The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau operates a free reservations service (tel. 800/345-6710), through which you can book rooms at most hotels and motels in St. Petersburg and at the beaches. The bureau also publishes a brochure that lists members of its Superior Small Lodgings program; these establishments have fewer than 50 rooms and have been inspected and certified for cleanliness and value.

Other than the Vinoy Renaissance Resort and Golf Club, the only chain hotel downtown is the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 1st St. S., between 3rd and 4th avenues south (tel. 800/445-8667 or 727/894-5000; fax 727/823-4797), a 15-story convention hotel near the Salvador DalĂ­ Museum, Florida Power Park at Al Lang Field, and the Bayfront Center's theaters.

Note: Sales and hotel taxes will add 13% to your bill.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.