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Review of Plaza Beach Hotel - Beachfront Resort

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Plaza Beach Hotel - Beachfront Resort
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
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Middletown, Connecticut
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207 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Affordable winter getaway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2011

We had decided on a last minute trip to get away from the winter blues and chose this hotel with an expedia package(flight, hotel, car rental) which came out to be a great bargain, just over $300 per person for a week on the beach?! Granted it wasn't peak season and St. Petersburg is "cold" in January (60's beats single digit degrees any day), it was nice to take strolls on the beach and sit in the sand and watch the sun set over the gulf of Mexico. The location is on a busy road but that means access to a lot of conveniences like Publix, Walgreens, package stores and restaurants within walking distance. The building is among larger hotels and at an angle so the ocean view is not readily visible from the room unless you are on the second floor towards the end, but who goes to the beach to stay inside? It is literally on the beach! Pass the heated pool and shuffleboard and thru the gate and you step onto powdery white sand and an ocean coast that stretches further than you would ever walk. This is my happy place, watching the sun set, wild dolphins 50 yards from us, joggers and shell collectors going up and down the beach. Back to the room; this hotel reminds me more of a motor inn in that it is two floors and the balconies are shared. The wall of large windows take full advantage of the ocean air and view but also allows anybody walking by your room to see everything inside, so the dilemma is to close the curtains or not :) This property was recently renovated and it shows, new floor tiles in the main area and bathroom, new paint, 37" flat screen tv, new furniture and reupholstered seating make the accommodations seem much brighter and cleaner. Negatives however include old duvet bedspreads, squeaky bed with uncomfortable plastic under wrap, and a very tiny bathroom. You have to almost be sitting on the toilet or stand in the shower to close the door behind you and we are not very big people. I elbowed the mirror off the wall screw (sorry management) but luckily caught it before it shattered. No one ever came to rehang it properly after we called however, i ended up mounting it back on with some apprehension. Plus I was surprised that so much effort was put into revamping but the horribly worn, cracked toilet seat was reused? The kitchen has a two burner electric stove, one which didn't work but we took full advantage of being able to make breakfast or the occasional dinner, saving a lot on the dining budget. It was also great for preparing mac and cheese for the picky 2.5 year old! You get to meet with some other hotel stayers at happy hour near the check in office, no complaints about free wine and shocktop beer! The easy vibe you get from the plaza beach is one you cannot get from a non-family owned business or mass chain, which is why we would gladly stay here again the next time we return to St. Petersburg.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2011

Perfectly located and comfortable. Attentive to guests needs

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
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Decatur, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2011

My wife and I stayed 5 Nights and couldn't have been more pleased. I like staying places that once you open your door you are outside and not a place you have to walk down a hall, get in an elevator then continue your trek to the door. We did stay in one of the best of two rooms they have (216) with a private balcony overlooking both the heated pool with the sight and sounds of the ocean in the background, but I would go back there regardless.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2011

I was traveling alone for business for a week and found this nice clean hotel on the beachfront just in walking distance to where my conferences was. I was very impressed with the conditions of the room, very clean! Updated! and a very nicely done pool area! The price was very reasonable! Across the street was a Publix grocery store, chinese restaurant, italian, Thai, Chic Fil A, and some other places without having to drve! I would recommend this to anyone! The staff was very friendly and they have computers on site if you needed to print a boarding pass or what not. Also Wifi

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled on business
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2011

Decided to stay a night in St. Pete beach. Tired of driving around I pulled in and gave this place a try. The woman at the front desk (Ingrid?) was very friendly and helpful. There is free internet in the lobby and rooms. My room was spacious enough for a small family. It had a nice kitchen area. Huge flat screen mounted on the wall. VERY clean room. It appears some things have been upgraded. The bathroom was as nice as some Hiltons I've been in. Awesome pool right out next to the beach. The only drawback was that the morning was a little noisy with people coming and going but I did have the windows open. Only a few minutes walk to Undertow beach bar (also awesome). Look no further, this is a great value, and I will stay here when I visit St. Pete beach.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
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Wausau, Wisconsin
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2011

Husband and I chose this hotel based on other reviews we had read, were very pleased with everything, location is ideal, can't get much closer to the Gulf then this! The price was awesome for all that you get, a great value! We are hoping to return next year. Thank you for a wonderful stay!!!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sammismommy
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Caledonia, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2011

A very homey and friendly place where you get much for your money. The hotel has an atmosphere that is rare to find, a homespun warmth that is not a cookie cutter chain hotel. The owners and staff are friendly in a genuine way, they make sure your stay is pleasant. My whole family enjoyed their stay and the affordable rates made it possible for us to do extra activities and eat out at wonderful area restaurants.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Plaza Beach Hotel - Beachfront Resort
Address: 4506 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-2404
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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 Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#2 Top resorts Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#2 Business Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#4 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#5 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Plaza Beach Hotel - Beachfront Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Completely Renovated this year, Plaza Beach Hotel Beachfront Resort is an award winning boutique resort of only 39 suites on the tropical island of St Pete Beach. St Pete Beach was voted #1 Beach in America by tripadvisor and is famous for its sugar white beaches. Plaza Beach Resort is situated directly on the beach with a large beachside pool overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Imagine yourself relaxing in the pool while watching a breathtaking orange/purple sunset melt into the gulf. All rooms are spacious studio apartments with full kitchen; great for large families, couples or the business traveler who wants all the amenities of home. Best of all we have No Surprise Resort Fees, Enjoy everything the Plaza Beach Resort has to offer at no additional cost. We really mean it: FREE Beach Cabanas, FREE Beach/Pool Towels, FREE Wireless Internet, FREE Shuffleboard, FREE 4-hole Mini-Golf, FREE Human-size Chess, FREE BBQ Area, FREE Business Center, FREE Fitness Room, FREE parking and FREE Fishing off of our private piers just across the street. Our resort is Family Owned and Operated, and has been since 1988. The family is still very active in the day to day operations, on property daily, with a great friendly staff ready to assist you with a genuine Florida vacation. Members of Superior Small Lodging Association and Approved by AAA for Quality and Standards, our resort is one of only a handful of resorts in Florida that has received the Green Lodging seal from the State of Florida as well as greenleaders gold award from tripadvisor for our effort in conserving and recycling. St Pete Beach is a 6-mile island and the Plaza Beach Resort is directly in the center of the island. Everything is in walking distance, the grocery store, restaurants, and shopping are just across the street. As well as Deep Sea Fishing, Parasailing, Jet Skiing, Dolphin Cruises, Sunset Cruises and many different island cruises visiting the nearby islands. Best of all we are only 30 minutes from Busch Gardens and 90 minutes from Disney and all the Orlando Parks. Try us, and see for yourself why so many people return to the Plaza Beach Hotel - Beachfront Resort. ... more   less 
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