Just back from Crystal Palms May 15 - 22. Had a wonderful view of the gulf from our 5th floor room. The rooms were very comfortable and (mostly) clean. The kitchen facilities worked out great, and we really liked the comfort of the master bed.
The balcony was kind of noisy from the traffic (and not very private - you can see into all of your neighbor's rooms), but once you close the door it was nice & quiet, and the shades do a great job of blocking out the sun. The views out there were great, though.
Having the washer/dryer in the room was really convenient. It was small, but worked out fine. Bring your own soap/dryer sheets! There are 3 TVs in the suites with decent cable reception, but I kind of wished for premium channels or a DVD player. The free wi-fi in the room worked out great, and had excellent speed.
The pool/spa looked nice, but we never got in, instead opting for the beach. There is a crosswalk and traffic light on 117th & Gulf Blvd (just to the right of the hotel), and there is beach access right nearby. Parking at the hotel was ample; there is some shaded parking underneath the building, but it tended to fill up fast. If it's gone, there's plenty of parking out front.
If there was any downside, it'd be the minimal (at best) housekeeping. In all my years of traveling, I've never stayed anywhere where they literally just dump the towels on top of the rack and didn't hang them up or at least fold them. Very odd. Daily housekeeping consists of taking out the trash and bringing fresh towels - that's it. We didn't rec'v any housekeeping two days; not sure why. The tile floors do become gritty from sand, but there's a broom/dustpan in the closet. So if you're someone who appreciates having your room tidied daily, keep this in mind.
The staff was hit or miss -- some were very friendly, others were too busy surfing the web or talking on personal phone calls to acknowledge us.
Overall, we were very pleased with the Crystal Palms, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who was looking for extra room near the beach, with all of the conveniences of home.
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- Also Known As:
- Crystal Palms Beach Hotel Treasure Island
- Hotel Crystal Palms Beach
- Crystal Palms Beach Resort Treasure Island, Florida