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Gulf Strand Resort
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Reviewed March 19, 2011

This resort had everything that was stated on the internet. The condo was clean and well stocked in the kitchen with supplies. Fridge and stove were very clean. We had a unit near the beach which is called a premium unit, I think you pay a bit more for this. The only thing which we were disappointed about was that the pool was very small and had only 6 lounge chairs. When you walked around the pool there was no room to pass the guests who were sitting suntanning. We spent most of our days on the beach with beach chairs and an umbrella which we bought at Publix across the street. You really don't need a car if you stay at this resort as everything you need is across the street at the mall. Most of the balconies face north so you never have the sun, which could be a good thing if it is very hot in the summer months.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2011

Unit #403 - staying 17 days - Feb. 12 - March 2, 2011 - maintenance issues - very worn and cheap thin sheets, mattress pad in shreds, bed skirt falling apart, blankets have holes and are pilling, not enough hangers in closet (only 2 for slacks), vertical blinds falling apart and then were repaired with incorrect length/color piece (I used tape to repair them while waiting for maintenance to show up), shower floor mildewy (I bought cleaner), thermostat problem, ill-equipped kitchen (no big bowls, no chef knife), but other than that for over $3,500 what can you expect? I love the location and would stay here again (only not in this unit) if only these maintenance issues would be taken seriously and resolved. From reading other reviews, it does not look like management will do anything. My call to them was extremely dissatisfactory. One of the employees said he would call me back , but so far has not. There is serious competition from nearby newer condos. It is a shame that this place fares badly when compared with them.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Thewhitecat
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Reviewed January 28, 2011

I arrived on a Sunday and retrieved keys from lock-box and visited the unit #204.
The unit was visually clean the bedding was at best sparse, the pull-out couch was a little worse for wear and when opened revealed two very crinkled sponge mattress toppers.
The pillows were somewhat stained and unsavoury-looking, there were pillow-cases.
The web photos sent to me showed a limited Ocean view, in fact the view was a parking lot.
There was no sun on that side of the building and hence the unit was very dark. It would have been depressing to sit on the balcony..
The advertised Barbeque grille was stuck under a concrete canopy in a corner definitely not a Beach barbeque.
The pool was extremely small much smaller than it seemed on-line.
We found the unit totally unacceptable and informed the agent that we would not stay there. She said there would be no refund of the total price we had paid, which was far less than the $1700 it normally rented for but would inform "The Manager" who would contact me.
We went and found a wonderful apartment down the street at Don Cesar Beach house with daily maid service and full use of the Don Cesar Hotel facilities for roughly the same money . Needless to say "The Manager' of TRS never contacted me and no offer of any amelioration was forthcoming. The lack of contact I found totally unethical and would encourage no one to do business with them.
We did notice during the week the Fire Brigade visiting this establishment

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank JohnGP42
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Reviewed January 5, 2011

We stayed in unit 501. Everything was perfect except the sliding door to the front balcony was hard to slide. (common problem on the beach) My wife and I had our own bathrooms. We paid less than a cramped single room beachfront hotel in the same area.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank MaryBelle69
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Reviewed August 30, 2010

Condo was beautifully furnished - could have been a model suite. Internet worked well, as did AC (important in August!). Appreciated washer/dryer as there is no tool service, being a condo. Extra space was great. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank CJinCA
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Reviewed July 16, 2010

My family and friends of ours have now being going to the Gulf strand for the last 9 years for the last couple of years we have seen the property deteriorate, and repairs that we reported last year that needed doing this year had still not been done. Our friends stayed in our apartment from last year and were very disapointed with the condition. We love the Gulf Strand and we have made some really good friends there over the years and for this reason we keep coming back, the location is perfect the views the sunset are amazing. This year though I heard a lot of people complaining about the standard of the rooms and really think the Gulf Strand need to listen to there customers and ensure that the units are maintained. They were beautiful when we first started staying at the Gulf Strand and I have to say when Rebecca worked there the property was maintained to a much higher standard. The rates would be good value for money if the standard of the property was increased. The cleanliness of our room on arrival was appauling the floors were filthy we found an old baseball hat under the bed covered in dust and one of the blinds was just thrown under the bed, none of the floors had been cleaned. The fridge doors had no compartment holders so everything fell out of the the fridge, lights didnt work properly, it is these small things that make the difference, we also for the first time in 9 years had to endure nights with hardly ANY sleep due to a unit being let out to young people who partied all night and screamed and ran up and down corridors at 4am in the morning banging and slamming doors lots of residents reported this but nothing was done. We have always loved the Gulf Strand and have not experienced this there before. We really want to return again next year as it is like a second home to us and our friends and we will give it one more chance but please Gulf Strand sort out your cleaners and sort out the units........we have had 9 great years there and would like to have many more. it would be sad for us to have move on.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank MMidge1
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Reviewed June 23, 2010

My husband and I have just returned from a 17 night stay in room 501 Gulf Strand. We have stayed here in this unit before and would not stay in any other as it has everything that we could want. The rooms are spacious, 6ft wide bed with ensuite shower and toilet plus another full bathroom. Open plan full kitchen, dining area and lounge with sofa bed if required which has everything that we could want. Washing machine/dryer and even a cupboard with a couple of beach chairs and play things for children if you would like to use them while you are there. The balcony for us is the main reason for our coming back here as it has a nice high breakfast table and chairs where you can sit and look over the balcony at the wonderful view of St Pete Beach and also lounge chairs and stools where you can just watch the world go by and of course in the evenings see the wonderful sunsets from the privacy of your own balcony. We do feel though that the unit will soon need to be re-vamped a little as the shower is very tired looking and the tiles need attention but was clean. I would recommend the position of the Gulf Strand as there are many eating and shopping facilities very close by.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Gulf Strand Resort

Address: 4510 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-2455
Location: United States > Florida > St. Pete Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 14 Specialty Lodging in St. Pete Beach
Price Range: $169 - $319 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gulf Strand Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful one bedroom vacation condos with 2 bathrooms located directly on the white sands of St. Pete Beach. Most units offer picturesque view of the Gulf of Mexico, and come equipped with full ktichens and dishes. Come enjoy a piece of our sunshine. ... more   less 
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Gulf Strand Hotel Saint Pete Beach
Gulf Strand Resort St. Pete Beach, Florida

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