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Sandalwood Beach Resort
Midwest
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“LOVED IT!!!”
Reviewed June 6, 2008

Stayed at this hotel 3 nites June 2008. It is in North Redington next to Double Tree. I love these kinds of hotels - from the 50's or 60's. 3 story with elevator. We had an oceanfront efficiency on 3rd floor overlooking beach with huge balcony - 2 lounges, table and 4 chairs. The staff were friendly and anxious to please. The price, while not cheap, was reasonable at $109. The room was efficiency, nicely furnished with new looking ceramic tile floors, white couch (clean - how do they keep it that way??), 2 recliners, and a MURPHY BED! What a great idea - comfortable but out of the way when not in use. Fully equipped Kitchenette. Four skylights - two in living room, one in kitchen, and one OVER THE SHOWER! Love to see pelicans fly over while im showering! Too cool! Only problem was last nite there, girl in adjacent room was in a cell phone argument at 4am on her balcony. We were sleeping with our louvers open to hear the surf, but were awakened by her. I went out and told her to keep it down or go back inside. Next morning mentioned it to staff and they promised they would take care of it. I LOVE THIS PLACE! Pool was sparkling and in courtyard. Parking free. Location excellent - public can use Tiki Bar next door at the DoubleTree. Will return for future visits.

  • Liked — Location and friendliness of staff. Room decor. Balcony. Access to beach/water. (Treasure Island beach too wide)
  • Disliked — Would have liked to have paid less, but who wouldn't. Would have liked coffee packets in room.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
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Kentucky
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2008

This is an older complex - Clean and On the Beach! It is great to have affordable beach front complexes. So many places are very expensive and make it hard to have a family vacation or a nice get away - you can do that at the Sandalwood. If you're looking for luxury, this isn't it. But, if you're looking for a clean affordable beach property with a pool - you've found it. ------ They are good to their guest. We return year after year. We have never been yelled at like the last guest stated , but then, we don't bother anybody. The pool is Always clean as well as the rooms. There are so few of these types of hotels around, I hope the mom & pop type atmosphere stays around. ----I've never written a review before but after reading a couple that I thought were unfair I felt I needed to write. Make your own decision and most of all, enjoy your vacation.

  • Liked — Beach, Pool, Clean and Convenient
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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2 Thank oceanblue
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Tampa, Fl
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 31, 2008

I have stayed at this hotel for 20 years. Recently the hotel has become run down and is in need of repair. I have been a law enforcement officer for 15 years and was cursed out by the staff for my 7 yr old child having a float in the pool. I will never stay at this hotel again and would not recommend to to my worst enemy. They are prejudice toward hispanics. The entire management staff needs to be replaced. There are many other quality motels on this beach.

  • Liked — Close to beach
  • Disliked — Staff
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank Ray42363
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Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 8, 2008

Although this is a 50's vintage building, it has charm and character. After checking nearby accomodations I found this to be the bargain of the year. You can stay next door at the Double Tree and pay 3 times the amount and get a room facing the road.
Take my advice, if you go to the Sandalwood, spring for the extra $10 or $15 per night and get a unit facing the beach. Can you imagine...a one bedroom condo with a deck overlooking the beach, in prime season at $115.00 per night?
Don't expect a 5 star hotel, but you will get a clean condo with staff that can and will take care of any concerns that you have.
I will return every year.

  • Liked — Great value
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
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2 Thank 3Wintertravelers
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Frankfort, KY
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 9, 2008

The Sandalwood was just a great place to stay, let alone at a price that families can afford and that budget travelers will love. Although a dated property with it's own charm, it is clean and well decorated. If you want more luxury, the Doubletree next door, at 2x or more the price is for you. Staying here though, you can still enjoy their beach tiki bar! The restaurant as Sandalwood has good food at good prices for a beach restaurant but it's fare is limited to good deals, not haut cuisine. If you want a good price, heated pool, rooms with ref., stove, and MWs, ON THE BEACH, easy walk to many restaurants and bars, located in the middle of the great beaches from Clearwater to Ft. Desoto, you can't beat this place. The staff was helpful, friendly and attentive, from needing a new dish towel to providing advice and directions. If you need lux and matching bath towels, stay somewhere else. If you like clean plush towels and a great price and superb location, this place is for you
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  • Liked — clean and on the beach
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
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1 Thank condorjpd
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Milwaukee
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2007

Sandalwood is very relaxed and very family oriented. The pool is great just what my daughter loves with enough sun to keep mom happy. Sand castles and shell hunting just steps away with 5 Major league spring training sites within 25 miles for me. The building is older like a Fifties style hotel. Clean but older. The staff has always been very helpful and accommodating with my family. We have stayed there for 3 consecutive years and will make it 4 unless Mickey Mouse's siren song calls my youngest....We own a business and realize what a gem it is. It's not a party hotel. They do not put up with Loud raucous behavior around families. :) It's not a Five star hotel with all the amenities. It's on the beach, it's clean, and it's a great price. Sorry I never even thought about looking inside the oven...We were too busy having fun on the beach and in the pool !!! Minutes from John's Pass. Dolphin cruise is great. With 3 decent restaurants a short distance from the resort. Hotel next door has all the ocean toys you could want to rent. I love falling asleep to the crashing surf. We have stayed in different rooms and have never been disappointed, but I have to say the third floor over looking the gulf is my favorite.

  • Liked — Beach, heated pool, proximity to activities we were interested in.
  • Disliked — Having to leave.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
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4 Thank Champion'sPub
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Kentucky
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2007

We recently stayed at the Sandalwood and was very impressed. Although it's an older facility and rather small the rooms, pool (heated) and grounds were immaculate. There is a beautiful beach and it's great not to have to cross the street to get to it. Staff were very helpful and friendly - eager to please. The efficiency we stayed in was tastefully decorated, well furnished and even had a small kitchen. We were somewhat skeptical about staying there after reading some of the reviews but liked the looks of the place after seeing pictures on the web and bottomline..... the prices were too good to pass up. So, we took a chance and are glad we did. We will definitely stay there again and are looking forward to returning.

  • Liked — Small, quaint and safe
  • Disliked — Needs more chairs beachfront
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank SunshineKY
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Property: Sandalwood Beach Resort
Address: 17100 Gulf Blvd, North Redington Beach, FL 33708-1443
Location: United States > Florida > North Redington Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in North Redington Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 47
Also Known As:
Sandalwood Beach Hotel North Redington Beach
Sandalwood Beach North Redington
Sandalwood Beach Resort North Redington Beach, Florida

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