The Historic Peninsula Inn has been part of the heart of Gulfport, Florida since 1905. Originally called the Bayview Hotel, and after WWII, the Cedars of Sinai, the building now known as the Historic Peninsula Inn has had a long and interesting history.
The Bayview Hotel was completed and opened in 1905, offering 40 rooms to people interested in “fine fishing and bathing on the shores of Boca Ciega Bay” After World War II, the Inn operated as Cedar’s Hospital for injured veterans returning from the war. It was at this time that our elevator was installed to assist with moving patients from the upper floors onto the screened verandah to enjoy the fresh air. After Cedar’s Hospital closed, the building was converted to a nursing home and later as a retirement home for gentlemen. This continued until the late 1980s when the home was closed due to state guidelines for retirement/elder care facilities. Boarded up and neglected, the future Inn was almost lost.
There were many interested parties with ideas of how to use the building, but none came to fruition. It was not until Alexandra and Jim Kingzett purchased the Inn in the spring of 1999 that a viable plan to save the property became a reality.
After a year of re-engineering and permitting, followed by another year of renovation and restoration, the Peninsula Inn and Spa opened for business on September 14, 2002. The Kingzett’s successfully operated the Inn until it was sold in January 2016 to Veronica Champion.
Within the Inn itself, you can enjoy fine cuisine at Isabelle’s restaurant, or choose to sit on the famous veranda or in the garden, listening to live music on most nights. The Historic Peninsula Inn invites you to experience the rich history and charm of Old Florida while also enjoying the comforts of today. Come and see why the Inn has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for our service, amenities, and hospitality.
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