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Bilmar Beach Resort

10650 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL, 33706
(3 star hotel)
#5 of 12 hotels in Treasure Island
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 1 review
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Relaxin' at the Bilmar

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 30, 2008

The Bilmar consists of a large yellow building that is broken up in to two parts. As you are facing the hotel from the front, there is a high rise facility to your left that consists of vacation condos and time shares for rent. Behind this structure is where you will find the hotel's restaurant. Situated in the middle and towards the front is the hotel lobby and behind it and to the right are the hotel rooms, pools, and bar. The exterior decor of the Bilmar is a little bit gawdy and out of date. This aspect of the resort could really use a makeover but in a way it sort of blends in with the other 50's style motel complexes and inns of Treasure Island and it probably explains why they always have such good low priced discount offers here during the off season. You sort of expect Frankie and Annette to appear at any moment and start doing the twist in the parking lot. The doors of the rooms face the interior courtyard where the pools are. This area also has a fitness center with track machines and free weights, an area for guests to lay out and get some sun, and a washer and dryer. The hotel staff dresses in blue Hawaian shirts and can always be found in the lobby section of the hotel. They are very friendly but a bit layed back. If you are the type of person who always wants the hotel staff to be right in your face this might not be the place for you. This hotel is set up in such a way that if you never wanted to bump into the staff you could arrange this because there are passageways on the sides of the building which give you access to your room and the beach without having to bypass the lobby. Thankfully the cleaning staff actually respects the "Do Not Disturb" sign but do a great job of cleaning the room when you are out enjoying the sights. I ate in the bar restaurant once and the food was average but, like most hotel food, a little bit overpriced. The first time that I stayed here there was a geriatric jazz band that played in the lobby on the weekends to a crowd of retirees complete with wheelchairs, canes, and oxygen tanks. During the late afternoon weekdays there was a folk/rock soloist who sang and played the guitar on the bar's patio facing the beach and was dueling with the girl doing the same thing at the hotel next door. This was really annoying and I was glad that they were not present during my second stay.
The room that I rented was a second floor ocean front efficiency. When you enter you are in the small kitchen area. To your left is the bathroom and straight ahead is the living area with two queen beds and a balcony over looking the beach. The room comes equipped with wireless internet, a safe, iron, refrigerator, cable TV, microwave, and oven. It is a very comfortable room and the room was immaculately clean both times that I stayed here. Whenever I make a trip I do a lot of research on accomodations in the area. I think that the Bilmar is the best deal going on the lower end of the upscale accomodations in the Treasure Island area. For a low price you get access to some of the same amenities of the more expensive resorts in the area mixed with the casual atmosphere of a budget family motel.

Unique Quality: I really liked the beach area behind the resort. It is not exactly a private beach because there are public access beaches a few blocks away on both sides of the hotel but somehow it is rarely crowded. There was a very relaxing breeze and the sunsets were really spectacular everyday. Everything that you need can be found within two blocks of the hotel including a Publix supermarket, Walgreens, two Banks and and ice cream parlor, bar, and several beachwear shops in a mall across the street.

Directions: Where Central Avenue runs out into Gulf Blvd

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Address: 10650 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL, 33706

Amenities at Bilmar Beach Resort

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Free High Speed Internet
  • Kitchenette
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge

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