See St. Pete Beach from a new perspective – from atop the 360-degree rooftop bar of the city’s new Mediterranean-inspired hotel.
The Hotel Zamora is the first new hotel to be built in St. Pete Beach, Fla., in more than 20 years, and it brings a distinctly different energy to this strip on the Gulf of Mexico.
From the street, the bright white, Romanesque facade stands out among green palm trees on a stretch of older hotels and restaurants. The architecture and energy of the hotel is inspired by its namesake: Zamora, Spain.
The Hotel Zamora is the first new hotel in St. Pete Beach in more than two decades — Photo courtesy of Luisana Suegart / The Hotel Zamora
The hotel is ideally located across the street from the water. (Check in your car with a valet, and leave it there.) It’s rare to find such a chic, upscale hotel this close to the sand, much less in this highly coveted destination in Florida! Yet the cheerful service and laid-back energy of the Tampa area prevents the property from feeling stuffy.
The contemporary boutique hotel takes advantage of the Florida sunshine, with plenty of outside hangout space. The poolside bar stretches across an open-air lounge, lined by chairs and a cabana.
The pool area at The Hotel Zamora — Photo courtesy of Luisana Suegart / The Hotel Zamora
The fresh-water pool looks out at The Hotel Zamora’s private marina with seven boats, and the outdoor seating for the on-site, award-winning restaurant Castile overlooks the pool and whirlpool.
Of course, the rooftop lounge – with sweeping views of the gulf and downtown – makes The Hotel Zamora the place to be in St. Pete Beach.
The rooftop lounge at The Hotel Zamora — Photo courtesy of Luisana Suegart / The Hotel Zamora
Spanish-influenced Castile has already made a big name for itself in the region, too, led by award-winning Executive Chef Ted Dorsey (named one of the top 50 chefs in America by The New York Times).
The menu here is locally sourced and creative. Find everything from oysters to coconut curry braised short ribs to Spanish favorites, such as yucca chorizo hash.
Castile is run by one of the nation's top chefs — Photo courtesy of Luisana Suegart / The Hotel Zamora
Inside the hotel, the balconies of the 72 spacious rooms with tall ceilings face the water. You'll find flat-screen TVs; wall art that looks like it’s straight out of a museum; and high-powered rain shower heads in the oversized, spa-style showers.
The little details here make a big difference, from crown moulding to unique wooden doors to modern and clean decor.
Although a spa is not on site, guests still enjoy many spa amenities, including fluffy white bathrobes, a fitness center and fruit- and vegetable-infused water throughout.
Travelers with kids will enjoy a junior suite, with a glass-separated separate living area with a pull-out couch – even two separate TVs in each space. Pull back the curtain for an open-air, spacious room by day, and draw the curtain for more privacy at night.
St. Pete Beach has earned a reputation as one of the best beaches in the United States, and the reputation and reviews of The Hotel Zamora – although still new to the area – suggest that it's striving for a complementary honor.
For more information, visit TheHotelZamora.com.
A suite at The Hotel Zamora — Photo courtesy of Luisana Suegart / The Hotel Zamora