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TradeWinds Island Grand Resort
Ranked #10 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Burlington, Vermont
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35 reviews
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“Paradise revisited”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Another trip to the TradeWinds....and it couldn't have been better. Every time I go there, and I go at least three times a year, I am never disappointed. The room was immaculate; the pina coladas as good as they get. Clean beach, sparkling pools, friendly staff. The High Tide Slide seemed to be quite popular and the water park in the Gulf waters looked like a lot of fun. And not just for kids, either. What I especially like about the TradeWinds is the relaxed atmosphere. I don't feel like I have to dress up and look great. It's about letting your hair down and just having a wonderful time, unencumbered by any kind of protocol. A real beach experience.

Room Tip: Gulf front...Gulf front....Gulf front.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Katie M, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, responded to this review, October 18, 2013
Abbey, thank you for the review and for being such a loyal guest! Glad to hear that you always have the ideal beach experience when you stay with us. Hope to see you again soon!
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Florence, Kentucky
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Room was excellent and great location with a great staff to help you with all your needs. You can even reserve a beach cabana online. The food for each night of the event was outstanding. The adult pool with no kids allowed was even better.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Apex, North Carolina
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Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

Booked a few days here because we thought the kids would love it. They did and if you are 6 and 9 you will love it. As for adults this is an overpriced beach motel. Gray cement exterior from 1975. The decor is tacky and in need of a serious face lift. The rooms were nice for decor but they were dark. The paddle boat stream was nasty. They have lots of staff you'd think they'd fish the trash out of the water! Yikes. The water slide was the best part and my kids loved it but was it worth a 35 a day resort fee!? Did not eat on site. Go down the road or into st. Pete for meals that are 25% cheaper.

  • Stayed October 2013
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JustLetGo8, Guest Relations Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
As the Director of Guest Satisfaction I would like to apologize for the condition of the waterways which was a distraction that kept you from having a prefect experience. I have forwarded this concern to our grounds crew to take the necessary actions for clean up and removal of the debris.
It's always nice to hear when the kids have a great time on the High Tide Water Slide. But also included in the resort fee are several other opportunities such as; fitness center, beach cabana, tennis, wireless internet along with use of the business center and overnight parking.
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Tradewinds is absolutely huge so be prepared for a long walk, whether it's parking or hauling it to the beach. Location is great. Rooms are nice but a bit outdated. Mattresses were terrible, big divet right down the middle...in both beds. We were there 5 days and nobody ever checked to see if we needed supplies or trash removed. Staff was friendly and helpful when approached. Cost of one mixed drink at the tiki bar was 13$! Pool was nice. Doubt I would go back, guess it's just not my kind of place.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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JustLetGo8, Guest Relations Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
As the Director of Guest Satisfaction please accept my apology for not receiving your full daily housekeeping services. I have forwarded this for further review to our executive housekeeper. With regards to the mattresses, I'm happy to say that we are making arrangements for the replacement of all mattresses starting just after the new year!
I hope that this will give you confidence in returning to us here at TradeWinds and if I could be of any further assistance, please let me know.
Doug Rogers
drogers@twresort.com
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

It's not mine but I can understand why TradeWinds is popular with many. You can have a self contained vacation with all kinds of amenities, activities and comfort on the beach, at the pool, with the swans, in your room, at a conference. There is constant entertainment for the kiddies and areas where adults are not welcomed, kids only. I read the reviews of others and agree with them about the aspects of a stay. I did learn to paddle board although the learning was all self taught; the employees who staff the beach equipment are not teachers. I enjoyed the fish tacos and the beer at one of the many eating places; prices are amped but that's to be expected in such a place. Go a few blocks and get the same quality for 2/3 of the price. Housekeeping was at best okay; we asked specifically for decaf coffee and ended up going to the concierge to get it - twice. Our room was very pleasant although during our stay, and during the baseball playoffs, the hotel had sustained storm damage to its TV system so we were unable to watch more than about 10 channels, none of which carried the games. The staff was friendly and helpful. The common indoor areas are air conditioned at what seemed to be freezing so if you're attending a conference or spending any time in the hotel lobby-bar-Starbucks (ick), dress warmly. It's a lovely, expansive, well-equipped facility that I"m sure many do enjoy.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

The Tradewinds is a fantastic hotel...it lives up to every expectation! My 3 year old son rode the gigantic slide on the beach probably 100 times and Ray the gentlemen working the slide made our experience priceless...he made my son feel so special and that means the world to us! Thank you Ray! We look forward to coming back year after year! I would highly recommend the Tradewinds!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Katie M, Manager at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that your son loved the slide! Hope to see you back on the beach next year.
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

We attended an accessibility conference at the hotel complex and enjoyed every aspect of our stay - the scheduling / arrangements of our visit, our guest room accommodations, the swimming pools, the restaurants, and of course the beach - a wonderfull facility that we will often tell others about !

Thank you again to all of your very "welcoming" and courtious staff - we enjoyed the resort atmosphere while gaining the knowledge and continuing education credits of the conference.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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Property: TradeWinds Island Grand Resort
Address: 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-2323
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Location: United States > Florida > St. Pete Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#4 Spa Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#4 Top resorts Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#8 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#10 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#13 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — TradeWinds Island Grand Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 585
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
TradeWinds Island Grand spans 20 lush, tropical acres and boasts a heritage of award-winning service and certification as a Florida Green Lodge. Overlooking the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Island Grand is located on the white sand beaches of St. Pete Beach, consistently ranked one of America's Top Beaches by TripAdvisor. Discover 201 things to do with a variety of recreation activities including JetLev flight center, The Floating Water Park, children's programs, paddleboats, tennis, stand-up paddleboards, a three story tall inflatable waterslide and more. Island Grand offers multiple dining and entertainment venues along with sand-in-your-toes beach bars. Pamper yourself with a beachfront massage at Body Works Salon & Spa. Relax on a beach cabana or lounge next to one of 5 heated pools and 2 whirlpools. Our on-site resort transportation and car rental agency makes getting to Island Grand easy and stress free. It's not just a vacation. At TradeWinds, it's a totally immersive experience. ... more   less 
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