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“Reasonably Priced, Right on the Beach”
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Alden Suites
Ranked #11 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 17, 2013

The resort is reasonably priced and on the beach. We had a great view. The guy in the gift shop was really helpful. Our kitchen appliances were clean. The overall look was dated and they didn't offer free wifi but we spent most of our time on the beach, in the pool, or at Busch Gardens. Over all it was a good place to bring the kids. Will be back in the future.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

Thanks for the nice comments...However, we have been offering FREE WiFi since June 1st of this year...

Gary Renfrow
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We stayed here for one night so we could have a couple of days at the beach as a break from Orlando, the hotel was great everyone was really friendly, we arrived early around 11am and asked if we could use their facilities as check in wasnt til 4pm, but they said our room was ready and we could check in now, we were elated (not many hotels would let you check in 5 hours before) we could now enjoy the beach and retreat to our room if we had enough of the sun, which I did around 3pm with a headache so It was great to be able to go for a lie down to sleep it off, the rooms were basic but nice and compact with everything you need including a dish washer I was impressed. lovely balcony and amazing view of the gulf of mexico I will definitely recommend a gulf view room, the beds were really comfy as well much better than my bed back at the villa we were staying at. We took advantage of the buy one get one free drink at the bar which was nice and refreshing we had the ladies who worked there her special drink which was very nice. overall not a 5* hotel but for me much nicer as the staff were really friendly sometimes you wont get that from a posh hotel. so thanks for our very short stay, next time we'll come back and stay longer :)

Room Tip: book a gulf view room, amazing view
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank mrsshuggie
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

I LOVE this type of review!

This guest made some very excellent points about the Alden:

1) We are not a 5-diamond hotel, but yes, we are very friendly and treat guests like family. I liked the comment that "sometimes you don't get this type of friendly service at a "posh" hotel
2) If your suite is ready when you arrive, you check in early. Why would any hotel make you wait until "official" check in time if your room is ready? That makes no sense at all
3)Our Gulf front suites have killer views with full size balconies, one of the very few St Pete Beach hotels that offer full size Gulf front balconies that are large enough for 2 chaise lounges and a table

Thanks again for the wonderful review,

Gary Renfrow
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

The hotel is reasonably priced, right on the beach and the rooms are huge! We stayed in a Queen 1 bedroom suite. The pools are nice, hot tub is awesome but the rooms are a little dated. The staff was very friendly and helpful, parking was easy and the kitchen made it easy for us to make a few things in the room. Overall a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Leigh C
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

As I always remind the staff when they talk about our "Rooms"......We don not have any "Rooms" only large SUITES, and that is what sets the Alden apart from many of the local beach hotels.

It may be cliche, but at the Alden, you "get a suite for the price of a room"

Thanks for your nice comments,

Gary Renfrow
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We stayed here for 2 weeks in late July and were pleased with almost everything. The guys at the front desk were all very helpful and friendly. The pools are clean and the hot tub is new and fantastic! The room was a little dated but big and great for a family. My only complaint is the BBQ grills, they were filthy and the brushes to clean them were worn down to nothing. They sent someone to clean them but they were still pretty bad. We were looking forward to grilling our steaks but ended up using the oven instead. Overall it was a great stay and would stay again.The beach is amazing!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

Thanks so much for the nice comments....

Regarding the BBQ Grill Deck: First the good news: The Alden is the ONLY beachfront hotel in the area that allows guest access to 3 natural gas grills in a nice picnic atmosphere, with several tables under umbrellas, picnic benches, and a nice view down to the Lanai Swimming Pool. We get so many positive comments about this amenity and it is a very unique amenity, to say the least!

The grills are cleaned by our staff daily, so I am a bit surprised that you came upon a dirty grill, perhaps they had just been used by other hotel guests. In any event,I am sorry that the grill was not clean for your use.

Please come back again and thanks for your comments,

Gary Renfrow
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

The hotel is right on gulf road, on the beach side and closest to all main restaurants voted best on tripadvisor. Check in was easy and pleasant. We were given good instructions, two sets of keys and some local information. The hotel car park is behind a gate and is accessible with the room keys and there is plenty of space available. Our room was facing the pool on the first floor. Room was very spacious, modern and nicely decorated, with air on, a small kitchen, a nice sized bed and bathroom. Outside a small porch with two chairs and a table. The two swimming pools available were both nicely sized with loads of chairs and space. The jacuzzi was also very nice. On arrival we were also given a buy 1 get 1 cocktails offer for the bar on the beach - that was nice. The hotel is right on a very large and public beach. It was wonderful. Free wifi completed the package. E only two minor negative comments i have are: 1) house-keeping was extremely slow and our room was normally not done until well in the afternoon; and 2) we asked to please be allowed to check out one hour later and they did not allow that, claiming that the hotel was full and house keeping had to clean the room (given my point 1 i am sure that one hour would have made no difference at all)

Stayed: August 2013
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

The hotel is typically sold out every weekend in summer and thus we usually cannot allow for late checkouts, since that would lead to late check ins for arriving guests...a "no win" scenario!

Since we are all suites, it takes a little longer to completely strip the suite, clean it properly, have it inspected twice before the next guest checks in at 4 PM

Hope this helps,

Gary Renfrow
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

For an affordable on the beach hotel (~$110/night, King-Size Studio with 2-week reservation), we had a pleasant experience with this hotel. Family of four, stayed 2 nights 8/1 - 8/2/13. Arrived at 1 p.m. hoping to check-in early to take advantage of the day and the beach. Happy that room was ready, check-in was easy, and they will provide you with sufficent info and coupons for local businesses including St. Petersburg.
Entered our King-sized with sofa sleeper unit on the 1st floor and noticed a foul odor similar to urine which made it feel like this was an old outdated beach hotel room. I was beginning to regret my choice of hotel. Contacted the front desk and immediately sought out another room for us. It was nice they suggested we stay put while they brought the new room key to us.
Our new room had a clean fresh smell which vastly improved our impression of the room overall. Everything in the room appeared to be clean and nothing appeared to be broken or worn.
Each room has an AC unit which works very well, but it is a little noisy. I understand the AC will not turn on when the bathroom window is open. Room included small kitchen with electric stoves, microwave, fridge/freezer, pots/pans, plates, bowls, and drink glasses which was all very useful and helpful to save cost and reheat restaurant leftovers.
We enjoyed the clean pool area, as many other people seemed to be enjoying themselves including the jacuzzi. They have two shuffleboard courts which my family enjoyed. Had one of the many special mixed cocktails available at the beach bar which seemed a bit overpriced ($8), but they do have happy hour specials between 4 and 7, and a BOGO coupon that comes with the room on beer.
At the beach there are wooden beach chairs with cabana's that don't belong to the hotel. The cabana's won't work without the parts to prop the shade structure for a $25/day rental fee from a private business setup nearby.
They also have coin operated laundry facilities, a small store with just about everything you might have forgotten or would need/like on your beach vacation, and discount theme park tickets(e.g. Busch Gardens). I will not mention many of the other amenities offered at this property (too many), but they do seem to have covered everything and more in an effort to please their customers.
Every hotel employee we encountered at the the hotel, including the front desk (day and late night), housekeeping, maintenance, helpers, and bartender were friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: If anything about your room does not seem reasonably right, contact the front desk. They are very a...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

My son and I spent one night here. The location was excellent right on the beach and we ate at the Subway that was located across the street.
There was more than one pool and the ocean for swimming. There were lounge chairs on the beach with canopy covers for shade but there is an additional fee to rent them.
We had a great view of the sunset from our room (with buildings blocking part of the view) and on the other side from the balcony we could see the ocean which I was not expecting from our pool side room so it was a nice surprise!
One of the beds was very uncomfortable though - it slanted way down on one side. The furniture in the room was a bit dated and the electric stove had a couple of broken burners. In the shower, there was a clothesline available that was helpful for hanging the wet bathing suits!
There is a computer for use in the lobby - it's not in a private area and the area gets noisy as guests come for coffee, etc.
It was very windy the first day we were there. However, it was much calmer the next morning and we found some great shells while walking around in the ocean water!

Room Tip: Best views from suites that are on higher floors!
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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rgaryr, Owner at Alden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2013

This reviewer is quite accurate when he says even from some of our "poolside suites" you can get a good view of the Gulf of Mexico, especially on floors 5-6.

We will look into your bed situation and replace as needed, thanks for the "heads up"

The suite type that was occupied has some brand new furniture, including the sofa sleeper, the carpet, and two new thin screen TV's. The remainder of the furniture is about five years old, but still, for the most part, in excellent condition. We will repair or replace the stove burners ASAP, thanks for reporting this to us.

Thanks for the nice comments,

Gary Renfrow
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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
#9 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#11 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#15 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range: $122 - $296 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Alden Beach Hotel Saint Pete Beach
Alden Beach Resort And Suites
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