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2509 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

I have been going to the Veranda since 2004. We stay in Unit 410 --a two bedroom ocean front condo. The view is amazing! floor to ceiling doors looking out to the ocean. A nice pool and right on the beach. Made things so easy when my kids were little and took naps. Could sit on the huge veranda while they slept. The veranda spans from one bedroom to the other. The rooms are always clean and recently they were updated and very pretty. The condo has everything you need and the office is generous if you need extra toilet paper or laundry detergent, etc.
Longboat Key, for those who have never been, is a narrow long island that is less crowed and feels more residential (classy). For people who want tons of tourists and razzmatazz this is not the place for you. I love that the beaches on Longboat are quiet and clean. If I want night life I am ten minutes to Armand's Circle or downtown Sarasota (which has restaurants and shopping) and ten minutes to Bradenton Beach and Anna Maria Island for bars, restaurants and shops.

Room Tip: Any of the ocean front rooms have beautiful views!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 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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Baldwinsville, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I went down to Longboat Key on a whim (to escape the NY snow). We chose the Veranda Beach Club by recommendations from friends. We have two little ones (5 and 3), so we needed space, two bedrooms, a kitchen, and washer & dryer in the room. The Veranda had all that and more. We stayed in room 310 oceanfront. Our first impression of Longboat Key and the Veranda was "wow this place is so outdated/old". Since we usually visit Naples, Fl every year, which is so pristine and constantly growing, we were disappointed. However, once we got into the room, we were pleasantly surprised at the amount of space (2 bedrooms, 2 baths, huge living room, loads of closet space, fully equipped kitchen, and huge balcony with access from both bedrooms and the family room). Our entire stay was nice. The oceanfront views are only steps away from the ocean. The staff was a little dry, but helpful. The pool was large, beautiful, clean and warm. Overall we rated the Veranda a 7 out of 10, but probably will never return to the area since the beach and surrounding areas were definitely inferior and much more expensive than renting a condo in Naples ($3000/week in Longboat, compared to $3000/month in Naples).

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Toronto, Canada
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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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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
22 helpful votes 22 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
35 helpful votes 35 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
31 helpful votes 31 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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Address: 2509 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Longboat Key
Number of rooms: 40
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 
Also Known As:
Veranda Beach Club Hotel Longboat Key

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