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Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club Hotel in Clearwater Beach Now Open

Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), Page Development Group (PDG), and Choice Hotels’ Ascend Hotel Collection, recently opened the first-ever Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club Hotel! Sitting on America’s number one beach with 91 rooms, this eco-friendly hotel is dolphin/marine life themed, featuring the dolphin made famous by the Dolphin Tale movies – Winter!


Winter the Dolphins’ Beach Club Hotel


“The opportunity to partner with Clearwater Marine Aquarium is unique and special,” said PDG President Steve Page. “Our eco-friendly hotel provides a great guest experience but generates revenue for CMA, enabling them to expand their marine life work which is near and dear to our family-owned company’s values.” Page continued, “We are excited to convert this hotel to a new brand with an extensive renovation and include the CMA mission.” PDG is the owner of this and three other hotels in the Tampa area. All in all, they have a strong passion for the environment!

Winter the Dolphins’ Beach Club Hotel


Overall, after considering the impacts of rebuilding versus refurbishing, Page chose to use an existing hotel and existing materials. For example, rather than purchase new doors, every room has a refurbished original door. Steps to protect marine life include sea turtle safe lighting, no single-use plastics, and even special window treatments! These reduce energy use while stopping the harmful effects of sun glare off of the Gulf.


Winter the Dolphins’ Beach Club Hotel


“A Winter the dolphin hotel is sure to delight guests from around the world, especially those who come to Clearwater Beach to visit Winter at Clearwater Marine Aquarium,” said CEO, David Yates. “We’re confident that travelers will be attracted by the sustainability and opportunity to immerse themselves in marine life.”


Guests feel good about the sustainability of their stay at Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club! They will also be helping the Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s non-profit mission.


Proceeds from each room night will go directly to the care, education, research, and conservation of marine mammals through the work of CMA.


From the lobby to each guest room, the entire hotel is themed with Winter and other marine life. The piers at the beach are even shaped like dolphin tails. Additionally, a wild dolphin webcam will be available for guests to keep an eye on Clearwater’s active marine life!


Winter the Dolphin’s Beach Club is part of Ascend Hotels. Ascend Hotel Collection by Choice Hotels has upscale hotels in urban and resort areas. Ascend hotels weave culture into the fabric of their communities. They also feature art and amenities that put local flavor first.


Tampa’s McKibbon Hospitality manages the Winter the Dolphin Beach Club.




About Page Development Group


Page Development Group is a family-owned company on the west coast of Florida. Specializing in waterfront condo projects, hotels and resorts PDG has also developed over 30 projects along the gulf beaches. PDG owns and operates its hotel and resort properties, restaurants, and also bars. PDG has also sold over a billion dollars in real estate products.


About Choice Hotels International


Choice Hotels International (CHH: NYSE) is one of the largest and most successful hotel companies in the world. Choice currently has more than 7,000 hotels and nearly 570,000 rooms, in more than 40 countries. From limited service to full-service hotels in the upscale, midscale, extended-stay, and also economy segments. Choice properties provide business and travelers with a range of quality, high-value lodging options throughout the United States and internationally. For more information about where to stay, visit their website: www.choicehotels.com.


About Clearwater Marine Aquarium


Lastly, Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit marine rescue center. CMA inspires the human spirit through leadership in education, research, rescue, and also release. CMA is home to rescued dolphins, sea turtles, river otters, stingrays, nurse sharks, and more. Winter the dolphin’s story of survival, after an injury that caused her to lose her tail, has inspired millions of people around the world. The movie Dolphin Tale (2011) features Winter’s story and additionally, its sequel Dolphin Tale 2 (2014) is the story of Hope, a young dolphin of CMA. CMA does important research to protect manatees, right whales, and sea turtles. The mission and potential to change people’s lives make CMA different from any other aquarium in the world.

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