Overall, this hotel is on a nice piece of property, with a beautiful view of the Harbor as it enters the Gulf. It is one of the few beach-front properties in the Clearwater Beach area, and it is probably the most affordable.
It is an older hotel. It has more than the basic amenities, including a mini-fridge, a stove-top, and a cabinet with dishes and utensils; although nothing is new or particularly fancy. This property probably saw it's prime a generation or two ago. I found the desk clerks to be fairly decent, but again, nothing outstanding. The pool area isn't the best maintained, but you can still enjoy yourself if you care to do so.
The reason I am highly disappointed with our stay, is that apparently every Sunday there is a "Beach Party" of some sort that takes up the entire beach area and fills it with blasting music, alcohol, and bikini contests...
If you are a young adult, this might be great for you. It's like MTV in your back yard. However, if you are there with your young children, you have just wasted your entire stay. Kids aren't even allowed on the beach during this party, that lasts well into the wee hours of the morning.
For those of age, there is an admission charged to access the beach.
But don't think the problem is fixed by Monday morning. Trash absolutely litters the hotel property and the entire shoreline. Bottles, cups, trash, cigarette butts by the thousands...
I truly feel that the compromised beach access should be represented on the Choice Hotels website. When you are spending the money to stay in what you are told is a beach-front property, you expect to be able to access the beach. You don't anticipate your family not being allowed on the property, and if you are of age, you certainly don't expect to have to pay an admission to access what is represented on the website as being an included and accessible part of the property.
Perhaps the rest of the week is not as bad, but certainly on Sundays, you do NOT want to bring your family here.
The balconies are nice, so consider a beachfront room. We had a ground-level, parking lot view; but...
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