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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

My wife's parents invested in time shares of this property for years. We first visited Treasure Island Beach Club last year for a week and opted for double that amount for this year. Who would not want to trade the cold of Iowa (below zero for days on end) for warmth of Florida (can you say the 70's)?

You will not be disappointed here at TIBC. Heated hot tub, great pool with tons of lounge chairs, tables, furnished and well appointed rooms, great staff, BBQ units, private parking, all situated on Treasure Island Beach and prominode that stretches some. 85 miles along the marvelous white sand beach. Stroll the prominode, stroll along the beach collecting shells, loving the surf and salt filled air.

Rented by the week or purchase, TIBC, an RCI property, will not disappoint.

Stayed: January 2018, traveled with family
Thank notsgnivil
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

We booked a 1 bedroom condo at TIBC through a last minute RCI exchange. Since it was a last-minute exchange, we didn't expect much. Typically we try to go to Gold Crown or Silver Crown resorts. So we went in expecting little and just happy to have found something beachfront.

Unfortunately, the weather during our stay was extremely cold (as it was throughout the country). North Florida actually had snow for the first time in 70+ years. So most of our plans (as well as our wardrobe) went right out the window two days into our stay. The great thing, though, was that TIBC has a wonderfully warm and well-maintained heated pool and jacuzzi, which we were able to use even when the temperatures dropped into the upper 40s. This really saved our vacation from being a complete disaster. The kids loved swimming, and my wife and I spent several coool evenings in the jacuzzi.

The beach in front of this resort is very wide, as others have mentioned, but it's also beautiful. Even with small children, we didn't mind the walk and actually liked the palm trees and dunes, which added to the beauty of this stretch of beach. In warmer weather, we feel this would have been a really nice area for "beachy" activities (kite flying, bocce, etc).

The unit we were given was unit 101, which is on the first floor and convenient to the office, laundry room and parking. The parking situation is less than ideal, being across a 4-lane, busy road, but we managed fine. There's a cross walk just about 20-30 yards down the road, so not a big deal. One thing that did annoy me, however, is that the manager's parking spot is the very first spot, closest to the office. In my view, if you only have 5-6 parking spots on the beach side of the road, and two of those are handicap, the manager needs to park across the street to give owners an additional drop-off spot. The drop-off parking spots are nice to have during check-in or check-out or when you return from buying groceries, and in our case, dropping off the wife and three small children was much easier than having them walk across the street.

When we arrived early on our check-in day, we were pleasantly surprised that our unit was ready and we were able to check in a couple hours early. However, now that we're more familiar with the layout of the resort, it would have been nice if they had given us a unit with a better view, considering several first-floor units appeared empty the entire week (despite the no vacancy sign out front). Unit 101 was clean and well-appointed, with newer looking furniture, but because it was right by the stair case and office, we had to keep the blinds closed the entire week to avoid having a constant stream of people looking in on us. Had we been further down near the pool area, we could have enjoyed more sunshine and felt less claustrophobic in our living space.

Speaking of the living area, it's small by most standards, but efficiently laid out with a queen sized sleeper sofa, two chairs, a roll-away coffee table, a kitchen table for four and a smallish kitchen with range, microwave, mini dishwasher and a full-sized fridge. There are also 6 full-size dresser drawers in the living room, which made it possible to keep the kids' clothes organized and out of site.

The bedroom was a decent size with room for our infant son's pack-and-play. The bed was firm but comfortable, and there was a separate flat screen TV in the bedroom. Cable reception was low quality, but we had our Amazon Fire Stick with us and were able to watch streaming TV through that. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the bedroom also featured a doorway to a shared patio area that runs the length of the building (about 6-7 units). While we would have preferred a private patio, it was nice to be able to keep some of our beach stuff out there to avoid cluttering up the unit.

The bathroom was spacious and clean with decent water pressure in the shower. However, it seemed to me that the step-down into the tub would be difficult for elderly people (who seem to be the primary clientele of this resort). I found it difficult enough as a fit, healthy 40-something). It would be nice to see them update the bathrooms with shower stalls or more modern, easy entry tubs.

Although there is no washer and dryer in the unit, there is a nice laundry room on site. This would have been great if not for one thing -- the laundry room is restricted to certain hours on certain days. This is a real head-scratcher to me and something I've never encountered anywhere else. The available hours were during the day -- right when you would prefer to be doing anything other than laundry. And in the evening, when we've always done laundry on vacation -- the room was locked and unavailable. I would strongly urge the management to rethink this policy. The ability to do a load of clothes during the evening would have been much more convenient. Also, on days when the office is closed (as on New Years day) the laundry room remains locked. This was an issue considering we had to continue laundering our few cold-weather outfits due to the unseasonably cold weather during our stay.

The location, we found to be perfect. Just minutes from great restaurants and shopping at John's Pass or St. Pete Beach... and a few great hot spots nearby for night life. The beachwalk along the beach is also great for a morning jog, bike ride or sunset stroll. As far as local restaurants go, we enjoyed Sea Hags and Shells the most (both are no-frill favorite spots for locals). John's Pass also has several good seafood places that are a bit more pricey. If you're interested in fishing excursions, dolphin watching, or jet ski rentals, all can be found at John's Pass too. The only drawback is that parking is quite expensive -- $2 an hour, enforced 24/7.

In conclusion, for an older resort, TIBC has tons of potential and was comfortable, clean and convenient for our family of 5. When we return to the St. Pete/Treasure Island area, we would not hesitate to stay at this resort. For RCI weeks members, the exchange rate is quite low for a beachfront resort (only 13 points for the week we were there, which seemed like a great deal to me). We appreciated how well-kept the grounds are and how friendly the other guests and staff seemed to be.At times it felt we were the only people at the resort, which was nice... but if you have teenagers, they might become bored. This is definitely a place for retirees and families looking for a low-key experience. If you book a unit, I would recommend asking for a room with either a pool or beach view (there are a few beach-front units) and/or a first floor unit (since there are no elevators).

Room Tip: Ask for first-floor to avoid stairs as there are no elevators.
  • Stayed: January 2018, traveled with family
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Thank McTraveler614
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

First of all, beach nearby if actually 1/4 mile walk one way. Do not walk it barefoot. I learned that ok day 1. It's like bits off glass, but you do not realized until after the fact. Painful!

We (RCI exchange) have been to "worse", but this is to 3 of bad. Absolutely, nothing to do at the resort besides sit at the pool. Arrived late Saturday night. Had tried to reach resort staff for weeks, to no avail. Not able to leave a message either. Phone system rings and rings. Wanted to inform them we were arriving late. Could not get ahold of a soul for weeks beforehand up through drive to resort. Landed at 745pm in Tampa. Called RCI emergency hotline. Said they may be able to get us in to a nearby resort until Monday when the office here opens again. When I said ok, suddenly, nothing was available if our area. Hate RCI. My husband says, "Let's just drive to the resort. Who doesn't have staff on duty over the weekend". Well, this place does NOT. On a small sign on the door, was a number to call if you did not get an answer previously. I left a msg on that number. Within minutes, I was called back by the office mgr, Martha, who told us how to get into a lockbox, wherein was our room key. It was a nightmare up until she called back. Nice lady, helped save the day. Nothing bad to say about her.

The room is about 10 w x 20 long. Very outdated. Bus on the tile. Bedroom carpet fairly new. No bedroom window.

Fair view of the pool.

Parking is across the street. No oven. Within walking distance are restaurants, bars a Public, Circle K, 7-Eleven and a couple I've cream shops.

The resort has no activities, no DVD players, again no ovens and the beach isn't close-I'm only 52 and I cannot believe what is the attraction here???

Places are for sale, but then again, people are not wanting these due to outdated accommodations and nothing to do.

If some effort was put into this place, it could do better and be more attractive to families.

Stayed: October 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

We are owners at this timeshare resort as well as one other timeshare along Gulf Blvd further north. We love coming here because of the location and because we have family members who own and come here on the same week. Positives: beach front, kitchen to cook your own meals saves money, well kept pool and outdoor grills, laundry facilities. Downside: the annual fee goes up every year without much evidence of the $ being spent on updating the units. Our other timeshare has had a annual fee of $340 for over 10 years and is equally well maintained in comparison. TIBC is up to $638 per year (still a good price for a weeks vacation at the beach) but here the floors are uneven, the furniture in some units is dingy, bring your own utensils because they purchase them here at the dollar store, come on - a small investment in utensils would provide some decent tools for cooking, the shower heads are terrible, the cook tops are crappy and the markings are worn off of the dials so you can't see what the settings are. A little tender loving care and this place would be wonderful.

Stayed: May 2017, traveled with family
Thank Eileen K
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Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Very enjoyable week very laid back quiet and comfortable
Beautiful pool and grounds
My studio was second floor gulf front
Very clean very spacious with a Murphy bed
Full kitchen with supplies
Ample Parking across street (parking in our gulf beach resorts can be tough )
Friendly staff
Perfect location in either direction for restaurants and stores and water sports
I give this time share a 5 star for a laid back restful Florida vacation
The beaches are big and wide
Long distance from all resorts to waters edge
This area has a beautiful scenic cement walkway for walking and bicycling

Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
Thank Chrissy1113
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