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TradeWinds Island Grand Resort
Ranked #10 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Clermont, Florida
2 reviews
“Wedding Weekend”
Reviewed 8 December 2013

We got married at TradeWinds on 10/19/13. From the planning stages, Julie from the wedding department took the time to get to know us to ensure we had the wedding of our dreams. She made recommendations of things she thought we would like/dislike. When it came time for the food tasting, the Chef came and sat with us at the table and took notes of likes/dislikes! Then when it came to the big "Weekend" it was PERFECT! We had 60 rooms booked with friends and family and EVERYONE raved about how perfect the rooms and views were! They were all very clean and newly remodeled. The wedding day went so smooth with the help of Julie and her staff. The rooms were set up exactly how we planned, the banquet staff was very friendly and the food was PERFECT! They kept to the time line planned in advance and did not rush us at all. Julie was there to check to ensure everything was going as planned and ensured we did not have any last minute requests and it was the wedding of our dreams; we owe it all to Julie. Most of the guests stayed until Monday and for the rest of the weekend the beach staff, the bar staff and restaurant staff went above and beyond to ensure everyone was having a great time! I would recommend TradeWinds to ANYONE!

Room Tip: Pay the extra for the ocean view, it is 100% worth it
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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TradeWinds-Leni, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, responded to this review, 26 December 2013
Hello Carrianne C,
Congratulations! Nothing brings us more joy than hearing a wonderful wedding story with a happy ending. We are excited to hear that Julie exceeded all your expectations from beginning to end and that your day came together so beautifully. The photo you posted is gorgeous. Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your special day and for taking the time to share your experience. We wish you and your new husband many years of happiness together!
Kind Regards,
Leni
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

We would like to recommend Kyle who is a valet. He was courteous, helpful, friendly and went out of his way to accommodate us. He is a first class valet! This was our 4th visit to The Trade Winds Grand and we have always had excellent service. However, we feel Kyle was one of the best valets we have had.

Room Tip: We prefer a higher floor because of the view.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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TradeWinds-Leni, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, responded to this review, 26 December 2013
Hello Cheryl C,
How fantastic that you took the time to share your experience with Kyle, our Valet Attendant! It makes us so proud to know he is doing such a wonderful job. Thank you very much for letting letting us know, and we will be sure to notify his management team of his extra efforts. We'd also like to thank you for being such loyal TradeWinds guests. We look forward to seeing you for visit number five!
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Leni
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Braintree, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for a week in November as the guest of a Blue Green member so it is difficult to criticise when someone else paid. Our room overlooked the kitchen roof and extractor fan so wasn't the greatest although internally the room was fine, clean, well furnished with the customary queen beds. The hotel should consider rotating mattresses as ours both sunk to the inside edge, obviously a popular side of the bed! The amenities were good and it is a super location right on St Petes Beach. Stupid idea of paying extra $15 for a front row Cabana when you are the only person on the beach. This was symptomatic of the hotel where I thought everything was overpriced. Ideal for visiting the area and takining in St Petersburg, if I had been a paying guest I would have expected a lot more.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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TradeWinds-Leni, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, responded to this review, 26 December 2013
Hello Verykeengolfer,
How nice that you were able to spend some time with us through one of our Blue Green members! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We will be sure to pass this along to our management team. We hope you will be able to visit us again the next time you're in the St. Pete area.
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Leni
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Missouri
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

Great resort. Very nice beach, personalized cabana with each stay. Nice dining options. Rooms are small (mine was anyway) but general property is great. Breakfast buffet was pricey but very good. Nice pool and hot tub area. I didn't take kids but looks like it would be a good family place with plenty for kids to do.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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TradeWinds-Leni, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, responded to this review, 26 December 2013
Hello April D,
We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us on beautiful St. Pete Beach. It's great that you were able to take advantage of all the amenities that we offer. Thank you so much for taking the time to share the details of your stay with everyone. We hope to see you again!
Kind Regards,
Leni
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

We were looking for a hotel suite with a Gulf View for my 87 year old Mom in a wheelchair and a place that would welcome our dog. The Island Grand met these two requirements and much more. The beach is fabulous with cabanas for guests. Paddle boats were available and the waterway went by our room, fascinating our dog. There was a nice walkway for the dog and a little park where she could be off leash. The Thanksgiving Day Buffet had everything you could imagine from traditional turkey and the fixings to seafood, pasta, cheese & fruit, omelets, salads and desert tables. On the premises there are also several restaurants so there is no need to leave the resort. For the kids and teens there is a giant waterslide, special activities, miniature golf, volleyball and more. There is also a family pool and a separate one for adults. We will definitely go back!

Room Tip: The pet friendly suites are on the south side of the property, away from the main activities. This w...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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TradeWinds-Leni, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, responded to this review, 26 December 2013
Hello g4surfer,
We are so thrilled that you had a fantastic stay with us and that we were able to completely satisfy your needs for accommodations! We love the photo of little Chiquita watching the paddle boats glide by and the sunset photos you posted are absolutely breathtaking. It's also great to know you had a delicious Thanksgiving meal with us. Thank you for taking the time share your experience with everyone. We hope you bring everyone back, including Chiquita, to see us again soon!
Kind Regards,
Leni
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Farmingdale, New York
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

We stayed during Thanksgiving week. The weather did not cooperate and was colder than average. I felt the resort should have made a provisional accommodation for that. The "$35.00" Resort fee which included the water slide was not working because of winds. Therefor, we were forced to Bungee Jump at $8.00 each time or Spin in the Sphere for $6.00 each time. Snow Cones for $5.00 each and the best was the Free Tennis Rackets BUT you had to BUY THE BALLS. REALLY??? The placed filled up with bus loads of Prep School Kids that took over the resort. The staff could not be more accommodating - Steve, Chris, Tiffany and Rob to name a few of my favorites. Above and beyond is an understatement for them. Thanksgiving Buffett was FIVE STAR hands down with a price to match. I love this place and have been here numerous times. This time I felt they should have had a plan B for the weather and over abundance of kids running around unruly. Also, maybe a pay one price for kids and include everything?

Room Tip: The rooms outside the pool tends to have lots of noise and traffic. The cleaning carts that roll by...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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TradeWinds-Leni, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, responded to this review, 26 December 2013
Hello Christine T,
Thank you for taking the time to recognize our amazing staff members, especially those that you listed by name. We will be sure to notify their managers of their extra efforts. We are also thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our Thanksgiving Buffet. We appreciate your feedback, and we hope you will consider visiting us again the next time you plan to travel to St. Pete Beach.
Kind Regards,
Leni
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Clearwater, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

We have been to Tradewinds many times for a little get-a-way. There is everything on property that you need. We love to walk the beautiful beach. The rooms are clean. We make coffee in the morning so don't need to go out for breakfast. The refrigerator and microwave in the room is terrific for breakfast and snacking during the day.

Ken and Barb Brown

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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TradeWinds-Leni, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, responded to this review, 26 December 2013
Hello Barbara B,
We are thrilled to hear that we are your favorite getaway spot on St. Pete Beach! We think it's very important to provide anything you could need on our property so you don't have to leave once you get here. Thank you for sharing! We look forward to seeing you and Ken again very soon.
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Leni
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Property: TradeWinds Island Grand Resort
Address: 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-2323
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Region: United States > Florida > St. Pete Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#4 Top resorts Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#4 Spa Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#8 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#10 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#13 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — TradeWinds Island Grand Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 585
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
TradeWinds Island Grand spans 20 lush, tropical acres and boasts a heritage of award-winning service and certification as a Florida Green Lodge. Overlooking the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Island Grand is located on the white sand beaches of St. Pete Beach, consistently ranked one of America's Top Beaches by TripAdvisor. Discover 201 things to do with a variety of recreation activities including JetLev flight center, The Floating Water Park, children's programs, paddleboats, tennis, stand-up paddleboards, a three story tall inflatable waterslide and more. Island Grand offers multiple dining and entertainment venues along with sand-in-your-toes beach bars. Pamper yourself with a beachfront massage at Body Works Salon & Spa. Relax on a beach cabana or lounge next to one of 5 heated pools and 2 whirlpools. Our on-site resort transportation and car rental agency makes getting to Island Grand easy and stress free. It's not just a vacation. At TradeWinds, it's a totally immersive experience. ... more   less 
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