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“Even Better the Second Time” 4 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   521 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767   |  
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Ranked #34 of 95 hotels in Clearwater
Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Even Better the Second Time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We stayed at this Hotel about 10 years ago and at the time it was pretty good but the rooms, beds and bathrooms were a bit dated. On our recent trip from Orlando to Miami we decided to do the beach thing with the kids at this hotel, to our surprise it was updated beyond expectations, the rooms were modern including bathroom renovations... "everything was like new". The only big surprise was the small beach at the back was no longer there... it was washed away by one of the hurricames a few years back. That is not a big deal as the best beach in Clear water is within walking distance and the hotel supplies free beach towels at the front desk. This hotel has a great bar where you can relax and have a few drinks while watching the spetacular sunset. Priority Club Members receive a free drink voucher to kick things off.... perfect!

Room Tip: Get an ocean front room third floor or higher.... its well worth it. Traveling with a big group...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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GM-ClwrBeach, General Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
We're so pleased you took time to review your recent stay with us - and to learn you were pleasantly surprised after your last visit ten years ago!

Indeed, we have gone under quite a transformation and are always on the lookout to improve the customer experience.

We love our Canadian friends and look forward to having you return again - hopefully not waiting for another 10 years!

Happy Holidays from all of us here...

Christine Bottger
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

we had a gulf view room on the 4th floor it was great.. beautiful sunsets and the music of an evening from Jimmy's fish house was easy listening when sitting on balcony later in the evening . staff was very friendly and helpful .would definatley go back .

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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GM-ClwrBeach, General Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
So nice of you to review your recent stay here. We especially love our international guests and want their experience to be very special after such a long trip!

Glad you were able to have a high-level room and take in the sunsets and gorgeous views. Our staff will be pleased to hear you found their service to your liking - it's what they really work hard for!

All the best Holiday greetings and hope to see you soon!

Christine Bottger
General Manager
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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Ok...it is the Holiday Inn. I didn't expect a five star hotel, but it was just average. Sometimes some fresh baked cookies in the lobby can make even the average hotel great! But, I will say the staff were great! Bed was average, but it is time to change the carpets in the rooms.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GM-ClwrBeach, General Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Thanks so much for reviewing your recent stay with us. You had a long trip from Denver, so we're hoping you left us with good memories.

We really do take customer comments seriously, so thanks for the feedback and suggestions. Cookies hasn't been brought up by anyone else, but who knows what we'll do next! You'll have to come back again and see - hopefully soon!

Our staff will be pleased you found them helpful and friendly - that's important to all of us here.

Best holiday wishes from al of us....

Christine Bottger
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012 via mobile

We arrived and were welcomed warmly. I had called prior to visit and requested to be next to a friend that was staying there as well. The request was accommodated. The king kids suite was great and very clean. Plenty of room for 4 of us. There were 3 TV's and 2 full BR's, which was surprising to us. I had even called to ask about room layout and was not told about 2 separate bathrooms. Jimmy's Fish House was great and kids ate for free, which was another bonus. Pool area was nice. Short walk to beach. We had free parking as it was included in the package we bought. The regular $12 per day is HIGH. Overall we had a great stay despite very windy conditions due to Hurricane Sandy. I definitely recommend this hotel!!!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GM-ClwrBeach, General Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
How nice to read such a wonderful review from you - thank you! We're so pleased you and your youngsters enjoyed our property and it's amenities, and we indeed appreciate that you found our staff friendly and helpful.

We hope you'll be back again to see us -- there's always something new in Clearwater!

Best Holiday greetings!

Christine Bottger
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We enjoyed everything about this property from the booking experience to the check-out! I booked directly with the hotel which is something I always reccomend. The last time we stayed in Clearwater we stayed at the SandPearl so I was a bit hesitant to to try this property. I called and talked to Ryan at the front desk and he sold me!! I actually booked the next day and spoke to Joan and she was amazing. She made sure my room request was fulfilled. Both she and Ryan are the epitome of great customer service! I knew this property was not 'on the beach' so I had no unrealistic expectations. The walk to the public beach was a very short one. I choose the Gulf Front room and was pleasantly surprised how beautiful the view was. The room overlooked the pool/spa and in the evening you could hear the live music from the spacious balcony. The room was clean and modern. It truly was a relaxing stay. Jimmy's Fish House, right in the hotel, was a fun, lively place, even for a Sunday evening! Their drink menu was extensive and the food was good and reasonably priced. We were able to sit a the open-air bar and see a magnificant sunset. One night was not enough. We will certainly stay at this property again!

Room Tip: Pay a little more for a Gulf Front Room. The view is spectacular even without being 'beachfront...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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GM-ClwrBeach, General Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Ryan and Joan are thrilled at your compliments and we thank you so much for such a wonderful review.

Customer service is so important to us and we're so pleased we met your expectations, that you enjoyed the resort amenities, Jimmy's, the deck, the pool - and the view!

We really hope you'll come back again for more memories in Clearwater - there's so much to do and we're centrally located to everything!

Holiday regards!

Christine Bottger
General Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

This was our first stay at the Holiday Inn as we couldn't get into the hotel we usually stay in on Sand Key.

First impressions were good and we were able to check in at 13.00! We had a two room Gulf View suite and couldn't have asked for anything nicer. The suite was very big and comprised a lounge with kitchen area, two bathrooms, two areas for hanging clothes and storing cases and one bedroom with two double beds. We also had a good size balcony with two chairs and a small table. The room was very clean and there were plenty of towels and toiletries provided. The only complaint that we had was that the air con was very noisy and therefore we could not have it on at night. We just cooled the room down as much as we could before going to sleep!

The pool area was large with plenty of loungers and pool towels provided but we did think there could have been a few more sun shades. The Tiki Bar opened around noon each day and stayed open until quite late.

The hotel has a very good restaurant in Jimmys Fish House and we ate breakfast there every morning, sitting on the deck by the ocean being entertained by George the "resident" egret! We also ate two meals there in the evenings and the food was very good. The music was loud on a couple of evenings and went on until 11.00 pm. We were well away from it on the 9th floor but could still hear it and we did feel sorry for people in the nearer rooms!!!

Parking was never a problem as the car park was large and parking was free with our room package.

Sitting on our balcony watching the sunsets was lovely.

Overall we were very impressed with the hotel and wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

Room Tip: Get a Gulf View room if possible.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Jacksonville, Florida
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Friendly atmosphere. Good location with an excellent gulf front view set back off the water by maybe 75 yards. The property runs right up to the water. There is no beach access. You will have to walk about five minutes to get to the white sand beaches through the public access. Nice fitness center. Pool was large and clean. The evening dinner cam with complimentary music every night from 6/7 to 10/11PM. Great time.

Room Tip: Gulf front view 9th floor. Gulf front is the direct view into the sunset.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GM-ClwrBeach, General Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Thanks so much for taking time to review our resort. We're glad you found the resort and our staff to your liking - customer satisfaction is so important to us!

Since you live in Jacksonville, hopefully you can make that easy drive back next year for more fun on the west coast - love to have you!

Holiday best regards,

Christine Bottger
General Manager
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach

Address: 521 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767
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Location: United States > Florida > Clearwater
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Clearwater
#19 Romantic Hotel in Clearwater
#33 Family Hotel in Clearwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Directly on the Gulf of Mexico-Sunsets & Dolphin sightings Complimentary! Discover all that Clearwater Beach has to offer at the convenient, comfortable smoke free Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. In the heart of everything, from shopping and dining, to entertainment, you are within walking distance of the white sands of Clearwater Beach, and Pier 60 where you can enjoy nightly sunset celebrations.. Located 30 minutes away from Tampa International Airport (TPA), the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites is your best choice in Clearwater Beach. Whether you re coming to Clearwater Beach for fun or business the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites is your personal retreat. You ll have room to relax, work or play most of the day in our spacious rooms, Kids Suites or One Bedroom Suites. Amenities such as flat screen LCD HD televisions, granite countertops, private balconies, free high-speed internet, plush towels, and luxurious bedding mean every night is a great night and every day starts right. You can take a dip in our heated Gulf-front pool, relax with your favorite beverage at Jimmy s Iguana Bar or our Rum Rumer s Tiki Bar. You can enjoy a dining adventure at Jimmy s Fish House providing nightly entertainment. The best of Clearwater Beach is waiting for you at the Award Winning Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. The only thing you won t find is a reason to leave. ... more   less 
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