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“A secret getaway close to everything.” 5 of 5 stars
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Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane, St. Petersburg, FL 33711 (Formerly Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort St Petersburg - Marina Cove)   |  
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Ranked #20 of 45 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Plant City, Florida
2 reviews
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“A secret getaway close to everything.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2011

When you first arrive, you are greeted by rooms that look more like cabanas. The landscape throughout the grounds are tropical, plush, and very well maintained. I was reminded of Disney Resorts and hotels in the Florida Keyes. We had three generation on this vacation with ages ranging from 74 - 3. Everyone had a great time. The hotel offers shuffle board, tennis, bicycle rentals, a pool table, electronic darts, two pools and a hot tub. There is a bar on stilts overlooking the beach and pools. The beach is actually sand the hotel put down over 1000 feet that lets you stroll out in waist high water where the manatee play and the fish jump. We encountered horseshoe crabs on our visit. The hotel sits so far down on the tip of St. Petersburg that I felt cut off from the rest of the world. However, traveling less than one mile brings you to a grocery store, drug store, and many resturants. The rooms were some of the cleanest I have encountered. I have found my new favorite spot. The drawbacks are easy fixes. The coffee makers provided by the hotel make one cup at a time. You get 3 regular and 3 decaf pouches. If you are a coffee drinker, bring your own coffee and maker. Also, the hotel provides microwaves for $5 a day plus tax. If you need one, bring one. Also, ask your server if gratuity is figured into your check total. I ended up double tipping.

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, May 2, 2011
I loved the title of your post. Our hotel is truly a "secret getaway close to everything". We have amenities for guests of all ages. We are so glad you had a great time here with us. We have had perfect weather for a vacation in St. Petersburg.
Our hotel sits at the most southern tip of St. Petersburg; that you actually have a water view as far as you can see. But like you said, there are so many local attractions close by for you to visit. Perhaps now you can make it a tradition to vacation here with us.
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

We stayed in the two story suite. It was very clean and spacious. It comes with a two burner stove, microwave and mini fridge. The bathroom is upstairs though. Nice showerhead and two sinks. The beds and pillows were so comfortable. Also has a second floor balcony, not private though. Loved the outside tiki bar, two pools and view of the bay. We enjoyed our stay immensely.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, April 27, 2011
Our 2 story townhouses are perfect for a family vacation. They can sleep up to 6 people and have great amenities for a weekend away. The outside Nepa Hut Beach Bar is a favorite amongst locals and vacationers alike. It has drink specials and a perfect view of Tampa Bay. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and please come back soon.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2011 via mobile

We arrived on Thursday April 7, 2011 and departed Sunday April 10, 2011. Booked the Busch Gardens/ Adventure Island package. Great deal even though we only went to Busch Gardens once. The hotel room we stayed in, room 112, was ok. But we only used it to sleep in. The rest of the resort was awesome. No doubt will be coming back. Hopefully soon!!!!

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, April 18, 2011
We are so glad that you and your family had a great time. You came during a perfect week in April. The weather was perfect for Busch Gardens or Adventure Island. We are so lucky to be part of their Preffered Program. Maybe next time you come for a visit you all will make it to Adventure Island. It is a nice water park. Hope to see you again next year.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2011

We had a great time. The entire staff was friendly. The rooms were impeccably clean. The linens on the bed and in the bath were high quality. The beach was wonderful. The hotel is located right off I-275, but we could not hear the freeway at all. I would recommend this hotel to everyone. I plan to stay here next time I am in the Tampa/St Pete area!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, April 11, 2011
We are glad you had a great time here at the hotel. We appreciate your kind words about our staff. It is very important to us to make each and every guest have a wonderful vacation. We are right off of I-275 with easy access to downtown St. Pete and the beaches. Come back and visit soon.
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Ruskin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2011

Me & my husband spent our honeymoon at the Magnuson Hotel. They provied shuffleboard , tennis, bike riding,a gameroom, a play ground , sight- seeing cruises, exercise room ,message therapist and a public jogging trail.The choice of either swimming pools were great and the jacuzzi was awsome!!! If you want a great hotel with five star quality the magnuson is the choice to go with. Also the view is wonderfull with the skyway in the back ground of the water it is perfect for a honeymoon and perfect for a great getaway. Its Relaxing to have a couple drinks at sunset at the Nepa Hut Beach Bar or at in inside lounge you can eat great food and have fantastic drinks at the bar as well.Fantastic customer service.Our remote went out at 2:30a.m. and they had a new remote up to us in 5 minutes.they were great!!!!!!!!

Thank you magnuson hotel for a perfect honeymoon and unforgetable memories.
MR.&MRS.DILLARD

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, April 11, 2011
Congratulations on your weddding! We are so glad you stayed with us to celebrate such a great event. We have so many different amenities here at the hotel that you can stay and play the whole day. Next time you are in St. Petersburg please stop in and say hello. Maybe you can stay with us again for your 1 year anniversary.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2011 via mobile

Our family wanted a place to stay on our family vacation that didn't break the bank.

The package with Busch gardens made this hotel a steal of a deal.

We were able to check in early, use the pools & playground and unwind from our long trip.

The staff was exemplerary. They knew it was our daughter's birthday & they had a birthday cake & balloon waiting for us after a long day at Busch Gardens.

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, April 8, 2011
Family vacations are our speciality. We are so fortunate to parter with Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. Being able to sell the tickets at our front desk, saves guests time when they get to the park. Happy Birthday again to your daughter. We are glad you all enjoyed the cake. Hopefully we will see you next year!
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Boulder, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2011

What can I say? I didnt plan ahead. We were going to, 'play it by ear" during spring break! All the beach hotels were booked solid and I had to find somethng fast. My wife was getting steamed, my kids were getting restless. I found the Magnuson on tripAdvisor and although the location looked like it was on the freeway, I booked it..
The hotel is a great little gem! My 6 and 4 year olds loved the two pools and spend hours there daily. There were lots of little kids running around everywhere and the playground is terrific too. The Staff are all very friendly and helpful except for one guy who should just get out ot the hospitality business because he just doesn't care; but he's just a bad egg. We were upgraded to the kids suite which had a bunkbed and video games/tv. That was a cool feature. The restaurant was okay and after 2-3 meals there, we were done; but in a pinch, I would't hesitate to eat there. We booked an Eggmont Caye tour that left right from the hotel and that was really convienient... The beaches are 10 minutes away by car and we did that twice - not a bid deal. Overall, the Magnuson really helped us out and I would definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, March 31, 2011
Sometimes when you book things last minute, it works out for the best! We are glad you and your family had a great stay with us. We have 3 kid's suites at the hotel and they are usually a big hit.
We are so glad that we could help you out in a pinch. Next time you head our way over Spring Break, call us in advance and maybe we can assign you the same room. Creating memories is the best part of being on vacation.
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Address: 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane, St. Petersburg, FL 33711 (Formerly Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort St Petersburg - Marina Cove)
Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in St. Petersburg
#2 Best Value Hotel in St. Petersburg
#2 On the Beach Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove 3*
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are minutes from Fort Desoto Park and the Gulf beaches. We are also in close proximity to downtown St. Petersburg and all it has to offer: Tropicana Field-home of the Tampa Bay Rays, The Pier, Salvador Dali Museum, Mahaffey Theater, and Jannus Landing. For the business traveler, we are close to Eckerd College, USF, St. Pete College AllState Center and all Children's Hospital. Our guests will enjoy all the amenities of a full service resort. Stay in touch with your friends and family with our complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. Take time to enjoy our pools, hot tub, volleyball court, bicycle rentals, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and fitness center. You can relax at the Nepa Hut Beach Bar overlooking Tampa Bay and the world famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge, unwind in Nemo's Lounge, dine in Periscopes waterfront restaurant with views of our marina, or have a relaxing lunch poolside at the Banyan Tree Deli. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Holiday Inn St Petersburg
Holiday Inn Marina Cove
Holiday Inn Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg Holiday Inn

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