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“Been coming here since it opened” 5 of 5 stars
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2509 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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“Been coming here since it opened”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

My family first bought into Veranda Beach Club when it opened in the early 80's, and we've spent our vacations here every year since. Now I take my kids here and we couldn't love it more. The beach is unreal, the location on beautiful, upscale Longboat Key cannot be beat and the local restaurants are amazing. The units are all lovely and in great condition. The staff is very helpful; it's a very family oriented place and we are looking forward to our next visit this summer!

Room Tip: We love the third floor or above beachfront units.
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

For the first class prices you pay you will get accommodation that is half renovated as the building is very old. The pictures on the website look great but we checked online and saw some conflicting pictures that looked old and dingy. As of Dec. 2012 the rooms and bathrooms are not renovated. The kitchen and living room were redone. When we called to ask about the old dingy photos on the internet, we were told that the rooms were all updated.The bedrooms and bathrooms are from the 1970's and are falling apart. The website images are deceiving. We were given a slight refund but that is not what one wants when booking a hotel for a vacation!

Room Tip: As the rooms are dingy, you had better at least have an ocean view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Lake Winola, Pennsylvania
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We have traveled to the Veranda numerous times. We absolutely love it. It is a quiet place to relax and enjoy a gorgeous beach. We love the beach attendant who sets up our chairs and umbrella. We also love that the terraces are so large. We spend all of our time on the terrace and the beach. The weather is spectacular and the beach is beautiful. My only negative comment which is not really that important is that the kitchen is not set up as a cooks kitchen. This probably doesn't matter to most because they are on vacation, but I like to cook in the room. I bring my own chef's knife and a large pot and that seems to work out well. We highly remommend the veranda and look forward two next week.

Room Tip: Another negative to the Veranda is that the mattresses are quite hard.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

This is a true famly resort. Yet, it is quiet and peaceful all the time, regardless how many people are out and about or how many kids are in the pool. The whole resort, from the rooms, to the beach area and immaculate. They have a lot of great extras like bikes, Paddle boards, and even sail boats you can take fora ride.

For the fishermen, there is a pier just a short walk down the beach with lots of fish to entertain you with.

I've been twice and hope to return next year. The beach there is lovely, although while we were there it was a bit murky due to the weather.

Room Tip: If you are a big group, the Penhouse is the way to go.
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Memphis, Tennessee
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43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

This was our first trip to Longboat Key, and we couldn't have asked for a better time. We visited with two other couples for an adults-only stay, but most of the other visitors were large family groups.

Arrival was seamless, and we found our unit in tip-top shape. We had the two-story penthouse model (with 3 bedrooms) on the front corner. There was a lovely "side" beach view from the balcony. The unit is HUGE with tons of space and sleeping room. The kitchen is full (actually larger than my kitchen at home...) and has everything you would need to cook, etc.

Beds were good, not perfect, but after a beach day perfect for sleeping. Bathroom space was fine.

The unit was very clean on arrival, and there is a washer/dryer which is really helpful for a longer stay.

The beach at VBC is amazing. Totally not crowded, with nice sand, clear water, and kayaks to check out. The pool is also great-half of it is shaded which is nice when you've been out in the sun all day!

Quick trip down the road to restaurants/shopping. Be forewarned, the Publix right across the street is closed right now for construction, but there is one just off the island, maybe 10 minutes away.

Stay here--you'll love it!

Room Tip: The front units have nice views down the beach, too, even though they're not right on the water!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Macon, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

We have been to Longboat Key many times and we tried other places to stay only twice. We always come back to VBC. It's clean, comfortable, somewhat upscale, has all amenities and is centrally located. We prefer ocean front and the view is awesome. We love this place! Also there is a Publix across and just down the street...handy, handy. Last but not least, VBC provides beach lounges and umbrellas!!

  • Stayed May 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
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

We did a timeshare swap in Nov, 2011. My wife and I had a wonderful experience. The location was great, with the Publix mkt almost across the st.nwe were able to stock up for breast and lunch. Dinner ay nite down @ St. Armand's Circle was tremendous. Our 2bed 2 bath was great kitchen done over and views even from side balcony super. Very clean with great pool and beach. We will return

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2509 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 20 Specialty lodging in Longboat Key
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Veranda Beach Club on Longboat Key offers a matchless location, directly on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Warm hospitality, fun-filled activities and a casual relaxed island atmosphere await your arrival. ... more   less 
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Veranda Beach Club Hotel Longboat Key

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