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“Fine, but so much unfulfilled potential” 3 of 5 stars
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Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   105 North Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor, FL 34695   |  
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Orlando, Florida
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“Fine, but so much unfulfilled potential”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We found Safety Harbor Resort and Spa on the internet when we were looking for a new place to stay in the Tampa Bay/Clearwater area. There was a special package deal on their website that included breakfast, access to their fitness/spa facilities/newspaper, etc. We ended up not using our continental breakfast credits, so in retrospect, a regular AAA rate would have been the better bet for us. (All guests get access to the other amenities.)

In its heyday, I bet the sprawling resort was a gem for this little community on Tampa Bay. It is listed on the state’s register of historic places. But you can tell that it needed a facelift years ago, and someone started it – but then ran out of money halfway through. That may or may not be linked to the hotel’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in October 2010. (They emerged from bankruptcy protection in August of 2011.)

One website I read said they invested $13 million to completely update its facilities since 2006. That may be true, but there are so many buildings that I’m not sure how that was divided.
Our check in was efficient and polite, but not especially warm or welcoming. We booked a room in the Palm pavilion, but we were given a room in the Olympia Tower

I couldn’t complain, because the room we had was truly the best in the building. It was on the top floor and all the way at the end of the hallway – facing the Bay with no obstructed view. But the tower is also the farthest from the main building and has no direct entrance – which was kind of bizarre. You have to enter through a human resources hallway, or go all the way to the far end to the main entrance and then double back.

Our room – 658 - was huge, with a split bath, king bed and French doors leading out to a large balcony. The room had been repainted, and the giant bed was supposed to be an antique, but the wood was broken. The flat screen TV was fine, but on a disproportionately small dresser. Just a small desk and chair were in either corner. The night stands and lamps on either side of the bed were good – I hate it when one side or the other doesn’t have one - but there was no clock in the room. It was very odd.

The room was clean and the bed was comfy. There was a coffee maker atop a nice new hutch that was made to house a refrigerator – but there was not one inside. On one side of a sliding door was a sink in a pretty countertop with a new mirror and light fixture above it. On the other side was the full bathroom, with the commode, tub/shower and sink that still had the old stage lighting fixtures, plate glass mirror, and rusted shower curtain rings.

The patio furniture on the balcony was nice – sturdy and clean and each chair reclined and had its own ottoman. The tile out there was lovely and new, too.

The spa/fitness facilities are huge and winding.

The weekend we were there, the outdoor pool was mobbed – not a place for relaxation, and there was no lifeguard and no hotel staff watching what was going on. As a result, it was kind of a madhouse – people drinking beer and smoking IN the pool, unsupervised kids swimming, etc. I much prefer outdoor pools to indoor ones, but this one was small for the size of the resort. As a couple there on a romantic retreat, it just wasn’t what we were looking for. Families with kids probably would have enjoyed it more.

There is an outdoor lap pool that was quiet and near the indoor pool and hot tubs, so I did have that option.

Would I go back? If I were going to take advantage of their spa services and were able to get a room a little less expensively, maybe. It was in Clearwater, so if you’re a Phillies fan, this would be ok for spring training. There was no “beach” but the gulf coast is a short drive away and it was convenient to Tampa – just across the bridge. The views were pretty.

I so much wanted them to have finished the renovations. It really is a place with a lot of potential.

Room Tip: In Olympia tower, 658, 558, 458, etc. are at the end of the hall, with an unobstructed view of the B...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

I really liked this place. Why? Who would have thought a historic landmark exists in Safety Harbor, a small town across the bay from big Tampa. The resort itself is very old and has survived through the years with a number of owners. I was fortunate enough to stay recently for the long weekend. The room we stayed in was updated with modern furnishings and bathroom fixtures. The only item lacking in the room was a small refrigerator. Other than that, the room was very quiet because it faced a courtyard as opposed to the pool area.

The pool area includes a bar that sells food and drinks. They can make a lot more money if they hired additional servers to man the entire pool area. The one server was limited to the bar area although she did bring food out to customers if they ordered at the bar. Bring an empty bottle to fill up with water at the many water dispensers throughout the hotel, including one next to the pool bar.

The spa is a full blown spa with an indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, lockers, showers, etc. Please take advantage of the spa if you are a guest of the hotel. It is free for hotel guests and members.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Spacous room in the Palm tower with great beds, & a great view from the balcony overlooking Tampa Bay. Always enjoy visiting Safety Harbour Resort and the town. Great walking the streets of this town, lots to see and do. Had a problem with my bill but it was handled by a nice lady over the phone. Will be back to enjoy this gem on the Bay.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Clearwater, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

My husband and I came down from CT., to see family and we spent two nights at the "Spa". Totally unsafactory. No lamps by the bedside (I actually fell), Some guy who identified himself as the "Director of Opperations, Roco" was so rude and condesending! We spent good money and felt like we were treated like second class citizens. I would NEVER recommend this facility to anyone in the near future. This is truly a shame as the location is beautiful as is the city of Safety Harbor.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Godalming, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We have a disabled son and the rooms in this hotel are spacious and the beds are so comfortable. The reservation staff and front of house staff are amazingly helpful. They will try and do anything they can to help you.
Althought the hotel itself is dated in it decor, this adds to the charm and feel of the place. Safety Harbor is so peaceful and quiet, yet it has so many nice restaurants, some of which are literally in a house.
Manatees frequent the waters and can be spotted whilst walking down the pier.
The restaurant serves the best steak and the fresh fish is simply amazing.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dearborn, Michigan
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Loved the location, awesome little town. A couple of things could be improved upon like the parking for guests and there should be refridgerator should be included in the rooms and not be available for rent for $10.00 a night.Oh yeah rude pool bar staff.

Room Tip: Loved our view, however we were right on the end and a huge spot light right outside our patio, also...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Reston, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This hotel sits on a beautiful property overlooking Tampa Bay. From our 5th floor room, the balcony view was of the Bay, gardens, fountain and a wide grassy lawn dotted with palm trees. The pool and Tiki Bar were set in the gardens and really welcoming - even for kids. The hotel rooms were spacious and well decorated, and the beds were super comfortable. Public spaces were lush and the restaurant and room service were reasonable and excellant. The hotel is located near the charming sections of Safety Harbor's "oldtown" area with lots in walking distance. The only real downside was that the bathroom of our room had some outdated fixtures and a touch of mildew - but this is Florida! This hotel is a very good value, much superior to others in the area but at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 105 North Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
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Location: United States > Florida > Safety Harbor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Safety Harbor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Safety Harbor Resort and Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 189
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The historic Safety Harbor Resort and Spa is located on 22 acres of pristine waterfront along Tampa Bay. In addition to the 50,000 square foot spa & fitness center, the resort also offers over 30,000 sqft of flexible meeting and banquet space - perfect for any conference or wedding. ... more   less 
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