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3155 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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Apopka, Florida
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“Super condo/location/price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

What a great deal! We love the gulf coast and frequent the area a lot. We have stayed at many different hotels in the area and most are old, so so and overpriced. Unit 245 at this site has it all. A caring owner, a very nicely remodeled unit that is clean, large, modernized, very reasonably priced for what you get and best of all, it has a spectacular view. The place is properly managed by on site staff, the premises well kept and everyone we encountered was friendly. Not one single complaint about our entire stay, just plenty of good memories. Well, there is one complaint, we wish we had been able to find out about the place sooner so we could have been staying here instead of so so motels that pale in comparison to this place. Great stay, great price, great memories. What more could you ask for in a beach visit!

Room Tip: Definetly try to rent #245.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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tampa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I really don't recommend-stuck in the 80s-90s decor. Spend a little more for a different hotel/condo for a clean
Pros
Right on the beach!

Cons
OLD! Noisy a/c. Loud Noisy. Lots of people smoking cigarettes and just throwing them in the grass. No housekeeping on Sunday. No beach chairs.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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DiplomatResort, I.T. / Reservations at The Diplomat Condominium Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
We thank you for your feedback. We appreciate any opportunity to continuously improve our service and accommodations for our guests. Our rooms are always being upgraded and renovated to ensure our guests have the most enjoyable stay possible. We recommend you check out our updated website to view all the new amenities and renovations, as we are sure you won't be disappointed. Thanks again :)
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Tampa, Fl.
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6 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Strong mildew smell in room. Paid for two nights at check in. Had to check out after first night. Told the front desk about the problem, said they would tell the manager. We were never contacted. No offer of a refund.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We've been going to The Diplomat on Long Boat Key in Florida for our Mother & Daughter Girls' Week-At-The-Beach for 22 years now ... and counting. We hope we're still going there 20 more years from now!

The property is extremely well taken care of and nicely landscaped, the pool is always clean and well-maintained, and it sits on a beautiful, wide stretch of beach. Every room is gulf-front. There's a stretch of lush grass between the rooms and the beach with lots of lawn furniture - plenty of chaise lounges and tables & chairs along with several covered picnic table areas. There are also lots of lounge chairs around the pool, along with several tables with umbrellas for pool-side lunch or getting out of the sun.

We stay in two connecting-rooms on the ground floor ( 230 & 231, I think ). One room has a large living area with plenty of comfortable seating, a kitchen stocked with everything you'd need, a dining room that seats 6, and a separate bedroom with a king bed and bathroom. The other room has two queen beds, lots of dresser storage, comfortable chairs, a little desk/writing area, and it's own bathroom. Both rooms have very large closets. The unit owners replace the furniture periodically, so it never looks worn. Last year the connecting bedroom unit had new furniture ... very pretty white cottage-style. This last year the king bedroom had brand new furniture ... rich-looking dark brown rattan - along with new bedding and newly painted walls.

We've rarely had a problem of any kind, but the management has always been responsive to the very few minor issues we've encountered over the years.

The beach and the water are beautiful. Every other year or so we get lucky and there are tide pools ... we set up our beach chairs in the shallow water ( some of us forgo the chair and just sit on the sandy bottom! ) and hang out in the warm water all day. It doesn't get any more relaxing than that. Also if you're lucky - early morning and again in the afternoon - you'll get to see the dolphins swimming and eating and playing. An extra special treat is when you're in the water and see them swimming just yards beyond you!

The sunsets on the Gulf are awesome. Every night, about 15 or 20 minutes before sunset, everyone gathers on the beach with their cameras. There may be lots of folks on the beach, but you'd never know it ... everyone is quietly enjoying the gorgeous colors as the sun sinks over the water. Between the five of us we've taken hundreds of spectacular sunset photos over those 22 years.

We rarely tear ourselves away from the beach and we eat dinner in all but one night ( there's a Publix grocery store a few minutes away where we stock up before we check in ), however, for those who like some non-beach/non-room time or prefer dinners out, there are some nice restaurants within decent driving distance. Also, a short ride away, is great shopping and more restaurants on St Arman's Circle. And then just a few minutes further is downtown Sarasota Main Street, with even more shopping and restaurants.

This is not a "resort". No putting on a cover-up to to pass through a formal lobby, or waiting on an elevator, or long walks down a chilly corridor to get to your room ... just open your door, or look out the large picture-windows, and it's right there in front of you. The Diplomat is a simple old-style gulf-front mom & pop hotel on a beautiful stretch of quiet gulf-front beach ... the perfect place for a laid-back getaway!!

Room Tip: Ask for a ground level room ... the railings on the balcony/walkway in front of the 2nd floor rooms...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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We are pleased to hear from you and thank you for the great review. We look forward to your next stay with us.
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Tampa, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

For the last 21 years me, my sisters and our mom have been having a girls only getaway weekend and all but a couple of years we've come to The Diplomat - we always stay in the same room and so love this place - it is our home away from home!

Room Tip: Very laid back - every room has a great view of the gulf.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for your great review. We look forward to seeing you again on your next stay with us.
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Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We stayed in 239 on corner. Quiet. Relaxing. Pool is great. When we go to the beach, we stay on the beach. If you are like this, this is the place for you. Plenty of great places to eat. Make sure you eat at the Beach House, Salty Dog, and Lazy Lobster. Staff is very nice. Makes you feel at home. Free dvd rentals in office. Would easily recommend.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DiplomatResort, I.T. / Reservations at The Diplomat Condominium Beach Resort, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
Thank you for your great review. We have updated our website to offer a full line of restaurants, attractions, etc. to ensure a great stay for all of our guests. We look forward to seeing you again
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

It had a very good pool that was a good thing, the ocean view was stunning. One thing is that it is a little dated. It doesn't look very nice from the outside but when you get in it's nice. The beach is super nice and quiet. It's quite close to the publix and cvs pharmacy. Restaurants are pretty close as well

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3155 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
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Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 20 Specialty lodging in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Longboat Key, we are set only feet from the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico where you can see dolphins, manatees, the occasional stingray, and various wildlife. The Diplomat Beach Resort is centrally located within minutes of such attractions as Mote Marine Aquarium, Ringling Museum of Art, St. Armands Circle, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, various theatres, famous restaurants, numerous beaches, kayaking, tours, & cruises, etc.Our 50 units are all individually owned and offer our guests that unique personal touch of home-away-from-home that you just can't receive from other cookie-cutter resorts. You'll find many amenities such as a heated pool, multiple tiki huts, and pool side/ beach side sundecks to name a few. All units have full kitchens, full baths, living rooms, and dining rooms in a studio, 1 bedroom, or 2 bedroom floor plan. Unique to our resort is that every unit opens directly to the Gulf Coast beach. No need for elevators, driving, or long walking paths, the beach is right out your back door. We offer Military discounts as well as monthly and weekly rate specials. Come begin the vacation you deserve. We look forward to seeing you soon. ... more   less 
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