We have been staying at the Coral Reef Beach Resort for over the past decade. We recently finished a 6 week stay and would like to comment from an interval (time-share) owner`s perspective.
The Coral Reef is not an exclusive time-share complex and rents rooms as a hotel. During our stay, on three separate evenings our family were required to approach “hotel guests” after 3:00 am to quiet down. The reason for this, security staff for the Coral Reef ends at 2:00 am. On two of these occasions, the room was filled with high school students who were drinking under-age and with no adult supervision. The worst part was walking out onto the balcony in the morning and seeing/smelling vomit from the late-night escapades.
Nearly everyday for six weeks, people (not guests) were observed driving their cars into the Coral Reef parking lot and then walking to the beach. Numerous times people would jump into the pools or use the hot-tub at the Coral Reef on their return from the beach. The parking lot is seldom monitored by security to restrict parking to registered guests/owners or to check cars that are parked for permits.
On other occasions, non-guests would walk onto the property from the beach and use the pools. A couple of times, families (non-guests) spent 3 - 4 hours using the pool facilities. Being a guest for an extended period of time allows us to state that this was not a one-time occurrence.
WIFI within the Coral Reef Resort is limited and the signal is inconsistent. Often you are required to take your laptop/tablet to the pool to get a solid signal. Your other option is to go to McDonald’s down the street. In 2013 when EVERYONE provides free WIFI, why is it that this resort cannot send a stable signal to all the rooms.
The location and what the apartments have to offer are the primary reason why we purchased time-shares at the Coral Reef. The resort is directly on the beach and you are within walking distance of a grocery store, restaurants, and gift shops. A short drive will take you to several options for shopping. The complex has two pools providing plenty of space for both privacy and groups.
The 1 and 2 bedroom apartments have nearly everything to live comfortably. The kitchen is fully stocked with cookware, utensils, and dishes. The only thing that needs to be upgraded are the televisions, which they have been doing on a need-be basis.
This year we have seen a noticeable improvement in service by all of the staff at the Coral Reef. They are engaging, friendly, and complete their duties with efficiency.
The facility has undergone several upgrades over the past several years that have improve the living experience.
The fact that non-guests regularly “crashed” the Coral Reef facilities indicates that it is an accepted practice in the community.
We can understand the need to increase revenue through room rentals, but consideration has to be given to the owners who have purchased time-shares and pay substantial yearly maintenance fees. These security/safety problems can easily be fixed with leadership, increased hours/patrols by security on the week-end, and active monitoring of parked cars in the parking to confirm they have a parking permit.
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- Also Known As:
- Coral Reef Hotel St. Petersburg
- Coral Reef Beach Resort
- Coral Reef Resort St. Petersburg, Florida