Plaza Beach Resort - A great place to stay.
We stayed at the Plaza Beach Resort from 3/19-3/25. The room was very clean and the service was great. The beach was amazing with beautiful sunsets and the owners went out of their way to be accommodating. Will definitely go back.
The most honest, unbiased review you'll read!
The Plaza Beach Resort was a complete disappointment to our family. After finding it ranked #1 for St. Pete Beach on Trip Advisor, we made our reservations. First, we got a quote of $126, then we were told because we had our six year old with us, it would be $133. We paid extra for a room with a balcony and "gulf view" only to get there and discover it was on the first floor was 10 feet from the pool, which was constantly noisy. Then, the hide-away sofa bed, which our two small children where going to sleep on, was horrible. It was full of dried food and dirt and the mattress pad was dirty. The sofa mattress was so bad, I would not have even let our dog sleep on it. After getting another mattress from the terribly rude staff, we made the best of a bad situation. Be ready to had over $10 for an extra room key, and if you borrow their computers with high-speed internet, be prepared to pay for that too. The Health Department had shut down their pool when we arrived for dangerous chemical levels and we had to wait until the next day to swim. By the way, they charge you a $100 deposit and bill your credit card for the entire visit on the day your arrive. And, don't even think about getting getting a late check out time. Our flight home was not until 5:45 p.m., and we were only given until 12:00 p.m. Then, they complained and were rude to us when we finally turned in our key at 11:55 a.m. For the record, the top two places listed in St. Pete Beach are owned by the SAME person. So, the moral of the story....the ratings are FIXED and I no longer trust Trip Advisor. St. Pete beach is a nice place to visit, however, Plaza Beach Resort is a complete disappointment. It is nothing but a run downed family owned hotel where you get no service or solutions. Be cautious of what your read!
loved the plaza
we stayed at the plaza beach for a week, starting sept 11. the week hurricane ivan was suposed to hit tampa. we stayed here and found the staff to be very kind and helpful. rooms were awesome, staff was awesome, price was awesome. best trip to st pete beach yet!
Loved the Plaza Beach
We spent a week at the Plaza Beach and loved it!!!
It is quaint, clean, has all the amenities that one could ask for.
pool is clean and pleasant. Beach is beautiful. effeciencies are updated and staff is professional and very hospitable! this place is spotless!
Can'[t wait to return! great place great price!!! ON THE BEACH
Don't believe the reviews !
Well...you got me. I was completely hoodwinked by the gushing reviews on TripAdvisor and by the very "optimistic" photos of this "resort" on their web site. By the tone of the reviews, you would think that this place is paradise found for under $99 a night. I don't know who wrote these reviews or where these people are from, but don't believe them.
Let me say this - if you have never seen a beach or if you hail from a steel town or industrial center 1,000 miles from the sea, you might think this place is nice. Otherwise, you will be disappointed.
This place is NOT a resort. It's a tired little "strip-motel" in the middle of a bunch of big hotels. It is very tattered and very run-down. It looked like only 4 of the maybe 50 suites faced the Gulf. The rest are dorm style motel rooms on 2 levels, facing the parking lot, that look like cramped apartments in a low-rent neighborhood. The pool is tiny....the web site makes it look like the pool at a swank Hawaiian hotel, but trust me...it is small and it has a steel white gate around it and cheap plastic lounge chairs. It is always crowded and cramped. The motel walls are paper-thin. I heard everything that my neighbors said and I am sure they heard me. The suite was decently clean, but very small and tacky. The a/c was OK and there was only 1 TV.
The topper for us was the "red tide". Apparently the Gulf has these "red tides" or algae bloom/fish kills now and then. Well...the red tide was in when we were there and there were smelly dead fish (and sea lice) all over the beach. The smelly dead fish were occasionally cleaned up and put in the dumpster, which resides at the entrance to the motel. Well....you can imagine the stench of that thing after a week of smelly dead fish rotting in the hot sun.
In another spate of web-site genius, St Pete beach is made to look like some kind of high class but quiet resort town.....it is most definitely not......it's a run-in-the-mill, tawdry beach/vacation town chock full of fast food places. Definitely on the low end of the vacation town spectrum.
I will say that the staff at this motel are nice and there was a great Japanese restaurant right across the street.....but if you are looking for a nice vacation, I would avoid this motel and this town. Sorry.
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