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Howard Johnson Resort Hotel - ST. Pete Beach FL
Ranked #25 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
florida
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“you get what you pay for”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

I've stayed here three different times and all were good. As others have said if you are looking for a 5 star go somewhere else. You get what you pay for. I can't brag enough about the last time i booked a room, for $149 a nite, we got a huge place, full kitchen, dining area, 2 big beds and bath and living rm, sq ft approx 600 or so. Everybody is so nice, but remember how you treat people is how they respond to you. There are two hotels right on each side that has live bands so yea you will hear music. It is a great place for familys or younger people. but if you want to have quite time, probably not a place for you. As they always says you get what you pay for its true. If you're not looking for 5 star, this is not the place for you. There are plenty of
resturants to go to and things to do. You are right on the beach, They do have different rooms for different prices, but i have been others too, and felt like i got my moneys worth. And when it comes to roaches you are in florida. Ha ha get used to it. If it was several a reason complain if not , as i said your in florida.

Room Tip: ask for the one that has a living rm and dining rm, ours faced the parking lot but it was huge
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Saint John, Canada
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

We spent two nights at the Howard Johnson on St. Pete’s Beach. Listed as a Resort Hotel, but can only be considered a ‘Resort’ due to its location on the beach. Having read all the previous TripAdvisor reviews this was no surprise.

This hotel has a superb location, is slightly showing its age but staff do well to look after the property – the staff are accommodating and friendly. Beach view rooms are limited due to the long and narrow design of the 5 floor building.

Our hotel room had 2 double beds, fridge, full size coffee maker, small patio with 2 chairs. The furnishings were old but in good repair. Nothing was broken but showed some signs of wear. The room was clean and comfortable with no evidence of any bug infestations.

Everything that was described or promised was delivered. We came for the beach, stayed for the great value from a property directly on the beach. If you only stay at renovated 3+ star properties this may not be the location for you.

There was a mix of the young who partied until the early morning hours Sunday, families, and those in their golden years. Saturday night had its noisy moments, but Sunday night was subdued. All the guests had one thing in common – the beach.

The pool is fairly small, with a bar adjacent. This hotel has free wifi, but the signal strength is weak and difficult to maintain a consistent connection. The wireless access points are located in hallways, if you access near your door or keep the door open you should be able to maintain a stable connection. This worked for us. Alternatively the Beachcomber resort next door is accessible from the North side rooms.

Don’t miss the nightly congregation to the beach each evening – find a spot to sit to witness the sun as it dips below the horizon. What I didn’t expect was the thunderous applause and cheers as the last bit of sun vanished.

All in all the St. Pete’s Beach Howard Johnson’s is a clean and comfortable beach hotel that offers great value for the area. I would stay at this property again without hesitation.

Room Tip: If you want beach view room, ask for 3rd floor or higher. Also avoid the rooms by the elevator near...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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palm springs, ca
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

First time in St. Pete Beach. Stayed here for the value, which is great. The room and bath are a little tired. Could use some updating, but they are clean. Nice big pool and right on the beach. If you like the north side of St. Pete beach, you will not be disappointed. (I prefer Pass a Grille). Good restaurant on premises for a post hangover breakfast, and a nice beach bar to get that hangover.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

Stayed here last April for the 3rd year in a row. Great beach, great value, great service. Hallway carpets redone to spruce things up.
Great food at front restaurant, excellent breakfast. Pool salt water and very clean. Also has a good beach bar

  • Stayed April 2012
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

Good location. Friendly staff. Plenty of places close by and easy to get to.
We will go back again.


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Room Tip: "Corner suites are large and sunny"
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 11, 2012 via mobile

First the bad: I have stayed at sleep inns and travelers Lodges nicer than this place and it is more than twice the price. The room design is without taste, some of the front desk staff can be quite rude and stand-offish, I found cracked tile in the bathroom, the door was half painted, the wall had holes in it and look as though they had not been wiped down for years. The very few good things about this place cannot redeem it.

Now the good: it you are low on cash and want to be near the beach this is probably one of the cheapest place on Gulf Blvd. The restaurant is nice for what it is and the bathroom amenities include make up remover and feminine product disposal. The beach is in the backyard and it is centrally located on St. Pete Beach, an easy walk to the Tradwinds water park or Jimmy B's.

Overall: This Hojo, like many of it's counterparts around the country, it definelty the minimum standarm for a hotel I would be comfortable staying in.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We wanted some relaxing time on a great beach, but we didn't want to spend a fortune. The Howard Johnson suited us pretty well. It faces right onto a great beach, although not many units face the Gulf. The price was really reasonable, the rooms were clean, the service people were very nice, the kids loved the pool and the over-sized shuffleboard. It is an older hotel and it shows some wear and tear, but clean, safe and a great location with lots of restaurants close by. The plumbing fixtures are dated, but functional and I found the beds to be comfy, which doesn't happen too often at this price-point. They have a couple of coin operated washers and dryers, which was really handy. The slightly negative things were you had to go outside to access the lobby, the wireless internet did not work in the rooms, but it did work near the elevators.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Howard Johnson Resort Hotel - ST. Pete Beach FL
Address: 6100 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-3714
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Location: United States > Florida > St. Pete Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Howard Johnson Resort Hotel - ST. Pete Beach FL 3*
Number of rooms: 133
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