Full disclosure, we travel mostly to all-inclusive adults-only resorts, and that definitely colors our view of the place. We probably would not have booked here were it not for a conference my husband attended. There were a LOT of kids and families here. It seems to be known locally as a place to bring your whole family for a stay. The pools are tiny and we could not get near them for the kids. There is one adult pool but it too gets quite crowded, and there is no poolside service, so abandoned drinks litter the edge of the pool the later in the day it gets. However, the beach is heavenly. There are no umbrellas or shady areas anywhere except a handful of patio tables and the beach cabanas.
One free cabana per room, though they start breaking them down at 3 and if you leave your stuff unattended, they will break it down
Clean, nice room
Resort Transportation nice and efficient, if pricey
Nicely stocked kitchenette with fridge, microwave, toaster, dishes, dish soap and linens.
Coin-op laundry is available, though locked from 9p to 9a. Why lock it that long if not trying to force people to use hotel laundry?
Bars all close at 10 or 11 except Beef O'Brady's
We did not have an ocean view room. Unfortunately, that meant we had no view at all. Our tiny (floor to ceiling, but only one foot wide) window gave onto the hallway, so it had to stay closed or anyone in the hallway could see in. So no natural light. Bummer. Most if not all rooms (and windows) I saw open onto exterior hallways. If you want a private balcony make sure it says that, otherwise you might get a shared one which is really just some tables and chairs in an exterior hallway.
Prices are not outrageous, but being used to all inclusives, we did feel nickel and dimed. You do pay for absolutely everything here, except your alloted beach cabana. The food is not outrageous, but was expensive enough that the conference guests my husband was with complained to the hotel after the first day that they were government employees whose per diem allowances did not come close to covering the cost of on-site food. The hotel worked out a deal with them where deli tables were set up in the lobby thereafter for their lunches.
Concierge was useless. Could they make us a reservation at the fancy steakhouse down the street? No. Call ahead and place our name on the list while we walk? No. Arrange a cruise? Here's a brochure. Where do we get public transport downtown? Here's a map! They should replace this useless department with a brochure display.
This is just my personal preference talking here but I like to get dressed up at night and have a quiet drink and a late dinner and/or late drinks. This is not the place to dress up or eat late. Nobody dresses here, and it's a long walk over bridges, cobblestones and puddly poolsides to restaurants, so if you're thinking about bringing heels, I wouldn't. Also, attempting to eat later than 9 is probably going to land you at Beef O'Bradys, which is just kind of a sloppy sports bar.
Close to a few restaurants but not to downtown ($60 round trip or public transport which stops at 5p). There is a local car service that works for tips only, but the hotel does not publicize it. We learned of it too late from another guest.
There is only one what I would call "really nice" restaurant, the Palm Court. We loved it and tried to go a second time but they would not seat us past 9p (they close at 10). We were pretty incredulous at this and took our money off the resort that night. If you are a foodie, Chophouse 1200 is a must. It's within walking distance.
Second-best restaurant is Bermudas. We ate there twice for breakfast and dinner and the food and service were good.
Flying Bridge had good food but is open air (hot) and the tables are very close and loud.
Lunch at Beef O'Brady's was vile. There is another kid place we did not try. Pizza Hut is just a counter with no tables, so it's carry outside only.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- TradeWinds Island Grand, on the Gulf of Mexico, is located directly on the white sand beaches of St. Pete Beach — voted the No. 1 beach destination in the U.S. by TripAdvisor's 2012 Travelers' Choice Award — and is certified as a Florida Green Lodge. Our recent $20 million renovation included our lobby as well as all 585 guestrooms and suites. Located just 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport, Island Grand offers a variety of recreation activities including JetLev flight center, motorized surfboards, Splash Island Waterpark, children’s programs, paddleboats, tennis, a 3-story tall inflatable waterslide and more. Lounge next to one of our 5 heated pools or sip on your favorite libation at Salty's Poolside Beach Bar. This beachfront setting has a hint of the Island tropics and offers a beach vacation where you run out of vacation before you run out of things to do. All you have to do is pack your things — we’ll pack your stay. ... more less
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