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“Relaxing and the Perfect Get-Away”

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Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Ruskin
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Ocala, Florida
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“Relaxing and the Perfect Get-Away”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

We especially loved looking at the boats and the walk to the private beach is only about 500 feet from the rooms! I could stay for a week and enjoy every moment of it!
The clean sand is like a tropical island and the food close-by is excellent too but that is another review!
I can highly recommend this little hidden hot spot for a romantic get-away or family fun. It would even be a nice spot to write a book!

Room Tip: We had a back room looking at a canal but next time I would like Ocean view!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Jonathan B, Front Office Manager at Harborside Suites at Little Harbor, responded to this review, August 22, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and also upload photos from your recent stay with us. Your photos provide a great example of our One Bedroom suites with a partial kitchenette. I am glad to hear you enjoyed our beach access and also the view from your room! We hope to see you again soon.
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

We stayed in the Harborside Suites portion of the resort in an 2-story 3bdr/3 bath unit for one week in early April. The resort was booked to capacity, thus our check-in was delayed. After driving 1100 miles to get there, our family (5 adults and a one year old) were tired and cranky, so this was an inconvenience we brought up to the resort staff. We were compensated with 6 free drinks for use at their restaurant or tiki bar. We were extremely impressed with the accommodations overall. There was one bedroom/bath on the main level, along with the kitchen, living/dining area, and a balcony. The upstairs had 2 bedrooms/baths and a balcony attached to one of the bedrooms. The unit was decently stocked with basic utensils/cookware and some (not many) toiletries/soaps/etc. Our only complaint was the carpet-it had seen better days no doubt. With how often we were coming in/out to/from the beach and pool it's no wonder the carpet wears quickly, as I'm sure most of the unit's users are doing the same.If you are booking in the harborside suites, do your best to request and score a "harbor view." We were lucky enough to get a top floor unit with this view and I am sure it added 1 star to my rating, at least.

The location (Ruskin, FL) is a pretty desolate area by vacation standards, no doubt. Shame on those reviewers who took points off of the resort for this, though. Do your research ahead of time (pinpoint Ruskin on a map, for example) and you will find yourself aware of this issue and you can then choose not to book your stay here. We took day trips to Clearwater and St. Petersburg. The drive to each took about 40 minutes. There is a SuperWalmart about 15 minutes away, but other grocery stores and fast food are a tad closer than that.

The beach left much to be desired. Had it not been for our great accommodations, I would have downgraded my rating to 3 stars because of this. It was private and not too crowded; however there were VERY FEW chair/umbrellas available for set-up and the water was slightly murky. If you're looking for good swimming/ocean-like waters....head to St. Pete's or Clearwater. The pool closest to our unit on the other hand was GREAT. Water was decently warm, there was a hot tub, plenty of lounge chairs/umbrellas, and a communal gas grill and nice seating area too.

We ate dinner at the restaurant (Sunset Grille) once. Food was a bit pricey, but very good. We had appetizers and drinks at the Tiki Bar a few times. Excellent Mai Tais and reasonably priced. Plus the view was awesome for sunsets. The atmosphere did get a little rowdy though, especially on the weekends.

Overall, a great place for families. The crowd was generally senior citizens and families with young children (we went while most schools were in session, after the Easter holiday). The rowdiness at the bar area was due to the fact that it isn't a private establishment. It seems the locals do congregate there to blow off some steam...but this only seemed to happen on the weekends after 7pm. My advice: request a harbor view and stop at the grocery store (so you can cook a majority of meals in the unit). This place worked out great for us, as our son is still so young that a pool and beach was all he needed to be entertained for the week!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

I am a single traveler and wanted to stay someplace nice for a brief vacation. The location is a bit out of the way, but not that far from the main road. Ruskin is midway between Tampa and Sarasota. There is much to visit in the immediate area. My room was well-kept, attractive, spacious, with a private lanai overlooking the boat basin. Hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The one major negative is the restaurant on-site (not part of the hotel). It serves mediocre food, service is slow, the place is a bit shabby and not as clean as it should be. It is the ONLY option unless you want to drive a bit. Ruskin itself offers very little. The kitchenette in the room was very convenient, especially for preparing breakfast (which the hotel does not provide). Overall, a pleasant stay. Would return again.

Room Tip: Make sure you are facing west for the view of the boat basin and the sunsets.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Jonathan B, Front Office Manager at Harborside Suites at Little Harbor, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay. It's refreshing to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that our staff was so helpful. We’re glad you were able to enjoy our central location between Tampa, Sarasota, and St. Petersburg. The restaurant on property is leased by a separate company. However, I have forwarded your comments to their manager. We can’t wait to welcome you back for your return visit!
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

We stayed here from Feb 22 to Mar 1. It is a little off the beaten path, but not as remote as some reviews made it out to be. All necessities are a short 5 minute drive away. Check in was quick, pleasant. Although we did not get a marina view, and requested to be moved if one became available, it did not happen, but for the time we spent in our room, we were very pleased otherwise. The room was clean, quiet, comfortable and aside from lacking toiletry space in the bathroom, it had everything we needed + more, including free wi-fi. Housekeeping came in 3 or 4 times during the week - not every day, but that was fine. The kitchen was more than adequate for preparing light snacks or picnic lunches and we stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies from roadside vendors for this purpose. The resort itself was very pleasant for walking, exploring, relaxing. Our one meal at the restaurant was good and the sunset from Tiki Bar was beautiful. Beach was more than adequate for our needs - not as "tiny" as some made out. Guess it is what you are used to. Not as busy as some of the large Gulf Coast beaches and we took full advantage of it. We returned to the resort late one night after a hockey game in Tampa and there was a security guard at the gate who carefully checked our id before letting us in the grounds. Very reassuring. All in all, this place was perfect for what we wanted and we would return again. Don't miss The Fish House (Shell Pt Road, open only Thurs, Fri, Sat). Great seafood at reasonable prices.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jonathan B, Front Office Manager at Harborside Suites at Little Harbor, responded to this review, August 26, 2013
I apologize that our staff was unable to accommodate your request for a room with a marina view. If you would like to guarantee a marina view for your next stay with us, you may contact the hotel directly and obtain a guaranteed water view room for an additional $25 per night. We’re glad that you were still able to enjoy your stay at our resort. I agree that the Fish House is a nice little seafood shack nearby. We’re lucky to have such a hidden gem so close by. Please visit us again soon!
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Property: Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
Address: 536 Bahia Beach Blvd, Ruskin, FL 33570-3022 (Formerly Harborside Suites)
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Location: United States > Florida > Ruskin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Ruskin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Harborside Suites at Little Harbor 3.5*
Number of rooms: 158
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Harborside Suites at Little Harbor is nestled between Tampa and Sarasota on 125 acres surrounded by the calm, soothing waters of Tampa Bay.Harborside Suites offers superior accommodations featuring, studio, one, two and three bedroom suites, all beautifully decorated featuring upscale amenities and complimentary WIFI internet access.Harborside Suites features a pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, fire place area, outside kitchen with gas grill, views accross our marina and Tampa Bay.Our guests will also enjoy our secluded half mile of provate beach, tennis, basket ball, kayaking, waverunners, sailing, fishing, shuffleboard, horse shoes and two other pools. With 36 holes of Championship golf just 10 minutes away.See you soon at our "Little Slice of Paradise" ... more   less 
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