“This hotel has not yet been inspected and reviewed by the Hotel Guru but has been recommended by other guides that we respect.”
Once the playground of social-register members such as the Vanderbilts and DuPonts, the gracious pale-yellow wooden hotel was built by shipping industrialists in the early 1900s. Lodge rooms are not lavishly decorated by today's standards, but they match the inn's feminine Victorian air.
Originally published by Fodor's Travel (view article)
Walking through The Gasparilla Inn’s pillared entrance and into the lobby, you experience the feeling of Florida as it was meant to be. Guests are instantly embraced with the tranquil civility of a time that once was -- and still is -- at this classic resort. At the same time, you realize that activity and fun abound, from a championship Pete Dye Golf Course to a 250-slip marina that is home base for the best tarpon fishing in the world.
Originally published by Historic Hotels of America (view article)