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“Second time even better!” 5 of 5 stars
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6351 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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“Second time even better!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2008

This is our second time staying at Rolling Waves--and our second review. Rolling Waves is for a particular type of person who loves the privacy of a cottage on the beach as opposed to a condo. It is very simple and old fashioned. There are new owners since we last were there and they have done a lot of upkeep--our cottage had a new door, new kitchen cabinets, new ceiling fans, new TV etc. The Caretaker, a charmingly friendly and scattered lady is still there. We loved our cottage again and appreciate being on this quiet and beautiful beach. As we were packing to go, a couple drove up to see if there were any vacancies so we let them llook at our cottage --though we knew it was rented. They loved it. Right after they left ,another lady came up and asked about the place. She loved it too. If we had been owners, we could have rented it twice! Only for those who appreciate " Old Florida"--but if you do--it's perfect!

  • Liked — It's a much less crowded beach than many in Florida
Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2008

I have been going to Rolling waves from 26 years
and have only had great times, as far as the new
owners they have never been anything but nice.

Cheers, Cyrus

  • Liked — Beach,Fishing,sunsets
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2007

Our prospective stay Rolling Waves Cottages in mid-April nearly turned into a catastrophe. Twice before we arrived, I called to confirm our reservation and which cabin we were going to be in. Repeatedly, I was told cabin #6, which is the second closest to the Gulf. This was going to be fine with us, as what we wanted during our trip was a nice, quiet atmosphere with a short walk to the beach.

However, when we arrived the morning of our check-in, we were told that we were going to have to have cabin #2, because the people in #6 “decided to stay an extra night”. The owners were very rude and told us this was our problem, not theirs. Cabin #2 was definitely not ok with us as it is located right on Gulf Drive, and therefore subject to traffic noise….which is just what we wanted to get out of town to avoid! Classic bait-and switch situation.

To make things worse, after we suggested to the woman that the people in #6 should be the ones to move to cabin 2, she started huffing and puffing and rolling her eyes at us. When we rebuffed that sort of behavior to us as CUSTOMERS! she wagged her finger in our face and screamed that we “have to take #2, it’s not your decision anymore!!” Hmm, my bad, I thought the customer was always right and is supposed to be treated with respect. Apparently not here.

Anyway, I eventually convinced her slightly more reasonable husband to refund our deposit. We went on to find an amazing place nearby to stay for our 3 days in Florida and had a wonderful time! Ironically, we ended up paying $50 less per night and were directly on the beach! Paid less, better view, and NICE management. It doesn’t get any better.

Just make sure you avoid Rolling Waves!

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RollingWavesGroup, Owner Group at Rolling Waves Cottages, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
Since this review was written the ownership and management of Rolling Waves has changed. The concerns and criticisms outlined in the review have been addressed and rectified. Many improvements have been made to the site and cottages.
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Address: 6351 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228
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Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #4 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Longboat Key
Number of rooms: 7
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Rolling Waves Cottages Hotel Longboat Key

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