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10 Best Luxury Hotels in St. Petersburg and Clearwater Beach

With so many wonderful hotel choices in St Petersburg-Clearwater, deciding on where to stay can be a bit of a problem – but a good one! If the romance and allure of times past appeal to you, then think about checking into the landmark The Don CeSar  on St Pete Beach, or the majestic Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in downtown St Petersburg. 

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

Among the boutique treasures are The Kimpton Hotel Zamora on St Pete Beach, or the 1920s era Birchwood in downtown St Petersburg.

History buffs may prefer exploring the recently opened Bellaire Inn and Fenway Hotel where something old becomes new again in these vestiges from the past, which have been brought up to 21st Century standards.

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
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Another Clearwater favorite, the Hyatt Regency sits on one of America's best beaches along the tranquil Gulf of Mexico. The 250 spacious balconied suites afford sweeping ocean views and are outfitted with fully equipped kitchens, flat screen TVs...  Read More

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

Fenway Hotel
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Originally opened in 1927, Fenway Hotel was an icon of the jazz age, playing host to notable explorers, artists, politicians, musicians and living legends in its previous incarnation. Considered the "most historically valuable structure" in...  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 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

The Belleview Inn
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Open in December 2018, this charming inn was originally built by railroad developer Henry Plant in 1897 to boost tourism in Florida. At the time Hotel Belleview became known as the "White Queen of the Gulf" and was frequented by celebrities,...  Read More

Sheraton Sand Key Resort
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Whether you're looking for a romantic escape or a family vacation, the Sheraton Sand Key Resort is sure to fill the bill. Tucked into a tranquil paradise near Sand Key Park, the 390-room (15 are suites) property beckons with soothing vistas and...  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

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

The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club
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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 wooing generations of visitors to St Pete Beach for many years. Tucked into a pink palatial Mediterranean-style complex and affectionately known as the "Pink Palace," it...  Read More


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