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Alden Suites
Ranked #9 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 February 2012

Our first time at the Alden. We stayed in the Nassau suite and were very comfortable The room was very spacious and clean. Close to the pool and hot tub. The staff was very nice and attentive. The grounds were pretty and well maintained. They even let us have a late checkout on our last day. We enjoyed our 2 week stay there and would go back.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2012

Thanks very much for the kind review!

Gary Renfrow
President & part owner

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Reviewed 10 February 2012

We spent a week at the Alden in the Nassau suite - chosen because it is the largest, with a separate living area (that can be closed off from the bedroom with a door) We found the suite well appointed, the kitchen has full sized fridge and dishwasher, apartment size stove and dishes, cookware and utensil essentials (supplemented with purchases from the Dollar Tree less than a mile away next to a Publix). The grounds are beautifully landscaped, and maintained, as are the pools, hottub and other common areas. The direct access to gorgeous sugar-sanded St Pete Beach is the best. All of the staff at the Alden are friendly, helpful, courteous and professional - all geniunly so! My complaints are few - the stove heated unevenly, and the mattresses are worn, and one thing I am sure the Alden management itself would like to change is the very loud live band playing nearby - Fri, Sat and (Super Bowl) Sunday night lousy loud music well past 11 pm. The pullout sofa bed and bedroom door provided some relief) We would definitely stay at the Alden again!

Room Tip: The Nassau suites are the largest, but choose a room away from the elevators (noisy); the clam shell...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2012

Thanks for the review and the nice comments about the Nassau Suite and our staff. Further renovations this year, to the Nassau Suites, will include two new thin screen TV's per suite, new sofa sleepers, and we just installed new carpeting a few months ago.

Thanks again for taking the time to send you comments,

Gary Renfrow, President & part owner

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Reviewed 8 February 2012

I haven't stayed at the Alden yet to give a review... but after reading these, we (myself, hubby and three kiddies) are very excited for our stay in March!!! I will be sure to follow up with a review following our vacation!

The McGowan Family :D

Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
1  Thank Samantha M
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2012

Glad you are coming in March, the best month of the year!

The key to any good stay at a hotel, is that if, by chance anything does not satisfy you and your family, PLEASE let the staff know ASAP so we can make things right

Looking forward to seeing you in March,

Gary Renfrow
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Reviewed 7 February 2012

Our family has been coming here for years. The newly updated rooms are quite refreshing. This is an old school family resort. If you're looking for five star amenities and room service this is not your place. However if your looking for super clean family friendly beach accommodations then look no further. We always get a ocean view room and the views are great. The new tv's shower heads, beds and appliances are great. The staff is alway friendly. Great value for the money.

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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2012

What a nice way of describing Alden Suites: "Old School Charm"

We take great pride in our history of superior guest service, family friendly facilities, and the nicest suites on St. Pete Beach!

Thanks for the "suite" review,

R. Gary Renfrow
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

To escape Indianapolis during Super Bowl Weekend, my wife and I decided to try the Alden Beach Resort. We have passed the property many times during our yearly trips to the Gulf Coast, but never stayed there. We are glad we did this time down! The property is pristine, as is the beach. The grounds are well maintained, the service excellent. There is plenty of off-street parking, some covered. Two large, heated pools and two hot tubs are available. There is a tiki bar, and several barbeque grills available to guests. We found lots of chaise lounges and plenty of shade on the manicured lawn. We chose a gulf-view room and although this suite was a bit more expensive, it was worth the extra cost. Nicely laid out, with a kitchenette and two double beds. Our suite was on the second floor, near the ice machine, hot tub, and barbeques. Another nice thing about the Alden is its location near several nice restaurants within walking distance. We are planning another visit to the Alden in the fall.

Room Tip: Spend the extra dollars to get a gulf view room
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2012

Thanks very much for the nice review!

Looking forward to seeing you again this fall,

Sincerely,

R. Gary Renfrow
President & part owner

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Reviewed 5 February 2012

My family stayed at the Alden for 3 nights in late Jan 2012. It was nice -- the Nassau Suite was large enough for 2 adults and 3 teens. We got a room on the 6th floor which gave us a bit of a Gulf view from the balcony and meant we heard less pool area noise. The balcony faced south so I had breakfast on the balcony in the sunshine several mornings. They had a nice whirlpool, decent pools, a2 tennis courts (in process of undergoing renovation) and of course a very nice beach. The room was well stocked with a full size fridge, dishes, sink, and a dishwasher. The staff there was very friendly, and the hotel is across the street from some excellent restaurants. It not the Ritz or even the Hyatt but it was nice and we would return.

Room Tip: If you don't stay beachfront, ask for the 6th floor. We could see the Gulf and the balcony prov...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2012

Thanks very much for the nice review!

The Poolside Nassau Suite is perfect for families, in that it is our largest suite, very affordable, and has a full size kitchen.

I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us, please come see us again soon!

Sincerely,

Gary Renfrow, President & part owner

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Reviewed 4 February 2012

The Alden offers none of the services and amenities that a real resort has. The place doesn't even have a restaurant on site. I've stayed all over St Pete Beach and I would rank Alden near the bottom. And the outside of the property looks dated and weathered. You will not get a good return on the money you spend here. And I don't mean St Pete Beach, which is always wonderful, I mean specifically the Alden. Avoid it!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2012

Dear Jim:

I am very sorry that yo did not enjoy your recent stay at the Alden. However, I need for you to help me understand why you posted such a negative review.

You state that "The Alden offers none of the services and amenities that a real resort has" Let me refresh your memory as to our included amenities and services:

2 beautifully maintained pools
2 hot tubs
2 tennis courts
Basketball court (what other hotels have this amenity?)
2 Shuffleboard courts
Ping pong
Corn Hole court
Beach volleyball court
Beach Cabanas
Para sailing
Boat excursions
Water trikes
3 BBQ gas grills for use by guests
Guest Laundry
Grab & Go Gift Shop / Convenience Store (with meals available)
Cabana Beach Bar
Conference Room (with a kitchen)
Award winning landscaping
Almost 5 acres of pristine white sand beaches
140 fully equipped SUITES (not rooms) with large private balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico)
Tropical music playing around the pools and hot tubs

I guess that not having a full service restaurant on property is you main concern of why the Alden should not be classified as a "resort". There are 70+ restaurants on St. Pete Beach, many within a 3-5 minute walk from the property.

We have spent over $3 million in renovations over the past 10 years, including painting of the entire exterior of the hotel about four years ago. We may be an older hotel, but in no means are we "weathered" as you state in your review.

If you review the previous 10-20 Trip Advisor Reviews, prior to your 2/4/12 posting, you will see that the vast majority of other Alden guests see the property in a different light, so to speak.

Besides adding a on-site restaurant, what are you suggestions and recommendations for us to improve our property?

Please feel free to e mail me at garyrenfrow@verizon.net or call my office 727 867 3960 with any further comments or suggestions.

Thanks for taking the time to follow up,

R. Gary Renfrow
President and part owner

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Address: 5900 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-3710
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Region: United States > Florida > St. Pete Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#8 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#10 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#15 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range: £105 - £239 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Alden Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Alden Suites, located directly on St Pete Beach, is an all-suite getaway experience featuring an array of amenities. Nestled against the blue-green waters and white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico you'll find a unique resort that lives up to its inspired surroundings. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Alden Beach Hotel Saint Pete Beach
Alden Beach Resort And Suites
Alden Resort
Alden Suites St. Pete Beach, Florida

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