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“Magical.” 5 of 5 stars
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TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   5500 Gulf Blvd., Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706   |  
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“Magical.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

Thank you Salty's! Adrienne, Elaine were the best bartenders ever! Be sure to ask for Mary C. at the front desk when you're checking in - She's AWESOME! We listed to some great music at the hut. Phillip from security was very helpful!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Our family enjoyed the pools, the inflatable waterslide and the cabana chairs on the beachfront. There are many opportunities to view wildlife. In a courtyard pond we saw frogs and fish, the paddleboats cruise along with swans, ducks and fish and of course the ocean gave us some peaks of dolphin and rays. It was a wonderful experience.

We found the staff to be very accommodating with every hiccup we encountered and anything that wasn't right was made right quickly. For example, we had been hopeful to use the water equipment (trampoline, etc.) but both full days we were there the equipment was not put out due to shallow water or pending weather issues. We were refunded and the kids were able to adjust to the disappointment. The grounds are well kept and very beautiful.

Room Tip: We stayed in a penthouse suite (7th floor in main building) and had a view of both the ocean and the...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Katie M, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us! We hope to see you again soon.
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We love this place! We have stayed here several times and will continue to stay here when we take our "staycations". There is everything for everybody here. The kids love the activities and attractions while we adults love the atmosphere of the tiki huts, the beach cabanas and the beach itself. The food is spectacular with something for everyone. Simply WONDERFUL!!!

Room Tip: There really isn't a bad room in the place. Depending on your preference, the ocean front is al...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Katie M, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
John, thank you for continually choosing us as your staycation destination! See you again soon!
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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We had vacationed at the Island Grand 7yrs ago with our family of five. To this day it is still one of the best vacations we have had. Fast forward 7yrs, and now with 3 teenagers in tow (dropping one of at the University of Tampa), we were hoping to be able to recapture some of the vacation magic we had experienced prior. The Island Grand did not disappoint! While exactly as we remembered, it has been maintained and updated throughout. Gulf front suite, restaurants, and bars were all top notch. Each and every employee went out of their way to smile, say hello, and to see if we needed anything.

I would recommend the Palm Court as a must have dinner. Bermuda's for breakfast was equally impressive. For afternoon cocktails it was straight to the Tiki Bar before dinner. The addition of the Guy Harvey resort just a short walk down the beach offered us even more dining and cocktail options. Definitely stop by for a lunch and a drink at the "Sandbar".

The beach has remained huge and clean with the included beach cabana a nice touch! The newer version of the giant beach slide we remembered with 3 young children was an even bigger hit with our 3 teenagers.

With a built in excuse to visit our son at college, we will becoming Island Grand regulars!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Katie M, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Wow! So glad you were able to return to us after 7 years! And we're happy to hear you and your family enjoyed your stay with us. We'll be seeing you!
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Palmetto, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We recently returned to the TradeWinds after a long hiatus and found a refreshed appearance, atmosphere and attitude.
The Beach, as always, was World class and the beach facilities were 1st class.
The Hotel is a large complex with activity areas for both families and adults . Food choices are varied and the service throughout was great.
We were there for a business conference and the Hotel did a good job of arranging our meeting space and conference rooms so everything was convenient.
We were impressed enough to purchase a return trip, we want to return when we have more free time to enjoy all the TradeWinds has to offer.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Katie M, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Leo, so glad you decided to come visit us again after such a long time! Glad you enjoyed your time with us. See you next time!
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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Our family of four stayed at the Tradewinds through a Blue Green timeshare tour promotion. We had never been to St. Pete Beach before so we didn't know what to expect.
This resort was outstanding! Located beachfront, this resort has the feel of a Caribbean resort, comfortable cabanas that could be reserved online the night before, several swimming pools, beautiful grounds, island music playing at the main pool, and plenty to do.
If you have younger children, the KONK kid's club seemed to have plenty for them to do to keep busy. My kids are too old for that.
Upon check in, we received wristbands that gave us access to the beach cabanas, towels, wiFi (excellent signal throughout the resort, including your room), paddleboats, and more. No charge for this but that may have been part of my timeshare tour package. They even had a few dive-in movies at the pool.
The resort was clean, room was decent in size considering that we were a family of four in a studio. There was a small kitchenette with a sink, fridge, and microwave. The shower had one of those large rainfall shower heads, which was a nice touch. The beds were comfy.
Our favorite restaurant on site was Beef O'Brady's. We ate there several times. We did not enjoy Bermuda's. There was a Pizza Hut express and ice cream shoppe that the kids loved. There was a good deal for alcohol where you paid $17 for a souvenier cup that held 2 1/2 drinks and a bar crawl to participate in if you wished.
Plenty of paid beach activities were available such as kayaking and jet skiing. If you walked down the beach a bit you could get a better price. The beach was very clean.
All staff was polite and helpful!
I would definitely recommend this place!

Room Tip: Did not utilize spa or breakfast
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Katie M, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Linda, we're so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your vacation with us! Hope to see you back on the beach sometime soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

My daughter got married at the Tradewinds a few weeks ago.Everything was top notch from the concierge to checkin to the rooms . The employees were exemplary, always friendly and willing to help. The reception and food were extraordinary! All our guests raved about the food the service and the accommodations . The wedding coordinators, led by Julie Manes were outstanding.I can't say enough about the outstanding time we all had that weekend! Thankyou do much Tradewinds staff for a truly wonderful wedding weekend!!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Katie M, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 10, 2013
Thank you for your review! We're so glad your daughter had a wonderful wedding and that we were able to be a part of it!
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Address: 5500 Gulf Blvd., Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706
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Location: United States > Florida > Saint Pete Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#10 Romantic Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#10 Family Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 585
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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