Just got back from St pete beach and it was great. I have been going to this beach every couple of years for 43 years, first 20 with my parents and grandparents and 23 solo and now my wife and kids. I always come back because I know what I will be getting. I can't speak about every room since we always stay in the premium gulf front suites. The room has always been clean, modern, and the view has been tops. When I was younger we stayed a few times at Shafts/ sandpiper, and now guy harveys, and could not remember views like this. The only down fall to the view would be that monstrosity of a slide at the Tradewinds. They do deflate it at 5 everyday, but the kids all around love it, I just look the other way. I have read a few reviews complaining about the room and just don't get it. Its clean, modern, comes with a small kitchen with stove, fridge, micr and dishwasher. Plus I believe they are around 500 sqft. I did stay at the Tradewinds once in the past and you will pay over $300 a night for an ocean/big slide view a night, plus a huge resort fee. I am not sure how long the current owners have owned this property but it is evident how much pride and money they put into it. I can go on but their website is pretty accurate. If I had to find one negative thing to say about the Alden it would be the very rude guy working in the hut on the beach. We tried using the cabanas out on the beach( not part of the hotel, privately owned) and this man came over and said $50 bucks. No hello or an explanation about the chairs, just $50 bucks ($25 a piece). So I went up and got the money to pay him for the chairs. A few hours later the lady next to me told me she paid $5 bucks for a few hours. So I went to investigate it and the guy told me if I don't like it take a hike( again, this guy does not work for the hotel). So the point of this story is do not use them, go across the street get an umbrella and a couple chairs. Thanks to the owners, keep up the good work. Will be back.
For the best views, get an ocean front top floor.
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This guest makes many excellent observations that I would like to comment on:
1) We take pride in the cleanliness and convenience of our suites, and yes the premium Gulf front suites are worth the upgrade for the breathtaking Gulf views and sunsets
2) The Tradewinds super slide is a very popular attraction next door to the Alden and kids at the Alden like the fact that it is only a few hundred yards from our hotel
3) Our suites offer numerous in-suite amenities that you won't find at a "typical" beach hotel and they are about 40% larger than a hotel "room"
4) Our rates are very reasonable for the product you get (a suite for the price of a room) and we refuse to charge "resort fees" of up to $25-35 per day for the use of our resort facilities and amenities. We offer FREE in suite coffee, free gourmet coffee and fresh fruits in the lobby, free daily newspaper delivered to your suite (including the Sunday Times), free WiFi, free parking, Free use of any and all recreational amenities, and the list goes on and on
5)Our family has owned the Alden since 1969 and yes we put money back in EVERY year, to the tune of about $500,000 per year, on average, some years much more. We have great pride of ownership and I'm glad you think it shows!
Now, to respond to the only negative comment:
I am truly sorry that you had a bad experience with the leased out cabana rental company, and have no excuse for that non-hospitable behavior by one of their employees. However, you may want to know that effective September 4, 2013, we will install BRAND new larger cabanas
and we have hired a new management company to operate the cabana rentals on our behalf. Alden guests will get a $5 discount off the daily cabana rental rate and I promise excellent customer service, credit and debit cards will be accepted (so you don't have to run back to your suite to get cash) AND best of all, Alden guests will be able to charge the cabana rentals to their suite! It will still be an independent operator, but we will closely monitor their service and hospitality
Sorry to ramble on, but I want to let all Trip Advisor fans know what's going on at Alden Suites
At Your Service,
President & part owner
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