This Airbnb review is of a historic studio apartment that I recently booked for one night while traveling to St. Petersburg, Florida. This 100 year old Airbnb listing takes you back in time with its hardwood floors and old-fashioned decor. Nestled in the Kenwood District of St. Pete, this charming 1 bedroom apartment is perfect for visitors who are looking to experience the local art scene in the area.
Airbnb Listing Title: Historic 1918 studio apartment
Location: Central Avenue, Saint Petersburg, Florida
Listing Type: Apartment
Price: $79 + $20 Cleaning Fee
Rating: 5 Stars
Link To Airbnb Listing: Click Here
I booked this Airbnb listing two days prior to arriving in St. Petersburg. It was a last-minute decision that was spurred by the mortgage closing of our new Florida home. Purchasing a home in a different country over the internet can lead to some uncertainty when it comes to closing dates, so I didn’t know I needed to be in Florida until two days before the papers needed to be signed. Needless to say–I got on Airbnb immediately when I realized I would be hopping on a plane in 48 hours.
When I arrived at Tampa International I hailed a cab and headed toward my destination. It was approximately a 30 minute drive to the historic area of Kenwood. The Airbnb listing is nestled in a residential/commercial area, and the building itself is actually a cafe/art studio. The 100 year old structure has an upstairs apartment with a private entrance that is secured by a locked gate. Very artsy and quaint.
The listing is located on Central Avenue, which I later learned is a prime street for accessing popular destinations. According to Jeff’s welcome guide you can get to just about anywhere within 5-10 minutes from his apartment. There are multiple restaurants close by including a somewhat famous sandwich and tea shop across the street that I walked over to around 9pm.
The Kenwood area is known historically for its art culture. Think art studios, local breweries, small cafes. Jeff’s apartment is located in the very middle of it.
Jeff’s home looks exactly like it does in the photographs on Airbnb. It’s an old structure with a wrap-around porch. Lots of foliage. Somewhat rustic. Very natural feeling. As previously mentioned, the guest suite has a private entrance that is secured by a locked gate. Once inside the fenced area you follow some stepping-stones to a staircase that leads you to the upstairs entrance. Give the old door a little nudge and you’re inside!
The apartment is probably around 500 square feet and features a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom. It is a studio so it’s really just one open room with an enclosed bathroom. It has an antique feeling to it, much like my grandparent’s old log cabin. The appliances are dated, the furniture is out of style, and there is no WiFi. With this being said, it works for this place.
I didn’t get to interact with Jeff much due to my late arrival, but I did speak with him briefly the next morning as I was leaving. He seems like a real neat guy who has a sincere interest in providing guests with a comfortable and enjoyable stay in St. Petersburg. If I have a chance to visit with him again I would like to learn more about his cafe and art studio.
As mentioned in one of the above paragraphs, the apartment features all of the basic amenities. There were towels for the shower, soap, and shampoo. The soap and shampoo were not travel-style containers meant for individuals, but conventional-sized containers that guests share.
The apartment does have a refrigerator and freezer, television, and an air conditioner. It does not have a washer and dryer.
Jeff did create a great little guest welcome packet that is very informative about the area. It features many local restaurants, breweries, and other places of interest.
The only problem that I ran into was an issue with not having WiFi. Since I have been living in Canada I did not have a United States cell phone and couldn’t access the internet to learn more about the area. I recommend that hosts provide free WiFi for their guests seeing as it’s a fairly inexpensive amenity that most people use and need–especially for business travelers.
I really enjoyed my one night stay in Jeff’s apartment. This is the perfect place to stay for a tourist that’s wanting to experience St. Petersburg’s art culture. The apartment is in a great location, very clean, historic, and affordable.