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“Ebb Tide - Run down and disgusting service”

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Ebb Tide Waterfront Resort
Ranked #38 of 98 Hotels in Clearwater
Reviewed 29 August 2007

Unfortunately we chose to stay at these apartments from 26.07.07 - 11.08.07.
On arrival at the locus we immediately heard drilling. The sea wall was being upgraded and would continue to be so for the duration of our visit. Whilst my family appreciated that the work was essential and had to be done, our issues were:

1. Prior to arriving on holiday we were not e-mailed or notified in any way about the work.
2. On arrival no mention or apology was made by the owners for the continued inconvenience this would cause.
3. When we complained to the owners about the work (sawing, drilling, general noise) happening directly outside our bedroom window between the hours of 7am and 9am, we were told we were being unreasonable.
4. Whilst complaining my husband was diplomatic and calm at all times. However when he complained for a third time about the very early noise, on our second to last day, we were told by the female owner (Maria) that she could not understand what we were going on about and she was "too old" for our continued complaints and she would settle our bill and we were to leave the next day. This would have left us with one night to find accomodation . Alternately the female owner, Maria, stated we could stay for our last night if we stopped complaining.
Due to us being with extended family and young cousins that would have been upset splitting up, we reluctantly felt we could not let the children suffer.
5. It must be noted that while the owners failed to apologise once for the noise the work men did so frequently.
6 The owners of these run down apartments claimed that no one else was effected by the noise due to no other complaints apart from my extended family. However, whilst sat by the pool I heard three other families also complaining
7. Just like the previous entry on this site we too feel like the property is run down.
8. We found approximately 30 cockroaches in our apartment and most of them were alive. We were offered to have the apartment fumigated but the owners could not assure us it was safe for small children.
9. The A/C is useless and can not be adjusted for comfort, even though one of the Ebb Tide websites states the A/C in all units are independently controlled.
10. Some light switches did not work.
11. Towels are plentiful but small, stained and grubby.
12. One of our showers in our apartment did not work.
13. We stayed for 16 nights and got our apartment cleaned once.
14. The BBQ was so dirty you could not use it.

To summarise, the female owner (Maria) of this run down establishment is negative and defensive if you have a complaint.

On a positive note, if you can put up with all of the above, the pool was our saving grace, the view lovely and the beach was just a five minute walk away.

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 July 2007

We had a very horrible experience at the Ebb Tide and ask that all Trip Advisor readers steer clear of this property! It had it glory days many, many years ago and the current owners have not maintained it.

Let me give you some examples:
-- The shower heads need replacing as they spray in different directions, the showers flood, and the towels have stains and are thin; soap is like butter pads for rolls
-- There is no maid service
-- The a/c cannot be adjusted and is preset around 80F -- you will be hot even with the fans
-- The parking is down the street -- they only have 6 spots for 35 rooms
-- Many of the light switches do not work and are taped over
-- The carpet was filthy
-- The mattresses are very soft, needed replacement 10 years ago -- the pillows are no better than Days Inn
-- There were roach traps in the bedrooms
-- The entire inside of our room needed serious painting -- it was pretty disgusting, quite frankly
-- The refrigerator had cakes of rust on the outside
-- The property is sinking, so the outside patio is uneven -- don't loose your balance!
-- The pool is slightly larger than 2-3 hottubs!

If you can put up with any of this digust, then know that the beach is about 3 blocks away and it seemed pretty quiet during our stay. There is also free wifi. The view from the rooms out to the harbor is also nice.

Let's hope this property will be bulldozed in the next 3-5 years as it had it glory days long, long ago.

By the way, Florida is very hot in July!

  • Stayed: July 2007, travelled with family
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10  Thank World_Hiker_Dallas
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Reviewed 16 March 2007

My husband and myself stayed here for one week.. It is very nice place and we will be staying there again next year.. While we were there, it was full all of the other people were very nice also. there were no children just all adults and it was very relaxing. Everyone goes out around the pool and they have cocktail hour in the evening we never did join them but they were so cute all out in the front lobby telling about their days... The resort is very family run the little apartments are very spacious, just everything about it was great.. Most of the people are older people that stay there for Months at a time. Nice relaxing place to do this at.. We will be back next year just a bit longer though.. It is just a short walk to the beach and to the main streets.. You must give it a try.....

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank sally60
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Reviewed 24 July 2006

My husband, 3 year old daughter, and I just returned from a 3 night stay at the Ebb Tide and had a wonderful time. We stayed in a 1bedroom apartment, on the ground floor, and was impressed by the cleanliness of the rooms. It is a small, friendly hotel where people sit outside on the deck in the evening watching the bay. Our apartment had a combined living room (with sofabed)/kitchen, a bedroom with a king size bed (two twin beds pushed together), walk-in closet, and a bathroom with tub/shower. The pool, also very clean, in the center of the hotel and overlooks the bay. This is not a "fancy" hotel but is perfect for a family who just wants to relax and feel welcome. We will definitely return!

Stayed: July 2006
7  Thank Sara R
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Reviewed 28 June 2006

We had a fun week. The location of the hotel is fabulous, the walk to the beach is less than 5 mins; the suit is clean and neat; plenty of towels were provided and having an on site laundry is a plus. The fishing dock is cool; I am not patient enough for fishing, but got to net more than a dozen large blue crabs are just as fun for me. We will stay there again when we visit Clearwater Beach next time.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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5  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed 24 April 2006

This cute little place is now called Seaside. It's nestled on the bay side of North Clearwater Beach and was such a relaxing place. That end of the beach seems to be more quiet and when you're 2 blocks off the main road, it tends to be more peaceful.
Our place was right on the water, with nice view of the bay. We constantly saw fish, so my husband finally bought a pole and had a very nice time. It's the most relaxed I've seen him in a long time!
Oh, yeah and the rooms are adorable. The are like a studio apartment, but have a little wall separating the bed and living room. They have kitchens with dishes, utensils, coffee makers, microwaves, stove, refrg. etc.
The lady that looks after the place is just a sweetheart. She was very personable and acoomodating! She's with Florida-beachrentals.
We look forward to coming back again next year!

  • Stayed: March 2006
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4  Thank ilnmb67
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Reviewed 29 January 2006

My wife and I stayed at the Ebb tide for the first time at the beginning of January. The Ebb tide was exactly what we were looking for. The units are decorated in a spare but elegant style, and are immaculate. We stayed in a one bedroom unit on the second level in the back. All the units have an excellant view of the water. We had both windows in the back and front so that there was good cross ventilation. The owners were very friendly and helpful. We made our reservations for next year before leaving. If you are looking for a smaller lodging with the personal touch I don't think you could beat the Ebb tide.

  • Stayed: January 2006
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9  Thank beau_art
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Additional Information about Ebb Tide Waterfront Resort

Address: 621 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater, FL 33767-1617
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Region: United States > Florida > Clearwater
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Clearwater
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Clearwater
#23 Romantic Hotel in Clearwater
Price Range: £125 - £852 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ebb Tide Waterfront Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
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