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The Best Hotels in St. Petersburg, Florida and Fun Things To Do

Aerial view of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.jpegNicknamed the Sunshine City, St. Petersburg has an estimated 240 miles of beautiful Florida seashores alongside the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. This seaside Florida city is all about sun and surf, and many of the resorts offer oceanfront views. There are places in St. Petersburg to experience amazing adventures, like snorkeling on the reefs, swimming with dolphins, and parasailing over the Atlantic Ocean.  

However, if you want to stray from the seashores and sunshine for an afternoon, take a trip inland to numerous things to do and see. Many of St. Pete's attractions, restaurants, and shops are within walking distance of most hotels.




The Salvador Dali Museum, perfect for surrealists and art lovers, is a glass-paneled art museum dedicated to the artworks and surreal concepts of Salvador Dali. The building in and of itself is surreal, with 900 glass panels that offer a panoramic view of your surroundings from the inside. At dusk, the glass panels become more like mirrors.


Outside of Europe, the museum offers one of the largest Dali collections, with hundreds of original pieces to showcase the inner-workings of a brilliant surrealist.





The Florida Holocaust Museum is a must-see for history buffs. From guided tours, to audio tours, and self-guided walk-arounds, the museum places emphasis on the lives of sufferers and survivors.


With a somber tone, the museum is well-put together and thoughtful, memorializing the strife that befell thousands of people during the Holocaust.





St. Petersburg is an attractive city in Florida, offering hundreds of places to visit and fun things to see and do. When you book a stay here, go with the advice of online reviewers, as they have perfectly ranked a number of St. Petersburg hotels.  These include the Hampton Inn and Suites, Hollander Hotel, Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, and The Cordova Inn. Take a gander at TravNow for more updates on Florida hotels and accommodations.

Hampton Inn and Suites

Located in downtown St. Petersburg on Beach Drive, the Hampton Inn and Suites is 'traveler ranked' in the top five out of 42 hotels in St. Petersburg.  Awarded the Certificate of Excellence on several occasions, previous guests appreciated the superb bigstock--161122148.jpgcustomer service and home-like accommodations. There are a few luxuries here too that guests love, and the hotel caters to all kinds of visitors, from beach-going families, to business professionals on their way to important meetings elsewhere.


The rooms are spacious suites, which have actually been voted most romantic in St. Petersburg by honeymooners and couples. Each suite features a couple of comfortable, plush beds, a kitchenette with a microwave, counter space, and mini fridge, flat-screen televisions with cable access. 


Plus get free high-speed internet and a clean bathroom with fluffy towels and essential toiletries. Other Hampton Inn amenities include laundry facilities, an on-site gym, free hot breakfasts, and a swimming pool.  Rent the business center or banquet rooms for celebrations.


If you need a little fresh air, take a stroll to Pioneer Park. There are sidewalks surrounded by huge, beautiful trees, shaded picnic areas, rest benches, and a playground or two.


Hollander Hotel

Courtesy of hundreds of reviewers, the Hollander Hotel, located on 4th Avenue North, was voted number-one most popular hotel in the area. A bit old-fashioned but with antiquated southern charms, this hotel offers a more intimate and peaceful setting for romantics, history buffs, and music lovers. The hotel offers live music performances on the weekends, as well as on-tap craft brews and appetizers in their lounge and on-site restaurant.


bigstock--139765811.jpgThe in-house coffee bar is a nice touch in the mornings, while guests can settle in for a massage and facial in the spa area. Room-wise, guests have the benefit of an adjustable air-conditioning system, a spacious kitchenette, and free high-speed internet. There is also a plump, pleasant bed to soothe your wound-up muscles into a restful night’s sleep. Other hotel features include a swimming pool, daily free breakfasts, and self-serve laundry facilities.


If time allows, take in a show at the American Stage Theatre Company, situated on 3rd Street North. The outdoor productions are professional and fun, with summer shows leading as some of the best in local entertainments. Be sure to call and check their schedules before heading down.


The Magnuson Hotel Marina Cover

iStock-843853168.jpgThe Magnuson Hotel Marina Cover on Sunshine Skyway Lane is a gorgeous hotel with an even more so gorgeous location. Guests have access to a private beach, with pure white sands and beautiful views of a pristine, clear-blue ocean. There are 155 rooms, each equipped with all of the amenities you need to remain comfortable, safe, and happy throughout your stay.


The hotel offers a bunch of fun and helpful amenities, like an on-site bar, restaurant, and lounge, 24-hour room service, free high-speed internet, and access to conference, business, and banquet rooms. Other features include a swimming pool and hot tub, tennis courts, an on-site fitness room, concierge services, and dry-cleaning and laundry services.


Fun-wise, walk down to the beach to sit on the seashore, wriggle your toes in the sand, and jump the rolling waves. Or, book a boat from Captain Mike Gore Tampa Fishing Charters for an afternoon of reeling in catches from the gulf.  According to online reviewers, this charter is a great experience for families with kids.


The Cordova Inn

beer on the table.jpegOn 2nd Avenue North, the Cordova Inn is an older, quaint hotel with a charming location in downtown St. Petersburg. Considered a boutique hotel, the accommodations include 31 cozy rooms, each outfitted with air conditioning systems, a well-equipped kitchenette, full-stocked bathroom, quiet sitting area, and fluffed, comfortable bed.


Other amenities include daily free breakfasts, concierge services, free high-speed internet, and dry-cleaning services. Business professionals are given access to meeting rooms and business centers for their work away from the office. In an old-fashioned way, you can pick if you would want a smoking or a non-smoking room.


If you find yourself exploring downtown St. Petersburg, stop in at The Ale and The Witch. Catch live music performances by local musicians and sample a line-up of delicious craft beers.  Mingle with locals and fellow travelers alike in either an indoor booth or the outdoor patio.


Come discover all the fun things to do in St. Petersburg, Florida and stay at one of the best hotels for a great vacation!  Book your trip today and TravNow.


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