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“Excellent location for late airport arrival.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fairfield Inn & Suites Clearwater

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Fairfield Inn & Suites Clearwater
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   3070 Gulf to Bay Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33759   |  
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Ranked #33 of 96 Hotels in Clearwater
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Excellent location for late airport arrival.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This Fairfield Inn was clean and updated nicely. It's no too far from the airport, (it just takes forever because of traffic. It is very conveniently located by a good selection of restaurants if you have a car. The breakfast they offered was good. Staff friendly. No complaints. At Fairfield Inn, we know we will get a good clean room for a fair price.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leigh Anne M, General Manager at Fairfield Inn & Suites Clearwater, responded to this review, March 24, 2014
Dear Greg,

I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time in Clearwater! At the Fairfield Inn & Suites, we pride ourselves in the friendly service and cleanliness that you experienced. I hope to see you again soon!

Sincerely,
Leigh Anne M., General Manager
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Clean, free breakfast, roomy rooms, friendly staff. Couldn't ask for more in a basic hotel. No frills, but no complaints. The heated pool was pleasant and clean. Our room was spacious, updated, had a free refrigerator, and was kept well cleaned by the staff. The only complaint is something they can't do anything about, which is the location. It's a little difficult to access -- you have to figure out some of the back roads to get there easily from the west. The best was that we got this on Priceline for $77!!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leigh Anne M, General Manager at Fairfield Inn & Suites Clearwater, responded to this review, March 16, 2014
Dear Anna,

I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us in Clearwater! I appreciate your time in completing a review, and I look forward to seeing you on your next visit to the area.

Sincerely,
Leigh Anne M., General Manager
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Miami, Florida
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is the second time I've stayed at this Fairfield and it was not as positive of an experience as the first.

I will start off by saying that the staff were very friendly, and the girl checking me in even upgraded me to a suite. However, I think I would have rather had the regular room. I found the suite to be really, really small and there wasn't a lot of space to put my stuff nor was there a good amount of lighting or natural light in the room. I think a regular room would have actually been bigger. That being said, I appreciated the fact that they upgraded me for free.

The room was clean, albeit poorly lit. The sheets were clean, bathroom was clean, and the bed was comfortable.

The breakfast was free and included waffles, eggs, bacon, yogurt, cereal, fruit, and a variety of breads/pastries. A free breakfast is always a positive, in my opinion.

All of this being said, I wouldn't stay here again. I think the area around the hotel is sketchy. It's right next to the highway. I came out the morning of check-out to find that the emblem on my car had been stolen. Someone had come along and ripped it right off the hood of my car. It had been parked on the side of the parking lot that was near the on-ramp to the expressway, and I surmise that someone (probably a teenager) ripped it off and then made a quick escape.

I also left my iPhone 5 charger in the room, plugged in the wall by the bed. When I called the hotel, they claimed they couldn't find it. Nonsense, in my opinion. I KNOW where I left it. It was in that room, plugged in the wall on the right side of the bed. It is now gone.

It's not that the hotel itself is all that bad, it's just that the area around it seems questionable. That is why I would not stay here again, despite the fact that it is close to Ruth Eckerd Hall which is why I picked it.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Leigh Anne M, General Manager at Fairfield Inn & Suites Clearwater, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Thank you very much for your feedback regarding your recent stay in Clearwater. I am happy to hear that you experienced such friendly service at check-in, but would like to apologize for the issues you experienced. Please feel free to contact the hotel regarding the item left in your room. I will be sure to follow up with the housekeeping manager to ensure that we have checked everywhere. I appreciate your understanding and look forward to hearing from you soon.
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Miami, Florida
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154 hotel reviews
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306 helpful votes 306 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

First I will say what I especially LOVED about this hotel - they had recycle bins by the vending/ice machine! I love that and almost never see it in hotels. That was fantastic and I wish all hotels would be forced to recycle. There wasn't a bin for aluminum (only plastic and paper), but baby-steps - it was still good to see the bins!

This is a nice hotel, not brand new but well-kept. My room had 2 queens and was nice and spacious. It was clean and there were plenty of clean towels. No fridge or microwave, but there was a coffee pot with supplies. The bed (a little squishy) and pillows weren’t the best, but they were okay; I’ve had better (and worse!). Sheets were clean and that's what matters.

The lobby is big and the girl checking me in was super-nice. Parking is free and even though the hotel was full, there was plenty of parking around the back. There is a pretty outdoor pool and a gym (neither of which I used).

Free good wi-fi and free breakfast. The breakfast area was clean with good food. You can eat inside, or go outside and eat your breakfast. It was crowded because the hotel was full.

The hotel is on the pricey side, but I shopped around and it was the least expensive that had good reviews. I stayed during the height of the season in this area (February), so I'd imagine that's why it had the big price tag.

This hotel is on a very big, main street through Clearwater. As soon as you exit the hotel to the west, you start seeing all kinds of restaurants, fast-food joints, stores, etc. There's a Super-Target (really nice!) about a mile away. US 19 is about a mile west of the hotel (that’s the road that takes you south to St. Pete; it is the major road through St. Pete and Clearwater). There is a big Walmart about 2 or 3 miles away (north on 19), and there’s a huge indoor mall about 5 miles away (again, north on 19). This hotel is not really near the beaches - they're a bit of a drive.

Going east up Gulf to Bay Road and going left on Bayshore will take you on a pretty drive along the waterway to a cute little town called Safety Harbor (it’s takes about 10 – 15 minutes). It is definitely a must-see little town; it is small and charming and takes you away from the traffic and congestion in the Clearwater area. There are tons of cute shops, restaurants, bars and a delightful little dessert place on Main Street called Joey Biscotti. There is also a beautiful Art and Music Center. If you go down to the harbor, there’s a nice pier you can walk out on and a little park area. The boats are pretty to look at and we even saw 2 manatees in the water. Also, it is a mecca for all kinds of shore birds and water fowl.

I have one complaint, and it's a big one for me. When I walked into my room, I was overpowered by a sweet-smelling air freshener. I HATE THAT. The room was clean, and that air freshener stink was totally unnecessary. Unfortunately, I could only open the window about 1-inch to get fresh air. It was horrible. Any other time, I might have asked to switch rooms, but the hotel was at capacity, and probably all the rooms have that smell. If you're like me and don't like stinky air-fresheners, call ahead to the hotel and try and see if they can tell housekeeping to leave it out of your room - that's what I will do next time I stay here. The smell was really, really strong and SO offensive. That would be my only complaint.

Room Tip: I was facing the rear of the hotel, which was good because it was like a little marshy area with lot...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leigh Anne M, General Manager at Fairfield Inn & Suites Clearwater, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Thank you for visiting the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Clearwater. I am happy that you were able to enjoy the area - I also like the Safety Harbor area. It is a nice quaint town that is very relaxing. I would like to apologize for the air freshener smell in your room. Our cleaning standard does not include air or carpet freshener, but we will check the rooms to make sure no air fresheners were left behind by any previous guests. Thank you for bringing the issue to our attention, and we will be sure to address it immediately. I appreciate your time in completing the review, and I hope to see you on your next trip to Clearwater!
Sincerely,
Leigh Anne M., General Manager
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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80 reviews 80 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is the third time that I have stayed at this Fairfield Inn. Although it is nothing fancy (it is a typical FI), this is a very well run member of the chain and quite clean and comfortable. This one also has a couple of great things going for it. First is location - it is about 10-12 minutes from the Tampa airport, within 15-20 minutes of at least 6 very good golf courses and near a number of quite good restaurants. Second is the staff. As I said above, this is the 3rd time I have stayed at this hotel and this was over a 3 year period. Each time all of the staff members were extraordinarily friendly and helpful. The management clearly does something right when it comes to hiring/training their staff.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leigh Anne M, General Manager at Fairfield Inn & Suites Clearwater, responded to this review, March 4, 2014
Dear weilmr,

I appreciate your time in posting your feedback regarding your stay in Clearwater. We are happy to have you return each year and experience the same level of service that we strive for. Please also be advised that we will be undergoing a renovation later this year to bring our guests a more updated look to the Fairfield Inn brand. Thank you again, and I look forward to seeing you on your next visit!

Sincerely,
Leigh Anne M., General Manager
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Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We have stayed here several times over the years. It is a nice, clean, well run place and is very convenient to drive to Tampa or St. Pete-Clearwater airports and other points of interest around the area. Their rooms are always spotless. Staff is very friendly. Breakfast is one of the best we have seen for this level of hotels.

Room Tip: Recommend rooms on second floor facing the back. Sound proofing is good in the rooms but you do hea...
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  • Stayed February 2014, 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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Leigh Anne M, General Manager at Fairfield Inn & Suites Clearwater, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
Dear Toni,
Thank you for your time and kind words regarding your recent stay in Clearwater. I am happy that we have provided you with excellent service that keeps you coming back every year. We are excited to bring our guests a whole new updated look later this year, and we look forward to sharing it with you on your next trip.
Sincerely,
Leigh Anne M., General Manager
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Creston, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We liked everything about the Fairfield in Clearwater. Comfortable beds, big room, clean, fridge, good wifi. The weather left a lot to be desired but the outdoor pool was heated to a nice temperature as was the hot tub. The breakfast every morning was first rate, and changed everyday. Some days it was eggs and sausage, some days eggs and bacon, and other times biscuits and gravy. Of course there were always waffles and fresh fruit, cereals, etc. Couldn't ask for more. The staff was super - friendly and helpful. I asked for an extra lotion and they offered me a handful! Grounds looked lovely at night and they make it easy to find in the dark with lights on the palm trees lining the entrance. If the traffic isn't too bad it's a 20 minute drive to Clearwater Beach. Others have commented on the dated furnishings and while they might be dated they are still in good shape. We would definitely stay again. Oh - one more thing. They do honor their best price guarantee. No problem at all.

Room Tip: We were in a full hotel right beside the elevator and there was no noise!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Leigh Anne M, General Manager at Fairfield Inn & Suites Clearwater, responded to this review, February 16, 2014
I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Clearwater! Here at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, we pride ourselves in taking care of our guests and providing them with memorable service. We are very excited for our new updated look coming later this year, and I hope that you will be back in the area to come see it.
Sincerely,
Leigh Anne M., General Manager
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Address: 3070 Gulf to Bay Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33759
Location: United States > Florida > Clearwater
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Family Hotel in Clearwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Fairfield Inn & Suites Clearwater 2.5*
Number of rooms: 109
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