Take a grand hotel constructed in 1926—the year in which Queen Elizabeth and Fidel Castro were born—maintain it in pristine condition, execute an Extreme Makeover, and you have Hampton Inn. There’s an incredible dome-vaulted ceiling in what may have been a dining room or ballroom that has been restored, but the oversized rooms are modern, with spacious bathrooms. There are other conveniences not available in older hotels that have been remodeled, not gutted and rebuilt. There are two quiet elevators, a heated pool, fitness center, breakfast buffet (no on-site restaurant, though cookies are available in the lobby each afternoon), free WiFi, computers in the business center, and an immense lobby. There’s little wonder that Hampton Inn is TripAdvisor’s top-rated hotel in Bradenton. I found the staff accommodating and courteous.
I attended the Florida Writers Association Winter Conference in Bradenton, and FWA booked rooms for the volunteers. Because parking is limited—few had cars in 1926—once parked I walked to the conference facility a few blocks away. On the way there, I saw a street fair, quaint restaurants, bookstores, and shops. Bradenton is experiencing regentrification and is the current hotspot on Florida’s west coast, and Hampton Inn is in the heart of the historic district. One of my best hotel experiences.
Hampton Inn is 309 10th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205 (941/746-9400)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic hotel located in the heart of the historic district, close to gulf of Mexico Beaches, to include Anna Maira, Bradenton Beaches and Longboat Key. Walking distance to Riverwalk Park, McKechnie Field, marina, museum/planetarium and historic Main Street.We offer 119 beautifully appointed, spacious, guest rooms including suites and accessible rooms. When staying with us, enjoy a complimentary Hampton hot breakfast every day, a clean and fresh Hampton bed, free hi-speed internet access in every room, gym/fitness center and heated outdoor pool. Our hotel can comfortably accommodate multiple meeting and banquet events. ... more less
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