If you’re heading to St Pete Beach, then lucky you. With its miles of gorgeous sugar-white sands, superb recreational opportunities, and vibrant food scene (not to mention it’s average of 361 days of sunshine per year), it’s what vacations were made for. That said, unless you’re planning on sleeping on the beach, choosing the right hotel is going to be crucial in turning your trip from ‘so-so’ to ‘stellar’. If all your research on the likes of Oyster, US News & World Report, and TripAdvisor is leading you nowhere but down a blind alley, save yourself the bother of looking further by checking out our pick of the very best hotels in St Pete Beach for 2020 instead.
10. Beachcomber Beach Resort & Hotel
Where: 6200 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706
If you’re working to a budget, the eminently affordable Beachcomber Beach Resort & Hotel makes a fine choice. Located right on the beach and offering easy access to all of St Pete’s top attractions, it’s a lively, comfortable hotel with a great range of amenities. Granted, it’s not as stylish or modern as some of the town’s other resorts, but with two big, family-friendly pools, lush, landscaped grounds, and panoramic sea views to its name, it’s unlikely to disappoint.
9. Sabal Palms Inn
Where: 1301 Gulf Way, St Pete Beach, FL 33706
With just 10 rooms to its name, Sabal Palms Inn offers the kind of intimate, romantic getaway that’s perfect for couples. If you want Olympic-sized pools, more dining options than there are days in the week, and round-the-clock entertainment, go somewhere else. If, on the other hand, you’re willing to sacrifice a few amenities for a superbly warm, personal service, a divine location just seconds away from Pass-a-Grille Beach, and blissfully peaceful, charming accommodations, it’s ideal.
8. Sirata Beach Resort
Where: 5300 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
If you’re heading to St. Pete, it’s safe to assume you like the beach. In which case, you’re going to love Sirata Beach Resort. Located right on the beachfront, it makes the perfect base for lounge lizards. With its easy 5-minute distance from the retail and recreational opportunities of Corey Avenue, it’s not exactly hard-going for anyone else, either. Guests can expect spacious rooms equipped with all the basic necessities and modern conveniences you’d expect, and a range of amenities that extent all the way from a kid-friendly splash pool and games room to a very grown-up beach bar.
7. Grand Plaza Beach Hotel
Where: 5250 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Conveniently located just a few minute's drive from vibrant Corey Avenue, Grand Plaza Beach Hotel is an excellent mid-range option that ticks all the right boxes. The revolving restaurant on the top floor offers jaw-dropping views over the Gulf, while the 156 guestrooms are light, airy, and padded out with everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay. Amenities are slightly thinner on the ground than some of the area’s larger resorts, but considering you’ll find everything you need within just a few minutes of leaving the hotel, it’s a minor quibble at most.
6. The Hotel Zamora
Where: 3701 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-3915
If you’re bored with chains, the fabulous Hotel Zamora may be just the ticket. Offering boutique accommodation just a short walk away from the beach, it’s a stylish, elegant little affair with an “adults-only” vibe (so perhaps not the best option for those with a gaggle of tiny tots). Rooms are stylishly decorated and equipped with a welcome range of luxurious touches and mod-cons, while the cozy little rooftop bar is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the sunset.
5. TradeWinds Island Grand Resort
Where: 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-2323
It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s just the right kind of brash… at number 5, we come to TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, a mammoth 584 room resort occupying over 20 acres of prime St. Pete Beach beachfront. The grounds are spectacular, offering plenty of opportunity to enjoy lush gardens, well-manicured sports courts, and, of course, huge swathes of sugar-white sand. Those traveling with children are sure to appreciate the numerous kid’s activities on offer, not to mention the giant water slide (which, truth be told, is probably just as big an attraction to the adults as it is to the tweens). Rooms are as modern, stylish, and well designed as the rest of the resort, and despite there being a resort fee to pay on top of the standard nightly rate, you’re unlikely to feel short-changed.
4. Coconut Inn
Where: 113 11th Ave, St Pete Beach, FL 33706
The tiny little Coconut Inn may only have a handful of rooms to its name (ok, two handfuls if we’re being literal), but it packs a mighty punch for one so small. The landscaped grounds offer a cornucopia of hidden treasures, including a small but lovely outdoor pool, plenty of intimate little seating arrangements, and a superbly charming gazebo. The interior is just as noteworthy as the exterior, with tasteful, contemporary décor and surprisingly large, comfortable rooms. If you come expecting multiple restaurants and 24/7 gyms, you’re gonna leave disappointed. Come expecting an outstanding level of hospitality and accommodations oozing with charm, and we guarantee you’ll do anything but.
3. RumFish Beach Resort by TradeWinds
Where: 6000 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-3712
The second (and highest-ranking) TradeWinds property to make our list is RumFish Beach Resort. With a wide array of amenities (including two pools (one adult only, the other for everyone), a well-equipped fitness room, live entertainment, fire pits, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun and recreation), it makes a great choice for families. The star attraction, however, has to be the RumFish Grill, a restaurant where the food, good as it is, takes second place to the giant 33,500-gallon aquarium that envelops it.
2. Treasure Island Beach Resort
Where: 10800 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706-4708
Set around 10 miles from the heart of St Pete, Treasure Island Beach Resort might be a little off the beaten track, but it more than makes up for it with a superb line in amenities, excellent service, comfortable, spotlessly clean accommodations, a tasteful, coastally inspired décor, and an outdoor sundeck with some of the best views of the Gulf you’ll find for miles around.
1. The Don CeSar
Where: 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
If you want luxe, trust us when we say you want The Don Cesar. As one of the few hotels in the region to merit its own Wiki entry, the sprawling, cotton-candy colored complex dominates the landscape, standing like a blushing Disney castle against a backdrop of white sand beach and sparkling ocean. The carton imagery ends there, however: inside, you’ll find the décor dripping in good taste and classical elegance, with a crisp cream and blue palette, stylish accommodations, and a range of very modern conveniences. In a hotel that does amenities very well, pride of place has to go to the uniquely charming ground floor ice cream parlor- it might look like a throwback from the 1950s, but who doesn’t love a bit of kitsch from time to time, especially when it comes with sorbet’s this good?
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