The family spent a weekend in Cluster 2 of the Saddlebrook resort in one of the one-bedroom suites. The suite was large with a full kitchen, dining bar, dining table, couch, easy chair and ottoman. The big screen TV was in great working order. The room had access to a patio with two chairs and a table. It had a partial view of one of the resort's pools.
The bedroom had two queen beds and plenty of drawer space. Lots of pillows too! The sheets were soft and fresh. There was an in-room safe. The bathroom had marble floors, and wonderful shampoos, etc.. The towels were large and absorbant.
We needed both the air conditioner and heater that weekend. Both worked well. The room was all in all very nice. . . . BUT . . . . you couldn't help but think it was last decorated in the 1980s. Nothing was old. It was just old looking.
Check-in was smooth. The valet parking charge is $15.00 / night. A bellman drove us, in a golf cart, to our room. He got us ice and assured us if we needed a ride anywhere on property, it was complimentary. We rarely used the service, as our room was right in the middle of things.
There were two good sized pools near our room, including one that was heated. Large towels were available at the pool shack, along with a variety of board games. The two hot tubs were GREAT! The pool bartender, Lorena, made an excellent pina colada and was very friendly.
Truthfully, everyone at the resort was friendly. Especially Lorena and Jackie C., a server in the Tropix restaurant.
The gym was small with older machines, but all were in good working order. Towels and water provided at the front desk.
The two restaurants we ate at, Tropix and Dempseys Steakhouse were both nice. The food quality in Tropix was very good, not GREAT. Breakfast is served only buffet style. $9.95 for continental. $17.95 for full American. The resort adds an automatic 18% gratuity to all checks.
Dempseys has an awesome salad/antipasto bar and incredible parker house rolls. The filet mignons were large and delicious. The prices were high. . . although not much more than you'd expect at a resort.
It was a weonderful weekend. We will probably visit again. My only concern is the rooms are in need of a makeover.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 780 Acre resort 30 minutes north of Tampa International Airport with 95,000 Sq. Ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting and function space, two Arnold Palmer signature golf courses, 45 tennis courts in every grand slam surface, European-style Spa, Half-million gallon Superpool, Sports Village with Fitness Center; four award-winning restaurants and three lounges, the Saddlebrook Golf Academy and Hopman Tennis Programs for instruction. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Saddlebrook Resort Tampa Hotel Wesley Chapel
- Saddlebrook Hotel Tampa
- Saddlebrook Resort Wesley Chapel