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“Very Happy with our Stay at the Tradewinds Beach Resort”

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Tradewinds Beach Resort
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Bradenton Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Jacksonville, Florida
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3 reviews
“Very Happy with our Stay at the Tradewinds Beach Resort”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

This is our second trip to the Tradewinds. My wife and I stayed here in April and were so happy with our stay that we came back in October. The cottages are located between the bay and the beach. You can reach either within a few minutes. If you want to venture into Bradenton or Sarasota, there are several scenic routes to follow. The Tradewinds has been a great place to stay. The rooms are very clean and well equiped. The units have a full kitchen. If you are looking for a place a the beach, you should check out the Tradewinds.

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Fair Play, South Carolina
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

Spending our Honeymoon at Tradewinds could not have been better. From the easy check-in to the end of our stay, we have no complaints. The cottage was clean and comfortable, with all needed amenities. The bay and beach were both within walking distance, providing beautiful sunrises and sunsets. If you are looking for a quiet and romantic location on Anna Maria Island, this is it!

Room Tip: Look for cottages toward the pool and bay.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

This was our 3rd visit to Anna Maria and the Tradewinds resort and sadly only for 1 night this time. However, I cannot fault this resort, great location, pleasant and helpful staff, small but clean and well located pool. Rooms a great size, comfortably and immaculately clean. Perfect stay and we will certainly be back next year.

Dawn O - London, England.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank RoseyApple
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Dublin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2012

I visited the Tradewinds last December/January with my husband and daughter and would never go near the place again. I have read recent reviews and find the comments being made about rude staff so true. When I went last there were rats in the kitchen of our Cottage and we had to leave the resort and go to a much smaller aparttment/condo in a development owned by the Tradewinds. The staff were so rude and one in particular was just unbelievable. We were locked out of the cottage so we could not ask the health people to review the cottage and the staff at tradewinds threw all of our food and some belongings out into the rubbish. It was an absolute nightmare and to say I havent cried over our treatment is a massive understatement. I have been so distress by my visit that it is not funny. I love the USA and Anna Maria Island and will go back this Decemebr for our months vacation but will not be staying at the Tradewinds. Its dirty, unfriendly staff are everywhere so whatever you do dont make a complaint because you will get nowwhere. Rats in the Kitchen !!!!!!!!!!!!! Crazy

Room Tip: Dont choose the first cottage in on right as it is full of rodents
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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7 Thank DublinMartinaF
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katydemick, Manager at Tradewinds Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 4, 2012
This family checked into our Tradewinds Gulf Drive Villa on December 8, 2011. They departed on January 5, 2012. On December 27, 2011, after being in the unit for about 3 weeks, the guest called our after hours emergency number and reported seeing a rat in their unit. Our on-call maintenance person responded immediately. He arrived & set 2 traps. He offered to stay and see if anything were caught so he could dispose of it. The guest declined the offer. The guests were offered another room to which they could move for the night, which they also declined. The next morning they reported there were 2 rats that were caught. Again, the guests were offered to be moved to another 2 bedroom unit, which they accepted and moved to that unit on December 26, 2011. The Gulf Drive Villa was locked and taken off the booking schedule. The guest asked if they could have an environmentalist friend take readings in the unit and we said certainly; just let us know so we can unlock & accompany them in the unit. We waited to hear from the guest, and even asked what day they might be arriving, but we were never asked to allow entry into the unit for that purpose. Our
maintenance inspected the unit & found & repaired the entry hole.
After the hole was repaired, more traps were set in the unit and the attic to ensure there were no more rodents. After 24 hours observation and no additional problems, our pest control vendor was called. The vendor thoroughly investigated the unit. The report finding stated "Inspected Unit XX for rodent activity no droppings or smell in any rooms or closets throughout house, looked in attic too no visible evidence of rodents". Once the clearance was given, the unit was thoroughly cleaned & disinfected. We asked the guest what they would like for us to do with the food left in there and they said throw it away. We brought the other items out of the unit that had been left in there and stored them in the office until the guest gave us the ok to bring them to their unit. No non-food items were thrown away by our staff. We're very sorry this situation occurred to our valued guests; however, we think we responded very quickly & in a very positive & caring manner. Numerous visits were made with the guest to ensure they were comfortable in their new unit. And, since they didn't check out until January 5, 2012, we assume that, overall, they had a very pleasant stay.
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Congleton UK
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

We had a perfect week staying at Tradewinds. The resort is small and the cottage was clean comfortable and cosy. The resort was extremely well maintained, the location perfect, and the staff at both Tradewinds and the sister resort Tortuga were very friendly and informative.
The pool area was clean and secure and very relaxing.
The fishing pier was wonderful to watch sunrise and sunset. An array of local wildlife including osprey. pelican, dolphin and even a shark can be seen from the pier.
The beach is just a stride away and the water was a wonderful 86f whilst we were there. Very nice long walks along the beach either to the North or South, with friendly people along the way.
Everything you need is within walking distance once you have investigated the area. If you feel like a change of scene, the free trolley bus that stops right outside of the resort is so convenient and air conditioned.
We ate both in and out. Local fish and sea food was excellent. Beachhouse restaurant was a five minutes walk and a great place to eat with your feet in the sand to watch the spectacular sunsets.
Our holiday overall was one of the best ever, as the Island is a very laid back and relaxing place to be. We will return again for sure.
Thank you Tradewinds.

Room Tip: Cottage 2 was the place that was a little corner of paradise for us.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hialeah, Florida
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

My family and I was very pleased with our stay at tradewinds resort. My wife and my two kids enjoy the resort very much. The cottages are perfect and conftable and the staff keep the rooms and the area clean at all time, the pool was very clean, The staff at the office was wonderfull and profesional and very friendly. Love the laid back feelins of the resort. The cottage are collorf- and the garden and porches are very relasing and beautifull, this little :PARADISE: remind me when I was a little kid back in my birth island of cuba. The private beach at tradewinds really was beautifull and just steps away from the resort, the restaurant are also close to the resort and the trolley came right in front of the resort. This is the best location in annamaria island just like us cuban say( FANTASTICO) I will def-tell all my friends and family to stay here, we are already planing vacations with friends and familys for next year. I lived in miami and I love it but is way to croured, Thats why I need the peace went i travel, and I founded in the beauty of tradewind resort,Thank you and your place is #1 to us and is goin to be also for my family and friends.see you pronto" " GOD BLESS"

Room Tip: All rooms are beautifull clean and quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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1 Thank Guillermo P
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San Francisco, Colombia
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Back to visit Anna Maria Island for our 5th time. We love Anna Maria and the people. Choose this resort on a recommendation. What a mistake. The staff are so rude , unhelpful and are very poor ambassadors for the property and the island as a whole. Can only advise potential guests to stay away.

However I would say that the island is fantastic, restaurants are the best with a couple in Long Boat Key like the Chart House a particular pleasure. Shopping is a bit far away but excellent when you get there.

The island has a couple of free buses and you can put your bike on the front and your suitcases if you are trying to get away from the Tradewinds !!

My buddy who recommended the Tradewinds is off my Xmas Card list for a while.

Room Tip: The cottages on the front are good as they are near the beech but the one on the right on the way in...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Kieran W
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katydemick, Manager at Tradewinds Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 15, 2012
This is to address the review "Strange place with very rude staff". This is a very "strange" review, as we have no record of anyone staying with us in July, or any other time, that is from San Francisco, Colombia. Not even sure where that place is. Sounds strange they reviewed only our office staff and had nothing to say about the resort itself; so what then is "strange" about Tradewinds? We always welcome reviews from our valued guests that truly have issues, as this gives us an opportunity to correct areas that need to be corrected. But this review gives no details, only generalities. The Tradewinds Resort has lovely pastel colored cottages that are well maintained inside & out. We have a wonderful office staff that does everything possible to make sure our guests every need is met. This review sounds strangely like a continuing attempt to discredit the Tradewinds Resort because of a loud, disrespectful group that was told they could no longer stay at the Tradewinds.
told they could no longer stay at the Tradewinds.
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Property: Tradewinds Beach Resort
Address: 1603 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217-2311
Location: United States > Florida > Anna Maria Island > Bradenton Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bradenton Beach
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Bradenton Beach
#5 Family Hotel in Bradenton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Tradewinds Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A private street of dreams in a charming old Florida beach resort. quaint Tradewinds Beach Resort, which shares the sweeping Tortuga beach, is quaint with pastel cottages that end at a fishing dock and a heated pool right on Sarasota Bay. We are pet friendly! ... more   less 
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