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“Too Close to Restaurant”
Review of Resort Sixty-Six

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Resort Sixty-Six
Ranked #13 of 15 Hotels in Holmes Beach
Reviewed February 2, 2012

The beach is close and beautiful, but the view from our room was the back of the over-priced restaurant on the property. It felt like we were working in their kitchen. The restaurant staff passed our room and nearby with all kinds of equipment and supplies. Very noisy, especially while they set up and closed down for the evening. Their smoke-break area was near our front door and some workers seemed to take lots of smoke breaks, especially during the daytime. Our bathroom window was so close to where their large refrigerator is that I felt like I was taking a shower with someone else. The lights in the back of the restaurant kept flashing through our bathroom window. The air conditioners for the restaurant were right outside our front door and noisy. I could even hear the humming of the compressors while sleeping with earplugs. The restaurant staff certainly showed little consideration for the guests of the resort. The resort itself is nice enough but not worth what we paid for it. I'd think twice about staying here again, although we love Anna Maria Island.

Room Tip: Avoid the bottom floor with poor views and the rooms close to the beach, as they are noisy because o...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank tlscorpio
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Reviewed December 22, 2011

Booked the room through Bluegreen. The worst Bluegreen Resort we've ever stayed at. If you're here and stay in your room, you're the loser. The room itself was extremely disappointing. Cramped, dated with old carpet in the bedroom which definitely needs replacing. Our bedroom was in the back of the unit and right outside the window were the restaurent's garage cars. YUCK! The attached restaurant is not owned by the resort. It's also extremely pricey. On one evening the restaurant owner was having tile work done. He didn't want to disturb his patrons so the work didn't start until midnight. A few of us had to raise a fuss to get them to stop so we could sleep. The pool and hottub areas are new and very nice. Absolutely the best thing about the "resort" was the beach. Dolphins every morning and amazing sunsets. We'll be back to Anna Marie Island but NOT to Route Sixty-Six.

Room Tip: Definitely ask for second floor room.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Rick T
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Reviewed December 9, 2011

This is a delightful place. You have everything that you could ever need in a 1 bedroom unit. There is a sleeper sofa as well, so you can easily accomodate 2 couples pretty privately. The kitchen is a little dated, but has everything you need. The unit is wonderfully clean and comfortable. The sand is steps away with lounge chairs for you to use for the comfort of watching a wonderful sunsets while dolphins swim by. If you prefer, there is a heated pool and hot tub. THE 5 star restaurant of the island is on property, so if you want to get fancy, it is right at your fingertips. Or you can walk a ways down the beach to a cafe and bar and dine and imbibe there. Very close to other amenities. You will have everything you need. Only issue is 1 car per unit on site parking, otherwise across the street you go to park on a side street.

Room Tip: No bad rooms that I can tell.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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8  Thank carrieollie
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Reviewed October 19, 2011

I stay here all the time and here is what you must know before booking:
The rooms that face the gulf are the best and there are only 5 of those (unit 226 is the only one where both the living room and bedroom face the gulf). The rooms facing the pool are nice but noisy. The rooms in the corners (6) have lousy views and are very dark. The studios have pull down beds and are the last ones to be updated. The gulf is the best anywhere. The area is heaven (this is old beach without the high rise condos slapped up everywhere). The restaurant is very good but very expensive and not associated with the resort. There are many, many, many dining options. If you cannot find something to do there, you have issues. This is a little slice of heaven and is the reason I go back year after year.

Room Tip: Room 226 is the best but any of the ones facing the gulf are good. Only 5 of those.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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16  Thank Erin W
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

We booked this with one thing in mind: location, location, location. Resort Sixty-Six is situated right on the beach at Anna Maria Island, FL. It is roughly half-way between Holmes Beach and The Sandbar at the North Point on the Gulf.

The outside has been recently renovated by the management, with attention soon turning to updating the inside of the units. The pool is a great added touch at the beach. The management and entire staff were friendly, courteous, helpful and pleasant - obviously taking pride and pleasure in their work - all with local tips, happy to share, making sure the guests enjoy their stay - even for long time, returning veterans such as ourselves.

We had a 2nd floor, 1 bedroom unit with an ocean view. Although slightly dated, the units' interiors were clean, spacious, adequate window views, tile floors and everything worked in the entire unit from the kitchen to the living room, plus plenty of ceiling fans, working A/C, and a wireless WIFI router in each unit. There were brand new gas grills available with a pleasant courtyard and The Beach Bistro restaurant right on the premises (a personal favorite, not to be missed).

Having been vacationing on Anna Maria Island from childhood since the late 60's, I wasn't disappointed. Usually staying in vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island, my wife wanted to use her RCI exchange week instead. I have a natural bias against timeshare travel due to personal experience and reluctantly agreed. It is hard to not succeed on Anna Maria Island and I was very pleasantly surprised. My experience has shown timeshare travel to be average at best. Resort Sixty-Six is definitely above average.

We rented beach bikes for a week from a local rental place which they delivered to our unit. We brought our own beach chairs & umbrella. On the one day that it rained, we drove a short distance south to St. Armand's Circle for the shops & restaurants just off of the Sarasota coast. The rest of the time was spent unwinding and relaxing on the beach and exploring on the bikes the perfect, low-key, unspoiled treasures that Anna Maria Island has to offer. Development on Anna Maria is restricted to no more than 3 stories high with most only 1 or 2 stories. It is a true, undiscovered, well-kept secret that still has most of Old Florida with it.

Make sure you eat breakfast at The Old IGA (which I still remember as the old IGA grocery store). It's been completely remade into a very cool, eclectic bookstore, bakery, coffee shop, restaurant, home furnishings, folk art place, complete with free WIFI - the creme brulee french toast is to die for, There's always the Waterfront restaurant across from the City Pier along with The Sandbar just up the street, The Sign of the Mermaid and other great places to eat, exploring is half the fun. Lots to see and explore, best done on bikes or scooters all over the Island.

We alternated between cooking for ourselves having stocked up at the local supermarket, and enjoying the fantastic local seafood at several local restaurants, always at our choice and happy to do either.

The long walks on the beach at sunrise and best, at sunset will never disappoint and are spectacular. The locals AND tourists are friendly and happy to stop and share their memories, tips, and stories - a unique place indeed. All done at Resort Sixty-Six on the beach, with a pool, and one of the best restaurants in the entire state with fabulous views and great service. If you're looking for clean, friendly service on the beach with a relaxed, unique local flair, this is it.

Room Tip: As for 2nd floor ocean view or either 1st/2nd floor oceanfront
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  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank zen_journeyman
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

I am a Bluegreen owner, and I read a few reviews before booking my reservation at this resort. The resort exceeded our expectations. It looks like they renovated the rooms because they looked new. We rented a 1bd/1bath villa overlooking the Gulf. Upon booking our reservation, we did not expect a beachfront villa. The villa has an excellent view of the Gulf. It has a balcony out from the living area, as well as the bedroom, which was fantastic. In my opinion, the villa is the right size for a couple who wants to get a way from everyday rat race of life.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank FloridaVacationer28
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

The resort is an old resort with a great pool and spa, the entire building has been renovated,however, there are no elevators or ramps for the disable and ugly rugs which are bad for huminity in Florida.The resort does not provide beach towels,soda machine or water fountains,they do have free daily newspapers in a so call gift shop which has bearly nothing,they do close early 5:00pm must arrive before they close, it is in a beautifull location of the island of Anna Maria which is very lay back and with lots of good restaurants such as the Sand bar,Beach Bistro,Sparky's,Rotten Ralph,Minnies a family run breakfast/lunch restaurant. This is a good place to retire,quiet everyone obeys driving laws (speed) no meters on the street,few if any cops,you can fish with no problems,lots of things to do such as boating,parasailing etc.
The island has a great Publix and many banks, it is also very close to Long boat key,and world famous Sieta Key were the sand is very soft and great swimming.

Room Tip: Call the office to find out the location of the room before you actually book it with RCI.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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5  Thank Cruise4lovers
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Additional Information about Resort Sixty-Six

Address: 6600 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217-1326
Location: United States > Florida > Anna Maria Island > Holmes Beach
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Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #13 of 15 Hotels in Holmes Beach
Number of rooms: 27
Also Known As:
Resort Sixty-Six Hotel Holmes Beach
Resort 66
Hotel Sixty Six
Resort Sixty-Six Anna Maria Island/Holmes Beach, FL

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