Marriott Suites Clearwater Beach on Sand Key
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... in this part of Florida are great improvements over the others so far. This campground is mostly used by 'snowbirds' (for our Danish readers: snowbirds are people from the northern climates who come to warm Florida to spend the winter), so we're enjoying lots of space and an uncrowded pool.
As we write we're next to the pool, sitting under a sun umbrella, probably our main activity for the day. ...
We've done lots of road trips and never have we had the challenges of just getting away from home as we did this week. We were supposed to leave the 1st and finally got away the 4th. First Isabelle came home from a missions trip in Mexico with lice. The delousing requires a lot of laundry; in the midst of that the wash machine broke.
After that the hot water heater didn't want to be upstaged ...
Having managed to scale down to 1 suitcase and getting treated to a Towncar to the Airport, my flight to Miami is delayed! I'm off the Wagon for this vacation so it's off to the airport bar I go! Thanks for the ride Carlos. The delay turned into re routing me through London and a total loss of a full day in Milan. Luckily during my Heathrow layover Nessie came to the ...
... the pool, took in the beach, drank lot's of smoothies from the DQ, ate at the Tilted Kilt, visited Tampa and the river walk, and relaxed. Lisa and I enjoyed our new XM radio and travel well ...
After leaving Cozumel for another wonderful day of cruising, relaxing on board Jewel of the Seas and enjoying the pools and fabulous food,
we returned to the Port of Tampa early this morning.
Disembarkation was a quick and easy process ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott Suites Clearwater Beach on Sand Key
My husband and I went to Clearwater for an overdue vacation. I almost cried when I checked into the Radisson. The other reviewer is right on.
The mold is such a problem here. Not only do the rooms absoultely smell but there is mold growing on the walls and ceiling. The rooms are very clean but the mold problem is so unhealthy. I have asthma so it was apparent that there was no way we were staying there. My husband could not believe that the Radisson would continue to operate such a hotel.
The renovations are currently going on in the lobby but the rooms have not been touched. The only positive side was the helpful staff. The front desk promptly called the Shearton across the street and arranged a room for our stay. I never thought I would be that person that requested another hotel but one trip here and you will be running.
Beware if allergic to mold
Just returned from a trip to Florida. Used Trip Advisor for all my planning and found the reviews to be very helpful EXCEPT for the reviews for the Radisson Suite Resort. I am baffled at all the positive reviews. My message is very important for anyone allergic to mold or who has personal standards around ventilation/air quality... you really need to know that the rooms are musty and moldy. When you walk into the rooms, you are immediately hit with a stale, mildew odor covered by fumes from heavy cleaning fluids. The ceiling in the living area of the room we checked into was covered with mold. When we went to the front desk to express our concerns, they acknowledged that this is a problem and gave us a room on the 9th floor to check out. We were told that this room was recently repainted. When we entered the second room, the walls and balcony were repainted, but the ceiling in the living area was also covered in mold. When we went down to the front desk for the third time, they asked us to check out one more room and yes... there was mold on the ceiling. Luckily, the front desk staff was very accomodating and even called around for a room at another hotel for us.
They did not seemed phased that we did not want to stay there. They told us that the entire building is going through a major renovation since the Marriott has purchased the facility. We ended up getting a room across the street at the Sheraton; very beautiful, clean, mold-free, and right on the beach.
Radisson Suite Resort on Sand Key
We (2 adults & children aged 15 & 12) stayed in adjoining rooms @ the Radisson in August 2003.The hotel was excellent; good spacious rooms with basic kitchen facilities; pleasant views and friendly, helpful staff.The pool is better than average with a fun waterfall; the only problem was the lack of poolside canopies to give protection from the sun.The snack bar serves standard fare at the usual above standard prices.There is a row of shops and restaurants alongside the hotel which promise much more. Unfortunately, most of the restaurants were disappointing; in particular the Columbia (avoid the Sangria!). The best was Backwaters, for reasonable food and friendly service. The nearby Sheraton is also good for food.The nearby beach was pebbly, a fair distance and pretty unappealing. Our children were happy to give this a miss as we heard jelly fish were present, so it wasn't a problem for us but could be for others.Clearwater Beach is a dump so we were pleased the hotel was good enough for us to pass most of our time there.
Had a Nice Time at the Resort
I was in Clearwater for a work-related conference and stayed at the Raddison. The rooms were very tidy and well cleaned by the maid service, except the remote for the tv in the living room area did not work. The view from the balcony is picturesque, over looking Clearwater Bay. The best part of the hotel is the pool. It is very clean and there are an abundance of lounge chairs for sunbathing. The pool has a phenomenal waterfall and an exercise room that overlooks the pool area.
However, the elevators take forever! If you are looking for good food, do not eat at the hotel. We ate breakfast there one morning at the buffet and decided not to return for any other meals. The pool bar offers an assortment of bar/grille food that will satisfy a mid-day hunger break. We were served a dinner and reception with our convention that was poolside and I must admit, very tasty. I'm not sure if it was catered by the same people who own the restaruant however. The most disappointing thing about the hotel was the rude front-desk staff.
Pleasantly surprised and pleased with our stay!
We just returned from a 4-day trip to the Sand Key area and a stay at the Radisson Sand Key Resort. We checked out the website(...) and read the reviews on TripAdvisor. My husband booked our rooms through Expedia and we received decent rates for our stay. Our room was quite spacious (we had 4 people in our group) and appeared pretty much as how it was depicted in the photos on the website. The room had two televisions, a separate master bedroom area (the kids slept on a sofa bed), a refrigerator and microwave, and a 4-cup coffee maker with complimentary coffee. The pool area was also as it appeared in the photos - the Boardwalk was also a short walk from the resort, which had shops, restaurants, and a small grocery store. The fitness room was adequate, it overlooked the pool area which was nice. We didn't use the kids activities, but those appeared to be well run and organized. The hotel shop was pretty reasonably priced on most items, and we ate cheap on Thursday during Happy Hour (from 4:30-6:30pm weekdays they offered 25 cent Chicken Wings and they were HUGE!!!). The only thing I really didn't like was the beach on Sand Key - it was quite a trek from the parking lot to the beach, and with my limited ablity to walk long distances, it was a hike (I am recovering from a broken leg). They did offer trolley services to the beach area, but you were on your own once you arrived in the parking area. Other than during Happy Hour, the hotel food was also really expensive, but fortunately there were several alternatives to hotel dining (Subway, Blimpie; Walgreens; Maggie Mays on the Boardwalk for Breakfast!!!) that we investigated, and I would advise taking the 5-10 minute drive to Clearwater to purchase your HOT Krispy Kremes (only $5 for a fresh HOT dozen as opposed to almost $8 at the hotel, and they are not even FRESH!!!). We also enjoyed eating at the Shepard's Walk Seafood Buffet - well worth the almost $20 per person to go at least once!! Do not go to the Island Way Grille - the food was way too pricy for what you got and the grilled food tasted plastic-like. Also, the drive from I-75 took an hour, because you had to go through downtown Tampa to get to the resort, but it is worth it for the view and the quiet location, away from the "touristy" areas, which are within a short drive. Also took about an hour to reach Busch Gardens/Adventure Island due to peak traffic (at around 10am). All in all, a great trip, but be sure to plan your stay carefully and use a web-based booking service to get your rooms cheap (and word has it that Marriott will be taking over management of this resort in the near future, so I have no idea how this will affect future amenities, prices, and such). Hope this helps, and enjoy your trip - I know we will be back at some point!!
The staff was accommodating and friendly, the pool and outdoor facilities were ok, but the renovations made in the hotel room were disappointing, it looked like they just painted over cracks and holes..our pull-out sofa stunk with urine, the pillowcases had stains, the remote for tv was not working properly...beach area location was not directly surrounding the hotel..for the price we paid for this hotel, we were expecting more---!!!
Loved the Radisson
This hotel has a fun atmosphere with a huge pool with waterfalls and live music. The staff was very friendly and compared to the other hotels in the surrounding area, this one was the "happening" one.
Relaxing location with trolley available for shopping and area beaches.
If looking for a beatiful beach make sure you take the trolley to clearwater beach instead of the one accross from the hotel. Worth it!!!!
Spent a couple of weeks here in April 2003 with my wife and two children and loved it. It is not on the beach (whoever said to the other reviewer that they would have a room on the beach has a problem) but a shortish walk over the road. That said, we were very happy with the pool area, the drop in kids club (which my eldest son could go to if he wanted a little time away from his parents!). I think the room size is reasonable compared with other all suite resorts I've stayed at in the States - a good size for 4 - a tight squeeze for 6. At the moment the suites are all the same size, but apparently as part of an expected rebranding as a Marriott, some of the suites on the upper two floors are being remodelled to be bigger if you need that. Minor gripes - the rooms were looking a bit tired - again something that is likely to change as a result of the Marriott upgrade, and,whilst they weren't dirty, they probably need a deep clean more often (bearing in mind it was Spring Break week, I suspect the cleaner was overworked as it is). Very friendly staff throughout the hotel - especially Dave in the Restaurant - and an ideal position, close to everything we wanted but away from the busy Clearwater Beach. We are already booking to go back next year.
Nice, but they leave out the details...
April 2003 we stayed at he Radisson Sand Key resort for spring break. Overall it was clean, staff was friendly, nice hotel. However, we asked to be ON the beach so the teenagers could go boogie bording, have a very roomy suite for 6 people, and vcr in our room for kids movies. We were assured all and more. What we got was an extremely small room with a 8"X8" sink they called a kitchenette, a very small bathroom w/little room, the beach was across a busy street about 200 yds and no vcr. We were cramped. The area was nice, clean and safe, but next time we'll stay across the street on the beach where we would get more for our money.
Great Views, Lots of Space, Friendly staff
I stayed here twice with family -- 2 kids, ages 2 and 5 in the past year, and our kids loved it. The staff is attentive, and the manager made a valiant effort to make things right after our first room leaked during a downpour. The rooms are spacious and have fantastic views. The pool area is nice and there is a wading pool for tikes with a very small playground that I never saw any kids playing at. The kid center was friendly -- but the highlight for the kids was Lisa the talking parrot in the lobby. But note that the beach is not very convenient -- it is across the street and behind the Sheraton, but is quite a hike with all your gear. The shuttle only leaves every half hour, so it is not too convenient. We drove in every night to the main Clearwater Beach area; it was accessible by car, with a terrific playground on the sand and several nice dining options. Clearwater Beach itself was very noisy and overrun with older folks, so the Radisson is a better choice with kids.