There's something extremely romantic about staying in a historic hotel, especially when that hotel has been beautifully taken care of an renovated. A badly needed escape from city life brought us to my hometown of Tampa, Florida, across the bay to St. Petersburg.
Our room, in the original historic part of the hotel, was comfortable, the bathroom up to Renaissance standards. The real gem in this historic property is the pool. Enjoyed by visitors and locals, there is plenty of room for everyone. Pick out a chair of your choosing, hoist up the umbrella and sip fruity drink after fruity drink as you waste the day away in absolute bliss.
If you've had enough of laying by the pool, there's a day spa on-site which offers a variety of services. If you have a long commute on your feet, try the Vinoy Foot Ritual - SO much more than your standard foot massage!
The restaurants on-site are what you would expect from a luxury property: a giant brunch buffet takes over the historic dining room, which a tamer breakfast is served in the casual restaurant by the pool.
If you're a sports fan, keep your eyes peeled while at the Vinoy: it's the hotel of choice for Major League Baseball teams coming to play the nearby Tampa Bay Rays.