Beachcomber Beach Resort & Hotel
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We have one week under our belts at home in Florida. The joys of travel and homecoming have now faded with the reality of taking care of business.
As I wrote last week we did some pressing essentials right away but instead of decreasing, our "to do" list seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. This morning I scheduled appointments for repairs to our dishwasher, ice maker and wine fridge. They all decided to let us know they been missing us!
... slipping into the background. When we met an old friend from Europe this morning we exchanged the typical greeting kisses...the first time since we've been back.
I'm thrilled that I'm behind the wheel of a car once again and yes, it's like riding a horse, I haven't forgotten how! I miss the mid-morning coffee breaks and the strolls on the playa. My daily walking distances have ...
... to, and I usually don't know half the words. I am not a big fan of lip synching, but I tried it in the van and found that it satisfied my urge to sing and still allowed me to enjoy the song. Life as I know it is now just a little bit better. Bye for now, I will send some more Tampa tidbits soon. ...
... of people don't have a very good pension (apparently state pensions don't really exist- at least not like they do in the UK-where most people can live off it). So a lot of the local businesses are staffed by people trying to supplement their retirement income. It's a bit odd to see. The man who packed my bag in the supermarket today looked like he was late 70s (not even joking). He offered to carry it to my car for me. I felt like he was a patient. I ...
... around the shops and stopped for a coffee and to open my birthday cards. It's so warm, it really doesn't feel like my birthday -apparently its snowing at home-Luton airport has had to close! Was lovely to open some cards. My best friend jess (who gave me a card in aug-that's ridiculous planning!) always puts confetti in her cards-but for some reason, I forgot this. I opened the card whilst sat outside the cafe, and it exploded glittery champagne glasses all over me! Made ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Beachcomber Beach Resort & Hotel Saint Pete Beach
Not great, but fairly clean
1st of all...parking is bad. If you have to park on the side, you must back out. We had a room with 2 double beds. The room was clean, but very small. Bathroom was small too. I'm not sure what was going on, but we could hear rap music through the light fixture in the bathroom 24/7...no kidding. I never called about it, because we couldn't hear it with the bathroom door closed. I doubt I'll ever stay at another Best Western.
Not Worth Any Money
We had a reservation for 3 nights and changed it to one night. This place was nasty. One reviewer stated that it was more appropriate for college students. Well, I would rather have stayed in a hostel than at this place way back in college. It is an older property. The bed mattresses were horrible and stained in our room all over the side and corner of it. Unfortuneately we didn't see this until the next AM. The towels felt like brillo pads and there was no soap in the bathroom. The shower head was weak, and the ac/heat could not be regulated in the room. We initially pulled out the dishes (stupid me - should have known better) and was disgusted. Apparently, housekeeping trusts their guests enough to do the dishes (no dishwasher in our room). I couldn't tell if the housekeeping staff were vagrants, or worked for the hotel. If I had been 20/20 with my hotel inspection gear, I would have found some real specimens in this place.
All I can is that if you have another option, take it. We wish we would have bowed out after we saw the room. We stayed just the other day (apparently off season) and the rate was low - $69 or so. Definately not worth the $69. I travel 50/52 weeks a year, and have stayed in some very nice places for the same price; heck, cleaner, decent places for less!
On a positive note, the staff was nice....they didn't dare ask us at the end if we enjoyed our stay. I'm sure that they knew better.
I really liked this place!
I just got back from a great 4 days at the Best Western Beachfront resort on 6200 Gulf Blvd. I got a great deal on this place from hotel.com for $66 a night which the hotel will match if you call them directly. Great nightly entertainment 7 nights a week (one band 3:30-7:30pm and 7:30-11:30) right outside at a great little beach bar. This place is a favorite with locals, who all were really friendly. Loved the warm and calm gulf water (no jelly fish or sting rays as the Florida for Dummies book described) and the sand is clean and goes on forever- great beach for walking on.
Best Western Jimmy Bs and Players
We just returned from a 4 night stay at the Best Western Beachfront in St. Pete Beach The hotel staff was courteous and helpful, but the staff and bartenders at both the Players Sports Bar and Jimmy Bs Beach bar were both rude and arrogant. There were 3 of us, myself, my 25 year son and my 17 year old son. The first day we went to both bar, sat at the bar and at a table on the dance floor- no problem. The second day we went in Players and the bartender asked if my yougest son was 21, I told her no, her response- step away from the bar, I asked why since we were here the day before, again her response- step away from the bar or get out. So we left. Than at Jimmy Bs, the first 2 nights we were there we sat at a table on the dance floor with no problem, my 17 year old even got a t-shirt from the band on the second night. Then on the third night at a tabnle on the dance floor a waitress asked my son was 21. I said no she said then leave right now. I asked why since the previous 2 nights we sat at the same table must we leave NOW. I thanked her for changing their rules. We left and stood on a landing outside and a the on duty manager then came up and asked me what my problem was, I asked her about changing the rules ( I did use a nasty word) she offered no explanation just yelled about my use of foul words. I guess she never heard these words in a bar before. Next thing I know she returns with some security person and tells me I must leave the property immediately because I was hostile. So I left. Oh and to set the record straight I was not hostile and in case you are wondering I also do not drink alcohol and have not for 10 years. I have learned of the laws in Florida since we returned, I guess it was too much trouble for these people to explain them at the time we were there.
Best Place on the Beach
I have stayed at this hotel on two different occasions and both times the staff was great the night life at the bar was hilarious and breakfast across the street is awsome (caribean coffee house).
Check the Alternatives
The hotel has a great location along the beach. Great beachfront bar with entertainment - but neither that location or the sports bar in the hotel serve any food! Rooms were dated and should have been maintained better. Room "balconies" double as the continuous exterior walkway.
Terrific landscaped grounds/courtyard. You're paying for the location here, not the quality of the room or the amenities offered. Look into the adjacent Travelodge or Howard Johnson properties for the dollars you plan on investing for lodging at this level. We expected a bit more from the Best Western name and the rate per night, even during the Spring Break period.
A great place to stay!
I have stayed at the Best Western St Pete on two occasions and have found the rooms clean and comfortable and the room rates at 60$ are quite reasonable. This hotel is also right on the beach and has an excellent beach bar with great bands performing nightly. The staff are very friendly and helpful and I am looking forward to my next holiday here in April.
What a great place!
Since this was our first trip to Florida,we were a bit hesitant to come to this motel since we had read some not very good reviews but were we surprised! We had booked a standard room with their toll free number and were charged $60 per night...quite a deal! The rooms were great...quiet at night away from the beach bar...everything was color coordinated...beds were comfortable. We noticed our TV picture was bad so I called the front desk and they had a new TV installed within 10 minutes! The grounds were beautifully landscaped and well kept up....our climate controls worked well, shower was great..didn't want to get out! We even added an extra night to our stay. Many excellent restaurants in the area...Shells, Gigis, etc.. In short, a very well kept motel...great front desk people.....and by the way, the beach bar was great....good music to listen to. We will definitely come back on our next visit.....don't miss this place!
A last minute choice
I travel quite a bit for work and consult tripadvisor for their honest consumer reviews often.
My travel agent fouled my reservations and I ended up walking into this BW at 10:30 on a Friday night to find a room. They had one left and I took it.
I stay at BW's often and have had some great experiences. I am a member of their frequent stay program and usually get a decent discount off the normal rate - about $50-100. This particular BW gave me the rate of $111 for being a member - otherwise it was $119. It pays to be a member, huh?
This property is on the beach and is fairly large. But the hotel appears to be about 20 years old and very run down - at least on the inside. The room wasn't dirty by any means but old and very used. The towels in the bathroom were like sandpaper and fairly small as if shrunken after YEARS of washing. Poor water pressure from the shower head. Air conditioning is a unit in the window with manual controls - so it was all or nothing, freeze or take the heat.
As I said, this hotel was not unclean, but would be better suited for college-aged groups who want to be near the beach and don't mind much else. From my room I could hear a very lively bar - until about midnight. The doors to each room access to the outside - much like a motel would.
There are a lot of restaurants and stores in the area but more like Walgreens, 7-11 and mom and pop restaurants...not actual "stores" as much as convenience.
There are plenty of hotels in this area - on a scale of 1-10 I'd rate this one 7 on outside appearance and 5 on the rooms/amenities. If you like clean and new-ish, keep looking. If you don't mind a "truck stop" feeling atmosphere, this is the place for you!
I was very disappointed in the Best Western Beachfront Resort at St.
Pete. I couldn't believe they would even call it a resort. The staff was clueless and unfriendly. The bed was incredibly uncomfortable. The faucet and coffee maker in my room were both broken and nothing seemed very clean. No towels were provided at the pool. The food choices were VERY limited. The beach bar and entertainment were the only saving graces of this so-called Resort.