my wife and i arrived at the begining of mardh(2014) at 8 p.m. as we had just arrived from the west coast. we registered and then were told our room wasn't ready. i was surprised as it was necessary for their visitors to check out in the morning.i was told that the room had been made up but hadn't yet been checked out. after a short wait we were sent to our room. i asked where to park as no information had been given. we went to the elevator to go down to the ground floor and to our building . i pushed the button but nothing happened. after a bit i went to the front desk and asked how to get the elevator. i was then told that there is a slot close be and it was necessary to insert my room card and then push the button. the suite itself was very large with a good size kitchen opening on to a large living room. the bedroom was of a reasonable size with a queen sized bed that was comfortable. the bathroom was very large with a tub and separate enclosed shower. the carpet in the living room was quite frayed in places and had many stains. there was a good sized patio that overlooked the harbor. it was cool in the suite so i went to the thermostat and saw that it indicated a temp. of 83 degrees. this obviously wasn't correct so i called the front desk and they sent up someone from maitenance. he said that the thermostat needed to be recalibrated and that we should just turn the temperature to a setting higher than it was currently registering. he said they would fix it when our visit was over. the next day i went to see the manager who had a new functioning one installed and it worked fine from that point on. my wife went to take a shower and to wash her hair the night we arrived but very little water came out and it took a long time to rinse. when we called the desk again maintenance came up. he said the shower head was clogged with salts. he replaced it and it worked well. the shower door didn't completely close and there was a gap wo you had to be careful not to get water running out. also there was obviously mildew on the . i called the desk, using the button that said "front desk", to ask if the restaurant close by required reservations. after 6 rings the phone dropped the call. i called again and the same thing happened. apparently i was told if the front desk was busy and couldn't answer then the call was dropped. the next day when we returned about 3 o'clock our room had not been made up. i went to the front desk and was told that housekeeping was still working and would get to us. at 6p.m i called the front desk and asked about housekeeping and was told they had already left for the day. i could continue in this vein for another 2 paragraphs but you get the picture. the manager was very pleasant and even took the charges off for one night . however the place really needs several things. 1. an infusion of money to bring it up to minimal standards, 2. a strong management hand and 3. a housekeeping dept. that has been educated as to how to clean a room. the hotel is busy as it is the only one on the gulf in this area. it's a shame because it had potential .
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- 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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