My wife and I recently stayed at The Cottages of Madeira Beach this past January (2021) and our visit was great; we stayed in cottage 1 and it was very welcoming upon arrival. We could tell the property has been recently upgraded/updated; pool area was clean and neatly organized with new outdoor furniture, each of the cottages were cleaned on the exterior (we could tell they were recently power-washed), laundry room was well maintained organized, and the overall feel was great. The location of this property is amazing; steps from the Gulf and a very short walk to John's Pass. We enjoyed everything about this place - we will be back for sure.
My wife and I came down after our vacation plans in Pensacola Beach were foiled by the hurricane. We arrived Saturday 09/19 and left 09/24. First impression was, "This place is cute!" Pulled in about 4:00 in the afternoon and was pleased with the little yellow cottages and brick driveway. Place is small but cozy, with one parking space available per cottage. (Actually there wasn't one for #2. I guess they have to figure something else out.) Six cottages in two rows of three, facing each other with one more attached to the back of the office. We stayed in #1 which backs up to the front door of the office with a nice little patio and table/chairs where my wife was able to comfortably go out to smoke. Had a nice dinner there as well, when we cooked out the last night we were there. The grill situation is something I'm going to be complaining about in a bit. This place should be a little bit of paradise, and I wanted to love it, but there are some issues. PROS - Great location! Across the street from the beach. Short walk to several bars and restaurants as well as John's Pass. Relatively affordable. Given the location and amenities (if they all were in good working order.) Cute and cozy. Your wife is gonna love it. CONS - Lighting problems. Each cottage has two lights on the front. One on each side of the door. Out of the six cottages facing the parking area, the lights only worked on one of them (#2). This made it very dark at night. More lighting problems. There were string lights around the pool fence. They didn't work. Looked like they hadn't worked in a while. There were rope lights under the roofs of the two pool cabanas. Only one of those worked. Again, from the dead vines grown up around them they looked like they hadn't worked in a while either. There were small solar lights mounted on the pool fence and only one of those worked. Again, made it pretty dark around the pool at night. Also there is a pool heater but it seems like it wasn't on. Would've been a lot nicer after sundown if it was. Same lighting problems with the grill area. String lights that didn't work. Solar lights that didn't work. It was so dark I had to use the flashlight on my phone to see the food I was grilling. I also had to take parts from two grills and combine them to make one decent grilling situation. I don't know if it's because maybe the season is over or because Covid or what, but it just seemed like no one has paid much attention to the place in a while. There was no one in the office the whole time we were there. Actually never saw or spoke to any management. Booked online and got an email with the code for the door. Someone did clean the pool the third day. Didn't see them but noticed the pool was missing the debris from the palm trees that had been in it. The shower is TINY. I've stayed in camper trailers with bigger showers. So small you can barely turn around in it. Forget about bending over to wash your legs. The bed was weird and uncomfortable. Mushy mattress with no box spring, just a platform. Rules stating you have to take out the trash and wash the dishes before you leave. Not that big a deal but I don't see why housekeeping can't take care of that. Also there was no dish soap so I had to go buy some. Left it for the next folks. Also rules stated if you're caught smoking inside they will kick you out immediately with no refund, but you can smoke outside ONLY of it doesn't bother your neighbors. So if someone had complained I guess my wife would've had to go stand in the street to smoke. Thankfully that didn't happen. Big picture windows around the front of the cottage with blinds over them. Seemed okay until you realized that if you open the blinds everyone in the other cabins can see right in like you're on display. Day or night. I wanted to like the cottages. I do like the cottages in spite of my complaints. I would consider coming back if I knew they were better maintained.…
We had an excellent time at the Cottages with friends. We rented two cottages, both were very clean and comfortable and ideally located close to John’s Pass, the Beach, and some fantastic restaurants. We enjoyed sitting by the pool in the evening visiting with friends. We couldn’t have had a better experience for our first visit to Madeira Beach. We will definitely return to The Cottages.
Nice experience, located close to the beach, and walking distance for John Pass Board walkway. Strongly recommended. We had been at the 1 Bedroom cottage. It had the best mattress I've in my whole life
Take a walk to the local 7/11, get your favorite coffee, and walk the unique neighborhood that surrounds the Cottages of Madeira Beach. The small cottages and the gorgeous bay homes are really something see as you sip your coffee and soak in the Florida vibe. Or take your empty styrofoam coffee cup, cross the street to the beach and pick-up your favorite sea shells as you walk the beach! Our cottage was impeccably clean. The air conditioning was perfectly cold. The bed was extremely comfortable. And the pool was crystal clear! Hey Ritz Carlton! Dana (the owner) and the Cottages of Madeira Beach got you beat!!! Moreover, you can bring your dog! Dana's cottages were "Lola" approved!!