The Plaza Beach Resorts is a collection of three award winning boutique resorts located on the island of St Pete Beach in Florida. The three resorts are the Plaza Beach Hotel-Beachfront Resort, the Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort and the Bay Palms Waterfront Resort – Hotel and Marina. These three properties have been community landmarks since the late 1940’s/early 1950’s. All three resorts are boutique by design with Plaza Beach having only 39 suites, Bay Palms with 15 suites, and our smallest resort, but most charming is the Bayview Plaza with only 7 suites. With so much history, if these walls could talk they would have some stories to tell you. Maybe stories of how Al Capone frequented St Pete Beach and even owned a house in St Petersburg. Other famous persons such as Lou Gehrig and Franklin D Roosevelt, have also visited and walked the beautiful sandy beach of St Pete Beach, which in 2012 was Voted #1 Beach Destination in America by TripAdvisor and top 10 beach town in 2013 by Parents Magazine.
Our three resorts have seen hundreds of thousands of guests and a handful of owners.
1988 – The Plaza Beach Hotel Beachfront Resort was purchased by Chris and Victor Czyszczon. Two brothers from Chicago that had enough of the cold and decided to move their families and take a chance at the hotel business. The property in dismal shape, was about to be torn down, the adjacent property was torn down to make room for a condo hotel. The brothers were determined to make it and with hard work and sleepless nights they did.
2000 – The brothers mutually decided to part, Victor decided to pursue other opportunities. At that time Chris’s oldest son Robert had earlier that year earned his Bachelors of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from Lynn University and was working for The Ritz-Carlton, West Palm Beach. Robert passionate about the hotel business together with his father decided to buy-out Victors share and continue in the hotel business.
2002 – An opportunity to buy a small seven room property adjacent to the Plaza Beach Hotel, but across the street and on the bayside came available. Friends of the family were selling the Islander Motel, that was also in bad shape and in need of major renovations and a fresh perspective to save this property. With a vision to expand, and to offer guests more amenities, with fishing piers and boat docking, Robert and Chris took on the challenge. With major renovations, this charming seven unit property is now the Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort and enjoyed by guests from all around the world.
2008 – Another opportunity presented itself during the financial housing crisis. The property next door to the Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort was repossessed by the bank. The property was in very bad shape, probably the worst of all three, it needed major renovations and management experience to save it. At this time with the economy was on shaky ground, the move to buy this property required Chris and Robert to leverage everything, and put it all on the line to secure the property. With hard work and luck, they were able to save this property which has now became the Bay Palms Waterfront Resort – Hotel and Marina
2010 – The BP oil spill gave a scare to all on the coast especially Chris and Robert who just bought the Bay Palms two years prior and have everything riding on its success. 2010 was one of the worst years in history for all three properties, a financial disaster. Renovations that were planned were all put on hold. But with luck and prayers we made it through.
2011 – Was a better year and the major renovations that were planned for 2010 started at all three resorts. Renovations included removal off all carpets in all the rooms and replacing with beautiful porcelain tiles. It makes for a cleaner room, especially for people with allergies, carpets are never clean enough. Renovations also included retiling of all bathrooms, new LCD TV’s, new recessed lighting and more lighting in bathrooms and bedrooms, crown molding, and repainting of all rooms.
2013 – Major renovations have all been completed. The new rooms are beautiful and fresh. We are always improving our properties to ensure continuous guest satisfaction. We have more great ideas planned for the upcoming year.
2017 – Hurricane Irma gave us and everyone on the island a big scare. This was the first time 29 years of ownership that we closed down and evacuated all of our guests. Hurricane Irma passed over and thankfully we sustained no damages just a tremendous amount of sand cleanup. So much sand that we had to drain our pool and shovel the sand out with snow shovels, hundreds of wheelbarrows later, the pool and decks were clean. We’re continuing with painting the hotel and other upgrades in preparation for our 30th Anniversary next year.
Truly family owned and operated, our family has been in the hotel business since 1988. Today the traditions and values are just as strong as they were the day the family bought their first boutique hotel. The owners are still on property to ensure that your stay is as enjoyable and memorable as possible. We are continuously striving towards ensuring the most modern, up-to-date, convenient rooms, through constant improvements for your added comfort and enjoyment.
Our loyal guests at the Plaza Beach Resorts are like family and have come to know our resort as their “Home away from Home.” Families have been making the Plaza Beach Resorts their yearly vacation a tradition for generations and still today that is evident. We make every effort to assure that our guests see that we truly believe in the way we do business, and that we are not simply following written policies. This positive experience is why many return to our properties for their vacation getaways as well as business conventions and conferences.
I personally welcome you to our beautiful resorts located on renowned Saint Pete Beach, Florida, Voted #1 Beach Destination by TripAdvisor in 2012, and Voted “Best Hotel on St Pete Beach” in 2017, where “Traditions Start Here”
Plaza Beach Resorts, St Pete Beach
Family Owned and Operated Since 1988
“Traditions Start Here”