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8 Top-Rated Resorts in St. Petersburg, FL

Written by Bryan Dearsley
May 4, 2020

Known as Florida's "Sunshine City," the popular Gulf Coast destination of St. Petersburg offers visitors no end of great vacation options. From family vacations to romantic getaways, there's something for everyone in one of the Sunshine State's best places to visit for a memorable beach break.

Often simply referred to as "St. Pete," the city is home to numerous luxury resorts, such as the top-rated Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, popular for its spacious rooms and suites, along with the elegant Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park.

A good selection of independently owned and operated offerings are also available, most notably the RumFish Beach Resort and the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort on St. Pete Beach, both of which offer a variety of high-end yet affordable accommodation options.

To help you choose the best place to stay in this vacation hot spot, be sure to read our list of the top resorts in St. Petersburg.

1. The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

Photo Source: The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

One of the most attractive resorts on the Gulf Coast, The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club certainly wouldn't have looked out of place in the Florida of bygone days. It's one of the top luxury resorts in St. Pete, offering a high-level of pampering and indulgence for those who stay here.

Nowhere is this sense of opulence more evident than in the resort's lovely accommodations. A popular option for couples, the spacious guest rooms come with a choice of king or two queen beds. Other notable features of these bright and well-appointed rooms include large-screen HD TVs, spacious bathrooms, and furnished private balconies.

A good choice for families and groups are the large one- and two-bedroom suites, which come with a pull-out sofa bed and an extra bathroom.

The amenities available to guests are certainly world-class, too. Highlights include access to two large heated outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, a selection of casual- and fine-dining restaurants, a full-service spa, and a hair salon.

Other notable amenities include a full-service marina, a games room for the kids (along with plenty of fun programs and activities), as well as tennis courts and a golf course.

Address: 501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, Florida

Accommodation: The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

2. Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park

Photo Source: Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park

The Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park is, as you'd expect from one of the world's leading luxury hotel brands, a great choice for those looking for a comfortable stay on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It's located just minutes away from the city of Tampa Bay with its international airport.

The sense you're somewhere special is certainly evident in the quality amenities. These include a large heated outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool, a full-service spa, plenty of meeting and function space, plus a business center.

There's also a great waterfront restaurant, plus a gym to work off all that indulgence afterwards. Concierge services are also available, along with laundry and dry cleaning services, plus a handy convenience store.

A variety of spacious and well-appointed guest room options are available. Whatever size you choose, standard options include bright, modern décor and furnishings, large bathrooms (some with separate bathtubs and showers), HD TVs, small fridges, and coffee makers.

If additional space is needed, consider one of the luxurious two-room executive suites. These elegant suites come with their own parlor with a dining table and seating, and an adjoining bedroom. A number of accessible units are also available for those with mobility issues.

Address: 950 Lake Carillon Drive St. Petersburg, Florida

Accommodation: Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park

3. The Don CeSar

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One of the oldest and most popular Florida resorts among celebrities and the well-to-do, the luxurious Don CeSar opened its doors in 1928 and continues to offer guests memorable Gulf Coast vacations in St. Petersburg.

Affectionately known as the "Pink Palace" for its palatial size and ornate façade, the resort consists of 277 rooms and 36 suites, many with beach views.

Popular accommodation options include the well-appointed and bright junior suites with king beds, pull-out couches, desks, and comfortable seating. If money is no object, go for the Bayside Penthouse. This large and luxurious two-story unit boasts three bedrooms, a kitchenette, separate living and dining areas, four bathrooms, and a spacious furnished balcony.

Another great option is renting one of the large villas at the resort's Beach House Suites by The Don CeSar location. These extremely elegant units offer guests family-sized units within an easy walk from the amenities of Don CeSar.

The resort's on-site amenities are certainly a cut above. Highlights include two large, outdoor heated swimming pools with poolside attendants to wait on you, as well as poolside movies and entertainment; a huge full-service spa; and elegant dining in a number of different restaurant settings. There's also plenty of space for functions and business meetings, along with a business center.

A highlight of any stay is spending time down at the private beach, just steps away from your room. Here, you and your family can enjoy fun activities such as renting watercraft, including kayaks and Jet Skis. There's also a well-equipped fitness center, plenty of kids' activities, and even programs for pets (yes, some pet-friendly units are available).

Address: 3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, Florida

Accommodation: The Don CeSar

4. RumFish Beach Resort by TradeWinds

Photo Source: RumFish Beach Resort by TradeWinds

There's nothing better than having plenty of space to spread out and relax in when staying at a great resort, especially when that property overlooks the beach. RumFish Beach Resort, a Tradewinds Beach Resort, is one such location and offers guests five lovely acres adjacent to the beach in which to unwind and have fun.

The fully renovated accommodations are especially conducive to relaxing, and include spacious standard hotel rooms featuring a choice of beds, large bathrooms with separate jet tubs and showers, as well as mini-fridges and microwaves. For those needing more space, opt for one of the elegant two-bedroom/two-bathroom units complete with handy kitchenettes and separate living and dining areas.

Notable guest amenities include the resort's restaurant with its massive aquarium; live entertainment; two swimming pools, one of which is designated as adults only; a hot tub; and a full-service marina. There are also plenty of fun things to do at the beach. Highlights include kayaking, paddleboarding, and relaxing in your very own private cabanas.

Address: 6000 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, Florida

Accommodation: RumFish Beach Resort by TradeWinds

5. TradeWinds Island Grand Resort

Photo Source: TradeWinds Island Grand Resort

Boasting an even larger property than the affiliated RumFish Beach Resort (see above), the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort is another great choice for those seeking a fun Florida beach vacation.

Occupying some 20 acres of lush paradise with views over beautiful St. Pete Beach, TradeWinds offers affordable guest room options that include well-appointed standard hotel-style rooms featuring double beds and all the amenities needed to add a little in-room convenience, such as fridges, microwaves, toasters, coffee makers, and HD TVs.

If your budget allows and a larger bathroom is important, choose one of the premium suites. These very spacious and elegant units feature stand-alone showers and whirlpool bathtubs. Some rooms have also been set aside for those traveling with pets, so be sure to make your request known at time of booking.

The resort's guest amenities are also worth mentioning. Watery fun includes having direct access to the beach, plus use of private beach cabanas and lounge chairs. There's also an adults-only swimming pool, along with access to four other pools, including one with a large waterslide. Fancy getting out on the water? Rentals of watercraft, including kayaks, paddleboards, and Jet Skis, can be arranged on-site.

The resort also offers a variety of great dining options in its restaurants, including alfresco and private dining (in-room dining is also available). There's also a fitness center offering programs such as yoga classes, as well as a full-service spa.

Address: 5500 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, Florida

Accommodation: TradeWinds Island Grand Resort

6. Treasure Island Beach Resort

Photo Source: Treasure Island Beach Resort

One of the newest resorts in St. Petersburg, Treasure Island Beach Resort offers guests an intimate luxury stay in a choice of 77 elegant rooms and suites. Each of these well-appointed units reflects the tropical flavor of this gulf-side property, with bright décor and classy furnishings.

Notable features found in all guest rooms include floor-to-ceiling windows, good-sized balconies or terraces (some with gulf views), well-equipped kitchenettes, spacious sitting areas with pull-out couches, and HD TVs. All you need do is decide whether a one- or two-bedroom unit is preferable (the larger unit has an additional bathroom).

When it comes to outdoor fun, the focal points at Treasure Island are the easy-to-access beach and the beachfront swimming pool with its large sundeck and ample supply of loungers and umbrellas. A handy poolside food and beverage service is also available. Other notable on-site amenities include a restaurant offering patio and in-room dining options, plus a large fitness center.

Address: 10800 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, Florida

Accommodation: Treasure Island Beach Resort

7. The Hotel Zamora

Photo Source: The Hotel Zamora

Another new accommodation option worth considering when vacationing in St. Petersburg is The Hotel Zamora. Built directly overlooking St. Pete Beach, this elegant Mediterranean-inspired boutique hotel offers a variety of luxuriously appointed suites with views over the Gulf or Tampa Bay.

Choices include spacious king suites that are perfect for couples and feature large bathrooms with stand-alone showers and bathtubs. Traveling with kids? Then the family-friendly two-bedroom suites are capable of sleeping up to eight guests and feature a private foyer, two bathrooms, and large balconies. A number of pet-friendly units are also available (be sure to ask about the unique pet programs available).

On-site amenities include a small marina, a heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool with ample lounge chairs and umbrellas, a hot tub, and direct beach access (cabanas and beach chair rentals available).

Other perks include complimentary bike use, dry cleaning and laundry services, as well as valet parking. There's also a well-equipped fitness center offering yoga classes. A good restaurant is located on-site, and the rooftop lounge is well worth a visit.

Address: 3701 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, Florida

Accommodation: The Hotel Zamora

8. Plaza Beach Hotel - Beachfront Resort

Photo Source: Plaza Beach Hotel - Beachfront Resort

Guests staying at the family-owned Plaza Beach Hotel have the added benefit of having access to the amenities of two other resorts: the nearby Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort and Bay Palms Waterfront Resort.

Popular for its intimate feeling - it only has 39 guest rooms - the delightful boutique-style Plaza Beach Hotel is a great option for those seeking larger-than-usual accommodations. The suites are spacious and feature well-equipped kitchenettes with modern appliances, separate living areas, and over-sized balconies or terraces.

The resort's amenities include a large outdoor heated swimming pool, access to a private beach area that comes with plenty of lounge chairs (plus hammocks), as well as cabana rentals. Guests also have use of the resort's kayaks and paddleboards.

Other fun things to do include beach volleyball, a video games room, and mini-golf. There's also on-site dining, and for those wanting to cook for themselves, a handy grocery store. There's also a library, plus fitness fans have access to a gym.

Address: 4506 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Plaza Beach Hotel - Beachfront Resort

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