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“The best of all worlds” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Casa del Mar Beach Resort

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4621 Gulf Of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228-210   |  
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Summerfield, Florida
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41 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“The best of all worlds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

Beauty, serenity, the Gulf of Mexico, a lush environment and wonderful accommodations, that in few words is Casa Del Mar. This resort is at the top of our list of terrific places to vacation away from the usual. We have traveled around the country and in many places in Europe, but Casa Del Mar is hard to beat. Yes there are more luxurious world renowned resorts but CDM ranks in our top 10 hit parade.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Ocala, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

We use to go to CDM every year when we lived in NJ say 1988-1994. But since moving to FL, we haven't had many chances to go. Probably 11 years ago was the last time. We decided to go back this year, and we stayed in the same room as 19 years ago, when my son was an infant! It has been updated since then, although if you review the website, you can check out each room, and some are even more recently updated. Our unit was an upstairs, corner, end unit with larger living space, and private steps to the beach, and better views of the gulf! From the making of the reservations, to checking in and out, we could not have had a better experience. The staff was friendly and accomodating. Every need was met. We needed a can opener, and they had one right at the ready! My daughter made nice friends from all over Canada and the US. The kids ran around all day and night with not a peep of complaints from the staff (see earlier review). They swam in the pool and played Manhunt at night and played cards during the rain. Many memories were made! My ONLY complaint, which I did not bring to management's attention, was some mold on the master bath shower curtain. I am sure they would have handled it immediately if I mentioned it. While there, we dined at the Lazy Lobster of Longboat (SUPERB!) and Mar Vista (not as good as we remembered.) We also went to the Ringling Museum, which was fun and very interesting. I can't wait to go back to Longboat Key and Casa Del Mar!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Longingtotravelmore
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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2011

We were only due to stay 3 nights and extended our stay for a further 4 nights. The location is perfect. You are literally steps away from the beach. It's a nice stretch and well looked after. Having mostly done beach holidays in Europe and never Florida we felt as if we'd found something special here. The pool is great too. The staff take a professional approach and we found office and out of hours team helpful. It's not luxury but the beach, ocean views, sunsets and wildlife make this place very special. When we extended our stay we asked for a higher spec condo. 14c is beautiful, recently renovated, overlooking the pool and of course the ocean and of a high standard. Check the web site for photos of each condo. Our first was shabby. Our teenage girls enjoyed it so too our 8 yr old! There were plenty of families
staying. People seem to return year after year. We would love to visit again"

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Blairsontour
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Kendall, Florida
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108 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

On a whim, my girlfriend and I decided to join our friends (who were already at Casa Del Mar) for a quick one-night getaway. We travelled early in the morning from Miami to Longboat key in order to enjoy the day.. and enjoy we did. We arrived just a tad after 12pm on a Sunday. After a quick lunch, we stepped out of the sliding glass doors and diretlcy to the beach.. this is the 2nd best beach access i have ever encountered in my travels.. just walk outside and you are there.. We had a very nice dinner taking adavntage of the full kitchen and went back to the "backyard" for the most amazing sunset. On Sunday, i had a quick breakfast and then stepped outside and into the warm Gulf waters.. it was pretty amazing to be in th eocean and swimming at 9am while corporate america droned on.. not that i had a care in the world..

my one complaint is that the 2nd bedroom we utilized was small and cramped and the beds were worn and creaky..

but i am so glad i took the four hour drive for this quick two day/one night trip.. i came very close to reserving a full week for next year but am still considering it.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

Our best Florida vacation ever!. Clean, cozy, garden paradise. Fantastic private beach. Excellent tennis courts and grilling area. Friendly, helpful staff. No riff raff. Convenient to nearby shopping and restaurants.
The buildings are so close to the water we couldn't believe it.
We will be back!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Longboat Key, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

My husband and I are locals (mainland Sarasota) and have made several "get aways" at this lovely resort. Two of our previous stays included my 12 year old and a couple of her friends, and this last visit was just the two of us. We are always blown away by the accommodating staff and the beautifully appointed units. We have stayed in a different unit each time and they were all nicely decorated, updated and well stocked. The free wi-fi in every unit is a huge bonus for this techie family. And the beaches and views cannot be topped. It is the first place we think of when we talk about staying on the island for a bit. We look forward to many happy returns.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Wesley Chapel, Florida
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

Based on my perception of the staff, this should be marketed as a 55+ community, not a family-friendly community. The entire staff is over 60+, which makes sense why I felt they were not accommodating to my kids/family. I will try to Sun n' Sea next year - right next door! They seemed MUCH friendlier when I visited there on our trip.

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  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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Address: 4621 Gulf Of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228-210
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Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Longboat Key
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Number of rooms: 102
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guests enjoy beach resort amenities and beautifully appointed condominium vacation homes. A lush tropical setting directly on the turquoise Gulf of Mexico. Spacious two bedroom, two bath accommodations with great kitchens and porches and patios. Extraordinary white powder sand beach. Huge heated gulf view pool. Championship tennis courts. Natural beauty, serenity and a staff that "goes the extra mile." An island favorite! ... more   less 
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