We booked this hotel based on all of the reviews, and I'm so glad we did. Everyone kept writing about Dave, the owner, and how accommodating and friendly he was - and they were all correct. He was happy to provide recommendations on everything in the area from activities to restaurants. We saw him each day and he was always sure to ask how everything was going and wasn't shy to strike up a conversation. He also let us preview our room before we paid to make sure everything was adequate.
We booked an efficiency room and it was more than enough space for just the two of us. The small kitchen was great for making a few of our own meals and we did use the outdoor grill once for dinner. The only negative thing about the room was the water pressure in the shower - it was pretty low. Oh well....just a longer, more relaxing shower!
The pool was fantastic. There were more than enough chairs for all of the guests. Very quiet and relaxing - all you could hear were the swaying palm trees. Most of the rooms were booked while we were there, but there still weren't more than a few people around the pool whenever we were laying out. The beach was very close by - it didn't take more than 3 minutes to walk there. There were also a lot of great restaurants to walk to. We enjoyed quick meals and drinks at Rick's Reef a few times, which is right behind Gulf Tides. You're right in the heart of St. Pete and close to everything. There is even a free shuttle that will take you anywhere you need to go that's a little further away. We barely used our rental car.
Overall, Gulf Tides is an exceptional value for the service you receive here. I would take this place over any of those bigger resort properties that could care less about customer service. Hopefully we can return again next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Gulf Tides Inn. We are a family owned and operated inn located on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. We offer beautiful apartment suites and efficiencies for your comfort during your stay in Florida. Come and enjoy our wonderful amenities, our large heated pool, free wireless internet, BBQ grill, laundry facilities, free in room safes, hairdryers, complimentary toiletries welcome set and many, many more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gulf Tides Hotel Saint Pete Beach
- Gulf Tides Motel
- Gulf Tides Inn Saint Pete Beach, Florida