I just came back from my stay at the Rennaissance Vinoy, and overall was disappointed. It came highly recommended from another resort at St. Pete Beach that was overbooked, and they said this resort was actually better. So I came with some high expectations, and from the moment I stepped foot on the property I was dissapointed.
I notice the little details. Stepping into the elevator, I noticed the scuff marks, scratches--signs of poor maintenance everywhere. The pictures on the website make it look like a grand old hotel, in a good way. But it is just plain old....in the bad way. Everywhere you look you see a lack of attention to maintenance and cleanliness. Cracked tile, old, faded paint, low quality poolside furniture, etc. The spa is more like a YMCA, with formica counter tops, dreary walls, shabby laundry hampers, faded beige towels, chipped and peeling cabinet doors, smelly sauna, etc.
There are limited options for dining on site. There is a casual restaurant close to the pool, and an expensive restaurant inside, and that's all I could see. The poolside snack bar was pathetic....very cheap and tacky.
The hotel is located next to condos and a residential area. There was a lot of construction going on since they are building a new condo highrise, so the streets were blocked, torn up, etc. The hotel is not surrounded by nice places to eat, walk around, etc., as far as I could see.
If you are looking to be pampered at an upscale, luxurious resort, you will be disappointed. If you are looking for just a standard, average place, then maybe you will be satisfied. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either.
- 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