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Alden Suites
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   5900 Gulf Blvd, Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706   |  
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Midland, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“golf holiday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

the suite we had was over looking the ocean and was clean and comfortable. the hotel was close to great restaurants and bars. the staff was very friendly and they had cofee and fruit in the lobby every day.they had music in the cabana bar that was very enjoyable.our only concern was little bugs in the room which was room 232.also we were promised 100.00worth of food and received only 50.00 worth. we were there from 01 25 13 to 02 02 13.

Room Tip: ocean front
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

My fiancée and I enjoyed a very nice 3-night stay at the Alden Suites Resort Hotel. Although the room was a bit old, it was maintained in nice condition and we felt very comfortable and relaxed. The closeness to the beach was convenient and the two pools provided an alternative to the beach. Some of the front desk personnel were exceedingly helpful in finding neighboring restaurants. We also enjoyed walking to the nearby shops on the main drag. All in all, we had a very pleasant stay and would like to return some day.

Room Tip: Some of the less expensive rooms are still not far from the beach.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Took our family of 4 to St.Pete Beach for a beach vacation. The good: The hotel is in a great location, has wonderful views of the Gulf from some of the rooms. The staff was very friendly. The cabana bar has a good view of the Gulf for sunsets. Free parking.

The not so good: This website and others point out that the hotel has 2 of everything. Unfortunately, they failed to mention that the larger of the 2 spas was under construction in the courtyard, which could be seen and heard from most of the rooms not facing the Gulf. The laundry room, which is next to the shallower, more kid friendly pool, was also under construction and could be seen and heard from the pool area and the small functioning hot tub. That job was completed during our stay, so the laundry has a new floor for your enjoyment.lol. The Beach cannot be seen from either pool. The rooms, although clean, are dated and show some signs of wear. There is a charge for in-room wifi but you can connect to an open network from adjacent resorts from the pool areas and beach. The beach chairs and cabanas are rented by a vendor not associated with the hotel. Their employees are NOT friendly. They are quick to chase you off the chairs if you are not renting them, which includes propping up the sun shade and supplying the tattered cushions, even if only 3 or 4 of the several dozen of them are in use.

I'm sure a few months from now a stay should be much nicer when the upgrades are complete, but a call to the resort you are looking at might be a good idea. We might have booked elsewhere if we had known about them.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kissimmee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

First let me say if your wanting beach modern built hotel, this isn't it. The property has been there for some time. Think of it as personality.
Which is something their AWESOME staff has! I really can't say enough about every aspect of our recent visit (Family of 5).
From the front desk staff at check in, and throughout our visit, to the rooms size, and the 50 feet walk down to the beach this was a terrific experience!
Housekeeping is attentive without being intrusive, the staff in all aspects was super friendly and extremely helpful (Even when I had an issue with my car, there was a staff member to give me a hand). The Cabana Bar staff is fantastic (Ask Cali for her excellent "mistake" drink. ), the lounge chairs are extremely reasonable on the beach (Not owned by the hotel, but definitely not at all a gouge), the little store was surprisingly reasonable for soda and snack type drinks.
While the hotel doesn't have it's own eatery, the staff is on the ball with several suggestions depending on what your in the mood for that are all a 5 minute walk away.
VERY child friendly, and imagine this (TAKE NOTE LARGE HOTEL CHAINS)....PARKING IS INCLUDED in your room rental.
Overall, I had one of the best stay's I've had anywhere in a number of years. A fantastic place to bring a loved one, or the whole family! We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: Bigger families definitely want to choose the double queen option.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Wow! What a fantastic review!

I could not have said it any better, and it makes me proud of our hotel and exceptional staff.

Just like Avis (if you're old enough to remember their old slogan) "We Try Harder"...

Thanks for taking the time to compose such a flattering review,

Gary Renfrow
President & part owner
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paris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We have been staying at the Alden Beach Resort annually for many years. All the accommodations are suites offering varying layouts and proximity to the beach. The staff has always been incredibly helpful whether the request relates to vacation plans, housekeeping or resolving a maintenance problem in our suite. New additions including free access to a computer and printer, a recently enlarged hot tub or refurbished laundry room are appreciated. The two heated pools are at the heart of the resort. Our favorite features of the Alden, however, are the lounge chairs on the grassy area over-looking the wide gulf beach. The vision for our Florida vacation is walking for miles on the beach and then sitting on the loungers reading or just watching the sun glitter off the gulf waters. The Alden effectively provides for all our needs.

Stan Shaw
Connecticut

  • 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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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
I sometimes take for granted what a beautiful beach we have (Trip Advisor ranked St. Pete Beach as the NUMBER 1 beach the U.S.A)

We are happy that you enjoyed all our amenities (with more to come!)

Thanks for the kind comments,

Gary Renfrow
President & part owner
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San Jose, California
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30 hotel reviews
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

First, I would say that I was a resident of Pinellas County for over 30 years and came back to visit over the holidays. We arrived on Christmas night after flying the entire day. The guy who checked us in was very nice and helpful. He gave us our room keys and we were on our way. Yes, this property is dated. However, it is clean and in a great location and staff is friendly. We travel with our 5 pound yorkie so this makes it a perfect place for us. The rooms for pets are on the lower level pool side. With great lush grass right outside your door. It is very convenient. We were also very happy that the room had an oven because we arrived on Christmas nothing was open but 7eleven where we picked up a frozen pizza. This property is undergoing renovation as they are installing a 15 person hot tub which will be beautiful when it is done. The laundry was convenient and worked great, the front desk gave us quarters. There is also a little store where you can get snacks and drinks. The parking here is also free and no resort fees. It is next to another large hotel that charges for both of these things. I am looking for comfortable and clean not a five star hotel as the rates are reasonable at this hotel. The one thing that I would say that I didn't like is that the hotel maids start early and the carts rolling around are loud and they are loud as well. They may forget that people are sleeping while they are working. Also, place your do not disturb sign on your door and don't forget to take it off if you want your room serviced. As we did this, we went to the front desk and they came right over to service our room. The other thing is there is a restaurant next door called the Toasted Monkey and they have some really good food. The shrimp wrap was great and my husband loved the fish sandwich. They have a tiki bar in the back that is nice too. Overall, I would make this a destination for myself and my family the next time I travel home.

  • 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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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Very thoughtful review, thanks!

We are proud to say that we are one of the few beach hotels that offers FREE parking and no RESORT FEES...up to $25 per day at other local hotels

Thanks again,

Gary Renfrow
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed over the Xmas period for 19 nights and I must say it is very difficult to rate. It is "dated" as has already been stated and there does not seem to be any continuity with the facilities in the rooms i.e. You could get a full size oven and a small fridge and no dishwasher or an oven, large fridge/freezer and dishwasher or it appears any mix of the afore said !!
We were told on arrival that we had been upgraded to a "De-Luxe Sea facing room" but the only thing "De-Luxe" about it was the view and as we were on the 4th floor the AC units on the roof directly above our heads were so noisy sleep was not an option.
This said after complaining and a meeting with one of the Directors we were offered a larger, more modern facility but lacking the sea views we had actually paid for. We were ably assisted by Chuck for the transfer.Much appreciated.
We had a great cleaner and can certainly not complain about cleanliness and the number of towels available was amazing.
The gardens are really lovely and the two pools but the new hot tub did not get finished in time for our stay there.
We met people who have spent Xmas at the Alden for many, many years so it's obviously not that bad.
The plus side was also some lovely staff and some very cheeky squirrels that amused us every day for a monkey nut reward, shame one of them peed on our backgammon set to get some attention :-)
Would we stay again??? only if we could be sure of the standard of room as I hate "Russian Roulette"; though we did hear that rooms are getting refurbished all the time

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thanks for the comments, and yes, because we have 8 different suite types and configurations, it can be a bit confusing to guests who have not stayed with us before. However, all suites have been renovated within the last several years and all have fully equipped kitchens...some smaller appliances in some suites, based on the relative size of the kitchen.

I had never heard a complaint about the roof top AC units being "noisy"...we will check on the unit above the suite you occupied....

Thanks again for the comments,

Gary Renfrow
President & part owner
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Also Known As:
Alden Beach Hotel Saint Pete Beach
Alden Beach Resort And Suites
Alden Beach Resort
Alden Resort
Alden Beach
Alden Beach Hotel
Alden Suites Saint Pete Beach, Florida
Address: 5900 Gulf Blvd, Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706
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Location: United States > Florida > Saint Pete Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#14 Family Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Alden Suites 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Alden Suites, located directly on St Pete Beach, is an all-suite getaway experience featuring an array of amenities. Nestled against the blue-green waters and white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico you'll find a unique resort that lives up to its inspired surroundings. ... more   less 
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