Plaza Beach Hotel - Beachfront Resort
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Well what can I say....kicking back at the beach and doing absolutely nothing is an awesome way to wind down from a big drive across the country..The Beach is practically empty due to the Hurricane, but this weekend it will be chocka block with it being the Labour day long weekend..As we walk along the beach you can see the different hotels gearing …
We have one week under our belts at home in Florida. The joys of travel and homecoming have now faded with the reality of taking care of business.
As I wrote last week we did some pressing essentials right away but instead of decreasing, our "to do" list seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. This morning I scheduled appointments for repairs to our dishwasher, ice maker and wine fridge. They all decided to let us know they been missing us!
... social security card so I had to also make a trip to the SS Office where there were many unhappy people. Their reception systems issues a number based on the services you need and once the numbers started to be called many individuals were sure their number should be called first. Quite a lot of grumbling ensued and I tried to start a cheerful conversation with the people seated near me. After ...
For the holidays I am back in my personal "city by the bay", Tampa,Fl.. I'm sure you know it for its beaches, busch gardens, and all that other touristy stuff. But I am more into the lesser known, so I am here today to tell you that Tampa is home to the longest continuous, unbroken sidewalk in ...
... bags off him for fear he would break his back!! (he could hardly lift them, let alone carry them to my car)! Sat on the beach looking at the pier at sunset. Wrote postcards whilst sitting on the sand, watching pelicans swoop for fish in the sea in front of me. It's as idilic as it sounds! Was sitting on the balcony this evening, catching up on some emails-but kept hearing rattles from the trees below me ...(I think it was a snake-eeeeep!!) -so came inside ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Plaza Beach Hotel - Beachfront Resort Saint Pete Beach
Just what we needed
The Plaza Beach Resort is an amazing place!!! I will highly recommend it to anybody. Reasonable rates very clean rooms and a friendly staff. I will never forget the beach either I stayed there for one week and never had any problems. I talked to some loyal guest, (Some of them have been coming for 22 Years!) and I can see why they all come back! Stay here and you will not regret it.
It's a MOTEL not a HOTEL
We were shocked on turning into this property to see that it is just a motel and not the hotel we were expecting. We had booked a double room with private balcony but there are no private balconies just a communal balcony that runs down both sides of the building. If we'd stayed there then we would have had to keep the curtains closed all day. On the plus side - the rooms seemed clean and the bed linen was clean. We didn't even stay for one night, just got back into the car and drove down to the Dolphin Beach where we had a brilliant time.
Like another review, we never actually got to stay here. Pre-booked & pre-paid the room for my family and I before leaving the UK. On arrival I was met at reception by a gentleman wearing a grubby vest who seemed under a lot of pressure. I presented him with a letter of confirmation and was told that they only had a 1 bedroom apartment left. Which was no good to us, as we had our 3 kids with us. I pointed out that I had quite clearly booked an Efficiency with 2 double beds and a pull out sofa.Rather rudely I was told that I shouldn't use a booking agency as they are a pain in the *ss and in future should book directly with them. This is probably because their in house rates are $30 per night more than the agreed rates with booking company. After a long day travelling we left and booked into the Holiday Inn and had a very pleasant stay. A McJ
Actually stayed at sister property BayFront
We had plans to stay here as it was economical and had decent reviews on this site. It was one better when we found a coupon for it in one of the roadside magazines. WE actually stayed at the sister property..the BayFront...across the street. Very nice efficiency..homey feel..very clean. Furnishings a bit "dated" but in good working order. There was everything we needed! My only complaint is the bed in Room # 8 is VERY firm..yikes..i was more comfy on the little couch. I would go back again...family run and very accomdating.We went down road to convient grocery and bought steaks and cooked out on grill..watching sunset..then took a dip in pool..then walk down road for ice cream.
It's a MOTEL
One of the most notable differences from the advertisements and the place is that the actual name is really The Plaza Beach Resort Motel.
It looks all the part of a motel as well. 2 floors, no elevator. Not too handy is you are elderly or with a baby, like we were. The place is clean, but in a 70's motife, with a small pool and a cheesy mini-golf course. Not at all what we had in mind for a once a year vacation, or led to believe from the motel's website or reviews from this site. I immediately wanted to leave. After forfeiting the first night's deposit we checked into the Don CeSar and had a wonderful time. The Plaza is cheap, but you get what you pay for.
No private balconies!!
We have previously stayed at the Sirata and wanted something a little quieter, so we booked an effiency at the Plaza Beach. The grounds were a bit dated, but very clean, as were the rooms, refurbished and totally non smoking. Our very small unit came with a fully equipped kitchen and a very large 32" t.v. However, just two out of the 39 units have private balconies, so we felt like prisoners in our room. We had to have our curtains closed all of the time because guests were constantly passing our room in order to get to the pool and beach. They have a great spot on the beach, next to the public beach, where you can rent chairs and umbrellas, because the Plaza does not provide them. If you are looking for a very clean, slow paced spot within walking distance to shopping and restaraunts, this is the one for you. We did not have our older kids with us, but they would have been very bored with the low keyed activities: shuffleboard, a foosball table, a giant chess game and a shabby putt putt game.
Great - family owned - they care!
Robert and his staff (this is a family-owned business) at the Plaza Beach Resort are great! I loved the family atmosphere and the relaxed attitude of everyone there. We booked with him at the last minute because we were so miserable at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites down the beach from him, and they were wonderful. The room was cozy, and they did everything they could to make us happy during our stay. There was a true sense that he and his staff really care about his clients and value repeat business. Next time I visit St. Pete Beach, I'll definitely book there!
Lost our reservations!
We never got to stay there. They had our reservations for the wrong date, even though I had an E-mail to prove the dates I said were correct. Then they charged our visa for a"no show" !! watch giving any credit card info to them and check your reservations! I even had a confirmation# and they lost that!
Best Resort on the Beach
I high recommend this property. I am very picky about where I stay; I took a chance with this property and will never go elsewhere on St.Pete Beach. The Plaza Beach Resort is family owned and you can see the attention to detail in how clean the rooms are. They have full kitchens in all the rooms, high speed Internet, 32’ televisions, a huge pool overlooking the beach and in walking distance to the grocery store and about 20 restaurants. What else can you ask for? Try it and you’ll see.
It was a great value. Our room had a great view of the Gulf of Mexico and had everything we could ask for. Everything from a grocery store to gift shops and restaurants were within walking distance, just across the street at the Dolphin Village Shopping Center. The family that owns the property was very nice and you can tell that they work hard to keep the place looking as perfect as it is. Highly recommended.