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“A Little Slice of Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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5330 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A Little Slice of Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2011

I happened upon this property quite by accident six years ago ,while searching for a Gulf front accommodation on Longboat Key. It was love at first sight! No more highrise condos for us.
We rented for the first three years and when a cottage directly on the beach became available for purchase, we were absolutely thrilled and closed in a day. We own one week and rent another cottage for the second week.
The well equipped kitchens have been refurbished with stainless steel appliances, new cupboards, ceramic floors. The bathrooms have been updated and all new linens for the four poster master bedroom and twin bedded second bedroom.
As you approach the "Hemingway" style cottages on the Gulf side, a tropical paradise, and a red brick walk, welcomes you. The Bay side is lovely as well and it's a great spot to watch for Dolphins and Manatee or enjoy the pool.
Several gourmet restaurants in the area. Publix about ten minutes drive and you must visit Harry's Deli for lots of delicious takeout!. If you want nightlife, this is not for you although you can drive into Sarasota.
Azure blue water,miles and miles of white sand, balmy breezes, soaring gulls, blue skies and romantic sunsets! You'll love it!
Only 50 more weeks and we'll be back. (It doesn't sound as long as a year)!

Room Tip: Gulf cottages - 1 -8 Bayside - pool
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Loda, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2010

Little Gull is a wonderful place to take your family. We bought our week in the middle of June about 4 yrs ago and no regrets at all. We used to stay at my uncles condo in Holmes Beach and decided how nice the area truly was. When we found Little Gull we where very excicted. After doing the research, we realized the value for what you get was awesome. Nice quiet place with plenty of things for the family to do. The beach is amazing, the pool is nice and the staff is great. Our unit was updated this year and what a change. The kitches and bathrooms are 100 percent better and couldn't ask for anything better. The wi-fi is up and going so the kids have plenty to do during the hot summer sun.

There are plenty of shops and places to eat locally. If you hunt a little you can find the hidden resturants throughout the island. If you want a nice relaxing family vaction this is the place to go. Have no regrets with our purchase and plan to keep visiting even after the kids have grown.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit, Michigan
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

The cottages are located in a upscale, highly developed area mixed with condos, resorts and private homes. The accommodations are simple and clean. Kitchen could use some updating, but new carpet, nice bedroom, nice living area. The water on the beach is clear and tranquil. Small waves. Some seaweed and seashells on the beach. Resort provides beach chairs, free of charge! Large paved walking/biking path along the road, Great for jogging/walking. Most restaurants are located 5 miles away, although it's an easy drive. This is a destination we'd come back to.
Wi-Fi was not available in the cottage although the host indicated it's planned.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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atlanta, ga
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30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2010

We stayed for a week in unit 16, the 4 bedroom. A total of 9 of us, including 4 children. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The 4 bedroom is very private with a magnificent balcony-view of the sarasota bay. The fishing dock is right there also which was very convenient. The beach is a short tow minute walk to the other side of the resort, although we drove with all our gear. The traffic on the street you cross is not a concern as there was minimal traffic most of the time with no problems crossing with kids in tow. The beach has chairs and loungers and there were a couple of umbrellas in the unit. There are many (very nice) gas-grills spread around by the pool and beach, and the beach side has a nice shady area with tables and chairs. Overall, a great place for families, the beach is VERY private and one of the nicest I've seen on the gulf.

Now as far as the negatives go there were only a few. The pool is very small, so if you are looking for a resort with a giant pool with waterfalls and slides look elsewhere. The unit we were in was very nice and spacious with adequate furnishings. The only complaint I had were the bathrooms in this unit were very dated and in dire need of renovation- but from what I understand the unit has been scheduled to be renovated.

Overall, it was a very nice stay, and we hope to go back!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego, CA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2009

I loved this place. My parents go twice a year, and I downplayed their rave reviews.

I went the first week of this month to celebrate their anniversary with them and I think they understated the place. It was fabulous. I'm not used to that level of hospitality, but then I hadn't been to Florida before. We had noisy neighbors, and after the second day I approached the office about it. Lisa (I think? .. strawberry blonde hair) was extremely tactful. She used humor in getting the guests to see they were disruptive, and the problem was solved.

As we were checking out she made a point out of asking me if the situation had been resolved (thinking I may have resisted a repeat complaint). She and the staff were genuinely interested in the quality of our stay.

I'm planning on celebrating my own anniversary there next year.

It's worth a visit for anyone who is down there.

I can't speak for the bug incident. I don't see any other references to that in other reviews, and our unit was sparkling clean and bug-free.

Thanks to the LG staff -- and the fellow visitors, who for the most part were great folks.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NY
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2009

The condo is very cozy and tropical. There are beautiful views along to bay and at the beach. The staff is wonderful. There are places to walk to and shopping is close. You can use bikes provided by LGC to explore the area.. The beach is private and you can walk for miles along the surf. We loved it so much we go back every year. If you want a nice private family place to kick back, this is it.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 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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RI
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2009

We stayed for a week....We saw palmetto bugs in the cottage daily - they were in the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen. One flew into my husband's hair in the middle of the night. The bugs are in the roach family, very big, and they fly, jump.
It was a horror show. Management refused to give us our money back so we could leave (we paid for the full week upon arrival, not departure). The front desk and realtor said they had no authority to refund us. The cottage was sprayed 2 times, but the bugs remained. We are still trying to get our money back. Kevin Mattoni, one of the partners, ihas been very rude and unwilling to help.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5330 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cape Cod style cottages elegantly border a red brick road that runs from the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to Sarasota Bay. Little Gull offers fully furnished, luxury one, two, three and four bedroom cottages with four poster beds and wood burning fireplaces. Each cottage has a fully equipped kitchen, two cable televisions, linens, central heat and air, private phones, with laundry facilities either in your cottage or free on site. ... more   less 
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Little Gull Cottages Hotel Longboat Key

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