Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach
Travelers also recommend:
Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach
Dont Listen to the Others
Dont listen to the other reviews. I was just down there this weekend (March 11) and had a great time. The bartenders at the Tiki Bar were FANTASTIC, (Joie, Chris, Patrick) they make a very goo drink. For the location, it was perfect. It is right in the middle of where you want to be. I rented a car but was really not needed, for if I want to really go somewhere, it would have been cheaper to rent a cab instead of the car.
Overall, the place was clean, didnt have a problem checking like others, Sheppards is next door, and Great relaxing beach music all day at the pool. I would reccommend this place and would stay again.
PS......Nother RUm and COke Please
Awful - dirty - ruined our holiday
I will never forget the Ramada Gulf View.. for all the wrong reasons.
quite easily the worst hotel I have ever stayed in, I cannot believe that Virgin give this apalling tip 3 stars. Save your money, book a park bench or a skip. It is dirty, the bathroom is vile, the beds are rusty, the wallpaper hangs off the walls and the target market for clientel seems to be druggies and hookers. The pool is clover leaf shaped and about the size of a clover leaf too. Wish I could say something positive, it is in a beautiful location but it is awful.
Don't do it!
My husband and I made the mistake of choosing this hotel. After driving around the parking lot waiting for a spot to open up, we finally arrive at the front desk only to stand in line for 20 minutes .... we find out that the reservations we made 30 days prior - had been lost. No confirmation number on file and they couldn't find it by our last name... very frusterating! We were told they had (1) room left that we could have for the same price. Fine, we agreed.We opened the door to the room and knew right away that we had to get out of there. The room was very dirty with a horrible smell.. you know, one of those rooms that you're afraid to touch anything!? We decided to check out the view... all we saw were kids everywhere! Loud music playing, balcony doors open, curtains blowing outside of the doors, kids drinking on almost every balcony. So, if you're looking for a nice relaxing vacation - without the kids.. do NOT stay here! If you have small children - find a nicer place.. Also, after returning home - I wrote to the corporate offices about the reservations that were apparently lost and ... the response was - I'm sorry. Very unprofessional staff @ the hotal AND corporate office.
we had read terrible reviews about this hotel but we were booked there by our travel agent the 2nd week of nov and really enjoyed it. The hotel is recently under new ownership and there are many positive changes. i.e. new furniture, new staff, new attitude. Would recommend it.
Great view, beautiful pool area!
WE had read negative reviews but I have a sister that lives in Clearwater so I had her to go and check it out and she said it was nice. So we went and stayed there 2 days and didn't want to leave. We had a room on the fourth floor looking out over the pool area and the ocean. It was the best view I have ever had anywhere! I like the way the concrete went out to the ocean so we could sit there right beside the water without having to get on the beach.
We were pre booked this hotel by a travel agent and it looked like a really good stop for us to enjoy the gulf views. WRONG.. this hotel is a dump, it is dirty, sleazy fixtures hanging off the walls, drunks collapsing in the reception area, and is the last place on earth to be put when you are on a honeymoon.
We checked in and 35 minutes later checked out to take our chances on the streets at 2.00 in the morning (not advised in this part of florida). Luckily we got booked into the marriot via a decent taxi driver.
We did look at 2 alternative rooms but they were just as bad.
This place is the pits.
Do Not Stay At This Hotel!
My husband and I live near Clearwater and often go away for long weekends. In June we thought we would try the Ramada Hotel on Clearwater Beach. This hotel is dirty. The furniture is old and worn.
The carpets are stained, the beds and pillows are disgusting. We complained and were moved 3 times to different rooms, none were any better than the first. We checked out and lost our first night's deposit. I felt sorry for families that had come on a package deal from England, they did not really have a choice, their whole vacation had been pre-paid. This hotel gives Florida and particularly Clearwater Beach a bad reputation among our visitors from over seas. We moved on to the Radisson on Sand Key, what a difference, clean, friendly staff and a suite, not just a room. Please take my advice and stay away from the Ramada.
Avoid disappointment - Don't Book It
My wife and I were booked in to stay here for a week from Aug 20. We weren't expecting the hotel to be on the beach but we were disappointed with the room. The hotel comprises 2 towers, one side overlooks the pool facing towards the gulf with nice views, the other side looks over the road towards the city. The other tower should be avoided at all costs as most of the rooms either face directly towrds the side of the other tower giving either no view of anything but concrete while the other side faces the hotel next door. Whilst the rooms aren't too small the furniture must be around 20 years old, I tries to open one of the drawers only to have it come away in my hands, the surface on the bath was peeling over the entire surface which was ok whilst showering but forget taking a bath. We loved Clearwater but would recommend that you do not stay here, try the Clearwater Beach resort or the Adams Mark instead.
Not What You Think....
This hotel is not what you may think from the advertising that they do on the internet. First the hotel is not on the actual Gulf, it is on the inlet to the Gulf. There is no beach, there is a brick wall for the water to hit against. Watch out for the step going onto the balcony, they do have "Watch Your Step" signs posted but they are down by the floor. I reserved three rooms for three nights, when we got there they tried to argue with us and tell us that we only had two rooms, so be sure to take your confirmation number(s). When we got to our rooms, one of them was dirty and had hair everywhere (bathroom, bed, etc...). The other one we found out that the air conditioning did not blow cold air and we were told that there was really nothing that could be done about that. In our third room, the pillows and mattress smelled like sweat.
When we called on this one we were told that it was probably the actual pillow and mattress and not the pillow cases and sheets and they never brought us new pillows. This hotel is definitely not worth the money that it will cost you to stay there.
Not as Marketed
After reading and researching this hotel I was confident I had made a good choice by staying there. Upon my arrival there, no one wanted to wait on us. The bellhop had to ask the desk clerks, who were busy talking to each other, if they would wait on us. Then we went to our room. The bedding was dirty. The bedspread was brown and filthy with dirt, the chairs had food on it, it smelled, the walls looked like someone had peed on it. That's just the beginning of the hotel cleanliness.
Also, if you plan on staying there, make sure you have the entire amount of the stay available on one credit card or you'll be getting called from the front desk. They put a HOLD on the ENTIRE amount on your credit card at check in. I was not aware of that policy beforehand. Also, if you paid for and receive a gulffront room, they mean exactly that. There is no sand...no beach...you are ON THE FRONT of the water. You'll also have a lovely view of the parking lot.
My friend and I checked out the next morning and went to Adam's Mark Resort which was right on the beach and very very clean and courteous.
Only stay at the Ramada if you have low expectations and do not want customer service. For 20 more dollars a night, stay somewhere else.
TripAdvisor Reviews Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach
Travel Blogs from Clearwater
... went to see "American Sniper" at the IMAX theatre, followed by dinner and drinks at a local restaurant. The day went quickly, and we were on the road again towards Texas, just passing through Mississippi and Alabama so fast we barely had time to notice the state line signs.
This morning we're south of Houston in a hotel just three miles from NASA and the Houston Space Center. We're both excited to see the Space Center today. ...
... sand castles. I snapped a photo of this older couple walking down the beach with their adult son, hand in hand just living in the moment. The water there was crystal clear and the sand was very fine and filled with many varieties of sea shells. We stayed as late as we could watching the sunset directly ahead of us dropping behind the clouds at water level. Just gorgeous! We vowed to return there and stay for a few days during our next Florida visit ...
... to the waterproof boys whose veins are filled with antifreeze. While standing on a bridge waiting for Reuben and Alex to come down a log flume ride called Tidal Wave, the crinkly adults were pleased to hear a regular visitor yakking about how busy the place was in summer, when the temperature soars and humidity hits 90, and the queues go on for miles. After a good lunch at the ...
... probably gone to sleep had he carried on droning.
Time for breakfast.
So much choice in Gatwick. We walked quickly past the throngs of true English holiday makers getting their beers and vodkas in at 9:30am and made our way to breakfast. As we were eating, Emma managed to wow us with subliminal facts* about the origins of Speedy Gonzales and a Dr Dre sample in some terrible pop song.
The flight had luckily made up it's original delay ...
... do really cool tricks. The thing l liked doing the best was petting the stingrays. I also learned a lot when I was here. I learned that Winter was found with her mom, her mom was found waiting with her. I also learned that Winter was found when she was 3 months old. After we saw all of that the aquarium was closing so we decided to leave. I had a really great day. ...