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Gulfside Beach Resort
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4711 Gulf Of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228 (Formerly Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Apopka, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Nice stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

We took a quick trip over to the coast to stay at this Hilton. The hotel staff was very welcoming, rooms were clean, and the grounds well kept. The hotel is situated right on a great beach for playing in the sand, relaxing in the sun, or spashing in the Gulf of Mexico. The kids definitely want to go back.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HiltonLBK, Director of Sales at Gulfside Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thanks for your review and we hope you return soon for another relaxing vacation!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles
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95 reviews 95 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Great experience but know before you go.... Best first, sooo close to the beach and the beach is beautiful. Sailboat rentals easy and terrific pool and jacuzzi steps from the sand. My kids brought a volleyball and played volleyball with other kids. The food and menu were terrific at the outdoor restaurant which is literally the only place you can eat on Longboat Key right on the sand basically. Room service terrific and front desk outstanding. Things that bugged me...the pool closes at dusk. Really? I have two teenagers and when I'm on a tropical vacation in Florida we want to swim in the evening. Granted "dusk" is around 8:30 but for a Florida resort this is unreasonable. Just a pet warning, if you bring a pet you are not allowed to leave them in the room however you are also not allowed to have them at the outdoor dining area which means you will not be able to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor restaurant. Not saying good or bad...just know before you go if that is an issue. Great buffet breakfast and easy for kids. Best news, if you are a Florida resident in the summer they have a special rate which you won't find online or on the central reservation line. Call the hotel directly and ask for the Florida resident rate. It includes a fee beach cabana for a day and 2 free glasses of wine/beer. I would have given 5 stars except for the pool closure restriction.

Room Tip: There are no rooms with a gulf view all just partial. Also know that the main entrances to get into...
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  • Stayed July 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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HiltonLBK, Director of Sales at Gulfside Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thank you for your comments! We will pass along your praise to the front desk and restaurant, which they will very much appreciate. As for the pool closing at dusk, we do this because the pool is located directly next to guestrooms. Thank you again and we hope to see you in the future.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

Recently spent 3 days here with my husband and 4 young children. I loved the setting. One of the most beautiful strips of beach I've been to in Florida. Quiet beach, calm setting. Beach great for swimming and sunning. Not full of jet ski and parasail rentals.

Pool area was well maintained, used but never crowded. Restaurant had superb food and yet it was very casual. Could enjoy service in swimsuit on pool deck or on covered deck steps from the beach.

Rooms were well decorated and comfy, but baths were tight for my family.

Would definitely come back. Only major complaint: thought property was non smoking, but there were people smoking on the pool deck while we were there and in the room next to ours

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HiltonLBK, Director of Sales at Gulfside Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thank you for your review and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with your family. We look forward to seeing you again!
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The Woodlands
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Great location! Yards from beautiful Longboat Key beach! This Hilton is great for a weekend getaway!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HiltonLBK, Director of Sales at Gulfside Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thanks for your review and we hope to see you soon for another weekend getaway!
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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

stayed here with the family for 7 nights, great position, good food, great service, very happy stay
would have no hesitation going back, love the area

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HiltonLBK, Director of Sales at Gulfside Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thank you for your comments and we look forward to your return!
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

My husband and I have travelled to many places in the world but this is our all time favourite hotel! We have been here twice. It has a relaxed but quietly stated beachy elegance. Also it is small and very friendly. The beach right in back of the hotel is wonderful and huge. No matter how many people are staying at the hotel, it never seems crowdedl We hear it is soon to be remodeled which makes us very sad. It is a wonderful place to really relax.

Room Tip: The higher floors and corner rooms have the best views of the ocean. The balconies are great places...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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HiltonLBK, Director of Sales at Gulfside Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thank you for your review and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are being renovated next year, but I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the end result as we plan to continue to be “quiet and relaxed.” We look forward to seeing you again!
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Orlando, FL
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

Horrible! Awful customer service, staff has bad attitude. Our jaws are on the floor it's so bad. Management included. They are asleep at the wheel! I highly encourage you to stay somewhere else. Another family we spoke to today having the same bad experience. There are other better beachfront hotels. No need for you to ever stay here. Hoping to save others the annoyance, waste of vacation days and waste of money. Wish we had stayed somewhere else. :(

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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HiltonLBK, Director of Sales at Gulfside Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thank you for your review, and I am sorry that the service level you received was not up to your expectations. This is not typical for our hotel and I hope that you give us another try in the future.
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Address: 4711 Gulf Of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228 (Formerly Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort)
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gulfside Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 102
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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Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Hotel Longboat Key

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