The Vinoy unveils first completed portions of extensive hotel renovation

The Vinoy unveils first completed portions of extensive hotel renovation

The Vinoy Grand Ballroom
Photo credit: Jorge Alvarez

One of St. Petersburg’s most iconic destinations is making quick progress on renovations to further enhance its beauty. The historic Vinoy Renaissance announced last September that it was set to begin a “comprehensive transformation” of its property through a series of renovations and redesigns. Construction began in the fall of 2021 on the first phase of that transformation, and this week the hotel unveiled its newly-completed ballrooms, the first steps of the phase one renovation to be completed.

The updates to the Palm Court Ballroom and Vinoy Grand Ballroom return the meeting and event spaces to their historic splendor, highlighted by the restoration of an incredible blown glass chandelier by Dale Chihuly hanging in the Vinoy Grand Ballroom.

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The Palm Court Ballroom
The Palm Court Ballroom. Photo credit: Jorge Alvarez

From The Vinoy on the Palm Court Ballroom: “As the property’s largest event space, the 11,520 square foot ballroom and entrance hall debuted brand-new flooring, walls and recessed ceilings that reflect the resort’s refined aesthetic with an elegant, neutral color palette. Polished brown accents bring warmth into the space, while chic Art Deco chandeliers and sconces reference The Vinoy’s rich history. The Palm Court Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,000 guests and reinforces The Vinoy’s legacy as a celebrated venue for elevated meetings and events in St. Petersburg.”

And on the Vinoy Grand Ballroom: “The Vinoy Grand Ballroom debuted its remodel, honoring the resort’s timeless aesthetic with elegant yet modern upgrades. The 6,120 square foot ballroom was designed by renowned architecture firm, Rockwell Group, and includes a restoration of the room’s dramatic focal point, the breathtaking blown glass chandelier by Dale Chihuly. Sophisticated new carpeting, drapery and furnishings create a sense of refined elegance in its light, airy atmosphere. The ballroom’s dramatic arched windows now overlook a new, lush living wall, bringing The Vinoy’s tropical natural surroundings into the luxurious and historic space.”

The Vinoy on track to complete full renovation soon

Photo courtesy Rockwell Group

Led by world-renowned firms Rockwell Group and Hart Howerton, the elegant redesign of the historic hotel includes the resort’s celebrated veranda, porte cochère, main lobby, guest rooms, spa, ballrooms and restaurants. Designers have taken cues from the iconic resort’s storied past in an effort to “incorporate elegant design elements while celebrating The Vinoy’s traditional Mediterranean Revival design and old-Florida grandeur.”

Locals who frequent The Vinoy’s veranda and lobby for bites and drinks with a view will be among the first to experience the reimagined social areas. The veranda’s renovation is expected to make for an even more elegant and relaxing experience. In addition to a new patisserie, the renovated lobby will include restoration of the resort’s original cypress wood beams and ceramic flooring, along with the installation of lantern chandeliers.

Renovations also include upgrades to the resort’s pool terrace, most notably a new pool restaurant and bar adding to the existing Paul’s Landing. Plans call for stylish cabanas and sun loungers, as well.

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Photo courtesy Rockwell Group

In the grand ballroom, the resort is restoring the iconic Chihuly chandelier and installing a lush walled garden outside the ballroom’s arched windows. Learn more about The Vinoy here.

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