- 5 years ago
@soon2bmrsY: First and foremost, I see that this is your very first posting on WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
I travel a lot for Business & Pleasure (lol, some call me the resident Travel Nut here on WBee)
Mr TTR and I travel to Florida on vacation regularly… at least once a year. We visit a variety of “touristy” Destinations and over the years we’ve become somewhat aware of what is happening where… and what properties change hands etc. We are both active members on TripAdvisor (I won’t travel any more without consulting them first… granted you have to take some Reviews with a grain of salt, be they over the top, in a good or bad way… but if you throw out the best and worst, I find that the truth lies somewheres in the middle)
ST PETE BEACH
Destinations like St Pete Beach, has an assortment of NEW and OLD Properties. Some very well maintained, and some a little long in the chin. Many in need of some tender loving care (and in these economic times, there isn’t a lot of money being spent… nor a lot of buyers to purchase an older property and make necessary upgrades to bring a property up to today’s standards)
I don’t personally know the Post Card Inn property in St Pete Beach, but I do know that it was previously a Travelodge, and was sold in 2009
Opening as the Post Card Inn on October 22, 2009
(NOTE – TripAdvisor doesn’t erase old Reviews for a property if there is a name change… so any Reviews before 2010 would most likely reflect what was the state of this hotel when it was a Travelodge Property… and that was not a hotel in good repair, etc)
Mr TTR and I are very familiar with another Post Card Inn Property… the old Holiday Isle Resort in the Florida Keys (Islamorada Key)… site of the world famous “Kokomo Beach” and where the Rum Runner Drink was invented (awesome Tiki Bar).
Wikimapia – Holiday Isle Resort = http://wikimapia.org/1854802/Holiday-Isle-World-Famous-TIKI-BAR
Cocktail Atlas – Rumrunner = http://www.cocktailatlas.com/Rumrunner/Rumrunner.htm
The Holiday Isle Resort, started out in the late 1950s / early 60s as a great place… but over the years fell into disrepair and eventually became sort of a year round “Spring Break” type hang-out (which didn’t help with the quality of accommodations etc).
When we stayed there in December 2008 it was an awesome location, but certainly not 4-Star, not even 3-Star… barely 2-Star. We stayed there for the historical aspect, and the gorgeous scenery !!
We ourselves came away, saying that it was sad that things had gotten so bad for this amaing landmark… and if only someone would make a major investment of cash maybe there was hope for this property with the incredible location
So we were pleased to read on TripAdvisor that the property had been sold in 2011
And was getting a major facelift…
I was back at Holiday Isle this December (dropped into the Tiki Bar… a MUST DO whenever I am in The Keys) and the locals tell me that as the Post Card Inn things have improved greatly… altho a lot of the changes have been solely cosmetic (coat of paint, new soft furnishings) as the Owners try to fill up with PAYING CUSTOMERS what otherwise was a very empty property when it wasn’t over-run with drunken college students.
By all accounts the results are positive… and the investors plan to take any profits and turn them back into more property development so as to keep the ball rolling.
I assume based on my readings of Post Card Inn (in the last few years) that this is what this Hotel Group does… they buy up depressed properties, and make changes to them in order to put them back in the black… with the hopes, I’m guessing that down the road they might flip them for bigger bucks.
As for Weddings… I can’t speak to that specifically… but Mr TTR and I have always thought that the “isle” at Holiday Isle would have made a romantic spot for saying “I Do”… although not sure if the Hotel itself (then or now) would be the kind of place I’d want to entertain / put up Guests. In my books, they’d need to do a lot more work… but then I really am a 4 or 5 Star kind of girlie girl when it comes to Special Occasions !!
PHOTO – The “isle” at Holiday Isle Resort / Post Card Inn. Located just at the foot of the World Famous Tiki Bar / Kokomo Beach… and overlooking the Straits of Florida (my personal photo)
You can also GOOGLE and find Photos – YouTube Videos – Reviews etc for Weddings at various Post Card Inns.
Combined with them, TripAdvisor info, and my input… I’m thinking you’ll have a better “picture” of what to expect
Hope this helps,
PS… One more thought / idea. Remember that TripAdvisor also has Forums (like the Boards we have here on WBee)… you could always post your Question there as well and get feedback from some of the locals… and the Destination Experts (those that know the area best) and see what they have to say about the St Pete location. Sometimes, you may even find that someone local is even willing to go and have a look-see for you (not often… but it does happen at times)
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