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“Very musty, really out-dated place” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Dolphin Beach Resort
Ranked #21 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Pinellas Park, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very musty, really out-dated place”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2011

Attended a regional conference here today - conference content was great but the facility is mediocre at best. A/C ceiling vents rusted, ceiling tiles dirty (and/or moldy) and the place smells like mildew and old, old cigarette smoke. Decor is 70's vintage beach with a disco twist. They apparently have only a floor stand microphone and for some reason the screen was placed off to the side of the room. To be fair, maybe the conference organizers set this up buy I did notice that all the conference rooms were arranged this way. The management must focus on the beach and pool area as these parts of the complex were nice enough. The 'spa' was covered and apparently unavailable. The breakfast setup was still on display @ 1 pm so maybe they cater to late risers. The beach is beautiful but spend a little more $$ and find a nicer place to stay.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Beth D
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Peoria, Illinois
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69 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2011

I'm back at the Dolphin once again, for a 5-night stay. I've always gotten a beach front room, hoping for first floor so I can stick my toes right in the sand from my 'patio' stoop. This time I have opted for pool side with balcony, north side of the complex, 3rd floor.

It looks like maybe the Dolphin has undergone some minor remodeling. The paint and bedspreads seem fresher.

The Dolphin is not a fancy place, but it is comfortable, and it is right on the beach. As I mentioned, you can stick your toes right in the sand in a first-floor beachfront room. Try THAT at one of the typical hi-rises here.

I like shopping at the Publix Market across the street, where I pick up items for breakfast and snacks for late afternoon. The fridge has plenty of room for even a gallon of milk, plus sodas and water and etc. and a drawer for meats, cheese, salad items. There is also a microwave which works great, so I can nuke a snack if necessary.

The Dolphin now has complimentary wifi. I don't remember this in the past. Seems it was for a fee in the past?

The pool is not huge, but very inviting none the less. I think I'll be spending quite a bit of time on my balcony overlooking the pool. Because I'm on the north side of this u-shaped complex, I am getting full sun during the daytime. Rooms that are poolside on the south side of the complex don't appear to be getting much sun, now that autumn is here, and the sun is in a more southerly location for the USA.

Room Tip: Ask for a balcony if you opt for poolside. Not all rooms have balconies.
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Sim C
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2011

it was very close to beach and walking distance to many restaurants. the room was clean and staff was polite and helpful. only complaint wanted later check out but all were taken.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mamlvjwm
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Mississauga, Canada
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31 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2011

we had a room with a balcony on the second floor and a king bed.
Pros: good price, on the beach, close to good restaurants, nice patio for meals, pool closes at dusk so minimal pool noise
Cons: Air conditioning is loud if you are a light sleeper, no screen on window (so you cannot leave the window and listen to the ocean waves at night).

Room Tip: Rooms on the south side are farther away from the outside bar so they are quieter
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank naturak819
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Orlando, Florida
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89 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

Don't expect a classy, elegant resort. Expect bright visually appealing beachy decor with clean rooms, comfortable beds, microwave and fridge. Central A/C but is very loud to run if you are a light sleeper. I am not. Ocean front balcony or pool/gulf view with balcony is highly recommended. First floor ocean front rooms have sliders that open to a private porch with chairs; walk three steps down and you are on the beach. Second and third floors have a spectacular view off individual balcony. The pool is popular, so is the outdoor bar area with live entertainer at specific times. Parasailing is right out front and other water rentals are available except handicapped beach wheelchairs and bikes. Sunsets are spectacular. Very convenient location. Large parking area only for checked in guests. Next to a public beach area which your visitors can park in with enough quarters. Publix grocery store is across the street, along with IHOP, Village Inn, and Chick fil a. Short drive to Pass-a-Grille beach and fabulous/casual seafood restaurants. 5 miles the other direction is the best shopping area with Bubba Gump Shrimp, deep sea fishig, sunset cruises, a beautiful area. Have to bring your own pool/beach towels and floats.

Room Tip: Ask for AAA discount
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Kimham11
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Property: Dolphin Beach Resort
Address: 4900 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-2480
Region: United States > Florida > St. Pete Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#19 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €€
Hotel Class:3 star — Dolphin Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 173
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