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“Cleanliness was terrible unit 404”
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Holiday Villas III
Reviewed 26 June 2013

We stayed in #404 and the master bedroom bed was as hard as a board and the sheets had yellow stains all over. All the dishes had to be washed before we used them. The kitchen cabinets smelled like feces. We will not be back

  • Stayed: June 2013
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3  Thank Ramfaninfl
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Larry G, General Manager at Holiday Villas III, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2013

Thank you very much for your review of unit 404 at HOLIDAY VILLAS III. We appreciate feedback both positive and negative in order to ensure we correct any issues that might exist in any units we manage. We continuously strive to immediately correct any issues that are brought to our attention during your stay- our onsite office is open 7 days per week to assist you anytime. We are truly sorry that you felt the master bedroom bed was hard. Our experience is that different units have different types of mattresses some hard and some soft depending on the owners selection and preference at the time of purchase. We actually recommend to our owners a more firm mattress when making a purchase and a firm mattress is the overwhelming choice when we have surveyed our guests. Again we are sorry the mattress did not meet your expectations.

On day 3 when you brought the issue to our attention related to a stain on your sheet, we immediately had the bed remade with a fresh set of sheets for your use. At that time, you indicated you were satisfied and it really was not a problem.

We were very surprised by the comment related to the kitchen cabinets. Upon your departure, our team carefully inspected the cabinets and did not find anything to suggest a problem. We also were not able to verify any types of smells. We also surveyed the guest that has checked in this week, and they have no issues with the kitchen dishware or any type of smell in the kitchen. We are truly sorry that you felt there was a problem and would have immediately addressed it had you brought it to our attention during your stay vs at check out.

404 is a very popular unit with overwhelming positive reviews and is located on the nose of our building with a panoramic view of the ocean and beach. Photos and details are always available on any of our units for those looking to rent a condo through our onsite office. As the onsite rental office for HOLIDAY VILLAS III, we pride ourselves on ensuring our guests have a great vacation experience and always encourage our guests to call our office anytime to discuss unit selection.

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Reviewed 4 June 2013

we rented 503 & found it very dated & in bad need of some paint.also the land line was only available for outgoing calls so our friends weren't able to call us , which was very inconvenient when trying to make plans. WE liked the area & the building itself. WE viewed other condos & found them to be quite nice

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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5  Thank capebretener
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Larry G, General Manager at Holiday Villas III, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2013

As the on-site rental office for Holiday Villas III, we appreciate the feedback you have provided related to your recent experience in the above mentioned unit- which is a privately managed unit, outside of the on-site rental program at Holiday Villas III managed by Florida’s Best Accommodations, Inc. Unfortunately, when a renter books directly with the owner and not the on-site office, you as the renter are at the mercy of that specific owner and the on-site office cannot assist with any concerns.

We recognize that there are instances where an owner may attempt to use different venues to rent their own unit and not use the on-site rental office. This is a good example of a situation where a particular unit is not in acceptable condition and the owner attempts to bypass the on-site office program. The Internet has provided consumers with the ability to shop for the most competitive rate but sometimes the consumers do not completely understand that rate is only one component of a successful search for a vacation rental.
When renting directly though the on-site office at Holiday Villas III we can ensure the following:

1. Consistent rates competitive with comparable condos in the area. There is always going to be a better price out there, but guests need to understand what they are getting for that better price.

2. Units are cleaned by our housekeeping staff with a consistent quality control component. In the unlikely event there is a concern regarding cleanliness upon an arrival, we can quickly accommodate our guests since we are directly on the property.

3. You check at our rental office on property. There is no going to another location to check in and out, no hoping the owner mails you keys before you arrival and having to mail keys back. No hoping you get your security deposit back.

4. When dealing with the on-site office, we are registered company with the BBB and Pinellas County. We have been renting condos at Holiday Villas III for many years and have many years of history and experience.

5. Every guest that rents through the on-site office, is provided with a comment card. We use the information in the comment cards to improve the quality of our units in partnership with our owners that are on our program.

6. From time to time, there may be a repair issue that needs attention in one of our on-site managed units. As such, we have the option to move guests to an alternate unit, since we manage a large volume on the property, until that issue is remedied. Most owners do not have this option as they only manage their unit and have no other inventory to assist the renter with in the event of a problem.

Should any guests have any questions or concerns at any time, you are always welcome to contact our on-site office 7 days per week. We pride ourselves on offering good value for our guests and have an overwhelming positive response to the majority of comment cards that are filled out from the guests that rent directly from the on-site office on property.

While reviews are subjective and can provide good insight as to the condition of the property and the units, it is important to understand all the facts and we hope that the additional information we have provided will allow potential guests to gain a better appreciation of Holiday Villas III overall.

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Reviewed 28 May 2013

My family and I stay at Holiday Villas III every summer! And last summer we had a huge family get-together there, and the manager's of the property helped us find condo's for each of our family groups! My family and I have been staying here since 2003. We have never had a bad experience! Unfortunately we won't be there this summer as we are traveling to St. Louis to see family, but if I have my way we will be there later in the summer, or sometime in the fall. It is a quiet area, which we want in a vacation spot, we are a family with young children, so partying is not what we are after. I just wanted you to know how much we appreciate this property as a vacation spot, we have had so many great memories made here! And you have all made that possible every year!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank sweetjulia
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Larry G, General Manager at Holiday Villas III, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2013

Thank you for the great review. We certainly hope you have a great time in St. Louis and look forward to your next return visit. Our on-site management office takes pride in our great service, clean accommodations and competitive rates. The on-site rental office is always happy to help accommodate larger groups and families needing more than one condo.

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Reviewed 5 May 2013

Overall a very good place. We had rented our unit through VRBO. We weren't beachfront, we had a nice view of the waterway. Enjoyed watching the boats.
Office staff very friendly, check in quick and efficient.
This is not a luxury resort so don't come here expecting that. BUT.....it has a great pool with plenty of sun loungers and chairs, super location on the beach....we walked quite far in both directions. Good charcoal bbq's available. (Buy your own charcoal.)
Just be aware, not an issue for us, some of the parking spaces are across the road.
Groceries nearby. Restaurants too.The other guests were all friendly.
I would return here.

Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
1  Thank blondynana
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Larry G, General Manager at Holiday Villas III, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2013

Thank you for your review of our property. Holiday Villas III does have Gulf front units and there are also units that face the Intracoastal waterway. Our pool and sundeck are very popular with our guests. The majority of our units have parking on building side of Gulf Blvd.. There are some units, just a few, that have assigned parking across the street and we do our best to advise our guests in those instances. The on-site office is available 7 days a week to answer any questions you may have regarding any unit that we manage. You may reach us at 877-444-4833.

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Reviewed 5 April 2013

This resort has nice outside spaces. unfortunately, they are right outside the door of Unit 1...the pool pump, the grills, the shuffleboard court, the shower from the beach. In addition, the 2nd bedroom has no window, and the bathroom, has a door to the pool area. So in the morning, you get awakened at 7am to the maintenece team opening the pool, and constant clanking sound of the pool gate.

I am sure the rest of the condos are fine...just don't make the mistake of getting Unit 1.

Room Tip: Mattress like a brick.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 April 2013

The family enjoyed being here. It was booked as sleeping 6 so when my family of 6 went we really had a tough time. Assumed there would be a fold-out couch for 1 or 2 people, Master bedroom for 2, and the second bedroom with 2 'full' beds was a stretch to fit all 6 of us. But, I'm not going to complain, we figured it out like we always do, and we had a lot of fun staying here. Kitchen came in handy for breakfasts and our balcony, although inset and on the 1st floor (raised above the parking lot level) gave a great evening view of the ocean and sunset. We could watch the kids right out on the beach from our balcony as they are teenagers. The place is safe feeling, and the town is beautiful.....and just a short drive south on Gulf Blvd to those junkie but fun souvenir shops, ice cream and candy shops, John's Pass you gotta go.

Anyone who has done beach condos before knows what these places are like so if they complain about sand and some pealing wall-paper then I just dismiss their review as chalking it up to your typical complainer entry. You know those people, the ones that would complain if they got locked in a candy store because they got a stomach ache!

Overall, the place was great and the other people in the condo were friendly, respectful, quiet enough (even though it was Spring Break week). The pool was bathtub warm, which we all liked. This place was a great place to stay and base our operations for our Tampa vacation!

Room Tip: We just got assigned our room by the travel club. If I had to choose I would have chosen a higher f...
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

We booked our condo online about 10 months before our vacation and I am so glad we did! This place is awesome! The pictures online were not the same as the condo but that didn't matter! Indian Shores is great for people of the "mature set". (we are 40+) and had no kids with us.
Initally we were supposed to arrive well before the onsite rental closed but due to horrible traffic we were about 2 hours late. We called from the highway and the representative was very accomodating and gave us clear instructions of how we could get into our condo and then "just catch up tomorrow".(FYI..get insructions just in case for arrival anytime).
Parking was under the building and easliy marked for all guests.
The condo was perfect, clean and the view was amazing! Our condo was just over the pool , had sun all day had amazing gulf views and wonderful sunsets! The kitchen was fully stocked and ready! (we ate out every night). The furniture was comfortable and nicely arranged for a quiet TV night or cards.
The beds were a little too frim for our tastes but after a day in the sun, we didn't notice. zzzzzzz
But every morning..wow....coffee on the balcony watching the gulf waves, beach walkers and countless birds. We walked the beach every morning, smiing and a "good morning" to all.
Holiday Villas III is just off the main roadway but not too close. There are countless restaurants and fun things to do nearby but at the same time, its peaceful and relaxing. We had done the "disney" trips in previous year and this year was for us!
The pool was wonderful, heated and clean. We spent some very relaxing moments there under the sun in provided chairs without alot of crowding and (no glass) beverages. The guests around the pool were very friendly.
There are laundry facilties on every floor and they are also clean and accessible.
The sunsets are amazing. The beach is clean and well maintained. It is not a "party" area.
Our issues with the facilities: the main bathroom. The shower was VERY slow to drain so I looked in the drain and pulled out long black hair. I have very short red hair and my husband is foliicularly challenged, On the 5th day, the toilet ran non stop, eventually we turned off the water supply to prevent overflow and flooding. We immediately reported the bathrrom issues to the representative at the desk and she wrote a note to share. Nothing happened. That was a major disappointmnet to an otherwise great vacation. We did not enjoy turning on and off the water to the main toilet for 2 days.
I would 100% return again despite the bathroom issues!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Cindy T
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Address: 18610 Gulf Blvd, Indian Shores, FL 33785-2022
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Region: United States > Florida > Indian Shores
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Indian Shores
Price Range: £188 - £439 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Holiday Villas III 4*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
HOLIDAY VILLAS III is a great family vacation destination, located directly on the Gulf of Mexico in Indian Shores, Florida. Holiday Villas III offers studio, one, and two bedroom condos facing either the Gulf of Mexico or the Intracoastal Waterway. From our heated beachside swimming pool and sundeck to our private boat dock and fishing pier, you will experience the ultimate vacation. ... more   less 
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