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“Fantastic place to stay! Hard to beat for the money” 5 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Motel   |   440 East Shore Drive, Clearwater, FL 33767   |  
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Ranked #18 of 96 Hotels in Clearwater
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“Fantastic place to stay! Hard to beat for the money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We booked our trip based on the excellent reviews. Received a call several days before our arrival from Gayle apoligizing about the road work and said she understood if we decide not to stay but if we do she would give us a substantial discount which she did. When we arrived, the road work was not nearly as bad as we imagined and suprisingly quiet. The highlight of the trip was when Rodney put together a cookout for the guests staying at motel! Very nice people and clean place to stay. Rodney suggested a number of great reasonable places to eat in the area...insider knowledge of local places to eat & drink. Last time we were in Clearwater beach we stayed at the Sandpearl Hotel nice place to stay but expensive and impersonal. The owners at the Blue Wave motel go out of their way to make sure their guests are very confortable...very nice personal touch! Hilda

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Takoma Park, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

My mom and I stayed here on our first trip to Clearwater, and loved it! The owners, Gayle and Rodney, couldn't be any nicer, the rooms were clean and decorated so lovely, and it's a very convenient walk to the beautiful Clearwater Beach. Gayle and Rodney really put the guests' comfort and enjoyment first. They provided plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas on loan, and gave us a very nice discounted room rate when construction near the motel started unexpectedly. Great place, we'd definitely return!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

After excellent reviews, we decided to book our family vacation here . When we arrived, road work did not allow access to park in front of the motel. The manager, Gail was very nice though & showed us a few other suites away from the roadwork. They had a lot to be desired in their way of cleanliness & neatness & I would never stay in such a place. Gail refunded our deposit without hesitation. We are grateful for that. If you are looking for a family vacation, Clearwater & Tampa are not the place for you!! We wound up going an hour and a half south to Longboat Key! Highly recommend for upscale & relaxing family vacation.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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alan f, Manager at Blue Wave Motel Suites, responded to this review, August 16, 2013
Dear Visitor from Boca Raton:
We apologize for the untimely road work by the City of Clearwater, to enhance the island Unfortunately you did not stay at our cute Boutique Motel, nor enjoy all that this beautiful little island offers, the fabulous sunsets, the friendly staff, nightime entertainment on Pier 60 and the 50% discount for the construction in front of the hotel. Instead you drove 1 and 1/2 hours to another beach. We are glad you enjoyed your vacation in the Long Boat Key /Sarasota area where there is no construction. Hope you do come back some day when the road work is finished.
Capt Al
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Ofallon, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Accidentially stumbled on this place when looking for a place to stay for 1 night. The hotel is 3 blocks from nice beach, restaurants all over, and anything needed in walking distance. The owner Gale is great along with Rodney. They will help you with whatever you need, and will do what ever is needed to make the trip great. By the way the rooms have full kitchen, seperate living room, and a bed room.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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alan f, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Wave Motel Suites, responded to this review, August 5, 2013
Dear Guest:
Thank you for you kind review. We hope you spend a few more days next time and enjoy our wonderfull beach,
Capt. Al
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

We have been asking around for a Nice and affordable Motel and discovered the "Blue Wave" near the Hilton Hotel. The Blue Wave is One Minute Walk away from the beautiful Clear Water beach and 2 min away from Pier 60. the Hotel owner is One of the nicest and Most relaxed guys ever, and directly showed us the Hotel room (or better Appartement, as it has 2 rooms, a Kitchen with fridge, microwave and Gas oven. All rooms are clean, and for a Motel Quite stylsih with State of the Art Furniture and flat tv (Most Motels in Florida Feature the Furniture of their buildtime). Definatly One of the better Motel around, i would Reccomend it and come back any Time !

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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alan f, Manager at Blue Wave Motel Suites, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you for your kind words about Bluewave Motel. Our cozy motel appreciates honest and kind review. Hope to see you soon.
Gayle and Rodney
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We travelled around Florida doing some of the tourist things in June 2012 when we came across this motel near Clearwater Beach. This is a beautiful beach and we decided to go back and stay, using this motel as an overnight stop.

It's not a palace. It's convenient for a great beach with parking at the front for the hire car. The rooms are basic, the air-conditioning a bit noisy but it was clean and comfortable with great hosts. There were a few shops (including groceries if you want to do self catering), nice bars or restaurants nearby and a pleasant view of the sunset from the roof-top balcony after a great day on the beach. We had a good sleep here and then back to the villa in Orlando the following morning.

If you need anything, they'll point you in the right direction or some things like hairdrier, beach chairs, toys might be available to borrow.

If you need a bed for the night near Clearwater, this is perfectly fine. We'd have stayed longer but there was a hurricane on its way! Time to get gone...

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Allen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

This was our first trip to Clearwater and first stay at the Blue Wave Motel. I was looking for a place that was near the beach, did not cost a fortune, could accommodate our family of 6, had a kitchen, and provided beach supplies (since we were flying to FL). Blue Wave met our needs perfectly. You cannot beat the location...a very easy walk to the beach, Pier 60, and restaurants. Also the section of beach was ideal, not in front of one of the big hotels...we often had the beach to ourselves in the morning. As far as our room, we had the corner suite, which was nice, clean, and tastefully decorated. Rodney and Gayle had set us up with a futon bunk bed, in addition to the pull-out couch, and the kids (ages 2-10) were excited to take turns sleeping in the top bunk. (I will say, the kids all crashed every night...they slept great!) Rodney and Gayle really went above and beyond making sure we had everything we needed (extra towels, chairs, etc). The kitchen was well equipped, and there was a Publix just 1/2 mile away, which saved us a good deal on meal expenses. If there was anything we needed, all we had to do was ask. Which brings me to the beach supplies...I wasn't really expecting much, but it far exceeded my expectations. The beach towels were very nice, there were tons of beach chairs to choose from, several umbrellas and tents, a float that my boys played on for hours, some sand toys...they even gave us sunscreen. (I'll try to upload a photo of us on the beach that shows some of the nice 'stuff'.)

A few other details...the shower is a large stand-up, not a tub combo, which was fine for us, but might be an issue for some families. My only complaint is that the water pressure was not great. There is an outdoor shower for rinsing sand off, and laundry facilities available. The AC in the unit is in the bedroom, with an opening in the shared bedroom/living room wall for the cool air to blow thru. The ceiling fan blades in the LR had had to be removed due to the bunkbed, so the LR was a bit warmer than the bedroom...again, not a big deal to us. The TVs in the bedroom and living rooms were very nice/big/modern. There is no pool, but if you did want a pool, there was a big, nice, city pool with slides a short walk away...visitor admission was $3/adults and $2/kids.

We had a great time and I've already recommended Blue Wave to friends considering a beach vacation to Florida.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 440 East Shore Drive, Clearwater, FL 33767
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Location: United States > Florida > Clearwater
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Clearwater
#22 Romantic Hotel in Clearwater
#26 Family Hotel in Clearwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Wave Motel Suites 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All rooms are newly remodeled one bedroom suites with very high quality appointments like Granite counter tops in complete kitchen, wood cabinets, full size refrigerator with ice maker, 4 burner gas stove. Tile floor to ceiling in bathroom. Some suites have Intercoastal Waterway view. Guests gather at our Roof Top Terrace for drinks and watch the sunset on the Gulf of Mexico with music. Our favorite gathering spot has view of the Gulf and Intercoastal waterway. Only 10 rooms at this cute Mom and Pop friendly resort all suite motel. Get twice the room, for half the price of the Hilton and Sandpearl Hotels across the street. Friendly service and help with all your vacation needs is why our Guests return, and never a charge for parking, playpens, beach chairs and maid service. ... more   less 
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Blue Wave Hotel Clearwater

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