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Howard Johnson Resort Hotel - ST. Pete Beach FL
Ranked #25 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Reviewed March 7, 2013

Overpriced beachfront property. Wasn't expecting much and we didn't get much. Booked through a third party and were treated like 2nd class citizens for doing so. Asked for a rollaway for my 86 year old Mother in Law and was told they didn't have any which would have been fine, but when we asked to move to a different room we were told we couldn't because we booked through a third party. When I checked out I asked for a receipt and was told that they do not provide receipts for those that book through a third party as if ALL hotels do this. ??? I don't think so.....
Room was clean but service bad. Room wasn't cleaned until late afternoon each day. Several times we had to call for clean towels because they didn't replace the dirty ones on the floor.
Parking lot had a gate that you had to use your room key to activate, but half the time (usually in the middle of the night) the gate was open anyway. Just a stupid inconvenience.
Beach bar was nice, food average, service average. No buckets of beer available to take to the beach.
Sand volleyball courts nice, Pool clean and heated. Deck area nice with plenty of chairs.
Nice to have microwave and fridge in room along with 12 cup coffeemaker.
Noisy in the morning with outside work, mowers, jackhammers beginning at 7:30 AM, etc.
Halls noisy at times at night, but we expected that on spring break.
Carts available to take your luggage to your room. Coin laundry available on 1st and 4th floor.
I'm a competitive bodybuilder, so proximity to a gym is important to me. About 2 blocks up from the hotel was a nice little gym (Beach Bodies) with some cardio, (including stepmill) circuit machines, and full set of dumbbells and smith machine. One week membership for 24 hours was $17.25. Gold's gym about 6 miles away in St. Petersburg. We used Gold's on a travel pass most of the time, but the little gym was nice for evening workout.
7-11 is across the street and Publix supermarket, walgreens is about a mile away if that.
Beach is excellent. Lots of chairs with cushions and umbrella canopies available for $20 per day. Weekly rates were also available. Surf activities were right there including Kayaks, wakeboards, paddleboards etc.
Last time we visited St. Pete's we stayed at The Postcard Inn a block away and it is worth the extra money.

Room Tip: Maybe choose oceanfront so the noise from the parking lot like jackhammers at 7:00AM don't wake...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Robin N, General Manager at Howard Johnson Resort Hotel - ST. Pete Beach FL, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I appreciate any feedback that will help us to make improvements. There was a great deal of noise from the property next door due to the seasonal maintenance they were making to their property. We did contact them regarding this. Unfortunately, there is very little that we can do concerning other properties.

I would never consider anyone a second class citizen that utilizes travel companies. I very much appreciate the opportunities that they provide. We do have certain limitations to the changes that we can make on the reservations through these companies. Room types are normally one of those changes due to the agreeement with the companies.

Receipts are available for all guests. The only difference is that the receipts with travel companies do not reflect any type of payment that the guest has made. This is due to the fact that the guest has made payment directly to the travel company as opposed to the hotel. I apologize that my front desk did not communicate this effectively. I will be sure to pass this information on the appropriate supervisor so that the neccessary training can be conducted.

We were having challenges with personnel in our housekeeping department. We have since made adjustments to the staff and operational procedures that have improved the room service immensely.

I hope that you will visit us again and enjoy the new changes.

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Room was very loud, starting at 7:00 AM when someone fed seagulls outside the room every morning we were there. Hallways were loud most of the night.

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

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1  Thank Katherine N
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Robin N, General Manager at Howard Johnson Resort Hotel - ST. Pete Beach FL, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2013

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Reviewed March 5, 2013

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

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Additional Information about 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: $109 - $285 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Howard Johnson Resort Hotel - ST. Pete Beach FL 3*
Number of rooms: 133
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