We were able to trade into the Mariner Beach Club by depositing a studio lock off from the Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, which had a TPU value of 21 for a two bedroom at the Mariner Beach Club for 19 TPUs to extend a vacation to Florida to include the Gulf Coast prior to visiting the East Coast.
The resort is really a converted motel and it feels exactly like that. Access to each of the units open up to a long walkway. Our unit did not have a private balconies nor private outside sitting area off your unit. Some of the units on the second floor had balconies which overlooked the pool. The units were recently remodeled but our unit still had old ceiling fans that had to be operated by pulling the cord as well as the light, no switch on the wall and no dimmers on any of the lights. This would not have been a huge problem if the rooms were spacious but since the rooms are so tight and cluttered with furniture that any light you turned on felt like the sun was at high noon.
The living room, kitchen and dinning room were all located in a very tight area. We actually had to move the TV stand to accommodate easier access to the two bedrooms. Each of the TV's were old and were of the huge console type. In these tight quarters, these TV's should have been replaced with LCD flat panel TVs to save space during the renovation. Also, the kitchen was very tight, if you opened either the refrigerator or dishwasher you were stuck there until they were closed. There was a round table with three chairs and three barstools. However, if you were to actually sit at the table or bar then no one would be able to move around you while seated at the furniture.
The two bedrooms are set up with the master having a king bed and the second room with two single beds. The master bed is very firm and not the most comfortable. There are two full bathrooms but they are very small and very tight. The master bathroom has an old porcelain tub and the second bathroom is behind the kitchen with a shower. They both use shower curtains instead of glass doors.
Overall some of the renovations were nice with granite countertops, some new light fixtures but mixed in with the old accordion closet doors and reused pocket doors, but more space could have been better utilized. The outside of the building looks nice with a pool and two hot tubs. The hot tub we used once was not hot, more like pool water and there were so many bright lights and others guests peering over it was literally being in a fish bowl. We did try out the hot tub farther away near the office and pool and that hot tub actually was hot and more enjoyable.
The check in process was easy. We arrived at 11:30 AM and our room was ready. We asked if there were any other rooms closer to the gulf and she advised us that yes there were but they could not trade us into any of those rooms because the owners were holding out for potential renters. Lori at the front desk advised us that they had 13 empty rooms this week. I calculated this to be about a 50% or less occupancy rate. Checkout was easy because we left prior to the front desk arriving on Saturday morning at 8:00 AM so we just had to leave the key in the after hours box.
The resort doesn't offer any activities, no spa, no fitness center, no mid-week cleaning, no 24 hour front desk service, no quarters for the washer and dryer. You actually have to take your dirty linens and towels to housekeeping on Wednesday to exchange for clean linens and towels. The information states that they offer housekeeping for a fee. The resort does offer FREE WiFi which was always fast and working.
The resort did not charge any flat fees for RCI exchanges like for the phone or WiFi or safe (there isn't a safe in the room) but the resort is located on St. Pete Beach and if you are spending any time off the island, there is a $0.50 toll to enter and to leave the island at this nearest location. Each trip was $1.00. If you are looking for a place to crash, spend the day on the beach or in the pool then this would work. If you are looking to spend anytime in the room or want to visit areas outside of the beach, this would not be my first choice. If I were to visit the area again, I would not stay at this resort again as it is nothing more than a glorified motel room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come visit the Beautiful Mariner Beach Club on St. Pete Beach with the lovely sunsets. One and two bedroom units with full kitchen. You will enjoy the heated pool and two hot tubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mariner Beach Club Hotel Saint Pete Beach
- Mariner Beach Club St. Pete Beach, Florida