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 can’t say enough about The Birchwood! The rooms are incredible, clean and comfortable. The staff goes the extra mile to accommodate your needs and always with a smile. They have a rooftop lounge that overlooks the city and the bay. Magnificent views at night. The location is great with so much to do, all in walking distance. We look forward to sour next stay there.
I would like to start with a positive. Brandon greeted us and made us feel welcome. Outstanding service from this young man. Over all was very disappointed with our stay. We decided to stay here based on the online experience highlighting their rooftop club. Pictures online were misleading. 2 floors up from our room was a packed night club with overpriced drinks and close to 130 people. They portrayed it as an intimate space. No so much. We payed about $350 based on this feature and we ended up having to leave the hotel grounds to find a pleasant place to eat, (400 Beach Seafood & Tap House). When we returned from a very pleasant dining experience we went to our room. It was very nice except remember those 100+ folks partying 2 floors up? They were disturbingly loud till 4 am!!! Not cool for $350 per night!!!! Needless to say we will not be back.
Don’t leave anything here. If you do they will charge you to ship it back and either wait forever or just not ship it back. Poor service. This is my second stay and I’ve been underwhelmed both times. I won’t stay a third time.
The property is beautiful and in a perfect location for everything St. Petersburg has to offer. The rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, staff is super friendly and make you feel like family. The food including free breakfast is great, rooftop bar is a hot spot every night of the week. Lots of fun, if you do not mind the noise till super late. Our room was on second floor and faced the elevator that goes to roof, so it was extremely noisy. I would recommend a white noise machine in each room,to the hotel as a solution. Not sure if I would return simply because sleeping was not really an option here unless I brought my own sleep machine... really not kidding about how loud it is.
Having eaten at Birch vine many times with great memories, I found our last experience reason to not go back again. We had dinner for six in a nice private room. The room was exceptional, quiet and pleasant. The service however was slow and somewhat not attentive. Four of the six in attendance at dinner found their meals to be less enjoyable than expected. I personally have some food sensitivities. I made very clear to that waiter what I needed and could not have. Somewhere in the communication it was lost. My dinner was not what I ordered, and could not eat. I had to send the waiter back two times to get the order corrected. The result was my meal being delivered in pieces. The others in attendance were also not happy with the experience.
My past experience has been exceptional and memorable. The service was always perfect. That's why I continued to eat there. I am not sure if they have had kitchen turnover(chef) or something other occur. I will not make it a priority to dine here again.