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“LOVE THE BEACH!” 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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New York City, New York
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“LOVE THE BEACH!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Great hotel. Loved the inflatable waterslide and the cabanas on the beachfront, as well as the pool games and movie night. Staff is very nice and helpful. They always have a smile on their face and are willing to help. Had a great time, can't wait to go back :)

  • 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
Angela, glad to hear you enjoyed the beach and our staff. We hope to see you back on the beach soon!
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  • Sleep Quality
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We spent a few days here as a break from the manic parks of Orlando. I will be very brief. The beach is magnificent, there is plenty to do, the pools are great and the entertainment is fine.

However, the rooms are like cells. We paid the best part of $200 a night in a room with no space, a bathroom so small the sink was in a separate part, the shower literally dribbled out and for the amount charged i am sure we could have got better value for our money.

The hotel is dated frankly. And I doubt very much we will return.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

1- Zach Caruso is the entertainment @ Salty's today and he is rocking the place in spite of a rainy start.
2- The bartenders (Elaine, Adrienne, Jenn, Ban, & David) are top shelf. Excellent service, perfect location. Think you're down in the Islands. :-)
Love this place can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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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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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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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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Also Known As:
Tradewinds Island Grand Beach Hotel Saint Pete Beach
Tradewinds Island Grand Beach Hotel
Tradewinds Island Saint Pete Beach
Tradewinds Island Grand
TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort Saint Pete Beach, Florida
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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#5 Romantic Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort 4*
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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