Comfortable beach home. Three bedrooms, 1 king, 2 queens. Tile floors. Newly remodeled bathroom with large walk-in tile shower. Lots of room. Fully-equipped kitchen. Lots of windows perfect for letting in the sea breezes on a cool day.
Dolphin House is clean, organized and thoughtfully set-up to make your vacation enjoyable. You should expect a relaxing stay and professional and courteous hosts.
Fantastically funky artsy neighborhood, perfect for walking and enjoying excellent restaurants. Walk to the beach, to the Gulfport Casino, waterfront restaurants, Gulfportâ€™s quirky shops, the library and theater. Excellent restaurants for all tastes and budgets, some earning "best of the bay" awards. Live music many nights of the week.
Public transportation offers connections to the beach trolley and 40-mile Pinellas bike trail are nearby. The marina is less than 1 mile away.
Gulfport is a unique community in a great location and Palm Cottage is in the heart of Gulfport's beach and art district and less than one block to the beach!
Screened sun porch with seating
Two off-street parking spaces
Central heat and air
Full kitchen with full-size appliances
Dish network cable TV with FREE HBO, Cinemax and Starz
FREE wireless Internet
Telephone with FREE local calls and FREE long-distance in North America
FREE washer and dyer use
Wood & Tile floors
iPod clock radio
Coffee maker with filters
wide slot toaster
Small food processor
Iron & board
wine, martini, juice, champagne glasses
13x9 baking dish
French white 8 piece set
cookie sheet with Silpat
Jelly roll pan
measuring spoons and cups
saucepans with lids
fry pans with lid
glass and plastic pitchers
ice cream scoop
ice cream/dessert dishes
Stainless mixing bowl set
veggie scrub brush
8x8 baking pan
plastic drinking glasses
food storage containers
first Aid kit
Umbrellas, beach towels and chairs may be availableTripAdvisor property ID 2386662...Read more
Dolphin House at Gulfport's Pier Gulfport, Florida
Additional Location Information
Dolphin House is conveniently located in a very walk-able and quiet residential neighborhood just one block off Gulfport’s main boulevard in the heart of the Beach and Art District. Two blocks from the beach, fishing pier, Veteran’s Park and local dog park. The private home is close to everything you need to be close to on your holiday. Centrally located to Gulfport, St Pete Beach and St Petersburg, with Tampa’s activities just another 15 minutes further.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Tampa International Airport, 23.61 miles Car is recommended
Left on 07/17/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | ChelseaReviewed Jul 17, 2013Stayed Jul 2013
We went to Florida for my brother's wedding and needed to find a place to stay that would accommodate 7 people (2 kids included) and this was perfect. The bedrooms were a great size; very clean; the house is laid out nicely so that you are not all grouped together. There are two living rooms with TVs which helped our family so we weren't on top of each other the entire trip. We went over 4th of July weekend and the location ended up being perfect. We walked 2 mins down to the beach and watched an amazing fireworks display! It was also a close drive to St. Pete beach where my brother was staying. Overall, great experience.
Left on 07/13/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | LauraK930Reviewed Jul 13, 2013Stayed Jun 2013
The Dolphin House was everything we hoped for in our couples weekend away. The house was fully equipped with every amenity we needed. Beth's binder of overflowing information was a great tool for us to quickly learn about the surrounding area, favorite restaurants, tourist info and all the beaches. Perfect for us! We loved the outdoor patio, having long dinners out back, taking advantage of the perfect weather and the available grille. The inside decor is what you would imagine for a home by the sea - lots of beautiful blues and charming sea colors and very comfortable - bedding and couches. The space was plenty for two adult couples and we still had a room to spare. Definitely comfortable for 6 or even 7 if with children.
Left on 12/09/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | Donna LReviewed Dec 9, 2012Stayed Oct 2012
Absolutely terrible - dead bugs on floor when we got there, had to clean entire house before we left (even though we were charged a 130 cleaning fee and 300 pet fee), AC broke down, dishwasher not working properly, unevenly tiled floor cut my husband's foot going from shower to bedroom, security deposit not refunded (accused of staining cushions on dining room chairs beyond repair when we didn't even use them) and charged for dog hair in washer and under bed. Do yourself a favour and stay away from this place and their other rentals in the area.
The first email I received from this guest after she departed said, verbatim: “Just wanted to let you know that we enjoyed our stay at your house in Gulfport very much (we didn’t want to come home!) I forgot to let you know that I have changed my email address to ____. Could you please let me know when you usually refund the deposit fees?” That’s it, the entire email. No complaints about anything during her stay. Until I explained why I was withholding part of her deposit and then she accused me of scamming and a money grab. She also said I should “look forward to the delightful review” I would be getting.
It is somewhat difficult for me to respond to her complaints, since her version of things change from one review to the next. She has written more than one review and she is inconsistent in her claims. In her initial email response to me regarding the deposit withholding, she said that they never used the dining room chairs. In the reviews she posted she said they only used 3 and then they used them for a maximum of 10 minutes per day. (I should note here, that they stayed for 2 weeks.) I had to replace the seat cushions and she was not charged for that because I did not realize until after I had partially refunded her deposit that they would not come clean.
I cannot say for sure that there were no bugs when she arrived, but we do a walk through of the property mere hours before each guest’s arrival and none were noted or they would have been removed.
The AC did not “break” during her stay. They froze it up by keeping it set in the 66-69 degree temperature range when outside temps were in the high 80’s. (I know this because the settings are tracked.) These settings simply won’t work in Florida at that time of year. And I had no reports of the guest alerting us to a problem with the AC. We have a system installed that provides alerts to me via email when the actual temperature deviates more than 5 degrees from the set temperature. I received several of these alerts one afternoon while I was out of the country on vacation. Since several alerts like this a few hours apart can indicate a problem, I immediately initiated the service call to the repairman who came the next morning. The AC was turned off until the unit could unfreeze. So it did not break down (it is a 5 year-old Trane unit) and they did not go for 2 days without AC. In her review, she suggested I should have apologized for the AC breaking down, when in reality they froze it by setting the temperature to an unrealistic one for the time of year.
The guests may have spent their last night cleaning. I just don’t know. But I do know that our cleaners allot 6 hours for the $130 cleaning fee and I was charged an additional $180 for cleaning & repairs and received detailed reports of the additional cleaning requred. The coffee pot was full of some dark liquid.
I’m not aware of any issues with the dishwasher and no subsequent guests have notified us of any, but now that we have been alerted via this review, we will investigate and repair if necessary.
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