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Marchand's Restaurant Review: This St. Petersburg resort hotel underwent a renaissance, restoring it to much of its 1920s glory. Marchand's windows on the south overlook the downtown marina, while the view from the western end is toward the hotel's veranda and main entrance. The room is dominated by a dark mahogany bar in the middle and marble-topped tables. The high ceiling is filled with frescoes, vines and flowers, with some griffins --- the hotel's logo --- darting about. The menu emphasizes roasting, grilling and sautéing using fresh herbs and olive oil, and seasonal selections are featured. Sunday brunch presents crab legs, eggs Benedict and pastries. There's also an afternoon tea with a nice family touch: small sandwiches tailored to the tastes of children, such as peanut butter and jelly. The pastry chef updates the dessert menu frequently, but one perennial favorite is the chocolate cheesecake made with an Oreo cookie crust, thick white chocolate and more white chocolate in the form of shavings on top.