by Wildcat Dianne
April 27, 2005
Once we found the Days Inn Tropicana Field North, I was unimpressed by the appearance of the place, with its bar attached to it and exterior entrances, but it was one of the cheapest hotels in St. Petersburg and the closest to the ballpark.
Erika, Todd, and I had adjoining rooms so we could have privacy. Our ground floor rooms lacked privacy and good lighting because we faced the parking lot, but they were clean and furnished nicely with queen-size beds, bureaus for our clothes, and a table to eat or write on. The bathrooms were clean, and our rooms were cleaned early every day and quickly by the housekeeping staff. Erika took advantage of the laundry room to do a load of clothing that was smoke-infested from the Hard Rock and hotel bar.
The hotel was quiet when we returned from the Hard Rock at 12:30am Sunday, but later in the morning, the place was swarmed by the invasion of Red Sox Nation. Almost everyone staying there was in Red Sox T-shirts and hats getting ready to go to the game. I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
Tropicana Field is about 5 miles from the Days Inn, which is great, but there are not many restaurants near the hotel, except for the Waffle House, which was jam-packed with Red Sox fans before the game. Erika, Todd, and I tried to get breakfast there on Sunday, but the wait was too long, so we went to Dunkin' Donuts on 16th Street near the ballpark. So, be prepared to drive to Tampa or St. Petersburg for dinner. Erika and Todd went to the Cell Block Bar attached to the hotel Saturday night, but I passed.
From journal Baseball, Dunkin' Donuts, and Rock 'n Roll: Red Sox Nation Idaho's Adventures in Tampa/St. Petersburg