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“Nice clean rooms” 4 of 5 stars
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VISTA Hotel on Lake Tarpon
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   37611 US Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 (Formerly Lake Tarpon Resort)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Palm Harbor
Kissimmee, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nice clean rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Girl who took our reservation was sharp curtious Let us check in early since we had to change and be at an event for 4 PM. Decent breakfast with waffles and fresh fruit. I Believe all rooms have a water view. Only disappointment was the hot tub listed on the website was not working , This was our 6th visit here and only once was it functioning. New owners so it is now quiet, was a party hotel before. So we didn't return in 2013. Will return again but I will check oh the hot tub status first.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Tarpon Springs
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50 reviews 50 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the fact they had a Jacuzzi in the room. The view of Lake tarpon from our room was great. Parents left a bottle of champagne with the front desk and they had it chilled and waiting for us after our wedding reception. Great place for the rate. Will be back for a gate away from home.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kelly H, General Manager at VISTA Hotel on Lake Tarpon, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Thank you so much for your feedback on our hotel. We are certainly pleased that you chose our hotel for such an important occasion! We are proud that you enjoyed your stay with us and good luck in the future! We hope you choose us for all of your anniversaries to come!
Again, thank you for your kind words!
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DeBary, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made rez. 2 months ago for the Thanksgiving weekend for 3 rms. ZOIE is the best! She remembered my name & situation with the 3 rms. since we needed a pet room for our 12 yr old, old, barely walking, springer spaniel. Another agent placed us in a 2nd fl. rm, which was not a good idea, even with a elevator nearby. She went above & beyond to get permission from the owner/mgr. to stay in a grd. fl. room. We were able to switch rms with one of our parties, & everyone was happy. We had a small fridge & microwave in each room. Clean room, but alittle musty, perhaps from the moisture from the boat docking area outside the rooms. Great self serve breakfast with lots of choices from oatmeal, bagels, burritos, muffins & all the condiments! If you have a pet, this is the best place to stay with plenty of room to run, do their business, in a nice grassy oak tree shaded back yard. Don't forget to bring your poop bags please! It was nice knowing that your pet is welcomed as much as you are. You gotta love dogs, & if you don't, ask for a rm. on the pool side, because the dogs love talking to each other! (howling) Location was great for shopping nearby Oldsmar, down town Tarpon Springs, restaurants, etc. The hotel is under renovation replacing carpets, furniture, etc so expect it. But they will do their best to accommodate you. We will be back if visit Tarpon Bay again! Thank you Zoie, Kristan, Stephen, & Andy for a great stay!

Room Tip: Most rooms face Route 19, so ask for a room near the pool area. If you have a pet, get a room with t...
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kelly H, General Manager at VISTA Hotel on Lake Tarpon, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Thank you so much your feedback on our hotel! I am thrilled that our staff did a wonderful job taking care of your needs. Our expectation is that the level of service that you received from our staff is our normal level of excellence that all of our guests receive! That being said, we are so happy that you enjoyed your visit with us and we will look forward to your return.
Again, Thank you so much for your kind words!
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Ocklawaha, Florida, USA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here for the Tarpon Springs Triathalon. Just needed a room for one night. Check in was quick and friendly. Asked for numerous packs of coffee (needed for the early wake up), was given the amount requested with a pleasant smile and attitude. The room was great, comfy bed, clean and smelled fresh and clean. The bath room was spotless, I mean spotless. I am a neat/clean kind of person so I looked closely at the room with a critical eye and could not find anything wrong. The tv was old yeah, but it worked and it was fine. Thank you for a great stay.....will plan on staying for next years tri.

Room Tip: we stayed in the front of the hotel, 3rd floor facing 19. King sized room, no pet no smoking.
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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kelly H, General Manager at VISTA Hotel on Lake Tarpon, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your feedback on our Hotel! We are always working hard to meet our guests expectations and it is very gratifying to know that our hard work has exceeded yours! Thank you so much for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you for the next Triathlon!
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Deltona, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel is in a good location. Even though it's on busy Rt. #19, the rooms are quiet. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. Nice waterview also. The employees at the front desk are very friendly and helpful, especially Beth. She was exceptionally helpful and friendly.

Room Tip: Room #316 is excellent!
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  • Stayed November 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kelly H, General Manager at VISTA Hotel on Lake Tarpon, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your feedback on our hotel. We are always striving to make the guest experience for our customers the best it can be. Thank you so much for your kind words. It makes us proud that we are moving in the right direction!
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

I have no idea which rooms in this place are "clean" - mine smelled like a dog had been penned up in it for some time. The TV is circa 1999. I admit the view is nice. While checking that out I looked next door and saw things being stored on the balcony. I thought well at least it'll be quiet. Nope! Give them credit for improving, but don't put a customer in the very next room! PLUS...in the daylight I looked next door again and one of the items being stored turned out to be a 5x5 box with straw FULL OF DOG DOO-DOO!!! Unbelievable!!! I have a pic of it if u don't believe me. The only thing that saved this from one star is Michelle took $25 off the bill. She admits the name of the place was changed with new ownership. I hope they fix this place up soon!!

  • Stayed November 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kelly H, General Manager at VISTA Hotel on Lake Tarpon, responded to this review, 5 weeks ago
Firstly, Let me apologize for your experience. Although we are a pet friendly hotel, there are no excuses in this situation. I am appreciative that Michelle was able to take care of you to your satisfaction. Rest assured this situation has been remedied. We sincerely appreciate your business and look forward to your return to give us another opportunity to prove our product quality and service to you.
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Ghent, Belgium
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
53 hotel reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Superb rooms: great, clean and spacious, ask for one with a balcony overlooking the pool and water. Fridge and microwave in room. Great pool (open until 10 PM), there’s even a jacuzzi (although it doesn’t really work well). Breakfast could be a bit better though, especially compared to the rest of the hotel. No bread, just bagels, no waffle maker, but good muffins though. We booked it well in advance (several months) and got a super deal via booking.com (less than 50 $ per night incl. taxes). Even the lady at the front desk couldn’t believe it. Only disadvantage : it’s a 35 min ride into downtown Tampa.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with pool and lake view on upper floor, they're nicer and quieter.
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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kelly H, General Manager at VISTA Hotel on Lake Tarpon, responded to this review, October 23, 2014
Thank you so much for your feedback! I am glad that you were able to get such an awesome deal for our location! It just proves "early bird gets the worm!" Yes, we are a bit far from downtown Tampa but we think our location is well worth it. Our breakfast and whirlpool are always a work in progress and we continue to improve on a daily basis.
Again, thank you for your kind words.
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Additional Information about VISTA Hotel on Lake Tarpon

Address: 37611 US Hwy 19 N, Palm Harbor, FL 34684 (Formerly Lake Tarpon Resort)
Location: United States > Florida > Palm Harbor
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Palm Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — VISTA Hotel on Lake Tarpon 2.5*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is a beautiful, waterfront, Mediterranean style hotel, nestled quaintly around our boat basin, which adjoins Lake Tarpon. Lake Tarpon is a 2500 acre (10 Km) sports & recreation lake. All of our spacious rooms have a beautiful waterfront view of our boat basin. Our rooms consist of standard rooms with 2 double beds or 1 king size bed. Relax around the pool after a fun filled day of fishing, boating, golfing, sunning or sight seeing. When the day is done you will sleep peacefully, in a bed so comfortable you will want to take it home with you. We are confident you will return again and again, to enjoy the pleasure and comfort of our hotel. We are located across from Innisbrook Golf Course & Spa, just minutes from the Historic Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, Brighthouse Baseball Field & Gulf Beaches. Meeting Rooms, Banquet Rooms also available. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Lake Tarpon Hotel Palm Harbor
Palm Harbor Best Western

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