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TravelPod Member ReviewsTradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort Saint Pete Beach
Things were great right from the get go. We got there several hours early and our room was ready. Check-in was quick and efficient. Our room was great; gulf view, right in front of the live singer at the tiki bar.
We had a late lunch at the Flying Bridge Beach Bar. The food was very good and reasonably priced. We checked out several of the other bars & restaurants on the property and were pleased with all of them. The staff was friendly in each of our encounters.
Finally checkout the last morning was again quick and efficient. Definitely a first class stay!
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My wife and I arrived early on Saturday afternoon and although we were several hours before our check-in time, our room was ready. Check-in was a breeze. Our room was in great shape and over looked the gulf. During our stay, we had the opportunity to eat at a number of restaurants and bars on the property. All were very good. When it was time to leave, check-out was also a breeze. Overall this was a great weekend and I cannot say enough about the property or the staff. Everything was fantastic.
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Historical Traveler Reviews TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort Saint Pete Beach
We had high hopes when booking a room at this resort as it was rated highly by all vacation planning services. It appeared to be in a great location and had a ton of amenities. I'm sad to say the facility is terribly overrated. First off, the rooms while brightly decorated are extremely small. There's very little room to maneuver for two people, much less a family of four. The bathroom was undistinguished. There wasn't a manual switch for a ventilation fan and we never could figure out why it sometimes would come on or stay off at random. The beds weren't terribly comfortable and the comforters that adorned them had an annoying tendency to always slide off the bed due to the nylon material they were made of. During our five night stay, our room wasn't cleaned at all one day...we had to call for fresh towels because the bathroom wasn't cleaned or even checked. One of the most annoying aspects of this hotel is that all of the elevators are monumentally slow (using hydraulic pistons rather than cables) and NONE of them are air conditioned. This is inexcusable given the hot humid weather that Florida is known for. A trip to or from our seventh floor room regularly felt like a ride in a sauna. The hotel's beach was nice...well-groomed and wide. We were afforded the use of two-person cabandas after paying the resort's $12/day facility fee. There was a booth right on the beach for Captain Dave's Water Sports, in case you are interested in parasailing, waverunning, etc. The resort's pools are not very large and are absolutely mobbed on the weekends. Weekdays seemed like a ghost town by comparison. If you tire of the beach or wind up badly sunburned, you'll likely be looking elsewhere for entertainment as the hotel doesn't offer much, especially in terms of nightlife. All of the restaurants and bars closed unusually early, forcing us to look elsewhere for a good time. The St. Pete Beach area in general though is pretty devoid of nightlife. After striking out there and in Tampa, we used the resort's businesere for a day-and-a half, even though our Island Grand room was paid for in advance. It was well worth the investment...the room was twice the size of our Island Grand room and there was certainly no shortage of day or evening options. In short, steer clear of the Island Grand and if you want to look at things through a wider lens, you might want to consider staying somewhere other than St. Pete Beach unless you are a professional beach bum.
Fun for Kids!
Great place for kids! Our renovated 1 bedroom suite overlooking the gulf was beautiful, clean and had great views of the sunset. Staff was incrediby helpful and child friendly. Grounds were a little shabby, but our 22 month old son loved the kiddie pool, the beach, the resident swans and ducks and all the other kids who were available to play. A fun place for an easy, relaxed vacation with our kids!
The tradewinds island grand is a superb hotel.It has everything a 4 star hotel should offer and is set on a fabulous beach which is packed with loads of activities and fun stuff to do.The pools are great, i especially liked the adults only.The rooms are really nice, comfortable, clean and luxurious.I recommend the 2 bedroom suites.This hotel is fantastic,i'm planning on going back during the summer.
The best hotel in saint petes.
This hotel is amazing!!The beach is one of the nicest i've ever seen with so many activities and watersports.The choice of dining is astounding, the pools are really fun, the adult only one is a great idea with a relaxed atmosphere.Staff were so helpfull and polite.The room was terrific, very well kept.I will definetly stay here again.I would recommend this to anyone, my friend just stayed here and loved it too.
The Island Grand did not live up to it's 4 star rating. We requested a king size bed and did not get one, and received no satisfaction from the management. The elevators kept breaking down. The common areas were a little dirty and dingy. The rooms were a little on the small side as well. We were expecting a much nicer resort, with better service. While the Tradewinds was OK, it rates 2 to 3 stars.
We just returned from a 4 day/3 night stay at the Island Grand and loved every minute of it. We were very pleasantly surprised when we were escorted to our room (1 b/room suite) and found it to be so attractively decorated in bright, cheerful colors. We had booked a courtyard view but our front view overlooked the lovely little lagoon and had a great view of the ocean and beach (we were on the 5th floor). The bedroom looked over the beautifully landscaped courtyard with gazebos, ponds and fountains. The vegetation and flowers were very lush and green with hammocks hanging all around the grounds. I was a little concerned about the extra $12 fee that is added each day but soon felt that we were making good use of it. This covers many extras that we took advantage of such as a beach cabana each day, paddle boats, use of fitness center, tennis courts, parking and use of business center computers. I felt that drinks and food were a bit pricey at the resort but we soon found a nearby Publix and stocked up. We greatly enjoyed the adult only pool --- this was a real plus if you are there without children. If you are traveling with children they seem to have a great program called KONK (Kids Only Not Kidding) ---- we saw them doing so many interesting and creative activities. I would definitely recommend this resort (it was very clean and well maintained) and look forward to returning when we are in this area again.
Tradewinds - Not Worth the Price
We have stayed at the Tradewinds Resort - Grand three times over the past 6years. This place has progressively gotten worse each time. We will no longer stay at this resort. The facilities are not kept in good shape. The people working at the facility are lethargic at best. If you believe 'price is what you pay and value is what you get' you will not stay at this facility. If you were paying $90.00 per night you might say the value is okay but at +200.00 with not so much as courtesy coffee in the morning - forget about it. MG
A great stay
We had seven nights at the Tradewinds, having spent six nights in Kissimmee in a good hotel.
We found the Island Grand very comfortable, friendly, good facilities.
Our room was wonderful, 4th floor overlooking the gulf coast. We liked the 'adult only swimming pool' which was away from the family pools. Ideal for those wanting some peace and quiet!!
Our experience of this hotel was good - we have no complaints at all.
We stayed at this hotel in 2001. We stayed in a two bedroom suite at over $400 a night. One bedroom did not have any curtains on the bedroom and we could not get room service to put one up. We had to hang a blanket over the window. No matter how many times we called, we could never get room service or housekeeping to take care of it. Rooms were terribly dated. AAA Needs to review the rating they have given to this hotel. Would never ever stay here again.
We stayed at the Tradewinds Island Grande Resort over July 4th weekend 2001. The facility was quite a letdown considering the price (We paid $275 per night, plus $12.00 per day for parking and other hidden fees.) The rooms were average and the staff attempted to keep the pool areas clean, but definitely not worth the price. Appeared to be several old hotels connected by boardwalks and sidewalks. There was no easy way to get from one place to another. They offered other resorts nearby (Siratta Beach and Sandpiper), but Island Grande was the nicest. Can't understand how it earned a AAA four-star rating.