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Longboat Bay Club
3200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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Powder Springs, Georgia, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Needs updating”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We have spent many years at this resort and finally decided that we had to move on to better options. This place is in need of a major overhaul. Although the area is quiet, the pool is maintained adequately and the location is good, the furniture is in need of replacing. The boat docks have not been maintained and have been over grown by mangrove shoots. Barbecues are not clean.The carpets and tiling in the bath areas are not well maintained. In fact they appear dirty. The sofa and chairs in the living room are uncomfortable. The sleep number bed is lumpy and not worth sleeping on. We had sore backs all week.The kitchen is out of date for the 21st century Cabinets are very 1980's era and need replacing. There was a lack of oversight to the inventory control. Many items were missing or just not there.. Coffee maker etc. is out of date and was not clean upon arrival. Garbarator did not work. Also the balcony was not cleaned and the previous guest had left sea shells and sand all over the place. It was cleaned after we mentioned it. There were no plastic cups for the pool area and we had to ask for those. This too was looked after. So the staff try to accommodate the guests but there really has to be work done to the premises to make it attractive and up to date. Although this requires a considerable investment, if this resort hopes to attract guests it must really improve the accommodations to suit those wanting a comfortable and clean place to vacation. Hopefully the directors of this facility will use the funds from maintenance fees to address the many issues involved.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Framingham, Massachusetts
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We lucked into finding this gem 4 years ago and have been back every year since. The rooms are terrific; plenty of space, comfortable beds, 3 TVs, large living area, big stocked kitchen, washer and dryer, dishwasher, microwave and the outside balconies are wonderful.

The view of the sunset every night from right outside your front door is beautiful. The location is ideal; many wonderful restaurants, Mote Aquarium, St Armand’s Circle, beautiful beach across the street, CVS and Publix 2 minutes away, Sarasota within a short 15 minute drive – all you need is a stone’s throw away.

The facility staff are all wonderful – they are welcoming and accommodating. On-site there is a tennis court and basketball hoop, a cove for fishing and docking a boat, a pool and hot tub, bikes, beach chairs, umbrellas and even gas grills for a nice BBQ if you choose. With only 15 units it feels very private and you feel catered to at all times.

Another wonderful perk is that on windy days/nights your back balcony and the pool area are both very sheltered. You can leave the beach on a windy day to then settle into a calm and relaxing break by the pool/hot tub.

We love LBK and are so grateful that we came here first since the Longboat Bay Club has made a terrific vacation spot even better due to their uniqueness.

We could not recommend Longboat Bay Club more highly.

  • Stayed April 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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Northern California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

Probably the most beautifully appointed suite we've ever enjoyed on a vacation. We booked it "free" on points so I really don't know the actual cost. Free bikes w locks, few miles biking to St. Armands circle--a must see in the area. Public access to wonderful, never-ending beach is just across the street.leave extra EXTRA time for vacationers traffic on the only access road in the area. Chart House restaurant (pricey) not far. New Publix grocery and CVS Pharmacy near by. Just a fantastic, relaxing stay!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We bought a one-week timeshare at Longboat Bay Club eight years ago because we wanted a place that'd be easy to trade. After we spent our first week there, we've gone back every year (versus trading it for another vacation location)!

Here's what we love: the staff is very friendly and responsive, the location is great -- not too far from Sarasota or Bradenton but a private area, the units are very roomy and nicely decorated, good facilities (pool, hot tub, grill, etc.) and a nice,private beach is just across the street. We love LBK, and enjoy our yearly visit to the Bay Club!

Room Tip: We love the end units (larger balcony and nice views of both bay and ocean).
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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CPMCFlorida, Public Relations Manager at Longboat Bay Club, responded to this review, November 14, 2012
Thank you for writing us such a kindhearted review. We're glad you enjoying staying with us! Hope to see you again soon...
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New Haven, Connecticut
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Hudson, FL
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126 helpful votes 126 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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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 #7 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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