10 Best Upscale Hotels in St. Petersburg and Clearwater Beach

If you're looking for a luxurious hotel to book in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area, then there are three hotels that undoubtedly stand out from the crowd.

In St. Pete Beach at the top of the list, the Loews Don CeSar Hotel is the area's crown jewel resort. Appealing to all types of travelers – families, couples, groups and weddings – the palatial beachfront property drips with historic elegance.

Across the bay, you'll find an equally historic property called The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, the most upscale property in all of downtown. This hotel is a great fit for families in town for Spring Training baseball games, sporting enthusiasts (golf, tennis and sailing), as well as couples looking for a romantic escape.

The most luxurious hotel in the Clearwater Beach area is the Sandpearl Resort a lavish beachfront property that is well-deserving of its AAA, Four-Diamond rating. The resort is great fit for couples and families alike and the property is known for hosting picture-perfect beachfront weddings.

There are a number of other upscale, family-friendly properties that offer spacious rooms, many with water views of the Gulf of Mexico. That list includes Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & SpaHilton Clearwater BeachTradeWinds Island Grand Beach ResortGuy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort and the Sheraton Sand Key Resort.

Two intimate, boutique style hotels, including The Birchwood and The Hotel Zamora offer travelers an upscale vibe and rooftop terraces with spectacular views.

Let's take a closer look at each of the hotels...

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

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

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

Clearwater Beach
Hilton Clearwater Beach
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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

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

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

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


Meet Kara Franker

A purveyor of the coastal life and a self-admitted beach addict, Kara is a travel writer obsessed with all things Florida. A former NFL cheerleader turned lawyer, Kara ditched the courtroom for...  More About Kara

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