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Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Ranked #19 of 42 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Boulder, CO
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“needed a hotel in a pinch - and loved it!”
Reviewed 30 March 2011

What can I say? I didnt plan ahead. We were going to, 'play it by ear" during spring break! All the beach hotels were booked solid and I had to find somethng fast. My wife was getting steamed, my kids were getting restless. I found the Magnuson on tripAdvisor and although the location looked like it was on the freeway, I booked it..
The hotel is a great little gem! My 6 and 4 year olds loved the two pools and spend hours there daily. There were lots of little kids running around everywhere and the playground is terrific too. The Staff are all very friendly and helpful except for one guy who should just get out ot the hospitality business because he just doesn't care; but he's just a bad egg. We were upgraded to the kids suite which had a bunkbed and video games/tv. That was a cool feature. The restaurant was okay and after 2-3 meals there, we were done; but in a pinch, I would't hesitate to eat there. We booked an Eggmont Caye tour that left right from the hotel and that was really convienient... The beaches are 10 minutes away by car and we did that twice - not a bid deal. Overall, the Magnuson really helped us out and I would definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, 31 March 2011
Sometimes when you book things last minute, it works out for the best! We are glad you and your family had a great stay with us. We have 3 kid's suites at the hotel and they are usually a big hit.
We are so glad that we could help you out in a pinch. Next time you head our way over Spring Break, call us in advance and maybe we can assign you the same room. Creating memories is the best part of being on vacation.
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Reviewed 28 March 2011

This is one of the worst hotels I have ever been to....And I have been around the world!
The price is excessive (158$ +tax) for what you get.
Totally outdated....mold in the room (stinky), and dirty....found nasty hair in the tub, on the door, on the floor...It was old. The pools seemed dirty (the water was not clear)...and we even found a dirty underwear on one of the walk way. Plus trash in the bushes...
I mean, this was BAD.
DO NOT GO THERE EVER!!!!!!
I would not pay 10$ to stay there and would rather sleep in my car.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, 30 March 2011
We all suffer when guest complaints like these come up. I will be the first to tell you that we are not perfect, no hotel is. What separates a good hotel from a bad hotel; the people that work there. We understand that this guest only had a 1 night reservation but regardless, why would you not say something during your stay so that we could have had an opportunity to make things right?
We are sorry but we just could not find what it was that upset you. Our pools are clear (perhaps the thunderstorms this week had something to do with what you saw)? We found no mold anywhere, no underwear on the sidewalks (but we did have 60+ high school girls here so maybe they were playing games) and the trash in the bushes, well it does happen because we certainly pick a lot up everyday. I could go on but all of that does not matter now. Our commitment to guest satisfaction remains strong. Read some of the other reviews for a fair comparison.
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Reviewed 27 March 2011

This is a frequent destination for my wife and I during February and March. Our stay this year was for 9 days and this year an added bonus was the beautiful weather for the full 9 day period. Quite a change from last year when we nearly froze and actually had to use the room heat just to be comfortable.
My wife and I are in our 60's, we have stayed in the Tampa Bay (mostly St. Pete) area almost every year since 1980 and have stayed in more motels and resorts than we care to count. The Magnuson, formerly the Holiday Inn SunSpree, is our favorite of them all and have recommended it to many. We love the place for a variety of reasons, the views are fantastic, the staff is always eager to please, it has it's own beach as well as wonderful pool and hot tub, nice restaurant and most of all it's only 15 minutes to the St. Pete Beaches and only 20 minutes to the Pier area downtown. If you like solitude and quaint out of the way places we think you will find the Magnuson as appealing as we do.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, 28 March 2011
Our weather this February and March has been great! We are so glad that you and your wife had a wonderful stay with us at the hotel and in St. Petersburg. This area has really grown since 1980 and we are so lucky to be a part of the community. You are right...although there are so many things to do at the hotel, we are just minutes away from all the area hot spots and attractions. Come visit us again, see you next year!
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Reviewed 25 February 2011

This is the 3rd time staying here over a 20 year period when it has gone from being a Days Inn to a Holiday Inn and now to a Magnuson Hotel. Whilst it is in need of a bit of TLC it is still a beautiful position away from the madness of St Pete Beach. If you are lucky or unlucky !!!! enough to be met by Joel Schunk and Jessica then that will set the mood for your stay. Like them, all staff seemed enthusiatic and very helpful and add to that the numerous birds, lizard and dolphin sitings and you can't help but enjoy yourself. And if you don' then you have Joel to contend with. Reasonably priced it is a family friendly hotel Ideally placed for visits to Busch Gardens etc Denis Golding

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, 1 March 2011
Wow....how nice to know you have come back after all these years. We are so lucky to work at the hotel, so it makes us feel great when our guests come back for a visit. Our staff takes great pride in making sure each guest has an individualized experience. The dolphins have been out in the bay everyday now that the weather is getting warmer. We hope you come back to visit for a 4th time. Have a great March.
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Troy, Michigan
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Reviewed 3 February 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Magnuson Marina Cove in St. Petersburg for 3 days. It was formerly a Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort when we booked it. It had changed name only 2 weeks before our visit. The staff was very friendly and our room was ready to occupy upon our arrival. We had booked a bay view room right on the water with a view of the Sunshine Parkway Bridge. Our room was a corner unit with doorwalls on two sides. The grounds were very well kept with 2 pools and a kiddie play area. Also a Tiki bar on stilts overlooking the bay. It appeared the room had been repainted and spruced up since the name change. The general manager Steve was the same person from the Holiday Inn days. He was very approachable and helpful. We did not try the restaurant or lounge, but they looked nice. On one day we saw 3 dolphins swim past our room less than 20 feet away as they checked out the adjacent marina. All in all, we would recommend the Magnuson Marina Cove to others.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, 7 February 2011
I am so glad you and your wife had a great stay here at our hotel. You sure had a great room with a nice view of Tampa Bay. Even though we have changed names, we still have the same great ownership and friendly staff. The dolphins that visit us in our marina are hard to beat. I have been here many years and it still amazes me everytime they come in for a visit. Come back and see us again soon.
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Alton, Illinois
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Reviewed 28 January 2011

I spent a nice weekend at your hotel in November. The weather was great. I stayed in a room with a view of bay. The staff was very nice and attentive to guest's needs. My stay was very relaxing, and I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the St. Petersburg Area.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled solo
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, 31 January 2011
November sure is the perfect time of year to visit St. Petersburg. Nice sunny days with cool evenings. We are glad you enjoyed your room with a view of Tampa Bay. We hope you come back to visit and relax with us again soon. Our hotel has so much to offer, that I am sure your next trip will be just as great!
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Property: Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Address: 6800 Sunshine Skyway Ln S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711-4901 (Formerly Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort St Petersburg - Marina Cove)
Region: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in St. Petersburg
#2 Top resorts Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove 3*
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are minutes from Fort Desoto Park and the Gulf beaches. We are also in close proximity to downtown St. Petersburg and all it has to offer: Tropicana Field-home of the Tampa Bay Rays, The Pier, Salvador Dali Museum, Mahaffey Theater, and Jannus Landing. For the business traveler, we are close to Eckerd College, USF, St. Pete College AllState Center and all Children's Hospital. Our guests will enjoy all the amenities of a full service resort. Stay in touch with your friends and family with our complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. Take time to enjoy our pools, hot tub, volleyball court, bicycle rentals, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and fitness center. You can relax at the Nepa Hut Beach Bar overlooking Tampa Bay and the world famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge, unwind in Nemo's Lounge, dine in Periscopes waterfront restaurant with views of our marina, or have a relaxing lunch poolside at the Banyan Tree Deli. ... more   less 
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