I booked this hotel at the last minute as my first choice, the beach area, was booked. I'm so glad things worked out the way they did....The hotel rooms, as stated, are small, but they are very comforfortable and very well lit with natural light. Great windows! and they open, which is a big deal to me.
The hotel staff is very personable, and the coffee shop brews great coffee. The bar/restaurant area is nicely open to the lobby, and the whole ground floor has a great flow and a great feel from the moment you check in.
The best part of the hotel, to me, was the veranda running the entire length of the front of the hotel. They have couches, chairs, conventional tables, and it has both the feel of being an extension of the lobby/bar/coffee shop, as well as a separate space unto itself. You can relax out there, drink coffee, read, and feel that your privacy is respected, or you can engage in conversation with the other guests and visitors that migrate to that space. Your choice.
Regarding the beaches; it was a 10-15 minute drive to get to Treasure Island down Central Avenue, and from there it was north or south on Gulf to whatever beach you'd like.
I am looking forward to a return trip to the Hollander, and another relaxing stay.