Ultimate Boutique Hotel

By Sharon Kennedy Wynne
Published June 28, 2007

Ponce de Leon Hotel, St. Petersburg

With a lot of history and a great location, this downtown St. Petersburg gem already has a lot going for it, even before you add the exceedingly helpful staff into the mix. One of St. Petersburg's first hotels, it opened in 1922, when piano bars and long cigars kept the crowds relaxed. Nowadays, Ten Beach Drive, the hotel's half-basement, has come back to life thanks to Ceviche, the tapas masters who lure beautiful locals to the corner of Beach Drive and Central Avenue well into the wee hours. Ponce de Leon Hotel, 95 Central Ave., (727) 550-9300; www.poncedeleonhotel.com.

How you voted

Ponce de Leon Historic Hotel, St. Petersburg: 25%

Grayl's Hotel, St. Petersburg: 23%

The Pier Hotel, St. Petersburg: 20%

Don Vicente Inn, Ybor City: 18%

Courtyard St. Petersburg Downtown: 12%

Other: 3%