Over Christmas week, we ducked out of family obligations for a night away at the historic Vinoy. It is a lovely property, and all of our interactions with staff were great. Rooms in historic properties can vary significantly. We were in the historic portion of the building, in a 5th floor room with a king bed. The size was large relative to other Renaissance properties we've stayed at. And, of course, the furnishings were similar (up to date, tasteful, comfortable bedding, clean room). The bathroom was up to date, pleasant, and clean. Robes are always a nice touch!
What nearly ruined our stay was the music from downstairs! Unfortunately, this is a property that nickles and dimes you on things, so I had gone downstairs to the lobby for the free wi-fi (rather than pay $10-15 for in-room wi-fi). That alone bugs me, but then the music in the lobby was so hard to take -- kind of hipster club music, which was really out of keeping with the property, and made sitting in the otherwise lovely surrounding on the front porch (or in the weirdly decorated lobby) unpleasant. So I finished up my business and went upstairs to escape the music only to find that the bar downstairs had a live band playing from 5-7. Thinking it was just the crappy lobby music that was somehow making its way to our room, I called the front desk. When I learned that there was really no escape or way for them to turn the music down, I decided to "grin and bear it", but it was an extremely painful stretch of time waiting for the music to stop. PLEASE PLEASE spend your next rennovation dollars on soundproofing the windows in the historic section so future guests don't have to suffer.
Once the music stopped, the hotel instantly transformed into the gem that it is.
The illy coffee available at the little shop in the lobby is great, and at least one barrista knows what she's doing (one of my lattes was superb, the other just okay).
We opted for the breakfest buffet, which is rather pricey, but jam-packed (with things like omelets and waffles to order, smoked salmon, lots of fresh fruit). The price is comparable to a similar buffet at a nice Carribean resort, so not out of line for what you get, but not a bargain, either. Also, the lovely restaurant offers ala carte options for reasonable prices. Only drawback at breakfast was slow service for anything that relied on waitstaff (slow to take order, get coffee, get made to order items, get check).
One other note to corporate Marriott: why do you insist on making the Renaissance properties decorate their lobbies like southbeach clubs? The decor is jarring to me, and I would much prefer that this unique properties be allowed to decorate their lobbies tastefully and individually in keeping with the overall theme of the hotel.
We hope that we'll be able to stay at the Vinoy again and try out some of the amenities (pool, spa, etc.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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