We stayed for a week for a swim meet after spring training. We booked the room with two bedrooms, each with a king bed, with a living area in the center. It was really great and I got a weekly rate when I called the front desk a month before the stay.
When you pull up you can be worried - it is on a busy construction ridden highway - but when you pull off and walk through reception you find a little gem. The set up is like a motel - a square around the central pool, two floors. We stayed on the back side facing out to an apartment complex. We were steps away from the coin op laundry which I used several times during the week.
First, the room - very, very convenient. Could definitely accommodate a family. Each room has a king bed and bath and tv. The only downside to the bedroom layout is the bathrooms. They are very tight. The design is not good. You must go in and jigger around to just close the door to use the toilet. The shower curtains are short and water goes on the floor when showering. The showers are good sized but not much water pressure. The sink is outside of the bath with plenty of counter space and outlets. The beds were great! The mattresses where solid and not pitted from too many folks sleeping on them. Each room had its own air conditioning unit with thermostat. The center living area had yet another tv with a sofa that pulled out to a bed (we didn't use it), a coffee table and side lamps and a comfortable chair and footrest. The back of the room has a closet next to the wet bar - there is a sink and countertop with coffee machine and microwave. There are cupboards underneath and a refrigerator. We went to the local Target and bought food and drinks and laundy supplies for our stay. There is also a table desk with its own desk lamp. The only thing I would add there is better outlets - maybe a power strip. Free wifi is MUCH appreciated. The windows has slatted shutters that were great to let in natural light during the day and darken the room at night.
The pool area was well cared for and a pleasure to sit at. There are 3 or 4 tables with umbrellas. The chairs were plastic and could be upgraded a bit to make them more solid. There is not only the usual rectangular pool but a shaded hot tub and wading pool with a waterfall that the kids loved when they couldn't take any more sun. There is a raised gazebo like structure that could benefit from a roof or shaded cover. Leading into the reception area there is covered veranda with about ten comfortable rocking chairs that the parents enjoyed each evening. The only thing I would add is maybe to have it screened in as the bugs got us in the evening. We did sit there for hours.
The maids came late in the day which didn't work great for our schedule but they were cheerful and efficient. The desk staff was friendly and helpful. The reception area had a nice array of tables and comfortable sofas and chairs and a tv. There are two desktop computers and a small but adequate gym. The complimentary breakfast was nothing to brag about but what is expected. You can grab a banana and yogurt or make your own waffle. I would have liked real maple syrup and the eggs were nothing I would chose to eat. BUT right next door in walking distance in Lennys the number one breakfast spot in Clearwater and it is AMAZING!!! A must visit for a great fresh southern breakfast. The redneck breakfast with sausage gravy was delish and the complimentary pastry basket was awesome.
You are a drive away from the beach at Clearwater and the attractions like the marine rescue where Winter is and there is a surprising amount of traffic so leave yourself time. But this place is a clean value. The room we stayed in was a great value for a family - if you have grandma and grandpa along with your family of mom, dad and two kids you would do just fine in this spot and not break the bank. And after the end of a long day you can turn the kids loose in the pool and settle in on the veranda and rock away with your drinks from Target - they even sell wine in Target in the south :)
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