The Vinoy Resort & Golf Club Completes First Phase of Renovation

The Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, Autograph Collection has completed the initial phase of a comprehensive renovation led by Rockwell Group with Hart Howerton as architect of record. The renovation includes The Vinoy’s Veranda, grand lobby, guestrooms, ballrooms and meeting spaces, diverse dining experiences and a new spa and wellness area.

The hotel, listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, is the only Autograph Collection Hotels property in St. Petersburg. Its "Mark," unique to Autograph Collection Hotels properties, will be a special moment upon check-in, in which a Vinoy team member will present historic postcards to guests that depict different scenes of The Vinoy, while sharing their favorite memory of the resort. Each guest will then be invited to tour the resort with a docent and visit a newly designed history gallery, where they will see artifacts from The Vinoy’s beginnings, such as original room keys, plate ware, and handwritten postcards highlighting some of the first guest visits.

The updated arrival court incorporates original 1920s brick that has been carefully re-laid and is surrounded by indigenous Floridian foliage. The Veranda, The Vinoy’s iconic front porch, is enhanced with custom-designed rocking chairs, a Vinoy tradition since its opening in 1925, as well as a custom designed bar. When guests walk through the front door, they will notice original ceramic tile flooring in the lobby and view the original cypress wood beam ceiling from 1925. Contemporary design elements include lantern-like chandeliers. The lobby is also home to newly opened French patisserie Lottie and luxury fashion boutique Sunni Spencer. Above the lobby, the mezzanine level will be home to a revitalized history gallery.

Design of The Vinoy’s guestrooms is influenced by Florida’s coastal topography. Commissioned art by painter Alicia LaChance adorns the walls, while the floors transition from wood to blue-patterned carpeting. In the King rooms, cane panels separate the entry vestibule from the bedroom area. Stone-covered bathrooms, most of which have marble walk-in showers, have Ortigia Sicilia toiletries. 

French patisserie Lottie (The Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, Autograph Collection)

The Vinoy Resort and Golf Club, Autograph Collection’s new food and beverage concepts include Lottie, the new chic French patisserie in the resort’s lobby, which serves house-made pastries, sweets and classic French lunch fare. At Veranda, overlooking Tampa Bay, guests can enjoy classic craft cocktails plus Mediterranean-inspired shareable plates, light entrees and desserts. Opening this summer, Parasol, a Latin American-inspired outdoor restaurant, will have panoramic views of the waterfront and the new pool deck. Parasol's menu will include fresh seafood, bright flavors and spices, and tropical craft cocktails. The restaurant will house a marble wrap-around bar and living green wall. These outlets join The Vinoy’s existing signature restaurants, Paul’s Landing and The Vinoy Club Grill.

Guests of the Vinoy Spa will be welcomed with Naturopathica tea. The facility offers four treatment rooms and focuses on coastal-inspired and plant-based therapies, including massages, facials, full-body therapies, and nail and hair services. Spa treatments incorporate the latest advancements in natural skincare, such as infrared light therapy, cupping massages from Bellabaci and holistic ingredients like sea retinol, manuka honey, crystals, enhanced broad-spectrum CBD and sustainable sea algae. Marine-infused treatments include the Healing Waters Body Treatment, a bayside ritual that incorporates a seawater crystal scrub and a relaxing massage that mimics the ocean's waves. 

The resort’s fitness center offers Peloton bikes and daily indoor/outdoor group classes, while guests can also avail themselves of the resort’s tennis complex and The Vinoy Club’s 18-hole championship golf course.

The hotel has over 60,000 square feet of event space, which has been hosting weddings, celebrations, and meetings for decades. The ballroom has new carpeting, drapery and furnishings. Its arched windows overlook a new garden. The Vinoy’s 22 meeting rooms are named after St. Petersburg parks and contributors to creation of the original Vinoy Park Hotel.

A fine dining restaurant off the grand lobby with a raised garden terrace will complete the final phase of renovations.

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