We stayed in Sept 09 and loved it. Let's get this straight - it's not the Ritz but it's not trying to be. If you have 5 star desires - stop in the Don Cesar down the road - the reviews seem positive. However, if you are on a budget and you want a clean, well positioned and pleasant stay - look no further. There are numerous bars well within walking distance - great for the Brits who have had a week in Orlando and now want to have a drink in a lively atmosphere and not worry about driving. Philthy Phils and the Sloppy Pelican are both about 5 mins walk down the sidestreets. But best of all for a lively local drink is the Reef - made fun by the barman Rick - a major character. Go there for the Rum Runners and Friday night $3 Margaritas. They will do the trick.
The owner Dave has great tips on where to eat - Cafe Luna is great as is Sea Hags and we had a superb Prime Rib at Silas's.
If you are in season try and watch a Rays game - tickets are far less than Premier League games and it is a great night.
But most of all go to Anna Maria island - it is gorgeous - the beaches are fab - better than Fort de Soto. We went and saw plenty of wildlife - pelicans dolphins and even a small shark. It was stunning. While you are there treat yourself to the best burger on the island at Duffy's Tavern.
The rooms are no frills furnishings but the beds are very comfortable. The appartments are great - and the air con is brand new and almost silent. Dave is spending money upgrading the rooms and it was well appreciated.
So I give this simple motel a 5 star review- you should go - it is simply great value for money and run by the extremely friendly and helpful Dave. You can't go wrong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Gulf Tides Inn. We are a family owned and operated inn located on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. We offer beautiful apartment suites and efficiencies for your comfort during your stay in Florida. Come and enjoy our wonderful amenities, our large heated pool, free wireless internet, BBQ grill, laundry facilities, free in room safes, hairdryers, complimentary toiletries welcome set and many, many more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gulf Tides Hotel Saint Pete Beach
- Gulf Tides Motel
- Gulf Tides Inn St. Pete Beach, Florida