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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach
Ranked #25 of 98 Hotels in Clearwater
Billingham, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Our Clearwater Beach favourite”
Reviewed 10 October 2011

We have just returned from a almost two week break with the stay paid for with our priority club points. This is our favourite Clearwater Beach hotel and have been staying in this property every year for the last 7 years when it was firstly a Ramada and then a Holiday Inn.

In my opinion the best part of the hotel is that it isn't directly on the beach, instead you have a beautiful waterway and you can sit on your lounger and watch dolphins, manatees etc swim past all day! If the beach is your thing then it is nothing more than a couple of minutes walk away.

Staff excellent, very friendly and helpful, particularly the two gents who work in the pool area.

Can't wait to go back next year!

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor irrespective of whether it's city view or gulf view, plus use the elevator...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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GM-ClwrBeach, General Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach, responded to this review, 9 November 2011
We're so pleased you enjoyed your holiday here with us recently. We love our UK visitors!
You are right - there is something so special about seeing the dolphin in a natural environment!

We'll pass along your compliments to our staff because it means so much to us to offer customer satisfaction.

Thank you and we'll look to see you next year! And....please "like" our Facebook page - Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Clearwater Beach.

Christine Bottger
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Wallasey, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2011

we stayed here for a week after being on international drive in orlando and it was everything we wanted. we had a room on 9th floor with amazing views, staff very good, lots to see and do locally. wonderful sunsets

Room Tip: rooms on 9th floor have brilliant views, ask for one facing the road as you can see all over
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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GM-ClwrBeach, General Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach, responded to this review, 9 October 2011
Thank you so much for taking time to review our hotel! We're so glad you were able to enjoy some of the spectacular sunsets this area is so famous for. You are right; the 9th floor has quite awesome views.

We appreciate that you chose us for your two-center holiday after Orlando and hope you'll be able to return to us again. We love our visitors from the U.K.!

Many Thanks again...
Christine Bottger
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Alpharetta
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

We spent one night in Clearwater on October 4 to visit relatives who were also in Clearwater at that time. We booked one night at the Holiday Inn on Gulfview Blvd. and it was in a great location. The room had an outdoor balcony overlooking the Gulf, a microwave and fridge and beautiful granite tops in the kitchenette and bathroom. Amenities included a guest bathrobe, mints on the pillows, and an assortment of pillows (firm, soft, other) to choose from. Very nice selection of toiletries in the bathroom, plenty of soft towels. The kingsize bed was very comfortable and the linens were luxurious. Well done Holiday Inn. We'll be checking out other Holiday Inns whenever we travel. If they're all as nice as this one, we'll be loyal customers for years to come!

Room Tip: We had a room on the 7th floor, overlooking the gulf. Right below us was a patio with live music th...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Naples, Florida
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2011

I have mixed feelings about this review. We used points to stay at this hotel, a one night getaway for my son and I to go visit Winter the dolphin from the movie 'Dolphin Tale" at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. We upgraded using $$ for an ocean view room. When we entered the room we noticed that bed seemed unkempt (like someone had been lying in it) and then we noticed the toilet had not been cleaned. Housekeeping saved the day because I was so skeeved out I wanted to leave but she was kind and apologetic and seemed to empathize. I say that housekeeping saved the day because the front desk clerk clearly was not apologetic and slightly RUDE. They showed me another room (this time I told them not to "upgrade me" $$ and that I would take a room using only points) but the next room literally looked into the side of another building and into another person's window! Gross! I was planning on leaving when at the suggestion of the housekeeper front desk guy showed me a similar ocean view room to the original room but this time I was offered no upgrade $$ charge.. DONE... my son and I were able to hit the pool and order an adequate room service meal from the restaurant in the hotel. Would I go back...? No! But I do appreciate the help of that housekeeping lady, she is an asset to the hotel. Also, I was expecting this hotel to be on a BEACH... I did not see a beach... I did see ocean past a rocky wall... Room was comfortable. Pool area was nice. Large pool.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that DOES NOT face into the building next door. We used Very Important Pets to kennel...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2011

Save your money and book for a somewhere better. This hotel is located far from anything and it's a complete rip off.

Stayed there for two nights and the rooms were expensive to start with for what was a very basic room only ($170) per night.

Not only that I was horrified on checkout to see that the hotel also charges you a state tax (per night!) and the best one - an occupancy tax (per night!). And guess what, if you take a car they will also sting you for another $12 per night for that as well!

I think the only thing they won't charge you for here is breathing the oxygen.

Expect a very expensive stay. You could make your money go further elsewhere!!!

  • Stayed October 2011
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2 Thank bluemancunian1894
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GM-ClwrBeach, General Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach, responded to this review, 10 October 2011
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts regarding your most recent stay. The hotel is mandated to charge State (7%) and Local (5%) taxes as required by law on all services rendered. We are deeply sorry if this was not communicated along with our daily parking charge at the time of booking. The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites prides itself in providing excellent services and accommodations. We regret we fell short in this instance. Should you wish to discuss this further please contact me directly at (727) 447-6461 x 7042.

Best Regards,

Christine Bottger
General Manager
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The Villages, FL
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2011

We stayed there August 15th and will be back again. Music, 2 bars, 2 pools, a very pleasant office staff and a fantastic view out over the boats tied up alongside. Very comfortable bed and everything is clean as a whistle. Indoor parking at no charge and you are only a short walk to the beach. Plus was it is only a two block walk to Crabby Bills.

Room Tip: Room 131 is a winner
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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GM-ClwrBeach, General Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach, responded to this review, 9 October 2011
Thank you so much for taking time to review our hotel! We're glad you enjoyed your stay here recently - and our staff will be so pleased to hear your compliment.

Being from the Villages means that you are close enough to return for short getaways, and we do hope we'll be seeing you back soon.

All the best!

Christine Bottger
General Manager
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2011

like I said nice view thats it, We went to this hotel for our honeymoon in August of 2011, I asked for and payed for a ocean view room when we arrived we had a nice view of the parking lot, We I went to the front desk and we got a lot of fancy answers why we had that room, Every other day our key for our room did not work, again a lot of fancy answers We stayed at this hotel 7 days every other day we had to change room's 2 day's before we left we got the rite room, the hotel over charged my credit card 700.Dollars Thank God there was a Chase bank in town to help us out, The staff is clueless about customer service, to bad such a nice hotel so if you like POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE and a lot of fancy answers this place is for you

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach
Address: 521 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767-2534
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Region: United States > Florida > Clearwater
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Clearwater
#17 Romantic Hotel in Clearwater
#31 Family Hotel in Clearwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 189
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Directly on the Gulf of Mexico-Sunsets & Dolphin sightings Complimentary! Discover all that Clearwater Beach has to offer at the convenient, comfortable smoke free Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. In the heart of everything, from shopping and dining, to entertainment, you are within walking distance of the white sands of Clearwater Beach, and Pier 60 where you can enjoy nightly sunset celebrations.. Located 30 minutes away from Tampa International Airport (TPA), the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites is your best choice in Clearwater Beach. Whether you re coming to Clearwater Beach for fun or business the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites is your personal retreat. You ll have room to relax, work or play most of the day in our spacious rooms, Kids Suites or One Bedroom Suites. Amenities such as flat screen LCD HD televisions, granite countertops, private balconies, free high-speed internet, plush towels, and luxurious bedding mean every night is a great night and every day starts right. You can take a dip in our heated Gulf-front pool, relax with your favorite beverage at Jimmy s Iguana Bar or our Rum Rumer s Tiki Bar. You can enjoy a dining adventure at Jimmy s Fish House providing nightly entertainment. The best of Clearwater Beach is waiting for you at the Award Winning Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. The only thing you won t find is a reason to leave. ... more   less 
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