Well, I have to admit that I am spoiled when it comes to staying in nice properties while vacationing, and that my daughter and I arrived to this Holiday Inn on the heels of staying at the Sandpearl Resort on the north end of Clearwater Beach earlier in the week, prior to renting a car (at Budget/Avis on Cleveland Street - Thanks to Ricardo and David there !) and traveling down to Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa and staying there for two nights before heading back north to Clearwater in preparation for flying out of Tampa the following day. The Holiday Inn is , I suppose, a typical older property - with no "sex appeal" upon entering the lobby, though front desk personnel were kind and friendly (enough). Though the young man told me that he didn't have any upgrades for me being an IHG Rewards Member - when we did get up to our room, it was a pool/gulf view room vs. the "city view" that I had reserved using my rewards points. So, I believe "thanks" are in order ! The room was small, but clean enough. The bathroom was bright and clean, though small. Beds were comfortable enough, as were linens.
I was worried that we might get noise from the poolside bar or Jimmy's Fish House and Iguana Bar 2 floors below us, but we did not, nor did we have noise from the hallway - all good. I was fortunate to have Tim help me with a late check out due to late flight out of Tampa...he extended my room for a few additional hours, courtesy as an IHG rewards member. Single largest complaint about this gulf front location, well two: NO BEACH - on a rock wall and the CROWS. When trying to relax and get some sun poolside on waterfront deck, the squawking and fly-bys of the crows were VERY annoying. They use the string guards to deter the sea gulls over Jimmy's FIsh House outdoor seating area, but the crows fly under the "netting" . They assuredly get this complaint a lot...must not be anything they can do to inhibit - though I did joke with a server to put pellet guns on the menu....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly on the Gulf of Mexico-Sunsets & Dolphin sightings Complimentary! Discover all that Clearwater Beach has to offer at the convenient, comfortable smoke free Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. In the heart of everything, from shopping and dining, to entertainment, you are within walking distance of the white sands of Clearwater Beach, and Pier 60 where you can enjoy nightly sunset celebrations.. Located 30 minutes away from Tampa International Airport (TPA), the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites is your best choice in Clearwater Beach. Whether you re coming to Clearwater Beach for fun or business the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites is your personal retreat. You ll have room to relax, work or play most of the day in our spacious rooms, Kids Suites or One Bedroom Suites. Amenities such as flat screen LCD HD televisions, granite countertops, private balconies, free high-speed internet, plush towels, and luxurious bedding mean every night is a great night and every day starts right. You can take a dip in our heated Gulf-front pool, relax with your favorite beverage at Jimmy s Iguana Bar or our Rum Rumer s Tiki Bar. You can enjoy a dining adventure at Jimmy s Fish House providing nightly entertainment. The best of Clearwater Beach is waiting for you at the Award Winning Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites. The only thing you won t find is a reason to leave. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Hotel And Suites Clearwater Beach
- Holiday Inn Clearwater
- Clearwater Holiday Inn