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“Just ok” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront

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Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront
Ranked #8 of 41 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Orange Park, Florida
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Just ok”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

When we stay at a Hilton we expect a....Hilton, and this wasn't even a Hampton Inn. The location is great but there was no fridge in the room, an alarm clock you couldn't read in the dark, a coffee maker but no bottled water, not to mention the lovely view of a black roof with a sattelite dish even though we were "bayfront". If you want a true luxury hotel, try an Omni property- they are top notch.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Dave P, General Manager at Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront, responded to this review, 17 April 2012
Dear coste1960, thank you for your review. We are in the process of installing fridges in all of our guest rooms and I am sorry for the difficulty you experienced with your alarm clock and have made our hskp staff aware to the details as well. Thank you again for the feedback and hope you will visit with us again in the future. Dave Prophet GM
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Pensacola, Florida
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34 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

I spend two nights at Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront to participate in a scientific workshop. The hotel was chosen by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and Florida Department of Environmental Protection with a negotiated special government rate, so I merely stayed because of their choices. These proved overall to be good choices.

Location is the strong suit of this hotel. My meetings were within walking distance at the U.S. Geological Survey. The Whitted Regional Airport and University of South Florida College of Marine Biology are also within a couple blocks. There is a delightful district with Bourbon Street ambiance within a 5 minute walk: excellent restaurants, shops, Irish pubs, good live jazz, rock. I was never disappointed by any of the lunches or dinners.

The hotel offers free shuttle service within the local area. That is so cool. Like a free taxi, and I used it a couple times.

I enjoyed the lobby bar. Service was good, and light food was reasonably priced and pretty good too. The really large crab cakes “appetizers” for only $12 were devoid of excess filler: just good crab meat and after a tossed salad was more than adequate for my dinner the first night.

The Fitness Center was clean but small and spartan. It included nice and functional PreCor treadmills and elliptical trainers with TV monitors and free dispo ear-buds. But the one multi-functional cable-and-weight machine was so difficult to use that I gave up. There was an adequate set of dumbbells and weighted bars, and a couple benches. So it was possible to get both an aerobic workout and weight bearing exercise if one creatively used the facilities provided. There was free bottled water, fresh fruit and towels.

Negatives:
There was no room safe, and although they offer a safe deposit box at the desk they could not accommodate an iPad. The carpet in my room needed replaced: dirty and worn. There was no hotel stationery in the room. Come on... any hotel with self-pride should provide stationery, postcards, envelopes.

The ONE Desk clerk was really too busy, but polite and efficient. Should have backup desk help when they expect a meeting group. We were only 50 or so arriving over a period of 12 hours. But clearly, she needed help. Then, I noticed repeatedly throughout my stay that the front desk had only one clerk and she was always stressed and a bit overwhelmed trying to multi-task with ringing phones, checking guests in and out, responding to guest needs. The hotel really needs to provide at least one more clerk up front.

There was free WiFi, but signal was very weak in lobby bar, kept dropping out on both iPhone and iPad. Many of my colleagues complained that there was not reliable Internet connectivity in their room I can attest that it was really sporadic both in my room and in the lobby area.

Room Tip: My room was overall clean and smoke-free but carpet was dirty. One colleague complained about AC uni...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Joe L
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Dave P, Front Office Manager at Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront, responded to this review, 17 April 2012
Dear JoeL, thanks for your review and we are happy that you enjoyed you visit to the Hilton. We are preparing to install in-room safes shortly and I have shared yiur remarks regarding the internet with out IT provider to better improve our service. Dave Prophet GM
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Traverse City, Michigan
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

Long story short...After a last minute scramble (our airline went bankrupt) we flew into Tampa. We named our own price and found ourselves at the Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront. The St Petersburg Grand Prix was being held at the time of our stay. It was so much fun! The Hotel is in the center of downtown and we could walk everywhere. We asked the front desk if we could have a room that would allow us to see the races, and the guy was great. We had such a nice view. We enjoyed the iced lemon and strawberry water that was free in the lobby, and we also visited the Starbucks that was on sight. The room was a little dated, but it was clean and the beds were comfy. We were pleased.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank jimerri
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Dave P, General Manager at Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront, responded to this review, 17 April 2012
Dear jimerri, thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your visit with us, we will be freshing up our hotel in the near future and hope you will visit with us again. Dave Prophet GM
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

We found a deal and loved this hotel. Beautiful views. Cute neighborhood with very good food options and a few entertainment offerings. Great place to stroll. Across the street from the Minor League ballpark. Pool area was very peaceful

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank FredrickGO
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Dave P, General Manager at Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront, responded to this review, 17 April 2012
Dear FredrickGO, thanks for your review and we are glad that you enjoyed both our Hilton and our location in beauyiful St Pete. We hope that if you should visit us again you will chose to stay with us ! Dave Prophet GM
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Lake Mary fl
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59 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

We stayed her for a conference for the 3rd year in a row. Nice hotel, nice rooms, however a little understaffed. Check in took too long and our two rooms were not ready until after 4 pm., and when we called to order room service, I was placed on hold for 20 minutes.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Gina H
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Dave P, General Manager at Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront, responded to this review, 5 April 2012
Dear Gina H, thank you for your comments, we are sorry for the delays you encountered during your visit with us, I will be sharing your comments with our staff in order to better serve our guests in the future and I hope you will stay with us again should your future travels bring you to St Petersburg. Dave Prophet GM
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Additional Information about Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront

Property: Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront
Address: 333 1ST ST. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Region: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in St. Petersburg
#9 Family Hotel in St. Petersburg
#10 Romantic Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price range (per night): ₹ 19,245 - ₹ 22,999
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hilton St Petersburg Bayfront 3.5*
Number of rooms: 333
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Explore the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront district from Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. This hotel in St. Petersburg, FL, is conveniently located in the heart of downtown St. Pete within walking distance of many cultural attractions. Unwind in the spacious hotel rooms that offer striking city views. Enjoy free Wifi and treat yourself to coffee in the comfort of your room. This hotel offers an on-site Starbucks, a heated outdoor pool, fully equipped fitness center and on-site restaurant. ... more   less 
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