Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
What We Love
- A capacious condo at a breathtaking resort right on Clearwater BeachStaying directly on the best beach in America, according to TripAdvisor in 2016
- Touring nearby Tampa or St. Pete’s, or day-tripping to Disney World
- Basing yourself in a spacious condo with the comforts of home
What To Know
- Looking to relax in your room? Enjoy your 50" HDTV with access to DirecTV
- Early check-in and late check-out can be arranged ahead of time
- In-room coffee makers come with Wolfgang Puck coffee
- Free WiFi
The Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort truly nails it in the beach-vacation department. Not only does it sit directly on Clearwater Beach, which TripAdvisor voted the best in America at 2016, but it adds all sorts of lovely touches to the sun-soaked setting. Enjoy the sea breeze on your private balcony, grab a drink or two at the elegant bar, or channel-surf on your 50-in. flat-screen HDTV.
As luxe as the accommodations are, you’re not going to want to spend all your time indoors. Grab a sun lounger by the pool, or try your hand at a range of watersports, like parasailing and scuba diving, available through local numerous suppliers. If you’re willing to hop in the car for a bit, you can also relocate to another sparkling shoreline – St. Pete or farther-out Siesta Beach, for instance – or perhaps explore another side of the local landscape. One of the only completely natural islands on the Gulf Coast, Caladesi Island State Park is a 15-minute drive.
Your abode is a coastally inspired, crisply decorated, modern, minimalist space, with brand-new décor. It’s one of 105 in the resort and looks onto the water or the marina. Two Bedroom Deluxe condos range from 1,120 to 1,214 square feet and accommodate up to eight guests. The private bedroom holds a king bed, and there are two full beds in the guest bedroom – in addition to a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. You’ll also enjoy two bathrooms, a washer and dryer, a full kitchen and a balcony.
Amenities- 50-in. flat-screen TV with cable channels- Balcony or patio- Wi-Fi access (fees apply)- Ceiling fans- In-room safe- Hair dryer- Alarm-clock radio- Iron and ironing board
The hotel’s dining program emphasizes fresh, local ingredients, such as seafood and farm-raised meats. The signature restaurant is Ocean Hai, the only Asian-fusion spot in Clearwater, under Executive Chef Claude Rodier, opening for three meals a day and overlooking the Gulf. There’s a second eatery by the pool, also serving frozen cocktails, and a café resides at lobby level. If you prefer to dine in private, order in room service, 24 hours a day.
Pallavi Spa’s name translates to “new leaf,” and it’s on a mission to help you turn one over. Find peace and tranquility in this 5,700-square-foot wellness center, during a Body Nectar Nourishing Wrap, Thousand Flower Detox Wrap, Aroma Stone Massage or Hydrotherapy Bath. There’s also a steam room, along with an experience shower. After your therapy, you can work up a sweat in the Gulf-view fitness center.
Clearwater is famous for its beach, with – as the name suggests – bright-white sands and crystal-clear waters; the shore was voted the best in America in 2016. As a guest of Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort, you’ll be right on the shore and near several watersport suppliers, as well as an easy drive from Caladesi Island State Park, an indoor FlowRider, a mini-golf course, Tampa’s Plant Museum and Busch Gardens and St. Petersburg’s Dalí Museum and Chihuly Collection. Orlando and Disney World are within day-tripping distance.
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This place is amazing so far! We’ve had nothing but a great experience. We checked in early at 11:30 am with no problem at all. Carlos was all smiles and very helpful. The lobby is beautifully decorated and smells amazing! (Please tell me you sell the fragrance!! I will be asking for it!) I noticed some people complaining about the 19% gratuity added to drinks and food, but the paper in the room shows that can be raised, lowered or totally omitted. The drinks and poolside service have been great. The small waters in the room are actually free! The keurig and pods in the room are wonderful as well. We are staying on the 14th floor (room 1405 Corner balcony with amazing views!) and the birds pooped all over our balcony. Housekeeping sent 2 people immediately! I was so impressed. They cleaned it thoroughly and even with a smile. The grounds are clean and the location is super convenient with restaurants all around, Walgreens within walking distance and right beside Pier 60, you truly do not need a car here. The marina is right across the street where you can book boat rides, fishing charters, etc. We just ubered from PIE airport for less than $20. We got a great deal on our room from a discount site. Would definitely stay here again!
The hotel itself is gorgeous. The location is central and right across the street from the prettiest stretch of beach. Rooms are spacious, bright and clean. Gulf-front room views are stunning. Walking distance to the marina, activities and restaurants.
Now the negatives. First is the noise level. The hotel pool blasts LOUD music from approx 10am until midnight every day. Even from the 10th floor balcony it sounds loud. I went to the pool to relax and read. I couldn’t do either. This is not that type of pool. You simply cannot relax, read or snooze with music that loud. Luckily the balcony sliding doors in our room are double paned so we couldn’t hear the pool music inside our room.
The other totally obnoxious thing is the cannon explosion noise daily at sunset. I might expect this from a pirate ship or a hotel in Vegas. Not from an upscale hotel. It scared me half to death the first time I heard it. In fact it rattled me every time I heard it. (Sounded like a terrorist bomb.) This explosion is totally unnecessary and detracts from the image of the hotel. (Leave the cannon sound effects to the sunset pirate cruise boat, please.)
One night we went down to the pool bar to grab a sunset cocktail. The bar tender wanted to leave early and had already closed her register so she told us to go the the lobby bar. Are you kidding me? People stay at the hotel just for the sunsets! By the time we got our drinks and came back outside we missed the sunset. We paid good money for this trip so this bothered us a lot. Lazy staff members really can ruin a guest’s experience.
I agree with a previous reviewer that the maid service was lacking. Our room wasn’t vacuumed either nor were our sheets ever changed. Some days Housekeeping didn’t come until evening turn-down service! (Wtf?)
Beware of steep $25 daily resort fee + $25 daily parking fee! They also tack on a 19% tip on ALL food and beverage orders. And 13% tax on top of your entire hotel bill.
If you want pretty rooms, great views and a central location and don’t mind loud music, bomb sound effects and half-axx maid service, this is your place!
Other hotels along this stretch, such as the Hyatt, may have the same pluses without the noise and housekeeping negatives.
The Wyndham Grand is absolutely beautiful! Our room was very spacious and the staff is very polite. The view is GORGEOUS! We had a great experience. This is also a great place for families with young kids because of the location- the pool and beach are right there! You can also grab the Jolley Trolley right outside the Wyndham Grand which will take you all over Clearwater Beach.
I have had the pleasure of staying at this hotel twice within a 30 day period. There is absolutely nothing not to love. The hotel is beautiful and spotless. The pool area is beautiful, fun and beyond clean. From chilled fruit being passed in the afternoon, to terry chair covers and towels being readily available. Treat yourself to watching the sunset over a white sandy beach while you float in the pool....ahhh
First the positives: The hotel location and gulf views are amazing. The lobby and guest rooms are beautiful, fresh and modern. Now for the negatives which were mainly operational: We stayed a total of 14 nights. Our sheets were only changed once and that was after i requested it. Otherwise the sheets would never have been changed. Our room was not vacuumed at all in 14 nights. Many days we did not get maid service even though we had our “please service the room” sign on the doorknob. Several times we had to hunt down maid carts to get toilet paper and towels. One day we were at the beach all day. When we got back to the rom around 6pm to shower for dinner our room had still not been serviced, even though the housekeeping sign was on our doorknob. I was furious so I called the front desk manager 3 times in an hour to request service. SHE seemed irritated with ME! Finally at 7:45pm I saw a maid in the hall and asked her to service the room. She said she had no idea we had called the front desk manager. It was purely coincidental that she was in our hall. So apparently my calls to the front desk fell on deaf ears. This is particularly irritating when the hotel charges a $25/night resort fee. For what?! Bottom line is that housekeeping is inconsistent and takes short cuts. The other issue we had is that the room next to us had 2 very noisy little dogs with them. They barked throughout the day when the people were out, and also barked early in the morning, waking us up. We complained to the front desk multiple times to no avail. (They were not service dogs. Service dogs do not bark and also do not get left in the hotel alone all day.) The front desk was not aware there were dogs in the room until we called. But once they found out, they did not kick the people out or move them to a more remote room. If I stay again I will be bringing my two little dogs. We also noticed multiple times that non-hotel guests come in off the sidewalk and beach to use the pool and hot tub. Lots of drunk interlopers making noise and messes. The hotel needs to better monitor who is using the pool and hot tub. One night a big group of drunks who weren’t hotel guests got into a big shouting match at the pool -full of colorful language that we could hear from the 9th floor. Ultimately it took 5 hotel staff to kick them all out. This could have been avoided by not letting people off the street loaf by the hotel pool. Lastly, the hotel charged $25/night for our car to be parked. We were not aware of this beforehand as it was not stated on our reservation papers. Plus they charge a $25/night resort fee. Plus 13% tax on top of the full bill. It is a pretty hotel with the perfect location so perhaps management feels they can get away with subpar service and operations.