Vistas on the Gulf
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... 8217;s towel, saving the Transformer’s towel for my eyes. I playfully dug around the sand looking at shells until I could see more clearly before returning to the water. This time I rejoined the surf with my free “I ALPINE BANK” sunglasses for protection. As soon as I clumsily entered the water a giant wave splashed into my face and spotted my glasses. I spent the next fifteen minutes envisioning sharks swimming around my feet only to ...
... silt washes downstream, it gradually fills the channel and harbors. It needs to be removed by dredging to increase the depth of navigation channels to ensure the passage of boats and ships. Sherry was telling me how they siphoned up the sand from the ocean floor and it's placed in a hopper and cleaned and blown back on the beach. They are doing a good job, because the beaches are beautiful!!! ...
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My two friends and I spent a week at the Vistas last November and LOVED IT! The condo was comfortable, clean, well equiped AND NICELY DECORATED. It had two bathrooms and the linens were the same as we had the previous year at the Tradewinds (same laundry service). NO COMPLAINTS AT ALL. We enjoyed the location - central on the beach. The condo building was nice and relaxed - we could go to and from our apartment in our swimsuits, etc. The access to the beach was next to the pool. We had a great week and have already booked next October.
The beach is the only good thing
Stayed at the Vistas for 4 days in early Nov. Nothing was right from the start. When trying to check in, Our reservation(which I booked with hotels.com) did not exist. Thank goodness I had printed the receipt. The person at the desk sent us down the beach about 10 miles to a office (TRS) who had processed our reservation incorrectly. They were down right mean to me. Finally our room was "found" so back to the Vistas. The unit had just been cleaned, as I saw the maid leaving, but it was not up to par. The carpet in the bedroom was so ground in with dirt it made your feet black. I found caked on gunk in all of the 2 pans they had left me to cook with! When it was time to go to bed, there were no sheets for the sofa bed. The sheets that were there were thread bare.
If I had not prepaid the reservation and knew how hard it would be to get a refund we would have walked out after the first night. My husband was so mad because I had to send him 30 minutes away at 9 at nite to buy sheets so our son could go to bed. There is not an office on site after hours. We called the number but it took a long time (over an hour) til someone got back to us. The size of the unit is small as well.
Any way, We had a great view of the beautiful beach, and had great weather so we were outside alot. If I had to stay in the unit I wouldn't have enjoyed my vaca at all.
ps. I f you have friends or more than 1 car, tell them good luck with parking their car....1 per unit.
I love St. pete, but will not stay at the Vistas again. During the same vacation we stayed at 2 other timeshares 1 in orlando and 1 in the naples area that were so wonderful, and even less expensive, so I know that it can be done right!
Two girlfriends and I arrived on Oct 27, 2004 for a four night stay. The purpose of the trip was to relax and recharge, ok also to shop. I have stayed at condo's and suites before with my family but my friends had not, they were very happy and will stay in these type of places again. Our room was spacious, well furnished, clean and comfortable. The bedding was soft and clean, the kitchen was equipped with enough dishes, glasses and silverware, the living area was pleasently decorated and the dining area was good sized. The person at the front desk was happy and helpful, not only with our stay at the Vista but also were to shop and eat out, how to get here and there etc.... The beach area was beautiful and easy to get to, great place to go shelling. The pool was kept at a good temperature and so was the hot tub, this area was also very clean. Also we had an opportunity to met the maintenence person, we were leaving and one of our boxes started to rip, he took time for us and found some duck tape and sent us happily on our way. We are making plans for next year and will stay there again, it is convient to many places to eat, shop and bank.
Excellent View and Confortable Furniture
This was awesome, the centerpiece on the diningroom table we thought was real, birds of paradise are beautiful. The unit was very clean, modern, comfortable. When they say Luxury, they mean luxury, even the sandy beach was awesome, I know a beach is a beach, but it was soft without sharp shells etc. We booked through Travel Resort Services in Madeira Beach and we received the best price. We will always use TRS to book our vacations and we may try some of their other properties also. But this one is a must for someone who likes comfort.
Very comfortable, convenient location-would suggest unit ending in 1, 2, or 3 if you want a direct gulf front view, otherwise the units ending in 4 or 5 for decent views. They do require an early checkout of 10:00-(I think 11:00 would be more reasonable) Bring own beach chairs, beach towels, etc., No bugs in early August-Great weather!
Wide White Beach/Soft Sand
If you love soft, white sand, a wide beach and walking beside the ocean, this is the Best Location for a vacation on St. Petes Beach. We have been renting in the St. Petes/Sarasota area for over 30 years and choose Vistas on the Gulf because it is a new building directly on the south end of St. Petes Beach. (No crossing the street with all your stuff!!) The Vistas is small and friendly which means you can walk quickly to the beach without having to go through a formal lobby or have to endure a long wait for elevators. We loved walking south on the sand, past the Don Cesar to have breakfast or lunch at the seaside cafe - a very peaceful walk seeing beautiful private homes. Walking north toward the busy section of St. Petes Beach you can rent all types of water sports equipment, people watch, or stop in for a drink at many of the hotel's beach bars and restaurants. Our condo faced the street side, not gulf front, which turned out to be a wonderful surprise - having four large windows across the entire condo. The sunrise through these windows is beautifully blinding and all day you can see the Intercoastal Waterway. Although our balcony was "street side", we felt we were docked beside a pretty pink cruise ship with its white balconys (Don Cesar Beach Suites). You're a close drive to all the popular Florida attractions from St. Petes. If shopping's your thing, the Prime Outlets Mall is a lovely drive over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to Ellenton for bargins. If it's upscale you like, go to the International Mall beside Tampa airport. Our "end unit" condo also provided us with spectacular sunsets as we opened our front door. You can sit along the deck facing the sunset into the water and the north beach, or of course head down to "sunset on the sand". This end unit provides an almost a total panoramic view of St. Petes and the Beach!! The swimming pool is at the south side of the building, leaving beautiful sand dunes directly in front. The pool area is small, by my standards, but very clean. If I were still looking after little kids, a smaller pool is better. We're beach lovers, so we just walked by the pool on our way to the beach. Having a washer and dryer in the condo and having a hotel-type linen service is fantastic. I could go on and on about the Vistas on the Gulf, but I'll conclude with this endorcement - we loved it so much, we bought one!!!
Very Nice Place
We just returned from a 5 day trip to Vistas on the Gulf. The facilities are very nice with ample size, but the sliding doors are not well insulated, so sleeping can be a problem. We heard everything on the street most of the night. If you're a heavy sleeper, this won't present a problem. For everyone else, bring earplugs!
Brand New Condo
The Vista's on the Gulf were wonderful, the furniture is brand new, and it is right on the gulf of mexico. The condo/hotel concept is a bit different than a traditional hotel, being that each unit is owned by different people, so your coffee pot might be different than mine. Very nice and modern property, we have reservations for May this year and hope to go parasailing again right from the foot of the building on the beach. The love bugs that was mentioned by someone else only occur for about 3 weeks out of the year and they do get annoying, but they are cute and harmless. Nobody can do anything about sharks either :-) We give it 5 Stars, especially for the location, a block from Bennigans, the bank, supermarket, and it is on a street car route that takes you all over. We will be back over and over.
Thank you TRS for the wonderful stay.
We loved the Vistas
I am sorry that the reviewer above was dissatisfied with The Vistas. I wanted to write a review to express our extreme pleasure with that property. The Condominiums were clean, new and spacious. The staff was professional and very courteous.
We enjoy staying in condominiums and have done so with our family for the past 10 years in many different locations of the Country. This was probably our favorite stay to date because of the convenience to everything.
Thank you Vistas and we will see you again next year.
Don't stay here!
Labor Day Weekend, Aug 28-Sep 1, 2003 We just returned from a long weekend vacation at "Vistas on the Gulf". We checked in at about 4:30 pm on Thursday to find our assigned room had a Gulf view but was one room away from the furthest possible from the beach - not what we had hoped for - so, we asked if rooms were available Gulf front. We were given the opportunity to upgrade to one of several available Gulf front units for $50 more per night. We immediately agreed and took the office manager's advice which unit was the best. We retrieved our belongings from the car and settled into our 2nd floor Gulf front unit. At about 5:10 pm we took a glass of wine out on our Gulf front balcony to relax, only to find swarms of "Love bugs" from the sand dunes (5 feet away from the balcony). I know Love bugs don't bite but swarms of bugs landing on your arms, legs, head, wine glass, etc... has a way of taking the fun out of sitting outside. I went back down to the office at 5:15 pm to ask to move to one of the other available units on a higher floor but, they closed the office and have no on-site representatives after 5:00. OK, I thought, we'll deal with it for the night and request to move when they reopen at 9:00am the next morning.
At 9:30am the next morning I made the request and was told "no." There is a 3 night minimium stay --- not just at the property but in an individual unit. I pleaded my case with the office manager and several off-site managers, some were more pleasant than others, but was told the policy was absolute -- this despite the fact that only 10 or so the the 41 units were occupied (at the highest occupancy point of the entire weekend). So, we spent an additional $200 to stay in a unit with an unusable balcony. Other little things: There isn't any housekeeping service (or at least not for the 4 nights we were there) to vacuum up all the dead bugs in front of the balcony doors (don't know how they get in, but they do), no simple ammenities like dishwashing detergent or trash bags (if you don't take your trash out they charge extra), and check out time is 10:00am - don't even think about a late checkout. By the way, I told the last (really condescending manager, John) that I was so disappointed in their lack of customer service and inflexible policy that I was going to post this review when I got home. He said that was fine.