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“Will definitely be back next Christmas”
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Gulf Tides Inn
Ranked #7 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
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Alsace
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“Will definitely be back next Christmas”
Reviewed January 21, 2010

My husband and I were in St Pete Beach over Christmas for an aikido camp.
I fully agree with everything the other posters said about place. Great value, unbeatable location (a minute's walk from the beach) and very hospitable, efficient and well-informed owners. Am looking forward to a return trip next Christmas.
For eating out, we liked Ted Peter's Smokehouse (simple but superb: smoked fish), Cafe Luna (fancier grub) and Crabby Bills (for simple, healthy food: grilled fish or seafood & baked spud).
Also, Jen's Java - about 5 minutes' walk away - has great coffee and internet access.
For delectable muffins, try the bakery behind Jen's.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2010

Stayed for 7 days with 6,8 and 16 yr old kids. Our first trip to the beach and had a super experience. Dave and Adele are great hosts, very welcoming and full of tips on where to go and how to get there. Location is just a few minutes walk to the beach. Rooms are clean and have everything you would need. Beds are comfy and a/c is quiet. Rooms are all poolside which was awesome to step out of the room and watch the kids in the pool at any time. Met many guests who were very friendly and family oriented. We spent several evenings grilling out and visiting with other guests while the kids played in the pool. They even have beach chairs and umbrellas available to take to the beach. We couldn't have asked for a better time and place to stay. Only one tiny recommendation would be to have a nonstick frying pan to cook with:). We definitely plan to return!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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England
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Reviewed January 15, 2010

Stayed with Dave and Adele in October 2009 for 2 weeks and had a wonderful time. The location is perfect for getting out and about to all areas on interest. The rooms were clean and spacious with plenty of towels and we had everything we needed. Dave was the perfect host and made every effort to make our stay comfortable and he has great local knowledge of the restaturants and attractions.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Bangor, Maine
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Reviewed January 5, 2010

We (my family with small children, plus extended family) stayed at the Gulf Tides Inn over Christmas Week. While we were not fortunate with the weather, every thing else about our stay was lovely and we truly appreciated a family vacation that was so affordable. First of all, the location. St. Petes Beach is full of bars, restaurants and stores, so there is plenty to do and it is easy to find your way around. We especially enjoyed Cafe Luna, Agave and the Postcards beach bar (yummy Margaritas). The hotel is small, just 10 rooms, with several tables, lounge chairs and tall palm trees framing a heated pool. It is about 2 blocks from the beach, which is a standard high-rise-hotel oriented beach. Next, the rooms were exactly what I had expected: a small apartment, that was big enough for sleeping, cooking (we LOVED the Greek grocery next door!) and relaxing when the weather was not cooperating. Pool/ beach towels were included, along with free Internet and parking. The owner, Dave, is amazingly attentive to his guests, both in terms of comfort (we needed help with our heaters and sofa beds) and in advice (the Tampa Bay zoo is totally worth it if it is too cold for the beach, and Anna Maria Island does truly have the softest sand imaginable.) Thanks to Dave for bringing the European concept of small vacation apartment to the US!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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Glen Cove, New York
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Reviewed November 1, 2009

My wife and I, as well my in-laws and my sister-in-law and her husband, all stayed in Gulf Tides Inn during a family trip to St. Pete's beach. The rooms were very clean and comfortable, and the owners were very helpful in identifying places to eat and other various attractions. We had an excellent time and thought our stay was very reasonably priced. We hope to go to St. Pete's again, and if we do, Gulf Tides will be our first choice for accommodation.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 25, 2009

We stayed in Sept 09 and loved it. Let's get this straight - it's not the Ritz but it's not trying to be. If you have 5 star desires - stop in the Don Cesar down the road - the reviews seem positive. However, if you are on a budget and you want a clean, well positioned and pleasant stay - look no further. There are numerous bars well within walking distance - great for the Brits who have had a week in Orlando and now want to have a drink in a lively atmosphere and not worry about driving. Philthy Phils and the Sloppy Pelican are both about 5 mins walk down the sidestreets. But best of all for a lively local drink is the Reef - made fun by the barman Rick - a major character. Go there for the Rum Runners and Friday night $3 Margaritas. They will do the trick.
The owner Dave has great tips on where to eat - Cafe Luna is great as is Sea Hags and we had a superb Prime Rib at Silas's.
If you are in season try and watch a Rays game - tickets are far less than Premier League games and it is a great night.
But most of all go to Anna Maria island - it is gorgeous - the beaches are fab - better than Fort de Soto. We went and saw plenty of wildlife - pelicans dolphins and even a small shark. It was stunning. While you are there treat yourself to the best burger on the island at Duffy's Tavern.
The rooms are no frills furnishings but the beds are very comfortable. The appartments are great - and the air con is brand new and almost silent. Dave is spending money upgrading the rooms and it was well appreciated.
So I give this simple motel a 5 star review- you should go - it is simply great value for money and run by the extremely friendly and helpful Dave. You can't go wrong.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Québec
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Reviewed October 13, 2009

I have to say that we weren't sure when we went to Gulf Tides Inn, but it didn't take time before we realized we made a very good choice. The owner Dave is an excellent host, always there to help, give tips, suggest places to go and restaurants, etc... The place is clean and well kept. Great job !

Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Gulf Tides Inn
Address: 600 68th Ave, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-2005
Location: United States > Florida > St. Pete Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#1 Best Value Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Gulf Tides Inn. We are a family owned and operated inn located on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. We offer beautiful apartment suites and efficiencies for your comfort during your stay in Florida. Come and enjoy our wonderful amenities, our large heated pool, free wireless internet, BBQ grill, laundry facilities, free in room safes, hairdryers, complimentary toiletries welcome set and many, many more. ... more   less 
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Gulf Tides Inn St. Pete Beach, Florida

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