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“Exactly what we were looking for” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Veranda Beach Club

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2509 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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New Jersey, USA
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Exactly what we were looking for”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2010

My wife and I decided to take our mothers on a week long vacation with our 1 year old. The two bedrooms and pullout sofa came in handy. The beach is beautiful and the sand is made up of fine grains. The beach club provides umbrellas and lounge chairs which made for comfortable days on the beach. The pool is also half under cover so you can retreat from the sun while swimming during the mid day. Furnishings are a little dated but accceptable. We liked having a kitchen to cook in and also liked having access to gas grill for grilling. The supermarket across the street was a plus as well.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2010

This is a timeshare resort and dedicated owners so this place does not get a lot of reviews, so I'm writing this a year after my stay because I wish I was there right now! In one word I LOVE this place, and would highly recommend and stay there again in a second. We were in a 3rd floor front right 2/2 condo, the floors are approximately 3x3, so a block of 9 and the front corner units are the best for a view and large open verandas! The front and side corners were ALL windows / sliders that opened with the most amazing wind or breeze coming in, the unit was very open for the very nicely appointend living / dining room area. It is a very large unit - the master is huge, the other bedroom is on the other side of the unit with the bathroom right off the room. Would be perfect for 2 couples, you would not feel cramped. The verandas has plastic patio furniture - we used the placemats and had homemade breakfast every moning! The kitchen is very small however includes almost everything you would want for a week depending on how much you cook - we cooked alot and brought a lot of our own must haves (nice knives or tongs) but no complaints, except it was so small that a drawer had trouble coming all the way out. The fridge has an ice maker ;) We made our own drinks or bottle of wine and carried them out to the beach ... the beach at the Vernda Beach Club is the best appointed for as far as we could walk, North and South - they not only have really nice Cabana style lawnchairs, they also provide Kayaks and a Sailboat catamaran thing for no extra charge. It was also nice to have the pool and hot tub right there. The resort is small, mostly older adults, a few children where there during our stay but they really had to amuse themselves and were very respectful of adults etc. The Publix shopping center is right across the way, you could walk if you wanted and there is a liquor store in the plaza but not much else. The Wi-Fi was good, reception for our Verizon and AT&T cells was good. Oh and I called a local massage therapist and she came to our room, and gave us each an in unit massage. With the sliding doors open and the sounds of the ocean it was great! Very professional. We really didn't interact with the staff at the Veranda, we did attend the informational breakfast one morning and it was a nice way of meeting some of the fellow guests that week, having some really nice free donuts, cakes and fruit, juice and coffee. The information was NOT about the timeshare although I heard a rep was onsite with a list of available weeks but you would have to make the first move. The information was about things to do in the area. We did rent a boat from the local marina and explored the Bay side - we would recommend this activity too. During our stay, we enjoyed Longboat Key and the Sarasota area so much we even stopped in at a realtor to get info on available condo's. No purchases were made ;) Last but not least, parking was very convienent and using the BBQ(s, 2 of them) was easy too - just prep everything you need and take it and a cold drink out, maybe your cell incase you forget something and have your partner bring it down LOL

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Stirling, Scotland, UK
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2009

sing electrical and mechanical tools with the industrial tile cutterbeing almost on the same noise scale as the jackhammers. We also had, without notice, a cherry picker on our balcony with the painters carrying out repairs and painting.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Langhorne (Bucks County), PA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2008

We stayed at Veranda Beach Resort in Sept 2008. We loved every minute of our stay. I have gobs of photos to post & you be the judge. Our view was amazing - 1st level with impeccable style & elegance. Surrounded by windows on all balconies of which there were 3 with gulf view. Could not ask for anything better & we were more than impressed. Directly on the beach and great for early a.m. shell collecting. I found the most amazing Sea Urchin shells & to actually see the sea-turtle hatchlings was something else. See photos. But you have the option of a pool if you like & that's an interesting concept. 1/2 exposed to the Fla sun & 1/2 under the resort itself in case it is raining or you want to skip the sunshine and just read a book. Cabanas provided on beach & a covered BBQ area. Kitchen fully stocked. Plus you do not need to drive anywhere for the just before sunset w/a glass of wine or whatever and waits patiently on the chaise lounges provided on the beach to watch it appear! Absolutely gorgeous! Or you can travel North a bit to the Sandbar Restaurant where you can sip a Mojito or a glass of wine & patiently wait and dine. We arrived late for check in & that was a tad confusing because we had to connect with the Maintenance Mgr for our key and at first we could not locate him. But finally did & all worked out well. Everything in good working order, well stocked kitchen & definitely above average. Only major issue was a drawer in the kitchen (that kept the utensils) was difficult to open. We did report it when we left w/a few other minor issues (light bulb out & door lock broken on sliding glass door). Besides that all was wonderful! Could not have asked for more. Many positive & friendly timeshare owners mostly. Directly across the street from Publix Grocery Market & drug store. Easy drive to St Armand’s Key for upscale shopping & dinner at Columbia Restaurant (Cuban) or Cafe Europa or Hemingway’s. Pattigeorge is another outstanding restaurant nearby. Or drive to Mar Vista North and sample old Florida fresh fish catch of the day. However, just remembered we have T-Mobile for our cells & did not have any reception the entire time. We had to drive 1.3 miles to hear anything at all. I reported as a negative to T-Mobile. However, Verizon & AT&T subscribers had full service.

Anna Maria Island is still “old Florida"... the way I recall it in the 50's.

  • Liked — Being right on the beach! Not overwhelmed by massive amounts of people like larger resorts
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Veranda Beach Club

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
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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