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Beso Del Sol Resort
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 March 2011

We just returned from a two weeks stay at Beso Del Sol. The resort is located directly on the bay although not on a beach but our balcony offered a glimpse of the bay also. The staff here is most helpful, the Pinellas Trail is only about a block away. Dunedin is a friendly place with many shops and wonderful restaurants in a small town atmosphere. Honeymoon Island, Caladesi and Clearwater beaches, all beautiful beaches, are just a few miles away. We had a great time and will return.

Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 January 2011

We stayed at Beso Del Sol in Dunedin Florida for the month of Dec 2010 and it was great. Sadie,Lou Anne,Walter and the rest of the staff were second to none. They treated us like family and were very accommodating. Our condo was magnificent inclluding two flat screen TVS. The complex was conveniently located near downtown Dunedin, Gulf Of Mexico and the Pinellas Trail which was a plus when bikes are included free with your stay. This resort fits our needs and we just love it. Would we come back? It`s already booked! Paul & Dianne from Bancroft Ontario.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2011

We have been coming to Beso Del Sol for several years during the winter months, and at each visit we notice the steady improvements made by the new owner. The units have been up graded with new furniture, compact appliances, flat screen tv, and tastefully decorating. The office staff and cleaning personnel are always there to take care of your daily needs with a smile. If you are not in one of the rooms that over look St. Joseph Sound you can still come down to the pool area to view the beautiful sunsets.
The rails to trails walkway is a short distance away and bikes are available for the resorts guests at the front door. The new restaurant will be completed in a few weeks and will over look the water area from the fourth floor of the complex. The larger units face the parking area which at night is a relax full look with lighted palm trees and a huge water fountain to welcome you if it happens to be your destination.
Dunedin is a quiet town with many small shops and a variety of eating places in many price ranges. On Fridays there is the farmers market in the town square which has your favorite produce.
If biking isn't your thing Clearwater Beach and Honeymoon Island are just minutes away via car.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank heron25
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Reviewed 7 January 2011

I wish I could find something better to say about this property, it is not a bad place, it is just not a destination. It might be a good place if you need to be somewhere else and use it like a hotel as the units are clean, the landscaping is pretty, the people working here are nice and they have bikes that you can use.

But The rest:
The unit looks pretty enough but the beds are uncomfortable, the bath towels are in sad shape, the living room sofa caves when you sit on it, which is something that can be remedied but the balcony looks at nothing - no water views - just the side of another building (and there are no views to be had from anywhere inside the unit).

The kitchen is not really a kitchen, it is a kitchenette. Itty-bitty sink - no dishwasher, itty-bitty stove, full size fridge. No counter space, Not much for kitchen tools, had to go buy a pizza pan.

Sound travels inside the unit like a cave. You can hear everything going on upstairs, next door and all around you. The second bedroom is off of a loft area but there is no door to stifle any sounds, the upstairs bath is also itty-bitty.

Access to the fitness room - which also houses the computer is odd, you have to go around the main building to the pool side to get in and out.

Not each building has a public use washer & dryer and there is nothing in the units so we had to lug our dirty laundry across the parking lot to a separate building,

The pool was not heated (even though they advertise it as such) The hot tub was heated though, so we were able to use that. The bar area did not have any heaters going - and it was just to cold to sit in the wind and drink - plus they do not have a blender so they can't make any of the "virgin" drinks that the kids love. Wasted $$ opportunity for the bar owner.

There is nothing on the property to entertain the kids with (except the pool) so bring some board games (we bought a few as there is nothing on the property - that we knew of anyways.)

There is no beach but I knew that, It is possibly the first time in my life I have ever paid to go see the beach (at Honeymoon Island) $8.00.

Dunedin as a community - There really is not much to do, and the really cute shops in "downtown" closed up way too early. (Which is a shame because the one thing that seemed like a perfect evening - would be to go out for icecream after dinner and stroll the shops looking for that special something. (Another missed opportunity.)

The information book that is in each unit - is geared towards Tampa, Beso Del Sol should really make up their own binder with local information. Other resorts do this and it is something that could answer so many questions from where are the local churches are, to the closest pizza joint.

Honestly I know I won't be back - I just love the beach too much to not wake up and see it out my window. But if you are in town for a funeral, wedding, or business, then Beso Del Sol maybe able to fill your needs. It is just not my idea of a resort/destination spot.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with family
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david d, Manager at Beso Del Sol Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2011

It's hard to be all things to all people but we try our best to provide our guests with clean and comfortable accomodations with the convenience of being able to prepare meals in the condo while saving on dining out. All of our professionally managed units are fully equipped with kitchen supplies and we will gladly provide specially requested items such as pizza pans. The resort now offers a water taxi service, kayak rentals, dolphin tours and shelling excursions. The tiki bar has expanded its offerings to include tasty frozen drins for adults and kids. Several furniture and bedding upgrades have recently been completed. We may not be directly on the beach but we overlook Americas only twice rated No 1 beach, Honeymoon Island and the most beautiful sunsets on the Gulf Coast.

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Reviewed 30 November 2010

I loved our stay at the resort, everything was almost perfect. The staff was great and very friendly and there were only a couple of things that could of been better. Like the internet was a bit slow and the stove area just needed to be a little bit bigger. But other than that the room was very comforting with an awesome view of the water. We also enjoyed the free bike rentals for our early morning rides. And it was a bonus to find that the pinellas trail was directly across the street. It was a great trip away from home and we would most definitely do it again.........

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 October 2010

We stayed here for 7 days and really enjoyed ourselves. We were there the week before Labor Day and it was rather quiet until the weekend. The bar was great and the two pools were wonderful and we mostly had them to outselves. Our condo was everything it was advertised to be and we would certainly go back again.

Dunedin itself is a great town with a lot of great restaurants. We particularly liked the Dunedin Brewery and Pub and we found a wonderful Italian Restaurant that was off the beaten path. Went to Ivy's restaurant most every morning for a great and reasonable breakfast. If you are into pubs there is a one that handles 40 different micro brews. It was a great fun place.

Be sure to visit Tarpon Springs. Great Greek restaurants and we took a wonderful boat ride as well.

We would go back to Dunedin and Beso Del Sol in a heart beat.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 September 2010

We were very pleased with our vacation. Beautiful view, nice place, staff courteous and most accomodating.

Would recommend and go again.

Carla

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: 1420 Bayshore Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698-4217
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Region: United States > Florida > Dunedin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Dunedin
Price Range: £117 - £151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Beso Del Sol Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the premier all-suites waterfront resort in beautiful Dunedin, Florida. Overlooking St. Joseph's Sound and the Gulf of Mexico, our accommodations provide a relaxing old Florida-style change of pace.Visit downtown Dunedin for art galleries, wine tasting, shopping and dining. Spend a day on the links at St. Andrews or Dunedin Country Club. Soak in the sun on several of America's top-ranked beaches.Maybe you would prefer relaxing at our waterfront pool area or fishing from our pier. The possibilities are endless and all are here for your enjoyment.Resort amenities include an onsite restaurant and tiki bar serving casual fare daily, weather permitting. Join us as we toast the sunset every evening with free sunset shooters! We offer complimentary bike rentals. Boat dockage for overnight resort guests at a nominal fee. A heated spa, book and CD lending library, guest laundry,free fitness club membership,summer kids club activities and a 4,000 square foot banquet and event venue round out the guest amenities. We hope you come as our guests and leave as our friends with memories to last a lifetime. ... more   less 
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