My family (husband and two young children, ages 4 & 7) stayed here from Jul. 31 through Aug. 4, 2013. The hotel was incredibly crowded, but the staff handled it so well. There was always someone there to help. Like others who have reviewed this hotel, we had issues with our key cards from the get-go. I stood outside our room with my kids and all of our luggage while my husband went to get new keys. We were only standing there for a minute, when a staff member who was passing by asked if he could help. He let us into our room so we didn't have to wait for my husband to get back.
Breakfast in the lobby was absolute mayhem, but that was solely due to the sheer number of guests at the hotel during our stay. There were more than enough staff members to keep the food and drinks replenished constantly. The only problem was the lack of seating. Schlepping breakfast back to our room with a 4 and a 7 year old wasn't an option. The first morning we were there, the staff opened up the conference room for us, since there were no tables. Only 1 of the 4 mornings we were there did we get to sit down at an actual table. I've done lots of traveling, and I'm pretty good with rolling with the punches, so this wouldn't have been an issue to me had I been traveling without kiddos along. With young kids and no tables to eat at is EXTREMELY difficult. That being said, the food was great, and the coffee was always fresh.
The hotel in general is very clean. The common areas -- even with such a huge number of guests -- were immaculate. Our room (#309) appeared to be recently updated with a nice huge shower, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and nice ceiling fans in both the living room and bedroom.
The pool area was nice; water was warm in the afternoon and refreshing in the morning. I wished there was more shade in the pool area, though. The hotel provides pool/beach towels, which I appreciated not having to pack them. My one complaint about this aspect of the hotel is the lack of beach service. The hotel does not provide chairs and umbrellas. The going rate for two chairs and an umbrella when we were there was $30/day, and that only covered up until 5pm.
The last night we were there, we walked to the Shake Shack at the end of the parking lot, and brought them back into the lobby. The staff offered my kids to sit at the bar and turned on some cartoons for them to enjoy while they ate their treats. They really went out of their way to engage with my kids and make them feel special.
All in all, it was a great trip! Not sure we would visit again, only because this visit was funded by Marriott points, and we could get more bang for our buck renting a condo next time, since we would more than likely be paying out of pocket.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Residence Inn by Marriott St. Petersburg Treasure Island offers outstanding suites and a great location. Our guests love the service and the extra amenities that we provide at our hotel in Treasure Island, Florida, such as free breakfast, free high speed internet and luxurious suites with energy efficient stainless steel appliances in fully-equipped kitchens. Plus, all suites have a large balcony overlooking the beach. ... more less
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- Residence Inn By Marriott St. Petersburg / Treasure Island Hotel Treasure Island
- Residence Inn St Petersburg
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