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Review of Westwinds Waterfront Resort

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Westwinds Waterfront Resort
Ranked #8 of 48 Hotels in Treasure Island
Certificate of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
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“3.5 Stars”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

We stayed for six nights at Westwinds. I would give it 3.5 stars because there are really nice aspects to the “resort”, and definitely some things I would change. On the positive side, I really like that you can rent for just a few days, rather than a whole week. We loved the floor plan of our unit – it's so nice to have king and queen beds and two full baths. The only thing I would have liked to add would be a balcony to enjoy the evenings. Our unit was a corner unit on the third floor, and we had a nice view out to the fishing piers, and also did not hear any outside noise at night. When we walked in we really liked the décor (beachy , but not cheesy beachy). We saw dolphins from the fishing dock in the mornings, and one dolphin swam right up to the dock in the evening.

Though the location isn't on the beach, it is an easy walk to the beach across the street. Westwinds has plenty of beach chairs, towels, umbrellas and toys for guests to borrow when you go to the beach. We didn't love the beach – the sand is full of broken shells, so my daughter didn't enjoy walking there. We took a day trip to Fort DeSoto and loved the powder sand of the north beach there.

It was a really easy walk to Publix and Sloppy Joe's as well as a few other local restaurants (VIP, Middle Grounds) from Westwinds. We loved having free use of the washers and dryers on the third floor, though one of the washing machines was out of order during our stay (not a huge issue because the resort wasn't at capacity). The little patio area looking out to the water has a few umbrella tables and chairs, and we enjoyed being able to use the grills outside.

We definitely appreciated having use of a full kitchen, including a refrigerator with ice maker and water dispenser. The kitchen was stocked fairly well, though there was only a set of 6 plates, silverware etc., which doesn't go far when you're cooking a lot. I found myself needing to run the dishwasher before it was full so that we could have enough silverware and dishes available for the next meal. There were also a few items I would really have liked to have: an oven mitt, a few more dish towels, containers with lids for leftovers and a griddle pan for making pancakes. The pots and skillet were all pretty scratched up – I assume they are non-stick, so should really be replaced.

Now on to the negatives. The information we received upon check in said linens and towels would be replaced on the fifth day, but we did not receive a change of linens/towels. The air conditioner worked quite well in the common areas of the unit and in the small bedroom, but the master bedroom was really stuffy, especially at night when we like it to be cold. The fan in the master only worked at low speed, so did not really help with the heat in that bedroom. We are pretty particular about our sheets and found the sheets here to be quite scratchy – the sleeping experience in general wasn't ideal, but I admit we are pretty spoiled when it comes to beds.

The pool is pretty small, a little dirty/slimy, and also deeper than I prefer (3.5 feet is the minimum depth, and it goes to 8 feet deep pretty quickly). We have a young child who likes to be able to stand in shallow water in the pool. I knew the pool was small from the photos, and we decided it would be okay, since guests have use of the nearby club with an olympic sized pool. On the day we wanted to check out the club pool, the manager told us things were changing with Westwinds guests' privileges at the club. If you plan to use the club membership amenity at Westwinds, be sure to ask exactly what is and isn't available before you book. We ended up not checking out the club, partly because we worried that they would not allow us in due to the changes.

The free wireless internet was not super reliable – my husband was not able to work in the evenings as we had originally planned. We had to be in just the right spot of the condo for it to work properly, and we frequently lost our connection.

Lastly, on the last night of our stay I noticed there were no lights lit up on the smoke detectors. I asked my husband to test them, and he discovered that all three units were disabled. It appears they were intended to be connected to a central alarm system of some sort, but they were all disconnected. I informed the manager (Jimmy Dean) of this upon checkout. To me, lack of functioning smoke detectors is completely unacceptable; I hope it was just our unit, and is not a problem with all units.

Room Tip: I would choose a third or first floor looking out to the intracoastal.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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5 Thank klsinatl
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JimmyDean55, General Manager at Westwinds Waterfront Resort, responded to this review, 28 August 2013
Thank you for listing all the positive comments about your stay here at Westwinds. I would like to address what I consider your major concern, the smoke detectors.
All of our detectors are hard wired and interconnected, with battery back ups.
After you voiced your concern I personally changed out the detectors with brand new ones simply as a safety precaution. The issue was rectified within 20 minutes. FYI - We run monthly tests on all of our detectors. Jimmy Dean, General Manager...
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harrisburg, pa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

This was a great place to stay. It had a laundry room, pool and the rooms were great. Huge, affordable and clean!! The owners were nice and the staff was too. Only a block walk to the beautiful beach! We grilled out each night since there weren't that many places to eat with little ones in the area. Tried to eat at the country club and the people were so mean and rude, we walked out. Don't go there!!!!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank klc88
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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

My family of 5 stayed at Westwinds for the third time last week. We love this place! Jimmy and Dy are so helpful and friendly. Our suite was gorgeous and immaculate. This time we saw dolphins while swimming in the pool. We can't wait to go back next year! I highly recommend Westwinds!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank MaryM01545
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Saint-Basile-le-Grand, Canada
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2013

we stayed here 11 days in july and we found this place amazing. Beautiful and immaculate condo facing the boca ciega bay. Very clean pool, stunning view on the bay where dolphins, fishes and pelicans did the show every day. Amazing beach just accross the street. 3 mn walk from publix supermarket. Thanks to Jimmy Dean and his staff from keeping the place so well maintained.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank caroline r
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JimmyDean55, General Manager at Westwinds Waterfront Resort, responded to this review, 28 August 2013
Well thank you right back!
Kind words such as yours are always appreciated and inspiring. I will definately pass this on to our staff. It really helps to know that guests are happy with what we provide. Thank you Caroline... Jimmy Dean, General Manager
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Ridge Manor, Florida, United States
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2013

My BFF and I had stayed in a 2/2 that over looked the intracoastal and thought it was beautiful. The pictures does not do the room and grounds justice. The beach was just a few steps away. You could park your car and walk to whatever you wish, nightly entertainment, food, beach, stores, shopping,,,etc. is a great get away. Jimmy and Di were great people worked well to make sure you had everything you needed. We would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Bonnie W
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Cairo, Egypt
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86 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013

When I and my wife got to the hotel site, we were somewhat disappointed (we are used to Luxury hotels). It looks from the outside like a cheap motel, but once we saw the room which was a 2 BD rooms Condo looking from the back on the Tampa Bay, we got to breath and smile at each other.
The place in general is very clean, the condo is super clean with plenty of towels, linens and all what you need in the Kitchen and the bathroom. 2 large LCDs in the Master BDroom and the Living Room with large Sofa and a Chair, another dinning table with 2 chairs, nice kitchen table with 4 chairs, outside seating area with 2 Grills surrounded by exotic trees and plants looking at the dolphins jumping in the Tampa Bay, small size Pool for adults and children. Very friendly staff, specially Jimmy Dean the general manager who would do anything to please the guests. Excellent place for Beach lovers, beautiful Treasure Island Beach is just across the street, many nice restaurants like Ricky T and The Pearl are just few blocks away, Publix and Walgreen are just around the corner. If you are planning a family vacation, or a romantic getaway or you want a comfortable place for an extended stay, then this is the place. We were there for 10 days and we wanted to stay longer but we had other plans and we definitely go back to the Westwinds and we can't wait.

Room Tip: First level facing the Bay, 104, 105, 106, 107
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SetiTheFirst
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Valrico
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

Westwinds Waterfront Resort has twice brought my family an outstanding vacation time! The staff is friendly and welcoming. The rooms are clean and spacious. The facility is nice and relaxing. The pool area is our favorite spot on the resort; it is very peacful and the perfect spot for families with kids. Adults can relax under the shade of the palm trees while kids swim in the pool, The decks allowed us to do some great fishing wihich provided a great family bonding time. We consider Westwinds Waterfont Resort our home away from home. Westwinds Waterfront Resort is truly excellent!

Room Tip: Waterview rooms provide an excellent view of the intercoastal waterway in the back and the beach in...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Aimee S
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JimmyDean55, General Manager at Westwinds Waterfront Resort, responded to this review, 28 August 2013
Thank you very much for the kind words. You stated that you now consider Westwinds "your home away from home", and I would like you to know that we consider you a part of the "Westwinds family"!
Thank you so much. Jimmy Dean, General Manager
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Additional Information about Westwinds Waterfront Resort

Property: Westwinds Waterfront Resort
Address: 10265 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL 33706 (Formerly Westwinds of Treasure Island)
Region: United States > Florida > Treasure Island
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Treasure Island
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Treasure Island
#6 Romantic Hotel in Treasure Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Westwinds Waterfront Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Snuggled between the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay in beautiful Treasure Island, Florida this bayfront resort offers affordable luxurious condominiums with coastal beach elegance.Just minutes from world class shopping, dining and entertainment this resort features fully furnished accommodations that offers all the comforts of home. Guests can cook a delicious meal in the fully equipped kitchen, barbecue and dine outside in the picnic area or just relax at the waterfront heated pool. If catching dinner sounds fun there is a boat dock for on-site fishing.Near recreational facilities, downtown Saint Petersburg and the world famous John’s Pass Village this resort is where you will want to be.Access to the Club at Treasure Island is provided to all guests where they can enjoy tennis, a fitness center, junior Olympic pool, tiki bar, and fine dining.This vacation paradise offers unparralled sophistication and style that is hard to find elsewhere. Make plans for your vacation your way at Westwinds Waterfront Resort.“Where the Beach meets the Bay” ... more   less 
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