Several times a year we buy the Rays baseball package from the Hilton. The package offers a good room rate, 20 Rays dollars, a shuttle to and from the ball park (1.5 miles away), and a complementary breakfast buffet.
The hotel is close to the St Pete campus of USF, a small airport, both Al Lang (minor league) and Tropicana (Rays) baseball fields and downtown St Pete. The front desk staff was cheerful but a bit lengthy and complicated in our case. The line for check-in was probably 6 or 7 minutes and the staff took some time to find a room that was clean (we checked in after 4 pm). The room we were given had queen beds and we requested a king bed. A call to the front desk and a trip down the elevator resulted in a room with a king bed.
The original room with queen beds had well-used furniture and a carpet with a lot of stains. The second room with the king bed was in much better condition. The furniture wasn't chipped and the carpet looked good. The bathroom is small but adequate and otherwise attractive. The electric outlet is placed in an unexpected location (on the side of the vanity).
We stopped by the lobby bar after the game for a nightcap. An attractive and casual location for a drink before heading to the room. The breakfast buffet featured the usual selection but it all was very fresh and tasty.
The baseball package is very convenient for a couple just driving in for the game and leaving the next day.
Putting aside the 20 minutes or so of confusion when we first arrived the hotel is very conveniently placed for any number of activities and at a reasonable price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront district from Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. This hotel in St. Petersburg, FL, is conveniently located in the heart of downtown St. Pete within walking distance of many cultural attractions. Unwind in the spacious hotel rooms that offer striking city views. Enjoy free Wifi and treat yourself to coffee in the comfort of your room. This hotel offers an on-site Starbucks, a heated outdoor pool, fully equipped fitness center and on-site restaurant. ... more less
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