"Recognizing the need for some private space and time of our own while on a week-long family visit over Christmas to the Tampa-St. Pete area, my wife and I booked this unit months in advance of our trip – and it was the best move we could have made (that’s not a comment about the in-laws!). This condo is exactly as nicely decorated and as well maintained as shown in the VRBO listing. The care and attention to detail put into this unit by the owner is obvious proof that he treats it like his own home, not some mere income-producing rental.
The condo has been extensively remodeled and/or upgraded, with sleek new bathrooms, comfortable beds, and a wonderful living room with views to the beach from two directions. It is decorated throughout with a tasteful seashore motif. As other guests have indicated, the unit is very well stocked with kitchen items and any number of indoor diversions when the weather is bad (although we lucked out – 80 degree highs, bright blue skies, and low humidity the entire time). A major attraction for my wife and myself was just sitting out on the balcony to enjoy spectacular sunsets, flocks of shore birds, and the passing parade of humanity on the beach below; I even witnessed a marriage proposal there.
While the Holiday Villa II building is of older construction, perhaps from the 1970s or so, it is well maintained. Maureen, the on-site property manager, was extremely welcoming and helpful to us. Each unit has an assigned parking space, but guest parking is limited. We never used the pool, but it looked to be in excellent shape. Indian Shores appears to be among the quieter of this string of Gulf beach towns, but we found that was actually appealing, especially in contrast to the absolute circus scene we witnessed to the north at Clearwater Beach or to the south at John’s Pass.
Should we need to again rent a place of our own while in this part of Florida, this condo in Indian Shores would be a no-brainer. Our thanks to Steve for making available such a wonderful home to guests like us."
Guest: Domenick & Pearl
Date of Stay: December 2016
Review Submitted: January 2, 2017