My wife, daughter & I just returned from a 3 night stay at Vista's on the Gulf where we stayed with our 15 month old daughter in unit 305 (Pat's Unit). We found the property to be very clean, parking was not an issue, the residents and other guests were very friendly, and the beach was uncrowded and clean. They actually sweep the beach with a tractor every morning which grooms the sand to perfection! Pat has done an outstanding job furnishing her unit with exceptionally comfortable furniture, flat screen TVs in both the master bedroom and family room, comfortable beds and bedding, and a fully stocked kitchen. There are two full bathrooms and plenty of hot water. There is a dining area right off the kitchen with comfortable seating for 6. The kitchen was better than we expected with black granite counter tops and a high-end built-in microwave, stove, refridgerator, dishwasher, and washer/dryer. There is also a closet with all the beach toys, and chairs that any family would need. Free internet is also a nice plus! Dish washer detergent and soap detergent were provided. Laundry detergent was not provided. We didn't have beach towels in the unit, but they were furnished at no charge by the managment office located at the end of the hall on the second level. The unit came with bedding, towels, and soap. The only thing we had to buy was shampoo.
While Vista's isn't a full-service hotel property (the units are privately owned), Liberte Management has an office on the second floor with a very friendly staff who will serve your needs during your stay. We were concerned about arriving late, and this was not an issue as Liberte Management was happy to place our keys in a lock box and e-mailed us the combination which allowed us late check-in. We were also provided with a parking permit with our keys which we immediately hung on our rear view mirror (without this, you risk being towed so it is critical that you read through your welcome folder upon arrival, and immediately place the parking pass in your vehicle).
In addition to having a world-class beach right out back, the property also has a heated pool and hot tub. The pool is nothing to write home about, but it was nice knowing that we had the option to use it. There is a grill (I believe it was propane) by the pool that guests are permitted to use as well. The kitchen came in handy, especially since there is a Publix Supermarket just 1/4 mile north, right across the street which sells everything that you will need including beer and wine.
The location has an elevator, making it easy to access the upper levels. There are also two sets of stairs.
If I were to return to this property, I would most likely try to rent a Gulf facing unit, as even the units like Pat's (305) which are at the Gulf end of the building, overlook a good part of the neighboring building with the Gulf off to the right. Of course, one would probably have to pay twice as much for Gulf-Front so the best economical option would be to rent a unit like 305 where you can enjoy the water and not break the bank! Overall, all of my family's needs were met. We needed a crib and high chair which we were able to rent for $70 from Tampa Bay Baby Rental. The hotel has a good relationship with these folks, and our crib/high chair were in the unit when we arrived. The second bedroom is quite small, and is perfect for two kids. You will not be able to fit a crib in this second bedroom unless one of the beds is removed. If you go to the Vista's on the Gulf web-page and read about the units, they state that they are all single-bedroom units. I believe that these units were initally sold as single-bedroom units, so the second bedroom was most likely intended to be a large walk-in closet or office. With that said, you can still easily fit two kids (or adults if on a budget) in this room. There are dressers in both bedrooms and plenty of places for suitcases on the floor in the master bedroom.
The Don Cesar is a quarter mile away to the south. Places like the Alden Beach Resort and Tradewinds are approximately 2 miles to the north. The Miramar is just next door to the north and you can easily find the property by looking for the Miramar sign. If you're looking for a bit more of a tranquil/residential condo feel, then Vistas on the Gulf is your place. I'd stay here again in a heart beat!
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- Vistas On The Gulf Saint Pete Beach, Florida