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Grayl’s Hotel: The name will change, but not the tradition
Grayl’s Hotel: The name will change, but not the tradition

St. Petersburg was all a buzz when it learned that Grayl’s Hotel was sold for $1.85 million to longtime Tampa Bay residents Chuck and Dr. Kathy Reilly Prather of Birchwood Properties.

Knowing that the couple plans to reconstruct the Spanish, Mission-style house to maintain the integrity of its original architecture may ease the minds of those concerned that a historic landmark will be lost forever.

Originally built in 1922, Grayl’s is likely to be given historic designation and that means that President Chuck Prather is dead set on keeping the hotel period specific.

“We are planning on building a fourth floor to the hotel, and while some people like to have additions look modern - to see a contrast between the original building and the add-ons - we told the developers ‘no,’ it needs to look seamless.”

“Seamless” is the word that could also be attributed to the hotel’s transition, which includes its new restaurant. Contrary to popular belief, Grayl’s will most likely not close during renovations.

Plans are in place to build the new dining room, while closing off sections of the old area as needed. The hotel is also still accepting short-term reservations while construction is taking place.

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