You’ve probably noticed the ‘Burg’s historic Grand Hotel downtown. The mammoth structure, open in 1924, sits across the street from Williams Park, and faces St. Pete’s iconic open air post office. Once a chic hub for Sunshine City visitors, this historic gem now offers the area’s senior citizens the all-inclusive suite life.
It was once a favorite hotel of Babe Ruth, who also famously took up residents in the Flori De Leon. Today, many of the same fixtures and furnishings still dot the lobby and main halls. Take in the old school decor with contemporary amenities.
For starters, the crystalline pool on the second floor is dream. Enjoy an unencumbered dose of Vitamin D while you float just above the ‘Burg’s burgeoning downtown area.
Residents also enjoy special cocktail hours with live music performances on a weekly basis.
Can we talk about the dining hall? Yes, residents here enjoy chef-prepared prepared meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s basically living the fancy hotel life 24/7. Of course, I’m as much here for the aesthetic as I am the eats.
A sky blue ceiling, golden walls, and lush plant life on every windowsill make this spot feel like a private oasis.
It’s also pet-friendly, and there’s a dog park on-site for residents to use. The Princess Martha also features a wellness center for any residents requiring a little extra help.
The media center on the main floor features a billiard table, darts, and large TV with cushy seating for anyone to enjoy a flick. If there was any setting to enjoy a viewing of Casablanca, it’s this place.
Never thought we’d say this, but we’re totally ready to turn 55. Downstairs visitors will also find a collection of vintage photos that showcase the Sunshine City from the ’20s to today.
Take a tour inside St. Pete’s historic 1923 grand hotel that now serves as (suite) apartments for the Burg’s senior citizens — the second floor outdoor pool is a dream.
You can learn more by visiting The Princess Martha’s website.