What We Love
- Picking a red or white from the 1,800-bottle wine wall at the Tampa Bay Times-approved restaurant
- Crashing on a two- or four-poster bed in one of the 1920s-inspired rooms at this boutique base
- Admiring the hotel’s building, on the National Register of Historic Places
- Starting each day with complimentary breakfast, before heading to award-winning beaches a short drive away
What To Know
- Just down the block from the the Museum of Fine Arts, the Dali Museum, the Chihuly Collection, and central St. Petersburg
- Valet parking is available for an additional fee
- Free WiFi works well
With its sweeping water views and Mission-style architectural design, The Birchwood will make you feel like you’re on the coast of Spain. In fact, this stylish hotel is set in St. Petersburg, in a building listed in the National Register of Historic Places. While the 1,800-bottle wine wall at Birch & Vine may also evoke a Mediterranean getaway, the American cuisine and southern hospitality are another clear giveaway that you’re in the Sunshine State. They’re also among the reasons for the boutique base’s consistent popularity since opening in 2013, among hungry locals, as well as vacationing visitors.
Highlights apart from the elegant restaurant – which also boasts a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2016 and OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award 2017 – include the rooftop lounge, with a fire pit, and the rooms, with clawfoot tubs in the bathrooms and two- or four-poster beds apiece. As an extra perk, you’ll enjoy a continental breakfast each morning, on the house. Then there’s the Beach Drive location, putting you right in the heart of the local action. And if you’d like to keep bringing Spanish culture to sunny southern Florida, you’re just a 20-minute walk or five-minute drive from the already-iconic new home of the Salvador Dalí Museum.
Your bedroom is one of just 18, with an updated 1920s theme that references the hotel’s early history. Look forward to a stylish patterned headboard, Italian tapestries and a bathroom with a claw-foot tub.Superior King rooms have one king bed, whereas Superior Double Queen rooms offer two queens.
A Tampa Bay Times Editor’s Pick and OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award 2017 winner, indoor-outdoor Birch & Vine serves creative, seasonal brunches, lunches and dinners, under Chef Luke Decker. Come for wild-mushroom soup, sesame-seared tuna and one of the 1,800 wines from the wine wall. (Ask the sommelier for some recommendations.) Sip a drink in the lobby lounge, as well – cocktails here highlight fresh and locally grown fruits. There’s also The Canopy Rooftop Lounge, where you can nibble flatbreads or polish off yet more fruity cocktails, while warming up by a fire pit and gazing over the sea.
St. Petersburg feels a world away from the big Florida cities that are really just a stone’s throw away. It’s got a gorgeous pier, a sandy state park (with some of the country’s best beaches over on nearby St. Pete Beach, about a 25-minute drive from the hotel) and – as of 2011 – the dazzling new home of the Salvador Dalí Museum. Easy day trips run from Disney World to Weeki Wachee (home of the famous dancing mermaids) to Sarasota. At The Birchwood, you’ll be directly on Beach Drive, near the Dalí Museum and a number of restaurants and shops.