Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
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Historical Traveler Reviews Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove Saint Petersburg
Stayed here with wife and kids for a week on a peewee hockey trip. I did not select the hotel and was skeptical. No need for that, this place is great. The pool, gardens, bay side is very tropical and much more than you would expect for the price. Don't hesitate to book here.
Great Hotel and service. Staff some of the best I have seen. The grounds of this hotel is very tropical.
Good but not perfect
Just returned from a quick trip to St. Petersburg. We only spent 2 nights here as we split the trip up between 2 hotels in different areas. This hotel had good points and bad points but overall was a good choice. The directions given by the hotel website were very confusing-there is no street sign indicating the same name the hotel uses for it's address. We ended up driving around for 30 minutes and getting caught on the interstate over the 15 mile long bridge before we finally figured out where the hotel was. (I suggest maybe calling the hotel before hand to get directions once you get off the interstate).
Once we found the hotel, it was easy to get around and we were very close to grocery stores, Kmart and family friendly restaurants. The hotel is on a bay beach next to a marina with a beautiful view of the skyway bridge and nice sunrises, however on the other side is interstate I-275. The hotel was quiet, and the staff was extremely polite and helpful. (The jacuzzi needs better cleaning though.) We ate at the hotel restaurant one night (because it smelled so good from outside) , our waiter was polite but the wait for the food was so long.
Our appetitzers were delicious but the main course was bland. If you want a quiet beach experience, the hotel is a quick trip to Fort De Sota which is an undeveloped state park area named the #1 beach in continental US and if not, the hotel is also close to the more traditional beaches along the coast (where you fight for parking) and other tourist sites like the beautiful St. Petersburg Pier and Sunken Gardens. Overall, this hotel is a good choice for families, it is quiet, there is room to relax and play areas for the kids. If you are looking for a luxury spot on large beach with lots of excitement don't stay here.
Better than it looks, but...
at first appearance, it struck me as not so great. the buildings are old, but the insides of the rooms have obviously been remodeled. my room had a nice size fridge and a king size bed. pillows were better than some more expensive hotels i've been to. it was clean and nicely decorated with double glass to shield outside noises. my only complaint was the climate control. being used to central air conditioning with humidity control, the "window" a/c was noisy and hard to control the humidity level. it was plenty cold, though. the gym was very nice with plenty of cardio and a universal station. quite large considering.i would definately go there again if ever in the st. pete area.
The adverting brochures in my opinion are misleading...we booked a 4 night stay with this hotel 4 years ago for our long awaited vacation.
It was not a very nice spot. I wrote the hotel after we got back home and let them know i was upset and disappointed. 18 tropical acres...well it may be 18 acres but they are not tropical...its on a major highway....2 pools and jacuzzi - No one would ever want to swim in these pools of algae. The jacuzzi was green and slimy, not exactly a romantic time....and the list goes on and on....
Lovely bay view, nice playground and pools
Stayed over the 4/4 for an anniversay getaway in a bay view room. The room was clean, but, had some some maintanence problems such as a leaky air conditioner. Our view was wonderful of the bay and skyway bridge!
There were 2 nice pools, sand volleyball, and a nice playground. The restaurant had large portions and food equal to Olive Garden in price/taste. If staying with kids request a courtyard view room for easy access to the pool, grass, and play area. I wouldn't recommend bay or marina view with kids due to the fact the seawall and water are very close to the rooms and would be nervous of little ones. If you are looking to stay at the beach this is not the place for you because the "beach" is some sand along the bay where they rent jet skis. The "true beach" is about a 15 minute drive. If you just like to look at the water this is fine as it has easy access to I-295 to get to area attractions. Overall we were pleased as it suited our needs.
Was very worried when I first pulled into the parking lot. From the parking lot it appears to be a cheap motel off the highway. Its not until you go in the back that you see the beauty of this place. The pool is beautiful with a great view of the water and swaying palm trees. The gardens are nice and very well maintained. The rooms are sufficient. nothing more than the basic. Its basically budget motel accomadations combined with resort like amenities. nice staff, friendly. Recommended!! Also the beach bar is very cool. entertainment on some days.
Had a great time
What a great Resort we found. It is off a Interstate but the Gardens of the property were far beyond what we have seen at other properties. The rooms are maybe a little smaller than average but we did not care. We went to Florida to see things and enjoy the Sun. The Resort has two nice pools and is located on Tampa Bay. Not the Gulf of Mexico but the prices were allot more reasonable. They have Tennis and a very nice Beach Bar to relax in.The rooms were clean and the staff was extreamly friendly. We will go back and tell all our friends about this place.
Nice location, but...
I recently stayed there for a week and found the hotel somewhat disappointing. The room was not cleaned prior to check in. It was also not very well maintained. There were stains on the carpet, gouges in the wall, inconsistent water temperatures in the shower. House keeping never really cleaned the room completely. The bathroom was always dirty. The food in the restaurant was just OK. Nice view and the service was good.The heated pool looked like it was green from algae (it may have been clean but it didn't look all that appealing to swim in). However, the non-heated pool was nice. Given a choice, I would likely never stay there again.
Holiday Inn Marina Cove was sufficient
I was in St. Petersburg a couple of weeks ago for a business trip. This hotel was nice. The only thing I was wary about was that the rooms were accessed from the parking lot, and that there were no elevators to get luggage up to the 2nd floor rooms. Once we arrived, we saw that there was security on duty 24 hours. The room was sufficient - mine had 2 double beds, small fridge, coffee maker, and a hair dryer. Nothing fancy, but housekeeping was great. After eating breakfast at the restaurant one morning - we didn't go back, but found other places to eat on the way in to work. Since it was a business trip, we didn't spend a lot of time hanging out poolside so I can't speak to that.
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... Mama, which we both got, in the souvenir Fish Bowl. It was Ok, I think that was the only one for those I ordered.
Got our passes for the Spa for the duration. only thing they were missing in the Spa was the heated stone loungers, but we survived without them.
Our sailaway was right on time, and we headed towards blue water.