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Dolphin Beach Resort
Ranked #20 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Reviewed 27 March 2012

After reading previous reviews, we knew the Dolphin Beach resort was an older hotel, and a little dated. However, our 1 week stay at the Dolphin Beach Resort was on of the best we have spent on St. Petes Beach. The staff at the front desk were very friendly and always made a fuss of our young daughter. The room they gave us was poolside patio, great for young families. We simply walked out to the pool, and we actually had a great view of the ocean. The rooms are big, and the beds are very comfortable. The only downside is the hotel does not offer rooms with kitchens. However, Publix is right across the road, walking distance, to pick up ready made food. The fridge and the microwave was enough for our needs. Our room was clean, and housekeeping were very prompt in cleaning our room. We have decide this hotel is worth a return visit next year. Also the pool is crystal clear, and warm and a great place to hang out with your kids all day.

Room Tip: poolside patio room southside
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

We have just returned from another stay at The Dolphin. We did notice on this visit that the hotel is definatly becoming a bit dated and dirty looking. The carpets in the hallways are quite dirty and some of the furniture in our room was stained. However we love this hotel. The pool is great and the location is even better. St Pete Beach is most probably one of the best in the world.

We visited during Spring break and we did have a bit ot trouble with the youngsters staying next door and being very loud at 2am but after complaining to the front desk it was sorted within minutes. When we return we will definatly be returning here.

Room Tip: Ground beach front for the amazing view or ground floor pool for the atmosphere.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

I just stayed here for the first and last time. The room had a horrible parkinglot view for $140/night. The room was clean though.

The room service attendant was very nice but we had to get her to make two trips to get the condiments (salt, pepper, butter, the basics). Check in time was at 4pm, which seemed late to me but the room was not ready till 5pm.

The worst thing was that the only pool closes at dusk. ALL of the other hotle we have stayed at in that beach corridor were open till at least 10pm. If I had known this in advance I would not have stayed at the hotel to begin with.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

This is not a fancy resort but it was just right for us. We booked a room facing the gulf and I had asked for a room on one of the upper floors. When we arrived, the desk clerk talked us into a first floor room (170) with sliding doors, a small patio, and just a few steps to the sand. I have to say I am glad he did. The only down side is the people who walk right by your open door (there are no screens on the doors) and the last night there was a guy smoking at the end table of the Tiki bar and I could smell the smoke in our room. But the beautiful sunset views each night more than made up for it. The room was larger than most hotel rooms, comfortable, and clean. The pool area is always clean and I never had a problem finding a chair poolside. The staff was friendly and helpful. We ate two meals in the hotel restaurant during our stay and the food was good - but the restaurant was always empty, which made me wonder. Most of the people I met and talked to while we were staying at the Dolphin, had stayed there before - which in my opinion speaks volumes for a place. We really enjoyed our time there and if we return to St Petes Beach, would stay there again.

Room Tip: First floor rooms facing the beach get a lot of foot traffic right outside the door. We were only t...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

This resort has a great location. The white sand beach goes on for miles and is great to walk on. The staff was friendly and for the most part the room was good. Our room was clean and had a great view of the Gulf and pool. The bathroom needs to be updated. The drywall had been patched, but still had a large open crack. Our bathtub took a long time to drain water. If you showered you were standing in water the entire time. Shower fixture should be updated. Overall this was an okay experience.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Vintage-woman
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

Hotel was clean, staff was extremely friendly and very helpful with local information. Christmas day buffet was very popular with good variety!!!It helped that the weather cooperated and was lovely hot and sunny

Room Tip: overlooking the pool or ocean
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank momma99
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Loved the location...right on the beach. We had a room on the 1st floor with sliding glass doors right out to the pool area and just steps to the fantastic white powder sand beach. That being said, the hotel is old and the room we were in #114 has seen better days, but it wasn't horrible. The fiberboard on the bathroom door was beat up and the paint was peeling off the doors and boards in several spots. The hinges were rusty and the carpet was frayed and worn, but not awful. The sheets were clean and the housekeeping was adequate even though they didn't get to our room until mid-afternoon. We had to ask for more towels all the time for the 4 of us, but the front desk was more than happy to give us more. They front desk guys were super friendly and helpful. Wish the beds were queens rather than doubles for 2 ppl per bed. Room had a flatscreen TV and free internet and we ate in the restaurant for NYE buffet and also breakfast the next morning, which was very good. We loved the tiki bar out by the pool/beach with live music and bar food that was very good. All in all, good place to stay.

Room Tip: By pool or beach
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with family
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Address: 4900 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-2480
Region: United States > Florida > St. Pete Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#18 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range: £98 - £213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dolphin Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 173
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