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“Your experience depends on the room you get!” 4 of 5 stars
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Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach South Harbourside
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   401 Second Street, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785   |  
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Largo, Florida
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47 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Your experience depends on the room you get!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

We use this hotel often to put out of town guests. The property as a whole is very different. A kind of resort but not really The bar almost always has music. Restaurant is good in a pinch but not great. If you are lucky to get a water view, it is very nice. You can't beat the marina or the tiki bar on a nice day.

The basic rooms are very... Well.... Basic! They are very small and on the second floor the frontage of the nicer rooms that they call cottages. It depends on who has the "cottage" behind your room on the notice level and traffic. And also the noise level depends on how close you are to the band. The room has basic amenities and decor has very little imagination, cost or effort. More like a Days Inn type of room. But, it is clean. Very important. And I feel these rooms are over priced.

Now if you are one of the lucky ones to be upgraded to a "cottage" your experience will be much different. This is really a two story small apartment. The room is attached to the main building and NOT a cottage as the word suggests. You enter on the second floor of the hotel to the living quarters (behind the smaller rooms) with open 2 story high ceilings. A small kitchen, sitting area and dining area with the bedroom upstairs. With a nice view. Water view is spectacular but the parking lot view is still nice because of the sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Very comfortable but not plush. Decor is on the bottom of the scale and kind of cheep. I would really like to see a little "plush" in this space or maybe nicer carpet. When we had this room it was clean and the staff very nice.

If you get a standard room I would recommend this property if you will not be in your room much. The entertainment, pool, tiki bar are nice. And a short 3 block walk to area restaurants and the beach for sunsets. Pool is very nice with an area for the kids to play. Adults will love the tiki bar where you can also order food.

The bar is in the main building with all the tropical favorites and entertainment. It really adds to the property. The restaurant is ok. Service is good and food is good for what it is. Definitely adds to the property making it a full service property. There is no spa.

Room Tip: Request an upgrade to a "Cottage". Water view, not as noisy and very comfortable. If not...
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Stayed here in December. Great staff and restaurant/bar on site are fun. The hotel is a few blocks from the beach on a channel. Lots of interesting boats moored next to hotel. Pool is great fun, with a nice tiki bar. The hotel rooms are nice and have all necessary amenities. My only complaint is that we abutted the central corridor which has concrete floors that reflect sound and its loud when people walk by at night (or roll suitcases). Also, the security lights outside the room are very bright and the blinds don't block out light that well so if you like your room dark you'll be disappointed.

Room Tip: Try to avoid staying on the first floor abutting the main corridor.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach South Harbourside, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Dear JGB514094,

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to leave us a candid review. We appreciate your nice comment regarding our staff, poor and the Tiki Bar.

However, I would like to offer a sincere apology regarding the noise during your stay as well as the bright security lights. we will look into this point. I assure you the feedback of our hotel will be reviewed and most certainly forwarded to the appropriate departments. We take the confidence our guests place in us very seriously and work diligently to rectify any unsatisfactory experiences. While we understand that your stay was not 100% satisfactory, we would hope that you would give us another chance to make your stay as best as it can be.

Sincerely,

Orlando A.
Case Manager
IHGCare
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Plymouth, MN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The room is nice, the setting really pretty. But something should be done about the noise!

We came for two nits surrounding a family wedding and the location was perfect. The room is large and clean with amenities we don't need on a short stay. Very nice at check in, parking on ground level. Coffee in the room, free drink at the bar. Inter-coastal right here. We had an interior room opening on a covered but open air atrium; equipped with mini-golf so perfect for a rainy day. Bed was great, heard no next door.

But around 11, people started leaving the bar, thinking they were the only ones around. Now, that enclosed atrium with tile floors made for a great reverb chamber. People trickled by until nearly 2:00 a.m., so that was no fun. Maybe not the hotels fault because its the guests. But at 6:00, the first housekeeping cart rolled across the tile floor, and all those joints made for a real cacophony. That seems early to me and is within hotel control.

Some sound deadening. Maybe pay more and get waterside so fewer noise problems.

Room Tip: Waterside to lessen noise potential.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach South Harbourside, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Dear Tom C,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of our property. It is nice to know that you noticed the cleanliness of the room. Please allow me to apologize for the inconvenience and negative impression you may have had because of the noise made by other guests. I assure you that every comment, no matter how small, is taken very seriously. We hope to get a chance of hosting you again and show you how great our hotel is. Once again many thanks for your feedback.

Sincerely,

Karen G.
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Long Island, NY
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

My extended family stayed here while attending a funeral. The staff could not have been more accomodating or considerate. Our suite was attractive and well supplied with the basics.Not everyone had a car so the ability to walk to the beach, storesa and restaurant was a plus. The game room and pool kept the little ones occupied. The table and chairs outside our roon overlooking the water allowed for quiet contemplation.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Harbourside HAS IT ALL! The Hotel staff from the Front Desk to Restaurant to housekeeping, all did a fantastic job! The room we had was unbelievable and much more than I expected. I advise anyone that may be visiting the area for business or pleasure to do yourself a favor and check this Holiday Inn out...

Room Tip: The "One Bedroom, Townhouse Suite, Harbourside is nothing but fantastic!
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  • Stayed December 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Great location to Indian Rocks Beach, swimming pool, views of the water and boats, rooms clean and comfortable,. Ours had a refrigerator and coffee pot. There is a bar/restaurant on site and if you are a priority club member you get a for a free beer or wine. Booked at the early bird rate of $99 and when a week later it went down to the high $60's, was unable to change as I had been locked into the higher rate. Would not recommend booking early when it's not high season as the hotel was pretty empty. There are some other restaurants a short walking distance away so you aren't stuck with the on site fare. no pet policy so leave the little ones at home. iNo breakfast, continental or otherwise, provided but they do have coffee.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

My wife and I just held our wedding here two weeks ago and the hotel/venue/staff definitely exceeded our expectations. The location is probably the best part. You can walk just about anywhere you need to go. The beach (which is beautiful) is just four blocks away and there are several restaurants you can walk to as well. One side of the hotel is also right on the harbor and it makes for a beautiful sight at night. There is also a good restaurant/bar called Jimmy Guana's at the hotel with outside and inside seating. Very fun place with live music every night.

What makes the hotel unique is the fact that when you walk out of any room you are outside. A roof covers everything, but it makes for a very open layout. On the first floor, you can literally watch people play mini-golf just a few feet outside right outside your window (if that might bother you, just get a room on the second or third floor).

The mini-golf course is great. My family had a whole tournament and had a blast. It's actually a pretty tricky course.

It costs a little more, but I would recommend getting a suite on the third floor. They have a ton of space and great balconies right off the harbor.

The staff was very helpful with all our questions and needs, especially Elizabeth, who handles the weddings there. She was great at responding to emails and customizing what we were asking for.

This is also a great spot for kids. There are two pools, one complete with a pirate ship.

The prices are a little more than your average hotel, but for a great location near the beach I thought they were pretty reasonable.

They have a separate room for weddings that has plenty of space, good size dance floor and a big balcony overlooking a pond.

I would recommend this hotel to just about anyone (couples, families, wedding parties, etc)! Can't wait to go back myself.

P.S. Parking is free at the hotel and if you sign up for priority club at the front desk you get 2 free drinks at the hotel bar.

Andrew

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 401 Second Street, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
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Location: United States > Florida > Indian Rocks Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Indian Rocks Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach South Harbourside 3*
Number of rooms: 164
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Holiday Inn and Suites Harbourside Clearwater South! Enjoy your family vacation, business meeting, wedding, or social gathering at our 15 acre tropical Key West style waterfront resort. We are centrally located between Clearwater Beach and St Pete Beach, directly on the Intracoastal Waterway, in the heart of the quaint and charming community of Indian Rocks Beach. We are a short walk to the pristine beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Take a dip in one of our two heated pools, relax in the Jacuzzi and enjoy a refreshing beverage poolside at Rum Runners Tiki Bar. Our new waterpark is currently under construction and is scheduled to open this summer. Boaters, fishermen and vacationers alike, enjoy our 50 slip marina where you can dock your boat, rent a boat, go on a chartered fishing trip, and dolphin and sunset tours. Unwind with a tropical drink and a great meal at Jimmy Guana's Waterfront Bar and Grill, where you can enjoy nightly tropical drink specials and live entertainment. Family's love our miniature golf course and game room. We have suites for every budget and size, from economical courtyard rooms, convenient studios, sunset and marina view condo suites to luxury 1200 sq. Ft. Condo villas. Connecting rooms, long term rentals and group rates are available. Our Key West Conference Center is the perfect tropical location for events, weddings and meetings with over 4,000 sq. Ft. Of flexible space for functions up to 250. ... more   less 
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Holiday Inn Hotel And Suites Indian Rocks Beach/Clearwater
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