I'm staying here in October with my girlfriends. Every year for the past 20 years (yes we are old now) we take a girls vacation together. It was my year to choose the location and I chose Florida as both my grandparents lived in the St Pete area. We are all from Michigan so we are looking forward to a hotel on a Gulf beach.
FYI: We all read and review on Travel Advisor.
Having said all that I choose this hotel long ago on the good reviews. A MUST for all of us is clean, clean and cleaner rooms and amenities.
Since booking, I am noticing a few things:
1. Slow, loud, broken elevators.
2. Uncomfortable pull-out sofas.
3. Tired looking, leaky and unkept rooms.
Please help me out, did I make a big mistake?
Well, I don't think you've made a big mistake. I've stayed at the property three or four times in the past two years...We've never had a problem with a broken elevator. There are two elevators that service the hotel...the one closest to the ocean services 9 floors....the one closer to the street I think only services four floors..The elevator is "slow" because of heavy use as well as being a bit old...but we had rooms on floors three and four the last two times I was there...and I often took the stairs down rather than wait on the elevator closer to the beach...I didn't find the wait for the one closer to the street to be problematic except during breakfast hour when there is a crush of folks going to breakfast late. We had a friend (guy) crash on the sofa before leaving for an early early morning fishing trip the next day....he did comment it was not the most comfortable bed he'd ever slept in, but more a comment in passing than really complaining....Depending on the number in your group and preferences for sleeping alone, I can say I think if there are four of you then you will be happier without someone having to sleep on a couch...(so get two, 2Br units) or, if there are six, get two 3-Br units...I found the rooms to be better than average "beach rooms" -- no question they take a hit, but ours were always clean, the furniture certainly acceptable and comfortable...Never a problem with a leak or "tired looking". But, it's a Residence Inn, not a Ritz Carlton. The pool is not huge, but a decent size and comfortable. The beach is gorgeous, and, you are right on the beach...so no crossing streets, etc or lugging chairs, towels, etc across a road. I'd say if you get there and you are not satisfied with a room, let the staff know...I found them to be extremely accommodating to the extent they could be...the caveats: while i am a loyal Marriott member, I call it like I see it when reviewing properties...I don't like surprises, I don't do dirty, and If I feel like I'm being gouged on the price, I'm not a happy patron. The fact I keep returning to this property says I find it clean, staff helpful, the value good and the minor annoyance of the hotel being usually full (another clue for you) and having to wait sometimes for an elevator not enough to make me look elsewhere....hope this helps....If you want a nice upscale meal one night, try Selene's on St. Pete Beach....and for really casual, a grouper sandwich or fried shrimp at Dockside Daves is a good choice. Uber is readily available so everyone can get really happy at any hour you want and no one has to be designated to drive. Hope this helps and hope the hotel meets your standards...
I stayed on the top floor Room 909 which was a 1 bedroom with hardwood floors and panoramic views as it was a restaurant in a previous life.
The outside deck was huge and had # 4 Adirondack chairs.
I am Marriott Platinum and was upgraded.
Call the hotel directly and ask for rooms on 9th floor.
I do not eat the free breakfast so I cannot comment in food.
Pool area is small and crowded with tons of kids in July.
I only go to the gorgeous clean beach.
There is a bar open until 6pm at pool.
October should NOT be a family vacation month so you should have some peace.
Back elevator is slow and old but I never had to wait more than a few minutes and steps are right next to el if you want to go up faster and get a mini workout in.
This hotel was not originally a RI but more like something you would see in Art Deco South Beach.
I found the hotel to be clean and safe and efficient front desk staff.
My room was excellent except flat screens were tiny and dated.
But I only watched TV at night.
Couch clean but not very comfortable.
Hope this helps!
I can only comment on my experience. Elevators were small and extremely slow. They did not break during our stay.
We did not use the pull-out sofa. I thought the furniture in our room was fine.
While we were there, they replaced all the carpets on our floor.
I didn't put it in my review, but we used the gym, and it was fine, except if you wanted to lift heavy weights. (fine for me, not for my husband!) A real room with equipment, not 3 machines in a closet.
All the hotels on Treasure Island are the old-style independent hotels from the 50s with the exception of the Residence Inn, which is part of a chain. Of course, that can go either way.
Beach access was good. Some of the hotels further down had one heck of hike to the beachfront from the hotel.
I thought the "socials" are a total joke.
I think the posts here should have your group on guard. if you have any concerns about rooms, etc., talk to management right away. Marriott will take your comments seriously.
Good Luck and enjoy the beach!
Well I agree that the lift in the block closest to the ocean is slow but is that really reason enough to not stay here...? Didn't use the pull out bed & our rooms have always been very nice. We've stayed 4 times I think now & will return.
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