We, family of three, have chosen this place because of the travelzoo's promotion. We generally don't care about being in the thick of things during vacations, therefore we didn't mind the secluded location.
The property. Upon the arrival, it took was awhile to find the check-in and after that, the room. It didn't help that we were given property map was either from the future or the past, picturing a number of non-existing buildings. The satellite photos you can get online are way more accurate that this map. Overall, the resort seems unfinished, with the mix of nice and odd and ugly areas, with a concrete skeleton of unfinished townhouse in the outskirts and a roughed-in parking lot as a centrepiece.
On the bright side, there is plenty of wildlife in and around the resort - we saw manatees, dolphins, two varieties of ray (stingrays including, I think) fish around the fishing pier, all kinds of birds and small lizards.
The room. We had a harbourside suite with a nice Western view.
The room was not very spacious, just large enough for us. Generally clean, in a good shape. There was not much of the balcony which unexpectedly created a problem. The guests are asked not to hang towels etc. on the balcony. Inside, there is nothing provided to dry your stuff either which forces you to needlessly jump through the hoops.
The bathroom door didn't have a working lock. The towel hanger bar in the bathroom was installed improperly and was falling off easily (with a bang!).
The room has a well equipped kitchen but no suitable dining area. Some of the provided glasses and plates were dirty. There is a coffee table and a counter beside the kitchen. The counter is cramped with a phone, radio, blender - not well suited for dining. The floor outside the kitchen is covered with a carpet, which makes for a stressful meal time. As there are couple suitable areas with seating and tables outside, in front of the hotel, one evening we decided to take our dining there for the sake of comfort and peace of mind.
As somebody else mentioned, ceiling fans were acting up. The fans would stop spinning, the light was switching on without being asked.
The TV. A number of channels to choose from but crappy analog setup with a poor and distorted picture makes it barely watchable.
There was a safety box sitting in the closed but it wasn't installed and we had to use one at the front desk.
Amenities. The beach is probably man-made, but looks quite nice. The sand looks identical to Lido beach we have visited. Deeper in the water, the floor is covered with vegetation. Fishing pier is a nice place to watch pelicans in action.The washrooms beside the beach are a serious bottleneck. Almost always, there is somebody outside waiting for its turn. The bar on the beach on evenings has live music albeit played by older musicians for even older patrons.The area around the hotel was nicely landscaped, with a pool, hot tub, BBQ and sitting areas. The pool and hot tub are way too small for the number of users they serve, which immediately became evident when a batch of families with children arrived over the weekend. I seems that one there was a playground on the property in the past but there isn't any now, which is a pity as for the little kids, there isn't much to do on the resort, apart from water activities and playing with the sand.
Dining. We bought an option with breakfast for two adults included. As the children are not covered, we chose to use some of the vouchers to cover breakfast for our kid. The breakfast is served in the restaurant which is beside the beach fair distance away across not so nicely looking part of the property from the hotel. The breakfast was nothing fancy but allowed us to efficiently fill out stomachs so we could keep going with our day activities pretty much until evening without being bothered by hunger, which we think is money well spent. Few gripes here, too, however. Inconsistent service - the way you're treated depends on the waiter that works that day. No juice included (not every child is a morning coffee lover!!). We were surprised to learn that on Sundays there is no breakfast but a brunch instead for which our breakfast vouchers don't work that well. The restaurant staff on the matter wasn't accommodating. The front desk person during check-out wasn't interested in the issue either, which I found insulting. And one more thing - watch for dirty plates!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to your Caribbean-style island resort on the South Shore of Tampa Bay - The Resort & Club at Little Harbor. This unique resort and residential village provides a harmonious blend of Anglo-Caribbean architecture, lush tropical landscaping, island style hospitality and the natural wonders of a waterfront resort.Conveniently secluded between Tampa and Sarasota, The Resort & Club at Little Harbor is a full-service, AAA Travel Guide, three-diamond, resort hotel and conference center situated on 124 acres, completely surrounded by the tranquil waters of our harbors, marinas and Tampa Bay. No matter how you choose to spend your time, we have an option for you at The Resort & Club at Little Harbor. Relax and enjoy our half mile stretch of secluded, white sandy beach. Take a dip in one of three heated pools and two Jacuzzi. Feeling competitive? Shoot hoops, play beach volleyball or play tennis on one of our five tennis courts. The entire family will enjoy themselves on our 250 foot fishing pier shuffleboard court horseshoe field or in our two fitness centers or enjoy our watersports including kayaks, jetskis, hydro bikes or paddleboards.Boaters arrive in paradise with deep-water access, 330 wet-slips, 220 high and dry slips, on-site fuel dock, bait and tackle store, fully stocked ship’s store, and boat trailer parking with near-by flats and deep sea fishing.Dine at one of two waterfront restaurants, The Sunset Grill or Sunset lounge and our beach-side Tiki Bar. Choose from a selection of steaks, sumptuous seafood, stacked sandwiches open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with live entertainment outside on Friday Through Sunday evenings.The Resort & Club at Little Harbor offers a vast array of guest room accommodations perfect for individuals, couples, families and groups desiring a resort destination. Guest accommodations include our standard, deluxe and Junior Suites along with our brand new studio, one, two and three bedroom suites and town homes, all offering breathtaking water views of Tampa Bay or our marinas, harbor and nature preserves.All guest rooms have been completely renovated to provide you with the necessary conveniences to ensure your comfort. An iron and ironing board, hair dryer, coffee maker, microwave and mini refrigerator are standard items in every room. A spacious work desk area with ample lighting, direct dial telephones, free high-speed internet access, 32" flat screen color cable television with free premium channels. Individual climate control air conditioning and heating, private bathrooms with granite counter tops and private balconies or patios. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Resort And Club At Little Harbor
- The Resort & Club At Little Harbor Hotel Ruskin
- Hotel At Little Harbor
- Resort At Little Harbor
- Resort Club Little Harbor
- The Inn At Little Harbor Ruskin, Florida