Whether you’re coming to St Petersburg for the first time (or 50th time!) for a family vacation, a bachelorette party, a romantic getaway, or just because, you might be a bit overwhelmed as to where the best areas and hotels in St Petersburg are.
You’ll need to take into account many different things like budget, how much space you will need, and whether to stay in downtown St Pete, on the beachside, or in the surrounding areas. But don’t stress, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and read my guide on the best hotels in St Petersburg as I will cover all these things, plus safe areas and more!
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Pros and Cons of Each Area in St Petersburg
The first step when deciding on where to stay in St Petersburg is to choose which part of town suits your needs best! Below I’ve broken down the highlights of each area alongside some of their negatives. After you decide on the area you’ll see the full list of hotels in St Petersburg right below this section. Again, they will be organized by area.
St Pete Beach
Attractions in the area: Award-winning St Pete Beach is nearby to other popular beaches like Treasure Island, Pass-a-grill, and Madeira Beach. John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk is great for shopping and dinner and there are lots of options for boat cruises and water activities, beach bars, and restaurants.
Cost: One night at a decent hotel will require a medium to high budget. If you are looking to find something affordable don’t expect much from the room and facilities.
If you’re like most of the tourists who come to St Pete this is where you’ll want to be – the beach! I don’t blame you, that’s what we’re known for!
St Pete Beach is suited best for those looking for a lively beach town that brings a mix of people of all ages. It is always busy but the crowd never gets routy.
Along the beach, you’ll find many great beach bars and restaurants and the town itself had a ton more dining options and shopping. There are all kinds of activities in the area for families and kids too like a giant slide, water activities, volleyball nets, and fishing.
On St Pete Beach there are many hotels and resorts but the only problem is that a lot of them tend to be overpriced for what you get. For example, finding a place that’s under $200 a night is considered budget and if you can find something around $100, congrats, you lucked out!
Also, the best places book up fast so it can be nearly impossible if you are coming during peak season with short notice. In that case, you might need to expand your radius to the outskirts or toward downtown (see more info below).
Downtown St Pete
Popular attractions in the area: St Pete Pier, boutiques, local coffee shops, fine dining, bars, waterfront parks, and the Dali Museum.
Cost: In downtown, there are a lot of great options for most budgets that are in safe areas!
Downtown St Pete is ideal for the city lover, party-goer, museum fanatic, or foodie! It is a relatively safe and clean city to stay in and explore without too much research.
There are a lot of nice hotels in downtown St Pete that are super close to a lot of the main attractions like the St Pete Pier, which is one of the best things to do in St Pete.
If you originally wanted to stay on the beach but they are booked up or too expensive downtown St Pete would be a nice alternative.
Surrounding beaches and neighborhoods
Best suited for: families, large groups, and those who want to get away from busy areas. You’ll also get more for your money.
Cost: Affordable to luxurious – it all depends on what you’re going for!
Typically staying in an area outside of the most popular zones for hotels in St Petersburg will mean that it’s quieter, has a lower price point, gets more for your money, and has the option to house more people, especially in residential zones.
The main cons of staying in these types of areas are that you will be further away from the most popular tourist attractions. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing though. If you don’t mind being at a less crowded beach and renting a car to get around then this might actually be the best option for you!
Tips for Booking a Hotel in St Petersburg
Don’t wait! Now, this might seem obvious but I know from my own experience how easy it easy to get complacent when it comes to securing bookings. This doesn’t always matter especially in big cities where there are tons of nice options but in a smaller tourist destination the ability to book one of the best hotels in St Petersburg won’t be possible if you wait too long.
So how soon should you book your hotel in St. Pete?
As a general rule of thumb, I recommend a minimum of 3 months, and in all honesty for the best chance to pick and choose from among the best hotels in St Petersburg, I would suggest 6 months, particularly if you are coming during the tourist season which reaches its peak from February to May.
Another tip for booking your stay is to consider reserving with Booking.com. Personally, this is the company I use for almost all of my hotel reservations in the U.S. and around the world.
I personally love how they offer free cancelations on most of their listings and many of them allow me to cancel a few days before my trip for a full refund so it is stress-free whenever I am planning a trip far in advance. They can also price match too so I can keep racking up rewards in their Genious Rewards System while getting the best price anywhere online.
St. Pete Beach Suites – Budget
St. Pete Beach Suites is located in the same area as the first two hotels mentioned above, The Villas and Upham Beach Inn so it too is also in a fantastically walkable location to both Upham Beach, St Pete Beach, and several beach bars, restaurants, and places to get treats from.
From the pool yard, you can quite literally see the boardwalk to the beach and there are complimentary bikes, beach equipment, and toys that are included with your stay.
It is a family-owned boutique hotel that has undergone renovations to all of the rooms but made sure to preserve its most retro and obvious feature the, large dolphin pool fountain which keeps this place true to its Florida roots.
St. Pete Beach Suites have a variety of different layout options and sizes for their rooms and suites and there is even one separate 3-bedroom beach house so there is sure to be something that fits what you are looking for!
The walls are painted white and have a mix of furniture from modern to wooden beachy so the space feels clean, up-to-date, and relaxing.
The nightly rate averages around $219 USD and includes free parking.
You can book St. Pete Beach Suites on Booking.com.
Upham Beach Inn – Budget
Upham Beach Inn is a family-owned property right across from Upham Beach and a 5-minute walk to St Pete Beach. Even though there is no breakfast provided you can easily walk next door to the famous Rick’s Reef for a hot plate of food.
There are many more restaurants and ice cream shops in walking distance so you won’t be limited on options! There is a shared outdoor grill and heated pool in the middle of the property so it’s easy to access. Also, there is a private gym that comes free for the duration of your stay!
Cleanliness can be an issue at more moderately priced hotels but Upham Beach Inn is sparkling clean, the owners really make it a point to upkeep all the spaces to make you feel at home.
Each unit has a microwave, TV, and toiletries, and all rooms except the basic king studio have a private kitchen that is fully stocked with pots, pans, and utensils. They have a very calming beachy decor with pops of color.
Each room will receive a “beach box” that includes a beach wagon, umbrellas, two chairs, and sand toys for kids which is a nice thoughtful touch.
Prices average at $190 USD for a deluxe king studio room.
You can book Upham Beach Inn on Booking.com.
The Villas at St Pete Beach – Budget
Modern on a budget! The Villas at St Pete Beach are super practical and right across from Upham Beach and less than a 10-minute walk to St Pete Beach. Each of the 10 available units has a full kitchen, a memory foam mattress, a smart TV, fast wifi, and a work desk. The space is cool and calming with the tile floors and marble finishes.
You can enjoy a dip in the pool, lay in the sun or shade under one of the cabanas, or rent bikes from the property and explore the shops and restaurants around town. The hotel conveniently has a laundry room for you to use so you aren’t bringing sand back home with you.
If you want to grill up a steak for dinner there are nice gas grills out in the garden courtyard next to the pool that you can use.
For a deluxe king studio prices begin at an average of $174 USD but there are also 1 and 2 bedroom villas that can sleep up to 5 people.
You can book The Villas at St Pete Beach on Booking.com.
Caprice Resort by Liberte’ – Moderate Budget
Caprice Resort by Liberte‘ is a 6-story building right on the beach that offers fully functional and furnished 1 and 2-bedroom condos with their own private balcony. Many of the units have an ocean view and all of them have a kitchen, dining room, and living room.
The rooms do not have super modern furnishing and decor and could use a little bit of an update but it reflects the moderate price point for being right on the beach.
Parking is free for guests and there is a laundry room, BBQ grill, and fitness center you can take advantage of. It’s a safe area to walk around at night and it is near to many restaurants.
You can book Caprice Resort by Liberte’ on Booking.com.
Hilton Garden Inn – Moderate Budget
The well-known Hilton brand hotel has a beautiful property right on St Pete Beach! The best part about this hotel it that it is attached to Coconut Charlie’s beach bar and restaurant which is one of my favorite places to have a delicious brunch or grab fun cocktails and enjoy the live music out on the deck or from the hammock.
Hilton Garden Inn also has beach access with free beach chairs right past the beach bar so it can’t be any more convenient to soak up the sun while making sure your drinks don’t run out.
There is also a volleyball net and cornhole and guests can also enjoy the pool in the courtyard if you want to alternate from the ocean.
The rooms look new and have simple but modern furnishings and include a microwave and a small fridge. They are also clean and well-insulated so you can’t hear too much noise from the pool or bar. A double queen room without a view will start at $369 USD the same size room with a full ocean view runs around $475 USD.
There is an average-sized gym, a laundry room, and a 24-hour hour help desk if you need anything during your stay. Parking for one vehicle is included in the cost of your stay.
You can book Hilton Garden Inn on Booking.com.
Plaza Beach Hotel – Beachfront Resort – Moderate Budget
The Plaza Beach Hotel is a 3-start beachfront hotel that has been in business since 1988. It won an award from TripAdvisor in 2017 for being the best hotel on St Pete Beach.
What makes this resort even more special is that it is a boutique hotel with only 39 suites all having their own unique 50s-inspired themes so if you can score a room here you’re in for a special stay.
A standard queen room typically starts at $385 USD per night but this varies heavily on the season and how far in advance you are booking. Parking for one car is included in the price.
The rooms are on the smaller side but they are clean and comfortable and each one has a fully stocked kitchenette. If you are planning of spending most of your time outside then it won’t be too much of a concern.
One of the things that sticks out about this place is the large pool space that has a complete view of the bright blue gulf waters. You are even free to use the hammocks or beach chairs or if you want some activity you can play beach volleyball or shuffleboard.
The property also has a fun tiki bar that you can hang out at or if you want to grab lunch or dinner there are plenty of spots close enough to walk to.
If you want to try other adventurous activities you are in the perfect area to join a St Pete boat tour such as kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, parasailing, or even going on a dolphin boat tour.
You can book Plaza Beach Hotel on Booking.com.
The Saint Hotel – Moderate Budget
The Saint Hotel is one of the most modern and quirky hotels that you will find on all of St Pete Beach!
The bright pink pool umbrellas and flamingo floats are one of the first things you will notice when you walk in. It’s definitely a space that you will want to chill at during your stay and don’t get me started on the on-site restaurant and bar 82 degrees. It is one of my favorite restaurants in all of St Pete! But make sure to make reservations in advance as it gets busy.
In addition to the pool, there is also a hot tub and yard games.
The room designers have made the most out of each part of the room. Many of them have a kitchenette, a work desk, and a large couch. Plus, the fun textured wallpaper, blue accent tiles in the bathroom, and modern appliances really make it feel like a high-end stay.
According to the reviews, the housekeeping staff is very friendly and does a very thorough job of cleaning the rooms!
A cheaper room without a kitchenette will still have a microwave, fridge, and coffee machine but a standard king studio with a kitchenette will run you around $360 per night.
You can book The Saint Hotel on Booking.com.
Bellwether Beach Resort – Luxury
The 5-star Bellwether Beach Resort is right below Spinners Revolving Restaurant and Level 11 Bar which is one of the best rooftop bars near St Pete Beach. I believe it has some of the best views of the beach and the Gulf Coast.
This vintage chic resort has a lot of entertainment options – enjoy cooling off in their beachfront pool and sun deck, make use of the complimentary beach cabanas, or grab drinks from the bar and listen to live music in the evenings.
The other great thing about the Bellwether Beach Resort is that it’s in the middle of two great beach bars serving delicious food! Rum Runners is to the right and Bongos Beach Bar and Grill (their burgers are delicious) is to the left.
The rooms have been updated and are very spacious and include a microwave and fridge. Many of them include a balcony with an ocean view which cost around $349 USD.
There is an American breakfast served every morning for an additional $25 for two people. For your convenience, you can reach the help desk 24/7 and use the ATM.
The one main con guests have is that there are too few and small elevators and it tends to take some time to get back up to your room because non-hotel guests are trying to get up to the restaurant.
Note: There is a daily resort fee of $45 USD that includes the use of two beach chairs (first come first serve), parking for one car, daily passes at Beach Bods Gym (it is not on-site but nearby), and beach yoga at 8 am on Thursdays and Saturdays.
You can book Bellwether Beach Resort on Booking.com.
The Don CeSar – Luxury
The Don CeSar, also known as The Pink Palace or The Don is a beachfront stay that is sure to impress! It has an iconic exterior and a historical past that dates back to 1928.
It’s a great place to celebrate special occasions such as an engagement, birthday, anniversary, or even a bachelorette party in the Tampa Bay area.
Inside the resort, there are two heated pools and several restaurants from casual to fine dining to a rooftop bar, and even an ice cream parlor. You can also browse the boutique shops or have a spa day and try out one of their signature treatments. You can also rent jet skis straight from the front desk or lounge in one of the beach cabanas.
Recently, The Don Cesar has had full renovations done to the interiors that have brought the rooms back into this era.
The rooms are stylish and clean with comfortable beds but they are a bit simple and just include your basics like a TV, desk, and coffee maker so you are definitely paying more for the name, location, and all of the property’s amenities. However, you can upgrade your room to include a balcony and an ocean view!
The nightly room rate drastically changes depending on the given week and month but typically ranges from $370 to $719 USD a night.
The Don CeSar is definitely one of the best hotels in St Petersburg to go all out at!
You can book The Don CeSar on Booking.com.
Treasure Island has similar vibes to its neighboring beach town, St Pete Beach which is a 10-minute drive from here but the area is much smaller and mainly compromised of resorts. Treasure Island Beach is wider than many of the other beaches in the area so there is more room to spread out.
It will be bustling but it isn’t quite as popular as St Pete Beach. Sunset Beach is out on the end of Treasure Island’s strip. Right across the John’s Pass Bridge going north are John’s Pass and Madeira Beach (more on this below) There are a few tasty casual restaurants and Caddy’s waterfront restaurant and bar is the liveliest spot around known for their live music and sunsets.
Crystal Bay Historic Hotel – Budget
This historic bed and breakfast has been in Treasure Island since 1915 and is now a local landmark that has been beautifully restored. It has all the charm from the past but yet the rooms still clearly showcase the Old Florida style in how they have been decorated and furnished.
If you have a car you really can’t beat the location. Crystal Bay Historic Hotel is just far enough from the busiest part of Gulf Blvd so the traffic noise isn’t too bad at night but it is still only a 7-minute drive to Treasure Island Beach.
The property has a large pool and all rooms have a TV, a desk or sitting chair, a refrigerator, and a microwave. A daily hot breakfast is included in your room reservation. For lunch and dinner, you can choose to order a boxed sandwich for an additional cost.
On-site parking is free of charge and you can expect to pay $160 USD a night for a deluxe king room.
My Finding’s Fact: Famous greats from the past including Babe Ruth and Marilyn Monroe were once guests here!
You can book Crystal Bay Historic Hotel on Booking.com.
Westwinds Waterfront Resort – Budget
The Westinds Waterfront Resort isn’t about luxury and nice amenities but rather it is one of the best hotels in St Petersburg for it’s affordability, private location, access to Treasure Island Beach (right across the street), and close proximity to many shops and restaurants.
By car, it is only a 5 to 10 minutes drive to John’s Pass and Madeira Beach.
That being said, it sits right on Boca Ciega Bay and the resort has its own heated pool and BBQ grill. You can pay extra for a room with a water view but besides that, all rooms have a TV, a full kitchen with a dishwasher, a dining table, a living room, and bathroom toiletries.
Each floor has its own laundry room which is super convenient to wash clothes. A deluxe one-bedroom apartment with a view will cost around $239.
You can book Westwinds Waterfront Resort on Booking.com.
Provident Oceana Beachfront Suites – Moderate Budget
This property of Provident Oceana Beachfront Suites is a slice of heaven that sits on the bay side with its own awesome views but is just steps away from Treasure Island Beach.
The condos are perfect for families of up to 8 people who are looking for a home away from home stay with everything you will need. They feel private and quiet being that the condos are located a bit away from the main Treasure Island hub of bars and restaurants but it is close enough to walk.
The kitchen includes a stove, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, and utensils. Whereas the bathroom has a bathtub and free toiletries and a hair dryer. Publix supermarket is very close by so it will be easy to make grocery runs.
There is a pool and hot tub you can relax in and bikes are available to rent if you want them to be able to explore. Parking is free for guests.
A two-bed two-bath suite with a bayfront view typically costs $315 USD a night. Provident Oceana Beachfront Suites is where to stay in St Peterburg which has a lot of value for the price!
You can book Provident Oceana Beachfront Suites on Booking.com.
Thunderbird Beach Resort – Moderate Budget
If you want a fun and lively atmosphere that is on the beach then you need to check out Thunderbird Beach Resort!
Here you can enjoy the beautiful weather by enjoying the two different pools and hot tub before or after grabbing drinks from the new Ikki Woo Woo’s Tiki Hut which has daily live performers.
This is a 60-year-old motel that has been updated but keep in mind that some of the rooms in the main part of the hotel have remained the same so make sure to check the pictures before booking so you know what you are paying for. All of the units have a desk, wardrobe, and bathtub while others also have a balcony and kitchenette.
The average nightly rate for a deluxe double queen room is $313 USD.
The main con is that there is no breakfast or on-site restaurant but there are many nice choices within walking distance.
Thunderbird Beach Resort is one of the best hotels in St Petersburg conveniently on Treasure Island Beach.
You can book Thunderbird Beach Resort on Booking.com.
Treasure Island Beach Resort – Luxury
This is one of the best hotels in St Petersburg if you want a high-end beachfront property with spacious rooms and layouts that will work for couples, families, and groups of up to 8.
The views around Treasure Island Beach Resort are insanely beautiful and with not many other buildings to block the view sunset here is amazing! The pool faces towards the ocean so you won’t mind spending lots of time here or in the hot tub during the evenings.
The rooms are some of the most modern and beautiful that you will find in the area! All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and a patio or balcony, a dining room, and a kitchen that has modern appliances. The bathroom vanity has a wider than normal counter space and an underneath shelf.
A majority of the rooms have an ocean view too! A king studio with a view typically started at $589 USD.
The on-site restaurant is called BRGR, I’ve eaten breakfast here before and I would highly recommend it! If you want to keep active there is also a fitness center available for use.
You can book Treasure Island Beach Resort on Booking.com.
Madeira Beach, aka Mad Beach, is a 2.5-mile (4 km) flat and clean beach perfect for long walks or jogging. It has great views of the coastline perfect for watching the sunset.
This is a great beach town to stay in for families or older couples who want to relax and enjoy their own personal space away from the crowds.
Right across the street is John’s Pass and you won’t be able to miss the 1,200 ft long (366 m) boardwalk while driving by. It’s the most popular tourist attraction in Pinellas County.
Altogether, there are over 100 different shops and restaurants to explore with great views of the ocean and the bay. You can even go on dolphin tours, rent jet skis, or go parasailing.
Holiday Isles Resort – Budget
Holiday Isles Resort is one of the most popular budget-friendly hotels in St Petersburg that is in very close proximity to the beach, John’s Pass, and in walking distance of nice coffeehouses and restaurants like The Reef and Dave’s restaurant.
There is nothing particularly special about this hotel and the rooms are a bit older and extremely plain and basic but there is a patio outside of each room. A queen room with a sofa bed only starts at $119 USD.
The silver lining is that it is clean and the property is well-maintained and the front desk is pleasant to work with.
There is a pool and lots of free parking behind the hotel.
Overall, if you just want a simple and comfortable stay in a great location with a price that’s hard to beat, Holiday Isles is where to stay in St Petersburg.
You can book Holiday Isles Resort on Booking.com.
Sunset Beach Suites – Adults only – Budget
Sunset Beach Suites is where to stay in St Peterburg if you want a private, clean, and relaxing stay with excellent service across from the beach! Oh, and they are also adult-only (21+) and at a great price point.
A standard apartment here runs $163 USD per night and has a very comfy king bed and sofa bed. All of the rooms are very spacious and notably clean.
The kitchen appliances are a little older but everything works fine and there is enough counter space and basic appliances like a toaster and coffee maker, pans, dishes, and silverware. There is also a dining table and a living area.
The property has a washer and dryer and the rooms have a keyless entry.
Across the street is Madeira Beach which means that John’s Pass and restaurants and shops are very closeby.
You can book Sunset Beach Suites on Booking.com.
Barefoot Beach Club – Moderate Budget
Barefoot Beach Club has it all and it is incredible value for the price! First and foremost the location is prime right on the beach and just a 5 minutes walk to John’s Pass for all the restaurants and shops. For breakfast, Lisa’s Cafe is right across the street.
There is a clean pool and hot tub with fresh towels but no bathroom is nearby. The rooftop is where you can enjoy the panoramic ocean views or go sunning.
The rooms have super comfortable beds and pillows, the bathrooms are spacious and updated as well as the kitchen appliances if your room has one. You can even make use of the daily housekeeping basket where you exchange any of your towels wet or dirty towels.
According to the reviews, upgrading your room to have a straight-on view of the ocean is definitely worth it. A queen studio with an ocean view beings at an average of $269 USD.
For the utmost convenience, you even have wristband room keys so no struggling to find the key in your bag! Why doesn’t every place do this?
Covered parking is included in the cost of your stay.
If you wondering where to stay in St Petersburg, Barefoot Beach Club should definitely be a top contender if you want to stay on the beach!
You can book Barefoot Beach Club on Booking.com.
Pass-a-Grille Beach is a sleepier area but the best part about it is the little town. It is so walkable and there are plenty of restaurants from casual bar food to cafes to gourmet dining. You can spend the afternoon browsing the cute boutiques and gift shops!
Also, if you want to discover an uninhabited island the Shell Key Ferry can be boarded straight from Merry Pier in town.
Inn on the Beach – Moderate Budget
In such a slow-moving beach town it’s nice to stay at a hotel that feels alive and modern. That’s exactly what Inn on the Beach achieves with the modern airy and coastal rooms with light wood furnishing, subway tiles, and pops of color.
The location is ideal and it’s super easy to walk to the beach or around town – there are even bikes on the property that you are free to use! There is free breakfast on Saturdays and a gas grill in the shared outdoor space if you want to cook something fresh for dinner.
The rooms are super clean and many have kitchenettes that are complete with vintage Smeg refrigerators, nice counter space, a coffee maker, a small dining table, and essentials if eating breakfast in. Expect a studio with a terrace to cost at least $256 per night.
I actually just booked this place for my birthday weekend staycation and I can’t wait!
Note: A 2-night stay is required.
You can book Inn on the Beach on Booking.com.
Coconut Inn Pass-a-Grille Beach – Moderate Budget
Coconut Inn is one of the cutest and best hotels in St Petersburg if you are searching for a cozy and romantic boutique stay! They have thought out all of the little details so you can fully enjoy your time on vacation.
From bikes, paddle boards, and kayaks, to pickleball equipment you will have plenty to keep you busy! Oh, and did I mention the pool?
The main beach is right across the street and there is a dog beach close too if you are traveling with your dog. There is also a nice outdoor area perfect for grilling.
A 3-night minimum stay is required to book and for a deluxe studio, the price starts at $300 a night.
You can book Coconut Inn on Booking.com.
Best Hotels in Downtown St Pete
FRONTDESK The Wayland Apts – Budget
The Wayland is an apartment in downtown St Pete next to Tropicana Field and Central Ave that has one floor acting as a hotel. This option is one of the cheapest hotels in St Petersburg and you will have access to all of the awesome amenities that the Wayland has to offer.
The pool is really nice and the gym has lots of options for machines and equipment. There are also several lounges to hang out in throughout the property and a laundry room.
The studio rooms are on the smaller side but the one and two bedrooms feel roomier. They are well-cleaned, modern, and have very plush mattresses. The average price of a queen studio is $116 USD.
People have mentioned the hallways have an unpleasant odor due to it being an older building and it didn’t affect their stay. There is parking in the garage which you will have to walk to from the main building.
This is one of the hotels in St Petersburg that definitely has its pros and cons to consider but its low rate, included amenities, and location to Publix supermarket, restaurants, and cafes could be worth it for the right person.
Note: The air conditioning is only a unit so it might have a more difficult time keeping the unit super cold.
You can book FRONTDESK The Wayland on Booking.com.
The Exchange Hotel – Budget
The Exchange is a newly renovated older hotel in the middle of downtown St Pete close to all the attractions and restaurants on Beach Drive and Central Ave. You can grab rooms for around $134 USD a night plus $20 a night for parking if you have a car.
It’s one of the cheapest places to stay right downtown so keep in mind while the paint, beds and bedding, furniture, and decor have been refreshed there are still some of the fixtures are still a bit dated and there are no fridges in the rooms.
All rooms include a TV with cable channels, a coffee machine, a shower, free toiletries, and a desk
There is a fitness center and chic lobby bar with cozy seating which also serves dinner and you are allotted $30 USD toward food daily.
There is a pool but due to recent renovations, it may not be in use so it’s best to call the property before booking if you plan on using it.
You can book The Exchange on Booking.com.
Hollander Hotel – Moderate Budget
The vintage brick Hollander Hotel is the boutique hotel I recommend the most to family and friends who come to visit and they’ve all loved it! The rate per night cannot be beaten for the location, amenities, and comfort of the rooms.
The lobby and guest rooms are all beautifully decorated and complement the bones of the hotel while adding modern elements. The beds are huge and extra comfortable and there is a microwave, small fridge, and TV in each room. On the contrary, the bathrooms are very tight.
Typically, a queen room costs around $200 USD.
I have eaten at the restaurant and bar on the property called The Tap Room, several times and it is really delicious. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
They also have a coffee shop, spa, and a super nice pool with an outside bar and rentable cabanas. It’s not heated so it’s only usable in the warmer months. The property is located close to restaurants and shopping and is under a mile from the pier.
At first, the parking situation looks tight but I have never had any issues finding a spot when coming and going.
You can book Hollander Hotel on Booking.com.
Avalon Hotel – Moderate Budget
Avalon Hotel is the sister hotel of The Hollander Hotel that is right next door. It is another great and comparable choice for a moderately priced hotel with nice amenities.
If you stay at Avalon Hotel you will also have access to all of the amenities at the Hollander, including the pool, spa, and restaurant.
The main difference is the art deco style of the lobby and rooms. Each room also has a repurposed old trunk that you can use as a dresser. There is daily housekeeping which isn’t super common with other hotels in the area.
The walls are on the thin side so if you are sensitive to noise in the evenings it may not be for you.
In the lobby, there is free bottled water and an ice machine. Each morning freshly brewed coffee is out and in the evenings from 5 to 7, you can have complimentary white, red, or sparkling wine.
In addition, they offer a free shuttle to Tropicana Field daily so you can easily explore another part of downtown St Pete.
You can book Avalon Hotel on Booking.com.
Tru By Hilton – Moderate Budget
If you are coming to watch a Tampa Bay Rays game Tru by Hilton is only a 5-minute walk to the stadium. Even if you have other plans there are a lot of nice bars and restaurants within walking distance on Central Ave. If you want to get to the heart of downtown near the pier and Beach Drive the hotel offers a shuttle service.
Breakfast is hot and there is a nice range of options that are kept full by the staff. The coffee is loved by guests too!
Parking is only valet but it is complementary to your stay.
The rooms are pretty standard and clean and have a small desk and TV but there is no microwave or fridge. One night averages at $250 USD.
You can book Tru by Hilton on Booking.com.
Prestige Collection, Hotel Boutique – Moderate Budget
Experience luxury and comfort at Prestige Collection, Hotel Boutique. Located in the heart of St. Petersburg, this boutique hotel offers a range of amenities to make your stay unforgettable. Enjoy a decent-sized pool, a jacuzzi, a garden, a terrace, and a snack bar for drinks.
The owners really care about the quality of your stay so expect clean rooms and attentiveness to your needs!
Each room is equipped with a desk, flat-screen TV, private bathroom, bed linen and towels, and a fridge for your convenience. A queen suite begins at $230 USD.
Breakfast is served until 10 am daily. One small con is that there are only 5 parking spots and 8 rooms and if you get a spot they charge a $10 fee, otherwise you will need to park on the street.
Overall, this is one of the best hotels in St Petersburg that doesn’t sacrifice the luxuries and location you want for an affordable cost.
You can book Prestige Collection, Hotel Boutique on Booking.com.
Hyatt Place – Luxury
The Hyatt Place is one of the best hotels in St Petersburg if you are after location! It can’t be beaten as it is located on 1st Ave right across from the main strip of bars but is still only a couple of blocks from the pier and endless restaurant choices.
It’s a wonderful hotel that has a helpful staff, a nice lobby bar with knowledgeable mixologists, a pool (unheated), a gym, and an attached parking garage. There is a decent spread of hot and cold items for breakfast that rotates daily.
The Hyatt Place is more at the high end of a moderate budget for downtown hotels in St Petersburg but the rates do fluctuate between $269 to $449 so you might be able to snag a decent price if you book months in advance.
You will find the rooms to be more spacious than expected, even the cheaper rooms! They each have a small refrigerator, a sitting area, and a TV.
You can book The Hyatt Place on Booking.com.
The Birchwood – Luxury
The Birchwood is a very elevated 3-star boutique hotel on Beach Drive in downtown St Pete.
It is right across from the pier and perfectly in the middle of the waterfront parks, shops, cafes, and restaurants but you won’t even need to leave the property because it has its own main floor fine dining restaurant Birch and Vine, and a rooftop bar called Birchwood Canopy that has its own menu. As a local, I personally think it’s one of the best bars for the ambiance, lite bites, views of Tampa Bay, and cocktails.
The rooms create a sexy and relaxing vibe and are decorated with furniture from the 1920s. Some rooms even have an on-theme claw-foot bathtub.
Reviewers have noted that the room’s lighting is quite dim, some of the furniture showed some wear, and there is no fridge but ultimately they weren’t deal breakers.
Note: If you are staying on a weekend there will probably be some noise from the rooftop bar and surrounding businesses.
You can book The Birchwood on Booking.com.
The Vinoy® Renaissance – Luxury
If you are wondering where to stay in St Petersburg that feels like luxury The Vinoy is your answer! It truly is an immaculate and magical place.
This historic pink resort is situated right across from Tampa Bay coast at the north edge of downtown.
The rooms have been updated to feel clean and sophisticated while the rest of the building also has had a refresh but has still kept the charm from its past. Each room has a work desk and chair, a coffee and tea maker, and a bathrobe. A deluxe queen room begins at $549 USD.
There are all kinds of amenities including an extremely spacious heated pool, two hot tubs, and a sauna. You can also eat from 4 different restaurants on-site and they are all beautifully decorated. The outdoor bar and lounge have stunning gulf views.
For other ways to enjoy this hotel, you can join daily fitness classes or take advantage of having access to the 18-hole golf course nearby.
Update from the hotel as of January 2023: “The resort is currently undergoing a reimagination project. Interior and exterior renovations are taking place and may impact guest amenities. Noise will be limited to 8 am – 6 pm. In addition, the main entrance and valet have been relocated”. If this is a concern I would recommend calling for updates on the construction.
You can book The Vinoy on Booking.com.
Where to Stay in the Outskirts of St Pete
Historic Kenwood is a neighborhood that is perfectly nestled just outside of downtown St Pete, around 10 minutes by car. If you head the other direction (west) you are only 15 to 20 minutes from St Pete Beach so this area is an excellent in-between choice if you want to go back and forth between the beach and the cityside.
The Historic Kenwood neighborhood is also a great area to walk around and check out the very adorable and unique bungalows, diverse plants and flowers, and cobblestone roads.
My Findings Tip: While Historic Kenwood is a safe area it is right next to the sketchier side of town so stay away from the south edge of 34th St N and 1 St Ave (near the Walmart).
The Kenwood Gables – Moderate Budget
This is one of the hotels in St Petersburg that just screams comfort and character! Kenwood Gables is a victorian style bed and breakfast hotel that will leave you in awe of all the details just from walking into the lobby.
A buffet, à la carte, or American breakfast is available each morning at the property and there is a shared outdoor terrace and pool yard with lounge chairs.
Rooms all include a flat-screen TV, fridge, coffee machine, and free toiletries. A small queen room starts at $180 USD.
You can book Kenwood Gables on Booking.com.
Holiday Inn – St. Petersburg West – Moderate Budget
If you are on a budget you can’t go wrong with a reputable chain like Holiday Inn. For the area, this hotel it’s one of the lowest-cost hotels in St Petersburg that is worth staying at.
I’ve had a few friends stay here when there were visiting me and they didn’t have any complaints! The room was basic but clean and comfortable. The rate for a non-smoking queen room is $179 USD.
The area is ok but I would not recommend walking outside at night to be on the safe side and there is nothing directly in the area, you would need a car to get around.
You can book Holiday Inn St Petersburg West on Booking.com.
If you’re wondering where to stay in St Petersburg that isn’t by the beach or downtown it’s Feather Sound.
The Feather Sound area isn’t most people’s first choice because it isn’t super close to the beach (30 mins) or downtown (20 mins). However, the main draw to the area is that it’s quiet (right next to many office buildings) and you also get more for your money but it’s still easy to access the highway so it’s not hard to get around from here.
It’s also only 10 minutes to St Pete/Clearwater Airport and just 12 miles (19 km) from Tampa International Airport.
Another thing that I personally love about Feather Sound is that it has many amazing restaurants, some of my favorites are Deccan Spice (Indian) and Bascom’s Chop House.
While the addresses here will often say Clearwater it’s because Feather Sound is technically on the very outskirts of Clearwater but this side is actually right next to St Pete.
If you are searching for a place to crash at near the Clearwater/St Pete airport then the Comfort Inn & Suites can get the job done. Rooms are very low cost starting at just $116 USD per night.
It does have an outdoor heated pool if you have extra time to relax and there is a laundry room inside.
Don’t have high expectations for breakfast, it is only a bagged grab-and-go style.
You can book Comfort Inn & Suites on Booking.com.
St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater – Moderate Budget
On this list of hotels in St Petersburg, this one isn’t anything flashy but it has all you need for a quiet and comfortable stay. St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater is located very close to the Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport and there is a free shuttle service upon request.
For a moderate $200 a night you can get yourself a typical queen room with a TV, desk, fridge, and coffee maker.
The hotel has a pool, a small gym, and an on-site restaurant.
You can book St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater on Booking.com.
Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park – Moderate Budget
I personally think the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park is one of the best hotels in St Petersburg that flies under the radar. It’s in a super quiet area so there’s no noise to worry about. The exterior has a giant fountain that just makes you feel great when you walk in.
The outside pool deck and lounge area might just be my favorite part of the hotel! It is beautiful and sits right on a lake and guests have access to the walking path that goes all around it – they even light it up at night which is very pretty.
The pool is huge and the hot tub faces the lake. I also loved the lounge area with fire pits, it’s a cozy place to talk at.
The hotel also has a restaurant called Luna Lux that serves modern Mediterranean tapas and entrees. Starbucks is also available on the property.
The rooms have pretty traditional decor but the beds have nice mattresses with crisp sheets and have a TV, coffee machine, and small refrigerator. Many rooms also have a great view and balcony. The average starting cost for a standard room is $220 USD.
A 24-hour gym, business center, gift shop, and laundry facilities are available for your convenience.
You can book Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park on Booking.com.
The Karol Hotel – A Tribute Portfolio Hotel – Luxury
The Karol Hotel is a hidden gem and one of the best hotels in St Petersburg if you are seeking some affordable luxury. It ticks the boxes in pretty much every category!
Everything here is new and up to day yet the mood and decor throughout the entirety of the hotel is a perfect blend of retro and sleek.
It has an insanely nice rooftop bar called The Vantage with great views of Tampa Bay and a delicious restaurant called K Club Bar & Bistro. Breakfast added to your reservation in advance is an additional $17 USD.
Because of the area, you can lock up a king room with a bay view for only $314 USD. What a great value! The rooms are clean and feel relaxing. They include a work desk, TV, a seating area, and spacious bathroom countertops.
Also, if you are a local, this is one of the hotels in St Petersburg that would make for an amazing staycation!
You can book The Karol Hotel on Booking.com.
Areas to Avoid Staying in
As a general rule of thumb, anything that is south of central is likely to be rough. In particular, Childs Park, Bartlett Park, Wildwood Heights, Melrose-Cercy, and Jordan Park are the most dangerous neighborhoods in St Pete and have a very high crime rate.
They are all located in the southside and I would not recommend coming to this area for any reason except if you are driving straight through it to get to the coast.
Anything north of 22nd St S and east of 4th Street St S can also be scary. I would also steer clear of 4th St S to 49th St S. and 5th Ave S to 54th Ave S.
Must-do Tours in St Petersburg
If you’re looking for some ideas of things to do while in St Pete check out some of these fun tours below! It includes all of my favorites.
- Tiki Boat Tour– This tour allows you to ride around St Pete Pier on a tiki boat and you get to bring your own drinks and jam out to your own playlist over Bluetooth! For $60 a person, it’s a super great activity to do with a small group of friends and you’ll probably even spot some dolphins. I recommend booking your tour right before sunset!
- Sunset Sail – You get to choose to sail just in time for sunset on either the Gulf of Mexico or Boca Ciega Bay. This is the perfect tour to cozy up with your partner and enjoys the calmness of the open waters while drinking some wine (you can bring your drink of choice). It lasts 2.5 hours and costs $65 USD per person.
- Trolley Pub Mixer Tour – This type of tour is a classic thing to do in any city that has great craft beer and St Pete definitely does. You will visit 4 different places and your group will have the option to customize the stops. It costs just $39 USD per person and lasts for 2 – 3 hours.
- Electric Paddleboarding Tour to Shell Key Island – Image a paddleboard with a motor attached to the back. Yeah, that’s essentially what this tour is! It is a very fun way to explore the gulf coast waters without so much struggle. You will head out to the beautiful and quiet Shell Key Island Preserve looking for dolphins as you go! It costs $75 per person and lasts 2.5 hours.
- Taste of Downtown St Pete – A great option if you want to explore the food scene in downtown St Pete. It covers 4 different popular local restaurants and includes 3 half-sized entrees, drinks, and dessert for $110 USD per person. As your guide takes you from place to place you will also get to see new areas of the city.
Best Restaurants in St Pete
It’s almost impossible to narrow down the best downtown restaurants into a compact list but below are my recommendations for first-time visitors!
- Allelo $$ – Carefully curated small plates and entrees, wine bar, and craft cocktails. A culinary experience with a beautiful aesthetic.
- Parkshore Grill $$ – Steaks and seafood
- Stillwaters Tavern $$ – Elevated American cuisine
- Mangosteen $$ – Asian fusion
- Bella Brava $$ – A local staple and reasonably priced authentic Italian food
- Lingr $$$ – Nordic + Asian, You won’t find food like it anywhere else!
- Joey Brooklyn’s – A MUST to soak up the alcohol on a night out
See the full list of my favorite St Pete restaurants here!
Final Word on Where to Stay in St Petersburg
This blog was a long one but I hope it fully encompassed all of the best hotels in St Petersburg!
If you were unsure before reading this guide I hope you now know where to stay in St Petersburg that matches your preferred location, style, amenities, and budget!
If you have any comments about any of these hotels in St Petersburg please let me know in the comments!
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