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Sandpearl Resort 4.0

Clearwater, Florida, United States

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Pros

  • Hotel is right on the beach, on the site of the historic Clearwater Beach Hotel
  • Several on-site restaurants, including an upscale seafood restaurant, casual poolside grill, and coffee shop
  • Upscale rooms decorated in Old Florida fashion, with twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Amenities include a spa, yoga classes, and a nightly beachfront fire pit
  • Kids’ club available daily during summer and on weekends during winter
  • Outdoor pool overlooks the water, with kids’ wading area and private cabanas available

Cons

  • Nightly resort fee does not include use of beach chairs and umbrellas
  • Valet-only parking for a fee
  • Some guests have complained that service and attention to detail not quite up to luxury hotel standards

Bottom Line

Sandpearl Resort is a 253-room luxury hotel located directly on the white sands of Clearwater Beach, and is popular with families, couples, and corporate meeting groups. The waterfront restaurant, Carretta on the Gulf, is the area's only four-diamond restaurant, and guests rave about the food. The best rooms overlook panoramic vistas of the Gulf of Mexico with spectacular nightly sunsets.

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A luxury beach hotel with upscale rooms that's mindful of its historic and natural surroundings

Highly acclaimed Caretta on the Beach seafood restaurant

Situated a few blocks north of bustling Pier 60, Sandpearl Resort sits on the former site of the historic Clearwater Beach Hotel, which was built in 1917. In keeping with tradition, each night the Sandpearl chooses a guest to ring a historic bell to signal that dinner is served inside the hotel.

The luxury resort sits on 700 feet of pristine beach and incorporates environmentally-efficient practices. The lobby is upscale-beachy, with beige furniture with lime and turquoise accents, seashells hanging from the chandeliers, and a giant coral reef-themed rug. Off to one side is a self-playing piano, which adds a classy and whimsical touch.

Located in the foyer outside the highly acclaimed restaurant, Caretta on the Beach, there’s a wall displaying old photographs of the property’s history. The resort also hosts more than 50 gallery-quality works of art, including historic Clearwater Beach postcards, framed and on display. Rooms are chicly decorated and spacious.

Location

Located on a busy stretch of white-sand beach, and within walking distance of restaurants and shops

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The resort is located on Clearwater Beach, which is one of the busier beaches in the Tampa Bay area. The property is a half-mile from Pier 60, which is the beach’s main gathering place and site of the the nightly Sunsets at Pier 60 Festival. It’s far enough down the road that the traffic tapers off a bit, and joggers can head toward the adjacent residential neighborhood to avoid dodging taxis. The property is also within walking distance of restaurants, souvenir shops, water sport rentals, and a pharmacy.

Rooms

Spacious and comfortable rooms with upscale decor and furnishings; some rooms have incredible views

View of the pool and the Gulf of Meixco from the Gulf Front Junior Suite

Rooms are decorated with upscale furnishings and have a beachy-chic, Old Florida decor. Not all rooms have balconies, but it's worth requesting one -- especially for views of the pool and Gulf of Mexico. Standard rooms include flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, Keurig coffeemakers, and alarm clocks with mp3 player docks. One- and two-bedroom suites have full kitchens, washer/dryers, tubs with separate showers, and separate living rooms with sleeper sofas. Housekeeping services get mixed reviews: some guests enjoy extra touches such as turndown service, but others have complained that rooms could use more attention.

Features

Yoga classes, a luxury spa, a fine-dining restaurant with lovely vistas, and more

Whirpool in the spa, which offers several treatments

The main floor houses Caretta on the Gulf, the resort’s swanky seafood restaurant, as well as the Marketplace, with grab-and-go Starbucks coffee, salads, wraps, and pastries. The spa offers massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures, plus body wraps and scrubs. It includes a whirlpool and relaxing lounge area. The resort’s fitness center is small, but touches like wood floors and large windows make it a step up from the average hotel gym. Outdoor sunset yoga classes take place several times a week.

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Address

500 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater, Florida 33767-1738, United States

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