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“Small Gem on Longboat Key” 4 of 5 stars
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Turtle Crawl Inn Resort
4235 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Holly Springs, North Carolina
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37 hotel reviews
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“Small Gem on Longboat Key”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We just returned from a great stay at the Turtle Crawl Inn on Longboat Key. Althought we had vacationed many, many times on the Key, this was our first stay at the TCI. We didn;t know much about the property before we arrived except that it was directly on the beach, which is what we were looking for on this visit. We were most pleasantly surprised. From the time of arrival, received by the friendly, courteous and helpful staff, to the end of the stay when we had to finally pull ourselves off the beach to leave, our time at the TCI was fantastic. The units are all very similar in furnishings, etc. although a few of the units have been updated more recently than others. Our unit was very adequate but could use some updating, especially in the bathroom. The BR was a bit small and cramped but adequate. The units also do not have dishwashers but we didn't want to do a lot of cooking anyway. For a family that may a bit more of a problem. The beds were very comfortable, the size of the unit was adequate, and the view from the balcony was fantastic. The beach is wide with miles for walking in either direction. The pool is a bit small and can get crowded but we used it mostly to cool off so it wasn't a problem. Overall this is a bit of a hidden gem and we definitely plan to return.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Annapolis
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Great location and view! Nice beach and pool, cute condo complex. Beds were ok. Wicker LR furniture: old and dirty. Pillows on balcony furniture filthy. Kitchen ok has utensils, plates etc. microwave and stove new. Fridge good. Had a DW you had to move and plug in, looked like no one used it, was a great counter. 4 chair dining table ok. Some beach stuff in closet. Bathroom needs a complete Reno. Light fixture couldn't be turned off. Rust/mold on fan vent. Old wallpaper. Tub needs resurfacing. Remove wood cabinet thing over toilet, place shelves. There is a linen closet in hall. Storage under sink. Bath light fixture had dust on it and wall by it, hubby tall to see it. We put comforter from closet in bedroom on LR couch, beach towels on chairs-to feel better. Great condo for 2 or 2 adults and 2 kids. 2 double beds in bedroom, closet doors off track, need repairs, safe small for phone, wallet or IPad but not laptop. In 302 wanted 504. Great place for kids. Beautiful island, ate well out. Close to Sarasota.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Peoria
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We stayed in 103 in early April. It was a very nice condo with room for all 3 of our boys. The youngest slept on the single in our room, the 2 older in the livingroom. I didn't really care that it had a pool, but changed my mind about that! The boys loved swimming it as the gulf was still pretty chilly. Was nice that it was set off the road and had grassy area for the boys to play. Didn't have to worry about them being too close to the road. Beautiful views and beach! Our last morning we had a crane standing in front of our patio for the longest time just staring at us. It was pretty cool!! My only complaints were that the bed was very hard. I didn't say anything to the staff so I didn't really give them a chance to correct this, but really what could they do about it? Also we wish we could pick this place up and move it to AMI! We love the casual vibe over there! Longboat Key is very quite, no little shops or ice cream places within walking distance. Also loved the soft white sand on AMI! Longboat Key is gray and not as soft. All in all it's still a paradice!! Thanks so much for a wonderful vacation!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Illinois
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Very clean and affordable this condo looks out onto the beach and beautiful gulf of Mexico. There were plenty of beach chairs to use, beautiful landscaped area. The pool may be small for some people but I found it to be clean and just the right size, besides you're there for the beach. There are two covered areas one that has multiple grills and tables and another with just tables to sit and look at the gulf waters. This property is very well kept inside and out. Thank you Angel and staff for making our trip a very enjoyable one!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Lakeland
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

We stayed in the RVA rental, room 204. Very clean and comfortable. Lots of extra linens. They have plenty of chairs onsite to use down at the beach. Multiple grills and two pavilions for cooking out while you stay. We had two issues. One, was that the wash off water from the beach to the deck areas was smelly unfiltered well water. Two, the pool area was small. Other than that, we had a great time and are always comfortable in RVA rentals.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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
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VT
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Affordable,right on the beach,clean.We stayed in #81- liked the layout of this 2 bedroom, expanded familyroom into glassed in porch with a good kitchen and a carport. There is a need for updating everything.I especially liked the location of our villa as it is a short walk to the beach and pool but remains private not being right on the amenities and having to deal with other guests. We were pleasantly surprised to have access to a grill which is a help to eating in.The covered areas are small so one family dominated when we were there but just an isolated situation. Staff was very helpful and responsive. I love that they do not allow people to reserve beach chairs. There were no problems with going to the beach; using a chair; then putting it back,simple and fair.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

This condo was the perfect place for our vacation. Thank you to the owner, Dave, Weiland who was very personable and helpful. This condo was the best as far as the comfort, views, the beach, and ocean. We only had to bring what we needed to wear, our toiletries, and sun block. We did not need to check any luggage--just had our carry-on bags. A few nights we grilled on the gas grills provided and didn't even have to leave the beach. The water looked like the Caribbean. We preferred this laid-back atmosphere on Longboat Key compared to some of the neighboring islands but loved exploring them. It was comforting to return "home" if we left the island. There are miles of beaches and public access areas where you can park your car or bike and explore. On our last day we saw a manatee at the far tip of the island which was our jewel for the day. We are looking forward to our next visit.

Room Tip: The views from this 4th floor condo were awesome. It was a corner unit, so we had views to up the c...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Additional Information about Turtle Crawl Inn Resort

Address: 4235 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Turtle Crawl Inn Resort is the place to enjoy the sound of rolling waves and some of the most spectacular sunsets on Longboat Key.With a wide variety of unit styles and floor plans to choose from, no longer does direct Gulf front mean sacrificing your entire vacation budget. ... more   less 
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