I have to say we enjoyed our stay here. The place is value priced for the area and is just that right above average resort feel thats not too stuffy but warm and friendly. The beach is spectacular, you wont believe how much of it there is.
I couldn't for the life of me understand a few reviews regarding dining. There are TONS of choices within walking distance or a couple minute car ride.
IF you don't want to rent a beach cabana a beach mart is across the street, chairs are dirt cheap. You'd make out buying a chair and leaving it there. Or get one at publix you'll make your money back after the first day you use it. we didn't need it as we mostly hung by the pool and only took amazingly long walks on the beach.
I saw several of the rooms of diffeent levels.
If you can get the new building, ocean facing, a couple of the rooms are 2 balcony deals. Those rooms are amazingly big for the dough, one of the members of our party was upgraded to one, again amazing. We stayed in a regular suite and it was great. We shoped at the publix grocery just 1 minute car ride away, got breakfast stuff and snack stuff, microwave popcorn, it made the stay less expensive.
The staff was friendly and courteous.
You want to go to the pool in front of rum runners, (there are three, the other two are very small) this one is by far the largest with the most scenic view, planting and no parking lot looming behind you.
There's a mini golf place you can walk to, exit right from the hotel. it was a nice activity to do.
Our favorite restaurant was Sea Critters, go right, about a mile and a half down the main road, past don cesars, on the left. Its the only place i saw that had "on the water" outdoor dining. we really liked the place. And fed fish from our table, thats how close to the water.
Pass on craby bills,(short walk away) its overpriced and, well, crab is really sparse on the menu. The service, and food were all drab and not worth it.
There's a diner thats about a 2 minute walk and breafast there was a value for sure.
My only complaint with the sirata was they are hosting cirque de solil staff there, 140 of them while they are putting a show on in tampa, i'd stay away until Jan. when they leave. You'll like the place a lot more, some of those folks were...well, lets just say don't go there till they leave. Then, you really should go there. We had a few problems with them, lets leave it at that.
Somone said in one of the reviews to go to Tradewinds, I toured it. I wouldn't. It was so big and so many people, it was like a city in there all crammed in. Sirata has a much more relaxed feel to it.
We did a day trip to tarpon springs, that was fun. We did a walking food tour of this wonderful greek town.
Hands down, find Mama's, THAT is the place to eat.
The small but really great aquarium was a hit with our 10 and 12 year olds, they stamp your hand, you can come back as often as you like in one day,we went back three times. The kids loved feeding the rays by hand, and and the sharks too! neat place, at first you'll go this is it? but it grows on you and very worth it. Again a value. Plan to spend at least a full half day there strolling, drinking wine and sampling a dish here and a dish there. Mama's is on one of the side streets, worth the diversion.
Sunsets at sirata are not to be missed, we caught one every night while they had live music playing.
the guys were nice, I play harmonica and they let me jump in for a song or two. And,,,everyone lived from my playing. All in all, just a nice place.
And the parking fee, well, just live with it, you know it in advance, just factor into the overall price, yes it's a dumb policy to break it out. Other places charged it too. Plus the cabana price that people have moaned about, was actually more $ at other hotels, i asked when we went a took walks.
regarding the sirata club memebership and alledged deals on combo parking and cabana mentioned in some of the reviews. I asked several people there. They are very one off deals. You might get a package with them at certain times of the year. In general that stuffs all al la carte. Sirata club only gets you discounts at special promotion times so don't count on it. Not a big deal as long as you know it going in.
You'll enjoy your stay here we'll come back, definitely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort is located on 13 privately owned beachfront acres directly on the Gulf of Mexico. This St. Pete Beach resort is family owned and operated for three generations. There are 3 beachfront pools, 2 whirlpools, fitness center, kid's play area & arcade and many water sport options. Compass Grille is a casual dining restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rum Runners Bar & Grille is located poolside and beachfront for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Harry's Beach Bar is a local institution featuring a casual menu, lounge setting around a fire pit directly on the beach. Both beach bars feature live entertainment on the weekends. There is something for everyone from a pool cabana, a beach cabana or hammock and the sunsets are are always amazing in the Sunset Capital of Florida located on the #1 Rated Beach is the US. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sirata Beach Hotel Saint Pete Beach
- Hotel Sirata Beach
- Sirata St Pete Beach
- Sirata Beach Resort Florida
- Sirata Hotel
- Sirata St Petersburg Fl
- Sirata Beach Resort Saint Pete Beach, Florida