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.
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We visited for a 2 night stay while visiting family. The accommodations were beautiful, in a perfect location, the staff was helpful, pleasant and friendly. The rooftop bar gives an amazing view of Tampa Bay. I highly recommend this lovely hotel.
Upon pulling up to the hotel to check in it was very confusing on where to park. So, I parked in a spot on the street while my wife checked us in. The young lady checking us in came back out with my wife and took over the responsibility of getting my car to the valet services. I assumed it was because I need a walker to get around currently due to my neck surgery. I didn't think too much about it. We went to our room and the room was wonderful and nicely cleaned. The bed was wonderful and we both slept great. The staff were outstanding and always courteous. I wanted some drinks brought up to my room so I could watch some playoff hockey. Very fast service. The environment was great and relaxing. In the morning, we went down for our free breakfast, which is the least they could do for the rates. It was 0930 when we came down for the breakfast that was to be served until 1000. Coffee was on the other side of where the meal was and it was luke warm at best. The meal was scrambled eggs, bacon and french toast and the usual others, cereal, yogurt etc...It was low on french toast and they had no intentions of refilling it. Bacon was good and the eggs were actually good. They had Chobani yogurt which we like anyway and some of the pastry's you get like at super 8 Motels. These were not good. We went to checkout and they had to get our car from the valet. We told him it was right out back on the street. They never moved it for valet for whatever reason. We had a parking ticket on our car. They said they would take care of it. It was their fault for not moving it. Going in and out of the hotel was a little challenging with my walker. They do not have automatic doors which is challenging for someone with a walker or evena wheelchair. I resorted to my cain to go in and out for ease but it was very challenging on myself to do this. I hope they fix this in the future.
Hosted an intimate private brunch for my birthday in the Courtyard area of B&V and it was a wonderful experience! My husband and I met with Leja originally and she was great with showing us the space and offering the packages. Once we booked we worked with the awesome event manager, Grace! She helped put all of my little details together and made it everything I wanted for my birthday! Chris and Ahmad were our waitstaff on the day of, and the service was top notch. The ivy wall was a great photo back drop and the event space was the perfect size for our group. Everyone who attended had such a great time. Thank you!
Our overall impression of the hotel was that it was in “wind down” mode for the end of the season.
On arrival we parked in the valet area in front of the property only to be told that for the hotel we needed to use the end two spaces and go inside the hotel for help. We were greeted by the hotel manager who had an apparent reluctance to use eye contact and we were shown to our room. The room was an excellent size, in a quiet location towards the rear of the hotel and whilst in the evening there was some noise from the Canopy guests, it did not cause us any problems or disturb our sleep. The room was far too dark and needed some effective lighting. The bathroom was a good size.
At around 4.30 a.m. on our first night an alarm was sounded and it was necessary to evacuate the hotel. After an inspection by the Fire Department we were allowed to return to our room. The young lady member of staff who was obviously “on call” was very understanding and made sure all guests were Ok. However, and surprisingly, the following morning, not a single member of staff made comment about our disturbed night. These incidents happen but I would expect a little more concern to be shown to guests.
On arrival we were pleasantly surprised to learn that breakfast was included in our tariff. Whilst the offering was fine, no staff members took any notice of guests and cleaning duties continued around the hotel.
The hotel is in a good location with many restaurants and attractions nearby. St Petersburg feels like a very safe city where visitors can easily walk around. The waterfront and main areas are full of interesting shops/galleries/museums etc. The free trolley bus services are great to go further distances without needing the car.
We enjoyed our stay at the Birchwood but with a bit more effort from a staff perspective, a good review could have been so much better.
When visiting St Petersburg, we were told to go to the rooftop bar at The Birchwood for drinks and to enjoy the view. So glad we did. Views of St Petersburg and Tampa Bay are beautiful. We enjoyed drinks on a late Sunday afternoon. There is no Happy Hour on weekends. A great place to go with friends to enjoy the ambiance and views.