10 Best Hotels in St. Petersburg and Clearwater

Planning a trip to the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area? You’re in luck because we've put together a list of the best hotels the area has to offer near attractions, dining and nightlife

Considered the area's crown jewel resort, the Loews Don CeSar Hotel is a palatial beachfront property exuding a Gatsby-era history and luxurious atmosphere. Perfect for any type of traveler, both families and couples find endless days spent soaking up the Florida sunshine and splashing in the waves of the Gulf of Mexico.

Designed with children and families in mind, both of the TradeWinds properties, TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort and Guy Harvey Outpost, offer an impressive array of activities and fun in the sun, including an outdoor splash park and water slide.

Couples looking for a romantic escape, should consider the historic and luxurious Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in downtown, located within walking distance to a private marina, al fresco cafes and the Dali Museum. Another great option, the Sandpearl Resort is located in the heart of Clearwater Beach and situated right on the beach and near the sunset festivities at Pier 60.

Smaller hotel options, like The Birchwood in downtown St. Petersburg and The Hotel Zamora on St. Pete Beach, offer a welcoming and upscale vibe with an emphasis on serving up fresh culinary experiences and spectacular sunset views. 

Whether you'd prefer the beach or the city, St. Petersburg/Clearwater has a hotel for every style of traveler.

The Kimpton Hotel Zamora
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This chic, boutique Mediterranean-style hotel sits across from St Pete Beach and is one of the newest on the beach. The 72 elegant rooms and suites - some with soaking tubs - boast elegant décor and top drawer creature comforts. A seven-slip...  Read More

Sheraton Sand Key Resort
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Located in a pristine, peaceful paradise near Sand Key Park, the Sheraton Sand Key Resort provides all the amenities needed for a great family vacation. Located just a south of the busy section of Clearwater Beach, this resort provides a...  Read More

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
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Situated on the white sands with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Hilton Clearwater Beach is a welcoming waterfront oasis for families on vacation. Go for a swim in one of the two refreshing pools or hang out for the day at the beach and...  Read More

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
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Located on gorgeous Clearwater Beach near Pier 60, The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa sits across the street from one of America's most beloved beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. Featuring 250 spacious rooms and suites, all...  Read More

The Birchwood
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Located on bustling Beach Drive and situated within walking distance to the al fresco cafes and shops that line the serene waters of Tampa Bay, The Birchwood is a luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. The Spanish...  Read More

Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort
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Located on St. Pete Beach, Guy Harvey Outpost is part of the unique and family-friendly TradeWinds group of hotels. Named after Guy Harvey, an artist, scientist and ocean conservationist, the hotel is draped in his sea-inspired artwork featuring...  Read More

Located on the white sand shore of St. Pete Beach, TradeWinds Island Grand is a 20-acre beachfront playground, perfect for the whole family. Featuring five heated pools and an endless list of things to do, this resort was designed with kids in...  Read More

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
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Located in historic downtown St. Pete, The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club is a luxurious hotel situated on the serene waters of Tampa Bay. A picture of elegance and class, the Mediterranean Revival style resort was built...  Read More

Sandpearl Resort
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Located on a pristine stretch of white sand in the heart of Clearwater Beach, Sandpearl Resort is a luxurious and romantic getaway perfect for both couples and families. Featuring spacious rooms that exude beachy chic decor, many suites showcase...  Read More

The Don CeSar
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Located on the shimmering white sands of St. Pete Beach, the Loews Don CeSar Hotel is a palatial, Mediterranean-style resort situated on the shore of Florida's Gulf Coast. Fondly referred to as the Pink Palace, the hotel opened during the...  Read More


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