Directly on the beach with a large, clean pool. Front desk staff are friendly and helpful. The beds are clean and comfortable and every room has a balcony. Food and service at the onsite restaurant, The Toasted Monkey, is great.
We were told that the original owners passed away, that their children are now in charge and that there was a management company change a couple of years ago. This might explain the decline of this hotel. This hotel used to be a little treasure - furnishings were a bit outdated, but it was always clean and well kept. The new owners/management company need to start spending on maintenance - and they need to have someone checking equipment in the rooms. We noted that the hallways had been painted and that broken tiles were being replaced - good. However, in our room the hairdryer did not have any guards on the front or back - a real hazard - and the coffee maker stopped working after a couple of days. On two occasions the housekeepers took away our used towels, but did not replace them - they also neglected to replace toilet rolls. We had to ask for the carpet to be vacuumed after five days of waiting for it to be done. The housekeeping certainly is not what is once was. Perhaps some more training would help. If one likes an upscale hotel, this is not the place for you. However, if you are looking for a clean, budget hotel right on the beach then HoJo's is worth giving try. And if you are in St. Pete's do try the new French bakery/deli, Cafe Soleil, in the Publix plaza (on the corner beside the Italian restaurant).... recently opened - all croissants, pastries, bread, quiche etc. are made on the premises and are absolutely delicious! A little bit of France in St. Pete's - magnifique!
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