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“A rustic gem..”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Amber Tides Motel

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Amber Tides Motel
Ranked #25 of 96 Hotels in Clearwater
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Toronto, Canada
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“A rustic gem..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

A few minutes walk to the beach, restos and bars this place has it all. Don't expect silver service, modern amenities or daily 'maid' service or you'll be disappointed because it's not The Four Seasons. The linen and towels you start with are the same linen and towels you end up with regardless of long your stay. However if you want a great location with a bed and a pool this place has it. We stayed for 3 nights Sat-Sun-Mon on March 22-24, 2014 and our bill was $487.20 or approx. an average of $160.00 per night. Seems steep for what you get but it is a holiday town in a very busy month. Joe who runs the place is a pretty cool dude and owner of a proper corkscrew. ;-) Note to coffee drinkers: If you enjoy a good cup of strong coffee in the morning then leave town as you won't find it in Clearwater.

Room Tip: Depending on the time of year book early as my buddy and I had to share a King size bed and he snore...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Locust Valley, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

great location! convenient to beach, restaurants, shops, etc. The manager, Joe, was super! He keeps the place spotless & you can't beat the price! The other guests were very nice & friendly - great for families. Thanks Joe for a great trip!

Room Tip: book early! rooms go fast.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

I would like to say that Joe Cipolla was great help to us. He gave us info on what places to go and enjoy. He also helped us decide on what we could do at night and what places where best to eat. Joe was very nice, enthusiastic, and concerning. Joe was always willing give us ideas and anything we needed for the room. I would be more than willing to come back and stay with Amber Tides because of Joe.

Sincerely,
Anthony.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Takoma Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

Affordable and clean with great access to the beach. Staff is superb. As mentioned, those with a keen sense of self-entitlement will be disappointed but those who understand value will be satisfied. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

Small motel in a great area close to the beach. Pool and outdoor area are beautiful. Rooms are clean and spacious but could use some updates. This motel is close to restaurants and other attractions. The manager is a gem, very helpful in getting you around the area.

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Hastings, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

The grounds are beautiful, you will be hard pressed to find anything nicer! Well kept, clean, 2 pools- both are maintained perfectly and are immaculate. Nice and private for spending time outside, area's are separated into small romantic settings. Lots of Palm trees, reminds me of Elvis' beach movies from the 60's. This also brings me to the drawback, even though there has been some updating to the rooms, they are still in the 70's. Joe the manager makes up for the "old" rooms with his friendliness. He is very helpful and makes up for the inadequacies of the rooms. Great location, a short walk directly to the beach or downtown but far enough removed for a quiet and safe stay. I would rate this motel at the top if not for the rooms themselves but who goes to Florida in Feb to be indoors? Joe and the grounds more than make up for the difference and this alone makes it a great place to stay. There are 2 gas grills to use also, both well maintained.

Room Tip: Newer section seemed much more "modern" from what we saw.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

We've visited Amber Tides three times in the last 4 years. We really enjoyed our stay here...but for those of you who are looking for 5 stars and an impeccable stay don't bother. We really like this place, but we are "fend for ourselves" types and don't feel like we have to spend the extra to be right on the beach listening to all the spring breakers- this is a quite hotel. Overall, this hotel reminds me a lot of what florida was in the 70's. The rooms are okay, not fancy,and a little dated , but clean. The best things about this place are the pool, the seating areas and the manager. The pool and the surrounding area are a life saver during those times when its freezing at the beach. We went one spring and it was so cold that we couldn't even go to the beach (even to walk), but the heated pool in it's sheltered area was warm enough to sunbath. There are a bunch of private seating areas around the pool with grills (stop at the grocery on your way into clearwater), and great ambient lighting. We would go back in a heartbeat. Since our initial visits there have been other properties that have opened owned by the same company, and they look updated compared to Amber Tides, but most of the people staying at those places still come to Amber Tides for the pool and the grill. Im giving a 4 star rating based on the pool, the seating area, and the manager....Id give it a 3 star if based on the rooms.

Room Tip: The neighboring property has been updated (we were there in 2013) and is directly next door, so you...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Amber Tides Motel

Property: Amber Tides Motel
Address: 420 Hamden Dr, Clearwater, FL 33767-2535
Region: United States > Florida > Clearwater
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Clearwater
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Clearwater
#19 Romantic Hotel in Clearwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Amber Tides Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Back under German Management, Ulli & Michelle. Our Motel is located two blocks from Clearwater South Beach, less then 5 minutes walk to the Beach, Restaurants, Bars and Shopping. If you like the Key West feel you will love staying at our quaintly accomodated property with the tropically landscaped pool area. We have grills and sitting areas nestled in the palms for that island feel. All our rooms are non-smoking. We do allow smoking outside of the rooms and around the courtyard. ... more   less 
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