Whether families choose to stay downtown near cultural attractions or on the beach for extended days of fun in the sun, they”ll find a nice variety of accommodations in St. Petersburg, Florida. There is also great shopping and dining, and the beach town is a short ride to the airport. A vacation at any of these St. Pete beach hotels ranks high with us.
Written by Stacey Zable
TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, St. Pete Beach
One of the largest resorts on the Gulf of Mexico, the 20-acre TradeWinds is full of kid-friendly amenities that are sure to impress its youngest guests. The Floating Water Park in the Gulf of Mexico sits 60 feet off the resort"s shoreline and offers 11 features for jumping, climbing and more. There is also a 3-story High Tide Slide on the beach. Other highlights include the weekly complimentary Captain RedBeard"s Pirate Show, KONK Kid"s Club for ages 4 to 11 and five heated swimming pools. All hotel rooms and suites come with kitchenettes. Resort restaurants feature a variety of cuisine to keep all guests happy.
Loews Don CeSar, St. Pete Beach
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Loews Loves KidsÃ¢â‚¬Â program is in full swing at this 277-room beachfront full-service resort, and starts with a welcome gift for children under 10. A Ã¢â‚¬Å“Kids ClosetÃ¢â‚¬Â offers must-have items to use during your stay at Loews Don CeSar Hotel, from toys and books to car seats, strollers, nightlights and baby bathtubs. A complimentary daily half-day session to Camp CeSar for kids ages 4 to 12 is available. There is also Kid"s Night Out and other family-friendly activities. Enjoy time on the beach or during water activities at the two swimming pools. A Pool Concierge provides chilled hand towels, Evian and suntan lotion misting, smoothies and frozen strawberry kabobs while you hang out in the sun. There are also kids" menus at six dining and lounge options, and a wide range of accommodations.
Beach House Suites by the Don CeSar, St. Pete Beach
Guests of the Beach House Suites have access to all of the amenities and activities at sister property Loews Don CeSar Hotel (half-mile away), including Camp CeSar, Kid"s Night Out, pool games and more via a complimentary shuttle. The 70 one-bedroom suites are located directly on St. Pete Beach and feature separate living rooms, private balconies, kitchens and washers and dryers. If you want to stay on-property, there is still plenty of family-friendly fun with a heated beachfront pool, watersports, shuffleboard, board games, DVDs and video games. A market in the lobby offers a selection of snacks, drinks and breakfast foods.
Alden Suites, A Beachfront Resort, St. Pete Beach
Alden Suites is an all-suite property on the Gulf of Mexico with separate living and sleeping areas, kitchenettes or kitchens, flat-screen TVs and private balconies. The 140 one-bedroom suites are all steps from the white sand beach, and there are two heated outdoor pools and a 12-person hot tub. Two lighted tennis courts, shuffleboard, Ping Pong and beach volleyball are available when it"s time to leave the water. A beachfront bar and snack shack makes it easy to grab a casual bite, or guests can walk to a choice of family-friendly restaurants.
Plaza Beach Hotel, St. Pete Beach
This cozy 39-suite property offers a mom and pop feel with its location right on the Gulf of Mexico. The newly renovated suites feature kitchens. Amenities include a swimming pool steps from the beach and water sports, such as para-sailing, jet skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding and aqua biking. Family fun can also be had playing shuffleboard, mini-golf, human-size chess, corn-hole toss, foosball and at the beachside barbeque area. Plaza Beach Hotel is an ideal spot if you are seeking a low-key atmosphere.
The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg
An upscale property with marina views, The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club is a good option for families who wish to be in downtown St. Petersburg near the city"s historical attractions. Numerous parks, museums, bike trails and a fishing pier are all within walking distance. Families can spend long days at the heated outdoor pool, while mom and dad can have some Ã¢â‚¬Å“usÃ¢â‚¬Â time at the full-service spa or fitness center. A kids" club is also available during the summer months. The Vinoy offers tennis lessons on its 12 courts, golf lessons on its 18-hole course, bike rentals and a family sailing school. Dine at one of the resort"s five restaurants. Guestrooms and suites include large marble bathrooms.
Residence Inn St. Petersburg Treasure Island, Treasure Island
Located right on the beach on this beautiful barrier island adjacent to St. Petersburg, the Residence Inn St. Petersburg Treasure Island has 105 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. The suites not only feature the extra room families appreciate, but also kitchens and floor-to-ceiling doors that open to private lanais offering Gulf views. It"s nice to have the kitchen, but you won"t have to use it for breakfast with a full hot American breakfast included in the rates. There are also evening social events a few nights a week. Kids will like the outdoor pool, plus there is a hot tub and fitness center onsite.