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Sunset Vistas Beachfront Suites
Ranked #6 of 48 Hotels in Treasure Island
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Rogers, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“More Than Expected . . . Very Impressed!”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

Over the last few years, when my wife and I travel to Treasure Island to see my parents, we've been renting a condo on one of the beaches close by. Sunset Vistas exceeded our expectations in terms of cleanliness, attention to detail, easy to work with, amentities for the kids and adults. For a condo built in the late 90's, I was very impressed with how the staff maintained the grounds everyday. The pool was also cleaned up every morning. You'd never know that our kids and others were out there the day before going crazy. The beach is excellent and very clean as well thanks to the City of Treasure Island. Sunset Vistas also has a cafe where they serve food made to order and even were happy with any special requests. There's a tiki bar for the adults open everyday from 12pm to 6pm. However, don't be afraid to pick up a 12 pack of your favorite cans of beer and bring to the pool or beach. No glass! For a great frozen drink or cocktail, the tiki bar has it all. The rates for this condo were very reasonable. Do some searching on websites such as vrbo for the best deal as many of the condos are owned by individuals and rented out through Sunset Vistas. Be careful of cleaning fees they want to charge you. NO need to be paying any cleaning fees if you book well ahead of time. There are plenty of owners who will not charge a cleaning fee. The complex is also within walking and short drive of many great restaurants in the area including Dockside Dave's in Madeira Beach for the best grouper sandwich on the beach. I lived here for a lot of years before moving north, but come back several times throughout the year and this place never disappoints. Other great spots for wings include Foxy's on Central Ave. in Treasure Island. Ricky T's is great for an outside patio for drinks. Many great spots in this area. Feel free to email me through Trip Advisor for other recommendations. I have a ton.
BTW, the condo supplies your towels for showering, but bring a couple beach towels if you can. They only change the towels out in your room every other day, but they're happy to bring towels up anytime you need them. The condos are very well furnished, beds are very comfortable and clean, kitchen has all you need to make meals in if you choose. There's also a washer/dryer in the room. All around great place! We'll definitely come back. Spend a little extra $ and get a place beachfront. The sunsets are spectacular!

Room Tip: Beachfront well worht the money! Great sunsets!
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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The Woodlands, Texas
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

The location of this resort is perfect. The beach is RIGHT THERE and there are lots of restaurants and bars within walking distance! There are some chairs for rent (not sure how much), but you can also buy and take your own. The rooms are nice enough and I would definitely recommend a beach front room. We stayed with another couple and we had the smaller room - it was tight, but it wasn't a big deal and the rooms are nicely separated. It would be a great location for a family or a group of friends to meet up like we did. The pool and hot tub are huge with lots of chairs. There wasn't anything particularly fantastic about this resort, but I gave it a 4 based on the convenience, location and price. I always prefer to have a kitchen and washer/dryer! It was nice to hang out on the beach and watch the dolphins!

Room Tip: We had the room right outside the elevator and it could get kind of noisy. Get a gulf view room!
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed January 21, 2014 via mobile

I've been coming to this place for 5 or 6 years now. It's beginning to get worn down. They need to spruce it up soon. Pool area is nice, cafe is just average and the tiki bar is small. Furniture is getting beat up, not much in utensils and place needs a fresh paint job. Nice location, though! Love to eat at sloppy joes and sea hags, both down the road south a bit!

Stayed December 2013
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Clarence Center, New York
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

I recently stayed for 3 nights at the Sunset Vista Beachfront Suites. I was very disappointed in the service that was provided to me. The housekeeping staff went into my room on the day i was to check out (but before i actually did) and took my suitcase closed it and took it to the lobby. They also took the clothing out of the dryer and put it in a garbage bag and took to the lobby. They cleaned out the fridge and ate my food. The reason they claim was that they thought i was already checked out and I"forgot" my suitcase, clothes in the dryer and food in the fridge. They did not attempt to contact me at all prior to doing this. I cannot believe a hotel would do such a thing. I will not stay there again! The suites were clean and comfortable but could use updated furniture. The pool area is nice compared to all the other condos on the beach. It does have a pool bar, small but it is sufficient as long as the staff is there to operate it. The café which is on the premises but not run by the hotel is not the best. Tried to have breakfast there and the coffee machine wasn't working so no coffee available which was rather disappointing so cancelled breakfast altogether that day.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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ghoch, General Manager at Sunset Vistas Beachfront Suites, responded to this review, January 19, 2014
We were very disappointed to hear that our apology and explanation to this guest was not accepted. After a courtesy extension of check out time by our staff was granted, this guest was not around and nearly one hour after the agreed upon late check out, and no car in their parking spot, our supervisor did make the assumption that a bag was left behind. This is more common than you might expect. All of their belongings were placed at the desk in "lost/found" (including items from the fridge). At a beach resort many guests hope to arrive as early as possible and also leave as late as possible creating limited time for the housekeeping staff. We regret that the incident affected what appears to have been an enjoyable visit. The coffee maker in the Cafe did malfunction one day, but we are happy to provide coffee and coffee maker in each suite.
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

We wanted to stay in clearwater but settled for staying in treasure island and we were glad we did. This hotel was great, the suite had its own kitchenette with private bedrooms and bathrooms with breathtaking views of the ocean! Be sure to drive a mile down the road to check out John's Pass, this was a great area to stay in especially for how inexpensive it was!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2014

This was our 2nd year at Treasure Island and first time staying at Sunset Vista. The grounds are very nice, the pool was perfect for the kids, although it did get a little crowded at times. The beach is HUGE so expect to walk some but well worth it when you see the sunsets! The rooms are great. Plenty of room, clean, quiet (and our room was right across the hall from the elevator) lots of amenities, beach towels and beach chairs were provided. The parking spaces are VERY tight! The location is great for family vacations. Lots to do! Last year, we took the kids to Busch Gardens in Tampa - just a 30 minute drive from our condo. This year we visited Pass A Grille (loved it especially the Sunset), Fort de Soto Park (piers, beaches, sight seeing), Clearwater, Gulfport, and took a boat ride to Shell Key. Every night, we made sure we were on the beach for the perfect sunset picture. Come prepared to make lots of memories. We look forward to going back very soon!

Room Tip: Our room was 407N, on the North side of the property. It was not a beach front suite but we had an a...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 10, 2014 via mobile

I have stated at Sunset Vistas for three consecutive years in three different units. You can not beat the location. The units are a good size and are typically well furnished. The units I have stayed in have always been clean but they are getting tired. By that I mean, there are signs of wear or aging. Whether it be paint chips or markings on the walls, cabinets that are loose or peeling (very cheap laminate doors in kitchen and bathrooms), loose towel racks, patio doors that no longer lock or carpets that are loose and wrinkled; the units are looking old. One major issue is the tile flooring throughout the kitchen, dining and living area, the scraping noise from the chairs being moved in the unit above can be irritating (or worse depending on guest staying above). The corridors, stairs and general condition of the common spaces also showed more signs of usage this year, more than in the past. Overall, the location tips the balance of the scale positively but the experience is being unnecessarily tarnished by the lack of investment in maintenance and repair. Recommendation: Take care of this before it is too late.

Stayed January 2014
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ghoch, General Manager at Sunset Vistas Beachfront Suites, responded to this review, January 19, 2014
Thanks for the observant concern and suggestions about condition. We are very happy to know that you have enjoyed our property. We are wrapping up numerous projects to touch up, and in some cases re-paint interiors, stretch carpet, replace cabinet doors and spruce up. In a very busy resort the winter months give us more time to work on projects and I can assure you that great progress has been made, most completed. We certainly understand the standards that you should expect!
We do have a rug under the chairs in all our our suites to minimize any noise. Please let our staff know immediately of any problem when found, we can correct, contact other guests and make things right!
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Property: Sunset Vistas Beachfront Suites
Address: 12000 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706-5124
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Location: United States > Florida > Treasure Island
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Treasure Island
#7 Family Hotel in Treasure Island
#10 Romantic Hotel in Treasure Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunset Vistas Beachfront Suites 3.5*
Number of rooms: 132
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The perfect family beachfront resort offering condo-sized suites and resort amenities all under one roof! Located directly on one of America’s award winning beaches and overlooking the Gulf of Mexico is this “all-suite” resort hotel offering 154 - 2 bedroom/2 bath & 3 bedroom/3 bath condo-size suites. 24 hour front desk, on-site restaurant/cafe, beach/tiki bar, heated pool, 2 whirlpools & kiddie pool with fountains. Free use of business & fitness center, free WiFi, reserved parking & daily paper. Enjoy beach volleyball, ping pong, corn toss and more. Each suite is designed in a “Coastal Living” style motif and offers spacious living/dining rooms, full size kitchens with all appliances, china, glass & silverware, in-suite washer/dryer & private balconies facing the beach. Lush tropical courtyard with multiple waterfalls and fountain. Daily, weekly & group rates are available. Walk to world famous John’s Pass Village for more restaurants, shopping, jet skis, fishing and dolphin tours. Tampa Bay’s Busch Gardens and the area’s other world-class museums and attractions are just minutes away! ... more   less 
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