Peninsula Inn & Spa Gulfport Reviews
Historic Hotel, Restaurant, and Spa in Charming Gulfport Dec 30, 2008
Peninsula Inn & Spa is the oldest building in Gulfport, but was fully restored and opened in 2002. I have not stayed in the hotel or used the spa, so this review is for the restaurant and bar area - which is charming and quaint. The style is British Colonial and the decor is Balinese.
There is a sumptuous indoor restaurant with adjoining bar - deep mindi wood, rich lighting, heavy drapes - elegant and beautiful. For a completely different feel, there is a verandah area that serves food & drink and is beachy and comfortable. From this verandah, it is possible to people watch in style as Gulfport hosts its frequent Art Festivals or Farmers' Market.
The Peninsula hosts its own music events at its side restaurant area - a large outdoor area with umbrella & gazebo seating, firepits, and of course, the live music in the corner.
The restaurant has a casual pet policy - they have the requisite licenses to allow pets, and if they are not too busy, pets are allowed on the verandah. If busy, pets are accommodated at the larger, more open, outdoor area.
The drinks are great, especially the margaritas. The food is average. One con is the service, which is extremely slow - friendly, but slow - perhaps because they are covering so many different dining areas. Don't go if you're in a hurry.
The clientele are mostly locals from Gulfport - whose motto is "if you're too weird for Gulfport, you're too weird". Full of artists, many committed same sex couples, environmentalists, and a handful of tourists, it's a delightful place to visit, shop, eat & drink. Boca Ciega Bay is at one end of Beach Boulevard with views of St. Pete and Pinellas Park across the water.
So when you're next in the Tampa/St. Pete area, set your watch to Peninsula time and enjoy.
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