Dickens House Bed and Breakfast

335 8th Avenue NE , Saint Petersburg, FL 33701-1904 USA (Show map)


An historic, award winning B&B, Dickens House Bed and Breakfast in St. Petersburg, Florida, offers Craftsman "bungalow" style accommodations for modern business, vacation, and romance travelers. The exceptional gourmet breakfast cooked by the owner/artist and host, a St Pete native, is certain to be a rewarding feature of your B&B St. Petersburg experience! This St. Petersburg, Florida Bed and Breakfast is located in a National Historic District and is just two blocks from scenic Tampa Bay waterfront parks where a small beach, lighted tennis courts and an Olympic-sized pool and the Pier are located. The downtown Looper stops in front of the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel, just two blocks away. This will take you to the Dali, Holocaust, Fine Arts and Florida International museums and every part of the shopping, entertainment and dining district of downtown St. Pete. In addition to the Gulf beaches, including the top rated, 600 acre Fort Desoto Park, nature parks abound along with Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball in St Petersburg. While across the Bay, Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, MOSI, Lightning Hockey and Tampa Bay Buchaners Football are among the Tampa attractions. Baseball’s Spring Training is represented by the Devil Rays at St Petersburg, New York Yankees at Tampa and the Philadelphia Phillies at Clearwater. Day trips to Central Florida, Orlando, Kissimmee, Disney World, and Universal Studios take about 1 ½ hours from downtown St. Petersburg. Sarasota is only one hour south.

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Innkeepers: Ed Caldwell



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

A wonderful relaxing experience

5 on March 19, 2014

Best B & B ever. Delicious gourmet type breakfast with fresh fruit, yummy coffee, and unbeatable entree; different each day of our 3-day stay. Mr. Caldwell is a very friendly informative host, and caters to individual dietary needs. The rooms are very clean and comfortable with all amenities one could desire. Looking forward to a return when possible.


5 on February 20, 2014

The best B&B in Florida. Very interesting craftsman style home and decor. All areas were super clean and cozy. It was like stepping back in time in the Old Florida lifestyle. Ed was very accommodating and very knowledgeable of the area. His generous hospitality made us feel like part of the family. The breakfast was fabulous, the room, Dickens Suite, was spotless and cozy. The House is located close and in walking distance to the Bay, museum and restaurants. When visiting the Tampa- ST Petersburg area, there will be not other place to stay than the Dickens House Bed and Breakfast. We are looking forward to our next stay here. Congrats. Ed for a superb job.

Excellent Place

5 on December 19, 2013

A superb house, beautifully maintained, wonderful decor and an excellent host in Ed.

Got Brownie Points with the Wife

4.8 on June 20, 2013

Really enjoyed our stay, and lucky that we had the house to ourselves in mid-week. Room and home was great; short walk to downtown St. Pete. Host was great, food was very good. This experience is why I would avoid all hotel stays, if possible.

My favorite in St Pete

5 on January 06, 2013

The room was comfortable, cozy and quiet. Great bed, in room fridge and whirlpool tub. Breakfast was great and B&B is walking distance to lots of great restaurants and places to visit.

THE PERFECT place to stay when visiting St. Petersburg

4.8 on November 17, 2012

The Dickens House is perfect for the erudite traveller and especially if you like the Bed&Breakfast experience. Ed Caudwell is the affable host and very informative about the house, history and city of St. Petersburg. The rooms with their luxurious bedding are sure to please even the most discerning visitor. Ed whips up the most delicious breakfasts. When we were there, a fabulous fruit bowl, shirred eggs on toast points with perfectly cooked bacon was on the menu. Piping hot coffee and gourmet teas available too. A beautiful porch with ample seating makes a great spot for evening cocktails or an early morning coffee and reading the St. Petersburg paper, which is delivered daily. This is probably the best place to stay in St. Petersburg in the new artsy/foodie neighborhood, just a few blocks walk to delicious restaurants and fun shops. Don't miss riding on the hopper trolley that gives you an informal tour around the sights of the city and can drop you off at the fabulous new Dali Museum.

Lovely, welcoming, well situated

4.6 on March 25, 2012

Having read the previous reviews, I can only agree about Ed's welcoming nature, wonderful cookink skills and flair for decorating. We stayed two nights in the Cottage room and wish we could have spent more time enjoying it, but lovely St.Pete's beckoned, within walking distance. Would love to go back! Pierre and Annik, Quebec

I absolutely loved this place and you will too!

5 on November 30, 2011

I actually live in Tampa and was looking for a little getaway for my birthday weekend in August. I called Ed and reserved a room. What a nice surprise!! The Inn is absolutely spotless and very cozy. As mentioned in the other reviews, everything is within walking distance and you can ride the trolley for 25 cents to anywhere in the downtown area. Plenty of outstanding restaurants, art museums and galleries, bars, shopping...everything is very close. Ed was a wonderful host. Always gave fabulous recommendations and spent time talking about the history of the house and neighborhood. My last morning he made me coddled eggs and I've tried and tried to cook them myself to no avail. Ed took me in the kitchen and gave me a lesson! I absolutely loved this place and you will too!

Wonderful 4th of July Weekend

4.8 on July 04, 2011

Dickens House B&B is a wonderful place for a quick getaway in the heart of St Petersburg. Walking distance from great restaurants, Dali Museum and the Pier. Ed's hospitality was exceptional, the rooms were picture perfect and attention to details is impacable... from the time we set foot at the front door the smell of cookies being baked transported us to a relaxing weekend getaway. Highly recommend this B&B!! and breakfast was delicious!!

genuine kindness

4.2 on July 15, 2010

Yes, the house is designed beautifully. Yes, our room (the Cottage Suite) was adorable with VERY comfortable beds (my back issues usually prevent me from ever feeling comfortable).. Yes, the breakfasts were delicious. But what struck me more than any of this was Ed's caring nature. My sister has had severe chronic pain for 16 years, and had gone sharply downhill the past year. We needed to find more aggressive treatment, and came to St. Pete to consult with a well-known doctor. This included a very thorough battery of tests, lasting all day. Ed was so kind, insisted on carrying her suitcase up the stairs, packing us to-go breakfasts (for our crack of dawn appointment), even having my sister slowly eat breakfast up in her room when she wasn't feeling well enough to join us down at the table.. and above all, he listened to my sister go on in depth about her health issues. She was at a point where that was all she talked about. It can get tiresome and lengthy to hear as a family member, let alone someone who had just met her. But he sensed that she just wanted her story to be heard, and lent a compassionate ear. He shared his own chronic pain issues and commiserated with her. Even though I know his schedule was busy, he took time out for her to help her feel comfortable. He also gave us a medical discount. I whole-heartedly recommend Dickens house. Note that the Cottage suite is not really divided by a door: there is a queen bed in the main room with a TV, and a twin bed with a desk in the sunroom (which is divided from the main room by a curtain). The bathroom is huge and spacious. There is also a mini-fridge. I loved sleeping in the sunroom. The neighborhood is a pretty one, only about 4 blocks to the start of downtown.

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Rooms & Rates

The Perry Snell Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

The Cottage Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

The Dickens Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

The Orange Blossom Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

The Cracker Suite

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

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Location Type

City, Downtown


Tampa, FL (TPA) 15 miles

Directions to property:

From I-275 take Exit 23A onto I-375. Take Exit 2 from I-375 onto 4th Avenue North until it ends at Straub Park. Turn left onto Beach Drive. Go four blocks and then turn left on 8th Avenue NE. . Dickens House is the third house on your right.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Ruins, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Library, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00-6:00pm
  • Check Out:: Noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking permitted on the veranda only.
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children 6 years and older.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Special event periods may apply
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night stays require full deposits. A fifty percent (50%) deposit confirms multi-night reservations. Remainder due on check-in. Whole house reservations require special arrangements.
  • Cancellations: Special event and holiday periods may require minimum stays and full deposits. All no shows forfeit total deposit. One night stays require full deposits. A 50% deposit confirms multi-night reservations. Remainder due on check-in. A ten (10) day cancellation notification is required to avoid forfeiture of one nights room rate, subject to re-rental. Whole house reservation cancellation policy determinded individually. A $25.00 charge is levied on all cancellations.



Ed Caldwell

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About the innkeepers

A rare, original St Petersburg native, Ed moved to the cold country of Providence, R.I., where he received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. After 16 years there he escaped in 1986, returning home to sunny St. Pete. A recipient of NEA, RI State, and Pinellas County art grants, Ed is also a published mural painter and exhibiting fine artist and residential designer. He is also cook, cleaner, chief bottle washer and mortgagee at Dickens House B&B.

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  • Time Served: 7:30 - 9:30AM or Express
  • Serving Location: On the veranda in good weather., Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Eggs Orsini in Filo Shell
Served at the breakfast table of French impressionist artist, Claude Monet, and modified by yours truely. Line a metal taco shell with filo dough. Separate the eggs (two per serving), beat the whites until stiff enough to support the weight of a teaspoon. Spoon the whites into the filo shell and make two fairly deep cavities in the whites and gently slip the yolks into the cavities. Sprinkle with pepper and grated gruyere cheese and dot with unsalted butter. Bake about ten minutes at 350. Grate parmesan cheese and form into 3" dia. individual round "laces" and bake for 5-10min. Use as vertical garish in eggs.