Readers' Rating: 84.177 Good for: Couples. This Mediterranean Revival behemoth, which opened in 1925, overlooks Tampa Bay. The hotel once served as a training center for Army Air Corps and for military cooks and bakers in the 1940s. It added a Ron Garl golf course in 1992. It's an easy stroll to St. Petersburgh's attractions, such as the Dali Museum.