Are you thinking about a nice, relaxing vacation in Florida, but unsure where to go? Look no further, because I have the spot for you. The Post Card Inn on St. Pete Beach should fill the bill quite nicely.
Each room is different, and offers either two Queen beds or one King, The main area of the hotel is the common style with two floors and entry form outside. For a few bucks more, you might prefer either a garden view or a poolside room. The poolside rooms offer a bit of a backyard, just enough space for a couple of chairs or a hammock. Even if you don't intend to splash in the pool, these rooms offer a great view and get you a little closer to the beach.
At first glance, the outside of the main hotel and inside the lobby are a little run down. The rooms however, are nicely decorated and quite clean. There aren't any frills in the rooms. You don't get a blow dryer (you can get on at the desk, but they're not in the room when you check in) or a coffee pot, but you can grab a pretty good cup of coffee out back at the PCI Snack Shack, where you can also grab some breakfast items (egg and sausage sandwiches, yogurt and fruit cups). Wander the lovely gardens day or night, and take advantage of the enormous pool. It's sparkling clean and surrounded by amazing flowers. It's also fully fenced in, so you won't have to worry about your kids coming and going from your room, or while you're trying to relax poolside.
Throw on your bathing suit and flip-flops and head outside, because once you see those amazing waves, you won't want to be indoors anyway. Forget to bring a beach towel? Borrow some at the front desk, no problem. You can also buy some sun block at the front desk, which is one of the best ideas a beach hotel could ever conceive. Nothing ruins a summer vacation more than a nasty sunburn.
My husband and I were somewhat concerned about the state of the gulf beaches after the oil spill, but our worries were soon put to rest. The beaches in this area looked fine, the water was gorgeous, and there seemed to be plenty of wildlife.
I can't imagine anyone getting bored with the beach, but all the splashing around can wear you out. Before you retire to your room, you might want to check out the very cool beach bar. And when you're ready to dine, the hotel restaurant is casual, reasonably priced, and offers something for just about anyone. Of course, there are countless restaurants in the area, many within walking distance or only a few minutes drive. It's a seafood lover's paradise.
Although the town was pretty well packed with tourists, our room was quiet, the beach was peaceful, and it was an incredibly relaxing vacation.