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“Cottage on the beach” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Cannons By The Sea Cottages

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Cannons By The Sea Cottages
6051 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Cottage on the beach”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This property has only 4 cottages; ours was nearest the beach, a short walk through the trees onto the dunes and the beach. The house, though certainly adequate and what you might expect of a cottage, was a bit down in the heels. Instead of replacing the bathtub, it had been repainted and the mat placed in it to keep one from falling had stuck to the paint which promptly peeled off when the mat was lifted. The bathroom sink did not have a movable stopper. The living room was missing one of the 3 panels necessary to cover a window. The side entrance/exit (from/to the beach) could not be unlocked with a key, only the front door. There was a washer and dryer, coin operated, but it was outdoors under a roof and rusty and dirty, definitely something I chose not to use. Though we enjoyed our visit, this property is overpriced and we wouldn't stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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cbts6051, Manager at Cannons By The Sea Cottages, responded to this review, August 17, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback regarding the cottages and we apologize for any inconvenience you experienced during your stay. I am certainly disappointed that your stay was not all that it could have been. Keeping the cottages at a pristine level is our goal. We addressed each of your concerns immediately and have remedied and repaired each item. Each of the 4 cottages are continually being updated and we are always open for suggestions and comments regarding our cottages. Out goal is to keep the cottages clean, updated, and unique amidst the quiet atmosphere of the beautiful beach on Longboat Key.

Once again please do accept our apologies and i do hope you will return to the cottages again in the future.
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

Cannons cottages are comfortable, "Old Florida" rather bare bones accomodations. the location is great - away from high density, high-rise condos, etc. and offers a beautiful beach and privacy. BUT...Management has been taken over by Barrier Island Realty. I have a confirmation of reservation for 2012, a written receipt $500. deposit, a welcome letter from Barrier Island Realty dated April 4, 2011, but as it turns out no reservation!

Calling the management with a question regarding our 2012 reservation, I was told it did not exist and indeed a wedding has been booked and we do not have a reservaion. Now plane tickets have been bought, plans made with my sister for our 2 week vacation. General Manager: "Hmmm...I'll make this work for you. We'll find another place then move you back to Cannons when it becomes available. Will call you in the morning with plan." No call, no plan and no $500. deposit either. The so-called plan to "make it work for us" was not acceptable and I told GM I want my $500. returned immediateltly. GM: "so you are cancelling your reservation?" A reservation that I do not have! GM: "OK, I'll send check out today, dear." Insulting, unprofessional and I have a uncomfortable feeling I have been had. Wedding party offered a better return to them than our reservation?

My point is to carefully document any dealings with Barrier Island Realty, check back with them often to make sure you still have a reservation and demand a written
rental agreement instead of a simple receipt of deposit. Cannons Cottages are a great choice for those who do not demand a lot, e.g.- no laundry in unit, no dishwasher, no wifi, but we thoroughly enjoyed our first rental there because of the quiet and private setting. What a disappointment to be treated so shabbily by a management company.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2009

Cannons By The Sea cottages are self catering accommodations that are located right on the beach. This place is NOT for those wanting tons of service!
These cottages are private, simple and very sweet accommodations that are very near the best that Longboat Key Has to offer. We shopped at St Armands Circle and ate at local restaurants and even cooked out on the grill. There is local seafood in Cortez at both Starfish and Cortez Bait and Seafood.
Our last day we rented a boat across the street from Cannons Marina - that was so special. We saw not one, but several dolphins and no manatees.
You can check out their website is at www.cannonsbythesea.com and www.cannons.com .

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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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Additional Information about Cannons By The Sea Cottages

Address: 6051 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 20 Specialty lodging in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cannons-By-The-Sea Cottages are the perfect spot for your next Florida beach vacation rental. Whether you come for a relaxing vacation, to shell along our white sandy beaches, to fish the abundant Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay waters or to just soak up some peace and quiet, we have the relaxing and private beach accommodations for you. Nestled among the native Florida palm and pine trees, Cannons Cottages offer one and two-bedroom beach cottages that feature a sweeping view of spectacular Florida sunsets and clear blue Gulf of Mexico waters. There is nothing between you and the beach.Each cottage is fully equipped with a kitchen, air-conditioned living area and more allowing you the private and secluded vacation that you seek without the crowds and hassle of a resort. ... more   less 

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