Just returned from a fortnight in Florida, last week spent at this hotel. The hotel was fine: great location, lovely beach, adequate rooms (do request a high floor though) and friendly-enough staff.
Nice walk early evening to Don Caesar (large plush pink hotel about half a mile down the beach) and back along the seashore, and great sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico.
We chose this hotel because of the positive recommendations on this site and would definitely come again. So thanks everyone.
Didn't think much to Shell Island ($18 each for return boat trip from Pass A Grille just down the road past the Don Caesar). The island is just a stone's throw across the bay and is a nature reserve so you can't walk on most of it. Beaches are just as nice right by this hotel.
Went the restaurant one reviewer said you could sit outside by a lake and feed the fish. In fact it's the sea not a lake (ahem) but the place is quaint and food lovely (I had clams), although the staff were a bit aloof. Lots of locals, which I suppose is a good sign. It's called 'Wharf' and is in Pass A Grille about half a mile south of Don Caesar on the left.
My top tip is to visit John's Pass Village about 6 miles north at the beginning of Madeira Beach. Lots of fantastic little shops all right by a waterside quay, plus several top-notch restaurants. We ate in Sculleys on our last night and were not disappointed. First class, freshly-caught seafood. Yum.
PS. Don't buy stamps from the machine in the hotel reception - it's a rip off. Go to a supermarket instead.
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