After a Decade Spent Shuttered, Florida’s New and Improved Belleview Inn is Back
From 1897 up until it closed in 2009, Hotel Belleview was visited by the likes of the Vanderbilts, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan and every living president.
The "White Queen of the Gulf" is back and better than ever.
From 1897 up until it closed in 2009, Florida's historic Hotel Belleview was visited by the likes of the Vanderbilts, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan and every living president.
After an extensive restoration—including being lifted on to rollers, rotated approximately 270 degrees, and moved about the length of a football field—the gleaming waterfront hotel outside Clearwater opened to the public for the second time, as Belleview Inn, this past December.
Today, more than 80% of the sprawling Queen Anne-style hotel includes authentic features from the original property: the grand staircase in the lobby, heart-pine plank flooring, fireplaces, guest room doors, and Tiffany stained glass, all kept intact from the original building.
"This iconic landmark has such a strong legacy here in Florida and we're thrilled to write this new chapter in its story and introduce Belleview Inn to a new generation of travelers," Michael Cheezem, chief executive officer of JMC Communities, said in a news release. "It's imperative to us to preserve and maintain that legacy and respect its history, and we look forward to sharing it."
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The Belleview Inn features 35 guest rooms and suites, an enormous resort-style pool, and a number of luxurious event spaces. Rates start at $205 per night. Visit TheBelleviewInn.com for more information.