The Best Hotels to Book in Clearwater for Every Traveler

Balconies boast dramatic ocean views at Opal Sands Resort
Balconies boast dramatic ocean views at Opal Sands Resort | Courtesy of Opal Sands Resort / Expedia
Kim Gregory

Clearwater, Florida, has an array of chic boutiques, family-friendly resorts and madcap one-offs in which to stay. Whether you plan to relax on the white sands, dig deep into the culture, or explore the sunset celebrations at Pier 60, here are the best hotels in Clearwater, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach, an IHG Hotel, for complimentary kiddie meals

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A birds-eye view of Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach, with a swimming pool, palm trees and sun loungers
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Families won’t want more at this hotel where kids stay and eat free. Choose a balcony-clad contemporary room or a suite featuring a whirlpool or spa bathtub, kitchen and living space for relaxing together. Splash in the ocean-view, heated outdoor pool; explore Clearwater Beach – within walking distance – and Pier 60; and relish workouts in the fitness center. You’ll find something to satisfy all tastes at the many eateries, from the crepe cafe to Jimmy’s Fish House restaurant.

2. Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, for family-friendly fun

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An exterior view of Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach and its outdoor pool
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Bring the family to this AAA 4 Diamond hotel. Each room has a waterfront or marina view, floor-to-ceiling windows and Keurig coffee maker. Most have balconies or terraces while kids will love the turtle decor in family-friendly rooms. You’ll all enjoy a splash in the pool where the grown-ups can sip waterside-bar cocktails; the Asian-fusion restaurant serves fresh seafood and farm-fresh dishes. Indulge in some me-time at the spa; try signature body treatments such as the Deep Blue Sea scrub-wrap-massage combo.

3. Edge Hotel Clearwater Beach, for a selection of views

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A poolside view of Edge Hotel Clearwater Beach
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Edge Hotel boasts a signature glass panel pool, a restaurant serving loaded burgers and key lime pie, and a rooftop sunset-view bar. Your days begin with complimentary breakfast overlooking the Gulf. Head out to enjoy dune buggies, tandem bicycles and jet skis with hotel rental services. Come evening, catch a game on the rooftop’s 300 sq ft (28 sq m) projection screen and finish with a complimentary shot by the flickering firebar. Every room and suite has a balcony: pick from Gulf, pool or city views.

4. Sheraton Sand Key Resort, for a spot of indulgence

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The outdoor pool area at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort
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This hotel beside Sand Key Park’s beaches and trails has its own 13-acre (5 ha) private beach and overlooking outdoor pools including a whirlpool and children’s pool. Relax in the sun and order light bites and cold drinks from the poolside bar. Rest on your balcony or patio before hitting the bistro for fresh seafood, followed by craft beers and a round of pool at the tavern. Work off sore heads at the fitness center and tennis courts.

5. Shephard's Beach Resort, for endless entertainment options

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An aerial view of the pool at Shephards Beach Resort, overlooking the sea
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If you like to party, check into this beach entertainment resort. Catch live bands, day and night, at the Tiki Beach Bar and Grill; sip tequila at the Salt Bar & Tap Room; and dance nights away at the two-level, DJ-spinning Wave Night Club, where you’ll watch laser shows as you party on the gulf-front. Choose a room with a bar-stage-view to watch gigs from your balcony; or the Sunset Suite for romance, with its luxury LED rain shower.

6. Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort And Spa, for easy luxury

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A room with seating and kitchen areas at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort And Spa
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Watch the sunset over the Gulf from this Clearwater luxury hotel, whether you’re on the eighth-floor heated pool and deck – with secure kids’ pool – or the rooftop cantina serving Latin-influenced dishes and cocktails. Fish lovers will enjoy the American seafood restaurant. Love to cook? Choose a kitchenette-included room or suite to private dine from your balcony – some face the waves. Feel good at the fitness center and spa, which offers ocean-inspired treatments.

7. Opal Sands Resort, for dramatic views

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A dining area at Opal Sands Resort
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Opal Sands Resort is located beside Clearwater Beach. Guests can enjoy impressive balconies that boast dramatic ocean views. The resort’s interior features contemporary designs with aquatic flourishes, in sync with the location. The beach-front zero-entry outdoor pool and hot tub are also great for gazing out across the Gulf. The resort’s Italian restaurant, Sea-Guini, offers waterfront dining and fresh seafood dishes.

For more options, discover our guide on the best hotels in Crystal River, Florida, and book now on Culture Trip.

This is an updated version of an article originally by James Callery.

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