I wrote a review a few years ago on Pet Friendly Pieces of Eight and thought I would update it a bit. We spent 4 months there Dec-March of this last year. We always stay in the same unit (no 5) and this will be our fifth year as we booked again for this coming winter.. Not a lot has changed as far as the set up...2 two unit buidlings and one four unit building, a courtyard in front with lots of greenry and foliage, with a small fish pond. A patio with a gas grill, gazebo and a abundance of chairs.
basic info: it is located across the street from the ocean...has a canal behind it...three or four blocks to Johns Pass which is filled with restaurants and shops...and within walking distance to other eating places and the downtown area of Treasure Island.
The owner has recently fenced in the patio area so residents can sit with their dogs and allow the dogs to roam free...and I have to admit I LOVE this feature...most of the three and four month winter residents have pets so this makes it especially nice.A ll the pets get along and are well behaved and of course very spoiled!
Also this past year, gates were added to the porch area of four of the units...again so you can let your dog go out and sit on the porch with no fear of getting loose and onto busy Gulf Blvd.
Since my last review...some of the units have had new floors put in....a tile floor in unit 1 and a wood laminate in Unit 2. When we arrived this year, all the porches were freshly painted which was a nice treat as they had been scuffed and scratched from wear and tear and paint missing and I have to say it did look nice.
Our unit on the inside was pretty much the same, but the carpet had been taken up to the tile floor underneath...and though a couple tiles were cracked I much preferred that to the dark color carpeting..much easier to keep clean and the white floor makes the rooms seem bigger...Steve the owner came by on our first day to bring a brand new and very pretty area rug..but I told him I preferred the tile floor...so he took the carpet back home with him.
Our unit was furnished with everything we could need...lots of dishes, pots and pans, crock pot, toaster oven..towels and sheets were all provided. A large selection on satellite tv which was wonderful to be able to select what you want to see and secure High speed internet and house phones in each room. Pretty much the same as all the years before.
Of course there are always down sides to everything..downside is that they are older buildings, built back in the forties or fifties...and do not have a lot of the shine and sparkle of newer places...and they are apartments, not a motel so you have to do your own bedding and towels..but there is a laundry room on site so it makes it pretty easy to get your laundry done.
Being a place that is pet friendly the "clean up" rule is pretty strictly enforced by the residents. One couple that stayed for a month, their dogs wold bark when they were left alone, but it was during the day time, and they did work at it to figure out how to keep their dogs quiet (by leaving out the back door instead of the front).
Probably the biggest gripe this past winter was not about Pieces of Eight but about noisy neighbors living behind Pieces of Eight..but the owner, Steve was able to get that remedied and peace was restored to the area.
We have made many new friends by going back every year and even know a lot of the local residents in the streets around Pieces of Eight. We had a lovely time this winter..so much to do..so many places to vist...that we are already making plans for this coming year.
Most of the long term residents return each year, though there are still openings during the tourist time...but if you stay there for long term in the winter months, you get to know each other, almost like a big extended family...if you wan to go somehwere all day..another resident will take your dog for a walk and watch over your dog while our gone...and that is a BIGGIE for any pet owner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Golden Location in Treasure Island! An Old-Florida Style Retreat, Pieces of Eight was lovingly restored in 2004. Eight one-bedroom one-bath units surround a central courtyard, and our brick BBQ is a great spot to eat outdoors. Most units have private patios. All units feature full kitchens with utensils, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, stove, AC, cable TV,, and queen sofabed. Onsite laundry and Wi-Fi. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Pieces Of Eight Treasure Island, Florida