Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort
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Well, after filling the gas tank one last time and a nice breakfast at iHop, we pulled into Great Alaskan Holidays and said our farewell to Minnie.
I hope that her travels during this summer and beyond will bring the same amount of enjoyment to her renters as she shared with Chris and I.
Traveling back to "The Lower 48" from Anchorage is a long ordeal! At least if you are going to Florida!
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The forecast was cloudy but it ended up being a gorgeous day. The temperature was 86 degrees but with a pretty strong wind it kept us pretty cool! We went for breakfast at the Clear Sky Beachside Cafe which was very yummy. I went to the beach and Dave and Lauren went to the pool. It was very windy at the beach so after some towel time and a ...
Bags packed, credit card fully loaded, dollars in my pockets, rise early to get to the airport (Gatwich) for our flight to Tampa. Had a beer at the airport and then boarded our flight. Arrived in Tampa, bright blue sky with a temp of 82F, perfect:) LA picked us up, thanks buddy and we went back to the house to unpack and load the bike for the weekend. Dawn turned up to ride down to Quaker Steak & Lube for bike night, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort Saint Pete Beach
Finally a accurate review!!!!
I would like to give a review that finally fits the Sandpiper!! The beaches, pools and the staff are absolutely incrediable!! The room was very comfortable, maybe needs a bit of updating. I read the negative reviews before I arrived and I called three times requesting a QUIET, gulfside and top floor room. I was granted 1 of the 3, a quiet room. I understand the noise from the next door bar can be awful and it was very loud, very late!!! The use of the Island Grand pools and recreation was to good to be true!!! My family and I would go back in a heartbeat, but only if I was guarenteed a quiet room. I say close down the bar with less than 20 people in it, and this is a five star hotel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Won't stay at the Sandpiper again.
My first impression of the hotel was the shabby carpet near the elevator. The room was comfortable, and the towels were plush and plentiful. What ruined my experience was the loud noise from the bar at a property next door. The recorded music never stopped, and was so loud that I heard it clearly and mercilessly, even with my television on. I complained to the staff at the Sandpiper, and they took my comments very lightly. I would not stay there again.
Stayed here on Sept 21, 2003 and left after 1 night. This is a old hotel. It looks fairly nice on the outside - grounds are kept up but on the inside - It is a run down place that needs to close and be remodeled. The elevators are dirty and unkept. The hallway carpet is dirty and smelly and looks like it might have been cleaned five years ago. The room has the same old smelly carpet - We have a 9 month old and we were afraid and never put her down on the floor - yuk. The furniture was very out of date, there was a stove but no microwave. very old kitchen area, cabinets were old wooden junky crap. There were very few A/C outlets. The bathroom was large and in fairly good shape and had a large sink counter (about 4 feet wide) this was probably the nicest part of the room.Little TV's, air cond blows directly on the beds - but was cold if you like cold. Room was very noisy as you could eaisly hear early morning outside activitys that woke us up. Forgot to deadbolt door and maid entered room at 8:30am ?? HELLO!! it's only 8:30am I don't need my room cleaned. This is NOT A RESORT. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. Front desk staff very nice.
Their Web site promotes this hotel as "Removed, quiet and inviting, The Sandpiper is the TradeWinds more intimate side. It is the Florida beach experience of relaxed, tropical solitude."The room was nice, a mini-suite, with a bedroom and sitting room. That's the only good thing about the place.The first night, people seemed to be running past our room all night shouting. I think it must have been echoing off their enclosed pool, as they couldn't all have been shouting. Could they?We asked to be moved to a quieter room. So, they put us directly across from the bar next door, which had very loud karaoke from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.! We had to drag a mattress into the sitting area and sleep on the floor. That way we only heard the noise from the pool.We checked out early so we could go home and get some sleep. They had mischarged us for something. After about 30 minutes, they finally got the credit on our bill, never apologized, but seemed annoyed that they had to bother.To top it all off, our credit card was charged not only for our bill, but there was another charge for three times the amount!This is probably the absolute worst experience I've ever had -- and amazingly, from a hotel with a good reputation.
Had a wonderful time at the Sandpiper the first week of September 2003. Arrived on a rainy day (Tropical depression Henri was on its way) and the staff upgraded me to a gulf-view room. I was travelling alone and found the site clean, safe, and pleasant. After the weather cleared, I was out on the beach many nights until midnight and always felt safe and secure. There were a few problems; mainly that they did not have pay-for-view movies, one of the elevators did have a terrible smell, the hotel group now only includes the Sandpiper and Island Grand, and the Internet service was extremely slow. I did choose this hotel for some of its reported amenities and was a little disappointed that information found online was not correct. Hopefully, someone has taken care of this discrepancy. All-in-all, my trip was great. I had a very relaxing, refreshing time and enjoyed the city of St. Petersburg. The staff at the Sandpiper was great. They informed me that the hotel will be refurbished and this makes the Tradewinds Sandpiper even more attractive for future visits. I'll be back to St. Pete Beach and the Tradewinds for their hospitality and gorgeous beaches.
Beach is great
Can someone please get this place revamped - it stank! Surely everyone knows that carpet and a wet bodies do not mix - what do we get MILDEW. The location @ the beach was great - but the corridors and rooms really let the side down. I requested a non smoking room - apparently there are no such distinctions - our room was heaving of stale smoke which made it feel very dirty. The housekeeping was great though and the free internet access ( albeit very slow ) was a bonus. If you are not too fussy on hygiene this place is ok but nothing above that i'm afraid.
Had a great time!
My boyfriend and I stayed the Tradewinds Sandpiper Resort on St. Pete's Beach the first week of July. The room overlooked the pool and the beach, and was a pretty good size with two double beds. The staff was wonderful, very friendly, and the beach was great (they provide private cabanas for hotel guests there and at the two other nearby Tradewind resorts). We even fell asleep in a hammock sheltered from the other guests by sea grass. It was one of the most relaxing vacations I've had in a long time...and we plan on going back soon!
The Sandpiper is part of a larger Tradewinds Resort Complex (separated by about 1/2 a mile along the beach). We were originally placed in a room facing the parking ramp and away from the beach that was smaller than a decrepit motel room with squeaky doors to boot; however, the manager on duty apologized for the room when confronted and gave our family a two room suite complete with a kitchenette and fabulous beach view for only $20 more per night. The Sandpiper is the "lower end model" of the Tradewinds Complex, but each hotel in the complex seems to have its own shortcomings in addition to higher rates. Nevertheless, the beach its on negates almost any shortcomings with the hotel itself: wonderful cabanas, a beautiful beach that the hotel sits right on, constant activities for kids and adults (at the Island Grand about a 1/2 mile away), and dozens of eateries nearby.This hotel is particularly good for families and as long as you're out and about, the less than stellar rooms will be nothing but a slight bother...the sunsets and beach are just to die for! I strongly recommend that parents and children try the snorkeling and other activities available around the hotel. Just make sure you bring a large pocketbook, lots of film, and plenty of sun block for your trip!
Not worth the price!!
Overpriced....not clean....unhelpful staff.....not worth the price in any way! This place is a has been...It may have been THE place at one time and would still be THE place if some updating were done to the hotels. This place is in definite need of a makeover and with the money people pay to go, the owners should be able to afford it!
Loved the Sandpiper!!
We have stayed here on 3 different occasions and have found this hotel a great place to stay on the beach! You must get a gulf view for fantastic sunsets and interesting beach life. The outdoor patio cafe was reasonably priced with no surprises and the outdoor bar was warm and friendly. The only tweek I found was in the room pricing. It seemed that no hotel guest paid the same rate. Interesting.