Good Rate :: The Pier Hotel
[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature where we look at hotel prices in the same city and decide which is better worth your hard-earned benjamins. The rates we found were valid on September 5, 2006 and are subject to change.]
Now that American kids are all back in school, the Florida beaches are emptying out. This is a fine time to enjoy the warm surf of St. Petersburg and score a deal on a hotel room.
Outside of Miami, it's getting harder these days to find a bit of "old Florida," but The Pier Hotel in St. Petersburg delivers. The hotel was built in 1921 and has that gilded age vibe that's been met with a wrecking ball in most areas. They give you an exterior that looks like it definitely wasn't thrown up in two weeks and an interior full of craftsmen touches. The claw foot tubs remain in the baths, but the place was renovated in 2001, with wi-fi now in place even. Being from an age when isolation wasn't a selling point, it's easy to walk to restaurants and attractions.
Best of all, the rates are a steal this time of year, especially if you shop around. For the 3-night weekend of 9/15 to 9/19, we found a rate of $71-$84 per night at Travelocity for a double, or $84-$97 for a deluxe king. (Spring for the latter if you want a bath that's not sized for 1920s demands.)
These rates come with plenty of extras too: free breakfast, a nightly cocktail hour, parking, local calls, and Internet access. Feel like a baron (or baroness) without emptying out the vault.
· Pier Hotel Reviews [TripAdvisor]