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Review of the RumFish Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach

We ended our epic 3 week Florida roadtrip with a relaxing beach stay at the RumFish Beach Resort in St. Pete’s. The hotel is part of the TradeWinds resort group, who also operate the Island Grand.

How did you book the hotel, what was included?

I booked direct via the hotel’s own website.  There were no meals included, but all hotel guests are given a wristband which gives them access to lots of the on-site leisure facilities at no extra charge.   

Where was the hotel located, how did you get there?

The Rumfish Hotel is in St Pete Beach, which is about a 20 minute drive from St Petersburg city, and about a 2 hour drive from Orlando, and the hotel has a big car park outside.

How was your room?

Our one-bedroom suite (room 4802) was on the 4th floor.  When you enter the room you walk straight into the lounge (with pullout couch), then through a small kitchen area (which leads on to a small bathroom with a bath) and into the main bedroom, with a juliet balcony.  The room was perfectly adequate for our needs but it was much smaller than the sprawling, spacious rooms that we had got used to elsewhere.

How were the hotel facilities?

There is so much on offer at this hotel, and I don’t think that we did it justice.  The Tradewinds Island Resort is made up of two hotels, the Rumfish and the (larger) Island Grand.  There is another hotel between them but it’s a short walk along the beach to connect the two.  All guests are given a wristband giving them access to facilities at both sites, including a number of swimming pools.  There’s a huge water slide on the beach, evening campfire s’mores, bucky the shark (an inflatable bucking bronco).  There’s also a kids club at the Island Grand with a list of activities (chargeable) which we didn’t explore.  We might have been tempted to use it if it had been on our doorstep at the Rumfish hotel.

We mostly swam in the pool at the Rumfish and played on the beach and used the water slide.  The pool at the Rumfish was not that great as it was very small and a bit deep for young children, but there was a really fun atmosphere and a great pool bar.

The Rumfish hotel is known for its large aquarium, which features on the TV show ‘Tanked’ (which is shown on loop on the hotel TV channel).  It’s lovely to go and see it.  You can sign up for a free tour on certain mornings (fully booked during our trip) and you can also attend a ‘touch tank’ experience for free each day in the hotel shop, where they have smaller tanks.

How was the food?

We were really impressed with the food at the Rumfish hotel.  We ate several meals at the Gulfside Grill, a laidback poolside diner (I particularly recommend the fish tacos) and a couple of dinners at the Rumfish Grill.  Part of the Rumfish Grill is a more formal dining experience with a view of the aquarium.  This was fully booked during our stay but they serve the same menu in the bar area (no reservations) and the food was great (I highly recommend the seafood cioppino) and there was live music each evening.  We didn’t try the food at the Island Grand, but I bet it’s good there too.

Did you eat outside of the hotel, any restaurant recommendations?

We tried a couple of local breakfast spots: The Frog Pond and also Beverly’s.  We loved the Frog Pond and would highly recommend it.  One evening we went for an impromptu walk to some of the nearby dinner spots but they were all fully booked, so you need to be a bit more organised if you want to give them a try.

Overall?

We absolutely loved our stay at the Rumfish.  The downsides were that our room felt a bit cramped, the pool wasn’t great, and we weren’t really in short walking distance of many shops/restaurants.

However, we had the most wonderful time there!  The hotel has a lovely, laidback atmosphere and everyone was super friendly.  The food was great, and the sunsets each night were really special, with groups of people all out on the beach enjoying the atmosphere and the view, followed by the complimentary s’mores campfire.  We would love to return there one day.

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