FLORDIA Travel Guide

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St. Pete's Beach Gets First New Hotel in 20 Years

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  Site Where: St Pete Beach [map], Long Key, Flordia, United States
May 29, 2014 at 2:27 PM | by | ()

The Hotel Zamora, the first new hotel in more than 20 years on St. Pete's Beach, is slated to make its debut next month.

Influenced by the architecture, design, and feel of the rocky hills of the Spanish province of the same name, the waterfront hotel will feature Mediterranean-style rooms and suites with high ceilings, crown molding, arched windows, and Spanish-influenced details in the form of wooden doorways and artwork. Outside, the hotel has a marina with space for seven boats, a fresh-water pool, and access to the Gulf of Mexico’s white-sand beaches to the west of Tampa Bay. Both regular and suite rooms feature walk-in spa showers and soaking tubs to mirror a spa retreat.

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Is Venus Williams' Suite Design at InterContinental Miami a Grand Slam?

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  Site Where: 100 Chopin Plaza [map], Miami, Flordia, United States, 33131
November 13, 2012 at 9:47 AM | by | ()

Venus Williams is quietly positioning herself for the day she decides to retire her tennis racket. Her interior design company, V*Starr, has steadily gained recognition since its inception back in 2002, drawing praise from magazines like Family Circle, Luxury Living, and Homes of Color.

Despite a relatively low-profile portfolio that includes athletes homes in Miami and the set of a PBS television show in Los Angeles, the Intercontinental Miami took a chance on her, contracting the company to redesign its two presidential suites, both of which are now complete. The project was V*Starr's first hospitality gig.

Does it show? Intercontinental calls the two rooms "distinctively different," but we're not really seeing that in the photos gallery below. Outside of the colors and different names, they look like the exact same layouts.

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