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Bilmar Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 48 Hotels in Treasure Island
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Paradise”
Reviewed November 21, 2007

I have just stayed at the Bilmar with my husband and two daughters aged 13 and 10.
The accomodation is well presented, clean and spacious.
Our room had a patio door straight on to the beach (higher rooms had beach front balconies). We had a fridge, microwave and coffee perculator, in a little kitchen area which was very useful for quick and easy breakfast and lunch.
The view from the rooms is stunning, it really did feel like paradise.
The hotel has two pools and a hot-tub. Our daughters were in the nearest pool (just metres away) from dawn until dusk, whilst we lounged about on plentiful sunbeds, facing the beach and sipping drinks from Sloppy Joes, which is literally steps away. (Pool towels are provided)
It turned out to be perfect for re-charging ourselves after a week at Disney.
Across the road is Walgreens (chemist and supermarket), and plenty of restaurants/bars. Try Middle Grounds Grill for a lovely meal and fab service.
There is hard core shopping within a few minutes drive, and some beautiful beaches and keys in the surrounding area.

  • Liked — location on beach
  • Disliked — Our door opened straight onto carpark.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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Omaha, NE
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2007

Parking is a little tricky on busy days, but it worked out overall. The lobby looked clean and up to date. The staff was friendly and personable. While on the way to our room the outside apperace of the place seemed a little retro and ran down. Once we got to our room. Ahhhhh nice. Everything looked newly renovated and clean. A perfect view of the beach and the ocean. Quiet at night, woke up to the sound of the ocean. Decent dining on-site with live music. Treasure island itself is a bit shabby had to drive to St. Pete, or Clearwater beaches to find some entertainment and fun. Was able to connect to wireless internet. Pool was clean and nice and a good temperature. On-site bar as well, seemed nice, but didn't stop by. Across from a Walgreens in case you need a little last minute sunscreen, snacks, or cheap sunglasses. Down the street from a Waffel House for those cheap and quick breakfast urges. My only complaint was Treasure Island itself and it's lack of atmosphere and interesting places to see and dine. Which is in no-way the hotel's fault.

  • Liked — The view and the sound of the ocean at night and every morning.
  • Disliked — It's location to the exciting beach life, entertainment, and dining.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
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Lafayette,IN
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 15, 2007

This was my husband and I's second trip to the Bilmar and I was not impressed. We had only stayed a weekend last time. This was for an entire week. Our room was not ready upon arrival, and every time we checked we were told "10 more minutes". Finally after 2 hours of killing time, it was ready. The room was ok. One plus,the view was fabulous, we were on the 7th floor facing the gulf.
Parking is a nightmare, the parking lot is small and spaces are every which way. Also, on Friday night there was a "valet" who put orange cones in the spaces as soon as a car left. The sign said parking was for Sloppy Joes, ( pay $5 and get a gift card good for $5 at Sloppy Joes)which was attached to the hotel. Oh, and BTW, DON"T eat here. The food was not very good and overpriced. Also, the wait staff was slow and rude. Our next trip to Treasure Island will include a stay someplace else!

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — Dated building and broken ammenities( Washer)
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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South Wales
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2007

We drove into Treasure Island looking for accomodation and liked the look of the Bilmar (also had offer voucher from one of the travel guides) reception staff were helpful and showed us 2 different standard of rooms. (we always ask to see the room prior to confirming, we have this notion that you'll always get the best available room) We chose a room that had a door opening straight on to the beach! Unfortunately we couldn't leave by this door because the lock was broken and it was secured by wedging a length of pipe behind the door! Not perfect but not too much of a hassle. Apart from that the room was good and kept clean.
Had a meal at Sloppy Joe's after settling in which was good, apart from a bunch of loud American guys sat at the bar using bad language, I don't think they would have appreciated a complaint, they seemed pretty well tanked up!
Pool areas were a little enclosed but the hot-tub was good. Staff were all very friendly and we had a very enjoyable stay to end our tour of Florida.
Tip - both restaurants on the board walk at John's Pass serve excellent seafood!

  • Liked — The area and view
  • Disliked — Enclosed pool areas
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 25, 2007

I should have read the reviews more closely about 2 wings / standards for this hotel. We got 3 days from Orbitz.. Window was chipped and scummy looking. The room was clean but no flat screen TV. Internet went out on the 2nd day, and on the third day the large 19 inch tv on our dining table would not change channels. I should have complained but it was my own fault for believing the over exagerated website. The hotel staff has no ideas of directions. They constantly handed me pamphlets that were outdated and of little help. In all........I would never go back.

  • Liked — beach
  • Disliked — everything else.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2007

we didn't have the experience that we hoped for. we were greeted by a very helpful staff upon check in, after that it was down hill. the room was filty, not a little neglected, food, sand, dirt, & misc on the tile floor, they were sticky & the carpet had not been vacuumned. we called to speak w/the manager, none called us or came to the room, think it might have been shift change time. house keeping came & commented on how dirty the room was left, she said she was very embarrassed by it's condition, she cleaned the tile & left. we pulled back the sheets and there were hairs & dirt, we called the front desk again, no manager but housekeeping came w/clean sheets. we were starving so left to eat while she changed the bed. we returned 2 hours later, nothing had been done!!! we called the front desk, 35 rings later no answer so we went to the office, it is late & we are tired but can't sleep in a room w/no sheets or blankets. the night manager after we found him, upgraded us to a larger room, all we wanted was a clean room and hope for the best, as I stated it's now past 10 p.m. and we want to relax, we wasted most of day already. the safe did not work but we never called them, we had a very short time away to try & relax and didn't want to stress out about that. when we checked out it would have been nice to have a large deduction to our bill, but it didn't happen, also received a voucher to return, not a free weekend, but for $99.00. we probably won't use it, the night staff just didn't seem to care about the concerns of the guest.

  • Liked — view
  • Disliked — first room
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2007

My husband and I stayed in room 344 at the Bilmar Beach Resort from August 15 through 18. We found the reception staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. We arrived a few hours early and they gave us an available room immediately that was per our request.. a Deluxe Gulf front suite in the Palms building. Although our room was directly across from the lift, we had no noise issues whatsoever. Our room overlooked one of the pools and to the left was Sloppy Joes...the hotel eatery and night spot for drinking and karaoke on weekends. On the balcony you could hear activity, but once the sliding door was shut, there was absolutely no sound! The room itself was small but very clean with microwave, hot plate, dishes, and cutlery. A flat screen TV was on the wall and the channels came in very well. The down side to the room was the tiny bathroom..although clean, one has to sidestep around the door to close it. The other downside and I found this particularly annoying is the bed and pillows were very uncomfortable. Pillows were hard and the mattress was lumpy! what is THAT all about???

There is another small eatery behind the lobby and the other pool called Bazzies. There are a few tables and you can pick up small fare like burgers and sandwiches. In the mornings, they offer (at a nominal price) breakfast..the buffet leaves much to be desired..this for $6.95. Bazzies tries hard..staff couldn't be friendlier, but they fail to offer much in the way of good food or comfort. We ate the first night at Sloppy Joes. My husband had a good seafood dish. I ordered the pizza, which was less than thrilling..neither one of us ate it. If you don't like sensory overload, stay out of Sloppy Joes....music blaring constantly. But again, staff is great.

Before we booked this holiday we read the complaints about parking. There is ample parking during the week, but God help you if you get back to the hotel late on the weekend. There is NO place to park and the overfill parking area across the street is takien by locals...seems karaoke night is a big deal at Sloppy Joes! haha. We circled the parking lot severals times before we were able to obtain a parking space that was not close to our room.

There are several restaurants in the area within walking distance..but nothing really that great for breakfast. The Waffle House down the street is there, but the food made me sick to my stomach! And I can eat almost anything. I didn't know you could ruin an egg, but they managed to. The food was under cooked. But I lived to see another day! haha.

The Gulf of Mexico has some stellar sunsets..all of which can be seen from almost every room, I believe. The water's edge is far from the hotel, but not THAT far. Wear sandals or flip flops because the sand is fraught with small and jagged seashells.

Okay...so to sum up the Bilmar we give it 5 stars ***** for friendlness, efficiency, and making one feel welcome. The room we give 3 stars *** because it is very clean, but small
the bed and pillows get 0 stars....ouch. The food deserves 2 ** stars, no more, but no less.

All in all the stay at the Bilmar was nice because of the surroundings..what's not to like about the view of the Gulf of Mexico. But would we stay at this hotel again? Probably not.

Oh..and one more thing... We had originally book through [--] and thought we had a great price (verrrrry low!) Two weeks later I received an email stating they couldn't fulfill our request...even after I received a confirmation number!! Quickly arranging another booking, we booked through another online agent using our AARP membership.

Stayed August 2007
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Property: Bilmar Beach Resort
Address: 10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island, FL 33706-4819
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Location: United States > Florida > Treasure Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Treasure Island
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Treasure Island
#8 Romantic Hotel in Treasure Island
#8 Family Hotel in Treasure Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bilmar Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 164
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bilmar Beach Resort offers a traditional Florida beach get away with an aray of modern amenities. We have a central location on Treasure Island and are close to all the Tampa Bay area attractions. With over 15 million in recent upgrades including our signature restaurant Sloppy Joe's on the Beach we provide the service you desire with the relaxed atmoshpere you deserve. We look forward to your visit! ... more   less 
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