I too had seen some unfavorable reviews and was not expecting a great stay. This property has a lot going for it. The staff was friendly from my first experience handling my early check in and giving me room 319 which was right on the water with great views. I was busy while I was there so I didn't have opportunity to use the pools but they looked nice and gave the whole resort feel along with the Nepa Hut in the back by the water and beach.
The room wasn't especially big but I did get my requested King with a small table and two chairs. The room was clean throughout. The bedding wasn't especially comfortable but was adequate. TV's are dated and could use a refresh.
I had dinner in the restaurant one evening and both the food and service were good. Spent an hour in the Nepa Hut the next evening and service and atmosphere were good there as well.
I would stay here again. I would rate more as a solid 3.5 that could earn a solid 4 star with some minor refreshing.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn St Petersburg
- Holiday Inn Marina Cove
- Holiday Inn Saint Petersburg
- Saint Petersburg Holiday Inn
- Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove St. Petersburg, Florida