Doubletree Beach Resort by Hilton Tampa Bay / North Redington Beach
Travel Blogs from North Redington Beach
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8:00am - 10:00am We delivered a small shipment in this neighborhood. By "we" I mean that JP was out there sweating and hauling while I sat in the truck eating Parmesan garlic triscuits and cherry mixed fruit cups. The atv on the back is gone. Jp is like thank god we don't have to worry about it anymore...truthfully I had forgotten all about it days ago. We finally got some coffee at a little gas station store called ...
Arrived in Tampa around 6pm and try to take pictures and ended up having our dinner in "Columbia Restaurant" - they said they are the Oldest...? What? Restaurant? Where? Maybe in Florida, certainly not in the USA, as there is the oldest restaurant in US, Union Oyster House in Boston.... Does everybody claim themselves as the "oldest". Well that's not good enough to me; what about the best or the most delicious restaurant???... instead of the oldest. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Doubletree Beach Resort by Hilton Tampa Bay / North Redington Beach
The place to stay!
We did alot of research on this website as to where to stay. We definitely picked the right hotel. Everyone was wonderful! We were there for Hurricane Charley and the staff was extremely helpful. The rooms were nice, actually had queens size beds, beautiful view of the ocean, the tiki bar was so much fun. It is right outside the hotel next to the pool. The pool could have been bigger. The rentals for the waverunners is right on the beach next to the hotel too, very convenient. The parking is free and sheltered from the sun. Dont' stay anywhere else! If you go the food in the hotel is good but go next door for breakfast, Blue something, it was great!
Beautiful Beach Location
This Hilton is an older property that appears to be well updated. We stayed in room 309 and it was clean and fresh. The view is wonderful, as you are steps to the beach. The pool is clean and clear and the temperature is maintained at 76 degrees. I asked for a quiet room, as I am a light sleeper and had a morning meeting. The first night was reasonable but the second night was noisy as I was placed 2 floors up and 2 doors down from the Tiki Bar. If you want a quiet room, ask to be placed farther down. I would stay here again because the location is great and the client base is lo-key. The front desk staff were very efficient and courteous. A good bet if you want a relaxing beachfront location, for sunning and reading. The resort appears to be suited for middle age and retirees...not many children.
I like Hilton hotels, but this was the worst I have ever stayed at. I reserved and paid for a non smoking Gulf View Room, but the only room available was a smoking room that smelled terrible.
We moved to a cheaper inland view room, but could not get a credit for the difference, and were offered nothing by the management for our inconvenience or overpayment. Our room was dirty, and smelled stale. The "frozen" drinks we got from the bar by the pool were warm and tasted bad.
It's the view...
We stayed here for 4 nights March 2004. The room is spacious with a fantastic view of the gulf. The beach is right out the door of the hotel. These are the main things you are paying for, when I think about the room rate, 289/night!!!! We had the "beach bonanza" package, which includes breakfast and a cabana each day, which you definitely want if you need any protection from the sun, there is no shade except near the tiki bar/deck. The pool is small, but was not too crowded. They keep it at 76degrees, felt great as the water in the gulf was still a little too chilly at times. This is definitely a place for hanging out on the beach. It's good for families with small kids. Not alot of spring breakers there. Even on the weekend, basically there were mostly locals who came to the beach. Plenty of room on the sand. My only complaint regarding the beach/outdoor areas is the constant smell of cigarette smoke and the continous tiki bar music (bad wedding songs played over and over). The room was clean, but I agree with one of the other reviewers that the carpet could use a good scrubbing or be replaced.
The drapes in our room didn't seem to work right and there was a cigarette burn. The beds were fairly comfortable. The shower was wonderful, towels nice and fluffy. They are converting the minibars into plain refrigerators, but ours was tiny and kind of warm, so I asked for a real refrigerator and got one right away, no extra charge, thankfully. When we arrived, it was early, but they had a room ready.
There is some renovation occurring, painting the exterior. Ask for a room away from this. The work should be completed later this spring.
The gift shop was closed. There is no fitness room. There is one restaurant, food is good. Employees very nice, but service a little slow. You will need a car to find other restaurants along Gulf Boulevard.Overall, I think it is a nice hotel, but the price is too high. Try to stay when the rates go down. I recommend getting the package we had, because it was only 20/night more to get breakfast and the beach cabana. Don't be afraid to stay here. It's a little pricey, but the view is wonderful.
I am currently staying at this property. When I first saw the room, I was thrilled with the view. However, after walking around the room for a few hours, I noticed the bottoms of my socks were almost black. There were also pieces of some black gunk (raisins I hope!) on them and worked into the carpet. The carpet is visibly dirty. There are crackers and a bottle cap under one of the beds. I spoke with guest services and the manager and both parties were very apologetic, but I think its mostly lip service. I was very polite about my complaint and they offered to move us to another room, but I don't want to pack up just to move to what is more than likely another poorly cleaned room (the carpet needs cleaning not vacuuming). The service at the restaurant was terrible despite there being only a few patrons. So, I went down the street to Shells (delicious!) but could do nothing with my leftover shrimp because there is no microwave in any of the rooms. The cordless phone does not work. The remote control to the TV does not work completely (can't use the on-command). A comfoter has blood stains on it (yuk). The fridge is dirty, moldy, and smells. Furthermore there is no on site store: I had to walk to the Circle K for tums. The scenery is beautiful but Hilton had nothing to do with that. I am very disappointed but not upset...this is not usual for a Hilton property.
We were at the Double Tree at Cocoa Beach (a part of the Hilton family) prior to comming here and everything was perfect there. I have to say this is probably the dirtiest romm I've ever stayed in for any price.
Had a great time
Had a great time at this hotel. The room was nice, the staff was friendly, and we received everything we asked for or needed. The beach right out the back door is fantastic. The pool is wonderful too. No complaints.
Very nice, relaxing hotel
I have stayed at this hotel 5 times in the last 4 years and I just love it! The rooms are nice, the hotel staff is excellant and the food is surprisingly good for hotel food. There is not a lot of nightlife in the area but the hotel has it's own tiki bar with some live music on the weekends. The hotel is in a very nice part of town and there are some beautiful houses and condos to look at if you like to drive around. I am very pleased with this relaxing, clean hotel and am planning on staying there again soon.
Enjoyed Our Stay
We were looking for a place on the Gulf to relax and we found it. We were there 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our Gulfview room w/balcony.
Our room was clean, big and quiet. On Friday night they had hula dancers at the Tiki bar and a great buffet which included made to order steaks. There didn't seem to be much to do in the area, but we didn't care as our purpose was to relax and enjoy the sun.
Hard Days by the pool at the Hilton
Not having been to Redington Beach on the gulf, decided to stay at the Hilton because of previous good luck with this hotel chain.This was a good location on the beach. The rooms were comfortable and attractive with a small balcony overlooking the gulf. One drawback was the lack of comfortable lounge chairs on the pool deck. They were all VERY HARD PLASTIC CHEAPIES!!! Of course, for twenty dollars a day, you could RENT one situated on the beach. These of course came with cushions!!! (I felt the amount we were being charged at the hotel would have been sufficient to include a padded lounge chair. Our other problem was encountered when we were checking out. The previous day, I had secured the services of the concierge on duty, and he assured me that our transportation limo would pick us up at exactly 8:30 the next morning. It didn't arrive!!!Other arrangements had to be made and it all resulted in a mad dash through the airport to keep from missing our flight. It might be added that the employee at the front desk of the hotel took a completely "so what, what do you want me to do about it", attitude. Would I stay at this hotel again. Unfortunately, NO. The Tiki bar at this hotel is the only one on the beach, and the food and drinks are good. There is however, only one bartender and one waitress for the entire outside area, which is also open to the general public.
A nice place
We just got back from a 4 day stay at the Hilton North Redington Beach hotel (4/21/03). The hotel is very nice. It's an older hotel, but the rooms were fresh and clean, and the lobby is nicely done too. It is definitely kept up to "Hilton standards". There are only 2 elevators and they run fairly slow-- that is the only real complaint I can provide. We were on the 5th (top floor), and then 4th floor (we moved to a gulf-side room the second day) which I would recommend. (they added $20.00 per day for the gulf side room-- well worth it.)The food is good and reasonably priced. The location is good and quiet. If you want a lot of "action" you should stay at the Hilton in Clearwater (about 15 miles straight down the road). There isn't much to do, and nothing but other hotels/condos, and a few restaurants w/i walking distance. You can rent cabanas ($20/day), a catamaran (20/hr), kayaks, and waverunners (40/hr.) directly on the beach in front of the Hotel. I would definitely stay there again. I booked through expedia and therefore they d not honor my Hilton Honors card.The staff were friendly and helpful.