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Bilmar Beach Resort
Ranked #7 of 48 Hotels in Treasure Island
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Wantagh, NY
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We had a group of four adults stay at the Bilmar Beach Resort in October for a quick stress relief vacation. We arrived at 1 pm and tried to check in but our rooms would not be ready until the official check in time of 4 pm. We asked if they had a secure room where we could leave our luggage, or a room available where people who arrived before check in time could change into beach wear like many other beachside hotels/resorts have but they did not have either of those available. We left our luggage in the car and changed in a bathroom that was close to the front desk.

We stayed at the pool which has a bar right behind it with well made cocktails and food is available for purchase. We were called just before four for our rooms and checked in. The rooms were efficiencies with a full kitchen and bedding that was as we expected for a resort hotel, nothing special but certainly not low quality. The bathroom was nice with a changing/makeup room attached to it with a door divider. We had no complaints at all about the room or the hotel itself.. A changing room, and an area to leave luggage securely would have been a nice extra.The staff was very helpful and friendly to us. Checkout was quick and painless with no wait. I would definately stay at the Bilmar again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Hi sorry for the delay but just wanted to echo the words of my buddy Mary Ann.. Was also here for the Republican Convention and couldnt wait to get to see the Bilmar. And I was thrilled.. First Coty met us when we drove up...was very helpful all week long...he would anticipate you needing something before you had to ask. The front desk folks were all awesome...If you needed anything they either got it for you or told you where you could find it..My room was so comfy...Could have spent more time there and it was so great waking up to the sound of the ocean (yes even the hurricane was ok). Bazzies food was yummy.and so was Sloppy Joes... Just as good as its sister in Key West...After that week of food, was surprised that my plane got up into the air...HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend the Bilmar for a vacation, business hotel on the beach, just about anything..and the staff couldn't have been more gracious... Cant wait to come back..

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

Have you been to this part of Florida before? If so, you'll understand that there is a RANGE of places to stay on or near the beach. There are many old and dated hotels and motels and there are some higher end places too (although Treasure Island itself has fewer higher end properties.) If ON the beach is what you want, the Bilmar is your best bet. Beautiful views from your balcony, clean rooms and facilities and excellent customer service. Be careful, however, as much as I liked the Bilmar, it is not a luxury property. If the Four Season's or the Ritz is your usual choice, don't choose the Bilmar, you'll be disappointed. But other than that, I was impressed with the friendliness of the staff and the attention to detail the management embodied. In particular, I encourage you to meet the General Manager, Clyde Smith. Mr. Smith is everything a hotel guest hopes for in a manager. He is available. He listens. He makes decisions. Many times I have met managers who appear to use a policy manual instead of their brain. In summary, the Bilmar is a cost effective choice for couples, families and families with young children. You'll get clean rooms, pools, easy access to restaurants, a HUGE beach and evolved management. Try it. You'll like it.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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GMBBR, General Manager at Bilmar Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 7, 2012
Dear St. Louis Traveler,

Thank you for sharing your observations with your fellow travelers. I sincerely appreciate your generous comments about my commitment to hospitality and guest service. I assure you and other travelers that the entire Team shares this commitment and will always strive to exceed our guest’s expectations. We look forward to your return. Best Regards, Clyde Smith – General Manager
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springfield,il
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We have stayed here before and as usual it was just as good as the first time. There is no other place we would stay when we travel there again.The beach is just wonderful and it is close to the Publix grocery store and the ice cream shop across the street is also wonderful . The parking was hit and miss but we always got lucky. Sloppy joes was very tasty but kind of a expensive dinner. But we were on vacation and i tend to budget high.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Clearwater, Florida
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

My husband and I, would love to express the "AWESOME STAY WE HAD AT BILMAR BEACH RESORT" We Relaxed, Enjoyed the beach, (DINNER AT SLOPPY JOES WAS PERFECT, AS WELL AS BREAKFAST AT BAZZIES) Everyone, from the person helping guests find parking, The Ladies & Gentleman at the Front Desk, gave us a very Friendly Welcome!! The ROOM was decorated Beautifully, Everything was top notch:) So We just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR A WONDERFUL WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!!!
MIKE & TAMMY

Room Tip: "PENTHOUSE Large and Sunny and Quiet"
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

If only I could have vegged out for the week at the Bilmar Beach Resort.

I spent the week of Aug. 26 here on a newspaper assignment during the Republican National Convention.

Think Ocean's 11 meets "I Like Ike."

The resort and its staff couldn't have been more hospitable and pleasant.

My room was clean as a whistle and was on the ground level with a sliding glass door opening right onto the beach.

The Gulf of Mexico is about three football fields from the resort itself, which was a relief during Tropical Storm Isaac.

From answering my questions on the phone before my stay to checking on my cab the day of my departure, the staff gets high marks.

While the hotel is 28 miles from downtown Tampa, a punishing commute during convention week, the Bilmar served as a comfortable base of operations.

Don't get hung up on the name, Sloppy Joe's, the hotel restaurant and bar, has an extensive menu and a fun little social scene.

There's a Walgreen's directly across the street where you can stock up on supplies and there are fridges in the rooms.

On the day of checkout, I left in a hurry and forgot the cord from my electric razor in the bathroom. The housekeeping staff was kind enough to mail it to me.

I would recommend the Bilmar to a friend and hope to return because, as they say, all work and no play....

  • Stayed August 2012
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Tampa, FL
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

We live in Tampa and have stayed up and down the the Pinellas County Coast at various hotels from Clearwater Beach to St. Pete Beach on weekend getaways. We decided to try the Bilmar resort for a couple days and were not disappointed. The entire staff is friendly and service is great. When one of the lamps did not work in our room we called the front desk and they fixed it right away. Bazzies is great for any meal, especially breakfast. They had great musical entertainment on the patio in the evening. We could watch it all from out room. We had a Gulf front room with a private balcony, microwave oven, refrigerator, coffee maker, etc. Sunsets on the Gulf were fantastic. Two pools are available onsite. We sat by the fireplace one night and asked them to light the fire for us, which they promptly did. Sloppy Joe's is right next door with great atmosphere and food. Ricky T's Bar and Grille is across the street with great late night entertainment, fun crowd, and good old-fashioned beach bar experience. Walgreen's and Publix are nearby for any additional supplies that might be needed. For a wonderful laid-back beach experience on the Gulf of Mexico at a reasonable price, it's tough to beat the Bilmar Beach Resort. We will definitely return for another weekend getaway.

Room Tip: Try Bazzies at the Bilmar for breakfast. In the evening sit outside by the fireplace in the courtyar...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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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
#5 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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