Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach South Harbourside
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The hotel is no Ritz Carlton. However, if you are looking for a nice/clean place to stay. This is it. Try and get a room on the 2nd floor, as the foot traffic on the 1st floor prevents you from leaving the curtains open. The layout is such that the cheaper rooms face inwards into a mall like area (The floor is tiled and the carts do make for loud noises).
The room we stayed in had a kitchennette, a Fridge, Microwave, dishes, cooking utensils, etc. This was really helpful as we could cook breakfast before heading out (not to mention cost savings by not eating out). The staff was very friendly and courteous.
The beach is a block and a half and really is just a 5 minute walk. It is a residential area and the beach is really wonderful and clean. It definitely does not have the crassy commercialism seen in the other beaches. The water was warm and sand white!
One night, we picked up some sandwiches from Subway and took it out to the beach at about 9:45 PM. We felt safe among the other scattered families/couples that were their at that time.
We had a wonderful time in this area and would go back in a heartbeat!
Try the Fort De soto park beach (About 15 miles south of Indian Rocks Beach....there are two areas where there is a toll for a total of 85 cents!!!!).
We went to Dt. De soto park beach on a Wednesday afternoon and there were just 3 or 4 other families in the entire beach!!! It was as if we had our own private beach. The white sands, the crystal clear warm water and the cleanliness made this the best beach we've been to.
The road that goes North to South in the GUlf region is the Gulf Highway (A mostly 2 lane road) and just drive along to go to the many beaches in this area.
If you like your rooms hot with cockroaches...
We stayed over July 4th weekend. Great location, great kid friendly pool, great harborview ... however, A/C never got cooler than 79, the carpet made your feet black from walking on it, got not one, but three BIG roaches (one even traveled home with us!) in our room and I had some "party boys" in the next room keep me up till 6am with no assistance from front desk. I was comp'ed only one night after I complained re: the above upon checkout. Suggestion: get a room upstairs, bring bug spray and a fan.
I highly recommend this Holiday Inn. The reviews I read prior to going gave this hotel a bad rap. My husband and I stayed for 4 nights and loved our stay. We had the good fortune of being upgraded from an island room to an executive suite when our reserved room wasn't ready upon check-in. It had a large living room, dining area, full kitchen, and an upstairs with a king bed and large bathroom with jacuzzi tub and shower. Also a large balcony overlooking the marina. Housekeeping did a wonderful job of keeping the room clean. There are several restaurants within walking distance. Jimmy Guana's is onsite, and serves really good food. There are two pools, one designed for children and another for adults. The beach is a 1 block walk. I would go again!
Couples beware....this is a family place!
The hotel is clean and well maintained. Unfortunately we did not have a room on the harbor side so there was no view and our room was quite dark. If I could do it over, I would call ahead and specify a harbor side room. The hotel is also very noisy...thin walls I guess. The family above us woke us up at 7am every morning with their stomping around and slamming doors. I also heard bad things about the Brewmaster although I personally didn't go there. I recommend Fathoms just down the street...the food/prices are excellent! The beach is convenient and the pool area is cute. Clearwater is about a 10 minute drive from the hotel and has carnival rides and lousy rock bands at night. Otherwise not much in the way of nightlife. This is a great place for a family and those of us on a budget. Couples should consider another part of Florida.
Get the view
Hotel was very clean, rooms great size. Our misfortune was specifying a room not on first floor but given one anyways not facing water. Was noisy and like the interior of a mall. The cleaning carts roll outside your door in the early morning.
Best bet would be to call not use internet if you have specific requests.
I am sure if we had been on water side we would have enjoyed but no such luck.
Enjoyed our week stay
Our family spent in week at this resort. My husband and I stayed in the king suite while my 3 sons (23-18 in age) had a queen suite. Our rooms were spacious and very clean. The people at the front desk were very helpful in any requests we had. The live music was fabulous. We enjoyed the balcony for sitting and watching the boats come and go. Our only complaint was that our room was on the very end next to the draw bridge and the traffic was a little noisy. Down were our sons room was, was very quiet. The pools were nothing special but we went there for the beach experience anyways. One worthy note: We went to eat at the Brewmasters Steakhouse which is at the resort. We had horrible food and service and when we asked for a discount for our troubles we were called liars and told we were to be charged full price. They aren't part of Holiday Inn and I won't hold it against this review, otherwise I highly recommend this hotel.
Great Suite, excellent stay
Stayed in January 2004, excellent location, easy walk to the beach. Had a harbour side suite, great views, huge rooms, well equipped kitchen, everything you might need. We will definately be back!
Nice and peaceful
Nice and peaceful- quiet place to stay. We faced the harbor side and it was fun to sit on the balcony and watch the boats go by. The pool was ok, nice restaurant and game room. 2 blocks from the beach (across the street). Very clean room, nice layout and kitchen area. Nice to be away from Clearwater- Indian rocks is a very nice place
We have been to this hotel twice this year. Once in April and again in July. We had a very spacious suite on the marina side. The staff was excellant and helpful. We enjoyed food, the pool, the bars, boating, and fishing without leaving the hotel. We will be back! It was very laid back and relaxing even with four kids in tow.
Great Condo Suites
Booked through the Holiday Inn website (cheaper than the supposed Priceline Pricing quoted by the hotel)
Got a Huge 2 floor 'Condo Suite' with views over the inland waterway (definitely the side to be though you do miss the sunset) spotlessly clean suite. Great fittings including 2 TV's fully fitted kitchen including Fridge/Freezer with icemaker, dishwasher, cooker, disposal - utensils and crockery all included as were nice touches such as powder for the dishwasher and washing up liquid. Large living area with 2 sofa's (one of which is a sofa bed) large balcony with chairs and table and if you're lucky you might get to see the Dolphins swimming by - we did on a couple of occasions. Upstairs in the suite is what you normally get in a hotel room - bedroom and bathroom - Pretty standard stuff except for a large walk in closet and the bathroom had a large Jacuzzi.
The hotel pool is also very nice though the bartender at the pool bar is unhelpful and borderline unfriendly. There is a second pool but never really gave it a go.
The 2 restaurants on site are both pretty good - The Brewmaster perhaps a little better and they have bargain Martini's and Manhattans before 7. There are some other restaurants within very close walking distance including the Great Crabby Bills and the equally great PJ's both of witch are a must.
Down the waterway side of the hotel is the harbour from which you can hire boats, or fishing charters - it's fun to watch the Pelicans queue up for scraps when the charters get back.
The beach is a 10 minute walk away.
Over all a great place to kick back and put your tired feet up after the theme parks.
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