Harborside Suites at Little Harbor
What We Love
- A seaside Suncoast retreat near Tampa and St. Petersburg, with a private beachPerching on the side of the 250-ft. private fishing pier, or hydrobiking around Tampa Bay
- Sunning on the sands of the half-mile private beach, on a lounger
- Having a meal at the Caribbean-infused restaurant, or cooking one in your suite’s kitchenette
What To Know
- Some rooms have views across Tampa Bay and the hotel's half-mile private beach
- Spacious suites and guestrooms have pillow-top beds and fully equipped kitchenettes
- If you're looking to fit in a workout, check out the hotel's two fitness centers, five tennis courts, basketball court, and volleyball court
- Free WiFi can be spotty and slow
Meet a triple threat of Sunshine State getaways. Harborside Suites at Little Harbor has the three Ls you’re looking for in a Suncoast (that’s local parlance for “west-central Florida”) escape: location, leisure and a little bit of luxury. In the coastal town of Ruskin, you’ll be minutes from Tampa, Sarasota and St. Petersburg, if city-slicking is your style. Within 25 miles are Busch Gardens at Tampa Bay, the Museum of Science & Industry, the Salvador Dalí Museum and the Amelie Arena – even a seasonal manatee-viewing center.
If beach-bumming’s more your speed, stay on the premises to stroll along a 250-ft. private fishing pier, rent a jet ski, lounge beneath an umbrella or play a game of volleyball on the half-mile private shore. For other leisure and luxury options, you might also pass the time dining at an American-Caribbean restaurant and hitting up two fitness centers, a marina, eight athletic courts, two Jacuzzis or three heated outdoor pools. Also sure to delight is the modern kitchenette in your well-appointed suite, as well as its private balcony or patio. Sweet location, sweet eats and sweet suites? That’s what you might call “beach-blanket bingo.”
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of $8 per room, per night is payable directly to the hotel. The resort fee includes lounge chairs and umbrella usage by all three pools and on the beach, sporting equipment (tennis, basketball, shuffleboard, horseshoes and cornhole), and the use of the two business and fitness centers.
Each Harborside Tropical suite comes with its own balcony or patio, for getting some fresh air in private, and a modern kitchenette, for whipping up meals of fresh Florida seafood. Catch up on your shows on your flat-screen TV, which comes with cable and satellite channels. For a separate bedroom, opt for the One Bedroom suite, and for a full kitchen rather than a kitchenette, choose the One Bedroom suite with a kitchen.
Sunset Grill is the Caribbean-American spot, serving up breakfasts of tropical fruit and omelets. Little Harbor’s also got a private tiki bar, for fruity sips – and live music – in the evening. Within several miles are a Cuban restaurant and fish house that opens from Thursday through Sunday, for some additional choice, and of course, you’re always encouraged to take advantage of your kitchenette’s own cooking appliances.
Ruskin is within the region of Florida deemed the Suncoast for its gorgeous weather. You’ll be on a private half-mile of its Tampa Bay shoreline, with tons of watersport equipment at your disposal, for making the most of such a beautiful setting. Take out a snorkel, a jet ski, an ocean kayak or a hydrobike, or head out for a walk down the 250-ft. fishing pier. Have the staff arrange a deep-sea fishing charter from the marina, and then dry off at the horseshoe pit or one of the athletic courts. (There are five for tennis, one for shuffleboard, one for beach volleyball and one for basketball.)Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota are all within easy driving distance, should the new Dalí Museum or the former Thomas Edison and Henry Ford Estate strike your fancy. Come from November to April, and you can even see the manatees at the Apollo Beach viewing center, a five-mile drive.
How to Get There
Large well maintained rooms. Plenty of open parking. Multiple pools, and a restaurant by the beach. It’s a community of a few different resorts/hotels. Very quiet, hidden gem with great sunset views. Would go back if need to stay in that area.
Overall stay was good. We stayed in a studio room which was small with limited kitchen amenities. We usually stay in 1 or 2 bedroom condo, so wasn't use to the smaller studio room, but that was the only room available through our club option. Wouldn't stay in a studio room again.
Rooms are nice and plenty of room. Beds are not comfortable - hard mattresses. Couches are also hard. Very clean. Staff super friendly and helpful. Salt water pool kept super clean. I would recommend this hotel with the notice about the not so comfortable mattresses.
The staff is exceptional, the property is awesome. Can't wait to go back. The view is just amazing. Bring your watercraft, easy access at the nearby park boat ramp. What a perfect place to bring your family.
Great resort overall.
About the property: The check-in process went smoothly. Be prepared for super slow elevators, though (the lobby is upstairs on the second floor). The room was extremely spacious and well appointed, and the bed was fairly comfortable for a coil spring mattress. Unfortunately, their phone system was down at the time, and the front desk could not take calls, so you had to go down to to front desk to communicate with them. From our 2nd floor balcony, we could hear the loud individuals poolside very clearly (into the late night hours), which detracted from our rating.
About the location: The resort is located in a quaint "Little Harbor." There are two restaurants on-site, and water activities options available. However, there is no shopping nearby save for a few grocery stores. The beach area was very small and not the cleanest, but it was certainly better than others we have visited in the past.
In general, if you want a relaxing retreat, this is definitely worth considering.