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
Called for a last minute getaway weekend, and was happy to get a nice suite waterview at a decent price. Staff was fantastic, room was very comfortable and spacious and the small kitchenette was ideal. We really enjoyed the pool area, plenty of seating and shade. (and thank goodness, because the Bay was a bit warm and dirty that weekend) Sadly there is no bar service, as the Suites do not have their own bar or restaurant, but there are 2 of them on the property walking distance, and you may bring your own drinks and food to the pool area. We appreciated the covered parking, check in was very simple and the staff was fantastic. The beach area was nice and for guests only; however, we didn't find an attendant the entire time we were there, and several guests were without umbrellas or chairs.
Everything were excellent including the restaurants on and near property. Will stay again many times over while visiting lower Tampa and Mcdill Air force base. It has ample of places to walk and run, the fitness center have everything for a good work out.
Stayed two nights on a weekend group get away. Some of our group stayed at Pirate Pointe just down the road with boat access too. We stayed on the 5th floor facing west over looking the marina and looking out from our balcony to down town St. Petersburg approximately 6 miles across Tampa Bay. Spectacular! Saw a room facing east that overlooked another marina and some of the Ruskin million dollar new homes and farm land which means you have a view on either side. We liked the west side due watching the sunset and St. Petersburg city lights. Rooms felt new & very clean. impressive including a small kitchen with full sized refrigerator. All rooms have balcony's except studios. Restaurant close by with same views & good food. First floor, parking under hotel. Nice with easy access to elevators and out of all of the elements. Great pool and deck area with three pavilions to hosts guests with your own snacks & drinks. We will happily return to this facility! On check out, only one staffer creating a long wait. Otherwise, this is a wonderful resort facility, just understaffed @ time of check out. Minor compared to what we enjoyed!
Harborside Suites was a delightful experience. From the moment we arrived at the front desk until we checked-out five days later, we enjoyed our stay. The housekeeping team was very professional. The room was clean. Everything was good.
Very nice, clean rooms, quiet, pool area really nice, barbecue area, really nice Could cook out anytime. Beach was clean,water was clear. The restaurants all 3 were nice prices were affordable food was really good. We ate there every night and had drinks .