We have stayed in Marriotts around the world, and this is clearly a beach resort, rather than one of the more elaborate big city hotels. That means that whilst the rooms are large, with a separate lounge area, the decor is much simpler and less plush.
The location is next to the sound, with the beach a few minutes walk (or transfer) across the road. The beach is quieter than Clearwater Beach, but the sand is coarser. You are surrounded by other hotels or housing developments, so aside from a short strip of shops there isn't a great deal to do nearby.
Some earlier review comments to agree with. Yes, the walls are very thin and noise does travel. Yes, avoid any room that ends in 20 (eg 420, 520 etc) as the balconies are directly above the kitchen extractor fans and the smell of bacon, or their legendary steaks, is very strong.
A couple of gripes of our own. There was extensive repair work going on which meant the gym was out of action for a couple of days, and also impacted the main bar, restaurant and lobby for several days of the stay. We also had one morning when the pool bar music was on very loud from 8am (or possibly earlier!) which wasn't appreciated.
However, having said that the hotel does what it does well. A hotel, in the sun, nice pool, surrounded by great water views and some of the best staff that we have seen in a while. Top of the list by a long way was Tara the bartender, who was effortlessly friendly to everyone whilst multi-tasking managing a bar that was heaving with wedding guests - Marriott are very lucky to have her !
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- 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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