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“best exchange ever ... relaxing getaway on Longboat Key” 5 of 5 stars
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Longboat Bay Club
3200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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New Haven, Connecticut
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“best exchange ever ... relaxing getaway on Longboat Key”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This was our first visit to this timeshare (Longboat Bay Club) and our second to the Longboat Key area. And can I say just ... WOW! We've been exchanging to timeshares for over 20 years (including 4 trips to Hawaii) and this ranks as our best unit to date. The unit has 2 BR & 2 BA. Lots of closet space, plenty of lighting, a spacious living/dining room, a washer/dryer, all the kitchen amenities, table/chairs for the balcony(s). The back balcony travels the full width of the unit with access from both the LR and master BR. With our end unit, there is a small front balcony with access from the eat-in kitchen & an unobstructed view of the Gulf across the street. An end unit also gives you a side balcony that links up with the back balcony and runs the length of the LR.

It's the little things that make all the difference; from the blue bath towels, beige & pale green bed linens, a sleep number bed and double vanity sinks in the master suite to flashlights, nightlites, a dish in the foyer to place your phone & keys, artfully placed knick-knacks to make it feel like home and a journal with reviews from other visitors (add your own experiences, too). Onsite you'll find a hot tub/spa, outdoor pool, boat slips on the private bay, tennis courts, hammock, large covered pavilion, gas/charcoals grills, sheltered parking and (it seems) their own mom and baby manatee. They even have board games, books and menus to most of the local restaurants. For those who want to wander offsite, they offer beach umbrellas, beach chairs & bikes. Lisa (staff) was a great resource to catch the local news, timeshare info and to find the best places to eat/visit. We had a wonderful time and we definitely plan on going back ... soon.

Room Tip: ask for an end unit ... it'll give you more balcony space
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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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CPMCFlorida, Public Relations Manager at Longboat Bay Club, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Thank you for writing us such a wonderful review! We really appreciate your comments and are so glad you had a good time with us. We try our best to make our guests feel like Longboat Bay Club is their home away from home. Hope to see you again in the future!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hudson, FL
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159 reviews 159 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

This is our second visit to this timeshare. There are only 15 units on three flours overlooking Crane's Bay, each with its own assigned garage parking space. It's mostly quiet and peaceful though you can hear road traffic if you sit in the kitchen area. Check in is easy and we've found several good restaurants on the main road just a very few miles from the resort.

The very large units have two bedrooms, two baths, tons of closet space, a spacious balcony and even a washer and dryer. There are little extra touches that are nice, too, like the art work and artificial plants through the rooms. Internet access hasn't been a problem for me though my husband has had difficulty with it at certain times of the day, mostly in the evenings. We were told the resort is planning to change this situation in the near future. The master bedroom now has Sleep Number beds. This is one of the best timeshares I've found on RCI.

Room Tip: The highest floor, the 3rd, has the best views and best light because the trees block some of that o...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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CPMCFlorida, Public Relations Manager at Longboat Bay Club, responded to this review, November 9, 2012
Thank you for your comments, happy to hear you had another great time with us! We apologize for the Internet issues your husband faced in the evenings and are working diligently to resolve this problem. Hope to see you again soon!
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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

I have owned this time share since the 80's. We bring our extended family every other year and have a terrific time. Our unit is on the end and is huge! It has a terrific balcony that wraps all the way around the unit mostly overlooking the bay and even has a small balcony on the front overlooking the ocean. The grilling area and play ground are very convenient and make for a comfortable stay.The pool is rather small, but since there are only 15 units in the entire complex it is never over crowded. The free use of the bikes and beach toys and chairs are a nice added touch! The staff have always been more than helpful.....we really enjoy our time there!

Room Tip: Ask for an end room. I don't know what the middle rooms are like, but the ends are huge and I l...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We have always stayed in the end units and the internet connections is awful! You can only get a signal if sitting by the fron window and forget about it if you go to the rooms.
The pool needs to be renovated as well. Its not enticing to get in it either.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We have enjoyed staying at Longboat Bay Club for 23 years. Units are huge, well decorated, and well maintained. Each 1600+ square foot unit has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, a full kitchen, 2 eating areas, and a large living room. Units have WiFi and 3 TVs, DVD, and VCR. With balconies overlooking Crane Bay, we have often watched manatees, ibises, egrets, herons, crabs, and all kinds of other wildlife. The grounds and pool/hot tub area are lovely, with beautiful landscaping. The friendly management and maintenance staff members are excellent. It is gorgeous, quiet, and peaceful. The Gulf of Mexico beach is just across the street. Bicycles and beach chairs are available, as are playground and outdoor cooking areas. Many excellent restaurants and diverse shopping areas are nearby.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Aurora, Indiana
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

We have been coming with friends for years and finally bought our own unit! Now we can stay for two weeks with our back-to-back bookings. The 1600+ sq ft units have a spacious fully equipped kitchen. Our favorite space is the huge master bedroom with large bathroom and king size bed. We have a corner unit with a large wrap around balcony overlooking Cranes Bay where you can see manatees swimming from time to time. The management staff and maintenance staff are excellent with response to questions/problems.

Room Tip: Corner units have large wrap around balcony.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

Wonderful. We have been going to Longboat Bay Club for over 30 years. It is always kept in great condition. The staff is friendly and handles any request promptly. Longboat Bay Club is across the street from the Gulf and is on Cranes Bay where you can see manatees swimming from time to time.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 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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Also Known As:
Longboat Bay Club Hotel
Longboat Bay Club Hotel Longboat Key
Address: 3200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
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Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 20 Specialty lodging in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy a swim in our heated pool while looking out into the waters of Cranes Bay. Looking for something more active? Enjoy a challenging game of tennis on our lighted court. Bikes are available to all guests who want to explore our beautiful island. ... more   less 

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