Alden Suites Beachfront Resort Celebrates 50 Years Of WOW

Fifty years after Robert and Gennifer Renfrow purchased a small beachfront motel called the Alden, today, the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort celebrates its 50-year anniversary of ownership by the Renfrow family. To commemorate this major milestone the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort has launched a year-long Golden Anniversary campaign that invites guests to celebrate the many things they love about the Alden. Among the celebratory activities launching this month are an inspiring video series; a new social media campaign, #ALDENWOW50; a photo contest, a new mural and lots of special Golden Giveaways. It all leads up to the big Alden Family Reunion set for November 9, where longtime guests will gather from all over the world to celebrate the big anniversary.

Gary Renfrow, President of Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, shares: “So many families return to the Alden year after year to celebrate reunions, weddings, birthdays, and holidays. We’re inviting them all to join us in a big celebration, the ultimate Alden Family Reunion to celebrate 50 years of memories.” Live music, food and drinks, entertainment and special surprises will make for an unforgettable celebration on the beach.

“Here in St. Pete Beach, you can have a huge resort experience if that’s what you come here for or you can have a family run establishment for 50 years, and it feels like home. This is a slice of Old Florida, that is just cool in its own way that doesn’t even need description. And it’s something that’s vanishing. But the Renfrows maintain it, they keep that spirit alive. It’s a great value to us because look, you can build anything. But to preserve something like this and to keep it magical, takes a special energy and a special family and a commitment and a dedication. And for that, we thank you very much,” notes David Downing, President and CEO of Visit St. Pete Clearwater.

Tony Satterfield, Vice President of Operations of the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort, adds “At the end of the day, if we drive up and down this beach, we’ve all got great beaches, we’ve got great hotels here. What really makes the difference is the staff. I am fortunate to have an executive team, starting with the owners, that really has a commitment to customer service. If you take a look at our TripAdvisor reviews, you will see time and again individual employees and what they did outside of the norm to make our guests’ stays wonderful. We’re so grateful to our dedicated team of employees.”

The 50th Anniversary celebration begins in January 2019, and continues throughout the year, with a different element each month. Giveaways, charity highlights, contests, and exclusive vacation packages will bring the fun to each and every Alden guest, and to our local St. Pete Beach community. Here are just a few of the ways the Alden will celebrate the big 50th anniversary:

50 Years of WOW– Video Series
For the first time in the brand’s history, Alden Suites Beachfront Resort is launching a dynamic consumer video series, entitled 50 Years of WOW, to honor the official theme of its Golden Anniversary. Each month, vignettes will be released via various digital and social media channels, with every video showcasing our guests’ experiences over the years. The videos will highlight the perspective of different guests as they share the joy, fun, romance, and inspiration of their stays at the Alden.

Golden Giveaways
Throughout 2019, guests will be surprised and delighted by various forms of #ALDENWOW50 celebration. Golden chocolates, golden beach bags, and golden cocktail cups for the Cabana Bar will be gifted to guest as they check in during selected months. Random Acts of Celebration will randomly select lucky guests to receive free water sports, dinners, cruises, and more. All of the latest news about our monthly celebrations will be available on the www.aldenwow.com blog.

#ALDENWOW50 Contest
Between January 15 and February 28, 2019, a contest will be held for the best #ALDENWOW50 photo. The winner will receive a two-night stay at the Alden, a sunset sail on the Compass Rose from Dolphin Landing, dinner at Snappers, and their image on the Alden mural. Past and present guests are invited to join the #ALDENWOW50 contest by sharing photos and memories gathered during any stay at the Alden Suites Beachfront Resort and tagging them with #ALDENWOW50. Select user photos will be shared on the brand’s social media channels, in a display in the Alden Suites reception area, and in a video at the 50th Anniversary celebration. One family will be chosen to be included in our commemorative mural painting, becoming a part of Alden history for all to see. Alden enthusiasts who are not active on social media but who want to engage in the celebration can email photos or video messages to the Alden team at info@aldenwow.com. We look forward to sharing your vacation memories, and hope many of our longtime guests will join us for the grand celebration in November!

Pet-friendly Places in St. Pete Beach

Dogs are part of the family and it’s always awesome to find places you can bring your animal pals to play. Lucky for you St. Pete Beach has many pet-friendly beaches and restaurants for you and your furry friend to enjoy. Not to mention our very own dog-friendly Alden Suites which allows pets to join you on your beach getaway.

Fort De Soto Park

Fort De Soto is a great place to have an adventure with your four-legged friend. Dogs are allowed anywhere in the park on a leash. They also have their own beach divided into separate sections for small and large dogs. Here your furry friends can go for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico. They also have cooling stations with showers and dog-level water fountains to keep your pet comfortable in the Florida sun.

Boulevard Burgers

Boulevard Burgers offers juicy burgers and a wide selection of craft beer. Their covered outdoor deck is great for dogs and they offer them water and delicious snacks. It’s a great place to enjoy bar food such as zesty jalapeno poppers and tasty guacamole while you relax with your furry friend.

Honeymoon Island State Park

Honeymoon Island’s dog beach is the best place to enjoy the crystal-clear, shallow water that’s perfect for dogs to wade through comfortably and cool off. Dogs are allowed on the nature trail with a leash and have plenty of room to roam.

Nikko Mussolini Dog Boutique & Spirits

Tony Campetti wanted a place where he could have a drink with his dog Nikko, so he created Nikko Mussolini Dog Boutique and Spirits. Offering craft beer on tap, bottled brews, global wines, Chinese tea, cappuccino and espresso, Nikko’s has everything you need. They also cater to your four-legged friend with handmade dog treats and doggie apparel. It’s a drinker’s paradise for both man and man’s best friend.

Shell Key Shuttle Sunset Cruises

Shell Key Shuttle is dog-friendly! Bring your best friend to enjoy a sunset cruise sightseeing the pristine barrier islands south of Pass-A-Grille. It’s so relaxing to take in the sunset and occasional dolphin sighting with your animal pal.

These are just a few of the pet-friendly places to visit in St Pete Beach. We love our furry friends and are happy they can enjoy our resort and many fun activities throughout the area! If you have any more pet-friendly places to add to our list, just leave a comment.

 

Alden Suites Unveils NEW Beach Bungalows

On March 7, 2018, Alden Suites Beach Resort opened our doors to dozens of Tampa Bay’s leading politicians, hospitality leaders, business owners, and media for a very special celebration. We were thrilled to unveil our seven newly renovated Beach Bungalows. Our friends at Snapper’s Sea Grill and Empire Oyster brought some amazing food to delight our guests, and bartenders Chris and Dave set up the bar in the courtyard as we welcomed friends and colleagues check out what we like to call our “Fungalows!”

The beach bungalows are small cottages surrounding a courtyard right behind our main lobby, and when the hotel was originally built, dozens of them lined a pathway that led all the way to the beach. Over the years, as the Alden expanded and new buildings were added, the cottages were demolished, until only 9 remained. Theses 9 little homes were not included in the multi-million dollar renovation of the Alden Suites over the past few years, and to say they were past their prime would be an understatement!

The Renfrow family, owners of the Alden Suites, decided it was time to make a change. In the last twelve months they supervised a renovation that took the bungalows down to the bare concrete walls, eliminating two of them to make the others more spacious. They also completely redesigned the landscaping in the courtyard, giving it a modern tropical flair.

An expert interior design team led by Lisa Iacovino of Design by Design transformed the interiors into the ultimate in contemporary, beachy comfort. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and soothing aqua toned cabinetry turned the kitchens into modern masterpieces.

The bathrooms were outfitted with sleek tile and mirrors,  soothing double shower heads, and elegant vanities. Wood-look ceramic tile flooring flows between all of the spaces.

Our designers kept the bedrooms elegant, with our signature Alden comfy beds and fine linens, and French colonial furnishings.

New tropical furnishings and beach-inspired light fixtures make the living rooms and dining areas truly welcoming.

We had a wonderful time showing our guests around each of the Bungalows, and the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce team helped us christen the new spaces with a ribbon cutting. Such a fun night of celebration!

Want to check out the Alden Suites beach bungalows for yourself? These very special vacation spots aren’t bookable online. But you can reserve your place in the sun by calling our Reservations department at 800.237.2530. We hope to share our “Fungalows” with you some time very soon!

Alden Suites Donates, Supports Animal Welfare in Tampa Bay

We love animals here at the Alden! This year, Alden Suites Beachfront Resort continues two significant initiatives that support animal welfare in the Tampa Bay area through monetary and in-kind donations. The first initiative is an annual donation of $1,500 to Tampa Bay Watch, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tampa Bay estuary, including efforts such as oyster bar creation, coastal cleanup and wildlife restoration. Since 2010, Alden Suites has donated more than $15,000 to Tampa Bay Watch.

In addition, Alden Suites quarterly donates used linens, towels and blankets to SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Tampa Bay, which cares for more than 7,500 animals a year and provides veterinary, behavior and adoption services to Pinellas County families. The organization is enthusiastic about receiving these items, which help care for and provide comfort for a variety of homeless animals in its care, thereby increasing SPCA Tampa Bay’s ability to expand its services without additional costs.

Alden Suites clearly has a love affair with animals, and in fact is a pet friendly resort (welcoming four-legged guests up to 40 pounds in select rooms). “We feel it’s clearly part of our mission at Alden Suites to give back to our community,” says Gary Renfrow, President of Alden Suites. “Our goal with our support of animal welfare is to show our appreciation and affection for both wildlife and the many animals that might share our hearts and homes, but for various reasons have been abandoned or abused. It’s just a good thing to do, and we’re pleased to do it and lead by example.”