Clearwater Oceanfront Hotels

by Nicole Harms
Clearwater Beach juts out into the Gulf of Mexico, providing several oceanfront hotel options.

Clearwater Beach juts out into the Gulf of Mexico, providing several oceanfront hotel options.

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Clearwater’s expansive shoreline regularly earns accolades as the best in Florida. “Tampa Bay Magazine” and “Florida Sports Magazine” both ranked Clearwater Beach as the best in the state. Along the white sands that make Clearwater a popular vacation destination, you will find a wide range of hotels, ranging from luxury resorts to cozy family-owned waterfront motels.

Top-Rated Hotels

Clearwater’s Sandpearl Resort earned four diamonds from AAA and was named one of "Travel and Leisure’s" top 50 Best Resorts in the US and Canada in 2010, making it the top-rated hotel on the beach in Clearwater. It occupies a 700-foot stretch of beach, and each of the over 250 guest rooms and suites has a private balcony overlooking the water. Children visiting the resort with their parents can play in Camp Ridley, a supervised day program, or participate in Kid’s Nights Out, giving parents an opportunity to spend time alone. The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort earned three out of five stars from Forbes Travel Guide as well as three diamonds from AAA. It was noted as being family friendly, offering a children’s day camp and playground on site as well as babysitting options. Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort occupies a 10-acre beachfront location and has both traditional guest rooms and suites that include refrigerators and microwaves.

Chain Resorts

Along Clearwater Beach you will find numerous chain resort hotels. The Sheraton Sand Key Resort is one of these. Special touches at the Sand Key resort include the option for room service for all meals of the day, the Suncoast Fitness Center, which also includes a massage facility, and private cabanas on the beach facing the sunset. Guest rooms and suites feature the hotel chain’s Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds. The Quality Beach Resort is another option, and it overlooks Sand Key and Clearwater Pass. Rooms were renovated in 2008 with granite countertops and new furniture. Quality Beach Resort offers a heated beachfront pool with tiki bar, beach chases, towels and seasonal live entertainments. Both hotels have on-site dining. If you are looking for a hotel for your family that offers a little more space, consider the Holiday Inn and Suites. It has KidSuites with a separate sleeping area for the children complete with bunk beds. The hotel’s regular suites have queen-size sofa beds in a sitting area. It offers traditional hotel rooms as well.

Inns and Motels

Palm Pavilion Inn sits just steps from the beach. It has a beachside grill and bar and offers traditional hotel rooms, efficiencies and one-bedroom apartments with full kitchens. Travelodge is across the street from Clearwater Beach and has an outdoor pool, serves a continental breakfast, and offers some rooms with mini refrigerators and microwaves. The Clearwater Beach Econo Lodge sits right on the beach overlooking the Clearwater Pass and Sand Key Park. Guests may use the outdoor gas grill to cook their own beachside meals, swim in freshwater in the heated pool, or unwind in the hot tub. The hotel allows guests to park one vehicle per room for free, but does not have parking for trailers, RVs, boats or other watercraft.

Independent Resorts

In addition to the chain hotels along the beach, Clearwater offers a few independent oceanfront resorts. Parker Manor Resort, for instance, sits on the water and offers efficiencies and apartments ranging in size from one to two bedrooms. All rooms at Parker Manor Resort have small kitchens, even the efficiencies. The small resort has a private fishing pier, barbecue grills, outdoor pool, pool table and shuffleboard courts. Barefoot Bay Resort and Marina gives its guests a small family-owned resort experience on Clearwater Bay. The resort offers standard rooms, waterfront rooms and apartments with kitchens and has a pool deck where guests mingle while swimming, grilling or watching the sun set. The hotel sits across from Gulf Park, which has live entertainment and a playground.

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