Hotel at a Glance: The Cordova Inn
There are more than 90 years of history behind the tall arches and stately white neoclassical exterior of The Cordova Inn. It opened in 1921 as The Hotel Cordova, and it would keep that moniker long after its namesake family sold the property. Extensive renovations came in 2001, bringing the building the new name of The Pier Hotel. But sometimes you just can’t escape the past: in 2015, it was rebranded as The Cordova Inn.
- Free morning meals: The inn serves a daily continental breakfast with specialty coffee and juices.
- Antique furnishings include claw-foot tubs in many rooms.
- Treat yourself to champagne or wine service.
- Build a sand castle: Stays at The Cordova Inn grant guests free access and parking at the Beach Club on Madeira Beach.
- Walk to local attractions including the Sundial shopping district and the St. Petersburg Pier.
Saint Petersburg, Florida: Cultural Hub with Sunny Seaside Parks
Located on a peninsula on the gulf side of central Florida, Saint Petersburg is a laid-back, trendy alternative to Tampa, its neighbor across the bay. Saint Petersburg receives an average of 361 days of sunshine per year—great conditions for enjoying the city’s many green spaces. At the 400-acre Sawgrass Lake Park, a mile-long boardwalk traverses one of Florida’s largest maple swamps; keep an eye out for native birds, turtles, and one of the area’s earliest residents, the alligator. You can paddle a kayak through brackish waterways and mangrove tunnels at Weedon Island Preserve.
Saint Petersburg’s newly revitalized downtown pulses with activity thanks to an urban-redevelopment plan that brought in shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Tour the Dalí Museum to see 96 oil paintings, drawings, photographs, and transcribed raps by the surrealist artist.