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Clearwater and St. Petersburg have much to offer for the whole family. Aside from the abundant sunshine, visitors can check out the Salvador Dalí Museum, explore the beautiful Clearwater Beach and Fort de Soto Park, or walk the entirety of the 26-acre St. Pete Pier.
The area has some of the best dining in the region, as well as a whole range of luxurious boutique hotels that make these neighboring cities a great home base for any visitor.
Let’s dive into our favorite options to choose from for your next visit!
Price: From $258 per night
A historic property set in a 19th-century building, Belleview Inn provides its guests with a one-of-a-kind luxurious experience. Inspired by its Victorian heritage, Belleview Inn seamlessly blends classic elegance with modern amenities. The wainscoting in the hallways, baseboards, window casings, and sophisticated door surrounds harken back to the Victorian era.
Most of the guest rooms and suites feature amazing views, and all of them benefit from cozy fireplaces, stylish wood floors, and oversized windows. In-room amenities include luxurious linens and mattresses, a Keurig coffee maker, and a freshly baked breakfast basket delivered every morning. In addition, housekeeping service is available twice daily.
Cocktails can be sipped next to the pool, or guests can choose to spend a day at the adjacent Belleair Country Club.
Price: From $357 per night
A soulful boutique hotel set in the former headquarters of a radio station, Fenway Hotel offers its guests cozy and relaxing living spaces. Located just 12 miles from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), it’s a great place to consider for a comfortable and convenient vacation.
Rooms at Fenway Hotel feature a casual vintage design and a soft color palette. Amenities in each room include comfortable pillowtop mattresses, a sofa, a minifridge, and a coffee maker. Some rooms boast water views over the St. Joseph Sound.
The hotel’s public spaces were created to facilitate connection and conversation, even among strangers. And there’s an artisan pantry that features delectable treats to try.
Price: From $251 per night
Full of Key West flair, Hotel Cabana offers a luxurious experience right next to the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel’s beach-chic vibes create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy while in Florida, and its location provides easy access to some of the region’s best beaches.
Guest rooms and suites feature different styles, guaranteeing that everyone will find something that suits their taste. All suites have fully-equipped kitchens, and the hotel even has laundry machines available — perfect for longer stays.
Complimentary coffee from the local Kawha Coffee is served daily, and the resort features a pool and comfortable patio furniture designed for ultimate relaxation.
Price: From $260 per night
With amazing views over Tampa Bay, The Karol Hotel has established itself as a high-end pick in the Clearwater area. The hotel is a great place to base yourself while exploring this area of Florida, as it is centrally located to both Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Accommodations include king and queen rooms, deluxe rooms, and a selection of suites. Elsewhere on the property, guests can take advantage of the elegant lobby restaurant, the pool, the state-of-the-art fitness center, and the trendy rooftop bar with some of the best views in the area.
Price: From $315 per night
A beachfront resort set on popular St. Pete Beach, Alden Suites boasts 5 acres of sprawling property for guests to enjoy. This all-suite resort features large rooms that are rare for the area.
Each suite features amenities like separate bedrooms and living areas, a fully-equipped kitchen, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a coffee maker. Some have a private patio, while others have a full balcony and views over the serene golf course.
The property also has a pool, a relaxing courtyard, a laidback beach bar, and a cafe serving delicious local fare. This is an unbeatable spot for those seeking lots of space on their vacation.
Hot Tip: Both Clearwater Beach and St. Pete Beach made our list of the best beaches in Florida!
Price: From $310 per night
Known as one of the best places to stay in St. Petersburg, The Birchwood provides a luxury boutique hotel experience to its guests.
This hotel is conveniently located just 1 block away from the Museum of Fine Arts and 2 blocks from the attractions at the Pier. The glitzy cocktail bar on the rooftop has stunning views and cozy fire pits that encourage guests to socialize.
Dating back to 1924, The Birchwood preserves its Spanish Mission style and the glamour of a long-gone era. Even after a comprehensive restoration, The Birchwood lost none of its identity. Its luxurious guest rooms each have a different charm that is sure to delight all its guests.
Price: From $187 per night
This exclusive, adults-only resort is located right next to St. Petersburg on Boca Ciega Bay, just a short walk from all the attractions of St. Pete Beach.
Pasa Tiempo offers a variety of rooms and suites with amenities in each room like a romantic fireplace, private patio or balcony, ultra-comfortable beds, and a fully-equipped kitchen. The resort also features an outdoor pool and is an ideal choice for romantic getaways, weddings, and even honeymoons. The combination of privacy and luxury offered by Pasa Tiempo is unbeatable in the area!
Clearwater and St. Petersburg are home to a vibrant arts community and benefit from numerous beautiful beaches. From museums to golfing, boating, and sunbathing, there is no shortage of activities to do in this area of Florida. And, you’ll have no problem finding a great boutique property to match your vibe, no matter what “floats your boat.”
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