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Alden Suites
Ranked #12 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Kissimmee, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Fantastic Place to visit.”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

First let me say if your wanting beach modern built hotel, this isn't it. The property has been there for some time. Think of it as personality.
Which is something their AWESOME staff has! I really can't say enough about every aspect of our recent visit (Family of 5).
From the front desk staff at check in, and throughout our visit, to the rooms size, and the 50 feet walk down to the beach this was a terrific experience!
Housekeeping is attentive without being intrusive, the staff in all aspects was super friendly and extremely helpful (Even when I had an issue with my car, there was a staff member to give me a hand). The Cabana Bar staff is fantastic (Ask Cali for her excellent "mistake" drink. ), the lounge chairs are extremely reasonable on the beach (Not owned by the hotel, but definitely not at all a gouge), the little store was surprisingly reasonable for soda and snack type drinks.
While the hotel doesn't have it's own eatery, the staff is on the ball with several suggestions depending on what your in the mood for that are all a 5 minute walk away.
VERY child friendly, and imagine this (TAKE NOTE LARGE HOTEL CHAINS)....PARKING IS INCLUDED in your room rental.
Overall, I had one of the best stay's I've had anywhere in a number of years. A fantastic place to bring a loved one, or the whole family! We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: Bigger families definitely want to choose the double queen option.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Wow! What a fantastic review!

I could not have said it any better, and it makes me proud of our hotel and exceptional staff.

Just like Avis (if you're old enough to remember their old slogan) "We Try Harder"...

Thanks for taking the time to compose such a flattering review,

Gary Renfrow
President & part owner
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

We have been staying at the Alden Beach Resort annually for many years. All the accommodations are suites offering varying layouts and proximity to the beach. The staff has always been incredibly helpful whether the request relates to vacation plans, housekeeping or resolving a maintenance problem in our suite. New additions including free access to a computer and printer, a recently enlarged hot tub or refurbished laundry room are appreciated. The two heated pools are at the heart of the resort. Our favorite features of the Alden, however, are the lounge chairs on the grassy area over-looking the wide gulf beach. The vision for our Florida vacation is walking for miles on the beach and then sitting on the loungers reading or just watching the sun glitter off the gulf waters. The Alden effectively provides for all our needs.

Stan Shaw
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
I sometimes take for granted what a beautiful beach we have (Trip Advisor ranked St. Pete Beach as the NUMBER 1 beach the U.S.A)

We are happy that you enjoyed all our amenities (with more to come!)

Thanks for the kind comments,

Gary Renfrow
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Seminole, Florida
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

First, I would say that I was a resident of Pinellas County for over 30 years and came back to visit over the holidays. We arrived on Christmas night after flying the entire day. The guy who checked us in was very nice and helpful. He gave us our room keys and we were on our way. Yes, this property is dated. However, it is clean and in a great location and staff is friendly. We travel with our 5 pound yorkie so this makes it a perfect place for us. The rooms for pets are on the lower level pool side. With great lush grass right outside your door. It is very convenient. We were also very happy that the room had an oven because we arrived on Christmas nothing was open but 7eleven where we picked up a frozen pizza. This property is undergoing renovation as they are installing a 15 person hot tub which will be beautiful when it is done. The laundry was convenient and worked great, the front desk gave us quarters. There is also a little store where you can get snacks and drinks. The parking here is also free and no resort fees. It is next to another large hotel that charges for both of these things. I am looking for comfortable and clean not a five star hotel as the rates are reasonable at this hotel. The one thing that I would say that I didn't like is that the hotel maids start early and the carts rolling around are loud and they are loud as well. They may forget that people are sleeping while they are working. Also, place your do not disturb sign on your door and don't forget to take it off if you want your room serviced. As we did this, we went to the front desk and they came right over to service our room. The other thing is there is a restaurant next door called the Toasted Monkey and they have some really good food. The shrimp wrap was great and my husband loved the fish sandwich. They have a tiki bar in the back that is nice too. Overall, I would make this a destination for myself and my family the next time I travel home.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Very thoughtful review, thanks!

We are proud to say that we are one of the few beach hotels that offers FREE parking and no RESORT FEES...up to $25 per day at other local hotels

Thanks again,

Gary Renfrow
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We stayed over the Xmas period for 19 nights and I must say it is very difficult to rate. It is "dated" as has already been stated and there does not seem to be any continuity with the facilities in the rooms i.e. You could get a full size oven and a small fridge and no dishwasher or an oven, large fridge/freezer and dishwasher or it appears any mix of the afore said !!
We were told on arrival that we had been upgraded to a "De-Luxe Sea facing room" but the only thing "De-Luxe" about it was the view and as we were on the 4th floor the AC units on the roof directly above our heads were so noisy sleep was not an option.
This said after complaining and a meeting with one of the Directors we were offered a larger, more modern facility but lacking the sea views we had actually paid for. We were ably assisted by Chuck for the transfer.Much appreciated.
We had a great cleaner and can certainly not complain about cleanliness and the number of towels available was amazing.
The gardens are really lovely and the two pools but the new hot tub did not get finished in time for our stay there.
We met people who have spent Xmas at the Alden for many, many years so it's obviously not that bad.
The plus side was also some lovely staff and some very cheeky squirrels that amused us every day for a monkey nut reward, shame one of them peed on our backgammon set to get some attention :-)
Would we stay again??? only if we could be sure of the standard of room as I hate "Russian Roulette"; though we did hear that rooms are getting refurbished all the time

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thanks for the comments, and yes, because we have 8 different suite types and configurations, it can be a bit confusing to guests who have not stayed with us before. However, all suites have been renovated within the last several years and all have fully equipped kitchens...some smaller appliances in some suites, based on the relative size of the kitchen.

I had never heard a complaint about the roof top AC units being "noisy"...we will check on the unit above the suite you occupied....

Thanks again for the comments,

Gary Renfrow
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Hampstead, London
Level 4 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2013

I really liked the Alden! The welcome was friendly and we had a gulf front room as requested. At The Alden, Gulf front rooms are right on the beach, which is not always the case on St Pete. The beach bar is great and barman Chris was excellent! - funny, friendly and helpful with advice about local attractions. There was NO noise after about 10.00 (and hardly any before that actually apart from people enjoying themselves on holiday - not a problem at all). The room was comfortable and very clean and serviced well each day (beach towells available in the room). We returned to St Pete Beach for the last three nights of our holiday after touring Venice and Sanibel Island and the only reason we didn't come back to the Alden was because it was full! Not really surprising as this place is great value and a really good choice if you are coming to St Pete!

Room Tip: Gulf front is right on the beach and the balconies are big enough to sit comfortably and enjoy the s...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thanks very much for your comments, we appreciate it!

Gary Renfrow
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Barrie
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We had a bit of a rough start with the weather in buffalo bad we had to come one day late. Although I had to pay for the room regardless, they let us check in early the next day which was nice of them. The resort is older like others have mentioned but the property is well looked after and the rooms are very clean. We had a room in the lania area and the gulf views are amazing! The staff was very polite and helpful with any requests and places to eat and go to especially Chris and Mark in the grab and go. We would not hesitate to come back to this resort. The pool was heated and wonderful. Keep in mind if you are near the pool the noise level can be high. We never had any problems with noise but I wonder what the busy time in July would be like if they have some noise curfew? They also have a kitchen in your suite with all the stuff you need to cook. They have washers and dryers on sight that were awesome we did a couple loads. An awesome time! Do not hestiate to book here! The staff are wonderful!

Room Tip: A lania room is the best because it has a big balcony facing the gulf.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Thanks so much for the nice review!

Please come see us again soon!

Gary Renfrow
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Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Well managed and in great shape - 3 cheers for ALDEN BEACH RESORT!
Yes - it's an older hotel, but it's clean, well maintained, good staff and you can't beat the location! If you're picky, bring you own pillow and sheets. The kitchen is good enough to get by for 3-4 days and save yourself from eating out too much. The mornings were awesome to enjoy the beach and the afternoon sunsets were beautiful. Worth the price - I will be back!

Room Tip: Dali Museum - Thursday nigghts are 1/2 price, or print out a $2 off coupon online. Free bird sanctu...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Thanks so much for the nice review, we take pride in our excellent guest service and quality of the property and the grounds

Gary Renfrow
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Property: Alden Suites
Address: 5900 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-3710
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Location: United States > Florida > St. Pete Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#10 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#11 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#15 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Alden Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 143
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Alden Suites, located directly on St Pete Beach, is an all-suite getaway experience featuring an array of amenities. Nestled against the blue-green waters and white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico you'll find a unique resort that lives up to its inspired surroundings. ... more   less 
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