I was a bit worried about the Sheraton having read a few reviews and we got off to a worrying start.
Upon arrival they made us an very good offer to stay at another hotel for one night due to overbooking. When we said no there was no issue at all-this was accepted and off to our room.
The room is fine. It had a balcony with a partial bay view. The bed was huge and very comfortable. There was a large 32" LCD television with a good selection of channels. What was interesting is that you could order a few cinema movies direct to the TV. Depending on the movie this ranged in price but was still slightly cheaper than going to the cinema.
The bathroom was small but as one person said, how much time do you really spend in there. At first having the sink outside was unusal, but was actually very practical, allowing me to use the sink whilst my other half was in the shower.
Downside to the room is no fridge. Each night i would fill the ice bucket so i could keep drinks cold. A small friedge would have been handy.
The maids were first class and did a great job. They never disturbed you when the sign was up and unlike some other hotels, they came back to do the room in the afternoon. A big plus.
The balcony was small with two rickety seats and a table. Not in the best condition, but we never used it other than to dry swimsuits.
There was a large gap under the front door and the interconnecting room did allow noise to travel. Although i am a light sleeper it didn't keep me awake. If you are worried, take a pair of ear plugs and you will be fine.
We ate in the Tavern quite a few times. They had a good menu and i can't fault the food. The service was great and Nate the barman was very friendly and looked after us well.
Rusty's had a lovely carvery which we tried on our last night. Had i tried it on the first night i would have visited more.
The Island Grill was great for lunch and like the Tavern, it had first class service from the staff. Plus the Police ate there regularly and no one knows good food like cops!
Room service was great, and very reasonable IMO.
The pool is too small. It has a fantastically deep end (8ft) but trying to use it during the day was an obstacle course due to kids. Not their fault in the slightest but be aware the hotel does seem to have a lot of kids. There are plenty of liungers, though trying to get one near the pool can be tough. Spread out to the gardens or the steps to the beach and it should be no problem. The pool and gardens are well maintained. I used the pool in and around 7pm when it was empty. During the day it was literally a quick plunge to cool down and out.
The internet cafe is very handy and i can only think of one time i couldn't use it due to a queue. They have touch screens and printing facilities. Very handy.
I had a massage there and i was amazed at both the level of service and the price. Natalie (i think) was fantastic and helped ease away a few knots i had built up. A very very professional set up without making you feel uncomfortable.
The beach is about 300 metres from the hotel. If you are able bodied and can't walk that distance without complaining then you have bigger issues than the distance. It was a lot quieter than Clearwater thankfully. The water is murky but it didn't stop people. We had several beautiful walks along that beach with amazing sunsets. Everytime i went down i saw dolphins. Go to Walmart and buy a pair of beach shoes-$6 for a pair and will save those feet.
All in all this was an excellent choice. What made it a step above a good hotel was the staff. They were fantastic and i would not hesitate in going back
Any questions please feel free to get in touch
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- White sand beaches and the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico greet you at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, set on Clearwater Beach and surrounded by gorgeous views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Sand Key Hotel Clearwater
- Sheraton Clearwater
- Clearwater Sheraton