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Thu, 27 April 2023

The Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida Completes First Phase of Major Renovation

(27/04/23)  Part of Marriott's Autograph Collection, The Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida has completed the initial phase of a comprehensive renovation led by the architecture and design firm Rockwell Group with Hart Howerton as architect of record.

The renovation includes the resort’s legendary veranda; lobby; guest rooms; ballrooms and meeting spaces; F&B outlets; as well as a new spa and wellness area.

The renowned hotel, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, is the only Autograph Collection property in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida. Click to enlarge.
The Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida

“Every property within Autograph Collection Hotels has a truly unique story, and The Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, Autograph Collection is one of those ‘Exactly Like Nothing Else’ experiences,” said Jennifer Connell, Global Brand Leader, Autograph Collection Hotels, and Vice President, Distinctive Premium Brands, Marriott International. “The Vinoy has made its mark over the last 100 years, claiming an iconic status in Florida. With this comprehensive redesign rooted in its historic heritage, we look forward to celebrating a new, exciting chapter for the resort.”

From the moment one enters The Vinoy’s elegant front drive, the historic resort embraces guests with hospitality inspired by a bygone era.

The reimagined arrival court, designed by Hart Howerton, highlights the dramatically detailed original entry portal while incorporating original 1920s brick that has been carefully re-laid and is surrounded by indigenous Floridian foliage.

The enchanting Veranda, The Vinoy’s iconic front porch, has been enhanced with custom Rockwell Group-designed rocking chairs, a Vinoy tradition since its opening in 1925, and a custom designed bar.

With nods to the urban resort’s illustrious past, Rockwell Group introduced a design throughout the public spaces and guest rooms that celebrates The Vinoy’s traditional Mediterranean Revival style and old-world Florida grandeur.

The lobby is now home to a French patisserie and luxury fashion boutique, while a mezzanine level above the lobby will be home to a revitalized gallery that captures The Vinoy’s history, having served as the host of important social events and welcoming famous guests including U.S. presidents, athletes and celebrities.

Rockwell Group’s design of The Vinoy’s guest rooms was influenced by Florida’s coastal topography and features the hotel’s signature polished palette, streamlined crown molding and dramatic fixtures that create a sense of laid-back sophistication.

Commissioned, custom art by painter Alicia LaChance adorn the walls, while the floors transition from wood to custom, blue-patterned carpeting, presenting the look of sand meeting the sea and creating distinction between the sleeping area and the rest of the room.

In the King rooms, cane panels separate the entry vestibule from the bedroom area, furthering the coastal feel.

Luxurious stone-covered bathrooms, most of which have marble walk-in showers, feature luxe Ortigia Sicilia toiletries, while other in-room amenities include a coffee station and charming dressing area.

Opening this summer, Parasol, a Latin American-inspired, full-service outdoor restaurant with panoramic views of the Tampa Bay waterfront, will overlook the resort’s all-new pool deck. The restaurant will feature a marble wrap-around bar and living green wall.

In addition to the new F&B outlets, the resort also now features over 60,000 square feet of event space; an extensive spa; a comprehensive fitness center with Peloton bikes used for daily indoor and outdoor group classes; a tennis complex; and popular 18-hole championship golf course.

“The Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, Autograph Collection has served as the front porch of the St. Petersburg community for nearly a century, and its refreshed aesthetic pays homage to its legacy while also representing our revitalized downtown,” said Vanessa Williams, the resort’s General Manager. “The Vinoy is stepping onto the world’s stage as one of a few waterfront hotels in the United States that has full resort amenities along with urban walkability. Steps from the front door, guests have choice of multiple world class museums and hundreds of restaurants all within walking distance. We look forward to graciously welcoming guests and locals for generations to come.”

A fine dining restaurant off the grand lobby with a romantic, raised garden terrace that comes alive at night with lanterns and white tablecloth service, will complete the final phase of renovations.

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