Guy Harvey Outpost a TradeWinds Beach Resort
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OverviewThe welcome is warm. The smiles are friendly and the intimate atmosphere will make you feel right at home. Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort is the ideal vacation spot for friends and family.
We stayed from Thur to Sun as part of St Pete bike fest package, which seemed to be a fairly priced event. Our room had a decent view and the sunsets are awesome. The room itself was showing some signs of wear and the floor was a tad dirty. But it does have a fridge and sink which is a very nice feature. The beds were very uncomfortable and the bedding was low quality. In the morning the cleaning crew starts rather early... they were knocking on the door by 830am... they did respect the DND sign after that. But the cleaning ladies carried on with loud discussions outside... little things like that can drag an experience down.I also anticipated a "resort would have a late night kitchen... theirs closed at 10pm... way too early for people on vaca.Then there is the push to sell their vacation club memberships. I didn't like that at all. We did go for one of their club presentations, but walked away after waiting in an over full room. It didn't give us the immediate desired feel one would want when investing in something like that.This is clearly not a 5 star venue. At best I felt it a 3 star. If you manage your expectations going in you should enjoy the venue.
We have been coming to "Tradewinds" regularly for almost 20 years. The advantage to coming often is being Paradise Club members. It costs nothing to join but earning points as you spend results in significant perks and savings (like 20% off everything plus front row beach cabana's reserved).An important reason for staying at the GHO (formerly the Sandpiper) is the staff. They are like family - family members you like! Employee retention is a key factor, there is not a lot of turnover at Tradewinds - either the Island Grand or GHO.Shout outs to Carmen at reception - she is the absolute best. We must recognize Cissi and Jake (keep me smiling - Mr. Char-da-nay-nay) at the Sandbar. Let me also mention Mary and Shelly at Guy's Gulfside Grill, and Elaine and David over at Salty's at the Island Grand. The resort is a one stop shop for us, with all the pools, restaurants and other amenities. We like the more laid back feel at GHO, but a short walk on the beach over to Island Grand and you get the rest of the Tradewinds experience. The motto "Just Let Go" is exactly what we do.Over the years the cost has escalated with the influence of Guy Harvey and the great addition of the Rumfish Grill, but it is to be expected. While not the bargin it used to be as Paradise Clubers it is still a reasonable cost.The rooms could use some further updating as age of some elements are starting to show, but housekeeping and security have always been consistent and helpful.We love the weather in October and the international flavor of the guests. It is a big Holiday time for our neigbors from "across the pond".All in all we always have a great time at Tradewinds.
We had a great stay at Guy Harvey Outpost. Beach was really nice and the staff were professional and very helpful. Especially Sade. Thank you Sade for the very nice accommodations and great service!! Will definitely stay again!!
First off we upgraded to a beachfront for an extra $30 per night. For this we got a sliding glass door that had a rail over it. No balcony because the front desk said they couldn’t have balconies because they were in a hurricane area. So were all the other hotels on st pete beach but they had balconies. Next, black mold in the bathroom of which the maid couldn’t get it up with bleach so maintenance came and caulked over it.
First know that the Guy Harvey Outpost is part of a two-hotel resort together with the Island Grand a few doors down. That said, when planning this trip, it was not at all clear which amenities were at which hotel.....it was all kind of lumped together....which made it confusing when we got there for a quick anniversary weekend. The brochure read: "order drinks right from your cabana on the beach!" But that wasn't true for the GHO, only the Island Grand...This held true for several other amenities as well. GHO was nicely appointed, lots of the artist's work abound, but the property is beginning to look a bit worn in spots. Both hotels have beachfront cabanas included in the daily resort fee. both have beachfront firepits at night (lovely), the GHO has the nightly s'mores, but the Island Grand has the paddle boats (although lovely, it would be nice if it had been a loop, not a dead end), and the mechanical shark, and the jet pack rides, and the slide. Both have pools, but the larger one with the DJ was at the IG. The Flying Bridge at the IG had great drinks (I ordered a frozen drink and they gave me the extra in a separate cup), and a good grouper sandwich...although I asked for broiled and got blackened...it wasn't too spicy and we enjoyed it nonetheless. The IG definitely had the kid-friendly amenities including the crafts and game room. Both hotels have great staff....super nice, helpful, welcoming...They upgraded our room to a suite for free and we were very glad for the extra space and the full kitchen as it turned out;. Also, the guy at the cabana kiosk on the beach was very gracious when explaining the issue with the "no alcohol" rule at the one property, and it wasn't that big a deal...and he did offer us the very filtered, very cold, water which was very welcome on a hot day. The staff is the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 3. The cabana was lovely, but the process of ordering online the night before was inaccurate. We "ordered" a cabana in Row 2 from the water...and instead were in Row 4 or 5... (Row One is saved for those who want to pay $15) Also, while the fire pits at night are lovely, the music is loud, and can be heard even through the closed door of your room till late at night. Another little glitch was that they never came to make up our room. When I called later that night to get towels for the morning, they gladly brought them right away, but showed no consternation over the neglected housekeeping, no apology. My husband surmised that since they changed our room, perhaps they didn't know we were there? Hard to say. Still, we had a nice stay at the GHO and walked over to the IG to enjoy some of their amenities as well as guests are invited to do. Was glad we brought our own half and half as in-room coffee has only the powdered stuff, and downstairs is $3-$4 for a cup at Perks Up. Their onsite restaurant, Rum Fish Grill is reviewed separately.
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- 159 rooms in one 7-storey building
- 1 restaurant
- 2 bars, including: Beach bar, Coffee/Liquor bar
- 2 pools
- Fitness Centre
- Paddle boats
- Mini golf
- Water sports (fee)
- Gift shop
- Meeting facilities
- Tour desk
- Business centre
- Coin operated laundromat
- Room service (fee) - (7am - 10pm)
- Beach Cabanas
- Use of all the facilities at nearby Tradewinds Island Grand sister resort
- 2 double beds
- Full bathroom
- Hair dryer
- Radio/alarm clock
- In-room safe
- Maximum occupancy 4 persons
For the Kids - KONK Club Kids for ages 4 to 11 years old available for a fee. Babysitting available for a fee.
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Guy Harvey Outpost a TradeWinds Beach ResortSaint Petersburg,United States
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6000 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-3712
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