Vistas on the Gulf
Travel Blogs from Saint Pete Beach
... house in Seven Oaks. The week just simply flew by, between errands and visiting with friends. Just a delightful time all around under the beautiful Floridian sun!
Now, Paul and I are back on the road on our way to Ocean City, Maryland where we are scheduled to arrive on the 28th... We are very excited to yet again stay there for the next 3 months or so ...
... Everglades - fantastic scenery. Fall colors with palm trees contrast to bad it was raining so hard no pictures. Definitely have to go back. Then we went through an area with panthers. Unbelievable road signs to watch for panthers crossing for several miles. Again in the pouring rain. Never saw signage like that before. No kidding for ...
Being that this is my first blog, I figured I would share my most recent "travel" experience.
Three weeks ago, I moved for the first time in my life. I am a Jersey Girl at heart, born and raised, in the same house in fact, and except for traveling, have never lived elsewhere. Growing up in a small town sucked! I always hated having nothing to do in my town, and having to drive quite a distance to go shopping, walk around a cute town, or even go to a decent ...
Back home today. Didnt have wifi access while in England on the boat so couldnt post. Too busy and tired last 3 days in Scotland Wrote up experiences each day though and will post a few at a time shortly It was a great and different adventure Now on to planning for ...
IT was a great experience that i had in America . I went to Disney land there were lots of rides over there like Roller coaster,water rides etc.there I met Mickey mouse,we saw the night parade and every cartoon character had there own cart there was music and many other facilities over there i ate a very famous pineapple ice cream which was amazing
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Historical Traveler Reviews Vistas on the Gulf Saint Pete Beach
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.