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“Jewel of a Family Resort for Beach Vacation”
Review of Bon Aire Resort

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Bon Aire Resort
Ranked #16 of 32 Hotels in St. Pete Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 May 2013

The Bon Aire is on a wide, sandy beach which has the consistency of flour. It offers various sized apartments that are pleasantly furnished with comfortable beds and all is spotlessly clean. Families return here year after year, and it has been owned by the same family for 60 years. This is NOT an impersonal chain hotel. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with two heated pools and there are even shuffleboard courts. Everyone gathers at the terrace beachside to sit in sun or shade, have a snack at Sandbar Bill's restaurant, and just relax. There is always a celebration at sunset with a perfect view over the wide beach and the water. There are plenty of restaurants just a few minutes away. Skiddles, just north on Gulf Boulevard has great breakfasts and Rick's Reef a bit further along only cooks with fresh, never frozen, food. The taste says that their claim is true.

Room Tip: Second floor seaside has the best view.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

We got the end unit. We had a view of the ocean and pool. Most of the guest where repeats.
They had a small beach resturant on the property where everyone hung out for sunset.
We had a livingroom, kitchen and bedroom. This is was a gem to find, clean and comfortable.
We only stayed one night and ask if we could stay another but it was booked up.
We where close to the resturant so there was noise, but the view made up for it and the noise
went away aftersun set.

Room Tip: end unit 232 upstairs would have like to trimed the tree for a better view.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2013 via mobile

This was our first time at the Bon Aire and we were favorably impressed. I appreciated the room to spread out in our small apartment. The kitchenette was adequately stocked with serving ware and cookware, wine glasses being the exception! The king size bed was comfortable and made with a modern duvet, not an old fashioned blanket like you still see at some places. Bathroom was tiny! There's a Publix and Walgreens within a block or two up Gulf Blvd, and plenty of restaurants within walking distance too (try the Blue Fugu sushi place). Don't worry about buying beach gear in advance because the Walgreens across the street had a better selection of beach chairs than our local Walmart! There is a nice playground on the other side of the Walgreens too! If you have little ones, bring a wagon or stroller to put them in if you walk up Gulf Blvd because the traffic is scary! Drive your Mazda, not your F350 to this hotel because parking is limited and very tight if you do find a spot!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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1  Thank PaleoFloridian
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

I hate to rave up a hotel as they soon become too expensive but I can't say enough good things about this place. This is a gem on the beach. The staff is the best and it is so clean. Please don't let everybody know its so good here. How selfish of me?

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Kate M
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

This is the 3rd time at the Bon Aire. My husband and I are late 40's to early 50's. They have made improvements to the rooms and it was noticed. The rooms are clean and well kept. The grounds are so pretty. The bed and pillows were very comfy. Our room had a small fridge, micro wave, and coffee pot. We could have chosen a room with full kitchen but chose not to. All of their rooms are very clean and well supplied. We love it here.
The view of the beach is wonderful. No matter where you are in the hotel you will be happy. The staff is all so so nice.
We love Sandbar Bill's. Great food, great drinks. We became friends with locals and visitors alike. The bar staff is great.
The two pool's is nice, but the beach is what it is about. Love the location on Gulf Blv.

The Bon Aire is great for families or couples.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

My family of 20 has been going to the Bon-Aire now for several years for our annual Christmas reunion. We like that we can all be close together and find something for all ages (now teens through seniors), including the pools, shuffleboard, and SandBar Bill's. It is walking distance to the grocery store, CVS, nail salon, dollar store, Chik-Fil-A (our favorite for iced tea and yummy chicken), and the great seafood restaurants in Pass-A-Grill. Just down the beach there is a great bar with good food, all the sports games on TV's, and cheap beer. The Bon-Aire has recently remodeled and everything is new, clean, bright and the beds are SO COMFORTABLE! It is just steps from the beach and I challenge anyone to find a place so reasonably-priced this close to the beach. This family-run business has just 2-story units - - so much better than those high rises down the beach. The units are big and the kitchenettes have everything you need for a week's stay (dishes, soap, towels, etc.). I do wish, tho, that they'd re-paint the shuffleboard lines for the annual tournament my Dad organizes. The grounds are very well-maintained and it has the feel of a small community vs a mass of strangers. When the college bowl games roll around on New Year's Day, the competition and cheering is diverse but friendly. Can't go wrong with this place and we'll be going back again this year.

Room Tip: There are limited number of rooms that are at the end, facing the beach but these are usually booked...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 March 2013

Went for 3 weeks in Feb. Next year we will stay for a month. That was our 7th year. Would not stay anywhere else. Accomodation is clean & comfortable. Food is the best at Sandbar Bill's. Staff always go out of there way to help with anything you may need. Already looking forward to 2014.
John & Pam from Canada

Room Tip: We always get deluxe efficiency.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bon Aire Resort

Address: 4350 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706-3831
Region: United States > Florida > St. Pete Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#6 Family Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#11 Romantic Hotel in St. Pete Beach
#14 On the Beach Hotel in St. Pete Beach
Price Range: £57 - £144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bon Aire Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 81
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bon-Aire Resort in beautiful St. Pete Beach, Florida is the ideal family vacation spot. The Bon Aire is a welcome alternative to mainstream hotels and motels, this boutique hotel, located directly on Saint Pete Beach, has that Florida 50’s-style charm and character that pulls you away from today’s hectic lifestyles. The Bon-Aire is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico with 400 feet of beachfront property on one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. Our Tiki Bar, Sandbar Bill’s Bar and Grille, a local favorite, offers the best cheeseburger and “Rum Runner” on the beach. Every beach deserves a great hotel, come as a guest and leave as a friend! ... more   less 
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Hotel Bon Aire
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