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Best Bed & Breakfasts In Tampa Bay

November 30, 2013 7:00 AM

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Taking a vacation does not always mean staying at a major hotel chain. The Tampa Bay area has some of the best bed and breakfasts on Florida’s west coast. There are old-style, antique-filled B&Bs as well as themed bed and breakfast inns. Costs of staying at a bed and breakfast in the Tampa Bay area is about the same cost as staying at a major hotel chain in the same area. But the experience is entirely different. Check out this list of Tampa Bay’s best B&Bs for your next need to get away.

The Laughing Lizard Bed & Breakfast
2211 Gulf Blvd.
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
727-595-7006
www.laughinglizardbandb.com

The Laughing Lizard B & B is a tin-roofed, three-story, Key West style island home in one of Tampa Bay’s best beach communities – Indian Rocks Beach. The style here is casual and laid back with creatively colorful eclectic guestrooms—each with private bath. Enjoy breakfast in Lizard Hall; stroll 400’ to the beach for a morning walk; and ride the local beach trolley to wonderful restaurants and parks. Rooms start at $160 a night.

Swiss Chalet Bed & Breakfast
3601 E. Busch Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 465-4136
www.swisschaletbedandbreakfast.com

The Swiss Chalet Bed & Breakfast building was built in 1978. It consists of 2,500 square feet with three bedrooms, a living room, two baths, a fireplace, an eat-in kitchen and a dining room. Rates for rooms vary from $99 a night to $159 a night depending on which room you rent. This is a two-story building with no elevator. The Swiss Chalet B&B is conveniently located right across the street from Busch Gardens and minutes away from Mosi, the Florida Aquarium and many other activities. The personal attention guests receive at the Swiss Chalet Bed & Breakfast makes this the perfect place for a romantic weekend or just a quiet getaway.

Gram’s Place Hostel Bed And Breakfast
3109 N. Ola Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603
(813) 221-0596
www.grams-inn-tampa.com

Gram’s Place is Tampa’s only alternative adventure lodging, established in 1991. There are music-themed rooms and the co-ed room is designed like a simulated railroad station depot, complete with a sleeper car. The hostel is shaded by ancient oak trees, embellished with porches, walkways, palms, vines, flowers and even has two courtyards with waterfalls. Some of the amenities offered free of charge by Gram’s Place are bicycles to explore the neighborhood, kayaks to paddle down the Hillsborough River and transportation to many of the city’s attractions.

Larelle House Bed And Breakfast
237 6th Ave., N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 490-3575
www.larellehouse.com

Larelle is the oldest Queen Ann Victorian-style house on the west coast of Florida. It is a three-story residence built in 1908 and furnished with period antiques. This is the perfect venue to step back in time to a period of relaxation, peacefulness and romanticism. Pets are allowed with payment of an additional pet fee. Amenities include a three-course breakfast, newspapers at the door of each room, bathrobes, Wi-Fi, free bicycles to cruise the neighborhood and a concierge service. Prices start at $149 per night.

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Dickens House Bed And Breakfast
335  8th Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 822-8622
www.dickenshouse.com

Dickens House Bed & Breakfast is a lovely, 100-year-old building located in the historic section of downtown St. Petersburg. It was renovated 14 years ago and turned into a bed and breakfast. It’s located only two blocks from the waterfront and is close to museums, shopping and more. Rooms range from $119 per night up to $245 per night, depending on the season. Dickens House offers a multi-course breakfast, whirlpool tubs in some of the rooms, a refrigerator in every room and fine Egyptian linens. No pets are allowed and children under nine are not permitted. If you are looking for a weekend getaway in which you can enjoy the historical aspects of St. Petersburg, this is the place to visit.

La Veranda Bed And Breakfast Inn
111 5th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 224-1057
www.laverandabb.com

Downtown St. Petersburg is home to the lovely LaVeranda Bed and Breakfast Inn. LaVeranda is surrounded by fine restaurants, cafes, museums, theaters and the waterfront of St. Petersburg. This wonderful bed and breakfast inn provides small town charm with big city amenities. Pets and children are allowed. Multi-room suites are available, as well as single-room suites. Prices range from $79 per night in the off-season to $149 during the busy season. Relax and enjoy the comforts of home at the LaVeranda Bed and Breakfast Inn.

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Katherine Bostick is a freelance writer covering all things Tampa Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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