We (my family with small children, plus extended family) stayed at the Gulf Tides Inn over Christmas Week. While we were not fortunate with the weather, every thing else about our stay was lovely and we truly appreciated a family vacation that was so affordable. First of all, the location. St. Petes Beach is full of bars, restaurants and stores, so there is plenty to do and it is easy to find your way around. We especially enjoyed Cafe Luna, Agave and the Postcards beach bar (yummy Margaritas). The hotel is small, just 10 rooms, with several tables, lounge chairs and tall palm trees framing a heated pool. It is about 2 blocks from the beach, which is a standard high-rise-hotel oriented beach. Next, the rooms were exactly what I had expected: a small apartment, that was big enough for sleeping, cooking (we LOVED the Greek grocery next door!) and relaxing when the weather was not cooperating. Pool/ beach towels were included, along with free Internet and parking. The owner, Dave, is amazingly attentive to his guests, both in terms of comfort (we needed help with our heaters and sofa beds) and in advice (the Tampa Bay zoo is totally worth it if it is too cold for the beach, and Anna Maria Island does truly have the softest sand imaginable.) Thanks to Dave for bringing the European concept of small vacation apartment to the US!
- 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