After getting engaged in Florida in May 2010, my now husband and I decided to return to Florida and to the Hilton, Longboat Key for our wedding from the UK in September of this year. We bought with us 56 guests with 50 of them being from the UK.
Taking into account the fact that I live in the UK, the planning could not have gone any smoother and both Jen and Jessica were constantly on hand to answer both my many emails and phone calls with questions from recommendations for vendors to what colour I wanted for my linens.
In the few days before my wedding when I was actually in Florida, they both took time out to meet with my vendors to ensure that my day was as effortless as possible.
I stayed at the Hotel for two nights. The night before the wedding my friend (who was staying with me) and I checked in and were greeted at Reception by a staff member who was extremely friendly, immediately asked me questions about my wedding and just made us both feel special. Our room was lovely with seperate living area which came in really useful the next day when my Bridesmaids and I were getting ready.
Our wedding was absolutely perfect and Jessica was around during the Ceremony to ensure that everything ran smoothly. We got the impression from her and Jen that they literally could not do enough for you. The location of the hotel was perfect, the beach was beautifully set up and the weather was also amazing. Following on from the Ceremony we had a cocktail hour around the Antigua Room of the hotel which all my guests loved. The cocktails were absolutely delicious as were our choice of canapes.
Our main meal was lovely - a few of our guests even went as far as to say that the steak was the best they ever had and couldnt believe the quality of the food considering the catering was on a large scale. The Cheese and Fruit display was also amazing. All the banquet evening staff and bar staff were on hand to meet every request we had and nothing was too much trouble.
When my husband and I returned to our room after the wedding, we had strawberries dipped in chocolate and Champagne on ice in our room which was such a lovely touch.
Our guests thought the whole wedding was fabulous and could not believe how friendly everyone was. It is still a massive talking point now and everyone is desperate to go back.
A few of our guests stayed the night and all commented on how beautiful the rooms were. We all met for breakfast the next morning and had the buffet which was lovely and also great value. A few of our guests then used the pool area/went for a walk on the beach for the rest of the morning which was brilliant as we could all relax together.
The check our proceedure was as smooth as the check in and we were all absolutely gutted to leave and wanted to do the wedding all again. My family and I stayed in Florida after the wedding - some for 3 weeks - others for an additional 5 weeks. During that time both my family and I returned to The Hilton for both evening meals and lunches. The food and service was always first class and we all felt it excellent value for money.
I cannot speak highly enough of this hotel, the service we received, all the staff and the wonderfully attentive wedding help we got from Jessica and Jen. We have such fond memories of the Hilton and I would recommend both staying here and getting married here to anyone.
We miss it terribly but we will definitely be back. Thanks again to all.
Kathryn and Stephen Abbey
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Longboat Key is nestled among ancient Banyan trees on the picturesque island of Longboat Key, just off the coast of Bradenton and Sarasota. A 102-room boutique-size property, the Hilton Longboat Key is the kind of place that you come to for a relaxing vacation where you dig your toes in the powdery-white sand and sip on tropical drinks while you watch dolphins and manatees swim by. Just 8 miles South on Lido Key, the 100 shops and restaurants of St. Armands Circle will satisfy the shopaholic in you, as well as your cravings for fresh seafood, frozen drinks and upscale fare. The water rules here, and there is plenty to do to become one with our island lifestyle --- you can rent jet skis and sailboats right out on our beach, or take a kayak nature tour through the mangroves on Lido Key. Our team invites you to relax and enjoy all that the Longboat Key area has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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