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... over the pool and gorgeous homes backed up to their house. You know you are especially welcomed here, when you have a gift bag on your bed of "William Dean Chocolates". A little tidbit about these chocolates; They were pictured in the movie, "Hunger Games" in a scene on the train. Leon and I have read all three of the books and have seen both ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sea Castle Suites Treasure Island
We will stay there again
My mother and myself stayed theree in october and we never had any problems with the staff changing our beds or anything else. There was dish soap under the sink (if you knew where to look). The front desk people were very friendly and helpfull.Plus there were No Bugs!!!
Not the best accomodations on the beach. Feet were black after walking across the room. Parking is terrible, but what isn't this time of year. Great maid service. Pool got cramped when more than a few kids are in it and a couple of adults are in the loungers. You can pay more at the other hotels this owners has, Taihitan or Thunderbird. THEY ALL NEED UPDATED. Hope to find new place next yr.
My family and I stayed at the BWSC March 7th through the 11th and will never stay there again or at the sister hotel, the Thunderbird either. We waited an hour while our room was being cleaned because the housekeeper was running behind, fine. Then she tells us that she was mugged the previous Friday so her arm was in a sling, that is peachy. The first mistake was believing that the room would have full size appliances; the refridgerator was dorm room size, as well as the stove. The room was just small to begin with and the kitchen area was a big as the closet and they say that the utinsels are there but there are no pans that can be used in the oven. Our first night there, we were having toilet problmes with the flushing and them saying it was fixed when it never really was. Second, by the lounge chairs and shuffle board courts, there were adding concrete or plaster to the courts and the tile fooring during the days so they were unusuable and blocked off by chairs.
Third, we had a poolside view- right in front of the pool- and the most obnoxious people would come and sit at the tables and play loud rock music which was impossible not to hear in our room..it drove us nuts. Fourth, parking is just as bad as all the other reviwers have said, especially when huge pickups and minivans take up more than their space allows. But the thing that really made me hate this resort was the blackness of the bottom of my feet when I took my shoes off in the room, i mean, what could make my feet that dirty? It was disgusting.
While in Treasure Island we traveled to St. Pete Beach. St. Pete Beach is where is I would stay if I go to the area again. The hotels and resorts on that side were beautiful and grand...so I would spend a little extra money on one of the hotels that has all the amenities. The only local restaurant that we ate at was Sea Critters Cafe in/on Pass-a-grile which was fantatic in terms of service and the food and was pretty well priced. So that is about all the terrible things that happened on this vacation..next vacation we're going back to cruising which is much more convenient and flexible. Hope this helps anyone thinking about going to this resort...DONT!
We just returned from spending our Spring Break at Treasure Island. The BWSC Suites has been purchased by the Thunderbird next door and will soon become part of that resort. Hopefully some of the concerns of the other posts e.g. parking, worn-out furnishings/rooms will be addressed during the remodelling.
We stayed at the Sea Castle in June 2004 for 4 days and it was okay. The parking (or lack thereof) was a pain but not as bad as no air conditioning in the bedroom. It was a hot few days and the staff told us there is one system for the whole place and it just could not handle it because everyone was leavig their door open. The area was great but would try another place. Had trouble sleeping because the bedroom was extremely stuffy and hot. Also could not use the pool because it was crowded with kids from early morning until late at night. Would be a great place to take the grandkids though if they fix the cooling problem.
We were able to reserve a gulf-front suite one week before arrival. That was amazing, considering almost everything was booked due to family getaways before school started. The rate for this excellent-quality room was good, even without the AAA discount! Room was clean and suited our needs. The only negatives were the A/C did not cool as efficiently in the bedroom (but it was tolerable); there is only one ice machine and it was out of ice almost the entire length of our stay; and, the parking was VERY limited, and Treasure Island is a tow-truck paradise! Also, a word of warning if you have mobility problems - although the hotel is right on the the gulf, it is still quite a quite a walk to get to the shoreline - lots of white sandy beach (it is firm ground, however) to walk! One last note: if you are looking for a quiet retreat, I would suggest you get a room as far away as possible from the pool area (the gulf-front suites are as far away as you can get and much quieter). Overall, a very nice place to stay, and we will more than likely stay there again.
Wouldn't Stay There Again
There are only a few good things I can say about staying at the Best Western Sea Castle Suites. One is that you are right on the beach - great view for watching the sun set. Another is that there are restaurants, a grocery store, and some shopping all within walking distance. Free local calls. And finally, the front staff was very friendly.
As far as the bad, they outweighed the good. There are more rooms than parking spaces. So you either didn't have a spot or someone would park behind your car and block you in.
House-keeping never made our bed or changed our sheets. As far as we could tell, they only provided us with clean bath towels.
You are expected to wash your own dishes, but they don't provide any dishwashing soap.
Two of the burners on the stove were out, 3 out of 4 lamps were not working, and the toilet dripped water all night.
The walls are very thin. You can hear everything. We could here conversations people were having in the room next us - word for word.
Loud yelling, laughing, and screaming outside our door until 1 or 2 AM. We assumed the pool never closed because people were screaming and jumping in and out of it all night.
And finally, the roaches. These were not your Florida Palmetto bugs - these were cockroaches. One of which I awoke at 4AM to find running right up my arm!!! Although the front desk was friendly, they didn't seem too worried about it when we informed them.
We would never stay here again.
This was my first visit to Treasure Island. The motel was chosen via the internet. One major problem pretty much influenced our decision not to return to the Best Western Sea Castle Suites ... the very, very small parking lot. On several occasions we had to park across the street and behind a gas station. I don't know if there is a solution to this problem, but it was extremely annoying.
Nice Family Motel
My family and I have stayed at the Sea Castle several times, beginning in 1972. We visited last week, and there have been some improvements, but though it's been passed through at least three different owners, not much has changed.
Pros: It's right on the beach. It has a nice view, and there's a handy shower for rinsing off that sand. There are nice shuffleboard courts, a bbq grill, and lots of tables and chairs for lounging and socializing.
The pool's clean and a good size for the number of guests, and there is a sturdy fence surrounding it for children's safety. The rooms have kitchens, so you don't have to eat in restaurants all the time, and there's a grocery nearby.
The staff is friendly and the grounds are kept quite clean. It's great for families, very casual and "safe" feeling. You can leave your towels, sandy shoes, and beach toys outside your room at night and feel pretty sure they'll still be there in the morning!
Cons: The parking lot is VERY small, which is sometimes a problem. The rooms aren't as clean as I'd have liked, and the building in general is showing its age. The rooms are quite small - though they sleep six, I wouldn't recommend sharing with more than four.
The kitchens leave much to be desired. All rooms don't have the same dishware, and though there's an oven, there's no bakeware. If you plan to cook, bring your own knives. Only two of our four stove burners worked.
In general, though, we really enjoyed our stay. The rates aren't bad at all, and it's a very family-friendly environment.
Nice for the money
The property was nice for the money spent. The rooms were clean and the pool was nice. The only down falls were the parking and the walk to the ocean. The beach is right out back but it is such a wide beach that it is a hall to get to the water, much to far for a quick bathroom break if you have little children.