The Indigo Hotel: "A historical property; perfect for a Rays weekend" Saint Petersburg Hotel Tip by 850prc
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The Indigo Hotel, over on 3rd avenue in old St. Petersburg, is a historical treasure. This hotel has been in business for almost a century, and they proudly will tell you that they were THE first hotel in St. Petersburg to have running water available inside for their guests. In fact, one of the original collection fountains on the first floor is still in place for your viewing. Definitely a peek at yesteryear.
Now, the Indigo itself may be a historic location, but it's vibe these days is funky boutique and oddball charm. Let's start with the one negative..... the bathrooms are microscopic in size. The problem is that when the hotel was originally built, the rooms weren't huge to start with, and most of them didn't have a bathroom. Remember, running water first hit the place in 1927, and THAT was just downstairs at collection fountains. Soooooooo, to maintain the historical feel of the hotel, they went with the rooms as basically set up and added bathrooms - SMALL bathrooms. You WILL feel claustrophobic.
But beyond that, welcome to the Hotel Indigo, land of the haiku. Everything they introduce - a menu, bathtowel cards, do not disturb signs, room service menus, etc.... they all have a special series of haikus included.
And, the Hotel Indigo doesn't exactly live up to its name, color-wise. The inside of the hotel is done in shades of green - lime green in varying intensities. And for color complimenting in the halls, they work with deep plum and black accents. It sound and does look a bit wild - but in so many ways, it works. I'll include some photos down below of the hall color scheme.
Even the hotel's "taxi cab" is different than the usual... They have an LTI, a true London taxi cab. It was explained to me that these cars are made in factories both in the UK and Canada, and the Indigo's cab hails from north of our border. It's an interesting little chariot, to say the least. Also, you'll find a photo below.
There are varying packages and room pricing available. We found a really good deal via hotels.com. BE SURE TO GET A PACKAGE THAT INCLUDES BREAKFAST. The print says "continental breakfast", but since the Indigo really doesn't have a continental breakfast, they just give all room occupants a $10 voucher for breakfast, which allows you to get a nice morning feed. That's one other beautiful thing about the quirky little Indigo.... the food prices are pretty darned reasonable. Very un-hotel-like.
As for the Rays and Tropicana Field, it's about a 10 block walk - neighborhoods are safe and well lit, and there are a lot of bars and such along the way.
Unique Qualities: Comfortable beds, very reasonable food prices, a very different and tranquil way of doing things. And, the Indigo is one of the few hotels anywhere near this part of St. Petersburg that allows FREE PARKING for guests.
And, they don't charge extra for the yoga workout you'll get when you move into and out of the tiny bathroom and shower. :)
Address: 234 3rd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL
Comparison: about average
Directions: As you exit I375, it turns into 2nd avenue N. Go down to 2nd STREET (not avenue) and turn rt. Drive over to 4th ave N and turn right. (Yes, the hotel is on 3rd, but it's a one way). Circle back around to 3rd ave N using 3rd St. The Indigo is on the left.
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