The Sandpearl exceeded our expectations. The resort is a nice compact boutique size without feeling crowded or small in any way; all of the common areas are pristine and seem almost brand new. I booked the Sandpearl on a JetBlue Getaways deal, so I wasn't aware of the normal cost of a room there until my husband did some separate research. It is definitely more of a higher end resort but well worth it at the price we paid, and even at full price. It was about a 25-30 minute taxi ride from the airport in Tampa ($50-60 ride.) We arrived very early in the day, but the front desk was more than accommodating, they checked us in even though our room was not ready yet and we were able to store our things and use all of the properties amenities immediately. My husband and I went in search of a late breakfast off property and were able to find two chairs poolside when we returned around noon.
As you will find at many other hotels, many guests have the habit of "saving" chairs with the towels provided, several hours before they even needed them. Despite this we were always able to find a comfortable spot around the pool and the staff seemed helpful enough that they would have probably assisted us if we had complained.
Our second day in Clearwater Beach we rented an umbrella on the beach ($25 for the day, and well worth it!) and the wait staff that was attending the beach crowd was extremely friendly, fast & efficient.
Our room was spacious, clean & well appointed and our terrace was HUGE. We faced north on the 4th floor so we had a partial view of the beach, and a partial view of the bay. The toiletries were a very nice quality, my husband typically hates hotel shampoo and he was a big fan of whatever brand Sandpearl uses. There is a $25 a day resort fee but that includes bottled water in your room daily, one free bicycle rental per room daily, unlimited access to the gym, towels for the pool, etc. Some people complain about this charge, but it is so common nowadays for many hotels to have it, we were just happy to see that the Sandpearl actually provided these nice little services in return.
Great location, within walking distance of Pier 60 & most shops and restaurants on Mandalay Ave. The beach is beautiful, big and clean; there are plenty of lounge chairs, Adirondack chairs & hammocks to keep everyone happy. Definitely a mixed-crowd resort- many families, younger couples & older couples around.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sandpearl Hotel Clearwater