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“birthday getaway!!” 5 of 5 stars
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105 39th Street, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217 (Formerly the Aquarius Beach Resort)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 14 Hotels in Holmes Beach
Tampa, Florida
1 review
“birthday getaway!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I really enjoyed the anna maria island resort. My 49th birthday was such a serene and pleasant one. The staff was very helpful and friendly. An ideal location for a couples retreat. Next trip family!!

Room Tip: If couple definitely 1 bedroom only. corner room/2nd floor great to watch sunset going down.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Very relaxing and very convenient for walking and getting to where ever you need to go. Beautiful beach and centrally located. Very family or couple friendly. Many repeat guests which make it nice to meet new friends.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Sebring, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Just spent another wonderful week @ Anna Maria Island Beach Resort. Rick is a wonderful host-he always checks to see his guests arrive okay & if they need anything. Love the beach access & the heated pool. The common areas include an outdoor BBQ, kitchen prep sink area & nice chaise lounges & bar areas. There are several outdoor showers to rinse off the sand & beach towels are provided for the guests along with bathroom towels that can be exchanged when needed. There is a nice fire pit with comfy chairs but it was not working on this visit. In the past we have had smore's over the pit!!!! Love the location-close to everything & if cooking isn't your thing great food nearby. Kitchens in the rooms have just about any general item you might need for light food preparation. Don't expect a full stocked kitchen, but if there is ANYTHING you need Harold, Betty, (their sweet grand-daughter Ebony) Malachi, or Rick will get it for you. One way to help ensure your stay is great is to respect others & leave your place clean. Rick is always striving to improve the facility & your respect to the property & suggestions help him do so. We love AMIBR and are planning another visit later this year. We have introduced some friends to the resort as well & they are planning a visit also! We have met many nice guests that are repeat customers & we all feel the same! This is a great diamond in the rough & we look forward to many more visits in the future. It's laid back, quiet, not fancy but has everything you need for a special beach vacation. Thank you Rick & Skipper-we are so very glad we got lost on our 1st visit to Anna Maria island & stopped @ Skipper & Associates. If we hadn't we would have never found you!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

My family loves Anna Maria Island Beach Resort. We visit twice a year and always stay in the beachfront room and it is always clean and well stocked. I'm a bit surprised at some of the other reviews stating otherwise. The rooms aren't super modern but they have a nice, down to earth, beachy feel. I don't go to sit in the room though, I go to enjoy the paradise that is outside - the beach! The beachside patio is very nice and large with plenty of seating, a nice fire pit, and you can see and hear the gulf or take a few steps right onto the beach. The pool area has a large cooking area with plenty of seating and the pool is always very clean. There is also a small patio off the bedroom that is perfect for your morning coffee. The resort is located within walking distance to Publix and several other shops. We love it - it's fabulous. Looking forward to our next visit.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Shabby and outdated rooms. Poorly furnished. Absolutely filthy bathroom. We found dirty underwear in the closet. One attendant on site and he left frequently. No cleaning provided. Get your own clean towels if you can find anyone in the laundry. Kitchen was sparsely furnished with mismatched dishes, few utensils, broken blender. Refrigerator had huge streaks of rust down the front and the inside was dirty. Tiny balcony was covered in debris. We would have left if we had a choice, but there are no refunds!!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Richard B, Manager at Anna Maria Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
I do not know who this guest is, I have no records of anyone having a complaint on
room 7, besides room 7 has a brand new refrigerator, with no rust!
I wish that if they did stay with us that they would have let us know if they had
issues so we could address them. I will not say they did not stay here, but all the guest I met
during stay had nothing but positive comments on the Resort, so they may had
issues and just did not bring it to our attention. As far as the Resort it is not a
five star Hilton, it is a quaint, clean, and affordable place to stay on the Beach. Look at the
pictures we post on the Resort here at Trip Advisor, it shows you the rooms.
It was updated in 2010 with new tumbled marble stone all around, new pool deck, new pool furniture a fire pit, new stainless steel BBQ, Granite counter BBQ Bar grill area. Many of the
rooms were updated as well, it is not perfect, but we have hundreds of guest every
year and vast majority absolutely love it. We have a very large number of return guest.
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Eugene, Oregon
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The positives: The staff people were friendly, the bed was comfortable, there was a full size fridge, the pool area is clean and the pool was warm, pool chairs were provided, the outside grill and bar area was a great place to gather, the fire pit (actually a gas fire pit with stones - nice for no smoke) was a good place to hang out. You can go to the office to exchange your bath towels, washcloths, etc. Shampoo, lotion, etc were provided. Additionally it is right next to a public beach that has a good menu and plenty of room to eat outside, along with volleyball nets and a nice play area for little kids. Publix (grocery) is about a block away, along with some typical island-type stores selling souvenirs, tshirts, etc. Bottom line: outside area and bedroom = great. Ideally, you aren't spending much time inside.

The cautions: The rooms here need some updating and could really use some basic amenities, especially in the kitchen. We had hardly any silverware, no bakeware (not even a pizza pan or cookie sheet), just a couple of pots and pans, very few place settings and coffee mugs (3-4). That means you have do dishes every time you eat. There were a few kitchen tools like a spatula, whisk, serving spoons, etc but we had to buy other things we needed; thank goodness for dollar stores but we shouldn't have had to do that. The furnishings in the main area were adequate but old; one sofa, one chair, small kitchen table. (The bedroom was fine.) The main area shares space with the kitchen and dining and is very, very compact. There's really only one rental in the whole place that has a gulf view out the window; every other room you have to step out on a tiny, tiny balcony. Office hours were a bit unpredictable. We have a couple of suggestions for the management:
1 - Equip the kitchens properly (service for 8, silverware for 8 or more, wine glasses, drinking glasses, coffee mugs, set of pots and pans, kitchen tools, perhaps small kitchen appliances in rooms or at least available to borrow in office) and have the cleaning staff do a quick inventory of the items at week's end. Just let people know up front that you expect all the equipment to be there when they check out and they will be billed for missing items. Don't be ridiculous and bill them $25 for a spoon (or key!) but make it clear that the items are not free for the taking. This has worked well at other resorts we've used.
2 - Clean your light fixtures, fans, filters, etc. regularly.
3 - You're a Florida resort so you should expect bug issues unless you get on a regular maintenance plan for spraying. Do it. Do it so somebody doesn't have to bug bomb their room and gag the neighboring rooms.
4 - If people aren't supposed to hang towels on their balconies, walkways, etc. then provide something else for them. A clothesline? Even the retractable type that is wall-mounted should help.
5 - If people are to use the pull-out sofa as their bed, it follows that those same people will need a place for their clothing. Provide a small dresser in the main area or hallway.

Room Tip: Don't worry about being near the public beach; it is a busy beach but you can't really hear...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Richard B, Manager at Anna Maria Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
This is the type of review we love, because they point all the ways we can improve the Resort
and many of these suggestions are being taken. We have purchased more and new dishware
and pots and pans for the kitchen. We are updating are High speed internet with faster one. We now will have HD TV's in the room. Guest are allowed to hang towels out on rear balconies, just not front railings. We have an excellent Pest control company who is dealing with any situation we have. So once again Thank you for giving us positive suggestions to make our place even better.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We stayed Monday through Saturday in March 2014. It was a one bedroom unit on the second floor. Our first impression was good - the appliances were dated as was the decor. I agree with previous comments that it could use a good cleaning - we found used kleenex behind the nightstand in the bedroom. The bedroom was large with a king sized bed that was comfortable. It was nice to see the ocean from the bedroom patio. The bathroom seemed small but was clean and updated. Overall it was a great week. My suggestions to the owners would be to update the appliances and furniture.
The pool is really nice. They have comfortable furniture by the pool and in the deck out in front that faces the ocean. We didn't get a chance to use the fire pit or the grill.

Room Tip: Make sure you take in the all you can eat pancake breakfast at the restaurant next door!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Richard B, Manager at Anna Maria Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
Thank you for that response. We are constantly taking what funds we have, and replacing older appliances with new, at this date almost all have been updated or greatly improved. Being on the beach puts allot of wear and tear on all our appliances and AC, so it is a constant battle, but our Guest are worth it.
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Address: 105 39th Street, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217 (Formerly the Aquarius Beach Resort)
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Location: United States > Florida > Anna Maria Island > Holmes Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Holmes Beach
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Holmes Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Anna Maria Island Beach Resort has been recently remodeled and updated.The pool area has been redone, with pool accessories and chairs and a tumbled marble deck. The pool is heated during winter. The rooms have been updated as well with Hi-def flat screen TVs, pillow top King size bed,new queen size sleeper sofa. There are 9 one bedrooms, and 2 two bedroom suite. All the rooms have dining table, Kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave and sink. The Resort itself is directly on the beach, surrounded by lavish gardens of palms and shrubs and tumbled marble decks and walkways.Rooms 1,2,3,4 and 11 are ground level for handicap individuals. Room 4 and 9 face the beach directly. Rooms 10 and 11 are the two bedroom and two bath units that face toward the pool. Rooms 5, 6,7 and 8 are upstairs and have balconies with views of the beach. Room 11 is the best equipped for handicap individuals. Rooms 1,3,4 and 11 are pet friendly rooms. ... more   less 
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Anna Maria Island Beach Resort Holmes Beach, FL

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