St. Pete Beach Travel Guide
We already loved the Gidget look of The Postcard Inn when it reopened last October. Now, with slush lining the NYC streets, and cheap-as-chips rates courtesy of Travelzoo, it looks even more seductive.
The ’Zoo alerted us to savings of 60% off regular rates—$79 a night—at the boho-budget hotel, for travel dates through March 4, and again from April 11–23.
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Barry Sternlicht, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, celebrates the opening of Postcard Inn on The Beach in St. Pete Beach, FL with model/actress Molly Sims.
Last weekend, he showed up for the opening of the Postcard Inn on The Beach which is a joint venture between him and Stephen Hanson, the founder of BR Guest Restaurants. Looking good BS! It doesn't look like the recession has aged you one bit.
As you can see, Molly Sims was there to celebrate the opening but she was also celebrate her new HSN jewelry line, Grace. While she dined at Wildwood BBQ & Burger with her family, new boyfriend Aaron Eckhart was not there.
The Postcard Inn on the Beach opened last month and its surf culture-inspired rooms start at $99 a night.
Photo: Peter Richardson/Red Eye Photo
Yes, yes, we realize it is officially fall, but it just seems too damn cold too damn soon this year. Which means we’re getting a jump-start on our snowbird plans, weighing up which sunny destination to escape to first come December or January. News, then, that the Postcard Inn on the Beach opened last Thursday in St. Pete Beach, Florida, was music to our cold ears.
We’ll always have a soft spot for the beachy motels of America’s past, and this looks like just the place to rediscover our inner Gidget. First of all, there’s the décor of the guest rooms: ocean murals on the walls, surfboards and gear as decoration, and vintage light fixtures. Some rooms will have poolside patios for post-beach brews, and others overlook the garden or the gulf.
[Ed. Note: This is the Bad Rate in our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature. This rate was valid on Sept. 5, 2006 and is subject to change. Enjoy.]
We always feel leery right off the bat when we see "Best Western" and the word "resort" together, but we feel even more apprehensive when the rates are far north of what a motel room should cost you.
Unlike our Good Rate this week in St. Petersburg, Florida--the historic Pier Hotel--the Best Western Beachfront Resort has about as much character as a hotel sports bar. Here that faceless sports bar is called "Player's" and you're a long way from where the real players are. It's five miles to St. Petersburg itself and even further to anything else. Off-season rates start at $109 for a courtyard room (as in facing kids jumping around in the pool) on Sunday night though and go up from there to $170 for a weekend beachfront room. Despite the cost, a stay here comes with surprisingly few extras. Here are a few amenties touted on the web site:
* Exercise facility, Open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Stationary Bike and Weight Machine
* Free Morning coffee in lobby, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. daily
* Computer available
Only some of the rooms have high-speed (wired) Internet access, but at least there's a pool and a beach bar. We didn't bother to post a photo here, since you know what it's going to look like and the photo they lead off with on their site is a shot of a parking lot. Here is a screen shot of the lowest regular rates for 9/15 to 9/18 though, captured from the Best Western site. AAA members can get a discount, but for a Florida gulf beach hotel in the off season, there are more enticing places to rest your head for this price.
Destination Weddings are all the rage these days with many couples opting to marry at beachfront hotels. The only problem is they are choosing to say "I Do" and celebrate with a reception afterwards at the very same hotels that you have booked for your relaxing getaway.
So much for a room with a view.
Our suggestion would be to call ahead and ask the front desk if any weddings will be taking place during your stay. And if you can't rearrange your travel dates, then perhaps you can steal some moves from The Wedding Crashers and land yourself some free drinks and maybe even a date.