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Sandpearl Resort
Ranked #8 of 98 Hotels in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
Reviewed January 2, 2013

My family and I stayed at the Sanpearl during the Christmas break and it was by far the best hotel I have stayed at in a long time. Everyone was very friendly and eager to ask if we have a question or need assistance. There is a full service Starbucks, sushi bar, fine dining room, casual bar, and outdoor grill. Everything we ate was fantastic. The bar was a fun place to hang out to watch tv and have a drink. We didn't have a need to leave the hotel to often as everything we needed was at the resort. The spa was outstanding, pool area was clean, water warm and wait staff very prompt. The rooms were clean, new looking and the beds were very comfortable. My daughter is a teen so we didn't need any of the child activities but it looks like they had plenty for kids to do. I recommend this hotel to families or couples looking for a warm, comfortable place to stay.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Jason O, Front Office Manager at Sandpearl Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for writing a review of your holiday vacation getaway at The Sandpearl Resort. I am delighted to here such positive feedback about all of our food and beverage outlets as well as positive experiences with the spa and housekeeping, and I will be sure to share it with our teams. We hope to see you again on your next vacation getaway. Thank you once again for taking the time to write a review, we appreciate your feedback!

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We just returned from a five night vacation at the Sandpearl. It is a beautiful resort and the staff work hard to make your stay enjoyable. The valet staff is prompt and polite but $20 plus tax/day is pricey (plus the tips each time you need your car). The hotel has a very upscale feel and there is a piano that plays music constantly.
When we arrived, we ate at Tate's Grill which was good but hamburgers cost $12 and up. One day i ate the corn and black bean hummus which was wonderful and was less than $10. The grill is next to the pool and on the beach so it is super convenient. Staff was polite but when busy, there is a wait.
We tried to eat at the main restaurant for dinner and brunch but it was sold out and there were no exceptions so book early. Brunch is $39 and i hear that it is excellent; this is the one disadvantage of the hotel-there really isn't any good place to eat meals that isn't expensive. For a family of four, this adds up quickly. My husband and I ate croissants and coffee/tea at the Marketplace at the hotel and then ate breakfast when my sons woke up. We ate all of our breakfasts and some dinners right next door at the Clear Sky. Super polite staff and quick service; it is literally right out of the door of the hotel.
We did not use the pool as it was too cold but the outdoor hot tub was great. Only suggestion is for staff to monitor the children who are not supposed to be there but are brought in with their parents. This is very disturbing and one of the main reasons that i deducted a star. Staff walked by and didn't say anything and I didn't want to get out to ask.
Rooms were very clean and chocolates are placed on pillows at night. One of my concerns is that I continually placed the "Do not disturb" sign on the door and maid staff entered anyway; I have never had that happen before.
If you go, an abundance of stores and restaurants (and shops) are within easy walking distance. Make sure that you go to Dunedin for walking, shopping, and eating. Also, Honeymoon island and Caledesia Island (by ferry) was fun and worthwhile! Ferry is $14 pp and there is a coupon in the Tampa "what to do books".
All in all, the Sandpearl is a great hotel with great staff. More options for eating would be better and would add an additional star. Kudos to the staff!

Room Tip: Far from elevator-was quiet
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Jason O, Front Office Manager at Sandpearl Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of The Sandpearl Resort. Your feedback is appreciated and I will be sure to pass on your concerns with the appropriate departmental managers as we are always looking to improve the guest experience here at the resort. I am delighted to hear that you ventured out of the hotel and enjoyed some of the sights and activities that Clearwater Beach has to offer. Again, thank you so much for your feedback and we hope that we see you again the next time you visit Florida.

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

This hotel was first class in every way. I would definately consider visiting this hotel again.

First, when you enter the hotel, the valet is right the to greet you. The valet staff was very friendly and helpful.

The lobby area was very elegant - first class. The rooms were pristine. Our room was on the south side of the hotel, so we had a view of the intracoastal, as well as Gulf.

The pool was huge - and what we liked most, was that it was heated! Very refreshing. And large, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

The beach was awesome -huge!!!! And the sand was great, as is most of the sand along the Clearwater Beach area.

The location of this hotel is really good. It's about 1/4 mile north of the main traffic circle - so while close to everything, it's far enough from the central Clearwater Beach area, that you are away from most traffic. There is plenty of shopping just adjacent to the hotel, and down the street. And a short 5 minute walk to Pier 60, and all of the action.

There are several restaraunts within walking distance, which is also nice.

We will definately go back to this hotel again....and we live just 10 miles away!

Room Tip: North or south sides - then you get view of Gulf of Mexico and intracoastal waterway.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jason O, Front Office Manager at Sandpearl Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review of your stay here at The Sandpearl Resort! I am always delighted to hear positive comments regarding how friendly our staff is. I am also glad to hear you enjoyed the pool and beach area as well as your room and view. We would love for you to come back and visit, and please don't hesitate to reach out to me at the front desk if you have any questions. Thank you once again for writing a review, we appreciate your feedback!

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

My husband and I recently celebrated our "49th" Wedding Anniversary at the Sandpearl resort on December 21, 2012. Because our anniversary is so close to Christmas, we try to find somewhere that is relatively close to our home in Oldsmar, Fl. We had read excellent reviews on the hotel, and found it to totally live up to our expectations. We were able to relax, and enjoy a walk on the beach even though the weather was cool and windy. We did not avail ourselves of the many spa services that were offered, but we will next time. We found the rooms to be comfortable, and very well appointed with lots of nice touches.
We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone coming to Clearwater Beach.

Room Tip: If you can afford the extra $, I would recommend a beach view!
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jason O, Front Office Manager at Sandpearl Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking time to write a review of your most recent stay at The Sandpearl Resort. I am delighted to hear that you chose to celebrate your 49th anniversary with us! It is always great to hear that we lived up to your expectations. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you again for writing a review, we greatly appreciate your feedback.

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Reviewed December 26, 2012

We decided to get a front row seat on the Gulf of Mexico for the end of the world so we picked the Sandpearl. A very nice resort overall with great staff. The Sandpearl is a step or two above the other hotels on Clearwater Beach and the prices reflect it.The artwork and sand sculptures in the lobby are fantastic. We ate at Caretta's for dinner and the service and food was outstanding but pricey. The Valet was great but $20 a day was steep.The daily resort of $25 a day is also steep. The best discovery was Clear Sky restaurant right next door to the Sandpearl. We ate Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during our stay. Great food,service and value.

Room Tip: We stayed in a beach front room 6th floor that overlooks the pool and the beach view rooms on our ri...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jason O, Front Office Manager at Sandpearl Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for writing a review of your stay here at The Sandpearl Resort. We appreciate your kind words regarding our staff and resort and delighted to hear that you enjoyed the artwork and the sand sculpture in the lobby. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you in the near future!

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Reviewed December 24, 2012

this was the second time I stayed at this resort. The resort itself is amazing, however I was less than impressed with the reception we received at check in.
On our previous stay we were greeted with glasses of champagne and an excellent staff that was beyond courteous. This stay, the valet was outstanding, but things went downhill from there.
There was no champagne. We had a brief wait to check in, which is not a negative, that happens. There was one person staffing the check in desk, still not a problem. Shortly, a man came out from the back to check us in. My guess is that he was having a bad day. With as few words as possible, he checked us in and handed us our room keys and muttered something like, "here ya go." He didn't give us directions to our room, nor did he explain amenities or activities that were going on during our stay.
I don't know if this is the reason we were unable to make a reservation for Christmas Day brunch, by the time we found out about it the restaurant located at the resort was completely booked. Maybe if Mr. Grumpy had told us about it when we checked in we may have been able to make reservations in time.
Last time we were at the Sand Pearl we booked a regular room, this time we rented a privately owned suite , so maybe that was the explanation for being treated like lower class guests. Either way, we weren't impressed and if this is what we are to expect in the future, the Hilton is much cheaper and we would expect this type of service from them.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

This resort was great! Our room had a view of the beach, which was cool and relaxing. The service was really great and the rooms were spacey! The beach was also really nice, when we went the water was a bit cloudy because it was rainy, but I found some good shells and had a blast! Pool was great too, with great service. The restaurants at the actual resort were very nice and had good food, and being right there on the beach you couldn't beat it. Right outside there were also cute tourist shops and good restaurants as well. I would highy recommend it, just make sure you plan ahead when it comes to the weather :)

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Jason O, Front Office Manager at Sandpearl Resort, responded to this reviewResponded January 14, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for writing a review of your visit to The Sandpearl Resort and Spa. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your time at the beach and pool and received excellent service from the staff while enjoying great food and breathtaking views. We appreciate your feedback and hope that we see you the next time you are in Clearwater Beach!

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Additional Information about Sandpearl Resort

Address: 500 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater, FL 33767-1738
Location: United States > Florida > Clearwater
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Clearwater
#3 Romantic Hotel in Clearwater
#3 Luxury Hotel in Clearwater
#3 Business Hotel in Clearwater
#5 Family Hotel in Clearwater
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Clearwater
Price Range: $241 - $525 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sandpearl Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 253
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With a stunning location along a 700-foot expanse on the sugary white sands of pristine Gulf of Mexico beach front, Sandpearl Resort's casually elegant surroundings provide guests with a vacation experience unmatched on the beach. Just 18 miles from Tampa International Airport, our guests will experience the old Florida tradition of hospitality at our brand new world-class property. Our friendly staff will help make your stay memorable through plush amenities and impeccable service. ... more   less 
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