Our Best Guest Stories of 2019

Here at the Alden, we love to hear our guests’ stories and see your vacation photos. Throughout 2019 we received hundreds of submissions for our story contests, and gave away thousands of dollars in prizes to our storytellers. Here are some of the 2019 stories that touched our hearts, made us laugh, and helped us celebrate our 50th Anniversary!


“The hotel is kept with pride. Everyone is so friendly and the sun, pool, beach, and grounds are beautiful. We can walk to a great restaurant, stay-in in our suite, or just relax and unplug in the sun.”

I’ve been coming to The Alden since I was one year old, and have been coming here with my wife since getting married. This year, thirty-four years later, my wife and I brought our little boy to visit for the first time — along with my mom and aunt who have brought me here all these years. This place holds such special, happy memories for us that we acknowledged that happiness by giving our son Alden as his middle name! The 50th-anniversary party was his first plane trip to visit the Alden — but certainly not his last!


“Staff was very nice. Loved being on the beach. Loved the heated pools.”

Sunset at Alden with grandkids! Their 1st time at the ocean.


“The resort is right on the beach with access to shops and restaurants nearby. The rooms are spacious especially great for a large family of 6!”

My son wanted to celebrate his birthday at the beach with cupcakes


We got the honor of attending the epic 50th-anniversary party! What an awesome way to give back to all of your guests! Our second visit here and plan on staying many more times for our little family vacations!


“Been visiting The Alden for 48 years. We’ll be back next week for 11 nights for Thanksgiving. We love the “family feeling”

My first year, 8 years old. Alden Suites’ new wing under still under construction.


“Meeting Fred and Dee Zuroske 8 years ago during an annual spring Alden stay. Dee has since moved to heaven but we keep in touch with Fred and see him outside of our Alden’s stays. Fred is like another Grandpa to my girls. He has been coming to the Alden for 20 plus years and the St Pete area for 30 plus years. The Alden has a great family that owns it, has a great family that runs and works it and has great families that come to stay and play.”

Sissies sell seashells by the seashore…. aka Alden seashore. My girls painted shells one afternoon and then shared them with people on the beach that evening while watching the sunset.


“David and Chris at the bar are always our favorite reason for visiting. We had the chance to meet many other staff members for the first time during our 5 day stay and I have to say, you guys really just have the best staff around. So friendly, so helpful, so FUN!”

Letting loose in my resort wear the day before my wedding 🙂


“My husband and in-laws planned this trip and it couldn’t have been nicer! Staff was above and beyond kind and helpful- even when I needed something as random as super glue, they delivered!! Clean, lovely rooms! I could see us all coming back alone our bringing kids the next time! Nice mix of people- family-friendly as well. Very cool, Alden!”

First time parasailing and all the info was right outside our room on the beach! They even pulled up in the water right next to our umbrella to pick us up! Alden made our vacation super easy!


What better place than Alden Suites to celebrate a Birthday! We drove 1254 miles from Minnesota to celebrate our daughter’s 17th Birthday!


“From the start, our reservation was so easy. Our check-in was a breeze and the staff was very friendly and funny too. You can tell they love their job and are happy to make your stay the absolute best. Our room overlooked the gulf, and it was clean with plenty of linens and extra towels. The staff at the Cabana bar were equally friendly and provided tasty drinks with a smile. We will definitely go back!!”

The best way to do a Sleepover Birthday Party is @AldenSuites in St. Pete Beach!!


“Upon arrival, I went to the front desk to check-in, the 2 men working were so super fun! They were very kind and informative. Our room was perfect and clean! We were right by the elevator and it was surprisingly quiet! Our stay at the Alden Suites was beyond our expectations! The pool was lovely! We even spent some time at the Cabana Bar, and let me tell you we had a blast! The bartenders were so fun and the drinks were soooo yummy! I can’t wait to come back!”

My stay at the Alden couldn’t have been any better! From the staff to the view from our room, everything was amazing! 10 out of 10! 5 stars! We LOVE Alden Suites!


“Happy memories flooded the sandy beach and the crystal clear pools of the Alden Suites. Great food, great accommodations, and great conversation. “The sand may brush off. The salt may wash away. The tans may fade. But the memories will last forever.” #SummerTime #AldenFans #BeachBums”


“Wonderful front desk service and our room was better than we even expected. Thank you for making my daughter’s birthday weekend extra special!”

Beach Birthday Fun!


“I retired from my school position after 22 years and turned 60 at the same time and wanted to celebrate big with my family (17 of us) on the beach because that is where I love to be! My Uncle and his 2 daughters from NY flew in to join the celebration! It was the best 10 days of my life!”


“We started coming to the Alden Suites about 10 years ago. My husband and I decided we wanted to get married at our favorite place on earth, St. Pete Beach. We usually visit at least 2 times per year. We looked at other places but decided they were not “our beach”. The staff went out of their way to make our sunrise wedding exceptional. We brought family and friends with us for our beach ceremony. After the ceremony, we dipped into the gulf only to exit the water to cheering crowds on their balconies at The Alden Suites. Our friends and family love this resort also and now have returned and made The Alden Suites their favorite place too. The staff is so accommodating and friendly.”

Wedding Day July 20, 2018. The Alden Suites, St. Pete Beach, Florida. Best day ever!!


“My husband and his family have been coming here 50 years, we love it!! And will continue to come for all of our Florida vacations!!!”

Our daughters on our first vacation as a family of 5!


“We love to vacation at the Alden Suites. The rooms are actually set up so perfect for families with young children. They can nap in the bedroom and we close off the living room area to hang out while they are napping. We love the playground area and the beach bar for us of course. We’ve been coming to the Alden for about 8 years now, almost every summer we fly to St. Pete Beach from Colorado to defrost after the long winters here. We have family in St. Pete so we have so many special memories made there with family coming to spend the day with us on the beach. My grandfather is 93 years old WWll Veteran and comes to see us every summer while we are staying at the Alden. We are looking forward to continuing to make many more special moments during our stays each summer.”

We spent the week at the Alden beach resort relaxing on the beach and building sandcastles. My son took his first steps on the sand and fell directly on top of the castle we had just built and my daughter cried that “bubba” ruined her princess castle!


“We got to enjoy the beautiful dolphins on the beach every morning. Something I remember enjoying as a kid while visiting your beach. Thank you for always giving us the best memories.”

My kids first time seeing the ocean staying at the Alden. It has left a mark on them and we will be back every year.


“Each year the exceptional service of the Alden staff makes our vacation memorable!.”

Only steps to the sand when you stay at the Alden Suites

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