Stayed here for a few days in late March, which I guess is Spring Break around here.
The hotel was crowded (and pretty large) and it's worth noted that check-in is 4pm not the usual 3pm. We got there early and our room wasn't ready. We hung out by the pool and they had our room ready about 2.30, so not bad.
They have a fairly large parking lot that as far as I know is free. At least I wasn't charged anything. They do have valet parking if you want it.
The lobby is modern with a restaurant/bar, a TV and a big talking bird. There's a small store that sells supplies you may need or have forgotten.
For reasons that elude me they put us in a handicapped room on the 4th floor. The room was spacious with a "living area" with a fridge, flat screen, sink, coffee maker, sofa, etc.
The bathroom was a little wacky because it was a handicapped room but fine. Then the on the other side of the room was the bed, desk and another flat screen. We were on the 4th floor and had a nice view of the water. We even saw a dolphin from the balcony. Overall the room was clean and nice but perhaps a little dated. The bed was comfy.
The pool was nice and mostly busy. Lots of kids but the public schools were on break at the time so it's not really a surprise. Also the Phillies spring training facility is somewhere nearby so there were lots of Phillies fans staying there. It's a little tricky to find but there's a boardwalk behind the bar at the pool that will take you along the water and to maybe 20 stores and restaurants. Other than The Columbia not much is all that great but there is a convenience store and for us New Englanders there's a Dunkin Donuts.
No this hotel is not directly on the beach but you can walk there across the street or take the golf-cart shuttle for 5 minutes or so. It wasn't a big deal to take the shuttle. Once at the beach you can rent two lounge chairs and an umbrella for $20 if you tell them you're staying at the Marriott (saves you 5 bucks). The beach is a public beach and very nice.
The hotel isn't right in the center of the "town", such as it is, which has it's ups and downs. It's probably a couple miles from the town which is a little far to walk to say dinner, especially if it's hot out. So now you're stuck driving which means painful traffic (even only going a couple miles!) and then finding parking (good luck). Admittedly I was there during maybe the busiest time of year but it was very irritating. And the town didn't seem all that great anyway (except Frenchys).
We interacted with many staff members during our stay and every one was pleasant and very helpful to us.
I paid $279/night (add $25 for taxes) which is expensive but it was spring break.
Overall I would stay here again and recommended it. Look around for a deal because I feel like I could have gotten a better deal if I tried harder.
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- Escape to the beautiful Gulf Coast and enjoy a perfect trip in Clearwater Beach when you stay at Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key . Our Clearwater Beach hotel's accommodations are all suites, in fact we are Florida's only all-suite Marriott hotel. We offer a special resort experience with suite accommodations overlooking Clearwater Bay, and we provide a casually elegant destination for a family trip or business meeting. ... more less
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