At nearly 100 years of age, the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort is getting a facelift.
The iconic hotel overlooking the downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront has announced plans for a “comprehensive transformation” in the coming months, with the lobby, ballroom, restaurants, spa, guest rooms and veranda all getting updates by 2022.
In a statement, hotel leaders said the hotel would keep its mix of Mediterranean and Old Florida design, promising its original cypress wood beams and ceramic tile floors would be “restored within the new interiors.” Most guest rooms would get walk-in marble showers, and the pool would get a companion restaurant and bar to the Paul’s Landing area.
Other planned highlights: a restoration of the ballroom’s Dale Chihuly chandelier, a new walled garden and a patisserie in the lobby. The veranda’s rocking chairs will remain.
The renovations, which are already underway, will cost “tens of millions,” according to a hotel spokeswoman. They represent only the first phase of a planned multi-year renovation of both the hotel and adjacent properties, including the Vinoy Golf Club. Designs for those changes are in the early planning stages.
The hotel will remain open during renovations, although some guest rooms and areas will be closed at certain times.
“The Vinoy has been adored by both local Florida residents and visitors for nearly a century,” general manager Tabish Siddiquie said in a statement. “This transformation further establishes the Vinoy as St. Petersburg’s social hub and a pillar of the flourishing community.”
Opened in 1925, the Vinoy last sold in 2018 for $188.5 million to a company led by Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer. It is operated by Marriott International.