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“Fantastic Views, Great Location and Friendly Staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort Hotel & Conference Center
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   5250 Gulf Boulevard, Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706   |  
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Ranked #10 of 32 Hotels in Saint Pete Beach
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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“Fantastic Views, Great Location and Friendly Staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We stayed in one of the Penthouses and the room and views of both the Gulf and the Bay were fantastic! The hotel itself, sits right on the beach and is very close to many restaurants. Many recreational activities are also a short drive from the hotel. The room, which was actually 2 rooms, was so spacious that I believe it was larger than my first apartment! The bed was extremely comfortable and the room was clean and well appointed. The hotel staff were all very warm and welcoming, as well. Since we arrived at the hotel in the evening, we decided to spend that night enjoying the entertainment at the hotels’ beach bar, Bongo Bongos. The music was great and it was fantastic to sit with our feet in the sand and feel the breeze from the Gulf.

We also had lunch at Spinners restaurant on top of the hotel. The view was fantastic and the restaurant staff was very friendly and helpful. The service was great too. The food at lunchtime, however, was just ok and we probably would not choose to dine there again for lunch.

The only down side that we encountered was that there was a wedding taking place on the same floor as our room. The music from the wedding was extremely loud, late into the evening and there was no getting away from it, while we were in our room. While this didn’t affect us too much as we went out to enjoy St. Pete that night, I can imagine that if you had a meeting or conference to attend in the early morning, this would have made sleeping nearly impossible.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

Had a great stay. Location, room, service and all the personnel were fabulous. We dined at Spinners restaurant on the top of the hotel, which slowly revolves, and had the most delicious food. Excellent menu and hats off to the chef and again, great service and wait staff.
Hotel is older but with the great service, location, cleanness and price, it was great. One other restaurant on property is Bongo's on the beach attached to the restaurant. Nice to sit there and eat and enjoy the beach at the same time.
Great stay !

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We just got married at the Grand Plaza on 12/31/12 and it was AMAZING! Katie S. was our wedding coordinator and she was so helpful and genuinely nice. We looked at so many hotels/resorts/venues to have our wedding at and decided on the Grand Plaza for several reasons.

One reason is the location! It overlooks the beautiful Gulf and has a pool that looks over the beach as well. Seriously beautiful and the sunsets there-beyond gorgeous!

Another reason was because of how friendly and helpful the staff was. When we first visited the Grand Plaza to meet with Katie, the front desk staff was so nice and excited that we were getting married on New Year's Eve. More than a year later when we actually got married at the GP, the front desk staff was still just as nice and helpful.

Another big the reason why we chose the GP is because they honestly know how to coordinate a wedding. Katie had everything down to a science. At our wedding rehearsal, she told everyone exactly where they would be, at what time to be there and the details of the entire wedding night. The bartenders/wait staff that served during our reception were friendly and super efficient. They had dishes removed promptly and kept the water glasses filled.

Perhaps the icing on the cake, and the top reason we chose the GP was because they let us decorate our ceremony AND reception venue however we wanted. Many of the other venues we looked at had so many rules about not bringing outside decorations or not using tape to hang things or not allowing confetti on the tables etc. Being that we got married on NYE, naturally we wanted to decorate the reception ballroom in NYE style.

Also, since our actual ceremony was at night, the staff helped us to make sure the site had enough light for the photographers and even brought out tiki torches to line the walkway. We are so thankful for that!

I would recommend the Grand Plaza to anyone who wants to get married at a beautiful location with extremely friendly and helpful staff!

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Vacationers from the UK on our third stay & greeted like old friends, a real pleasure to stay at the Plaza again. Nice candlelit atmosphere in the revolving restraurant, stunning views, top class food & service. Good buffet choice in the breakfast room with food & drinks available right on the beach or pool all day & evening. Good size basic rooms with everything you need provided, good value for money with no hidden extras.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We just returned from a week in St. Pete, staying in this hotel, and decided to post this review of our experience.

Hotel in General: While I will agree with most people who say that the rooms are in need in renovation, we found it acceptable for the rates. The front desk staff is extremely friendly, especially Julie. She was incredibly helpful to us and I wish to express our sincerest thanks to her! The lobby of the hotel is very nice and the outside of the hotel is very clean. The pool deck area is beautiful and is a great place to catch a tan (yes, in January) and have a few cocktails. The room we stayed in had a balcony overlooking St. Pete (not the Gulf side), but the view was very nice.

Spinners Restaurant: While looking a little outdated, it is very nice and clean. We had dinner there twice and had one of the best steaks I've ever had. The service here was great (thanks Carla!), even offering to box up our leftovers and send us to the room with the rest of our dinner, plus silverware and extra bread sticks. Talk about a great midnight snack!

Bongos Bar: My wife and I spent quite a bit of time here. The bar stools are a touch short for the height of the bar, but food there is great! Mixed/frozen drinks there are a touch expensive also, on the order of $8.00 each, but the beer prices are what I would consider normal. As for the staff, well, what can I say? They are all great! Our last day at the hotel we spent with Jason, Suzie, and George. Let me tell you, get these any 2 or 3 of these guys together behind the bar and you'll have a great time! I cannot express enough how fun, entertaining, and attentive they are!! Truly an asset to this hotel.

Overall, we had a great time during our stay here and would highly recommend it. No hotel is perfect, but for the price, the Grand Plaza was well worth it!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Well located, friendly staff, clean rooms and delicious food! Their Spinners restaurant is one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of dining at. The views from the restaurant are as great as the food. We had breakfast there on a number of days and the buffet had a nice assortment of items, while being hot and clean. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We had never been to St. Pete Beach before, so after a long day exploring the Salvador Dalí museum and Gulf Coast, we decided to search for a hotel nearby. Upon arrival, we were thrilled with the beauty and location of the Grand Plaza Resort! We checked in with Sarah B. who couldn't have been nicer! She explained all the wonderful amenities, shared some neat things to see and do around the area, and hooked us up with a room on one of the highest floors! Our room was clean and had an epic view of St. Pete Beach and the city of St. Petersburg in the distance! The room was large, spacious, and with the Murphy bed, it could have easily slept 5 people; we began planning right away which friends we'd invite for a weekend getaway! Overall, we were extremely pleased with everyone we came into contact with at the hotel and in St. Pete Beach! Make sure you walk barefoot out to the shore and watch dolphins swimming as the sun sinks beautifully over the horizon each evening! Can't wait to go back to St. Pete Beach and there's no other hotel we'd rather stay at than the Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5250 Gulf Boulevard, Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706
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Location: United States > Florida > Saint Pete Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#6 Business Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#6 Romantic Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort Hotel & Conference Center 3*
Number of rooms: 152
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Plaza Beachfront Resort Hotel is located directly on the beach and Gulf of Mexico. The Resort features a wide selection of luxurious guestrooms with furnished private balconies and all the best full service resort amenities for the leisure or business travelers. No hidden resort fees. At NO further charge you get FREE use of Fitness Center, FREE Unlimited Wireless Internet Access with your own computer, FREE Electronic Safe in your room, FREE Parking, FREE Coffee & Tea 24 Hours a Day, FREE Local Phone Calls. Featuring 3 Restaurants - Spinners Rooftop Revolving Bistro & Lounge, Bongos Beach Bar & Grill, and the Palm Room Restaurant. 2 Lounges, Heated Swimming Pool. ... more   less 
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