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Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
Ranked #22 of 43 Hotels in St. Petersburg
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Stayed here for business symposium about parasailing and was very impressed overall. This is a smallish inexpensive family resort with good service. Rooms very clean and basic. You could spend a lot more and get less. Would definitely stay again and bring the family.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Even with renovations the rooms are nicely put together. everything looks very clean and put together. the day manager n staff are very polite and make you feel like your at home. the courtyard includes a beautiful pool n places to lay out. i couldnt ask for a better place to stay. cant wait to come back the next time we're down here.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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1  Thank aemoore2309
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

My husband and I are locals and we have stayed at many places in the area, yet this is our favorite place to get away.
This is not the Taj Mahal, yet it is a fun, simple, and practical place to stay. The basic rooms are the ones we have booked the most, they are adequate and clean. Plenty of amenities here for all ages. The beautiful landscaping compliment the views. To top it off, the great team of people that work here are very approachable, friendly, and helpful.
We love the raised Tiki bar w/ wrap around porch which has a breath taking panoramic view of Tampa Bay to the Sunshine Sky Way Bridge, which at night , when lit up is beautiful. You will not find both , these views and great hospitality anywhere else.

For these reasons, we decided to have our Wedding reception here, buffet style and carving station under the Pavilion. The backdrop was the Marina and as you looked out onto the bay watching the boats and ships pass under the beautiful Skyway Bridge.
We had family and friends (some picky,critical,and hard to please) come from NY, NJ, and CA to stay here so we could all be together. We practically had the whole place to ourselves.
Everyone was pleasantly pleased and the staff once again, was a big hit with our guest, they were all friendly and accommodating as ever!!

Kudos to the Chef, he has been here nearly 20 years and his experience really shows.He was absolutly amazing ! All my guest were very pleased. He was getting compliments left and right on how tasty and delicious everything was. Not to mention his presentation, service,and timing was right on!

I have to mention the manager here too, she is truly a professional, approachable, and very friendly person. She has been here for many years too. We truly enjoyed working with her. She did an outstanding job orchestrating everything for us and our guest, and she did it with such poise.

We knew we couldn't please everyone, but somehow it happen, here at the "MAG" and on our Wedding Weekend...priceless!
We can't thank the management and staff enough!!
Good times n great memories! Be back soon :)

Room Tip: Courtyard first floor south side w/ bay view are private, breezy, and pleasant.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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6  Thank Kimberlee H
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

Nice view and a very friendly staff. Was not able to take in all the amenities but everything looked great. Very clean and very convenient to where we were going. Will keep in mind for our next visit to the area.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
1  Thank Matt L
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Reviewed November 14, 2013

Just a perfect weekend...My wife and I traveled to St Pete to visit my large family of Brothers and Sisters...How do you plan to entertain 15 to 20 people....Well, I invited everyone to meet me at the Nepa Tiki Lounge Bar. It was so perfect...the deck of the bar overlooks Tampa Bay..plenty of tables and chairs...The appetizers and other food served was just outstanding with no complaints. The next day we invited members to come swim in the two pools or play tennis...we took a ride on a four person bike which was a first to me...We had breakfast in the Periscope restaurant both mornings and it was great..We were picked up at the marina by my older brother who took out for an excursion on the ocean and the bay...saw purpoise and many pelicans, and sea birds...We really didn't even have to leave the resort but did visit the Salavore Dali museum...St. Pete downtown is really very new and very impressive....looking forward to going back....our room was perfect and we sat out on the balcony with a tropical tree landscape....bed were very comfortable and the room was very clean..Dan

Room Tip: room 116 had a very nice small patio with a tropical landscaping view...very private location...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Daniel S
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2013

Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy that you enjoyed the Magnuson Hotel! We have a very relaxing atmosphere here and the view is so beautiful! Please come back and see us again. Room 116 is waiting for you!

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Reviewed November 8, 2013

I stayed at the Magnuson Hotel for a business trip. The staff was very nice. The amenities and restaurant were decent, but the rooms were gross. We actually had a baby roach crawling between our sheets, which my husband video taped. The toilet tilted to one side if you didn't sit on it just right. It's the kind of hotel room that you don't take your shoes off and walk barefoot on the floor. Not a place I would ever choose to go back too.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
4  Thank RCboys
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2013

First allow me to apologize for the cleanliness issues in your room. We maintain a housekeeping staff that is trained to provide a clean room, including vacuuming each day, for all of our guest. We are going to review our procedures with the room inspectors to insure compliance with those cleaning standards. We also maintain a ongoing pest control program and have provided our pest control company the information you supplied to ensure strict compliance.
Thank you for the thoughtful comments regarding the friendliness of our stuff as well as the amenities the hotel offers. We hope that you will give us another try if you return to St. Petersburg

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

This hotel is truly an oasis. It's beautiful location is supplemented with A lively raised bar on a small beach. The night we stayed, there was a beautiful wedding on the small beach. We were treated to live entertainment. In the evenings you can enjoy a view of the Sunshine Skyway bridge illuminated. About 2o minutes from downtown and the beaches, it is very convenient without paying a surcharge. Two pools on well landscaped grounds, it is an older Hotel, used to be a Holiday Inn, but well maintained.
We were given a room with a Bayside view, without having to pay extra. When we looked out the window it felt like we were on a cruise, so close to the water. Decent restaurant but limited menu. Only ate breakfast there. It was convieniet to drive downtown or to the beaches for greater choices.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the 300 section. that is the detached unit on the bay/marina. These have best view...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank jimpare
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springmans, General Manager at Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2013

Thank you so much for your review of the Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove. We do have a beautiful property here. We are so happy you enjoyed it. The view of the Skyway Bridge is incredible. Also the sunrises are so magnificent. Come back and see us all soon! We enjoyed having you stay with us!

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Additional Information about Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove

Address: 6800 Sunshine Skyway Ln S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711-4901 (Formerly Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort St Petersburg - Marina Cove)
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Location: United States > Florida > St. Petersburg
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in St. Petersburg
Price Range: $83 - $185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove 3*
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are minutes from Fort Desoto Park and the Gulf beaches. We are also in close proximity to downtown St. Petersburg and all it has to offer: Tropicana Field-home of the Tampa Bay Rays, The Pier, Salvador Dali Museum, Mahaffey Theater, and Jannus Landing. For the business traveler, we are close to Eckerd College, USF, St. Pete College AllState Center and all Children's Hospital. Our guests will enjoy all the amenities of a full service resort. Stay in touch with your friends and family with our complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. Take time to enjoy our pools, hot tub, volleyball court, bicycle rentals, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and fitness center. You can relax at the Nepa Hut Beach Bar overlooking Tampa Bay and the world famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge, unwind in Nemo's Lounge, dine in Periscopes waterfront restaurant with views of our marina, or have a relaxing lunch poolside at the Banyan Tree Deli. ... more   less 
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Holiday Inn St Petersburg
Holiday Inn Marina Cove
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