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Blue Waters Beach Club
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   8105 West Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL 33706   |  
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Ranked #38 of 45 Hotels in Treasure Island
Park Rapids, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Already missing Bluewaters”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

What a lovely place. A pool out our back door and the gulf out the front door. We stayed in number 7. It was a two bedroom, 2 bath unit. Very clean and well supplied. The internet was a problem. It was advertised with wifi but it did not work, so I got ahold of bright light and we had a modem put in for the month we were there for a minimal fee. There was no broom, etc for keeping the sand cleaned up. So I called for a few weeks and was then brought something to clean with. I loved this place so much that we will be back for two months next year. Also it was a great place to bring your dog.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

If you are looking for an escape from the daily intrusions of modern technology, then Blue Waters Beach Club should be perfect for you. First, despite signage and ads claiming to offer internet, we arrived to find none at all: No free internet, no paid Citi Wi-Fi service…nothing…nada…naught…zero…zip…zilch. Previous Trip Advisor reviews complaining of weak signals and spotty service are now totally irrelevant because the Bluemont Citi Wi-Fi previously offered for a fee of $25 per week is no longer available. TRS (Travel Resort Services) which manages this property still claims Citi Wi-Fi is available in its brochures but when we complained of no access, TRS first claimed it was temporarily down. Later they suggested there was perhaps too much “holiday traffic” and finally said that our security settings might be prohibiting access. But when we called Bluemont Citi Wi-Fi directly they confirmed that this service was discontinued some time ago. In fact, according to a City of Treasure Island press release, even when Bluemont provided service to some parts of Treasure Island, the service area only went as far as 88th Avenue which does not include this property – That is likely why there were so many complaints as Blue Waters was never even in the actual coverage area to begin with.

To further facilitate your escape from technology, you will find that this particular location is a virtual dead zone for both Verizon and AT&T cell service so don’t count on a Wi-Fi card working either. Bottom line: If your work, family circumstances, travel or sight-seeing plans require that you “stay connected”, keep looking…Blue Waters is not for you.

On the other hand, if you wish to escape ringing cell phones, email, Skype, Netflix, Instagram, Twitter, all social media & the entire www, look no further…You may have found your personal paradise.

We also learned that “fully equipped kitchen” apparently means leaving the previous guests’ garbage for the new guest to remove. “Fully equipped” also included an old chicken bone for our miniature Doxie under the recliner. Furthermore, we found TRS website’s description of this property as “truly luxurious” to be yet another overstatement. A far more accurate description would be casual, quaint “Old Florida.” Of course, there is nothing wrong with casual, quaint “Old Florida” if that is what you are looking for, but it is a far cry from “truly luxurious”.

Otherwise, the location is great--Beautiful beach directly across the road & a small heated pool on the premises. In all fairness, I should add that although it took TRS 4 full days to even admit they had absolutely no internet access & to remove their 2 foot long “Internet” sign from the front entrance, their response time to two other maintenance issues was only a couple of hours: a broken remote control and a shower head that was so improperly installed it sprayed all over the bathroom. On the other hand, it took 3 days and 2 phone calls to have overflowing garbage removed from the courtyard grill area.

Unfortunately for us, there was no acceptable, convenient solution for the complete lack of internet access. TRS’s false advertising & on-site signage, out-dated Wi-Fi instruction sheet, and repeated mis-representations during our face-to-face & phone conversations only added to our frustration and disappointment. Instead of working 3-4 hours a day in the quiet solitude of our beach apartment or working online poolside in the Florida sun, I got dressed & commuted 7.5 miles roundtrip to work at the Madeira Bay Resort where TRS made the magnanimous gesture of providing me free internet access. Other times I drove to McDonalds, the Treasure Island Chamber of Commerce or the library simply because they were much closer--although not suitable for extended work sessions, conference calls or Skype sessions with clients. It was a long 3 weeks…certainly not the relaxing “working vacation” I had envisioned.

Two TRS agents & the owner himself insisted that our complaint be directed to Bluemont Network & the City of Treasure Island. I visited City Hall in person, however, & was advised by the Finance Director that the City does not, nor did it ever have any relationship with or responsibility for Bluemont Networks Citi-Wi-Fi. The Finance Director further stated that the Bluemont information page was included on the City’s website for tourist information only and had been removed by the Public Information Officer because it is no longer applicable.

Our decision to rent this property was based on TRS advertising, our contract is with TRS and TRS took our $2600+…The buck stops there. Blue Waters? TRS? Lesson learned: One star & never again.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Troy, MO
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We are staying in cottage 14 with 2 boys ages 2 and 4. Upon arrival we were welcomed with a very clean smell and appearance inside the cottage. However i dont think its been dusted in quite a while. But who cares...we are at the beach. it is very much a family style neighborhood feel in this area. Our cottage is the only one with a bathtub and with two little boys we are very grateful that we picked this cottage. The beach is the perfect distance from the cottage and very easy to haul all of our things to.
Wish there was a dishwasher and that the beds were more comfortable but otherwise a beautiful quiet place with a lot to do nearby. but for the pric it's totally wort it's totally worth it

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dayton
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We stayed in Cottage No. 7 for two weeks at the end of March, 2013. There were four of us initially, our two kids Age 11 and 8, and us. My friend joined us for part of the second week. We also had our yellow laborador with us, and my friend brought hers for a visit, too. This cottage was the perfect size for that number. The kitchen has everything you would need but a dishwasher. The livng room has a nice TV with cable, and a sleeper sofa that my 11 year old slept on the whole time. The front bedroom has a queen bed and a full bathroom with stand up shower, small but perfect for kids. The back bedroom has a king bed and the bigger bathroom is right outside the door. Both bedrooms have dressers and closets, and small TV's with cable. Luckily, our experience was very different from the reviewer below, our unit was very clean upon arrival, and we did not see one bug in two weeks of living there, even with the dogs and kids running around. The pretty courtyard has beautiful plants, nice pavers to walk on, and a hodge-podge of chairs and tables, plenty to sit out there anytime you want. The pool is very nice, small but a good size for that small of a place. It is heated (really heated) and has a hot tub like feature in the corner that is really nice. There are chairs at the pool area, too, as well as on the other side of the pool area. The best part about this place, though, is the family feel and the neighborhood. This location is so great for families. Even during spring break, it never felt crowded, the beach was beautiful and literally right across the small street. It really felt like we were living in a neighborhood, the people were friendly, when we walked our dog people always stopped and talked, no spring break hectic craziness. Is this place the lap of luxury? No. Is it perfect for families who just want to chill and enjoy the relaxed vibe of the area? Definitely. It's clean, comfortable, and a perfect getaway. The only negative about our cottage that I can think of is that the water pressure in the shower wasn't great. That's really it. Enjoy!!!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Sterling, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Loved every single thing about it. I will stay here again and again and again. Amazing privacy, well maintained, beautiful, convenient in every way...location, amenities...just everything. I LOVED IT FOR ME AND MY HUSBAND AND OUR PUPPIES.

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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Anderson, Indiana
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We stayed in Unit #8, a one bedroom and 1 bath. Even smaller than a hotel room and the bed was quite saggy. Our pillows looked like they were 10 years old with stains on them. Good thing I didn't look real good until the last day or I would have had to buy new. The 2 chairs in the living room/kitchen were very poor and uncomfortable. The love seat we tried sitting in once and couldn't hardly get up. The walls had to be paper thin because we could hear the people next door talking and walking. We were even woken up each morning at 5am by their yapping little dog. They should never advertise that internet is available, because it isn't. Even paid for internet and that wasn't any better.The only thing that was good about Blue Waters was that it was across the street from the beach.Will never stay there again. We will find a better place.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

While the Blue Water Beach Club at Sunset Beach, Treasure Island is located in an ideal spot and has the potential to be a top notch destination, it is poorly maintained.
The outdoor patio furniture was dirty and the cushions had black mold with a strong mildew odor. The gas grills were dirty and required a match light, as the piezo electric igniters were broken. Each large gas grill had only one functioning burner. There are two charcoal grills, one had a missing wheel making it unstable. The other had had missing lid handle, making it difficult to use without welding gloves.
The interiors of the rental units are also poorly maintained and cleaned. There was black mold on the window frames and blinds. Cobwebs on all the crown molding. Thick dust on the ceiling fans, door and window moldings, tops of picture frames.
The bottom of shower curtain had pinkish mold. There was extensive toothpaste splatter on the flat matte finish butterscotch colored bathroom walls. The toilet ran constantly. There was gunk caked in the decorative kick plate at the base of vanity sink. The towels provided were damp from water leaking around faucet and draining into cabinet base. We saw one cockroach behind toilet, feel free to extrapolate from that on the actual population of roaches.
In the kitchen there was a strong moldy odor in cabinet beneath sink. There was food debris under stove and refrigerator. The shelf supporting crisper drawers in fridge was cracked. The manual can opener was broken, resulting in a trip to the Emergency Room at the Palms of Pasadena hospital (very nice, clean, great staff).
The laundry room had a dryer with a broken lint filter handle. The courtesy phone was broken. The shared vacuums had clogged bags. The brooms and dustpans were junky and damaged. The washer/dryers are free to use but not maintained well.
There is no on site office/ full time staffer. You are only provided ONE key per unit.
In closing the best part of our extended stay were the lasting friends we made with the six couples we met there. We now email, phone and meet up as our schedules allow.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Blue Waters Beach Club

Address: 8105 West Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL 33706
Location: United States > Florida > Treasure Island
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 45 Hotels in Treasure Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Blue Waters Beach Club 2*
Number of rooms: 12
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Also Known As:
Blue Water Resort Cottages Hotel Treasure Island
Blue Waters Beach Club Treasure Island, Florida

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