i spent two nights at the Vinoy for a business meeting. It normally would not have been my choice for a hotel as I tend to prefer the more modern hotels, but as it was the location of the meeting and paid for I had no choice.
The hotel is definitely a classic and Marriott did an excellent job restoring it to what must be its original grandeur. I found the service to be fine, nothing to write home about but I've had better and I've had worse at other Renaissance properties.
I did have drinks in the lounge one night and breakfast in the restaurant the next morning. The drinks were priced as one would expect, but the service very friendly. Breakfast was fine, again, had better and had worse.
My biggest problem is that upon check-in I heard guests in front of me speaking to the desk clerk about a change in room because of what they thought was paranormal activity in theirs. Now ghosts are not something I ever think about staying at a hotel, but when I got into my room I googled it just for fun and sure enough the Vinoy has a long history of paranormal presences - it was featured in a more recent episode of Ghost Hunters. So overall this knowledge combined with some oddities (probably just my imagination working too hard) made for a couple nights that I did not sleep well and a desire to get home as soon as possible. So if you're into that kind of thing, request the 5th floor!!
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- Classic Bayfront Resort comprising restored Vinoy Park Hotel & Tower (1992). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Vinoy Resort And Golf Club Hotel St. Petersburg
- Renaissance Vinoy Hotel
- Renaissance Saint Petersburg
- Saint Petersburg Renaissance