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Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort Hotel & Conference Center
Ranked #14 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“It's round!”
Reviewed 5 March 2014

I'm a sucker for a gimmick...and this hotel is round! We didn't know what to expect, but everything was great. The room was a cool shape with a perfect nook for the bed so it was against the windows. It was lovely to lay in bed and look at the ocean.

Hanging out on the balcony was wonderful too - we had a view of both the Gulf and the Bay. Watching the storms at night from the balcony was a sight to see! We even ordered room service out there one night.

One minor complaint: room service trays seemed to linger a little too long outside the rooms.

The hotel food was ok. The rooftop restaurant is definitely more for the view. We're glad we went (at sunset -- amazing) but the food was just ok. The wait staff was friendly, possibly too friendly as we were enjoying a sunset romantic dinner and didn't want too many interruptions. I'd suggest maybe just going for appetizers and drinks. Bongos was better for what it is. Some of the frozen drinks were quite yummy and snacks/sandwiches were good. Oh, and the breakfast buffet was fun, too...for the mornings when you wanted to eat a little more.

The hotel is also within walking distance to shops, etc.

Hotel staff was helpful with beach towels, answering questions, etc.
I'd definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

Stayed for two nights. From the time we checked in till check out this hotel was nothing short of perfect! Staff was friendly and prompt at taking care of the hotel and ALL the guests there. The room was large, spacious and comfy. Spinners roof top restaurant was excellent. Bongo's beach bar was great. The hotel is located right on the gulf with one of the best beaches on the gulf - offering amazing views. Across from the hotel is a nice place to shop for gifts and beach wear. From the moment you arrive, there is no reason to leave - this place has it all. LOVED IT!

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

This was our second visit to Grand Plaza and it was better than the first time. I think other people have summed up the actual property details so I want to focus on the employees. From the moment we walked in, we felt at home. The front desk clerks are friendly and professional. We dealt with Sarah and she was very eager to help us in any way she could. I was most impressed with the way they dealt with guests who had booked a room by a third party (Expedia, etc.) and were not happy with their room. The guest thought they were getting a much better room than they actually booked and I give the front desk a lot of credit for dealing with these unhappy people. In the Palm Room, we were greeted by Jean the hostess. She always had a smile on her face and I thought she dealt very well with the customers considering it was her first week there. Sonya the waitress was right there when we needed her but gave us our privacy otherwise. It was a relaxed environment and all the staff seemed to be friendly. Of course, our favorite spot is Bongo’s Beach Bar. They make great drinks and went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We mostly dealt with Suze and Jason and we enjoyed their banter back and forth. Live music three times a day was so much fun. It was a happy place to be and I credit the bar-staff for creating that atmosphere. The last person I want to thank and acknowledge is Danny the concierge. He has a bubbly personality and gave us his honest opinion on local restaurants. He was right on with his comments. Over the week, we were able to count on him for good ideas. A lot of the staff live right in St. Pete Beach so they know the area. They say it “all starts at the top” and I would say the owner is proud of his property and expects his staff to be customer-oriented. Overall, this place feels truly like home.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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St. John's, Canada
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Stayed her in Feb. Hotel staff were excellent, great location, Spinners Restaurant was good and very reasonably priced. Bongos beach bar is a great spot to kick back and relax while watching the sun set.

One major complaint, the shower is downright dangerous. THe water temp went from freezing cold to scalding several times during each of the showers we had during our stay. Scalding!!!

This is a solid 3 star, nothing fancy but loads of amenities around, liquor store, Publix grocery store, restaurants and bars.

Beds were fantastic, great sleep here and nice and quiet.

Room Tip: Get beach view room or partial coastal
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Noblesville, Indiana
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

We checked in 2/24 and were upgraded to a penthouse. That was an awesome surprise. The view was awesome. The restroom was a little outdated but who can complain when we got a free upgrade unexpectedly. The revolving restaurant on top was fantastic and so was Bongo's Beach bar and grill outside. The hotel staff was on their game every day and did a fantastic job of taking care of our room and needs. I hope to go again next year.

Room Tip: I liked the gulf side because I loved looking at the ocean but the bay side will offer a great view...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Camillus, New York
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

After over hyped and under delivering accommodations on last years Key West trip we decided to try St Pete for our mid winter break from upstate NY. The Grand Plaza really delivered on it's promises, from the Gulf view from our balcony to the dining in Spinners. It was great to walk from the hotel 100 yards to the beach and 50 yards to the Bongos bistro. We spent an afternoon in Bongos enjoying the live entertainment and the food, this was what we thought we would get in Key West. The breakfast buffet was a great value, they kept everything hot and fresh and the service was good. My wife was having such a great time we decided to extend our stay and will definitely recommend to our friends and are already planning our return trip next year.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

Overall, we were happy with our stay here. However, when we booked our vacation, we requested a quiet room with a view and we were informed that all renovations would be completed before our arrival on January 19. We called on January 18 to confirm our requests. When we arrived, we were assigned to a room with a view. But renovations were still in progress. It is unfortunate that we were not advised when calling ahead nor by the check-in staff that renovations were still in progress and would affect our stay. After 2 nights we found the renovations were too disruptive. When we spoke to the manager, Anthony Harvard, he quickly offered us alternative upgraded quiet rooms, and personally showed us the rooms. We appreciated Anthony's assistance in rescuing our vacation. The location on the beach is great - the beach is fantastic for walking, with lots of shells and some wildlife, and very long - I walked for over an hour and did not get near the end. Bongos beach bar provided magnificent views of the sunset and good music. It was too cold for swimming that week in January and the renovations interfered with the use of the pool anyways. The in-house breakfast place, Palm Room Restaurant, was ok, with a very basic buffet; the staff there did not seem up to the stature of this hotel and were a little sour. Suggest breakfast down the road at Beverly's (1 block from Gulf Blvd and 75th Ave). The hotel restaurant, Spinners Rooftop Revolving, for dinner and lunch was great. Good quality and reasonably priced, with a great view. Staff again were not as professional or friendly as expected but ok. Free coffee available near lobby at any time was appreciated. Free and easy parking was also appreciated. We would definitely revisit this hotel, especially if we receive confirmation of the rewards program that we registered for.

Room Tip: Music can be heard from Bongos beach bar from rooms on the south and west side. We enjoyed the music...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort Hotel & Conference Center
Address: 5250 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-2408
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Region: United States > Florida > St. Pete Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#6 Business Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#7 Top resorts Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#10 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#12 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort Hotel & Conference Center 3*
Number of rooms: 152
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort Hotel is located directly on the beach and Gulf of Mexico. The Resort features a wide selection of luxurious guestrooms with furnished private balconies and all the best full service resort amenities for the leisure or business travelers. Featuring 4 Restaurants - Spinners Rooftop Revolving Bistro & Lounge, Level 11 Rooftop Lounge, Bongos Beach Bar & Grill, and the Palm Room Restaurant. 3 Lounges, Heated Swimming Pool. ... more   less 
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