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Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key
Ranked #14 of 98 Hotels in Clearwater
Gainesville, FL
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“Possibly the best beach hotel on the Gulf Coast”
Reviewed 25 February 2013

As land-locked Florida residents, when my wife and I want a true "mini vacation", this is our go-to resort. Some may not like the fact that the property isn't sitting directly on the white sandy beaches, but the reality is, you get MORE of a "waterfront" experience at this Marriott because it's on the bay side of the narrow strip of land called Sand Key. So, when you're lounging by the world-class swimming pool, you see nothing but water to the west. And, when you're ready for the crystal clear gulf waters, you can't beat the complimentary golf cart shuttle that will drop you off at the pristine state park beach across the street. My only gripe with this hotel is that it's just so pricey, but you do get what you pay for in this case. If you have Marriott points to use, it's a good value.

Room Tip: Dinner at The Columbia restaurant next door is a must. Try the Snapper Alicante and the Sangria!
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Milford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

Very nice beachside hotel. Welcoming lobby and very friendly and helpful staff. Room (7th floor) and balcony were great. Watercolours restaurant is a great steakhouse. Buffet breakfast was just OK. Nice boardwalk behind hotel to stroll the "shops" along the beach. Short drive over causeway to town of Clearwater for even more "activity".

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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elmhurst il
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2013

My wife and I stayed for 2 weeks recently - so long they actually got new furniture while we were there! Amazing staff!! Wonderful staff!! Magaly at the front desk was a joy - Marriott has a great
asset in her. Bellman Kevin offered local color and very useful touristy info. GM Phillipe runs
a seamless operation making it look so easy- obviously at the helm because he genuinely cares
about his employees and guests. We couldn't have had a better stay (perfect weather too) and
the one problem we did have was taken care of immediately and without question. Other
properties could learn much from them. Make sure you walk across the street to the park
and check out the birds and great access to the Gulf beach. Watch for dolphins while you
enjoy the Watercolour breakfast buffet with Jasmine. And while you're kicking back poolside,
think how lucky you are to have found this place.

Room Tip: All rooms face the Intercoastal, though a window by the door gives Gulf view. Rooms at the south e...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2013 via mobile

Yes, the rooms are dated but the entire hotel is very clean and the staff is excellent. For us, the dated room was far offset by the views and the fact that we had a mini suite with a refrig and two flat screen TVs. The Steakhouse restaurant was excellent albeit a bit pricey. ($34 for a 14oz sirloin). This was expected. Poolside service was great with good food. The pool area itself was very nice with comfortable chairs and plenty of umbrellas.

The location was perfect for us. Away from the noise of Clearwater beach but still a few things within walking distance. If you do not want to get a car, there is a trolley that will bring you over the one mile bridge to CW beach. This trolley runs twice an hour until 10.

We would stay again!

Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2013 via mobile

I stated here for two nights while spending time with several family members for a mini reunion. The staff was very friendly and sent us freshly baked cookies during the first night of our stay. The room offered a picturesque view of the beach from the bedroom window. Unfortunately, it was risibly and cold so it wasn't as appealing to enjoy the beach on the outside. My father and I did not have any issues with the room that we shared, however, other family members that stayed in two other rooms had complaints of ants in one and mildew in the other. The location is right on the beach and close to many restaurants. Ihop is about 5 minutes away. We ventured out to a local mall that was about 20 minutes drive. The hotel is decent but it definitely would be pricey if it were not for our family sharing the expenses. I would find a hotel with a lower rate if I were traveling alone.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2013

Stayed over a long weekend, with 3 rooms for family. While somewhat pricey, the amenities surely made up for it. Rooms were comfortable and clean, and the staff was outstanding. They went out of their way repeatedly to make our stay enjoyable in spite of a full house during the weekend. Watercolours restaurant is the top rated steak house in tampa/clearwater area and lived up to its billing. Nostalgia with the boardwalk outside along the gulf connected to various shops and other eating establishments that I reviewed other places. The pool area with the waterfall and bar was outstanding, as was the pool food that you could readily order..

Room Tip: upper floors seem to be better..
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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New York
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2013

We stayed here in February with our two kids. Last minute booking. The location was not as ideal as I was expecting. The plus to that is there is a trolly and we rented a car. The lobby is beautiful, and Bob bellman brought us to our room was GREAT, LOVE HIM. The hotel was not located directly on the beach, because of its location we never went to the beach. The pool and surroundings are very nice. Water was very warm and clean. The staff and the service provided near the pool was excellent. The pool food was average. Although the previous reviewed indicated this, we decided to take the chance and stay anyway, and were really dissappointed with the condition of the rooms. The bed was clean and comfortable and the bathroom updated, but the rest of the place was not soo good. I kept yelling at the kids to get off the floor because the rug was soo gross. Rooms need new rugs and updated furniture. The hotel restaurant was average for quality of food. DONT order the King Crab, its not King crab, its Snow Crab and incorrectly priced for Snow Crab. Stick to the Steak, which they recommend anyway. Go to Columbia next door and order the Grouper Jimmy and Sangria. Have Breakfast at Maggie Mays and Dunkin Donuts. The kids get a little bored and the Kids Club was being renovated so we did not have full access to this, so they stayed in the pool the entire time. Overall the stay was fine, we will probably head back to our regular vacation spot, Marriott Marco Island, this place needs some overall on the rooms, mildew smell in the morning, but clean.

Room Tip: All Rooms are exposed outside.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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AYSSandKey, General Manager at Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key, responded to this review, 26 February 2013
Dear Mulrain,

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about your recent stay with us.
I appreciate you highlighting Bob, our bellman for his services and the rest of our fantastic staff!
And yes, a couple of months a year during the Winter we keep the pool heated at 86 degrees to provide extra comfort for our guests. In regards to your comments about the carpet; we have a rather detailed monthly carpet plan in place that addresses the condition of each piece of carpet in our hotel. Our apologies for not experiencing that during your stay. We have made some improvements to our Kid's Clubhouse during the off season to be ready for our season. As a five time recipient of "Tampa Bay's Best Steakhouse" we are proud of our steaks that we serve and please know that I checked with our Chef to ensure that we serve King crab. Again, thank you for your feedback and I hope that we have an opportunity to welcome you back.
Sincerely,

P. Eversdijk GM
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Property: Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key
Address: 1201 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, FL 33767
Region: United States > Florida > Clearwater
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Clearwater
#5 Luxury Hotel in Clearwater
#10 Business Hotel in Clearwater
#12 Romantic Hotel in Clearwater
#28 Family Hotel in Clearwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key 4*
Number of rooms: 220
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape to the beautiful Gulf Coast and enjoy a perfect trip in Clearwater Beach when you stay at Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key . Our Clearwater Beach hotel's accommodations are all suites, in fact we are Florida's only all-suite Marriott hotel. We offer a special resort experience with suite accommodations overlooking Clearwater Bay, and we provide a casually elegant destination for a family trip or business meeting. ... more   less 
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