About the Room:
Named for the Inn's original owners, this suite is dedicated to the dream that was a grande downtown St. Pete. Sitting room with panoramic view of Vinoy Park and the downtown waterfront.
Features a king size bed and jacuzzi tub w/shower
What You'll Find Here:
From the newly-refurbished classic decor right down to the squeezably soft bath robes that are included in every room, we've done it all for you. We're also the only Bed in Breakfast in the area that can sell wine & beer.
About the Inn:
The Beach Drive Inn is believed to be built in 1910 by one of St. Petersburg's earliest and most famous developers, Perry Snell. Due to a fire at the county court house in approximately 1913, all previous records were lost. However, county records since 1914 have been preserved and show other famous develops of St. Petersburg also resided at this property. Two developers in particular were C.R. Hall, (phone number hidden), and William Petten in 1918.
However, in 1919 a third purchaser of the property would change the face of St. Petersburg forever. Stella and Aymer Vinoy Laughner purchased the property located at 532 Beach Drive and resided in this home with their family for many years. It was on the lawn of this house, at a party in 1924, that real estate promoter Gene Elliot looked across Beach Drive and announced, "We're gong to build a hotel there, and we're going to name it The Vinoy because that's such a pretty name." The house, originally clapboard and frame, was surrounded by tall hedges and Aymer had a hole cut in one side of the hedge so he could run back and forth to the hotel construction site.
The Vinoy Park Hotel, now called the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel was opened on December 31st, 1925. Amyer Vinoy Laughner died in 1961 and his wife Stella died in 1976. The Vinoy name will live forever and because of the efforts of these and may other unmentioned developers, St. Petersburg, Florida has become one of the most visited cities in the world.
Code is given to front door. Check in is between 3 and 6PM. This is a non smoking B&B on the inside, please use designated areas on the outside, Please have fun and enjoy this old home as we do. This is a Pet Friendly Room. A one time charge of $25.00 will be paid if you have a pet.
Graduated From USF and UF. I own and operate a Bed and Breakfast with my wife, Heather. Prior to opening a Bed and Breakfast I had a large retirement home. I am a lifelong resident of Florida and grew up in the Tampa Bay area and have inside tips on things to do while visiting that makes being an innkeeper so special and personalized.