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Bilmar Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 48 Hotels in Treasure Island
Certificate of Excellence
Clinton, Iowa
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16 reviews
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“We keep going back!”
Reviewed 23 March 2011

This hotel/complex is perfect for relaxing and unwinding. The rooms are clean; the service at the restaurant (Sloppy Joe's) and beach bar (Bazzies) is great, and the staff is friendly and helpful.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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Reviewed 21 March 2011

Our room was cheerily painted and decorated, immaculate and overlooked the beach as advertised. Also, it appeared to be well insulated as Sloppy Joe's Bar was below us, and with the door closed, virtually none of the evening noise bothered us. There were two problems though. One was when we showed up about 4:30PM our room was not ready yet. Which surprised me. But if you look, it does say check in time is 4PM which is later than what I am used to. And they did get it ready shortly after our arrival. Before 5PM. Just letting people know, so you won't be surprised as we were.

The other problem was the A/C. Our room was extremely hot when we got there, but the AC was off. So we turned it on, and went to dinner with relatives that live in the area. When we got back, the fan was running but no cool air, so I called the front desk. They sent someone up right away. He said the compressor was not working properly, fiddled with it, and made sure to show us how he fiddled with it and it started producing cool air. And he made a note it needed looking into. Well, during the night it kicked off again. And we just didn't feel like having someone come up yet again, and when I fiddled with it, it didn't come back on. I tried opening the door and let the cool breezes cool off our room but some yahoo was standing down by the pool on her cell phone talking very loudly. She was the only noise out there and this certainly was not the hotel's fault. Anyway, we seat it through. I told they front desk upon check out and they apologized again and very sincerely. And judging from what I have read, I am sure they have fixed the unit and promptly.

But otherwise, a lovely room and yes, the street wads rather crazy out there, but given the time of year, that was to be expected.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2011

Had the best vacation at the Bilmar! Great for both relaxation and fun. Beautiful, white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are steps from your door. Stayed in Ocean view Studio in Tower building; 2 Queen beds, flat-screen TV with cable, wi-fi access, fridge & microwave and balcony overlooking the beach. Great restaurant, "Sloppy Joe's" (Old Key West & Ernest Hemmingway!), good food, music & people. There is an additional restaurant "Bazzie's" on the Beach for casual eats and cocktails. There are 2 fabulous pools and sun-deck, along with 24-hour fitness center. Staff welcoming and professional. Resort and rooms clean and modern. Will be back!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Newburgh, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2011

This is a great, locally owned, resort hotel right on the beach in St. Petersburg FL. Our room had beach views, had updated furnishings and fixtures and was very clean. We had the Gulf Front Efficiency Suite which worked out great for the two of us. It had 2 beds, a mini fridge and microwave. All we had to do to get to the beach was walk down the stairs out onto the sand.

They will give you a tag for parking in the main lot in front of the hotel - we were able to find spots each day in this lot. If that fills up there are 200 additional spaces in the overflow lot across the street next to Walgreen's. There are also two pools on site if you prefer that to the clear Gulf water. There are two restaurants on site - Sloppy Joes for lunch and dinner, and Bazzies that does breakfast, lunch and dinner. We had breakfast and dinner at Bazzie's on different days. Both times we got good service, good food and huge portions. We ate lunch at Sloppy Joes and they were also good.

We spent most of our time on the beach but there are a lot of things to do nearby. John's Pass Village and Boardwalk has a ton shopping. Busch Gardens isn't far. The Salvador Dali museum is a 20 min drive into St. Petersburgh (this is a great museum, parking in the free spaces is limited though so expect to pay $5 to park in the garage). On the way there are tons of places to eat and go out. Right along the strip right outside the hotel there are many shops and restaurants that are within walking distance. Two nights in a row we walked a couple of blocks up the street from the hotel to Middle Grounds, an amazing restaurant that is open for dinner every day. They use all fresh ingredients and they almost always have a "fresh caught" fish special. There is also a good Mexican restaurant right across the street. The inside is more like a bar but out back they have tables where you can sit an enjoy some great food.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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media, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 March 2011

After a long, cold, snowy winter in the northeast I longed for the warmth of Florida. In 2010 my husband and 20 yr. old son stayed here for the first time as a home base to travel to Phillies spring training games. This year I decided to travel along (minus the games). I reserved our room in Jan. and waited anxiously for March to arrive. I reserved a beach front balcony room the same that my husband had the previous year. We arrived and I couldn't wait to sit on the balcony and gaze at the sunset, beach and water. So, imagine my displeasure when going to the balcony and finding a 4 foot wall around the entire balcony. You almost had to stand to enjoy any view. I was very upset as my husband said their room last year had a railing, not a wall. I politely went to the front desk to plead my case. I explained how disappointed I was having looked so forward to the view from the balcony and stating that it should be disclosed that that particular room DOES NOT have a view equal to the rooms with a railing. Needless to say, Heather was very polite and checked many options to try to find us another room. She was unable to find anything but promised she would continue to check for us as she was working until ll:00 that evening. I thanked her for trying and thought that was that and I would NEVER return to the Bilmar again. We proceeded to Sloppy Joe's to have dinner As we were dining Heather came into the restaurant hoping we meant be there. She asked if I could spare a moment and go with her to see another room that had an amazing view. I did, and it was a beautiful room with an outstanding balcony view. It is so difficult to get good customer service today so when Heather did all this for us, she restored my faith by giving us outstanding customer service. We spent 3 nights in that room and had to move to another room for our 4th night and Heather made sure it was also a lovely room. Thank you Heather for making my experience at the Bilmar a delightful one. I hope your manager realizes what a dedicated employee he has in you.

To the manager: You should make your customers aware of the rooms that have such an obstruction to the view. It is not a pleasant surprise unless you know ahead of time and it doesn't matter to you. Are you very lucky to have such a dedicated and courteous employee on your staff. Do what it takes to keep her!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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GMBBR, General Manager at Bilmar Beach Resort, responded to this review, 15 March 2011
Dear Mrs. Schultz,

Thank you for recognizing Heather’s outstanding dedication to customer service. She is truly a shining star on my already hospitable Team. I apologize for your original disappointment in your guest room view. While most hotels and a couple of rooms with some view obstruction I agree it is best to alert this to the guest before they check in and offer options if available. I will work with the guest services staff to better assign this room to an appropriate and hopefully volunteering party in an effort to exceed each guest’s expectations.

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with other Trip Advisor fans and for communicating your positive experience with Heather.

Sincerely, Clyde Smith – General Manager
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montreal
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

Very clean older establishment that is well maintained. We were disappointed with the location of our first room as it did not have a balcony but it was an economy room with all the amenities.
The location is great i,e, right on the beach with a few key stores steps away such as a Publix and Walgreens. There are also two restaurants on site as well as some across the street. There are two heated pools and live music from the adjacent Thunderbird makes for reat atmosphere as does the beautiful sunsets.
We did change our room due to my wife coming face to face with the touristically named Palmetto Bug i,e. American Roach. These are big guys that usually live outside and not like the nasty NYC ones that multiply like crazy and are all over.
We did not see any more during our stay as they are too big to really hide anywhere. So would we come back? for sure. Lovely staff, always available, very courteous.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with family
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GMBBR, General Manager at Bilmar Beach Resort, responded to this review, 15 March 2011
Dear Rockobello,

Thank you for staying at the Bilmar Beach Resort during your Tampa Bay getaway. I am so glad you enjoyed the great central location and the variety of restaurants, shopping and live entertainment within walking distance to the resort. I sincerely apologize you encountered a palmetto bug during your visit. We take extreme measures to prevent this type of inconvenience and of course have a full time professional company that monitors and treats the property to minimize any activity. Of course keeping window and doors closed is difficult with our beautiful spring weather but it is the number one way to prevent any unwanted visitors. I am very pleased we were able to accommodate you in a different room for the remainder of your stay.

I am glad you enjoyed the amenities in the Shells Studio, the best value for a gulf front room. On your next visit you should try either our Deluxe Studio or Gulf Front Efficiency which offer kitchenettes and private balconies. It makes a great Bilmar visit even better. We hope to see you back soon!
Best regards, Clyde Smith – General Manager
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New Marlborough MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2011

My husband & I just spent a week at the Bilmar and had a wonderful time. The hotel staff was wonderful and our room was very clean. We loved the location, on the beach, and there were many restaurants within walking distance. Sloppy Joe's at the Bilmar had great food and drinks. We enjoyed sitting by the pool and on the sun deck. It was a little noisy on Saturday night, but that was expected. On our last night there was a repair taking place at 1AM and we were woken up with hammering. When my husband asked about it the next morning we were offered a free breakfast for the inconvenience, which was very nice of the staff to do. We look forward to returning next year!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bilmar Beach Resort
Address: 10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island, FL 33706-4819
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Region: United States > Florida > Treasure Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Treasure Island
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Treasure Island
#8 Romantic Hotel in Treasure Island
#8 Family Hotel in Treasure Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bilmar Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 164
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bilmar Beach Resort offers a traditional Florida beach get away with an aray of modern amenities. We have a central location on Treasure Island and are close to all the Tampa Bay area attractions. With over 15 million in recent upgrades including our signature restaurant Sloppy Joe's on the Beach we provide the service you desire with the relaxed atmoshpere you deserve. We look forward to your visit! ... more   less 
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