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Barefoot Beach Hotel
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Madeira Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Fairfield, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beach family fun!”
Reviewed 1 January 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay at the hotel. The staff was extremely helpful.Room was comfortable with a great view of the gulf. Close to John Pass boardwalk, dolphin sightings each day from the beach, heated pool, free parking under the building. We will return!

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 11 December 2013 via mobile

This place is really nice. It is better than the new can expect for the price. Is close to on the shops and restaurants and bars. This is a well-kept place. The rooms have glass of wine glasses and immaculate rooms and did I mention the view? We are right on the water listening to the sound of the sea is a speak right now! There might be a better place here somewhere but I don't know if you can beat this at this price.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Georgia
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2013

I recently traveled from Georgia to Florida for Thanksgiving with family locally. My parents had chosen this hotel for me to spend the two nights. Check-in was a breeze and the hotel staff was very accommodating! They provided several recommendations for restaurants nearby and even provided coupons for use. The hotel is a 4 story building with the ground floor being the parking lot (It is a little tight and cramped, but manageable - Beware the low clearance). I stayed on the 3rd floor in an ocean view studio. It was AMAZING. The room was clean and well kept and the balcony overlooking the beach and ocean was incredible. There is a very large balcony door that can be opened wide to provide the customer with fresh air from the bay. When they say the beach is accessible, it really is! Just a couple steps from the parking lot and you are on the beach!!

One unique feature of this hotel is that housekeeping does not step foot inside your hotel room during your stay (unless you request it). Instead, you place your towels in a basket and can request housekeeping to provide you with fresh towels and other amenities (soap and shampoo). The soap and shampoo provided were Eco friendly and had a faint hint of lemon smell. The hotel provides special beach towels which are larger and meant to be used on the beach. The beach towels are generous in size and well worth asking for. (As a side note, the towels usually found in a hotel room are rather small, so it was a pleasant experience to have larger towels to utilize.) The information folder provided in every room had loads of information relating to the nearby area. The weather was balmy and gorgeous and I was able to leave my balcony door open all night to hear the waves crashing on the shore. Overall my stay was extremely pleasant and I would stay here again.

***Just a side note to the manager - I mentioned on check out for them to check the batteries in the remote control (room 312) - they looked as though they were leaking and could do with a change.****

Room Tip: Definitely invest in an ocean front room!!!!!!
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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united kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2013

Just stayed at this hotel for a week and had a lovely time. The hotel itself is gorgeous, being right on the beach and within walking distance to Johns Pass. The rooms and other amenities are excellent and staff are friendly.
I have one issue with this hotel and its the leaving of your credit card details to cover damages. After our recent stay, we returned home after staying for a further 10 days at international drive, to an email which had been sent two days after we left Barefoot, regarding a burn on the bed comforter. The manager had emailed us to ask if we knew anything about it but before we had chance to answer Barefoot Beach Hotel had taken $175 off our credit card. After many emails from us expressing the fact that under no circumstances did we do it, we used the ironing board provided, we didn't have curling irons like what the hotel said looked like had burned the comforter and that we are 6 adults who are over 40 years of age with more respect for property but they refuse to refund the money. When the hotel sent the photographs of the damaged comforter we noticed the bed wasn't the way we left it, we emailed photographs we had taken of the room before we left to prove it, and when we questioned the hotel the manager said they moved the bed comforter to another room for more space which puzzles me because the room in question was a family/adjoining room which do look bigger than the others.
This isn't the only incident regarding money being taken from our credit card, we stayed at Barefoot Beach Hotel hotel the year before and we booked and paid for three rooms in the UK. Again we had a lovely stay, checked out and headed to International Drive area for the rest of our holiday. Whilst out shopping one day we bought a pair of jeans on our credit card and then received a txt message from our bank to say we had reached our monthly limit. As you can imagine we were shocked as the card was empty before we purchased the jeans. We immediately got in touch with the bank and were told that Barefoot Beach had charged us again for the three rooms so we contacted the hotel who apologised and refunded the money immediately but it took five days for the funds to clear, leaving us with no spare money to do the things we had planned. As compensation Barefoot Beach gave us five free nights stay, which was appreciated , so all 6 members of our party booked again for this year.
We will no longer stay at this hotel and would like other holiday makers, especially if your from another country to be weary when staying here. We feel victimised being from another country and not being able to sort out the problem in person. We have taken this up with our credit card company who are currently investigating the matter.
My rating of this hotel reflects the issues we have had with it

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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BarefootBchMgr, Manager at Barefoot Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 29 November 2013
First off I'd like to reassure our future guests that we do not make money or a habit of charging guests credit cards for monetary gain.

We are however aware of the condition of our rooms and the contents of these rooms before every arrival and after every departure. The guest who left this review occupied this room and the room adjoining it for 10 nights. Before the guest checked in there was not a Burn or Melted hole in the comforter. After the guest departed, housekeeping immediately notified the office of the damage. The comforter was retrieved and brought to the office. The guest was notified via email of the damage and asked if they were aware it was caused. This notification was done on the Monday after the weekend when they departed as Management was out of the office. They replied via email that they did not cause it and wasn't aware of the damage. Our policy states that you are liable for any damages to the room or its contents. The hole was on the top of the comforter in a very visible spot. It was in a location that we have seen before when a guest attempts to iron on the bed instead of using the ironing board provided in the room. Nevertheless the guest was charged according to our policy.

Our housekeeping staff is very meticulous and notifies us of any damages or abnormalities found in the room upon guest departure. This burn hole was definitely something that would have been brought to the office's attention at the time of departure from the previous guest if it had been an issue before this guest arrived.

It is unfortunate that the damage occurred. And even more unfortunate that the guest was not notified by anyone in their group that it happened. Nevertheless the guest was held responsible and charged accordingly.

Our bedspreads are custom ordered. We pick the fabric, drop and pillow tuck options. The guest was not charged any more that what we pay for the bedspreads. This is a very fair penalty as most properties tag on additional fees above the cost of replacement when damage is caused.

They guest was provided via email with up close high resolution photos of the damage and the location it was on bedspread. These photos were done by carrying the damaged comforter from the office to a vacant room to provide the guests with these photos. This was only done to help the guest in identifying who may have cause the damage.

Now on to being double charged on a previous stay. First off the guest booked with us through a 3rd party or a travel company/agent. We do not receive payment upfront for these types of bookings and are only paid for it after departure by the company that the guest booked with.
At check out the reservationist noticed a balance on the stay and processed the guests credit card on file. The mistake wasn't noticed until the guest called to notify us of it. The guest was immediately refunded. It took a couple days for the credit card company to release the money and process a return. The guest was given complimentary nights to use on a future stay with us for any inconvenience caused by this mistake.

I'd like to end this response by saying we treat all of our customers fairly. We do not take advantage of international travelers or anyone for that matter. We are here to provide our guests with clean damage free rooms. If damage is found when the guest departs then they will be charged for it accordingly. Always notify the office immediately upon arrival of any damage to your room. I have found this to be very helpful when I travel. For this reason my staff always does a Pre-Arrival Inspection on all rooms to check for these things. Also if you are going abroad then it is wise to bring more than one form of payment or credit card with you when you travel.

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Scottsboro, Alabama
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2013

My husband and I were completing an 11 day Florida vacation with 1 night to go. We were traveling back to Tampa to fly home. We hadn't booked reservations intentionally, so that we could drive along the beach and "find" some place special to stay. We were driving along Gulf Blvd to find the perfect place.We weren't looking for top named, or top dollar places. Were looking for a comfortable, cozy, quaint place on the beach. Sort of looking for a place that was more "home town". When we reached this hotel, the "barefoot" caught our eyes. The beach spanned from the parking lot to the ocean, Most other places had dunes and Sea grass between them and the ocean. Our room was immaculately clean! (a plus). The weather was wonderful! Low 80's and sunny! The view was breath-taking! (another plus). The staff was extremely helpful and courteous! (another plus). She suggested Sea Breeze (for dinner)!! It was fantastic! This was our first time to Madeira Beach, and to Barefoot Beach Hotel. I can assure you it won't be our last!! It may even be our place to have our "mini-moons". (Lots of honeymoons-- not just 1st one, but many smaller ones!)

Room Tip: Beach front room for the sunset and to watch dolphins play.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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4 Thank Stephanie G
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Newcastle Australia
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2013

We found this hotel exceptional from time of reservation to book in. The desk staff were friendly and very helpful. We chose a ocean front room and did not want to leave. The room had everything you needed including a view to die for. What better way to spend some time than sitting on the balcony watching the passing parade of dolphins.

The room was spacious, had very comfortable beds a microwave, fridge, lounge, table and chairs both inside and outside on the balcony and heaps of lighting which we find a must and missing at a lot of hotels.

Our only regret was we could not stay longer. A real gem.

Room Tip: Spend the little extra and choose an ocean view room. It is worth it.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2013

This is a great hotel. Very clean. Also, about a 2 minute walk to John's Pass.

The only complaint I have would be concerning the TV. The room was split in half by a waist high wall. Half had the bed and the other half had the couch, table and TV. The TV was mounted on the wall facing the couch. My wife and I often watch TV while laying in bed. The TV was not positioned so we could easily see it from bed. Also, the TV was wall mounted with a bracket that would NOT pivot, which would have helped the situation. The only way to watch TV without straining your neck was from the couch. And to aggravate that situation, the A/C was blowing directly onto the couch, so you got a real blast of air when sitting there.

But the real point of being in that area is NOT to watch TV. If you are going there to be a TV watcher, you might want to try a different room. Otherwise, everything was great!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Barefoot Beach Hotel
Address: 13238 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708-2633
Region: United States > Florida > Madeira Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Madeira Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Madeira Beach
#2 Romantic Hotel in Madeira Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Barefoot Beach Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
43 room beachfront hotel. We are located 2 blocks from John's Pass Village where you will find shopping, dining and entertainment for the whole family! We provide our guests with a friendly and accommodating experience that will keep them coming back for years! Our staff loves the property and its appearance and comfort reflect this. You will wake up to dolphins playing in the Gulf of Mexico and watch breathtaking sunsets that will last a lifetime! ... more   less 
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