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The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Ranked #7 of 42 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Great Hotel - but is it worth the money?”
Reviewed May 14, 2011

Great location and within walking distance to many restaurants. The rooms are what you would expect from a Marriott property. The food was expensive and mediocre. We ate out most nights after our first experience at the hotel.

The pool was packed with kids, is small considering the size of the property and has no lanes to swim laps.

This hotel will nickle and dime you to death - a box of cereal, banana and juice for breakfast was about $10 - internet is not free (to me this is like charging for toilet paper) - parking is about $20 per night and so on.

The hotel is very over staffed in tip locations (bell-hops, valet parking etc,) and very understaffed in restaurants.

Be aware, most rooms offer no view.

No concierge or club level

Room Tip: Get a tower room on upper floor facing marina
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2011

This hotel is obviously a good hotel however the location, charges for parking and internet and rather aloof reception staff detracted from an otherwise good experience at the hotel. When we arrived we asked if we could have a marina view and despite the hotel being fairly empty the man at reception kind of sneered at us when we asked - needless to say we didn't get an upgrade. Our room was fine and there are 3 restaurants at the hotel - we ate at 2 of them. Marchands was lovely - great steak and sophisticated atmosphere. Nothing seems to open late here and the location was ok - good for the Salvadore Dali museum (really interesting) but if visiting St Pete's again would probably choose to stay at the gulf side. The one thing to point out here is the bugs at the pool. They were everywhere and after travelling through different areas of Florida this was probably the worst area for bugs.

Room Tip: Ask for a Marina view.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Wall Township, New Jersey
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Reviewed May 1, 2011

Tip of my tennis cap to the Vinoy Staff. From check-in to check-out it was a wonderful stay. I was there for a work conference but had a flexible schedule with ample time to take advantage of the restaurants, pool and tennis. First, the rooms have been remodeled and are quite nice: spacious, large LG flat screen, comfortable bed and super-comfortable bathrobe. The bed was TOO comfortable....was tough to get out of bed ;) My only minor complaint is that the internet was slow....both ethernet / hard-wired and wi-fi. The restaurants - service and food are outstanding -- casual poolside Al Fresco's, Marchand and Fred's. The bar staff at Marchand's know the menu inside and out and make a mean Dirty Martini - the fact that they had blue cheese stuffed olives earns them an extra bonus star.

The Fitness Center is top-notch with lots of equipment, no wait and great hours. The Tennis Center -- great staff - especially Ana Maria who was able to get my tennis racquets strung on short notice and followed up with a call to my cell-phone to let me know they were ready. Terrific clay courts as well.

Easy to get a chair at the pool and like that they kept fresh fruit-infused cold water readily accessible.

Short walk to all the restaurants on Ocean Avenue/Road and wonderful staff. The valets, bellhop, front desk and all the service staff. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to my return next April!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
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Toledo, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2011

Beautiful hotel in a nice location. Even though it is an historic hotel it is perfectly modern. Great experience.

  • Stayed April 2011
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed March 30, 2011

I really enjoyed my stay at the Vinoy. The facilities were maintained well and the room was comfortable and clean. The room service was a life saver, and the breakfast was absolutely perfect. Can't wait to stay again soon! The only negative would be the parking situation... but I'll let it slide since it was a busy, busy weekend.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
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Vero Beach, Florida
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Reviewed March 30, 2011

The Vinoy is like going back in time to a classic 1920's hotel but with all the modern features of today.
The staff is superb, the hotel itself is one of the nicest I have ever seen, the pool and tennis facilities are great, the rooms are big and beautifully decorated, the beds are very comfortable and the conference facilities are excellent.
The front porch though is one of the best features of any hotel I have ever used. A big, very big porch overlooking the yatch basin with lots of wicker rockers and table sets where you can have drinks, dinner, whatever. It is our favorite winter break place to hang.
I can't find anyhitng bad to say.
We look forward to returning many more times.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed March 21, 2011

Spent long weekend with husband and another couple. We had the Spa and Golf packages. The men enjoyed the golf - said the course was beautiful and had plenty of opportunity to get into trouble on every hole. It's also a bird sancturary. Our Spa package included mani-pedi, massage and lunch. The pedi-manis were exellent. The ladies spend an hr and half on our hands and feet - never had such smooth feet walking out of a SPA! The relaxing massage accomplished its objective. My masseuse Judi even offered to give me her music CD because I commented how much I liked the music. The staff is friendly and courteous. Regerettably we only had a lunch and one breakfast on the property because there is just so much to do and see in St. Pete's/Tampa. Both were delcicious. Marchand's has an amazing Sunday brunch and I'll be there for my next visit.
We had bayview rooms which had lovely views. The rooms are nice though not the Ritz. The hotel has a front veranda where you can just sit and gaze onto the bay while sipping a drink. The staff was friendly, courteous and helpful. We'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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Property: The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
Address: 501 Fifth Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-2620
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Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in St. Petersburg
#2 Business Hotel in St. Petersburg
#3 Family Hotel in St. Petersburg
#4 Romantic Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club 4*
Number of rooms: 361
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Classic Bayfront Resort comprising restored Vinoy Park Hotel & Tower (1992). ... more   less 
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