We also have a full 2 bars to satisfy your every need. At the Hollander we aim to please, and if you read our reviews you will see that our guests believe we are succeeding. Come home to the Hollander on your next trip. ... more less
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