Feb 25 – Feb 28, 2005
I definitely recommend this hotel. Every staff person that we encountered was friendly, helpful and wanted to do all they could to make the stay enjoyable. This ranged from the doormen to the desk clerks to the concierge to the waiters in the restaurant to the maid, the poolside staff, etc. I can usually find something that is not to my liking, but everything was exceptional.
The hotel is all suites. They are not large, but certainly have plenty of space for a couple. If you have children, it might be somewhat cramped. There is a TV in the sitting room and a TV in the bedroom. The suite has a small bar sink with a microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker. The bathroom is a little small, but has adequate counter space, decent lighting and good water pressure in the shower.
Our room overlooked the pool area and the bay. We were on the 2nd floor so from our balcony, the view of the bay was obstructed a little bit by the tops of the palm trees surrounding the pool. If you want a clear view of the bay (and the dolphins that you might see swimming by), then ask for a suite on a higher floor.
One thing to remember is that the hotel is not located on the beach. You need to walk across Gulf Boulevard and then walk down to the beach. The walk will take around 5 minutes. The hotel does provide complimentary transportation to the beach though. If you have a car, you can also drive over and park in Sand Key Park and then the beach is right there. There are parking meters in the park though.
The hotel is about a 1 – 2 mile drive to Clearwater Beach, which is where most of the shops and restaurants are located. There is a small boardwalk with shops right by the hotel. A few of the clothing shops are a little higher quality than the typical tee shirt type shops. On this boardwalk, there are also 2 restaurants serving lunch and dinner, and there is a restaurant (Maggie Mae’s) serving breakfast and lunch. We ate breakfast there and were very satisfied with the food, service and value. There is also a small grocery-type store with a decent selection of items.
We had dinner in the hotel restaurant (Watercolours) one night. Beef is the specialty, and the filet mignons that we ordered did not disappoint. They were excellent. If you don’t know the area and want suggestions for restaurants, we found the concierge to be very helpful. They arranged the dinner reservations for the other 2 nights that we were there, and the choices were wonderful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to the beautiful Gulf Coast at the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key Florida's only all-suite Marriott hotel. Offering a special resort experience with suite accommodations overlooking Clearwater Bay, this Marriott is a casually elegant destination for a family trip or business meeting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Suites Clearwater Beach On Sand Key Hotel Clearwater
- Marriott Clearwater
- Clearwater Marriott