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Tradewinds Stay

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Tradewinds Stay

We checked in on Thursday, June 26th after staying in Orlando the first half of the week. It took me an hour to check in and I was the first person in line. They sent me to three different desks, one to check in, one to get my keys, and another to get my jet lav certificate that I purchased with our room. They asked me if I would like to upgrade to a gulf front room for an extra $45 a night and I agreed. The lady had just asked me if I had a balcony and definitely wanted it with the original tropical view room that I booked so I assumed there would be one on the gulf front room. Wrong! We had already paid the bell staff twice. Once to unload our car, once to take us to our first room, then I had to pay them to take us back to the original tropical view room because I wasn't going to pay extra and not have a balcony. I am so glad I switched back. I really liked our tropical view 1 bedroom suite with living room, kitchenette, and balcony. We were facing the third pool back from the ocean. I couldn't see much of the gulf or the pools, but that was fine. We were directly in front of one of the bars so I could hear the music at night, but it wasn't bad. It wasn't too loud and I was still able to fall asleep. My hubby and kids slept in the two double beds and I slept in the roll out couch in the living room. It wasn't too bad. I didn't feel the bar or the springs. I did slant just a little, but I liked to be propped up anyways. The air conditioning worked great! Just don't leave you balcony door open or it will shut off. The lighting in the bathroom was a little dim, but it was a spacious bathroom. There was a big lack of communication at the Tradewinds, the Grande this time with just about everything so that put a little damper on this stay. When told what to do for the jet lav, the info was incorrect. Then we had to go across the street to the bay, which wasn't a big deal, but then we had to get on a jet ski to take us to a boat. I can't ride a boat so I did not get to see my hubby on the jet lav and I was going to record and take pictures. I bought tickets online for the boys to do the bouncy stuff on the water and they said that there wasn't a code on my confirmation so I couldn't get them. I was also told at check in that we couldn't get our jet lav certificate because it couldn't be found and after three desks and being told sorry it is not in our system I showed them my confirmation that I printed out and then they were all of a sudden able to find it. Our October stay went smoothly, but this one was just one thing after another. Not sure if we will go back or not. I guess if we do I will have to make sure I have proof of everything and to ask plenty of questions. A lot of wasted time out of our vacation!

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Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us, so sorry to hear about the difficulties and length of time that it took to address the issues. I hope that you spoke with a manager, if not, a letter to the corporate office with a copy of your post to Trip Advisor might be in order. Hope you come back to St. Pete!

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Thanks!

We spoke with guest relations and we did get a free dinner buffet out of it. Even though that was nice of them that isn't what we want, we want them to get their communication together so the rest of our vacation is relaxing and nice enough to make us want to come back again. We are not ones to complain either so it took a lot for us to go to guest relations. I understand that some things don't go right on vacation, but there were just too many things, one right after another. I did write this same thing on Tradewinds site so hopefully management will read it and they also sent me a survey to take and asked me at the end what they could do to improve.

What is the water and air temp like down there at the beginning of April or beginning of November?

If we were to visit again it might be over Easter Break (hoping the crowds wouldn't be any worse than the end of June) or over Veteran's Day next year. We really enjoyed our stay in October, but not sure that we can go that month now that our boys want to play football. :)

Edited: 9:52 am, July 02, 2014
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The water temp. cools down quickly after Oct. Approx. 70 to 75 degrees in Nov. It is also about the same for early April. Easter break is usually pretty crowded expecially if Easter is early and falls during March spring break time. You may wish to look at a smaller, less crowded property along the beach.

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Thanks a bunch!!

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As far as prices and crowds go, the fall is the best bet for travel to this area. Weather is nice and the prices are the lowest of the year. If you do look for a smaller place, try the Plaza Beach Hotel - Beachfront Resort. My family has been going there for years and we all love it. A nice family run place without all the pretentiousness the big resorts have.

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Txs for sharing. And you just proved my point of ALWAYS printing your confirmation of anything you book online, wether it be airlines, hotels, tours, etc.. Some people ask me why I bother: Your example is the perfect reason. I've never had a problem, but the one time I don't print is the one time I'll have a problem. Glad you had a good time overall, and txs for sharing.

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:)

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For your next trip, try the Alden Resort. The rooms are all suites. They have 2 pools, gas grills which are great if you want to grill out. Publix grocery store is a short drive up the street. You can walk next door and buy passes for the water slide at the Tradewinds. Some rooms are bigger than others so check sizes online or ask reservations.

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For your next trip, try the Alden Resort. The rooms are all suites. They have 2 pools, gas grills which are great if you want to grill out. Publix grocery store is a short drive up the street. You can walk next door and buy passes for the water slide at the Tradewinds. Some rooms are bigger than others so check sizes online or ask reservations.

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For your next trip, try the Alden Resort. The rooms are all suites. They have 2 pools, gas grills which are great if you want to grill out. Publix grocery store is a short drive up the street. You can walk next door and buy passes for the water slide at the Tradewinds. Some rooms are bigger than others so check sizes online or ask reservations.