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The Alden Beach Resort Hotel Review: This is a popular, no-nonsense destination for both local and out-of-town families. The property is located on a quiet part of the Pinellas gulf beaches on five acres right on the Gulf of Mexico. It is a pretty and relaxing base for day trips to area attractions and an easy, 30-minute drive from Tampa International Airport. Eight different types of suite layouts ensure a setting suited to almost everyone. Along with this wide range of floor plans, guests can also enjoy a selection of views. Most of the suites overlook the gulf, while others look onto landscaping and the courtyard pool. The one-bedroom suites come with fully equipped kitchenettes, separate living areas with convertible sofas and cable TV with free HBO and VCRs, as well as all the basics. Given the reasonable rates, the recreational options are notable. There are two heated pools, two whirlpool spas, tennis courts, shuffleboard and a basketball court. Family-friendly facilities include a small game room, a childrens playground and outdoor gas grills. A coin-operated laundry is located on the premises.