We rented this property through VRBO for our annual summer vacation, and frankly felt duped when we arrived. While the indoor spaces are exactly as described in the photos, the rental advertisement (and the title of the properties themselves) clearly promised a "house" while these rentals are anything but.
The Anna Maria Guest Houses are actually more like second-floor apartments situated over small businesses and stores. The photos on the VRBO site reinforced the "house" angle, having been taken before the signs and stores below the rentals were in place. From the pictures, we thought we were renting a two-story home -- so much so that we kept driving by the rental on our arrival, looking for the place we were promised in the ads.
Inside, the rentals are modern and well-kept, but the master bed mattress was so horrible that my husband slept on the couch for 5 out of the 7 days. And because we were now spending our vacation over two places of business, I felt the need to keep my kids quiet during the day so as not to disturb the commercial tenants below.
If you are a solo or couple traveler, the Anna Maria Guest Houses might be a good option for you -- just know that it's not really a house. But as a family, we won't be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Anna Maria Guest Houses are lovely and charming. Both the 2 bedroom vacation rental and 3 bedroom vacation rentals are spacious and newly constructed using the latest green technology. They have all the conveniences needed to make your Anna Maria Beach vacation complete. Each unit has a private pool and covered balconies and each boasts distinct touches like custom cabinets, stainless appliances and granite surfaces, washer/dryers, flat panel TVs, and river recovered old Florida wood floors throughout. From white washed “washboard” interiors for that cozy cottage feel to expansive covered porches for outdoor living, each unit has the same quality amenities but each property its own island charm and one of a kind unique decor. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Anna Maria Guest Houses Anna Maria Island