About St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is known as “Sunshine City,” with an average of 361 days of sunshine per year.  There is also a great food and brew scene. Forbes Travel Guide recently wrote:  “It’s not a stretch to say that St. Pete is experiencing an art- and food-fueled renaissance.”

If you have extra time before or after the conference, you’ll find great things to do in the St. Pete area. Outdoor attractions include three golf courses, Egmont Key State Park and National Wildlife Refuge, “BlueWays” kayak trails, fitness trails, beaches, and much more. St. Petersburg has also been ranked the No. 1 Arts Destination for cities its size for three consecutive years and includes a collection of world-famous museums and galleries, including the Salvador Dali Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, the Florida Holocaust Museum, and more.

The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club

501 5th Avenue NE
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club is a 4-star Marriott hotel that reflects the grandeur of a golden age. You'll find old-world courtesy and activities to satisfy guests of all ages and interests. Resort grounds include golf, spa, tennis, a marina, and multiple restaurants. St. Petersburg's attractions are within easy reach from this downtown resort, including Tropicana Field, beaches, and The Florida Aquarium.

Marriott Reservations: 1 (800) 468-3571
Hotel Main Phone: (727) 894-1000
Room Rate: $169 per night + 13 % Tax

This rate is valid from July 21-24 and will be honored three days pre and post these dates (based on availability) for any one in our room block that may be interested in extending their stay. Please reference the IFDA SMart Conference when making your reservation.​

Online Reservations Link
Hotel Website

On-site parking: $17 daily
Valet parking: $23 daily
Check In / Check-out: 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. respectively.
Internet Access: Lobby and public areas include complimentary wireless. Guest rooms require a fee.

Vinoy Golf Club: An Audubon Certified Sanctuary, this Ron Garl designed, 18-hole, par 71 championship course is beautiful and challenging for golfers of all skill levels.

Vinoy Golf Website

Travel Info / Dress and Seasonal Considerations

The major airport serving St. Petersburg is Tampa (TPA), located approximately 20 miles from the hotel. Estimated taxi fare is $55 one way. If driving, on-site parking is $17 per day and valet parking is $23 per day. Lyft and Uber service are also available.

The dress code for the IFDA SMart Conference is business casual. Average July daytime high in St. Petersburg is 90 °F and the average nighttime low is 79 °F.