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“Enjoyable week” 4 of 5 stars
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6504 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217   |  
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Ranked #9 of 14 Hotels in Holmes Beach
Jackson Heights, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Enjoyable week”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

This is an older style resort.it is.a basic room with a small kitchen,a large LCD tv and a pullout.we had a separate small bedroom with a queen bed.there was also a shower.we liked the separate room because it gave us a sense of privacy and enabled me to watch tv while my was able to go to sleep.most of the other units were a large room without the separate room.these units are small,but are clean and serve their purpose.the resort has a pool and is located on the beach.we had beautiful weather and were able to enjoy a week on the beach.there are some lounge chairs and a few umbrellas attached to the property,you may want to buy some cheap beach chairs at publish or Walgreens so you can sit closer to the shore.the beach is nice ,but can be shelly.the town does clean the seaweed and the shells.i saw this once.the resort people are nice and friendly.there are also bbq's available and free wi fi.they have a towel exchange,where you put out the towels you want clean and they give you that many towels back.they do not provide maid service.so you have to make your own bed and sweep your floor.the people who stay there seem to be people who come regularly.one couple had been coming for twenty years.all in all ,we enjoyed our stay.we would return .the location is excellent and very relaxing .you are near rest aunts and near shops.there is also a free trolley that stops right outside the resort.ana Maria island,Holmes beach area is a great place for a vacation.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

We found this motel by chance and are glad we did.

Friendly staff who welcomed us on arrival and gave us good local information

The room was basic but had everything you need - comfy bed, well equipped kitchen and clean bathroom. There was also flat screen tv and fire place as well as a BBQ outside.

Our room was a short walk to the beach

Would definitely stay here again

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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10 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

We very much enjoyed our recent stay!! We have been coming here for years. It's a great family friendly resort, directly on a beautiful white sand beach. Our room was spacious, comfortable and very clean. We had a 1 bedroom unit, with full size livingroom and eat in kitchen. The livingroom had a very nice flat screen and fireplace. Our kitchen was very well appointed with everything that we needed, dishes, glasses, silverware, pots and pans.

We very much appreciated, that we where able to have local family come and spend the day with us. They charge a small fee, per day for extra guests to use the room and pool. Considering that most places only let registered overnight guests use their facilities, we are more than happy to pay the small fee.

Lovely, quiet, clean family friendly resort at a reasonable price! Spending a relaxing week soaking up the sun with my husband and family, priceless!

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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5 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

My husband and I stayed here a week. It was clean, quiet, on the beach, very convenient to great places to eat and a major grocery close by. I had to bring my own umbrella in order to have one down near the water but they do provide chairs and umbrellas up near the condo. We met great people whom we got to know during the week. It was like a family gathering. Family next door had a baby, which we never heard because it was so sound proof. No dishwasher but didn't need one.Swimming pool was salt water, great.I am a very picky person when I stay away from home and this place was great. I would definitely stay here again. Some of the folks I met had been coming for 25 years or more. Every condo has parking spaces close by. They also own a condo complex down the street a few blocks away but it does not have the pool with it. You can use the White Sands pool but it is far away. We really enjoyed the pool. Ken & Jeff were very nice on the phone and at check-in. They were available if we needed anything. Laundry service was wonderful. Put dirty towels out in a basket and an hour later, clean ones appeared.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

I've been a regular at White Sands for a few years now. The affordable rooms are modern and have nice touches like flat screen tvs with lounge and kitchens areas. The owner provides a consistently charming, indepedent atmosphere with a clean well maintained property.Located on gorgeous Anna Maria Island, the beach is just a few steps away. White Sands Beach Resort provides even this native Floridian a reason to return as often as possible.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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West Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012 via mobile

Dated but very clean and directly on the beach! The people tend to stay here for a while. It is family owned by the same family for 37 years. The owners are nice.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

If you want a completely relaxed break on a stunning, pristine beach then White Sands truly is the place. A totally laid back place with the benefit of very helpful and friendly staff. Anna Maria has all the amenities of a modern town but still remains unspoilt allowing a really relaxed holiday. White Sands suited us (a family of 4) but would also suit anyone who wanted a pure, beach holiday.We loved it so much, we wil be returning this Xmas with parents in tow.

Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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Address: 6504 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217
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Location: United States > Florida > Anna Maria Island > Holmes Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Holmes Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico on the Florida west coast island of Anna Maria, The White Sands Beach Resort is the perfect tropical island vacation getaway with miles of white, sandy walking beaches & blue-green water. We offer charming one & two bedroom Florida island style apartments, studios, cottages & motel rooms. More than just a motel hotel, All rooms have fully equipped kitchens, have 42 inch LCD TV's , playstation2 , DVD player, and free WI-FI at our Florida beach resort. While on vacation at the White Sands you can enjoy a gulf front heated pool, shuffleboard court, picnic areas and bar-b-q grills. Nearby are tennis courts, island beach shops, golf courses & a number of award winning restaurants like Beach Bistro and Sand Bar. We have Twenty-one Florida resort units on the gulf with kitchen and phone, & heated pool on the beach. No pets. Our island resort is a great Florida vacation destination near Bradenton, Longboat Key and Sarasota. Similar to Sanibel island, AMI Florida is located on the west coast of Florida just south of Tampa and is a great island vacation place for family vacations and Honeymoon vacations.We offer a quiet relaxing, tropical island feel with all the creature comforts of home. Our Florida island beach resort is located on the west coast of Florida in the city of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island Florida directly on the beach and on the Gulf of Mexico. You can see much of Florida's natural wildlife on our beaches, including Sea Turtles, and the gentle Manatee. Island Beachcombers can find Florida Sea Shells while walking and swimming along the beach. Beautiful sunsets, a perfect spot for a family friendly vacation or a quiet island honeymoon. ... more   less 
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White Sands Beach Hotel Holmes Beach
White Sands Beach Resort Anna Maria Island/Holmes Beach, FL

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