We were going to a 7:00PMTampa Bay Rays baseball game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg so we planned to arrive in town a little early, meet some friends on the beach for some sun and fun and then head to the game. Since the game was the focus of the trip our beach visit took a back seat and so did the beach budget. This waterfront hotel has the lowest rates we could find on St. Pete Beach and that can often mean trouble ahead. We had read the recent reviews on Trip Advisor and we were prepared for the worst. Our reservations were made through AARP Travel powered by Expedia. We checked in at 3PM with a very friendly front desk staff. We bought the in room safe access which is well worth the $1.00 fee. Room 210 was in good condition. This room faces the north and is not a waterfront view. We counted 25 waterfront rooms at this property. The entry to room 210 has a tile floor with a sink outside the bathroom, mini fridge, microwave and coffee maker plus a large open closet. The tile floor ended as you move into the main room where the floor covering was a tight pile carpet in like new condition. Tile picked up again where the exterior sliding glass door and the A/C unit shared the north wall. Furniture was in good condition and the room had a flat screen TV. TV reception varied depending on which station you viewed but we were too busy to watch TV. The bathroom had a sink, classic tub, shower and commode. The building is old but we feel the owners are doing a pretty good job keeping the place up. Beach access was easy and St. Pete Beach is really one of the finest beaches in the country. The Gulf waters are gentle and warm fronted by a mix of white powder sand with a fair mix of crushed shell. There are many shells that the beginning collector would keep. Construction workers were working on the pool/beach grill, bar and I would bet that facility will be open soon. We walked through the pool area and it was in good condition. Landscaping between the hotel and the pool was looking good. If you can find a waterfront resort on St. Pete Beach for a better price you should consider yourself lucky. We were expecting the worst and we were pleasantly surprised at our comfortable and economical one night stay. If we were on a tight budget and wanted good beach access we would, no doubt, return to this resort.
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