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“Perfect Choice For Any Need” 5 of 5 stars
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5441 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Perfect Choice For Any Need”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

A delightful collection of cottages with private and easy access to the beach. Originally built in 1949, these units have been fully updated with modern improvements without losing any of the charm that makes cottage living so comfortable and enjoyable. The website provides excellent detail and will help you choose the right cottage for your trip. Amenities include gas grills, patio with table and chairs, free laundry, FIOS cable TV and wireless, ceiling fan, and fully equipped kitchen. Quality restaurants and shops are directly across the street including an excellent breakfast/lunch place and two very good lunch/dinner establishments. The beautiful Joan M. Durante Park (Google it) is also a two minute walk from the resort and offers easy trails and pristine native beauty. Loved staying there and would definitely come back if we visited Longboat Key again.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Tampa, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Our family of 6 stayed at the Jasmine cottage. We loved it! The Jasmine has two bedrooms, two baths and a sofa bed. The cottage was beautifully decorated and had all the necessary items needed to enjoy the beach, cook meals and enjoy the beauty of the area. We have stayed at one of the resorts on Longboat before which was lovely. However, we really liked the Arbors by the Sea because you practically have the beach to yourself. It is like having your own private beach. They provided umbrellas, beach towels, chairs and beach floats. The cottage was clean and beds were comfortable. We enjoyed the patio and cooked out one night. There are great restaurants and St. Armand's Circle close by. We particularly liked "The Lazy Lobster" across the street. We will definitely stay there again and will recommend it to others.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Pasadena, California
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

I went here with my family and 2 other families that we are really close with, and it was absolutely perfect. Since there are 5 different cottages, the parents of each family had their own smaller cottage to stay at with their younger children, and the older kids all stayed together in the two larger cottages. It was nice because everyone was able to be all together, but also have their own space at times too. All of the cottages had adorable beach decor. They were very clean, and located a private, quiet area. I loved being right on the beach, and every night we would all grill out together and hang out outside and watch the sunset. The cottages aren't too far from St Armands circle, so it was fun to head there for a day and explore. This was by far one of my favorite vacations, things honestly couldn't have been more perfect. Everyone loved the Arbors so much that when we came back and told everyone about it, two of our friends even decided to go check it out, and are now having their wedding out there. I am so excited to go back!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are great! The Jasmine has the most space.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013 via mobile

Charm, location and amenities made this lodging a great value. Party of 6, stayed in the 3-bedroom Rose cottage. Space was just right for our group, parking was an issue - some guests brought more cars than their allotted space, which meant the others had to jockey for space or find an alternative. Unfortunately, staff was not helpful. Quiet location with good restaurants nearby helped quell parking woes.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wolcott, Connecticut
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17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

My husband and I took my son and his wife for a long weekend. We stayed in the jasmine cottage. It is closest to beach. It is adorable. 2 bdrm/2 bath. It is decorated very beachy. Nice furnishings. Plasma tvs in each room. Kitchen fully equipped. Nice patio with gas grill facing beach. Nice enclosed porch. Short walk to beach. Great beach. My son built the best sand castle you will ever see in Nice common area with firepit. We love it there. If I had anything negative to say is during peak months it is very expensive, but most everywhere you go that is nice is going to be as well. The ac seem to be alittle warm in master but we had 2 fans which helped. It is alittle off beaten path and is very quiet, which we liked. In the evening we went to sandbar, beach house. Both excellent. Played putt putt which was nice. The guys fished off the pier and had a blast. The we visted the tree bar near the pier and that was fun. Our last day we rented a boat from the marina and it was so much fun.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Berea, Ohio
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78 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Longboat Key in January is practically paradise...especially a week spent in Ivy Cottage amidst near-record high temperatures. After two previous stays at LBK's Silver Sands, we retirees particularly appreciated the quiet and privacy of the cottage. Well worth the additional expense. We also enjoyed George's hospitality and helpfulness, convivial sunset gatherings with other Arbors vacationers and walking to Harry's and Lazy Lobster. Hard to leave at the week's end; we expect to return annually.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Buffalo
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70 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Arbors by the Sea over the Thanksgiving week-end, and we loved it! We stayed in the Ivy cottage, and it was clean, comfortable, and beautifully decorated. We served dinner to our friends, and the kitchen had everything we could possibly need. The private beach is beautiful, and it was uncrowded and great for walking! We had a wonderful stay and hope to return!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: 5441 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
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Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
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Ranked #10 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Longboat Key
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Number of rooms: 5
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