It's a whole new place -
My wife & I have stayed at the Tropical Breeze Motel 7 different times in the past 15 -20 years. We like the location 1 block to the beach - overlooking the bay. The price is about 1/2 of what something directly on the beach costs. It had been 4 years since we had been so this January & Febuary we decided to come down again. At first we wondered if it was the same place we always stay... upon check in for our 2 week stay we learned the motel had a new owner. He has made numerous improvements and upgrades.
Maid service was very good, the main employee / on site manager was very efficient and nice. During our stay we couldn't help but notice the police on Clearwater Beach operate like a wolf pack.... if your meter expires while parking - expect a ticket. I got 3 in 1 week. Police are a good thing - to ensure guests safety, but Clearwater Beach Police are OVERKILL.
Back to the Tropical Breeze Review - my wife & I really enjoyed our stay. We selected a waterfront room - which included a small kitchen. This slight increase in costs was well worth it saving on eating all meals out. If you go.... The Marina Restaurant had the best breakfast - Frenchys the best seafood & Backwaters had the best steak. The new Hyatt has a Shor restaurant - it's a rip off. An egg sandwich McDonalds makes better for 1.00 was 7.00
Did catch a nice snook off the dock at the motel - and while the fishing here is okay - up at the Marina by the baithouse seemed better in my experience. The motel was nice - clean and run by competent staff. People like us come back time & again because this 50's motel feels like home away from home. All new windows, balcony railings - paint etc... the "facelift" makes it feel like a whole new place.
If your looking for comfortable - clean accomodations the Tropical Breeze has just that. Sadly most of the smaller motels have been torn down and serve as parking lots. Happily this place seems like it will remain. Looking forward to next year.
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