My wife and I recently stayed here. Before making reservations I read the reviews here and was amazed how reviewers went between loving it and hating it. So, I decided to see for myself.
We stayed for two nights. The location is perfect if you want to be downtown and near shopping, eating and entertainment. We stayed our first night on St Patrick's Day ... Loads of Irish bars very close and those were full of people celebrating. Great Fun.
Our room was New York City Hotel small ! We had a friend on the 6th (top) floor with a "suite" , that was two of the little rooms made into one by knocking a hole in the ajoining wall and putting in a door. The room has the bathroom sink in the room. The mattress was pretty uncomfortable. The shades on the window were very old twist style plastics and couldn't be closed all the way with one of the slats falling off. To the good the place was pretty clean.
Our second day we were gone from mid morning and returned at 5:30 pm . Surprise ! The room hadn't been made up. A quick call to the front desk and we were told the housekeepers had gone for the day but we could come down to the lobby and get fresh towels. This isn't fun when I come back from a long day! We strongly suggested that if the room couldn't be fixed that the charges for that night needed to be waived. The lady at the front desk and what I presume to be a maintenance person appeared and made the room up.
OK, so now I know why the bouncing reviews .... the Hotel is in serious need of updating, afterall it was built, I believe, in the early 1900's. The staff was helpful
If you are looking for a higher end place do not go here.
BTW, the Restaurant attached to the place "Civeche" is Great!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1922, The Ponce de León Hotel is a Spanish Mission Revival building of great historic interest. Located at 95 Central Avenue and Beach Drive, one might notice that this hotel is only one block away from Saint Petersburg’s beautiful and vibrant waterfront and in the heart of downtown. The Ponce de León Hotel is at doorstep to the most popular restaurants, museums and music venues in the city. Some of which include; the Salvador Dali Museum, Janus Live, the Mahaffey Theater, Tropicana Field, Vinoy Park, and much, much more!Boasting 74 modern rooms, and home of one of the city’s most popular and award winning restaurants, Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant. You can unwind with a drink or dine at the hotel bar & restaurant while you enjoy nightly live entertainment. They make their dishes with locally sourced ingredients for the freshest and finest taste. From the moment you walk into the hotel you will be impressed by the style, décor and air of calm professionalism. Ponce de León Hotel is perfectly located in the heart of St. Petersburg’s most popular recreational and business districts, offering convenience, effortless style, and affordability to leisure and corporate travelers. The Ponce de León Hotel combines impeccable service and comfortable accommodation with spectacular views of the waterfront and downtown St. Petersburg. Be delighted by incomparable value harmonized with everyday amenities, service, plus all the attention you expect from a boutique hotel. ... more less
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- Ponce De Leon Hotel St. Petersburg, Florida