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Bonita Beach & Tennis Club
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

We have stayed in different units at the BB & T club and we've never been disappointed! The pools are always impeccably clean and well maintained. The owners' organization constantly does upgrades. The people there are kind and helpful. There isn't a better situated club in SW fla that is so affordable (we just paid $420 for a week during spring break in an ocean view unit!).

  • Stayed: April 2013
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10  Thank guidob663a
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We found this place to be in a perfect location for our plans and activities. Since we planned on doing things in both Fort Myers and Naples, plus the Everglades, this place really served its purpose for us. We stayed one week. We rented our unit thru VRBO. Great rates for April. We arrived on the 7th. The Easter vacation crowd had departed. It is a quiet place, with a mix of residents and resort guests. The staff in the office were always helpful and friendly.

The grounds are lovely and well kept. The grass is green and thick and flowers are planted in just the right spots. Two small artificial ponds with water features are a nice touch. There is a
canal and river/estuary behind the complex, with plenty of greenery. We were in Building 5, 10th floor, back of building (away from the road). Perfect views. Off to the right was this large expanse
of river with hammocks and trees, with quite a bit of boat traffic. Straight out we could watch the
tennis players every morning, see the people at the two lovely pools, watch the grounds crew at
work, and see the skyline of a neighborhood and beyond. To the left, we could see the Gulf of
Mexico and Estero Island and Ft. Myers Beach curving along the coast. We thoroughly enjoyed
sitting out on our nice sized screened balcony (lanai) in the morning and in the evening.

Our unit was nice. Had everything we needed. There could be some improvements. They are small, and some advertise as having a bedroom, (ours did not advertise this way). There is a
sliding panel accordion type door you can pull across, but this will block access to the bathroom
for those that are sleeping out on the pullout couch. All units differ as far as furnishings I
imagine, as some units are rented directly thru owners and others thru the resort. Ours had a
very comfortable, king sized bed. Walk in closet. Small bathroom. The kitchen has a regular size
stove/oven and frig, as well as a microwave. Coffee maker, toaster. Well stocked with
necessities. Our unit was clean and had enough paper products, so we did not have to buy any.
there is large, very clean laundry room in 3 of the buildings.

I see the resort gets mixed reviews. This is not a fancy or upscale resort at all. It is older and
needs work in probably every unit. But it is clean and comfortable and provides everything you
need. We recommend it and we would return!

There is a small beach parking lot (must pay to park) right across the street (from Building 1).
The beach here is OK. Right across from Building 5, there is a gated development with gorgeous
homes. You can drive right thru, and do not have to atop at the gate, to get to Barefoot Beach
Preserve. This is a beautiful beach! Great shelling. Amenities. Lots of locals shelling (snowbirds)
and they gave us lots of shelling advice. :)!! You might get to see the protected gopher tortoise!
$8 entry fee. And then you are not far from other beaches. The drive to Fort Myers Beach from
Bonita Beach is lovely, but a traffic nightmare, once you approach FMB proper, sometimes while still on Estero Island. So, we only made this mistake once-LOL.

Bonita Springs has some lovely restaurants and all amenities, including a nice shopping mall/center. Very close to N Naples and all it has to offer. Again, we found the location perfect for
our needs.

Room Tip: Get the highest floor possible, they do have elevators!!
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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6  Thank tymetraveler222
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

My sister and I spent a lot of time searching for a place on Bonita Beach for our 2 week vacation. It paid off. We rented through Royal Shell and, although they charged a $100 rental fee, we were very pleased with the service and the condition of our unit. Ours was on the 8th floor of Building 2. When we walked in, it was obvious that it had been thoroughly cleaned. In fact, we found the entire complex to be very clean. We had 2 double beds, 2 love seats, 2 side chairs, a panel TV, washer/dryer in the bathroom, well equipped kitchen, table and chairs, spacious outfitted closet, a desk with drawers and a dining table and chairs. It was perfectly furnished for 2 people. The lanai faced south and had 2 chairs and a small table. Royal Shell provided us with very nice beach chairs and an umbrella for our entire stay.

The only negative was the Red Tide which we encountered on the beach almost every day. It irritates the respiratory system and cause coughing and sneezing with burning eyes. Most days it was just a little coughing, but a couple of days it was so bad that we had to leave. There was a fish kill on one of those days. Apparently, red tide is always in the Gulf and the concentrations vary with winds and tides, so it is very unpredictable. Since this was a beach vacation for us, we were unhappy with the situation.

But we still went to the beach most days and were able to enjoy the beautiful views and almost perfect weather. In the end, we were very satisfied with our trip.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank TrippinAgain
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

The condos in this resort are all "studio" types units. The age of the place is about 35 years old. We stayed in bldg 4, room 4404 and had a view of the pool outside in back. Condo was decent but very small but not very clean. 2 full size beds and a pull out couch if you need it. One bathroom which was very small. No place really to put one's clothes out from the suitcase. The unit did have all the amenities in the kitchen (stove, fridge, micro-wave and coffee maker). I can't see anyone staying more than a week there although there are people who stay there months at a time. The beach, one has to walk acroos the street, was very nice. Condo did furnish nice lounge chairs for you to use. Overall, if you want something cheap this is the place.

Room Tip: Talk to the owner of the condo when inquiring about a room through the site VRBO.com and negotiate with them. Ask the owner if they clean the room or does a service clean the room. Makes a big difference.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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7  Thank Gary S
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

I don't know if we just got a bad unit or what, but I wont be returning.

Size:
No more than 2 adults and a baby in this condo. It is not a true one bedroom and is set up more like a studio with a king bed. This was plenty for us as a couple.

Overall condition:
Old, old, old. Thee couch and chairs were stained with dirt. We used the towels to sit on them because they just looked gross.
it has a funky smell to it, so make sure you bring your febreeze (we had yo go buy some).
the bed was fine. Plenty of extra bedding.
the bathroom needed to be updated badly. Wouldn't kill them to spend $10 on a new showerhead to replace the rusty one from the 1950s. There were plenty of towels.

The kitchen was adequately stocked with dishes. Make sure you bring your own salt, pepper, seasonings. I am pretty sure the salt shaker with rust on the top has been there for ages. The microwave is small and old. There is no dishwasher.

Carpet is stained.
the decor is ancient.

Location:
the location is this place's saving grace. Very easy to get to the beach across the street. We enjoyed walking across the street into the barefoot beach club fancy neighborhood for our morning walks.

Wifi: they don't advertise it, but we were able to get it. Huge plus!

Given the lack of response from royal shell vacations, I wont be using them again for any rentals.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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10  Thank newlife4cindy
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RoyalShell, Guest Relations Manager at Bonita Beach & Tennis Club, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2012

Good Afternoon,

I want to first thank you for staying with Royall Shell Vacations. We do appreciate your business and apologize on behalf of the owner for the condition of the condo the you rented. As with most vacation rental companies, each home and condominium is individually owned and decorated. As such, we have taken into consideration the condition of the vacation property and will work with the owner to resolve these issues. We regret that we were unable to respond to your needs as effectively as you would have liked and will follow up with appropriate personnel. We do hope to we can make it up to you in the future, if you allow us to make it right. Again, thank you for this information.

Please feel free to contact me, Rafael Cruz, in the future should you wish to return to our area and I will personally make sure the accommodation is everything you are expecting and see that you get the best possible service we have to offer.

Regards,

Rafael Cruz
Guest Relations
Royal Shell Vacations

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