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Bellwether Beach Resort has opened in St. Pete Beach, Florida, featuring 156 guest rooms, a beachfront pool and revolving top-floor restaurant.

The property opened on Aug. 13, 2021, and is the first new independent beachfront hotel to open in the destination in more than ten years.

Bellwether Beach Resort features 156 guest rooms and suites, including six penthouses, with a design that offers a modern twist on retro-Florida. Amenities include a beachfront swimming pool and four dining venues, including a revolving top-floor restaurant.

“The initial vision for Bellwether Beach Resort began more than three years ago when the hotel’s current owners purchased the property,” said Jay Rocha, vice president of operations for Bellwether Beach Resort, in a press release statement. “The awe-inspiring beachfront location, the unique placement of the dining venues, and the tower’s long-standing history in this exceptional city all became key elements of inspiration for what we knew this property could become. As we open our doors and begin welcoming guests to our little slice of paradise, we are proud to spotlight everything Bellwether will deliver to this community and those who visit it.”

The resort is housed in an iconic tower that has been a fixture on St. Pete Beach since the 1970s, and pays homage to its Florida history with vintage artwork and mid-century furnishings.

Spinners Rooftop Grille sits at the top of the resort, 12 floors above the St. Pete Beach shoreline, and is one of just a handful of rotating restaurants in the U.S. Its upscale dining menu offers sustainable and locally sourced seafood, cuts of beef and greens; and guests can take in 360-degree views of the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding area as they dine.

One floor below, Level 11 Rooftop Bar & Lounge offers an outdoor dining option during the day, with wraparound views of St. Pete Beach. In the evening, the space transitions into an adult-centric venue with music, small bites and desserts, and a heavy emphasis on its mixology program.

Beachfront dining is available at Bongo’s Beach Bar & Grille, offering upgraded bar fare as well as mixed drinks, frozen concoctions, and live music. While morning-to-late-in-the-day barista bar, St. Pete Social, serves morning lattes, late afternoon cocktails, and quick-fix style foods.

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