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Historical Traveler Reviews Alden Suites Saint Pete Beach
A home away from home
Though most of the reviews about this hotel are excellent, I felt compelled to write and dispute the few bad comments that I did see.
Growing up, my family travelled to the Alden (from Canada) every year.
I actually spent my first 11 birthdays at this hotel. It is the kind of place that people just love to come back to. The hotel always sent us mail with updated hotel info every year and it was always addressed "to our Alden family". Now that I live here, my parents now come down to Florida every year to visit, and they always stay here. Over the years, it doesn't appear that the quality of this hotel has changed at all.
The grounds are beautifully maintained, and the rooms and buildings are continually being renovated. This place to me really is a home away from home. I think that anyone who writes that this hotel is anything less than excellent is probably the type of person who will never be pleased.
Good value for the money!
My wife & I wanted a winter getaway in a warmer spot than NC in January. After reading the reviews on the Alden we selected it as our choice for a 5 day visit (1/8-1/13/04). The property is very clean and well maintained. The room was was well equipped with tv's in the bedroom and living room. Also. a refrigerator, small microwave stove, coffee pot etc. made the stay more enjoyable. Both pools and the 2 hot tubs seemed to be as clean as the rest of the property, although the hot tubs were both warmer than seemed necessary to really enjoy them.
We had drinks at the cabana bar several evenings and watched the sun set over the wide sandy beach. The staff was friendly and helpful with directions and dinner suggestions.They even loaned me an umbrella Friday night, because of the rain that evening. Overall, a nice facility, not oneyou would say" WOW", but clean comfortable and in my opinion a good value for the cost. I also recommend the Snappers restaurant directly across the street for a good seafood dinner.
Love the Alden-Would never stay anywhere else
We love the Alden. We go to Florida every year and we stay at the Alden every time. The hotel is clean and very well designed. We have three daughters and feel very safe staying there. The staff is very friendly and helpful. We have stayed at other hotels in Florida and have found nothing that compares. We highly recommend staying at the Alden. We love it!!
We had a wonderfrul vacation
My husband and I went to the Alden for our honeymoon. We had a fabulous time. The weather was fabulous, the property was everything the website displayed and the staff was wonderful. The beach was sandy white and the ocean was as beautiful as ever. The view from our room was spectacular and the room was very clean. We felt at home at the Alden as we made friends with the other guest staying there. We felt that it was one of the more attractive resorts in St. Pete. We will definetly return to the alden, and we will never forget the spectacular time we had on our honeymoon. If you are trying to decide whether or not the Alden is for you, it is you won't regret it!!!!!
I chose this hotel for a weekend getaway primarily based on the many excellent reviews posted on this site. This hotel is far from excellent. First of all, it is an older property (I would guess built in the 1970s) and is showing its age. The bathrooms are extremely small and the hotel just has an "old" feel to it overall, although I will give them credit for at least trying to keep things looking nice.
(better than the dilapidated property next door, with window a/c units, mildewed walls, cracked paint, etc.) Secondly, the beach is not nice.
It is not "sugar white" as depicted in some of the marketing literature. The beach is a brownish sand with lots of rocks and shells, and to make things worse, the Alden does not seem to be very proactive in keeping the area of beach surrounding their hotel clean. During our stay, there were beer bottles, cans, and other trash sitting on the beach at all times. I don't think it would have taken too much effort for them to send someone out to pick up the trash periodically. Another item worth mentioning..... When we checked in, we were given a coupon to the Cabana Bar for a free drink....but to our surprise, the bar was never opened during our 4-day stay! Unbelieveable. I'll also mention that St. Pete Beach appears to be one of the "seedier" beaches in Pinellas County. We drove up the coastline and the other beach communities appeared much nicer. (unless you enjoy topless bars and tattoo parlors on every corner...) If you want to stay in this area, I would strongly recommend Clearwater Beach...it has a nice little area with a public beach, pier, childrens playground, and appears to be a much better maintained community overall. The Adam's Mark, Hilton, or Sheraton Sand Key appear to be very nice properties. Bottom line: The Alden is not deserving of the many excellent reviews it has received on this site. I hope my review helps others avoid the mistakes we made.
We spent four nights at the Alden in the Cayman Suite, with a gorgeous view of the ocean. The room was very nice and extremely clean. The beds were wonderful and we also enjoyed the balcony. My husband fed the seagulls everyday!
My husband, our two year-old and I stayed here and just loved it.
Top-floor view of the ocean was spectacular. Can't beat the convenient location - coffee shop, restaurants, souvenir shops - we had a very nice time. Covered parking is a real plus. We thought it was a terrific value.
Loved the Alden
My husband and I stayed at the Alden Beach Resort from 16 to 22 March 2003 in the Nassau Building and loved it! The rooms were very clean and tastefully decorated. We enjoyed being so close to the beach and the warm Gulf waters. The Alden offers two heated pools, jacuzzis, tennis courts, barbacue grills, shuffleboard, a playgroud for small children, washers and dryers, and an outside beach bar. It is a very family friendly resort. The staff was very pleasant and professional. This was my very first visit to Florida and the Alden, but not my last.
The Alden is an interesting place. The room handled a family of five and provided us a very nice space to rest. The beach bar is informal and not like the other bars on the strip. You will get to know people there. The pools are generally clean but you need to get your beach chair early. The laundry can also be backed up. There are/were grills you could use to barbecue with. The hot tub was scalding so no one was ever in it. The game room was sparse. The overall quality of the room was good and it saves money on eating. The staff was definitely friendly and outgoing/helpful.
I went on vacation with my boyfriend and his family. That meant two parents, two brothers, and two girlfriends. We stayed in a Suite with an ocean view. The suites are nice for families, although they could be bigger. There are sliding doors that close off the kitchen/living room area (with the sofa bed) from the dressing area, then another slider that separates the dressing area from the bedroom. This provides for adequate privacy. There are also laundry facilites that were helpful during a lengthy stay.
The beach is beautiful (lots of white sand)and was never overly crowded...we were there the first week in August.
I am certain we will return to The Alden, especially since my boyfriend proposed on the beach during our stay! The sun sets directly in front of the resort, great views!
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