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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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Ranked #12 of 32 Hotels in Saint Pete Beach
essex,uk
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“Mixed feelings”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

On arrival its very welcoming. Free self parking which was very busy at the weekend. Check in took a while and hotel was always busy with a wedding or convention going on. Walk to the rooms in open corridor was very wet if it was raining and wind howled down the corridor sometimes at night. we were 5th floor in Jacaranda. We were very suprised to know they had just spent $20million on refurbishments. There were 2 standard doubles in the first area. Storage for 5 was very limited to one small drawer for 4 people ..where is the 5th person supposed to put their clothes ? Bathroom fine.Like one youd get at home, basic .Living area was ok.table and chairs for 4 only.kitchen VERY basic and no where to actually put any food except on top of the fridge which was not cleaned.pan handles all lose, no kettle so had to boil water in dodgy pan. thankfully it had a toaster and microwave for breakfast made easier. 5th bed is the sofa which is infact bigger than the double beds..just the usual palava getting it out each day. Kids loved the slide on the beach which was free for guests, as was ONE double cabana which you can prebook the night before. There are 5 of us..where are the other 3 supposed to sit ? Told we would have to pay for extra cabanas $15 each per day and we would need 2 extra..i dont think so..felt cheated especially as there were LOADS of unused cabanas when we were there. so stayed by the pool on free loungers.large pool shut on arrival so 3 kids (who cant use adult pool of course) had to use the small pool near the kids club.Didnt eat at the hotel as restaurant seemed a bit too glam for families. We did have lunch at the Flying Bridge $10 for cocktails (Im not sure they ever put alcohol in it as i get light headed quick but didnt with these)Lunch was nice but a bit samey.The staff at flying bridge in particular were great. I think one was called rob and he was always offering really useful information to make sure we had the most from our stay. Beach guys generally miserable and not very forthcoming or friendly. made us feel we were interupting them most times if we aproached them. Mini golf,hmmmm.. enough said. This hotel was ok..average. suprised Virgin recommend it to be honest. Felt like a slightly upper class motel at times so i was really dissapointed.Loved watching the dolphins. we upgraded to a gulf view and it was lovely, just not sure why some had proper balconies, our balcony was about 20cm deep so not really a balcony at all. Air con was great during the day but seemed not to be able to cope at night for some reason. An average hotel, no thrills except a big slide and a cabana if one is enough for you.

Room Tip: Only recommendation is to have a gulf view
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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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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.

Room Tip: Spend real money to get a suite! Or you will end up in a cell.
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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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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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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:
#1 Business Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#9 Family Hotel in Saint Pete Beach
#10 Romantic 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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