The reason we will return is for the perfect location and friendly staff. The rooms all differ due to being owned by different people. We were inside three rooms. Some are better than others, but all need updating. Older pink tiled bathtubs. Old and rust in places in bathroom and kitchen. Old 60s like slide medicine cabinets built in wall. But we were able to put that all aside as the location can't be beat and it was clean which really matters. A few steps and you are on the beach! In an effort to better protect the sea turtles, I do wish the Diplomat would create a rule that requires guests to get their beach furniture off the beach at night instead of leaving it overnight as some guests did. There have been turtles on Longboat Key that have been getting stuck in beach furniture when they come ashore. As of right now, the city of Longboat Key hasn't made this law, but that shouldn't stop the Diplomat. If this rule does exist at the Diplomat, it is not enforced. The office closes each day at 5:00, so maybe it wouldn't be possible to babysit guests (guests should know better anyway!). We recommend this place and plan to visit again.