I just got back from a trip to the Bilmar with five of my girlfriends.
We were booked in two deluxe efficiencies, which means that there are a few cabinets, a cooktop, microwave, a sink and a small refrigerator where the tv in a traditional room would be. We also had a balcony. (it was in the taller building on the property)
The refrigerator and microwave are nice, but we probably didn't need it when push came to shove. The room was okay, the TV on the wall is indeed flat screen, not hi def like they will tell you. In fact, my friends in the other room barely got reception. It was really fuzzy.
The view from the balcony was FANTASTIC. In fact, the beach and gulf of mexico are the best things about the Bilmar. We got two rollaway beds which were OLD and really gross--and they were charging 10.00 per night for each rollaway. If they are going to charge, they should at least provide decent cots. (one was literally held together by something that looked like a wire hanger. The room was clean enough, but the housekeeper didn't really do a good cleaning on a day to day basis. In fact, she didn't make our beds one day and never vacuumed. The staff was nice, but ver slow with everything. Sloppy joe's was okay, but breakfast at the other restraurant (bazzi's?) was horrible. The service was terrible and the food wasn't very good either.
Treasure Island itself is like a little run down jersey shore town at Spring Break. Lots of Harley's, everybody smokes like chimneys and lots of tattoos at all ages. (which is totally fine, but just trying to explain the vibe) It's a pretty noisy crowd around midnight.
My friends and I are in our 30's and still love to party and stay out late, but most of the bars were pretty gross. St. Pete's Beach is a little better for dining and nightlife options for people over 30.
This would be a great spring break for a college kid. Cheap, not fancy, and the staff really leaves you alone. Security is lax, and parking is difficult on Friday and Saturday nights.
Again, it was great being right on the beach of the gulf of mexico, but I'd rather stay in slightly more upscale digs for the same or slightly more money.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bilmar Beach Hotel Treasure Island
- Bilmar Beach Treasure Island
- Bilmar Hotel
- Bilmar Beach Resort Treasure Island, Florida