I have travelled extensively and have enjoyed all types of vacations/hotels/resturants from extravagant to economical. My reviews are with an eye for understanding about where I am in the world and that there are a world of differences.
A vacation with four couples and we stayed in the 4-bedroom condo (located above the management office) at Little Gull looking out to Sarasota Bay. It was spacious, clean, comfortable and well equipped The only negative for us is that there are only two bathrooms in this unit. One of them is located in the master bedroom, so if you're not staying in this room, your pretty much sharing one bath.
The unit faces towards the east, so waking up in the morning to sunrise was a treat. There is a boat dock available to guests, which can be seen from the condo. We felt like it was our private dock! Another thing to know is that if you want to go to the beach (Gulf of Mexico) it is a short walk, but you need to cross a major street to get to the other side. I would be nervous with little children, since there are no crosswalks or other safety features. However, the beach is glorious and you can walk for miles. The resort offers beach chairs, umbrellas, and lounges. Sunset is an event! There is also a small pool in a quiet location on site. The grounds at Little Gull are well maintained and very clean.
We used the beach bikes available from the Manager's office and rode for miles up and down the main drag. There is a beautiful nature preserve nearby as well as a restaurant and shops within walking distance. We understand there is a public bus that goes by the resort, but we had rental cars and drove to other places of interest.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Little Gull Cottages Hotel Longboat Key