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“Pretty grounds, good local, units really need updating!” 3 of 5 stars
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Beach Castle Resort
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   5310 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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chicago suburbs
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Pretty grounds, good local, units really need updating!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

Booked through expedia. Unit was ok but really needed some updating. As each unit is owned independently, perhaps other units had better decor. We did have a nice view of the intercoastal and the grounds were well maintained. Having just come from Siesta Key - I will go back there. Lots of high end condos at Longboat but the beach on Longboat doesn't begin to compare to Siesta Key beaches.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Hired a 2 bedroom apartment for family. Arrived noon but the room wasn't ready until 4pm. Not great with a baby. Once in the room was clean and tidy. All amenities provided. Wifi _ check...what else is there!
No major grumbles. Reasonable value given the stunning location.

Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Oakville, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Stayed at the Tradewinds Resort, Anna Maria Island for about ten years straight during the 4th of July holiday. Tradewinds got to be run down and the staff were consistently rude! Anna Maria itself is crowded and the main street is narrow and unsafe for children. Summer rains often flood many areas of the main drag there and the sidewalks are impassable.

Aug 2013 we decided to make a move to Long Boat Key and stayed at the Beach Castle. Boy what a difference. The staff acted like they really wanted our business. They were friendly and very attentive to our needs. Upgraded to a two bedroom suite on the Gulf side. Beautiful property. Modern furnishings and clean. Long Boat Key's main drag is wider than Anna Maria's and doesn't seem to flood as badly. Many of the Beach Castle condos offer access to a decent fitness center and tennis courts down the road.

Overall had a wonderful stay here at the Beach Castle. Never again will I stay in the Anna Maria area.

Room Tip: Gulf side condos seem bigger with more modern . Parking can be tough if the property is full.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bloomfield, New Mexico
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Last stayed here in 1985. Great site improvements to the property. Clean condos, beautiful landscaping, right on the beach. Dock available. Gas grill available. Swimming pool and beach access. Helpful front office staff. Will stay again!!

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Longboat Key, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Have been coming to Longboat Key for over 30 years and The Beach Castle is a mid key gem. Small complex that has everything. Beach, fishing dock on the Bay, Pool, Hot tub and tennis court. Close to (walking distance) of great restarants, shopping and park. Recently stayed in unit #2 a completly updated 2nd floor Gulf front unit and it just doesn't get any better. This unit is a gem. Great times. We will be back.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

We have been staying at The Beachcastle Resort for 8 years and it just gets better and better. Our favorite is unit 1on the gulf side which has a nice deck and a short walk onto the beach.Go and see for yourself.

Room Tip: Have unit 1 gulf side
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  • Stayed November 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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Florida
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We stayed here for two nights with three other couples. Great place...small but perfect. We stayed in units 21 & 22 and they were perfect for two couples each...very, very clean and comfortable. It's great having a kitchen, even if we didn't cook. Just being able to have room to put out snacks, make coffee and have dessert is wonderful. I was surprised to see that they provide shampoo, condition and lotion in the bathrooms and starter packets of coffee (decaf & regular) with sugar & creamer as well as a small bottle of dish detergent to clean up.

The pool and hot tub are great. Our friends told us that the area around the pool has been redone since they were there last year, and it is great to know that the owners continually upgrade where needed. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available and it is a short walk to the beach.

The resort is close to a small shopping area where we ate breakfast each morning at the Blue Dolphin and had dinner one evening at the Lazy Lobster. Both are delicious and a great value.

This is one place to which we will definitely return.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 Beach Castle Resort

Address: 5310 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Beach Castle Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Between the azure blue of the Southwest Florida skies, and the turquoise Gulf of Mexico waters sits Beach Castle Resort on Longboat Key. A true beach-to-bay community, Beach Castle rests on one of the narrowest points of this prestigious island allowing the community to extend from the Gulf side to the bay side – a quality few have the privilege to carry. With various locations to choose from, including Gulf front, bay front, pool and garden views – this charming resort caters to even the most discerning traveler. Equipped with spacious one-, two-, and three-bedroom options, this 21-unit condominium resort offers a laid-back appeal. Beach Castle Resort is a classic choice with amenities that cater to an array of travelers providing the perfect vacation experience. Holding a reputation on the island as one of the top accommodation options, Beach Castle Resort exudes charm and perfection that wins the hearts of all who stay here. Many of our guests return year-after-year. Economically priced, combined with exceptional furnishings and unique amenities including private beach access and a bay front fishing or boating dock, Beach Castle offers vacationers a glimpse into reminiscent days of Old Florida charm and private getaways. ... more   less 
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