A quaint little hotel/motel along the gulf of Mexico.
--The staff were friendly, the premises very clean, the amenities on the property and nearby were wonderful. My only complaints were the room itself. While it has undergone recent renovations and is very clean, the beds were not comfortable at all.
--My matress at home is saggy and due for a change and I couldn't wait to get home to sleep on it! The room had one bedroom and the living room had a pull-out couch. We attempted to sleep on the hide-a-bed but found the springs to be too much. The bed in the bedroom was a queen on a boxspring and on a steel frame, but it was noticably drooping in the middle. My partner and I found each other stuck together in the middle of the night, gravity pulling us into the crater!
--Our room was also on the first floor of two and closest to the main road. We couldn't open the windows and patio because of the busy street noise and were afraid anyone could walk off the sidewalk and into our unit. There was a fan and airconditioning so heat is not an issue (unless your partner also doesn't like to use the fan or the air-conditioner at night - because then you will be too warm to sleep, even in March and especially since you will be glued to one-another.)
--There was a family staying next door and above us and we could hear pretty much everything, including loud children's conversations.
--Don't be dissuaded to stay here! The pool was so clean and warm, the hottub was soothing and comfortable, the beach was the cleanest and nicest along the strip, the rooms have full kitchens and there's a grocery store right close by, plus there is a huge built-in gas grill out by the beach with table and chairs to sit and enjoy the sunsets on the water.
--There are other room styles to chose from too! There are townhouses, which are two floors, two seperate bedrooms and two bathrooms, a screened in balcony and no neighbours above or below you as you are above the car port. It's safe, and quiet and over looks the pool area. There are gulf side units available as well and next time we stay at this place, we are going to stay in one of those! They are simple and small units but they over look the beach.
--There are plenty of nearby shops, grocery store, pharmacies, restaurants. We were just a couple of buildings down from a nice night-spot called The Undertow that serves food and drinks in the evening, coffee and breakfast in the morning, tables to eat outside and watch the sun set or seating inside if you find it too cool and breezy in the evenings. You can play beach volleyball, horseshoes, some other ring-toss game, or play pool in the interior section with flat screen tvs on the walls.
--You can walk along the beach for hours in either directions on soft white sand. Or you can sit on the complementary beach loungers. The comfy cushions are stored in the shed which you can help yourself to. It's a wooden two-person lounger attached together with a table in between, and a canopy that you can lift up from the back of the loungers and prop up with a pole, or leave down to either sit up and read in the sun, or recline back if you'd like to tan. (The sun is very strong here though! I recommend SPF 70! Anything less and you will burn.)
--It's a 10 minute drive to St-Petersburg (I recommend the Dali exhibit, it's year-round), or drive 15 minutes along the gulf to John's Pass at Medeira Beach, lots of cute shops along the boardwalk. It's about 30 minutes along the highway to Tampa. The Hideaway Sands is really well situated for easy access to all major routes.
--Free parking, lots of great brochures at the office for coupons and for things to do in the area, no room service during your trip but if you need something, you can get it. It's a time-share accomodation - the room is yours for the week so make yourself at home.
This is truly a great spot for a warm, relaxing vacation as a couple or with family or friends.
- Also Known As:
- Hideaway Sands Hotel Saint Pete Beach
- Hideaway Sands Hotel
- Hideaway Sands Resort Saint Pete Beach, Florida