Sheraton Sand Key Resort Review

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1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater FL 33767
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Editor’s Review of Sheraton Sand Key Resort

Clearwater Beach has long appealed to vacationing families for its miles of sugar-sand beaches, frequent dolphin sightings, laid-back attitude and old school vacation appeal. You're a tad removed from the action of downtown Clearwater and the main beach at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, a Starwood property, located on a mostly residential barrier island that's a mile away from downtown Clearwater Beach, which you can access by walking about a mile across the causeway or by taking advantage of the city's inexpensive trolley transport.

It's precisely the somewhat-removed-from-it-all appeal that makes so many of the hotel's guests return here year after year. And while the Sheraton handles about as much convention business as general tourism
... more clientele, the beachy vibe of the property ensures the tropical vacation feeling prevails.

The hotel fronts 13 acres of wide sweeping beach that's perfect for long strolls and playing games in the powdery sand. A kiosk rents out water sports equipment so you can just as easily spend your time exploring by jetski as you can relaxing under a cabana in the sand.

There's a heated pool and hot tub fronting the ocean. Adjacent to the hotel is scenic Sand Key Park where you can bring the kids to burn some energy on the playground or for a wildlife walk around the salt marsh to spot birds.

All of the hotel's 395 rooms have balconies overlooking the water or resort property. And the Sheraton is popular as a pre or post-cruise vacation spot for families with cruises planned out of the Port of Tampa.

If you know you want to vacation in Clearwater but you want to be a bit removed from high season's elbow-to-elbow crowds along the main beaches, the Sheraton Sand Key Resort is particularly appealing.

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Our Editor Loves
  • Quiet location on Sand Key
  • Huge beach and gulf-front setting
  • Trolley service into town
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • Family Room 5+
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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SAND KEY TO HAPPINESS
Reviewed on 09/19/2009
The Sheraton Sand Key resort is ideally located on a beautiful sugar white sand beach nearby to Clearwater Beach in Florida and is not far from Busch Gardens amusement park. This resort has a nice pool that has the view of ...
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The Sheraton's 395 rooms are spread between eight floors, with the hotel's top ninth floor reserved for the fitness center and Sheraton Club Lounge for preferred Starwood guests. All of the rooms here have balconies or, in the case of those on the first floor, walk-out patios, and most are fairly spacious at 336 square feet.

The lowest category of rooms, price wise, are the traditional rooms on the first floor, which have two queen beds and patios that open near the pool deck. These rooms tend to be louder (note that the pool and hot tub are open till 11 p.m.) and have less privacy than rooms on higher floors. Coffeemakers and complimentary bottled water are standard in all rooms, but you'll have to pay $5 per day to have a mini fridge in your room (if it's to be used for storing baby formula or medications, however, the hotel will waive the fee). The Sheraton's signature Sweet Sleeper beds are billowy affairs with luxury linens that are very comfortable, and you can request a rollaway in rooms with two queen beds.

Deluxe rooms have king beds and are on the higher floors, and are therefore quieter and more private. You can request that a room with two queen beds be connected to a room with a king bed, and if you add a rollaway, the space can accommodate a total of six people between the two rooms.

The Studio Suites, on the hotel's eighth floor, are a good bet for accommodating six people, too, with a king bed, two queens and a sleeper sofa all part of an open floor plan (read: rooms are not closed off from each other) that surrounds a living room area with a table for four people.

None of the rooms at the resort have kitchenette facilities or even microwaves, so cooking in is not an option at this hotel. Guestroom bathrooms are quite small, with tub-in-shower configurations and a toilet in one room, and the vanity/sink out in the corridor.
Light wood furnishings, tan carpets and colorful ocean-themed artwork are standard decor throughout all guestrooms.

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