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“I love the Alden!!”
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Alden Suites
Ranked #11 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Labrador City, Newfoundland And Labrador
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“I love the Alden!!”
Reviewed 14 March 2013

Just returned fro 18 days at the Alden! Been there the last two years with girlfriends but this year I went with my husband to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary! Had a wonderful time there, each year I stay a little longer. The staff are all so friendly, and everything is clean and well maintained! I did find some confusion this year with my checkins and outs, may be new staff, not sure about that. I wanted to be near friends that were at the resort and was told they hadn't booked, and they had been there for three days! They seems to have some issues there but nothing serious!
Again this year they have their guest appreciation evening, which is a big success and we got to meet some very nice people!
I can't wait to go back again! I love the oceanfront suites and although a little pricey, it is worth it. This year they had added a new hot tub area and have done a beautiful job with it! If I had to make any suggestions, it would be to offer one week and two week rates! Also, I would suggest offering free wifi! That is usually a given at most resorts!!

Room Tip: Oceanfront is my choice, can see the whole beach!!
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, 21 March 2013
Thanks for the very kind comments, we appreciate the time it takes to compose a review.

Free WIFI is coming soon, as soon as our 3rd party contract expires in May 2013

Thanks again,

Gary Renfrow
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

We have stayed at the Alden several years ago and had a good experience. This time we were disappointed with the staff. We had a drunk man banging on our door and window for over two hours. We called security 4 times and it took them two hours to get up there. Security did escort the man off the property and we learned he was not even a hotel guest. With it just being my sister and I and our sleeping children we were very afraid during the rodeal. We taked to the manager the next day and he was not helpful. He first offered us a $25 gift certificate to the gift shop then $25 off the room bringing the total down to $200 for the night. When you are paying $200 or more a night you would expect a prompt response from security. In hindsight we should have called the police when security did not come. We kept being told by the front desk that they would be there any minute. Bottom line we didn't feel safe here. And the hotel was very aware of the situation and only offered a lousy $25 off.

Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, 21 March 2013
I sincerely apologize for the problem you encountered with a "drunk non-guest" making noise outside your suite. We have full time security on property and we have looked into why it took so long for a response during your stay with us, and the only excuse is that the security guard was not doing a good job than night and was very busy. We have since hired new Security personnel. This was not acceptable and will not happen again.

Once again, please accept my sincere apology,

Gary Renfrow
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Easthampton, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2013

Older Hotel with everything you would want in a vacation spot. Two pools that were cleaned daily. Plenty of things for the kids to do. But the best part of the hotel is that it's right on the beach. The rooms are average with daily maid service provided by a very friendly people. I must say that everyone working at the hotel were friendly and very helpful. I would stay again, but next time I would get a room that looked out onto the beach. I wish they had a fitness center at the hotel rather than having to go do the road to a fitness center.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, 21 March 2013
Thanks for the review....we pride ourselves on the professional, friendly staff on property.

We used to have very small fitness center, that never got used, so we opted to provide FREE guest access to Fit For Life, a full service fitness center just 1/2 mile north of the hotel. It may be a bit inconvenient, but the flip side is that you get free use of a full service fitness center that is better than any local hotel fitness center on St. Pete Beach!

Thanks again,

Gary Renfrow
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Fleetwood, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 March 2013

Spent four nights in a suite, the staff were great, the place was imaculate , clean towels and toiletries every day
you could quite happily stay there for a few months if you wanted
It has nice gardens straight onto the beach and the beach bar is friendly but not noisy.
complimentary coffees at reception .

will certainly want to stay there again

Room Tip: the suites were great value for money
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, 7 March 2013
Thank you for the nice comments....our all suite configuration makes the Alden perfect for longer term and more comfortable stays, with the full kitchens in most suites, separate bedroom from living areas, makes it feel more like a small apartment or condo, not just a tiny little "room" like you see at most other beach hotels

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Gary Renfrow
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Manchester, NH
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

I recently stayed at the Alden Resort and I am very glad that I did. I was in Florida on business and also relaxation with my wife and daughter. We arrived at the hotel after 9pm on a Monday night and the front desk staff were great to work with. We had a room that overlooked one of the pools.The room was spotless as well as the grounds to the resort. The staff at the Alden were very friendly, very helpful and made our stay very enjoyable. They have a reception on Tuesday afternoons that shouldn't be missed. "Grace" was there hosting the event as well as other staff members. The owner (Gary) was also there mingling with the guests. I told him how impressed I was with the staff and their friendliness towards the guests. Grace was very kind to our daughter and we were much appreciative. Mike E. was working the front desk and I had a chance to speak with him. He told me that he has been working there for quite some time and told me that one of their requirements was that you have to be "person" friendly. He was a great help throughout our vacation and certainly fits the role of being "person" friendly. The maid service was remarkable. The rooms were very clean and we always received a "hello" from all of them. I am looking forward to staying there in the future. I highly recommend the Alden Resort and Suites.

Sincerely,

Bill Barry

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, 7 March 2013
Wow! Thanks so much for the very kind review!

Excellent customer service can go along way and we do our very best to insure that...

The Tuesday afternoon Reception at the Cabana Beach Bar is a great way for all our guests and employees to mingle and to get to know everyone that much better, like part of the Alden "family"

We only do the Receptions during Feb and early March every year, when the hotel is very full with Bus Tour groups.

Again, thanks for taking the time to compose your review Mr.Barry

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Gary Renfrow
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Boston, MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2013

A family-owned property located directly on the Gulf. Already booked for
2014 but I will miss seeing Chris Larson at the front desk, who showed me
other suites on the property, suggested various restaurants, and many,
many other interesting spots to visit in the area. His customer service skills are outstanding. He was the reason I returned in 2013. Staff is always helpful including Alex Fourie at the front desk and Peggy in reservations. The cabana bar is fun and folks very friendly. For a single "mature" woman, I felt very safe and comfortable.
Doesn't get much better than that.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, 7 March 2013
Thanks for the kind remarks about the staff, we appreciate it very much!

Gary Renfrow
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Sambro, Nova Scotia, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Alden for week. Close to many great restaurants. Very satisfied with our room. Staff were friendly and helpful. My only complaint is paying for WiFi that didn't work very well. Even after contacting technical service it worked randomly. We will definitely be staying here on our next trip to St. Pete's.

Room Tip: Book early if you want a beachfront room.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, 7 March 2013
We will be offering free WiFi as soon as our 3rd party contract expires in May 2013, sorry for the inconvenience...

Gary Renfrow
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Property: Alden Suites
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:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#9 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#11 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#15 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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Alden Beach Hotel Saint Pete Beach
Alden Beach Resort And Suites
Alden Resort
Alden Suites St. Pete Beach, Florida

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