12 Top-Rated Resorts in Clearwater, FL

Written by Bryan Dearsley
May 4, 2020

One of the many sought-after sun destinations gracing Florida's Gulf coast, Clearwater is famous for its wonderful three-mile-long beach. Clearwater Beach, in fact, serves as a beautiful backdrop to a wide variety of great accommodations. All budgets are catered to here, with popular high-end resorts, such as the elegant (and beautifully named) Sandpearl and Opal Sands resorts.

As well as catering to couples, most resorts are keen to accommodate family groups, too. Popular choices for those traveling with kids include the Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key, which offers great kids' programs and activities, along with the Hampton Inn & Suites Clearwater Beach, which includes kids' dining options. And while many of the budget accommodations here are located away from the beach, you're never too far away, with ample parking available.

Whatever your needs, you'll find a great place to stay with our list of the top-rated hotels and resorts in Clearwater.

1. Sandpearl Resort

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The Sandpearl Resort offers visitors to Clearwater a high-degree of luxury. Set overlooking Clearwater Beach, this chic property offers many great amenities, including a fine dining and casual restaurant, a large gradual-entry swimming pool, a fitness center, and a full-service spa. Fun tours and expeditions can also be arranged by resort staff, including the chance to get in some kayaking, fishing, or dolphin spotting.

Down at the beach, guests can rent private cabanas or beach hammocks, while those arriving by boat can dock at the resort's private marina. The resort also boasts a large meeting and conference center.

When it comes to accommodations, guests can opt for a spacious one- or two-bedroom unit complete with a fully-equipped kitchen, laundry facility, plus oversized balcony. Smaller options include well-appointed suites with double queen beds and great gulf views from their balconies, as well as a separate seating area with a pullout sofa bed. All units come with large bathrooms with big soaker tubs and stand-alone showers.

Address: 500 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Sandpearl Resort

2. Opal Sands Resort

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One of the newer vacation properties in Clearwater, Opal Sands Resort offers a high-degree of luxury in its spacious suites. Highlights of a stay in one of the resort's 230 rooms includes stretching out and relaxing on your own private balcony while enjoying the lovely water views. Better still, book into one of the spacious, premium one-bedroom units.

These elegant suites come with comfortable pillow-top beds, pullout couches, dining room tables (the hotel offers in-room dining), as well as large bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers. They also feature handy mini-fridges, microwaves, and dishwashers. For those with the bank balance to support it, a stay in the two-bedroom Presidential Suite might be worth considering.

The feeling that you're staying somewhere special extends well beyond your room. Great attention to detail and design can be seen everywhere, from the resort's art collection, displayed throughout the property, including in its guest rooms, to its huge convention and meeting spaces.

Amenities of note include a large zero-entry heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, a full-service spa, plus a lovely gulf-view dining room and a choice of three restaurants. Also available for guests are services like rentals of beach chairs, cabanas, and umbrellas.

Address: 430 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Opal Sands Resort

3. Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

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The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa offers a mix of 287 spacious guestrooms and suites. Varying in size from 400 to 1,600 square feet, these elegantly decorated and furnished units provide everything needed to ensure a carefree vacation, including fully-equipped kitchens, work desks, huge 65-inch HD TVs, and spacious balconies.

The largest units also come with a separate private bedroom, full-size appliances, and guaranteed gulf views from their large balconies.

As you'd expect from a Hyatt resort, the amenities are also world-class. Highlights include a large gulf-facing heated swimming pool with private cabana rentals (featuring climate control, HD TV, plus food and beverage service); casual and fine dining options, including the popular SHOR restaurant; a massive 32,500-square-feet of convention space; a large fitness center; and a spa offering massages and beauty treatments.

The resort also offers a great deal of fun for kids, too. Among the most popular amenities are a kids' camp centered around its own swimming pool. The resort can also handle the booking and arrangements of off-site adventures, such as deep-sea fishing, cruises, Jet Ski rentals, snorkeling, and dolphin-watching cruises.

Address: 301 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, Florida

Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

4. Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key

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The recently renovated Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key is a great choice for those looking for a high-end sun vacation on Florida's Panhandle.

Just steps away from what's said to be the best beach in the US, you'll be treated to a comfortable stay in your choice of water-view suites boasting exquisite marble bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers, and handy mini-fridges and microwaves. A popular choice, the water-view one-bedroom suites come with large balconies, pullout couches, and comfortable seating areas with HD TVs.

On-site amenities include a large fitness center (plus jogging trail), full-service day spa, a hair salon, and a variety of great dining options, including al fresco.

The resort's swimming pool is a big draw, especially for those traveling with kids, thanks to its spectacular 35-foot waterfall. There's also a special pool for children, and be sure to check them into the kids' club, which offers a variety of fun programs. A babysitting service is also available when mom and dad want some alone time. There's also a variety of adventure opportunities and experiences to enjoy, including rentals of Jet Skis and kayaks.

Address: 1201 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key

5. Sheraton Sand Key Resort

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A highlight of a stay at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort is the chance to hang out on the resort's expansive 13-acre private beach. Here, you can spend the day relaxing on comfortable lounge chairs or in a rental cabana, or take time wandering and exploring the surrounding area.

There are many other things to do here, too, including enjoying a game of tennis on one of the three floodlit courses, working out in the fitness center, or even (heaven forbid) catching up with a little work in the well-equipped business center.

Another plus is the large heated beachfront swimming pool (the kids have their own), with its comfortable lounge chairs and umbrellas and poolside café, along with the large, 12-person hot tub. On-site dining is also available.

The resort offers 174 traditional hotel-style rooms with a choice of king or two queen beds, spacious patios or balconies, seating areas with HD TVs, work desks, coffee makers, plus free bottled water. If you can swing it, go for one of the 40 slightly larger Club Rooms. These luxury rooms also allow access to the private Club Lounge, with free breakfasts, hors d'oeuvres, and beverages. Guest parking is available at no charge, as are electric car charging facilities.

Address: 1160 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Sheraton Sand Key Resort

6. Hampton Inn & Suites Clearwater Beach

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The Hampton Inn & Suites Clearwater Beach resort is another new accommodation option to have sprung up in recent years. It's a great location for those wanting to spend time exploring the area, whether it be dining, shopping, or taking in some entertainment.

Guest amenities include on-site restaurants, a large outdoor heated swimming pool (complete with waterfall and pool cabana rentals), a fitness center, outdoor terraces and meeting spaces overlooking the beach, plus a convenience store. Free breakfasts are included in your stay.

All rooms are freshly decorated and clean and come with such standard features as HD TVs, seating and work areas, microwaves and mini-fridges, as well as good-sized balconies. Some of the large two-room suites come with pullout couches. A number of accessible units for those with mobility challenges are also available.

Address: 635 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Hampton Inn & Suites Clearwater Beach

7. Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

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Another big brand name that's popular for those seeking an affordable beach vacation on the Florida Panhandle, the large Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach resort boasts a number of great amenities that are sure to keep everyone busy.

Highlights include a large, heated outdoor swimming pool (plus hot tub); a well-equipped fitness center; full-service spa; meeting and convention space; a business center; beach access (including beach chairs and umbrellas); plus restaurants.

Located nearby is a handy marina for those wanting to bring their own boat, or for guests who are interested in rentals. The famous Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach is also located close by. Parking is via the resort's valet service only.

The resort consists of 343 guest rooms, all with great views over the nearby beach, Intracoastal Waterway, or marina. A popular choice for couples are the spacious king rooms, featuring large HD TVs, mini-fridges, and balconies. A larger version comes with a pullout couch and can sleep up to four guests comfortably.

Address: 100 Coronado Drive, Clearwater, Florida

Accommodation: Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

8. Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

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The recently renovated Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa is spread across 10 acres of beautiful coastal real estate. In addition to featuring a number of excellent restaurants, the resort boasts more than 35,000 square feet of function and meeting space, two heated outdoor swimming pools, direct beach access (cabana and beach chair rentals available), and plenty of decks and terraces on which to lounge about or sunbathe.

There's also a full-service spa, shoe-shine service, laundry and dry-cleaning services, plus a snack shop. Those looking to explore the surrounding area can rent a bike or Jet Ski. For the kids, the resort puts on a variety of organized activities, and there's also a playground.

Modern and bright rooms come in single king or double queen versions. Whatever your preference, you'll get great views from your balcony. The rooms also feature a desk, mini-fridge, black-out curtains, and an HD TV. Larger groups can order connecting rooms.

Address: 400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

9. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach

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One of the most popular mid-range resort offerings in Clearwater, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach offers guests plenty of reasons to check in here.

Located within easy walking distance of the main beach area and close to the best places to visit for shopping, dining, and entertainment, this bright and clean 3-star resort features a good on-site restaurant in the popular Jimmy's Fish House, along with nightly entertainment from local musicians (in-room dining and room service are also available).

Other amenities of note include a well-equipped fitness center and workout room, conference facilities and a business center, plus a heated outdoor swimming pool.

Each of the resort's 189 spacious guest rooms come in family-friendly "Kids Suites" and one-bedroom variations. In addition to their comfortable beds and quality bedding, units come with kitchen areas with granite countertops, mini-fridges, and spacious private balconies. Also included are large screen HD TVs and free Wi-Fi.

Address: 521 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, Florida

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach

10. Barefoot Bay Resort & Marina

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Another great option for those on a budget and who are seeking a good, top-rated getaway in Clearwater Beach, the colorful Barefoot Bay Resort & Marina has much to recommend it. On-site amenities include a good-sized heated outdoor swimming pool, barbecue usage, a marina, plus boat and Jet Ski rentals.

A variety of room sizes are available. A popular option for families of up to six is the spacious two-bedroom apartment unit (one bedroom with a queen, one with two twin beds). Other benefits include a separate living room with a huge 60-inch TV and pullout couch, and a well-equipped kitchen complete with full fridge. Other options are the standard-sized hotel rooms with a choice of one or two queen beds, kitchenettes, and breakfast tables.

Address: 401 East Shore Drive, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Barefoot Bay Resort & Marina

11. Shephard's Beach Resort

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Shephard's Beach Resort offers plenty of great reasons to consider this beachside property for your Clearwater vacation. Affordable accommodation options include a choice of double queen or single king rooms with microwaves and mini-fridges, along with comfortable seating and tables. All rooms also come with good-sized balconies, free Wi-Fi, large-screen TVs, and coffee makers.

If more space is needed, check out the two-bedroom units. These spacious suites come with a queen and a king bedroom (each with an en-suite), along with a pull-out couch in the living area. Other notable features include the two large balconies with gulf views, a well-equipped kitchen with modern appliances, plus three TVs.

On-site amenities include a restaurant that also offers alfresco dining on the resort's large beachfront patio. Other amenities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, a good-sized fitness center, laundry facilities, plus rental services for bikes, Jet Skis, kayaks, and other fun toys.

Address: 619 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Accommodation: Shephard's Beach Resort

12. Hotel Cabana Clearwater Beach

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One of the oldest accommodations in Clearwater Beach, Hotel Cabana was built in 1947 and continues to offer holidaymakers unique stays on one of the top beaches in the US. It's a relatively intimate boutique-style property that offers tastefully decorated rooms at reasonable rates.

Popular choices include the cozy "petite rooms," perfect for couples planning on spending more time exploring the area and relaxing outdoors than they'll spend indoors. These rooms come with queen beds, mini-fridges, and TVs. A step-up for those with kids are the "queen + bunk suites." Highlights are a second bathroom and two TVs. Larger still are the one-bedroom cabana units, which come with compact kitchenettes.

An important part of any stay here is the beach. Given the hotel's location in the north end of Clearwater Beach, there's a tendency for the beaches to be a little less busy, too, which is a plus. The hotel has a good-sized heated swimming pool and sun deck and provides free lounge seating, tables, and umbrellas.

Address: 669 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, Florida

Accommodation: Hotel Cabana Clearwater Beach

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