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10 Best Hotels in St. Petersburg and Clearwater

With so many wonderful hotel choices in the St Petersburg-Clearwater corridor, deciding where to stay can be a bit of a problem – but a good one!

If the romance and allure of times gone by appeal to you, then think about checking into the landmark Don CeSar Hotel on St Pete Beach. Its Gatsby-era history and luxe atmosphere combine with a premier beach destination and stellar services to please the most discerning traveler.

Families may prefer the multitude of kid-friendly activities offered by St Pete Beach favorites such as Tradewinds Island Grand and its sister resort Guy Harvey Outpost.

If you’re not a beach lover, the majestic Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club offers another historic option in a downtown setting offering easy access to nearby museums, alfresco restaurants, shops etc.

Something smaller and more intimate can be found in boutique choices such as the The Kimpton Hotel Zamora  on St Pete Beach, the popular PostCard Inn on the Beach or the 1920s era Birchwood in downtown St Petersburg.

If Clearwater Beach is more to your liking, choices include the posh Opal Sands Resort, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Resort and Spa, the Sandpearl or Sheraton Sand Key – all good choices for either family or romantic escapes.

There are no wrong choices!


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

Treasure Island Beach Resort
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A blend of laid-back luxury and island chic best describes Treasure Island Beach Resort's 77 tropically decorated suites, most of which feature glass-railed balconies with floor to ceiling windows revealing expansive views of the Gulf of Mexico....  Read More

Opal Sands Resort
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Sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico, soothing décor and a chic ambiance define one of the newer resorts tucked along Clearwater Beach. Balconied rooms and suites offer Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Upgraded suites...  Read More

The Birchwood
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Tucked into a small building along bustling Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg, this charming hotel is a short walk to some of the area's best bistros, shops and attractions lining tranquil Tampa Bay. Built in 1924, this Spanish Mission-style...  Read More

Sandpearl Resort
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Located along the scenic shores of the Gulf of Mexico, this award-winning resort offers chic rooms and suites with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi and many other amenities. A lagoon-style, walk-in pool, beachfront fire pits, fully...  Read More

TradeWinds Island Grand
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Sprawling along the scenic shores of St Pete Beach, this popular resort features 20 acres of beachfront fun for the whole family. With five heated pools, meandering waterways with paddle boats, a bungee trampoline, high tide water slide and...  Read More

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 newer hotels on the beach. Opened in 2014, the 72 elegant rooms and suites - some with soaking tubs - boast elegant décor and top drawer creature...  Read More

Postcard Inn On The Beach
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Sitting on one of the area's prettiest - and most tranquil - beaches, Postcard Inn offers a touch of the past with décor hinting at surfers and seaside chic. The definitely laid-back vibe promises endless hours of R&R with guestrooms...  Read More



The elegant Vinoy has had many incarnations since it first opened on New Year's Eve in 1925 and despite its many ups and downs through the years it sits in testimony to the city's early 20th century, earning a place on the National Register of...  Read More

The Don CeSar
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One of the area's most well-known landmarks, the stately "Don" has been wowing generations of visitors to St Pete Beach for many years. Tucked into a pink palatial Mediterranean-style complex and affectionately dubbed the "Pink Palace," it...  Read More


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