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“Will be comfortable here” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kima Condominiums Madeira Beach

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14300 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708   |  
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Will be comfortable here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

Booked #204 sight unseen as we needed a place last minute. Charles Lunsford runs a tight ship here, which was fine with us. Beach wasn't terribly busy; tenants and guests were all well-mannered and well-behaved. Rented during college spring break, but all the guests here appeared to be seasoned adults or parents with children. Were very comfortable here and considered ourselves extremely fortunate to be so comfortable here, not having even seen the place before.

If you want to party and carry on, my advice is to go elsewhere.

Room Tip: Rooms on the north end have larger balconies and overlook pool, which sits beside the building.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Racine, WI
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9 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

We just returned from a week in Madeira Beach in Unit 405 at Kima Condos from October 29-November 5, 2011. We started renting from Charles Lunsford back in the late 1990's and have gone back at least 7 or 8 more times. All units at Kima are oceanfront with huge private balconies (brick wall between each patio). The balconies are very close to the water so the calming sound of the ocean waves is a constant source of enjoyment. There are 2 large sliding glass patio doors and we crack the the one in the master bedroom and listen to the ocean all night long. Sunsets on the gulf are spectacular. There is nothing like it. We have previously always had corner units, which include underground parking and a larger balcony with a 3rd patio and more outside windows. The cost is higher for a corner unit. However, this time they were already booked, so Chuck assigned us unit 405. We enjoyed this unit just as much as the corner ones, so we saved a bit of money AND still have a fabulous view. Each unit has an assigned parking space so we never have to worry about not finding a spot.

Kima Condos are 2 bedroom, 2 bath, full kitchen w/washer, dryer & dishwasher. It is close to John's Pass a major shopping/fishing spot in Madeira Beach. Many guests walk down the beach to get there. It is about 1 to 1.5 from the condo, so you need to be in shape. Bob & I just drive there. John's Pass has good food, too. The Friendly Fisherman, Skully's, and Bubba Gump are just a few. There is even a Hooter's if wings (ah-ha) are your thing. Fishing charters, jet-ski rentals, parasailing, and other excursions depart from this quaint and touristy spot. A variety of shops are there and you can find almost anything to take home as a souvenir. If mini-golf is your thing, there are a couple to choose from on Gulf Blvd. that are challenging, well landscaped and fun to do.

Other popular restaurants within a few miles of Kima are places like Crabby Bill's, PJ's Oyster & Seafood (a locals hangout), Salt Rock, The Pub, and The Dacquiri Deck, to name just a few. Outside pubs are abundant. Just look for the straw huts and the people on the decks and you are there! Many offer local musicians to entertain you.

There is also a Seabird Sanctuary that is free to the public. You can visit birds that have been injured and are being cared for with hopes for them to be released back into the wild. Further north is the Clearwater Aquarium with houses Winter, the dolphin featured in the recent movie "Dolphin Tale". The aquarium is small and not very impressive but they are caring for Winter and it is interesting to see her with her artificial tail.

Drive into Tampa and you are at Busch Gardens, or the Tampa Zoo or the Tampa Aquarium.

Drive to St. Petersburg and check out the Dali Museum or The Pier Shopping Center.

If you like flea markets, The Wagon Wheel on Park Blvd. (which is also within about 10 minutes of Kima Condos) is HUGE! It offers an abundance of items, both new & old, and I kid you not...you will be amazed when you see how big it is. Parking is a buck and admission is free. The market is only open on Saturday and Sunday but is a definite must see.

We took one day and drove to Disney. It is about a 1 1/2 hour drive but the highways are good and unless you get tied up in traffic due to an accident or rush hour it is an easy drive. Early November must be off-season, as we had great weather (in the 70's) and very low crowds. It was a great day.

Back to Kima Condos. Units are clean with all necessary pots, pans, tablewear, linens, etc. However, keep in mind that these individually owned units are often rented out. With that said, you may notice carpet stains, not perfect pots & pans, a few cracks here and there or some painting that may need to be done. Focus on the pluses...an unbelievable view, a very affordable price (units rent by the week from Saturday-Saturday), a basically quiet 30 unit building, a clean, warm pool, and a fabulous location.

Bottom line...that's what brings us back. Chuck Lunsford has been renting units at Kima Condos for a very long time. Sometimes he may sound a bit gruff or a bit short on the phone, but he goes out of his way to meet your needs and take care of your requests. We are very thankful that we are able to rent from him. He is honest and he is fair. His repeat customers speak for themselves as many return year after year.

Wow! I've babbled enough. I bit long winded I must say. Oh well...hope this helps when you go to plan your next vacation.

Room Tip: These are condos. Units in the middle of each floor are adjacent to the elevator and the garbage ch...
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  • Stayed October 2011, 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
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

My family and I stayed at Kima Condominiums in late August and early September 2011. Had a very pleasant experience. All condos are gulf front with balconies. Every condo has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths with a full kitchen. Even has a washer & dryer. Close to many good restaurants and Johns's Pass. I would receommend this place to anyone.

Room Tip: Room 204 had a great king size bed in master. Room 405 was very nice, however king bed in master was...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2010

Unit was clean and updated, location is great, and no problem with the beaches. The manager at Kima, however, has gotten a bit eccentric. While we were there, he closed down the pool, the washroom,and the visitor parking to prevent the place from turning into the "Redneck Riviera" due to unwelcome visitors and Cubans from Tampa (his words, not mine). He later began taking pictures of all people entering and leaving the pool area, even small children. He also removed the patio table and umbrella, which meant that people who cannot sit in the sun were forced to sit in the shade in the garage (this was allegedly to prevent Glen Campbell types from singing at night, although none were observed during our visit). We had been going there for over 12 years, but no more. There are other locations with comparable prices in the area.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2010

We are ending our stay at Kima Condos. We have thoroughly enjoyed our visit and can't say enough about how wonderful Mr. Lunsord has been! The place is clean, right on the beach and exactly how I thought a beach rental should be! It was amazing to begin and end our days with such an amazing view of the beach and hear the ocean waves. The condo is convienently located, close to good food, St. John's Pass and Smuggler's Cove (putt-putt golf). We rented wave runners today and had the best time, racing back and forth in front of the condo! I was so glad to see that there was NO oil anywhere to be seen!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 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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Georgia
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2010

Love love love staying at Kima. We normally stay in Unit #305, but this last time splurged for the corner unit at #406. Due to the building being next door to the public beach, there is no building next door to block the view down the beach. So the view is completely amazing - a million dollar view - with pelicans that look like they are heading right into the corner window. Balcony is 4 stories up from the pool, which makes it easy to communicate with swimmers but yet far enough away for it not to have any noise. We've been to other beaches on the west coast, on the east coast, and even in South Carolina. All in all, the price and quality at Kima CANNOT be beat anywhere. We just made a countdown timer with the kids to count down until our next trip. Love all the help that Chuck gives as to where to eat, what to do. Wish we could stay longer next time!

  • Stayed May 2010, 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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Sherwood, WI
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2010

We stayed in Kima 406 the last week of March 2010. While we found the Madeira Beach area to be an excellent destination we found our unit 406 to be in serious need of a good cleaning and repairs.

We arrived on Saturday evening because of our flight schedules. We arrived at the condo around 8pm. To our surprise the key didn't work in the door. After trying several times we called Charles Lunsford (luckily I had his cell phone number). He proceeded to berate me on the phone asking questions like are you sure you are at Kima Condos and are you at the correct unit while screaming to me over the phone to have my wife and friends to shut up so he could hear me. Not a good reception to say the least. Fortunately Charles had a lock box with a master key for his units. He proceeded to talk to me like I was a child to get me to the lock box.

Once we got in the unit we smelled a musty odor and noticed that the unit was dingy. There was mold in the showers, the carpet was dirty and everything looked 25 years old. The pillows for the small bedroom were stained and unusable. The furnace filter was plugged. The place just gave you the feeling you were at a 1970's bachelor pad. The order of business for the next day was a trip to the store for some bleach and Febreze to fumigate the place, pillows and a new furnace filter.

We decided to just tough it out because any other option would have cost us because Charles had our money. Never having been to Madeira Beach before we had no Idea how many units were readily available.

On the plus side we found the Kima complex to be acceptable. There were adequate lounge chairs and the pool was clean but small. Because there are many owners at the complex not all are as bad as the one we had. In fact we saw one on the move out day that was superb. We would rent it in a heartbeat.

There were no grills available for use. Some old photo's posted on Charles site shows grills, but there were none to be found.

Basically the moral of the story is stay away from Charles Lunsford when considering a condo for rent at Kima.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 14300 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708
Location: United States > Florida > Madeira Beach
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Madeira Beach
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
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