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Birchwood Inn in downtown St Petersburg

Birchwood Inn, the newest old hotel in downtown St Petersburg is getting close to opening. Articles have said it will open in May – when I drove by last week and saw mattresses outside for the rooms, I knew it was close.

Chuck and Kathy Prather have been “renovating” the hotel since they bought it in 2011. They gutted it to its shell, have been rebuilding it to historic dimensions and then adding 2 stories. The boutique hotel will have 18 rooms, a restaurant and a rooftop lounge. I can’t wait to see the views from there.

The hotel was built in1924 as Lantern Lane apartment hotel. In the 1960s the Grayls purchased it and changed the name to Grayl’s Hotel. Grayl’s was given a historic designation by the city of St Pete.

We look forward to welcoming our new neighbor, Birchwood Inn.

Birchwood Inn progressing in downtown St Petersburg  11/13/12

 Hotels find rooftop bars are very popular – Birchwood Inn in St Petersburg  7/16/12

From Grayl’s to Birchwood Inn 5/14/12

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Birchwood Inn progressing in downtown St Petersburg

Birchwood Inn coming out of Grayl's in downtown St Petersburg

Birchwood Inn progress

 

 

Construction is continuing on the Birchwood Inn in downtown St. Petersburg. No, it won’t be done by November 15th, or even by Christmas. Predictions now are for a 2013 completion.

 

 

See previous posts for more information and earlier photos:

From Grayl’s to The Birchwood Inn  5-14-12

Rooftop bars – Birchwood Inn in St Petersburg  7-16-12

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Hotels find rooftop bars are very popular – Birchwood Inn in St Petersburg

Hard at work on Grayl's renovation on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg Florida

Grayl's/Birchwood will have rooftop lounge

 

Chuck Prather is right on target with his renovation of  Grayl’s Hotel on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg. When the hotel opens as Birchwood Inn – scheduled for around Christmas 2012 – one of the features will be a 4th floor rooftop bar. USA Today recently published an article: Hotels from NYC to L.A. open fancy, profitable rooftop bars  mentioning hotels across the country that are opening rooftop bars, taking advantage of prime real estate.

People like to eat and drink outside and like to enjoy nice views, whether it’s a city skyline, a waterfront or parks. The outside areas along Beach Drive are very popular: think Cassis, Bella Brava, Tryst, Parkshore Grill, Moon Under Water. All of these are along the sidewalk at street level. When Birchwood Inn opens at 340 Beach Drive NE in downtown St Petersburg with its 4th floor rooftop lounge it should offer nice views and breezes.

And remember – just a block away is The Simms Team at ALVA International, Inc real estate – across from the Museum of Fine Arts, with the red awning. We’re at 238 Beach Drive NE in downtown St Petersburg, serving your real estate needs for St Petersburg and Beyond.

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Downtown St Pete: From Grayl’s to The Birchwood Inn

Grayls Hotel on Beach Drive in downtown St Petersburg is renovating

Grayl's Hotel downtown St Pete

 

Downtown St Pete is changing daily. One such change is the renovation of Grayl’s Hotel by Chuck Prather to The Birchwood Inn. Renovation hardly describes the changes as this photo shows – not even all of the shell remains.

Intending to retain the original style as well as the exterior walls, Prather plans to add a new fourth floor with 8,000 sq ft for events and meetings and a fifth floor open-air bar and lounge with a rooftop deck. The goal is to finish and reopen on November 15th – if they do, I’ll plan to have my birthday dinner there!

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