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“Showing its age, but fantastic staff!” 3 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 #19 of 46 hotels in St. Petersburg
Somerset, New Jersey
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“Showing its age, but fantastic staff!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

We stayed in the "townhouses" at the Magnuson for a week. The suites are huge and have nice kitchenettes. The place is getting old though, and is showing its age. The outside area is very nice though, with 2 nice sized pools, a hot tub, a small playground, and a small beach (more for sunning than swimming). The snack bar has good "pool" food, but we've never eaten at the restaurant. I must say though that the staff is fantastic! They are friendly and helpful and definitely aim to please. We had several problems with our rooms, including clogged toilets, no phone service, and no internet service. The latter two problems we were told were service provider issues, not the fault of the hotel. Regardless, they tried their best to fix the issue, including the rebooting of their system. My toilet didn't flush twice during my stay, and the second time, the front desk manager came to fix it himself rather than wait for maintenance since I really needed to use it! The housekeeping staff were hard working and friendly. Every staff member was extremely friendly and helpful. I did not pass a single one who did not greet me and/or ask how things were going. The workers made our stay a pleasant and relaxing experience. There is a small fitness room that has a couple elipticals and treadmills. I wouldn't call the place a "resort", but it's a clean, beautifully staffed motel in a perfect location.

Room Tip: The town houses are much nicer than the regular rooms if you want more space.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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, March 27, 2013
The townhouses are perfect for a large group or family. They can sleep up to 6 people. We certainly apologize for the phones and internet being down during your stay. But like you stated, this was a service provider issue and we worked as fast as possible to repair the lines. Please come back again and stay with us. Our staff is great and some have even been here 15+ years. Our location is wonderful and the views out back are some of the best in the city!
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We stayed the MLK weekend this last January and it was the best stay ever.
This is like a real Florida throwback, only upgraded! Our two 6 year old grandsons
love everything about this place, especially fishing off of the seawall and seeing a
real LIVE wild dolphin show in the marina. Greeting sailboats as they came in to dock.
If you just want to relax, this is a great place to do it. From the front desk, to the
snack bar and the restaurant, everything was great with the friendliest service.
The view of Tampa Bay is spectacular at any time of day. Thank you!

  • Stayed January 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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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
We love your review! Thank you for the great feedback and kind words. I will be sure to pass on the comments to the staff at the front desk, deli, etc. This is a great hotel for kids. Please bring your grandsons back to visit soon. The dolphins will be waiting for you.
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Ocoee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I booked a night here for my parents in law and the husband and myself for a quick stay after a sunset cruise. I stay on the beach all the time and I was not paying spring break prices and ended up finding a great little spot. Beautiful scenery, great restaurant and easy to get to. We will stay there again.

Room Tip: Get there early or ask for a water view room, it's pretty awesome for bayside.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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, March 19, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are a hidden treasure on Tampa Bay. The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful in the area. Please come back and join us again next year. We look forward to having you back!
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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

If it wasn't for the fact that the view was peaceful, we would have packed our bags and left the first day. The sheets were so wore out that you could see through them. The pillows were made out of fiberfill foam that disintegrated by the third day. The HVAC unit in our room was so loud that it kept me up all night.
Although this motel had some nice amenities, I think the word resort is overreaching. Do yourself a favor and skip eating at periscopes which is the restaurant that is attached the resort.

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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
We were concerned with your review and would have been happy to switch your room if you were not satisfied. We do our best to manage any issue on the spot.
Our pillows are the national brand standard for all hotels. We supply 4 per bed for extra comfort. We do have several amenities on property that continue to make us a hot spot for travelers. I will follow up with my staff to look into your mentioned concerns.Hope you had a safe journey home.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

The best thing about this hotel for us was the reasonable price and location to the college we were visiting. The rooms needed updates, beds felt old but were clean. The fitness room had 2 broken machines and needs basic upgrades, like towels for wiping equipment, hand weights, and a water dispenser. The staff was very helpful and were courteous. The restaurant was understaffed and the waitstaff overwhelmed at breakfast. I only wanted to pay for a cup of coffee to go and no one had time to help me, even though the urns are displayed for guests to help themselves. Perhaps either providing free coffee or the "honor system" for payment would be preferable. Teams from different states were in the restaurant for spring break training and service suffered. I did not order food so can not comment on the cuisine. Pool and grounds near hotel looked lovely but too cold to swim. I would stay here again but only if the price remained reasonable. If you are ok with the basics and need a good rate then stay here. If you want a beautiful beach and modern touches, stay elsewhere. Plenty of those around.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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 18, 2013
Our price sure is hard to beat! If you are staying here with Eckerd College, we have a year round rate. Next time you make your reservation, please mention Eckerd for the deal. .
We will definitely look into the fitness center right away. However we do supply it with towels and water at all times. We do host various teams throughout the months of February and March. We apologize for any wait time due to the large groups. Please give us another chance when you visit again.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The price was right for the first week of baseball training season and spring break. After I removed the 60's flowery spreads and installed the nice white comforters from the closet the room looked acceptable. Had all the needed amenities, refer, box tv w cable; hair dryer and nice tub/shower. I'd recommend requesting the original one story rooms. They were the most soundproof of any hotel anywhere. So quiet........and the ice and washing machines are across the way.
Downside...at least in Feb. 2013...no internet access anywhere if you have an Apple product. They did buy one new computer and installed it in the lobby for 24 hour free access but even event presenters couldn't use their on-line power point. Beach was shabby and unkempt; tennis courts a wreck. Pool was nice and extra heated pool and jacuzzi hot and bubbly.
Restaurant fare blah except for a good chicken pasta primavera. You have to drive a couple of miles to get to other food sources tho. It's at the south end of town and isolated. St. Pete beach area is about 8 miles west. It's an ok location if you are seeking to visit St. Pete's museums (Dali and Art, History and Holocaust) but this not for beach sunbathing.
You must have your own car here. If I had my druthers I'd seek a mom and pop motel along the beaches. The employees are this resort were very friendly and helpful. Sad the place needs so much work to get it up to par. Hope they can do it tho. I did like my quiet get away room.

Room Tip: Ask for the one story building just to the east of the lobby. Older, but sooooo quiet. Park outside...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, March 15, 2013
Thank you for your review of the hotel. We have several different room types. They are all quiet and within walking distance to everything on property. Our wireless internet is always on, perhaps you were not logged onto our network. We would hope if one of the presenters could not get their's to work, they would inform someone on staff so we could assist them with their computer.
Having a rental car is always a great suggestion. While we have several amenities right on the grounds, if you want to explore the local area and culture, you might want to have a rental car or grab a taxi.
Hope you give us another chance in the future and that you had a safe trip home.
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Caledon, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

we recenly stayed at the Magnuson Marina Cove and we had a very enjoyable time. The rooms were pretty standard but they were nice and clean and the cleaning staff were right on top of things. The hotel is quiet so if you're looking for alot of action it's not for you. The washroom was clean and nice and roomy.There is a boat cruise that leaves from the hotel called the Adventure Boat Cruise which is a must do!! The hotel is conveniently located right at the 275 entrance and is within a 20 minute drive to Clearwater,Treasure Island, Madiera Beach and Tampa. There is also a huge mall nearby called the Tyrone Shopping Center.The beach at the hotel is not that great so you would probably want to use the pools. The restaurant (The Periscope) left a lot to be desired and the first night we got there we didn't pay enough attention to the bill and left a 15% tip not realizing they had already INCLUDED an 18% tip in the bill. We were NOT happy about it. Believe me the sevice was not worth the 18 % let alone 38%!!!! I would stay at this hotel again it was enjoyable and reasonably priced.

Room Tip: courtyard overlooks the bay and has a nice balcony on second floor
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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 11, 2013
Thank you for your review. Our staff is so happy that you had a grat time here at the hotel.
Hope you had a safe trip back to Canada and it is not too cold. We are so busy here right now with Spring Break travelers. The sunshine has been perfect everyday.
Come back and visit again soon.
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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:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in St. Petersburg
#3 On the Beach Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove 3*
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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