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Alden Suites
Ranked #12 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
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44 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Good again second visit”
Reviewed 10 February 2014

We came back again this year and loved it all over again. The location is excellent - close to so many good restaurants and the beach,,,right there! My only complaint, and it seems very trivial, is that the WIFI was awful. I went to the front desk and even after that was only able to use WIFI outside my room or not at all. It was kind of irritating especially when the weather was bad. Loved Ann from Housekeeping. She was helpful, personable and had such a great attitude. The front desk was also helpful and couldn't do enough for us.
This is a great place to stay!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
Thanks for the kind comments...

The WiFi system is brand new and usually works fine...however, from time to time, with any hi tech system, there may be small issues, and I'm sorry to hear that your in suite WiFi was not working 100% of the time.

I assure everyone that on any given day, the WiFi works fine in all the suites.

Thanks for the shout out to Ann in Housekeeping...she is always so pleasant and smiling, and it is addictive!

Thanks again,

Gary Renfrow
President & part owner
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Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

Just completed my third visit to this hotel and it was better than ever. An absolute gem. I was in a nicely renovated suite with 2 large flat screen tvs. Furnished nicely, with all the in-suite amenities you would expect. Pots, pans, dishes, utensils, range top, microwave, refrigerator. Great 1-cup coffee maker and great tasting coffee.

Nice upgrades to the beach bar since my last visit. New hot tub. New complimentary coffee bar in the lobby with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc.

All of the employees I encountered were very friendly. The beach bar is a great place to meet other guests from around the world. Huge beach.

One of my favorite places.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
This guest stayed in one of our "deluxe Gulf front suites" which was totally renovated "back to the walls" in two phases in 2012 and 2013. AKA "Lanai Suites"

Thanks for reminding others about our other new additions of the brand new large hot tub, the newly renovated lobby with fresh, free gourmet coffee, and the recent bar renovations.

Please come and see us again soon!

At Your Service ,

Gary Renfrow
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

My three teenagers and I stayed at the Alden for three days at the end of January. We loved the one bedroom poolside suite and ate breakfasts and lunches there. The full sized refrigerator in these rooms is terrific (other rooms have smaller ones I believe.) The rooms are reasonably stocked and the front desk can supply other kitchen needs if you ask (ladle, cookie sheet, larger coffee maker.)

The queen beds were very comfortable. Our room had only a modest view of the pool but was VERY quiet.

We loved the availability of ping pong, shuffle board, and bean bag toss, The heated pools were delightful despite temps in the high 60s. We enjoyed a Segway tour by Remi who picked us up at the hotel. In addition, there is a concession with stand up paddle board lessons available on the beach just south of the Alden. The beach is gorgeous and watching the sunset by the open fire in the beach side lounge is beautiful.

Finally, the front desk staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating...especially Steve Whitt. My only hesitation in recommending the facility is that we hope to return and I don't want demand to limit availability or increase the very reasonable price!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
This review makes the point that is key to our guest satisfaction:

Our Suites are large, well equipped, and with the kitchen included, it;s like a small apartment and much more comfortable than a tiny "room"

We offer countless recreational amenities and safe, secure parking, WITHOUT CHARGING RESORT FEES of up to $35 per day, like some of the larger resort hotels on St Pete Beach do.

WE simply refuse to "nickel and dime" our guests whether they use or not use the hotel amenities!

Thanks for the nice review,

Gary Renfrow
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

Stayed here last March. The hotel is older but the rooms were spacious. The bedroom was at the back of the building where it was quiet and we had a nice kitchenette and seating area with balcony overlooking the fabulous beach. There are pools and a beach bar too as well as ample parking. There are nice restaurants in walking distance although the main road is busy and difficult to cross.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2014

We stayed here on a recommendation from a friend. Stayed one week. The place is older, but well kept up and has nice charm. We loved the larger rooms with the kitchen area. We were in the middle building right above one of the pools. The heated pools were wonderful and we LOVED the large hot tub. The weather was cooler while we were there, mid 60's, but we swam every day. The beach and ocean location is the best. Beautiful beach. Saw dolphins on 2 different occasions. Convenient to shopping and eating. Loved the lack of parking fees and resort fees. Wanted to play tennis on their wonderful courts, but we were too busy site seeing. The staff was amazing. Everyone smiled and was friendly. Felt so comfortable. Also a quiet place for families. Had a great time and hope to return soon. My daughter said it was the best vacation we have had! Hope to return soon!

Room Tip: We liked the middle building that we were in. It was convenient to get to the two pools and the hot...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
Thanks!

Our new in ground hot tub opened in Feb 2013 to rave reviews...It can handle up to 12 people and is kept at a constant 102-104 degrees.

Love the comments about our staff, always a pleasure knowing that they do make a huge difference in making or breaking a hotel stay...

Thanks again,

Gary Renfrow
President & part owner
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

Stayed here because it is pet friendly and on the beach. Best pet-friendly hotel in St Pete. Has a designated dog walk area. It was such a delight. Great views and lots of guests who are repeat customers. Our suite was comfortable and convenient and had a great view. We enjoyed a perfect sunset from the bar w fire pit and coupon we were given at check-in. Laundry room was clean. We loved the gas grills for guests - which gave us a perfect excuse to go to Shanners for fresh seafood to grill. No resort fee but lots of extras. Comfy casual - which we like!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
Thanks for the nice comments about Alden Suites being "the best pet friendly hotel on the beach"

The pet friendly suites are designed with both the pet and master in mind...all on the ground floor, with beautiful new tile flooring in totally renovate (in 2010) courtyard suites.

These 9 suites have become some popular with guests traveling with their small pets, that we are considering adding a second floor of pet friendly suites...

Thanks again,

Gary Renfrow
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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 23 January 2014 via mobile

I have been staying at the Alden for about 15 years with my two sisters and for just never thought about writing a review. The Alden is clean, convenient to everything, beautiful suites, and to us it is our home away from home. All the staff go out of their way to make it such a special place to stay. If something needs to be fixed in your room, or need a special utensil, and you call the front desk, they IMMEDIATELY respond. Thank you to Chuck, Chris, Dave, Linda, Kitty, Alex, Kelly, Billy and the cleaning staff.

Stayed January 2014
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, 12 February 2014
Another satisfied repeat (15 years!) guest(s)!

Thanks for the shout out to all our gifted employees!

At Your Service,

Gary Renfrow
President & part owner
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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
#10 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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