Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 5:06pm
Bringing new life and style to aging historic structures, two true boutique hotels recently opened in downtown St. Petersburg this year.
The luxurious Birchwood, in the heart of downtown St. Pete on fashionable Beach Drive, features only 18 rooms—as well as a ground-floor restaurant with sidewalk café seating and a plush rooftop bar with outdoor fireplaces and breathtaking views of the skyline and waterfront. The historic 1924 structure, which was gutted to its foundation during the year-long multimillion dollar project, keeps history alive with its original facades and period touches like claw-foot bath tubs and four-poster beds. A half mile west of the Birchwood you’ll find the more casual Hollander Hotel, a newlyremodeled historic 100-room property featuring the Tap House & Grill, coffee shop, and a full-service spa—as well as a atmospheric, 130-foot long veranda that plays up the building’s distinctive architecture and Southern charm.