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Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Ruskin
Charlotte
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“Perfect for a long weekend!”
Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed for 4 days and very much enjoyed our time. The location is a little remote but Tampa is only 20 minutes away. Not much to do in the immediate area but relax and enjoy the sun. We had great weather all 4 days so we were happy at the resort the full time. The pools are a little small for the number of people on site but between the beach and the pool we always found a spot. The room was as described and served the purpose for us - a clean, comfortable place to sleep when not outside enjoying the beautiful setting. Gorgeous sunsets over the bay and fun tiki bar/restaurant for good meals and live music. Overall I would stay again for a short get-a-way!

  • Stayed March 2014
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Jonathan B, Front Office Manager at Harborside Suites at Little Harbor, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us and also upload a couple of great pictures. Your picture of the sunset from your balcony is truly magnificent! Our staff is thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your four day stay with us. Please come visit again soon!
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DAWSONVILLE
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

The Suites at Harborside Club was an unexpectedly pleasant stay. It is a well planned and beautifully laid out resort with Marina, beach, pools and restaurants all on site. The rooms are quite large and comfortable with the kitchenettes. Walking or strolling along the harbor or along the beach gives plenty of variety. Yes, the food selection is limited but there are options on-site without having to leave the property. Bring your own chairs if possible and sit on the Beach wherever you want ! We enjoyed driving to several other beaches nearby , within a 40 minute drive and back by evening. St. Pete, Treasure Island, Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island are all within driving distance and going into St Petersburg via the Skyway Bridge is worth it just for the view.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jonathan B, Front Office Manager at Harborside Suites at Little Harbor, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at the Harborside Suites. Our staff is thoroughly pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. I am glad that you were able to enjoy the magnificent views from our Harborside Suites across the Tampa Bay. We hope that you are able to join us again soon!
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Kohler, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

My family booked a stay at Harborside Suites as part of an overall vacation package, so didn't quite know what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised! Harborside suites is part of a larger campus which includes a marina, private beach next to a lounge and restaurant (the restaurant food is really good!), tennis courts, pools, and outside playground. Our room was clean and had clearly been recently remodeled. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate for us so we weren't able to enjoy all of the outside amenities, but hopefully in the future we can take better advantage of all that the hotel has to offer.
I am giving the hotel 4 stars rather than 5 for 2 reasons. It is a little bit of a drive (35-40) from Tampa and other major attractions. This is somewhat of a negative but would be ideal for families who want to ensure they don't get stuck with a bunch of loud spring breakers. Harborside was very quiet and peaceful. The other reason is that we weren't able to get a crib for our daughter until the 2nd night. We checked in quite late and they didn't have any available. They were gracious enough to comp us for the crib due to this minor inconvenience.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Jonathan B, Front Office Manager at Harborside Suites at Little Harbor, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
Thank you for such a pleasant review on your recent stay with us. It is so nice to hear that we were able to pleasantly surprise you with all that our resort has to offer. I am sorry to hear the weather did not cooperate during your stay. Hopefully you will be able to stay with us again in the near future and enjoy beautiful weather. Please do not hesitate to contact our Front Desk staff and we will be happy to provide suggestions for attractions in the nearby area. We hope to see you again soon!
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

my wife and i arrived at the begining of mardh(2014) at 8 p.m. as we had just arrived from the west coast. we registered and then were told our room wasn't ready. i was surprised as it was necessary for their visitors to check out in the morning.i was told that the room had been made up but hadn't yet been checked out. after a short wait we were sent to our room. i asked where to park as no information had been given. we went to the elevator to go down to the ground floor and to our building . i pushed the button but nothing happened. after a bit i went to the front desk and asked how to get the elevator. i was then told that there is a slot close be and it was necessary to insert my room card and then push the button. the suite itself was very large with a good size kitchen opening on to a large living room. the bedroom was of a reasonable size with a queen sized bed that was comfortable. the bathroom was very large with a tub and separate enclosed shower. the carpet in the living room was quite frayed in places and had many stains. there was a good sized patio that overlooked the harbor. it was cool in the suite so i went to the thermostat and saw that it indicated a temp. of 83 degrees. this obviously wasn't correct so i called the front desk and they sent up someone from maitenance. he said that the thermostat needed to be recalibrated and that we should just turn the temperature to a setting higher than it was currently registering. he said they would fix it when our visit was over. the next day i went to see the manager who had a new functioning one installed and it worked fine from that point on. my wife went to take a shower and to wash her hair the night we arrived but very little water came out and it took a long time to rinse. when we called the desk again maintenance came up. he said the shower head was clogged with salts. he replaced it and it worked well. the shower door didn't completely close and there was a gap wo you had to be careful not to get water running out. also there was obviously mildew on the . i called the desk, using the button that said "front desk", to ask if the restaurant close by required reservations. after 6 rings the phone dropped the call. i called again and the same thing happened. apparently i was told if the front desk was busy and couldn't answer then the call was dropped. the next day when we returned about 3 o'clock our room had not been made up. i went to the front desk and was told that housekeeping was still working and would get to us. at 6p.m i called the front desk and asked about housekeeping and was told they had already left for the day. i could continue in this vein for another 2 paragraphs but you get the picture. the manager was very pleasant and even took the charges off for one night . however the place really needs several things. 1. an infusion of money to bring it up to minimal standards, 2. a strong management hand and 3. a housekeeping dept. that has been educated as to how to clean a room. the hotel is busy as it is the only one on the gulf in this area. it's a shame because it had potential .

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jonathan B, Front Office Manager at Harborside Suites at Little Harbor, responded to this review, 31 March 2014
Thank you for providing a detailed review on your recent three week stay with us. Your feedback provides our staff the opportunity to improve our product and services. With that said, I regret to hear of the housekeeping and maintenance issues that you encountered during your stay. Your comments have been forwarded to the appropriate managers so that proper training can be conducted to improve our services for future guests. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if I can be of further assistance with a future stay.
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Denver
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

We arrived around midnight on a Friday for a 5 night stay only to find we would have to turn around and drive a few miles to reach anything open for food. The room we were given was on the first floor above the garage looking out at the parking lot. At $200 a night that was a bit steep. The next morning we walked around to see what was available in the area and that took about 10 minutes. They have one restaurant with bar attached and there's a sports bar across the parking lot. The beach is very small. It has a small section for the resort that allows no alcohol. The limited number of chairs available was not acceptable. Both pools are rather small as well.
I was ready to check out and head to civilization. We stopped into the Tiki Bar that night expecting the worst. Instead we found a living social setting with a wide rage of age groups. This didn't seem to fit until we started talking to people next to us and found out a large number of the people there are locals. Why? Because it's the best place in a town with only a couple of options. Strange to say the bar kept us there and we enjoyed our stay. The bartenders are amung the best you'll find anywhere. Be there at sundown for some fun. Played golf a couple of days and canoed down the Little Manitee River which was the best!
Would I stay here again, no. But we made lemonade out of lemons and heaed to Tampa (they actually have food there) for the rest of the trip.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jonathan B, Front Office Manager at Harborside Suites at Little Harbor, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post a few comments on your recent stay with us. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your time at the Tiki Bar on our resort. I regret that you had trouble finding local dining options. Our friendly front desk staff is always willing to provide guests with a list of recommended local restaurants in the resort's immediate area. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if there is anything I can do to have the opportunity to welcome you once again to our resort.

Warm Regards,
Jonathan
813-922-6000
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Atlanta
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

I stayed here one night during my recent trip to Tampa.
Make sure you understand that this hotel is in the middle of nowhere. The hotel area is nice as it is a harbor area. The room was nice, nothing fancy about it. I didn't think the bed was even a Queen size. The carpet is definitely very dirty. What gave me a sour taste in my mouth was that when I asked for 1 hour extension for check-out (my wife was not feeling well) the hotel staff flat out refused to accommodate us when the hotel was probably not even half full (I could tell since the guest parking lot was almost empty.)

Overall, nice quiet hotel in the middle of nowhere with staff who has zero customer service.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Jonathan B, Front Office Manager at Harborside Suites at Little Harbor, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. It is unfortunate to hear that our staff was unable to accommodate your request for a late check out on your departure date. In the future, please feel free to utilize any of our resort's amenities on your departure date, even after you check out of your room. This includes our private beach access, three pools, and either of the two restaurants on property. We also have bathrooms and shower facilities available for you to refresh before heading down the road!
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Salem, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2014

My husband and I went to visit friends in Ruskin and stayed at this so called "resort". Our room was filthy, floors, counter tops everything was dirty. We scrubbed the floors after leaving a note for housekeeping and they never did it. Bought Clorox wipes to clean counters and refrigerator handle. Toilet kept running and we had to take the lid off the tank to fix it numerous times. I called front desk the first day to complain and they just apologized. We asked to be moved and they said no other rooms were available. The bed was hard as a rock and our sheets were never changed the entire stay, unfortunately we were there for 8 days. This place was horrible. When we complained upon checkout they just apologized and refunded only one nights stay. My bill came to $2056.00. For that price we should have had a clean room with excellent service. I asked to speak to the manager, her name is Nancy, and she was not in yet they said. I waited until after 9:00 am. I left a voicemail for Nancy on Friday, February 28th, and she still has not returned my call. Extremely poor customer service and accommodations. My advice, STAY AWAY! We spent Friday night at the Westin, by Tampa airport, and it was only $170.00. Exceptional room, very clean and excellent customer service.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jonathan B, Front Office Manager at Harborside Suites at Little Harbor, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
Thank you for choosing our resort and taking the time to write a review on your recent stay. I'm sorry to hear about the cleanliness issues that you encountered during your stay. I wish that I was aware of these issues during your stay so that we could have addressed them while you were on our resort. I have forwarded your comments to our Executive Housekeeper so that these issues can be addressed immediately. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly to provide any further feedback on your stay that you may have. Hopefully you will be able to visit our resort again and enjoy a much more pleasant experience.

Warm Regards,

Jonathan,
813-922-6000
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Property: Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
Address: 536 Bahia Beach Blvd, Ruskin, FL 33570-3022 (Formerly Harborside Suites)
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Region: United States > Florida > Ruskin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Ruskin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Harborside Suites at Little Harbor 3.5*
Number of rooms: 158
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Harborside Suites at Little Harbor is nestled between Tampa and Sarasota on 125 acres surrounded by the calm, soothing waters of Tampa Bay.Harborside Suites offers superior accommodations featuring, studio, one, two and three bedroom suites, all beautifully decorated featuring upscale amenities and complimentary WIFI internet access.Harborside Suites features a pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, fire place area, outside kitchen with gas grill, views accross our marina and Tampa Bay.Our guests will also enjoy our secluded half mile of provate beach, tennis, basket ball, kayaking, waverunners, sailing, fishing, shuffleboard, horse shoes and two other pools. With 36 holes of Championship golf just 10 minutes away.See you soon at our "Little Slice of Paradise" ... more   less 
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