Hilton North Redington Beach Resort
17120 Gulf Blvd, North Redington Beach, FL 33708
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Not quite worth the price
If this wasn't a Hilton, then it rates as a pretty good hotel, but the expectation of a Hilton property is that it should be better. Having said that, the rooms and the views of the Gulf were fantastic. The pool was too small for the number of rooms and the bar/deck areas were too small as well. The restaurant was pretty good as well as the service. The $20 for a beach cabana was way overpriced.
Next time, I'll stay in Clearwater or down the coast in Treasure Island. Both have wider beaches.
Good weekend despite Red Tide
We spent June 16-18, 2005 at the Hilton N. Redington Beach with a large party for a wedding. Our room was on 6th floor, facing beach, as we requested. It was in great shape--bathroom was very clean, refrigerator was cold (unlike some places where we had to turn it on initially), bed was very comfortable. Felt like they used a feather topper for mattress--no backache after three nights is pretty good for us. Linens had been replaced after the hurricanes of last summer and still looked new. Our balcony had two chairs and small table and we spent a good bit of time out there, at night usually, watching ocean.
The two elevators were usually quick to respond until Saturday and Sunday when guest count increased. Maid service was prompt the days we were there--usually coming before lunch--which fit our schedule.
Beach on this part of Gulf is not very deep--not far to the water--which some like and some don't--the sand is grainy and grey but better quality than I expected from comments I had read--the water itself was choppy and current was noticible-- and there were couple of days when jet skiis could not go out --it gets deeper quicker from the beach which makes it more difficult for younger children but stays about chest deep for good ways out so an adult can stand and get on and off floats---the Red Tide was just starting when we arrived and moved up the coast getting progressively worse--by Saturday we noticed more people coughing when we were on beach and there were more dead fish--but not so many that people did not get in the water. Sunday when we ate breakfast on the outside patio, we noticed the air quality had deteriorated but were not bothered by coughing but the hostess tried to get us to sit inside because of the red tide's effects.
Front desk staff was very helpful to us as we had guests checking in for the wedding--they passed out gift bags and stored some luggage for us later. Gave us name of place to order sandwiches from that delivered after we got stuck in construction traffic and arrived back at hotel too late to eat there. They also helped locate another firm to order a party bus at the last minute after the original one broke down.
There was a need to turn off all water Thursday from 1-4 which Hilton only knew about the day before. They had notices on all beds in rooms and were telling guests about it--we had no real problem w/o water becasue we were making shuttle runs to airport in Tampa but I know it was hardship for cleaning staff doing their jobs--especially making rooms ready for checkins.
No one in our party had a problem w/ air conditioning (although it does not work if the sliding glass doors to balcony are open and I don't know if people read the notice or not) but I heard front desk dealing w/that problem from someone.
We ate breakfast three times and lunch once at Mango's--most of us agreed food was good--someone wanted biscuits but they don't have them except on the buffet breakfast Sat--service was slow--polite but slow for items like drink refills and taking the check--guess they are used to people just signing to the room instead of using cash or credit--but they did not rush us off the patio after we had finished--which was nice.
We parked underneath and there were plenty of spaces--but they are little narrow.
The bar closes at 11 or 1130 so it is not a party type of hotel which worked for us--Pool is small but was very clean as were the loungers. Lots of towels to use there or take to the beach--someone mentioned the obnoxious music--there was music but did not seem to be annoying to us.
Enjoyed our stay--we drove up to Clearwater Beach later looking around the area and my husband said he was glad we did not stay there--many more people on beach and he liked the low density of N. Redington Beach.
Third stay on Gulf Coast Florida, First time at the Hilton...
We stayed here for 5 nights in July. Read reviews before booking so we knew what to expect.(Love this Trip Advisor!)
On check in we were told the pool access was from the underground parking lot which felt a little like 'welcome, but please use the back door' . (I guess that is to keep their lobby formal and sandfree.) As mentioned previously the underground parking area is very narrow but preferable to using the upper outdoor area in July! There are washrooms in the same underground area for pool users as well which is convenient.
Hotel was very clean and were rooms are very nice and overall impression is that it's very well managed. Staff on check in were friendly , but anything after that was a bother. Housekeeping staff on the other hand were very nice and anxious to please. Pool and deck are smallish but not busy during our stay.
North Redington is quiet area which we liked. A little annoyed with not being able to enter hotel from south while driving, had to do a U turn, but that's not the hotel's fault, just a FYI. Food at Tiki Bar was good but pricey for a meal you eat in a bathing suit. (We were pleased to find the little hot dog and sundae stand still operating next to former Ramada Inn site in Treasure Island for a snack/lunch)
During Hurricane Dennis the motel 'battened down the hatches'. We took the opportunity to do laundry(no facilities at hotel, send out only), Dali museum and a movie. We returned to our room to find a note saying please bring in the balcony furniture and not to worry if they lose power, there is backup in main areas and hallways. I had a fleeting thought the hurricane had turned inland and the staff had abandoned us but they were ever vigilant as sandbags appeared overnight when the Gulf rose up and into the pool. Have a very fond memory of sitting out that night watching the lightening play up and down the coastline...the perks of beachfront hotels...
Lots of dead fish and horseshoe crabs on beach. We pierced our feet several times on small white (bones?) in the sand and resorted to wearing sandals on our walks. Found out later about Red Tide. The water was unseasonable warm, not refreshing in 95* heat, but cooled considerably after the hurricane.
Still, you can't beat those sunsets!
Overall, for all the warm decor and weather, our stay here felt a little cold but I can't say why...
Okay stay may look elsewhere next time
We stayed at the Hilton Resort at North Redington Beach.
Check in was easy and fast
When we exited the elevator on our floor we noticed a smell of smoke and were concerned about our room, thankfully the rooms did not smell even though they were smoking rooms.
The room was nice and the beds were comfortable.
In the bathroom there was a sign stating that they were refurbishing the bathrooms. While the bathroom was acceptable the baseboard tile was incomplete under the sink where we noticed large quantities of mold. Tried not to think about what was under the other new tile.
From the balcony the view of the Gulf was great especially during sunset. Pool was cold, sign stated they maintained a temperature of 76, I guess that’s too cold for our family. The nice looking chairs on the beach shown in the hotel photos cost $20 a day to rent.
We only ate one day at the hotel restaurant, food was ok but the service was poor. A lot of the hotel kitchen and restaurant staff hang out in the underground parking facility smoking, which probably explains why we did not see our waitress for extended periods of time even though there were only 3 tables of customers in the restaurant.
The area around the hotel did not offer many family activities. We did however stumble across a boat and Jet Ski rental establishment call Island Marine Rentals (south of the hotel about 10 minutes, next to the Best Western Hotel); they were very friendly and helpful. Not having much boating experience we planned to rent a pontoon boat for an hour or so, ended up staying out for 4 hours largely due to the easy to understand maps provided for our use.
You will definitely need a car, every thing is a ride.
Not really a family hotel it’s probably great for the adults looking for sun and relaxation.
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Address: 17120 Gulf Blvd, North Redington Beach, FL 33708