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“Perfectly relaxing weekend getaway.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Meranova Guest Inn

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Meranova Guest Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Dunedin B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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“Perfectly relaxing weekend getaway.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2010

The location was perfect, right in the downtown area of Dunedin, in walking distance to a selection of shops, bars, restaurants and entertainment. It is a short walk to the coastline as well as several parks and just off the Pinellas Trail. The innkeepers are very welcoming and the rooms are beautifully decorated and very comfortable. We stayed in the cottage. We had breakfast in the gazebo one morning and the orchid garden the next. The resident chef is a talented professional. Breakfast was unbelievably delicious. The brownies are a must have. My husband and I stayed at the inn on a weekend getaway for our anniversary. We really enjoyed hanging out in the gazebo, reading and people watching.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Bay City, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2010

IF you want to be spoiled by the hands-on owner-operators, stay here a few days (or so).
A great location in "old-Florida" Dunedin, Creative, abundant, delicious breakfasts. A very beautiful yard: and your "home" unit will be uniquely furnished, and spotless.
All is meticulously well kept. Your hosts will treat you as their personal guests...this is a mission for Frank and David (not just a business).
We have been repeat guests for 2 weeks each year for the last nine years (and will be back again next year).

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2010

We spent 5 nights at the Meranova, and we were drawn to the Inn because of all the positive reviews we saw on this website. We came to Dunedin to see some spring training baseball, and the Meranova is a nice stroll away from the home of the Blue Jays. There's not much more to add to the long list of happy guest reviews that came before ours, but I'll try.
The food was amazing- truly. Breakfast was served with panache, and the fresh fruit plate would last through lunch. The breakfast entree was a new concotion daily, and always delicious and unique. The French toast was especially decadent, a thick hunk of crispy bread, stuffed with cream cheese and strawberry preserves, topped with crispy bacon in an orange juice reduction... wow. That's just one- I can't give away any more of Frank's creations!
Our hosts always made time to explain the ingredients, offer suggestions on places to dine/things to do- and things to avoid... They gave us towels and chairs to hit the beach, and they take such good care of the Inn, it's very encouraging. Clearly the Meranova is a labor of love, and the level of detail and cleanliness is incredible. They work very hard to ensure that the guest experience is top notch.
We didn't have the greatest weather, but we are really glad that we chose the Meranova. The experience is an absolutely one-of-a-kind getaway.
We came to recharge our batteries and enjoy a laid back week off. Mission accomplished.
Thanks David and Frank!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2010

As an anxious traveler I decided to stay at the Meranova for our first two nights in Florida to relax in style. I picked the town of Dunedin to visit because it was described as a "walking town." No cement high rises for me. Searching the internet I came across the Meranova.
It's not possible for a website to convey how beautiful the rooms are, how cared for every inch of the lovely yard is, or how informative the hosts are. They told us about the really great restaurants, the wonderful State Park, and the short walk to the water to see the birds, boats, sunsets. It was the perfect start to a vacation.
Traveler from Maine

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Orlando
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2009

We spent a long weekend at the Inn to celebrate our Anniversary. We have stayed at many B & B but this was the best. We stayed in the Cottage. It was so relaxing and the breakfasts were wonderful. Enjoyed dining in downtown Dunedin and visited Caladesi. We look forward to going back and staying at the Meranova.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2009

My husband and I just returned home from a truly memorable, three-night stay at the fabulous Maranova Guest Inn. I wish to share with future readers/travelers the many delights and unique features of the Meranova.

First, and most important: the inn, an eight-room bed and breakfast just a 4- or 5-minute walk from Dunedin's spectular public pier on the St. Joseph Sound (an arm of the Gulf of Mexico), is run and owned by the friendliest, warmest, most personable and most entertaining couple you'd ever have the pleasure of meeting. They unceasingly attended to our every need and anticipated things we'd want before we even asked! For example, on our second day, knowing we'd be heading to the beach (a pleasant 10-minute drive from the B&B), they packed for us a canvas beach bag filled with plush beach towels, every imagineable sunblock, and a perfect, floppy beach hat for me (in my haste, I'd forgotten to pack one, and as a skin-cancer sufferer, their thoughtfulness was a godsend). They also provided two perfect sand chairs--so we were set for a great day, spent "beaching it" at both Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island State Parks, both gems of the Gulf Coast. There were many other kindnesses and acts of genuinely expert customer service extended to us, too numerous to recount here.

Aside from the service attitude, personal warmth, and friendliness of the owners, the usual things that vacationers and other travelers look for in a B&B were all "there"--beautiful guest rooms, total cleanliness (the whole property, in fact, sparkles), goegeous gardens and landscaping, privacy, quiet, restfulness, a romantic setting and amenities, a welcoming feel--and, last but not least, fantastic breakfasts! Frank is a former long-time restaurateur and really knows his stuff. The breakfast he puts together is scrumptious, beautiful to look at, and actually healthful when compared to the morning fare that many full-service hotels and B&Bs typically serve. He manages to spoil you and delight your tastbuds with abundant, exquisitely presented food, all the while using some surprising ingredients you won't have to feel guilty about having eaten during the other 16 waking hours of your day! In addition to entrees such as fabulous stuffed French toast and a yummy frittata, my husband and I enjoyed the fresh-squeezed OJ and the perfectly ripe, ultra-sweet fresh fruits laid out for us, including sliced pineapple, strawberries, passion fruit, cantaloupe, and on and on. There was so much fresh, sliced fruit that, each day of our stay, we saved at least half to nosh on later on in the afternoon. This was about all we needed for lunch! Frank also plied us each morning with side dishes of toasted breads, including a delicious blueberry bread. Oh, and did I mention that you can take your breakfast anywhere on the Meranova's gorgeous property? By that, I mean, in your room if you wish, or under the lushly landscaped gazebo in the side yard, or poolside, or behind the pool area in the exotic and lush orchid garden, a true oasis of calm and zenlike beauty. You could also dine sitting on your privately-accessed outdoor balcony or porch, if you so desire--and all you have to do is let the owners know where before your chosen breakfast time! They really, really go out of their way to please and accommodate you; the service attitude at the Meranova is truly exceptional and above and beyond!

Our room was yet another oasis of calm, and we were welcomed on our first afternoon there with a pair of the most mouth-watering homemade brownies this chocolate lover has ever tasted! The word "room" is actually incorrect, in that our accommodations were a suite, featuring a fabulous and firm bed with antique headboard; beautiful yet functional matching antique dressers and plentiful closet space; a cozy and well-appointed living room with plush sofa; a kitchen area with range, small fridge, sink, coffeemaker, and fully equipped sets of lovely dishware and flatware, etc.; and, to cap it all off, a HUGE, luxurious bathroom, newly done over, with Mediterranean tile, fancy pedestal sink, and an enormous platform tub with a terrific shower, one of the best I've ever taken! Very romantic, too. Everything, it's worth noting, was immaculately clean for us and was made neat and perfect each day while we were out and about, exploring lovely Dunedin and the surrounding area.

Another thing about the Meranova, and it's not a small thing--it is a sweet, 100-year-old house that the owners have completely done over to show it off in its best light, with the greenest, lushest tropical, exotic landscaping this Northerner has ever seen (apart from in Jamaica!). And, better yet, it's situated on a darling, short, quiet block right off of Main Street, Dunedin--so you have the pleasure of being a stone's throw from the pretty architecture and charming stores and eateries of the town, yet you feel tucked away from the town center and hustle-bustle, such that you can leave your many windows open at night and catch the breezes, and there's little to no outside noise from the street. This is a real plus. Though we were lucky enough to have summer-like weather during our stay (low 80's daytime), we never wanted to use the A/C that was available to us at the inn! So much nicer to feel the Gulf Coast breezes coming in.

My husband and I have stayed at something like 30 or so B&Bs together over the last two decades in fabulous places such as Nantucket, Annapolis, Durango (Colo.), Mendocino (Calif.), Cape May (N.J.), Charlottesville (Va.), and New Hope (Penna.), and the Meranova has truly been the best, from my own viewpoint as well as my husband's. We've loved all of the B&Bs we've stayed at to one degree or another, but I'm happy to report that. . . the Meranova is without equal! All things taken together, the place is a total stand-out. I hope this review has conveyed just a fraction of my enthusiasm for the inn! I hope the Meranova's hard-working owners won't mind hosting Tony and Lisa again next year, because we are sure we'll be back, we hope for an even-longer vacation! If you book a stay there, I know you will enjoy the experience immensely, as we did!

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Pacific Northwest
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2008

If your travel plans take you anywhere near Dunedin, Florida, be sure to stay at Meranova. If your travel plans don't take you there, then change your itinerary! We stay at B&Bs wherever we travel, and I can definitely say that this is the best we've ever experienced. Brownies and brandy upon arrival, fabulous breakfasts, rooms are immaculate and inviting, the funky town is steps away, and the ocean and bike path just a short stroll from your door. All of that is more than worth the price of admission, but the real treat is the inn's hosts. Frank and David give over the top service, delivered with class and a wicked sense of humor. If you're lucky enough to get a reservation (the inn has a steady number of repeat guests, and for good reason), be sure to plan an extended stay. Experiences this good should never be rushed.

Stayed December 2008
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Property: Meranova Guest Inn
Address: 458 Virginia Ln, Dunedin, FL 34698-4970
Region: United States > Florida > Dunedin
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Dunedin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 8
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