We really enjoyed our stay here.
While the hotel itself is not new, the rooms are well furnished with comfortable bedding. Of course the real reason to come is the beach which is really great. It was great with the kids to walk of the beach and into the room for naps and such. We also liked the variety of restaurants in walking distance of the hotel as parking and traffic can be a bit of a pain, especially on the weekend.
Outside of a really small number, most of the gulf-view rooms overlook parts of the restaurant and meeting rooms with the view of the pier blocked by part of the hotel, so I'm not sure I'd pay extra for that type of room. Harborview rooms seem to look over the swimming pool and towards the harbor area and if you get lucky, on of these on a tall floor might be a better bet.
The breakfast buffet was great with either a continental or hot option, with the hot option giving you access to eggs, bacon, pancakes and omelettes to order. Our breakfast was free due to my Hilton status so I'm not sure what the cost would be.
Amazingly depending on what you ordered, the hotel restaurant was not dramatically overpriced compared to the near by restaurants.
We only went in one of the swimming pools as they did get crowded and like many resorts it's where the more obnoxious people hang out. That said the pool was good and clean.
The things to be aware of at this hotel is that they do charge for parking and they have a resort fee which I dislike paying, to me if there's a mandatory fee like this, just make the room rate more expensive to reflect those costs instead of doing a bait and switch.
Overall we were very happy and will return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spread across 10 acres of sandy white beach, surrounded by blue skies and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Clearwater Beach Hotel Clearwater
- Clearwater Hilton
- Hilton Beach Resort Clearwater
- Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa Florida