Shephard's Beach Resort
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TravelPod Member ReviewsShephard's Beach Resort Clearwater
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Historical Traveler Reviews Shephard's Beach Resort Clearwater
First of All, I want to state that I never write reviews.. Second, I take all reviews into consideration before making a reservation, however, the "wife" wanted to stay here because of the "night club"..We are in our early 30's and like to party. We are night people, so the thought of the "boom, boom" from the night club til 2 am didnt bother us, we went on Sunday night, which was a 15 dollar cover and $ 1 dollar drinks... Not bad, although we are from NY and have much better club music, the DJ was average.We stayed in room 502 at the suggestion of another reviewer, THANKS !!!! The view was awesome and we had quiet neighbors and our own "private" elevator to the restaurant and beach ..Speaking of beach LISTEN UP PEOPLE... If you are going to complain about things like Shephards small beach.. Stay the **** home.. Its Friggin' Clearwater beach people, a short drive over the bridge and you have access to MILES of white sand beaches.. Get out of your hotel people, there is more to life than your own resort..Overall, I found Shephards to be exactly as described on their website, the picture of the room was identical, the food was great, the buffet is very good, breakfast was good til the screaming kids showed up..The Tiki Bar was excellent !! The bands were very good and the drinks strong !! Say hi to Fred the bartender.. Make sure to try the Grouper nuggets..The staff was very accomodating and friendly , even when we checked in at midnight our first night.. The room was very clean and we had an excellent maid. MAKE SURE YOU TIP THEM CHEAPOS!
Fun Time due to the Beach, Not the Hotel
My husband and I, both in our late 20's, my sister-in-law (21) and stepdaughter (8) just returned from Shephard's and although we had a great time, it was NOT due to the hotel. We got to Shephard's and I went to check while my family waited in the car. I was handed a parking pass, and when I went to park, we realized that we were required to park on the 5th floor of the parking garage, despite open spaced on every floor below us. Without the help of a bell-hop or even a luggage cart, we dragged our bags onto the elevator and down to our "poolside" floor, only to get off the elevator and find that we had no idea how to get to our room. There were no signs on the walls, people to help, etc.
We moved around for 15 minutes looking for our room or someone to help us until we finally found it. Went to open the door and it was stuck shut. We had to go back to the lobby and get someone to help us open the door - he assured us that maintenance would be there in the morning to look at the door. That never happened and consequently, we needed to get someone to open the door for us every time we went into the room.
Because housekeeping coldn't get into our room , our room was never cleaned, despite our complaints, the whole three days we were there. We had to hunt down the maids and get fresh towells and TP from them.
Additioanlly, the room itself was awful. Smelled horrible, the air-conditioner leaked, and the bathrooms didn't look like they'd had a cleaning in 10 years.
Despite this, we managed to have fun at the Tiki bar, the outside bar that serves good drinks and decent food. The beach is tiny, but we found room to sit, and the jet-ski rental is convenient and reasonable.
I would not go back again (maybe only to hang out at the Tiki Bar). The entire room experience was frustrating and disgusting
Dinner at the Buffet
We LOVED the SEAFOOD BUFFET so much that we came back the next night and had such good service that if WE ever visit Clearwater Beach again WE plan on staying at Shepards Resort. The service we recieved was great and the other guests were polite and friendly. I had never been to Clearwater before this trip but in Illinois you can only dream about seafood that good and I do very often. You all should praise and recommend Shepards as often as you can. We will always make a extra special effort to stop at Shepards and have dinner as often as possible when in Cleaarwater Beach. We LOVE Clearwater Beach and plan to move there some day soon...........
Not a beach resort
If you are looking for a beach vacation, this is not the place for you.
The beach area is just a little bigger than my backyard. The food was great but beach wise it's awful. It was not what I expected. The place looks nicer on the internet
One way to ruin a vacation
We stayed in the penthouse and the water was yellow, the air conditioner was broken (in August), anyone could walk up on our balcony, the room was old and run down, and the Tiki bar music could be heard well into the morning hours. The general manager of the resort acted like a child defending his favorite team when we approached him with the air conditioner problem. He interrupted us stating that they hadn't caused us any inconvenience at all and that is wasn't their fault and these things happen. It took them six hours to get the room cool enough to even be tolerable and that way at 11:30 at night. It was terrible. Don't stay here if you wan't to enjoy your vacation because if something goes wrong, you are not going to be helped.
Room was clean. Got the non-smoking room we requested. Microwave and frig. was a pleasant surprise -- not noted in literature. Wish we had known about it -- We would have planned accordingly. Loved the Tiki bar.-- with boats and skeedoos docked nearby it looked very tropical.
But we were disapointed with the tiny beach area. No long walks on the beach (or even short walks on the beach). Great live music at night -- nice if you like the club scene -- not so nice if you want to relax in your room before midnight -- it was very loud -- and our room was pretty far from the beach/club.
Avoid at all costs
Avoid at all costs, unless you happen to be a twenty something that parties till the wee hours of the morning every day. This is definitely not a family resort in spite of what the management may tell you prior to making your reservation. To begin with, be sure and check your reservation confirmation letter very carefully. I made the mistake of not checking it carefully, and to my surprise was told that I did not have a reservation the day we checked in. It seems that the person who took my reservation heard June instead of July and I was told that I had therefore forfeited my 2 days advance deposit. However they just happened to have a poolside suite available for the next four nights, which corresponded precisely with the dates, we had originally planned. We made the mistake of reserving that poolside suite. The mind-numbing repetitive music from their adjacent Tiki-Bar starts early in the afternoon daily and becomes progressively louder as the day wears on, reaching a wall vibrating peak at 9 PM and continuing until 11 PM. Then when you think its finally over and you start to doze off dont be surprised if you are awakened at 2:30 A.M. as we were, by a group of loud obnoxious drunks who decided to congregate just outside our bedroom after exiting the night-club next door. It took 2 calls to the front desk and another 30 frustrating minutes before security showed up to vacate the drunks. By this time I was so livid, it took me several hours to doze off again. Their beach area is one of the smallest of any seaside resort we have ever seen, becoming almost non-existent daily at high tide. To make matters worse, they have two rows of beach chairs that take up a considerable percent of the beachfront. Hotel guests cannot use these beach chairs without paying an additional daily rental fee. For those of you who enjoy barbequing, you can forget it; barbequing is not allowed on the property or on the beach. The pool area also has a heated spa which was nice, but dont be surprised to see couples making out in it (again not a family resort). The rooms were acceptable but just barely; dont try to use the hair-dryer while the microwave is running. When we tried it, the circuit breaker blew. Their parking facilities are also problematic. They have ground level parking for a scant few vehicles, with an extremely narrow multi-level parking garage for all others. However, hotel guests are not allowed to park below level D. The first three levels are reserved for valet parking of their nightclub guests only. On two occasions we came with-in a few inches of being side swiped by valets speeding recklessly through their parking garage. Needless to say we shall never return to this resort.
My husband and I stayed here on our honeymoon the first week of June 2003. We arrived to find a bottle of champange chilling in our room which was a great touch. We stayed in a tower room on the 5th floor. The view of the ocean was wonderful! Our room was on the end of the hotlel closest to the water (rm 502). Had we been down the hall, the view would have been over the parking lot and not quite as nice Be sure to request an end room if the view is important. The room itself had a fridge, microwave and balcony. We loved it. The hotel is in a good location - within walking distance to Clearwater beach, shops, and all sorts or great open air bars and resturants. The hotel does have a small private beach that always had plenty of room for us had we wanted to sit out there. While on the hotel beach one afternnon, we rented a wave runner, and while I was on the beach waiting for my husband to come back in, two dolphins went swimming by 100 yards out. It was amazing! We spent most of our time in the pool area. The pool itslef was a little small, but fine for a quick dip to cool off. There were plenty of chairs to lounge on and we never felt crowded. The tiki bar and inside bar were both always a lot of fun. Great music, fun people, happy hour from 4-7 M-F! The food at the resturant was outstanding. We had 3 seperate meals there - all the buffet. We had the Sunday champagne brunch, dinner, and the lunch. I would recommend all of them! The only thing I didn't like was the nightclub they have. Because of it, Friday and Saturday night have a real spring break atmosphere and the bass from the club vibrates through the tower until 2:00 AM. Were 27, so it really wasn't a big deal beacause we were usually out late anyway, but had we been older, I think it would have been more of an issue. I imagine staying in the pool side rooms would be a better choice if you want to get away from the club noise. Overall Shephards is a great place to stay. I would recommend it to anyone! I liked that it had resturants, bars, aave to leave our hotel to have a fun day/night! One more thing - go on the Sea Screamer at the marine. It's a dolphin watching boat and speedboat all in one. Saw LOTS of dolphin practicaly jumping in the boat!
We loved Shephard's..sofa beds available
We had a wonderful family vacation in Nov 2001 at Clearwater Beach . Shephard's resort provided the best room accomodations for the dollar!!! Our teen girls really never saw too many other teens the whole week, luckily we met another family of boys staying at the motel, and they enjoyed jet-skiing together. ( lots of senior citizens)At night though be prepared for your rooms in the tower building to be vibrating until 2am, when the disco below the rooms close, bring earplugs...or try a Poolside suite room. We still enjoyed the towers and private balcony, with a great view of the gulf, overlooking the parking lot , but still beautiful.
Had a very enjoyable 4 day, 4 night sojourn at Shephard's Beach Resort over Presidents' Day Weekend 2003. Made the reservation through an Expedia package, so was like buying a pig in a poke, but wife and I were very satisfied. Tower double room was comfortable for two. Can sleep six, but I wouldn't try it. Food is outstanding. The main restaurant has very reasonably priced sumptuous buffets for all three meals during the day. Unless you are a true glutton, you will not be able to eat all three meals in one day. Margaritas--the outdoor bar and lunch facility--has excellent sandwiches for lunch. Like too many places, Margarita's gratuitously loud music starts at 12:00, so pick your spot away from the speakers. (Staff was graciously willing to lower volume when asked.)Staff is usually helpful. Service isn't exactly uneven, but attitude occasionally is. Beach is very small. Recommend you walk a bit north (on the street) and get on Clearwater Beach's main beach. Ordinarily, the resort is a great value, but we were asked to pay $10 for chaise longues on the resort's beach. (Same chaise longues could be had for free at the pool. Pool towel use is also free.) We'd go back again. The resort has facilities for all ages, and, given when we went, a number of families with small and not so small children were staying and enjoying themselves. The town itself is great, having many amenities for those who wish to leave the resort (although a Dunkin Donuts on the island would be nice). Go into any Frenchy's--the Rockaway Grill on the beach is especially impressive--and try the she crab soup; you won't be disappointed. The resort has two late-night venues. Neither's noise will keep you awake, although the clientele returning from said venues may startle you a bit at 2:00 in the morning.The Web site (www.shephards.com) is fairly salacious. Although informative--it includes good photos and reproductions of menus from the place--it includes a number of photos of scantily clad young women, which have a tendency to indicate that the place is for swinging singles. It isn't, as discussed above, but the Web site hints that that's the place's target audience.
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