This was our first visit to St. Pete Beach and hopefully will not be our last. I was nervous about some of the negative reviews of Sirata here, but it seemed to be the best fit for what we wanted -- a suite accommodation with a separate living room for our daughter, right on the beach, in a resort-like setting.
* LOCATION! Fantastic beachfront property! Sirata is situated on a very deep expanse of the beautiful beach. There are plenty of beach cabanas available at an additional cost (ours was included in a $20 daily "resort saver" package which also covered wi-fi and parking). I took a walk down to the "majestic" Don Cesar resort and was pleased to note that Sirata's beachfront area is more spacious than theirs. Also, due to the outrageous rental car rates during the week of our stay, we opted to go without a car. We used Bat's Taxi out of St. Pete Beach for airport transport to and from Tampa; each leg was about $65. Once at Sirata, we relied on taxis and the bus for getting around; great restaurants and convenient shops (Publix Grocery, CVS, Beach Mart) are close by.
* VALUE! Our king suite was well under $200/night. It had a full-sized fridge and microwave. We didn't do any cooking, but we could make popcorn and had snacks and beverages for the beach and the room. This saved a lot of money on drinks we would have otherwise purchased at the hotel. I had considered the Tradewinds properties, but the same accommodation type was almost twice the price (and I think the quality would be comparable). So with the money we saved on accommodations, we felt free to spend some money on fun experiences. For example, my husband and daughter rented Wave Runners three days in a row (we went to the rental place that was located just south of the place that was closest to Sirata's beach and saved $18 each time -- it was $45 for a 30-min. Wave Runner rental vs. $63 at the one near Sirata).
* The staff was very friendly and accommodating. (More on this in the "CONS" section.)
* Our room was located in a noisy part of the resort. It was in Building 4, and our room overlooked Harry's Bar, the north pool, and a grassy recreation area with some lawn-type games. (We did, however, have a decent view of the gulf.) People were out late (well past 11 pm) making lots of noise. However, we did have the opportunity to move to Building 1 (the main tower) in a much quieter and nicer king suite. It faced the street but was up on a high floor and had a view of the Bay. This accommodation type was an Executive Suite and did not have a door separating the bedroom from the living room. My daughter decided she could live with the noise because she liked having the pool and ocean view. But I was pleased with how courteous the front desk was in letting us look at the other room option, and they made it clear it would be no problem for us to move. We just didn't take them up on the offer (though I personally would have preferred it). Bldg. 1 appears to be the 'nicest' on the property, with the freshest rooms (and might be quieter than the other buildings) -- they might all be suites in this building, however. By the way, our living room TV set got replaced during our stay with a flat screen.
* The pool scene was kind of nutty ... but that was fine for me, because I was there for the amazingly beautiful Gulf of Mexico! But the first day, my daughter wanted to use the pool, and I really didn't like it. The three pools are small, and during our stay, the center pool was frequented by groups of loud adults who drank beer after beer from their own cooler and chain-smoked. Their ashtrays were set up on the pool ledge. It was gross. Also, there were a number of babies/toddlers in the pool who were clearly not toilet-trained. But there was no monitoring by hotel personnel, so nothing would have prevented a situation where one of these babies might have had a BM in the pool. However, that little bit of information was what got my daughter to want to go to the beach (and stay there for the rest of the trip!).
* The pull-out sofa in the living room was not fit for sleeping! The mattress was curled up like a thin little pancake on top of the tortuous metal frame. Luckily our daughter is small enough that we were able to put linens on the sofa cushions and make her bed from there. But if you have more than one person (or a full-sized person) needing to use the sofa sleeper in the suite, this could be a problem. We checked out the sleeper in the Executive Suite in the Bldg. One room, and while it was in better shape, it still wasn't something that looked like it would provide a good night's sleep.
* Our restaurant experiences were limited to dinner at Harry's Bar the first night (basic, OK pub fare) and the Compass Grille for breakfast (bad service, freezing cold air conditioning, terrible coffee). But there are so many options within walking distance or a short cab ride, you don't need to limit yourself to the resort's restaurants.
I would definitely recommend Sirata with the disclaimer that it's a 3-star property and not at all fancy. This amounts to clean, comfortable digs in a FANTASTIC location!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is located on 13 privately owned beachfront acres directly on the Gulf of Mexico. This St. Pete Beach resort is family owned and operated for three generations. There are 3 beachfront pools, 2 whirlpools, fitness center, kid's play area & arcade and many water sport options. Compass Grille is a casual dining restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rum Runners Bar & Grille is located poolside and beachfront for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Harry's Beach Bar is a local institution featuring a casual menu, lounge setting around a fire pit directly on the beach. Both beach bars feature live entertainment on the weekends. There is something for everyone from a pool cabana, a beach cabana or hammock and the sunsets are are always amazing in the Sunset Capital of Florida located on the #1 Rated Beach is the US. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sirata Beach Hotel Saint Pete Beach
- Hotel Sirata Beach
- Sirata St Pete Beach
- Sirata Beach Resort Florida
- Sirata Hotel
- Sirata St Petersburg Fl
- Sirata Beach Resort St. Pete Beach, Florida