We chose to stay at the Travelodge at our one night visit to Clearwater Beach earlier in November and because they weren't busy, they upgraded up to a beach view for no extra cost :) First off, I want to state that the staff here were exceptionally friendly and helpful. They gave us extra towels whenever we requested them (pop by the front desk or find someone cleaning a room) and even allowed us to keep our vehicle parked there while we stayed at the beach the next day even though we had checked out (check-out is 11am).
Keeping this in mind, the hotel itself is very dated.
We got the elevator on the way up because we had a few things with us, but it was cramped (could fit like two people), and generally freaked us all out so we took the steps every other opportunity after that. I'm not sure about the rest of the hotel, but our room was old and it was noticeable. The floors had deep green carpet that looked clean, but one of my roommates had to wash her feet because they were black after walking on the carpet for a bit...The room has wallpaper (?) on the walls and the bathroom shower was tiled and resembled one which you'd find in a gym. The grout on the bottom of the shower was kind of dirty looking, and I honestly had to consider whether I should wear sandals when I got in (I think it was just from use though, the rest of the bathroom was clean). Water pressure was pretty good though. There's no fan in the bathroom, instead you have to open the window that's high up in the shower. There's also a large pot light in the bathroom on a dial for some strange reason. We never used it because it was like being under the sun as soon as it came on (light and heat wise). The metal-looking patina/finish (?) of the faucet and the drain of the sink was peeling. Some of the wallpaper in the bathroom was peeling at the edges and there were a dozen little ants moving around on the wall near the ceiling. I have no idea where they came from, but they didn't go away after the first night so I ended up having to kill them. They were pretty tiny, but I think they were ants. It was hard to tell. They didn't come back after that. Might be worth noting that a restaurant near the hotel was being fumigated while we stayed there (not sure for what though).
The beds were soft but not too bad. Sheets looked clean. We didn't use the TV, but it was a flat screen (probably the only thing new in the room unfortunately). The room also had an alarm clock, a mini fridge, a small coffeemaker and coffee, a small microwave, wall-mounted hair dryer, new-looking iron and ironing board, two chairs out on the deck, and two chairs at the small table in the room. There's a safe which they charge $1.50 for, but we never got charged. There's a mirror out in the entranceway to the room, but there weren't any plug-ins out there and the lighting was too poor to do your make-up, so you can't really use it for much.
We didn't use the pool, but we did lounge out by there on the second day when it was a bit too cool to go swimming at the beach. Not sure if it's heated or not. It's only small, but you're like 30 feet from the beach, so you probably won't use it much anyway. There are chairs and stuff out there.
The hotel provides free wifi which worked rather well, and a complimentary continental breakfast until 10am I believe, which as far as continental breakfasts go, was a little disappointing. It included toast, two types of cereal, apple and orange juice, two pre-packaged sweets (not really sure what they were, looked like some type of rolled pastry and a moon pie), oatmeal, coffee, and tea. I would have liked to have some type of fruit (apple or orange or something), or even the option of a bagel, but hey, it's continental and it's complimentary. I brought my own soy milk for the oatmeal, but there wasn't a microwave out there so the guy at the front desk was kind enough to put it in the staff microwave for me :) I could have walked back up to our room, but it was on the fourth floor and he offered haha. Like I said, the service was great.
Despite everything I've said, the only thing that really bothered me when we stayed here were the towels. We ended up having a couple towels each because we took them to the beach with us, and those included the towels provided in the room and the towels we got from the nice cleaning lady. Some of them were stained. Since they were white, the stains were quite noticeable. I don't know if maybe they need to have a chat with the people who clean their towels for them or what, but if you are reading this Travelodge owners, please please please have your staff check the towels before providing them to guests!!! It is seriously disturbing to have dirty towels. Most people will forgive as long as the towels and the bed sheets are fresh, but this grossed me out so much.
Overall, with the great view (on the ocean side), the price, the friendly staff, and the provision of breakfast, I might consider staying here again, but this hotel is in desperate need of a complete renovation.
- Also Known As:
- Travelodge Beach View Clearwater Hotel Clearwater
- Travelodge Beach View Clearwater Hotel
- Travelodge Clearwater
- Travel Lodge Clearwater
- Clearwater Travelodge
- Clearwater Travel Lodge
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Travelodge Beachview is located directly across the street from beautiful Clearwater Beach and now with Beach Walk completed the Beach is wonderful. Walk down to Pier 60 and see all our local artists and beautiful sunsets. Marina and restaurants are all in walking distance. ... more less
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