HotelsCombined recognize The Birchwood amongst the best hotels in the United States
United States, Saint Petersburg, 19 July 2017 - HotelsCombined, the Australian-based hotel meta-search company, has started an extensive survey covering different types of accommodations within Florida. This survey is based on gathering data from millions of guest reviews, and translating them to an official Recognition of Excellence.
The HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence is not a ranking list but a group of outstanding accommodations chosen based on a strict set of criteria. In order to be considered, properties must meet the following criteria:
- At the time of judging, a winner is rated 8.5/10 or over with a minimum of 50 customer reviews certified by HotelsCombined.
- We couldn’t detect any major customer service problems, nor recurring or unresolved issues.
Moreover, HotelsCombined is taking in great consideration the way the hotel staff answered the Hotels communication team, demonstrating their commitment in providing quick assistance.
The Birchwood boasts a high satisfaction rating among guests and travel industry experts, receiving 320 reviews for an impressive rating of 8.8 out of 10.
“We are thrilled to be working with the best hotels in Florida and The Birchwood is certainly among them” said Alberto Castellucchio, Award Manager at HotelsCombined “What is different about the Recognition of Excellence is the way information is gathered and analysed: it all depends on the guest and his or her experience with that particular accommodation.”
“With HotelsCombined 30 million people are finding the best deal available on-line every month. With this award, we’d like to make it even easier for every traveller to identify the best hotel for customer service and therefore the best value for their money”.
For more details, visit: https://www.hotelscombined.com/
“We knew that we wanted something classic and elegant, and The Birchwood definitely delivered. From day one, everyone we worked with was extremely responsive and flexible. We wanted our entire wedding to be vegan, and all of the staff at The Birchwood didn’t even bat an eye!” the bride gushed. “The banquet chef was open to creating a plant based menu, and he was genuinely excited about it. The whole staff had such a great attitude about it. This was absolutely not the case with any other venue or catering company we talked to. Our wedding guests were raving about the food, and they were surprised that eating an all plant-based meal could taste so good!”
"We knew that we wanted something classic and elegant, and The Birchwood definitely delivered."The Bride, Lindsey
Photographer: The Ganeys // Venue: The Birchwood // Florist: Braun’s Fine Flowers // Dress: Stella York // Bridal shop: The White Closet // DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates // Bridal shoes: Betsey Johnson // Hair: Michele Renee The Studio // Makeup: Christine Angulo // Groom’s suit: Tommy Hilfiger // Groom’s shoes: Vegan Chic // Groom’s socks: Urban Outfitters// Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Angelo // Invitations: Allison Hinkle // Officiant: Minister Bradley Gilmore // Cupcakes: Retrobaked
The Birchwood Receives Distinction in the 11th Annual WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®
Saint Petersburg, January 09, 2019. -- The Birchwood was announced a winner of the renowned WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® in Saint Petersburg for the second year in a row.
WeddingWire, Inc., a leading global online wedding marketplace, annually celebrates the top wedding professionals on WeddingWire across more than 20 service categories, from venues and caterers to florists and photographers. These distinguished vendors exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service, and quality when interacting with the five million monthly consumers who turn to WeddingWire to help ease their wedding planning process.
The Birchwood received this esteemed award based on their outstanding experience working with real newlyweds. WeddingWire features more than three million reviews, and these notable vendors all received prompt, reliable, and quality feedback.
"We are celebrating our 11th annual Couples’ Choice Awards, where we honor our vendors who help make millions of couples’ big day one to remember," said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. "Not only are these hard- working and distinguished wedding professionals, such as The Birchwood, a fundamental part of the wedding planning process for engaged couples, but they help make WeddingWire a trusted source for wedding planning. We congratulate everyone on this well-deserved achievement."
The Birchwood is honored to be one of the top wedding businesses in Saint Petersburg on WeddingWire.com.
About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire, Inc. is a leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with local wedding professionals and a suite of comprehensive tools that make wedding planning easier. Operating within a $250 billion industry, WeddingWire helps 16 million users every month find the right team of wedding professionals to personalize and pull off their special day. Consumers around the world are able to read more than 5 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a directory of over 500,000 vendors local to them.
Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio serves couples and wedding professionals across 15 countries in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. The company has more than 950 employees and is headquartered in Washington, DC, with international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.
Setting their sights on an intimate venue with a classic and elegant vibe, the pair fell in love instantly with the historic charm of downtown St. Pete wedding venue The Birchwood.
“The second we toured The Birchwood, it was decided. It had everything we could have imagined. The beautifully restored historic 18-room hotel was intimate enough for our family to all be on-site together for the weekend,” the bride gushed. “Something that was important to us was having an indoor ceremony at the same location as our reception. The Birchwood staff easily flipped the same space during cocktail hour to accommodate our request. It was perfect. There wasn’t one thing about the Birchwood that I would change! From the moment we secured our date, the service we absolutely impeccable.”
Color. Sequence. Love. Acceptance. Just a few of things you'll see this year at St. Pete Pride. In its 15th year, St Pete's Pride Parade and Celebration kicks off Friday, June 23rd with a concert, presented by Macy's, in North Straub Park. That's right, Macy's! Immediately following the concert, and across the street from the park, The Birchwood presents "Dragtastic!," a colorful and entertaining drag show featuring headliner Randy Roberts. As seen on America's Got Talent, Roberts will perform as Cher, Bette Midler and more! Tickets are available by calling The Birchwood, but they won't last long! On Saturday, the party starts at 2 pm at North Straub Park with the actual parade down Bayshore Drive at 6:30 pm with fireworks to follow.
Insider Tip - the best viewing spot will be on The Canopy, but get there early for the best seats!
On Sunday, Grand Central District comes alive for one of the community's most-loved events, The St. Pete Pride Street Festival. Exhibitors, cuisine, and entertainment will attract more than 40,000 people!
June was chosen as Pride Month because it marks the anniversary of the June 1969 Stonewall Riots. The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar in New York City that had been raided by police. Patrons of the bar rioted against the anti-gay laws that were put in effect to keep establishments from regularly hosting members of the gay community. These riots are often considered one of the main catalysts for the fight for rights and liberation of the LGBT Community.
In 2000, President Bill Clinton officially declared June as National Pride Month. 3 years later, St. Pete Pride was founded as a replacement to Tampa Pride. Much anti-gay rhetoric from Hillsborough County and bans on public displays supporting Gay Pride caused the move to St. Pete. In 2006, St. Pete Pride became the largest Pride event in Florida and this year became the first LGBT event to receive City and County funding for the celebration! The 15-year journey wasn't an easy one but it has paved the future for acceptance and support of the LGBT community. Keep an eye out for the Pride flags that will be flown proudly all over St. Petersburg.
Proceeds to benefit culinary arts students with special needs
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (May 15, 2017) – PARC’s third annual Top Chefs event will be held at The Birchwood in their Grand Ballroom on Saturday, July 15, 2017.
Top Chefs raises financial support and awareness for PARC's Culinary Arts Program and the opportunities it provides to individuals with special needs. It teaches those in the program to cook for themselves and pick nutritious and well-rounded recipes, giving them more independence. Most importantly, the program also trains and certifies each individual for future job opportunities in our local, thriving hospitality industry. Multiple graduates from the program have been placed in kitchens throughout Pinellas County and are earning impressive salaries.
“PARC is extremely fortunate to have a friend in Laurie Stogniew, Top Chefs Chair since inception,” said Monica Lukasik, Director of Marketing and Communications. “Laurie helped bring this event to life three years ago and has been integral in connecting PARC to the restaurants, chefs, and sponsors as well as making this event one of the organization’s signature events.”
PARC’s Top Chefs fundraiser has become a “must attend” local event and sells out annually. Its popularity is due to the pairing of top restaurants and their chefs with students from the Culinary Teaching Kitchen @ PARC to serve delicious food and showcase the collaboration of all participants for an invaluable training experience.
Restaurants scheduled to attend include Birch & Vine at The Birchwood, Guppy’s, Rusty’s Bistro at The Sheraton Sand Key, 1200 Chophouse, Clear Sky on Cleveland, and Tryst. Jenn Holloway, from WFLA News Channel 8, will serve as the emcee for the event. Open bar and signature drinks will be provided by Breakthru Beverage Group and desserts will be provided by LeAnn’s Cheesecakes.
PARC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities to exercise their independence and experience life to the fullest. Established in 1953, PARC currently serves more than 800 individuals in the greater Tampa Bay area.
Let me just say that in my circle, Bubbles and Brunch on Sunday are a given, but bubbles on Sunday sitting al fresco at The Birchwood in Downtown, St. Petersburg is even better. It's the perfect time of the year to end your Sunday Funday people watching on Beach Drive. The best part is you can now get your bubbly fix for 1/2 off every Sunday after 4 pm at Birch and Vine with the purchase of the featured appetizer of the week or the cheese and charcuterie plate.
Join us for the hottest New Year's Eve party in Downtown St. Pete! Tickets include TWO floors of Open Bar, Hors D'oeuvres, Dinner Buffet, Live Band in the Grand Ballroom, DJ on the Rooftop, and a Champagne Toast at Midnight! Get your tickets here: http://tix.extremetix.com/webtix/4072