I was skeptical prior to staying at the Beachview Inn due to some of the reviews on this site, but its price on a gulf view room so close to the boardwalk compared to other hotels in the area was hard to beat, so I decided to take a risk and book here.
I was pleasantly surprised by my stay. I was only at Beachview for a night, but I would have extended my stay had time permitted. To look at some of the issues I was debating prior to booking, there is wear to the rooms. Yes, there were chips and chunks taken out of the paneling in the elevator that looked like it had seen better days, and there were little chips in the tiling in my bathroom (which was quite small). There were a lot of families out and about when I arrived (and yes, you will have to pay for parking), and it does look like the hotel gets a lot of wear and use throughout the year. However, everything was clean, albeit dated. I didn't have any concerns about getting into the bed, as it was spotless. The bathroom, even for the worn tiles here and there, was clean as well. No germ concerns. I will say I have stayed in hostels on other trips I have taken (not in Florida), so perhaps my view of the hotel was from a different perspective than others' on the site.
Additionally, yes, the continental breakfast is not what most people view when they imagine "continental." Not a large selection of different breakfast foods. For me, I will admit, I had just come from a business hotel that was almost double the price of Beachview and did not have any breakfast whatsoever, so I was appreciative of what was available here.
For me, the bottom line was that I did not come to Clearwater to stay in my room. I wanted a clean, affordable, and tidy room with a great view and accessibility, and I got that plus a private balcony overlooking the pool/gulf. It was in a great location for me to come in, get a parking spot without having to fight on a side street, change into my swimsuit and hit the boardwalk. I was able, too, to come back much later in the night and sit on my balcony. That said, if someone were looking for a nicer hotel, such as for a romantic getaway to the beach, I would not recommend this hotel to them. But, if I were in the Clearwater area again, I would definitely return to Beachview.
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