I stayed at this hotel from Christmas Eve until the middle of the following week. It was pretty empty since it is primarily a business hotel. That made my stay even better as I had one of the best rooms on the eighth floor and it was quiet and peaceful. I could have stayed downtown or at one of the beach hotels, but I picked this Hilton on purpose after careful research. The good reviews that you have read here are genuine and the overall value and quality of the hotel is outstanding.
What's really nice about a hotel like this is there is never any add-ons - no paying for parking or ridiculous "resort fees" so that you can use the gym or the pool or business center and not worry about getting sleazed with additional payments. The price is right up front which is consumer-frinedly and how it should always be when you check in.
The staff was friendly, polite, and very willing to help with any problem. I also ate in the restaurant a number of times and it was outstanding. I even brought my elderly father there for brunch on Chirstmas and he was very pleased. The Christmas brunch was actually pretty crowded and I couldn't help but think that the locals probably do brunch there from time to time on the weekends and it is a great value - terrific food and afterwards you can take in the surroundings.
The pool is wonderful and having it heated is all the better. It all abuts to a sweet little nature preserve with walking and running paths. There are plenty of fish and turtles and birds to amuse you as you meander along the lake. I never saw the alligator - and I suppose that I am glad that I didn't! Unfortunately, the hot tub was broken while I was there - those things happen from time to time so I'm not going to make an issue out of it. I still have no idea what the ginat bell tower was all about, but it was cool to look at and use as a point of reference as I wandered around.
Strangely, I never noticed the small refrigerator in the room until almost after I left, which was a very good addition. The hotel is walking distrance to a PUBLIX so you could pick up supplies and maybe have a glass of wine on the balcony as you watch the lights off into the distance or look below during the afternoon and see the turtles swimming around. Next time, that is something that I will do. Also, you can walk to a few other restaurants, which is always a good idea - and I did hit a couple of places for breakfast and dinner.
Although I needed a car to get around town, in reality, you could come and stay without a vehicle as they will pick you up at the airport and transport you to the local sites. If you have business in one of the nearby corporate buildings, then ditch the car and let the hotel do the driving.
Overall, this is one of the best kept hotels that I have seen in a long time. There were a couple of slow drains and whatnot, so I do recommend more routine maintenance, but I've had that happen in five star hotels at the end of a busy run, so like the hot tub, I can't hold it against them. Also, the staff immediately came and handled room issues as soon as I called down, so it was a credit given that they were on a skeleton crew holiday schedule because they are normally filled by corporate clients.
I will come back next year when I visit family over the holidays. It was stress-free, enjoyable and just plain nice. It was convenient to the airport and most of the sites. It truly lives up to the Hilton quality and should rank with the best hotels in the region.
I recommend this hotel - not just to business travelers, but to people who like the idea of a truly fine hotel without having to pay beach rates.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Carillon Nature Reserve, the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park offers guests comfortable accommodations for your business or leisure stay. Unwind in our heated outdoor infinity pool or state-of-the-art fitness center. Our over 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space is ideal for your next business meeting, wedding, or corporate event. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Saint Petersburg Carillon Park Hotel St. Petersburg
- Hilton St Petersburg
- Hilton Hotel St Petersburg
- Saint Petersburg Hilton