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... drive to Perry, FL. Yes, we really are in Florida. The temperatures continue to be in the high 90s, and we continue to have more rain showers than we would have expected in July. But it hasn't hampered our camping experiences. The highlight of Perry was our trip to Walmart and cooking delicious steaks over an oak campfire. Yesterday we traveled further south along the west coast to the St. Petersburg area. The ...
... short run to Tampa with 3 impressive thunder storms along the way and watching fireworks on the drive across Tampa Bay and from our hotel.
Ricky, our little dog, who is now an official "Emotional Support Animal" had a rough time. As we arrived at the hotel the fireworks got the best of him and he needed emotional support making to the room. Not an impressive debut as an official aide animal.
Having managed to scale down to 1 suitcase and getting treated to a Towncar to the Airport, my flight to Miami is delayed! I'm off the Wagon for this vacation so it's off to the airport bar I go! Thanks for the ride Carlos. The delay turned into re routing me through London and a total loss of a full day in Milan. Luckily during my Heathrow layover Nessie came to the ...
Midday temperature: 18C
When the campground owner saw our bikes, he said Greg and I should cycle on the community rails-to-trails, a paved path that joins three communities. So before we left today, we biked on a portion of the path that leads to Fanning Springs, about 8 km away. Fanning Springs is so named because of the fresh water springs in the area. The water is a balmy 21C and attracts ...
... we ate fresh caught fish, local fruits and veggies - and rice and plantains daily. The other countries the food was so so. Mainly empanadas and Steak grilled on Parillas in Argentina. Rice an Beans in Brazil - a nice change after Chile and Argentina....Although the Lomitos in Santiago were something special. Bus food - fahgeddaboutit! The local beers were all good - and they are the big bottles no 12 oz'ers.., and lets not forget ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sandpearl Resort Clearwater
The reasonable rates ($200 booked in May 07 well before opening) and new property are what brought us from Illinois to Sandpearl. We were quite concerned driving into Clearwater for the first time as the area seems extremely run down and outdated--certainly not the setting expected for a resort hoping to become a 5-star. Our family was relieved upon entering the well-appointed lobby and greeting the kind staff. The rooms were large and nicely done; however, future guests may be interested to know that our bayview balcony room was the same size and had the same number of beds (plus pull out couch) that our friend's junior suite had. The only difference was that they had a slightly larger bathroom with separate tub and shower. This family (four plus infant) were forced to select a junior suite level or higher on booking because they were a party of five. They paid more and, in our opinions, were taken advantage of--receiving nothing better or roomier for the cost. Although other reviewers seem quite impressed with the pool area, we found it to be just average. Certainly, it is better than a boring rectangular shape with no landscaping, but it falls short of other four and five star hotels we've visited. It should be noted that if guests encounter any problems or inconveniences, it is worth the time to seek out the front desk manager. We found out late one evening that a planned power outage was taking place the next morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. for voltage increases. This left the bathroom pitch black, and as there are no mirrors in the main bedroom, we couldn't even use natural light from the balcony doors for hair, makeup, etc. Plus no hot water for showers. This was quite problematic as we had plans the next day. A polite complaint to the front desk resulted in a partial refund for that day. The beach itself was less than we expected. As advertised, Clearwater has beautiful soft, white sand, but the Gulf waves along the property were almost non-existent, so don't haul the boogie boards with you. Also, we had to watch our step walking along the water as hundreds of little dead jellyfish lined the shore each day. That, in combination with the seaweed everywhere, actually kept us away from the beach more than we'd hoped. Bottomline: Sandpearl is lovely, but the surroundings may prevent the hotel from becoming a major vacation destination.
We did a four night stay thru the weekend into the first of the week. We found the property to be as advertised. The properties occupancy rate was packed during the weekend and practically empty through the week. To follow up on a few questions in this forum: Cabana's rents for $150 a day or $75 for a half. They also have chairs of different sort to rent out on the beach. Along with the nice rooms, the pool area is why you really want to stay here. It is worth the price of admission. As others have mentioned, the pool water is COLD. Everything is a tad pricey hear but no different from any property of this caliber anywhere in the states.
No acknowledgment of honeymoon
Booked a one night stay following our wedding, before leaving on official honeymoon.
Front desk, as would be typical of any upscale resort, failed to ask if we were there for any special occasion. I did mention that we had just been married, with no response and certanly no bottle of champagne, etc. provided in the room.
Similar issues as other posters with some service issues.
My husband & I recently stayed at the Sandpearl for our 10th Anniversary getaway. I was a bit nervous to book this property as it didn't even open until about ten days prior to our arrival! I am so happy that we did! The property is brand new and very luxurious. The staff was so courteous and helpful... they honestly bent over backwards for us no matter if it was at the front desk, in the restaurants, at the pool... everywhere! You can tell that they have been trained in customer service for sure!
We had a great time!
This resort is brand new. Everything is wonderful. The bed had tons of pillows and a soft, fluffy comforter. Views of the Gulf were amazing.
While sunning at the pool, waitresses make sure you are taken care of. Gotta love that. The cabanas are awesome with flat screen TV's, a sofa, chairs and ceiling fan.
We only have 2 complaints...cold pool and slow/disorganized vehicle valet.
We will definitely go back.
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My husband and I stayed at this resort for a weekend getaway and we could not have been more pleased. From the moment we walked in the door until the time we checked out we were thrilled with everything. The employees could not have been friendlier - especially those Mountaineer Fans!!! The valets, the greeters, the wait staff - everyone was just lovely. The resort was absolutely beautiful. I have no idea what some of the others are talking about with "construction" dust - we didn't see any of that. Everything was well appointed from the rooms with extremely high ceilings, to the immaculate pool area, to the bar/grill area. The rooms were very clean, plenty of towels, comfortable beds and pillows. I would maybe recommend additional wait staff by the pool as it was sometimes difficult to get drinks - but not for lack of the waitstaff working, just more guests than they could handle. I would definitely stay at the resort again!
My husband and I (along with our 3 year old son) recently stayed at the Sandpearl Resort to celebrate our 6th Anniversary. Things began well, as upon arrival we were upgraded to a Gulf view room for no charge (we had reserved a Bay view).
We just returned from a three night stay at the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater. Overall it is a beautiful resort with an upscale feel. The staff is friendly and accommodating, although a little confused when asked a question. Having been open only 3 weeks they still have some learning to do to become a true 5 star resort.
I agree 100% with the previous review... not only is this a beautiful resort but the service was impeccable. Every staff member we came across greeted us with a smile and were very attentive to our every need. The experience begins as you pull up to the valet- all of the gentlemen were extremely friendly and asked us about our stay daily. As you walk into the grand lobby you are greeted by the pr staff who are quick to escort you to check in and point you in the right direction for your every need. The bellman had our bags to our room within minutes of our arrival. The concerierge gave us great advise for a restaurant for dinner and went as far as printing directions and locating it on a map for us. Being a brand new resort I was a little worried about there being a couple of quirks that haven't yet been worked out... we only notice one- our first room did not have hot water- but that was no problem... they quickly moved us to another room... sent the bellman with the new room keys- and to grab our bags and went as far as upgrading us from a pool view regular room to a gulf front junior suite at no charge for our inconvenience... I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the Sandpearl Resort and I hope to go back many more times in the future..