My husband and I stayed at Amber Tides in the spring and chose this motel based upon many positive TripAdvisor reviews and the fact that it was cheaper than a number of other places on Clearwater Beach. During and after our trip, I repeatedly discussed with my husband the fact that the motel has a lot of potential........BUT it needs a lot of TLC.
I do not know if the owner, Ulli, has any help with cleaning and maintenance. This could be part of the problem. Upon arrival, we noticed that our sheets had not been cleaned. There was hair on the pillowcases. We told Ulli what we found, and after leaving for a while and then arriving back to our room, we noticed that he had only changed out the pillowcases. (Of course, we assumed the full sheet set would be changed.) My husband and I, not wanting to be pesky, slept on towels for our two-night stay. (We were able to grab more towels out of the laundry room.) We realized later that we should have asked again for a new, clean set of sheets. Clean sheets are a MUST. We do not expect perfection from places we stay, but we definitely expect clean sheets. I do not know how these sheets did not get replaced after the previous guest. This was not acceptable.
My husband and I stayed in a one-bedroom efficiency (king bed). The apartment could use quite a few updates. The bathrooms were an outdated pink color. This is not a deal-breaker for us, but the fact that the apartment could use a deep clean is more of an issue. The carpet had been around for a long time. The rugs in the bathroom were soiled. There was a layer of thick dust on the lower shelf of a coffee table. An additional comment on bathroom is that the shower head was very low.
On a more positive note, many reviewers mentioned that the pool and grounds are like an oasis. Like I said, Amber Tides has a lot of potential. The pool area and grounds are lush with tropical trees and plants, and it is cute. It seemed quiet around the pool area from what we could tell. We saw other pools in the area, and many lacked foliage and could be seen right from the road. Amber Tides pool area has a cozy feel to it.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.