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“Great spot” 4 of 5 stars
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Thunderbird Beach Resort
Ranked #10 of 48 Hotels in Treasure Island
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“Great spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I've stayed at the Thunderbird for a week during March twice now with my family, once in a poolside room and once in a Gulf view suite. We have young kids and appreciate how easy and relaxing these vacations were. The pools and hot tub are a big hit, and the beach is beautiful and so big that it never seems crowded. We all like the nightly live music that the Thunderbird offers at the poolside Tiki hut around sunset.
The rooms are not fancy and the place is certainly dated, but it is a great location with good restaurants and grocery and drug stores within a couple of blocks. It also backs up to a nice mile or so long paved trail along the beach that is good for stroller walks. The in-room kitchenettes are a big plus so that every meal doesn't have to be a restaurant meal.
When we stayed in the Gulf front suite, we were put next door in what used to be a different motel (bought out by the Thunderbird since our first visit). I was disappointed by that because I thought we were getting a suite in the original Thunderbird with a balcony. So beware of that--the Gulf front rooms that are original to the motel have balconies and the ones in what used to be the motel next door do not.
One other negative for us was the no one under 18 in the hot tub rule. On the cooler days in Spring when it is too cold for the beach and pool, it would be nice for the whole family to be able to enjoy this amenity. The water was pleasantly warm, but certainly not too hot. This negative for us could be a positive for those who are on an adults only vacation. Perhaps the management could institute some family hours and some adults only time.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

Great family friendly resort! The staff is super friendly and helpful! Hotel is older but very well kept. Clean and updated. Old florida at its finest! We would stay here again and recommend it to anyone looking for a laid back family friendly place to stay!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We have been going to Treasure Island Florida for the past 24 years!! We have stayed at the Thunderbird for the past 8 years, we love it! If you are looking for a family enviroment place this is it! Couldn't ask for better staff anywhere, from the time you book to the time you check out all your needs are met. Gotta love the Tiki bar and the music from 3:00 til sunset, it is the best. We met some wonderful people and hope to meet up with them next year.

Room Tip: Now that we are older (50'S) we prefer the gulf front units away from the pool.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This was our first stay here as we normally stay at St. Pete's. We chose Treasure Island this year because of the beach trail. My son has to get around on a mobility scooter and the trail allowed him to "stroll" the beach. The staff was exceptional and the rooms not fancy, but clean, which is of higher priority to us. Loved the live music, the restaurant, the neighboring restaurants and nearby shops. We didn't even have to move our car for the four days. Even being spring break, there were no rowdy groups. Great vacation!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I came to Fl to visit my Aunt Joyce. She got my friends and I room at the Thunderbird Suite Room 51. It was a great room for all of us. It was a very spacious open room that aloud of to have a roll- away cot and still have plenty of room to move around and enjoy our selves without having to move the roll-away. With the room being right by the busy road, we was shocked to not hear any traffic. The room had a kitchen area that even had stove with in the unit. It was great to use to make meals. When we didn't want to make meals we went to the on site restaurant and had amazing food. The restaurant is an Italian restaurant with amazing, I mean amazing food. We ordered the breakfast pizza one morning and it was great. It made us want to order another the next morning! For dinner we all got pasta which was great. One of my friends got a muscles and pasta dish that was unbelievable! She had gotten more muscles in her pasta dish then she got at a seafood restaurant earlier that week. This resort has two great pools with a very relaxing hot tub. The main pool was located facing the ocean, and the tiki bar right next to it. Which made ordering drinks very fun and easy. During the spring season this resort has live music everyday from 3pm to sunset that was awesome. The entertainers were right by the tiki bar and beach area which made laying out in the sun relaxing while listing to music. All of the local people who came to hang out at the tiki bar/ beach area was a lot of fun and made our spring break even better. The total atmosphere at this resort sings fun, relaxing, and exciting. Along with this amazing resort, I think the view of the sunset from this resort is one of the best on this beach. I would and will recommend this resort to anyone, any day.

Room Tip: Every room has a great view rather its when you step out your door of your room or when your facing...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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1 Thank Matthew M
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The cleaning staff was excellent and very nice. Thank you Janice,Sade,Kathy,Rita and Briana for the excellent experience. They made sure we had everything we needed and cleaned our room to perfection. They are definitely the best cleaning staff I've experienced. I'm definitely recommending to all my friends and family to stay at the Thunderbird hotel.

Room Tip: Rightside bottom suite is everything a family needs.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is our 5th year returning to this property for the same week every year. We arrived yesterday and filled our refrigerator with food. We soon noticed that the refrigerator was defrosting and water was everywhere. We called the office and David K, from maintenance, was here in no time to clean up the mess and fix the problem. It's service like this that keeps us coming back.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Thunderbird Beach Resort

Property: Thunderbird Beach Resort
Address: 10700 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL 33706
Location: United States > Florida > Treasure Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Treasure Island
#11 Romantic Hotel in Treasure Island
#12 Family Hotel in Treasure Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Thunderbird Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Classic Courtyard Style Beach Resort has been a family favorite for generations. Nestled on the beautiful shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico, the Thunderbird Beach Resort is a tropical beach retreat with long stretches of pearly-white sand & sparkling blue waters. Featuring oversized Heated Pool & Hot Tub, Tiki Beach Bar w/ Live Music ,Feola's Italian Ristorante, Sunset Meeting & Banquet Facilities and Private Gulf Front Balconies. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Thunderbird Beach Motel
Thunderbird Beach Hotel Treasure Island
Thunderbird Beach Resort Treasure Island, Florida

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