Those of you that spend any time at the Vinoy know that the renovation project is well underway. FelCor Lodging Trust has always envisioned a transformation of the Vinoy since its purchase in 2007 and so in May 2016 began the two-year, multi-phased renovation and redevelopment project. The thought process is that in addition to maintaining it’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the Vinoy will also “be relevant to the next generation of travelers, especially millennials”.
The 1992 referendum approved by the residents of St. Petersburg allowed for the restoration of the Vinoy with further renovations planned to improve the golf, tennis, and spa amenities. Phase I of the construction started on the Snell Isle facilities included the new Clubhouse Grill restaurant, a redesigned and expanded Sunset swimming pool, a new Kid’s Fun Zone, and new locker rooms. Phase II of the construction was planned for the main resort facilities including new Har-Tru tennis courts, an expanded fitness center with locker rooms, an enhanced spa facility, replacement of the Alfrescos restaurant by a marina and pool view restaurant, and additional covered parking. The parking garage will become a two story garage with the new tennis courts and fitness center located on the roof of the new garage building. Some tennis courts will remain available on the grounds and additionally the Vinoy has partnered with the St. Petersburg Tennis Center to provide more options and availability for members and guests during this project.
Barbara Readey, general manager, stated “These design plans honor our heritage, prestige and history while simultaneously incorporating modern design, technology and amenities.” Most of the projects are slated to be completed by the fall of 2018. Check out a few of the design renderings below.