This is my second year in a row staying on St. Pete Beach. All the action is at the southern tip; Pass-a-Grille, so this year I decided to stay there.
The Sabal Palms is a small Inn--a converted house on a peaceful corner one block from the restaurants and directly across the street from the lovely beach. I stayed in Unit #8--upstairs with a small balcony overlooking the backyard and "pool." (It is actually a rather large hot tub/spa, but let's not split hairs.)
My room was immaculate. Not a speck of dirt to be found. The bed was very comfortable; the pillows and quilt very homey. The bathroom with shower was as clean as I could wish. The hot water and water pressure were fine. The room had both air conditioning (not needed in November when I visited), and windows that actually open, making possible a nice cool breeze for the room. There was also a fully equipped kitchenette, for those energetic and frugal souls who actually cook while on vacation (not me!) The manager, Eddie, was accessible and very kind and helpful.
My ONLY complaint (which prevented my rating from being the full 5 stars) was that Sabal Palms advertises the use of free bikes. There were plenty of bikes: tough old warhorse "cruisers" with one speed, pedal brakes, and wide tires--but every last one of them had either flat tires or tires that would not hold air more than an hour or so. All the chains and gears were rusty. This fleet of bikes is badly in need of some basic tune-up TLC! If you are a bicyclist, bring your tools and a can of lube with you and then all will be well! Seriously, the establishment needs to keep these bikes at least in basic good condition if they are going to advertise the use of them.
Look at that: I have spent one long paragraph on these bikes! It's only because it is SO PLEASANT to pedal around the southern tip of Pass-a-Grille: around the corner to the Tampa Bay side to the marina to watch the pelican population--much better than TV! And then over to the many restaurants and pubs. Guess what? You do not need to lock your bike in Pass-a-Grille. Nobody bothers your bike. I was told this by Eddie, and I tested it out over 3 days, using the only bike that did hold air in its tires--and he was correct. I thought I was dreaming, which is how you are SUPPOSED to feel on vacation!
Pass-a-Grille is the most mellow, lovely, affordable oasis of peace. I highly recommend it, and regardless of the bike situation, I will definitely stay at the Sabal Palms again. (I will need a 3-oz can of lube; wonder if bike tools will make it through Security in the airport?)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sabal Palms Inn is a family run inn directly facing the Gulf of Mexico. The only thing that separates you from the sandy white beach and the warm Gulf waters is a small two way utility road. Located in historic Pass-a-Grille where there is nothing growing on the beach except for nature. Proud member of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber or Commerce and the Superior Small Lodging Association. Winner of the 2015 SSL White Glove Award. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sabal Palms Hotel Saint Pete Beach
- Sabal Palms Motel
- Sabal Palms Inn St. Pete Beach, Florida