The Best Hotels 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
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7 December 2020

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 local culture, or explore the sunset celebrations at Pier 60, here are the best hotels in Clearwater.

Legacy Vacation Resorts Indian Shores

Resort, Chain Hotel
4.5/5 (589 Reviews)
Legacy Vacation Resorts-Indian Shores
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For family-friendly fun, Legacy Vacation Resorts-Indian Shores is a good bet. There’s a shuffleboard court and games room (including foosball and billiards), as well as a pool and barbecue area. The beachfront resort, located on the Intracoastal Waterway, has suitably spacious rooms with cooking facilities. Need an escape? The fishing pier is a great little spot for some quiet time.
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Opal Sands Resort

Spa Hotel, Resort
4.7/5 (1141 Reviews)
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, perfectly 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.
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Avalon Hotel Downtown St Petersburg

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.6/5 (927 Reviews)
Avalon Hotel Downtown St. Petersburg
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All the rooms at this design-led boutique are art deco-inspired including the lobby, which features a diptych of ‘60s supermodel Jean Shrimpton. Take advantage of the free shuttle service to explore nearby shops, parks, beaches, museums and restaurants. It’s also within walking distance of The Dalí Museum. Guests can access the amenities found at neighboring sister hotel, the Hollander.
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Hollander Boutique Hotel

Spa Hotel, Boutique Hotel
4.7/5 (1540 Reviews)
Hollander Boutique Hotel
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Speaking of which, The Hollander features a coffee shop located in the lobby, an expansive outside terrace and an elegant heated outdoor pool and spa. When it’s time to crank the night up a notch, the Tap Room restaurant and bar has craft beers to sample. Nearby, you’ll find local breweries, Vinoy Park, the Museum of Fine Arts, The Mahaffey Theater, and Tropicana Field, home to the Tampa Bay Rays Major League Baseball team.
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Crystal Bay Hotel

4.6/5 (884 Reviews)
Crystal Bay Hotel
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A hotel since 1916, the historical building has hosted the likes of baseball great Babe Ruth and Marilyn Monroe. Rooms have a distinctly Old Florida feel and the building itself is a surefire Instagram hit. The savory herb garden is utilized by kitchen staff and there’s a butterfly garden in which guests can unwind. Animal lovers will be pleased to note that pets can stay in the hotel. It’s also moments from St Petersburg’s Boca Ciega Bay.
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  • Barefoot Bay Resort & Marina

    Motel, Resort
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    Barefoot Bay Resort & Marina
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    Barefoot Bay Resort & Marina is a small, family-owned motel and marina on Clearwater Bay, just a short walk from the beach and Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The yellow coloring of the exterior is continued throughout the rooms adding a tropical feel to any stay. The resort features a heated swimming pool and dockside patio. If you fancy fishing from the marina, be sure to cook your catch on the gas grills at the resort.

    Sandpearl Resort

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    Sandpearl Resort
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    Sandpearl Resort is part of the Opal Collection, a premier ensemble of luxury destinations, and known for being a leading light in environmental conservation. The resort is surrounded by the white sand of Clearwater Beach and is a short drive from the marina and aquarium. It’s a place for sipping cocktails by the zero-entry lagoon-style pool and watching live music on the beachfront boardwalk. The resort comes with a spa and a daily children’s club.

    About this place:

    All-inclusive, Beach, Business, Fine Dining, Family Friendly, Romantic

    Beyond The Wall Bed and Breakfast

    Bed and Breakfast
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    Beyond The Wall Bed and Breakfast
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    On their amiably bonkers website, live-in couple Michelle and Rock describe their B&B as a bus ride with many stops and travelers. It also provides a laid-back and bohemian base for exploring Dunedin. In its informal environment, unconventional social habits are accepted – perfect for artists, writers and assorted free spirits. There are five rooms in the main house, all decorated with their own Dunedin theme. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and hot tub, as well as the shared lounge.
    These recommendations were updated on December 7, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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