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Guests Discover Legacy With History & Heritage Vacation at Renovated Renaissance Vinoy(R) Resort & Golf Club

Oct 16 2012 12:00AM

Marketwire

LogoThumbnailWith 2012 marking 20 years since the Renaissance Vinoy's extensive restoration and re-opening in 1992, the property is encouraging guests to experience the resort's storied past and connect with their own roots by booking the History & Heritage Vacation.Tracker

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- (Marketwire) -- 10/16/12 -- When the historic Renaissance Vinoy® Resort & Golf Club opened on New Year's Eve in 1925, it quickly became one the country's most prestigious vacation spots. Fresh from a multi-million dollar renovation, it's easy to see why famous guests such as Calvin Coolidge, Babe Ruth and Marilyn Monroe enjoyed spending nights at the legendary St. Petersburg luxury resort. With 2012 marking 20 years since the Renaissance Vinoy's extensive restoration and re-opening in 1992, the property is encouraging guests to experience the resort's storied past and connect with their own roots by booking the History & Heritage Vacation. Available for booking now through the end of the year, this St. Petersburg, FL hotel deal starts at $269 per night* and includes:

•History tour for two with the resort's in-house historian** •A copy of Views from Vinoy, an interactive, award-winning book about the Renaissance Vinoy and development of the St. Pete community •Dinner for two from the 1925 Classic Dining Menu at Marchand's Bar & Grill •Ancestry.com's Family Tree Maker software including a one-month membership (valued at $39.99)

Throughout its 86-year history, the crown jewel of St. Pete has gone through many phases from its glory days in the 20s and 30s to serving as a military training center in 1942. Today, the Renaissance Vinoy is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been restored to a place of glamour and luxury thanks to an extensive lobby renovation. The lobby's original Mediterranean Revival details have been enhanced with bold bright colors, custom-made artwork from Dale Chihuly and Renee Dinauer and additional seating to create a lounge-like atmosphere that has been popular with guests and locals alike. Guest rooms also received a makeover early last year with soothing colors, fresh fabrics, and state-of-the-art electronics.

For more information about Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club or to book the History & Heritage Vacation package, call 1-888-303-4430 or use rate code ES7 when making reservations online at www.vinoyrenaissanceresort.com. To learn more about the Renaissance Vinoy's past, visit www.vinoyhistory.com.

THE RENAISSANCE VINOY® RESORT & GOLF CLUB is the only historic luxury resort on Florida's west coast that boasts a private 72-slip marina, 18-hole private golf course, 12-court tennis complex, 5,000 square-foot fitness center and more. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the seven-story hotel is ideally situated on the water in downtown St. Petersburg overlooking the Tampa Bay. Originally opened in 1925, the hotel blends modern elegance with its Mediterranean Revival architecture as seen in the recently renovated lounge-like lobby featuring bold colors and custom-made artwork from Dale Chihuly and Renee Dinauer. All 347 guestrooms have been updated to feel like personal retreats with luxurious amenities such as pillow top mattresses, Frette linens, flat screen TVs and more. With over 61,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space, five downtown St. Petersburg restaurants, a salon and day spa and amenities that cater to leisure and business travelers, coupled with the destination selling points, the hotel is St. Petersburg's premier four-diamond resort. The Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club is a member of the Historic Hotels of America of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tpasr-vinoy-renaissance-st-petersburg-resort-and-golf-club/

RENAISSANCE HOTELS is an upscale brand with more than 145 properties in 32 countries that speaks to passionate travelers in search of authentic local discoveries when traveling for business or leisure. Renaissance Hotels has recently welcomed several new "gems" to its global collection - the boutique Renaissance Malmo hotel in Sweden, the historic Stanford Court hotel in San Francisco, the exotic Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino in the Dutch Caribbean, the opulent Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel and the modern Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel. These hotels join a rich portfolio defined by distinctive and well-known icons such as the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, La Concha Renaissance San Juan, Renaissance New York Hotel 57 and Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe. All Renaissance hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards® frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. To make reservations and for more information visit www.renaissancehotels.com. Follow Renaissance on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RenaissanceHotels, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RenHotels, and via the RLife blog at www.therenaissancelife.com.

Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company information. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

* Package is based on availability, double occupancy and does not include taxes or fees. Limited availability and blackout dates may apply.
** Tour may be conducted by historian or one of the property docents.



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