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“Tranquil views of the bay” 5 of 5 stars
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Resort at Longboat Key Club
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228   |  
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“Tranquil views of the bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

We stayed in a room with a balcony overlooking the lagoon, and it provided great views of the lush greenery by the water's edge, beautiful homes along the side with their boats in dock, birds overhead, and fish literally jumping out of the water. The room was simply decorated but beautiful, and had wonderful amenities including a living room area, a kitchen (with refrigerator, dishwasher, stove, and kitchenware), and washer/dryer. It was comforting to go back to after a quiet but exhausting day in the Florida sun. We went to Portofino, which was one of the resaturants on the resort. The staff was very friendly and attentive, and the food was tasty and served in ample portions. The fried calamari appetizer was cooked perfectly and we commented that it could've been enough as a dinner platter. There were a lot of things to do at the resort and I tried to use most of it such as the pool (great), the private beach (with helpful staff setting up beach chairs and umbrellas, and frequently taking food and drink orders, not to mention the white sand beach), and the fitness center (well-equipped with cardio machines, weight machines, and free-weights). Sorry to say I didn't have enough time to play golf, but the golf and resort grounds were immaculate and I would definitely go back again, and perhaps fit in a round of golf.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, August 2, 2011
Thank you for being our guest and taking the time to review your stay at the Longboat Key Club and Resort. Seeing the fish, dolphin and manatee that venture into the lagoon or along the beach always makes a wonderful experience. We look forward to having you with us again in the near future when you can also venture onto our Golf courses and enjoy the Tennis center.

Yours in Hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

This was our first visit and we were delighted with the 2 bedroom suite, which looked out onto the beach and sea. The suite itself was large and well equipped. The beach was just a short stroll from our terrace. The tennis courts were nearby and we also used the swimming pool and sunbeds. Would thoroughly recommend staying here and we hope to return in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

We stayed at the resort for 9 day in May/June before travelling down the coast to Naples.

We arrived in the evening after a very long journey from the UK and were shown to our Gulf view room / suite by a very nice young man. The room was lovely and had plenty of storage space and had a nice spacious balcony, ideal for having breakfast. There was a microwave, washing machine and dryer and a coffee machine (washing powder and coffee were replenished when used).

There is a Publix supermarket just down Longboat Key where you can pick up all the essentials, we did find some of the items a little expensive compared to UK prices – nearly $5 for cornflakes opposed to £2.00 in the UK .

The beach arrangement was rather odd, compared to other places we have been to, in that the sun (beds/chairs) are not laid until you tell the attendants where you want to lie, and although the beds/umbrellas are free we saw most people tipping the attendants a couple of dollars each day to lay out the beds – this is probably the norm in the US but not what we are used to in Europe. The beach is very nice and was not that crowded apart from the first weekend which was Memorial Day I believe. There are lots of interesting birds on the beach and we even saw a couple of dolphins and manatee swimming in fairly shallow water.

We used the resort purely as a base and did not eat or drink there at all or use any of the other facilities. There is wifi in the rooms so we were able to use our Iphone/Blackberry to go online. There is an onsite Internet room which I believe allows free access for a very limited time only.

Whilst at the resort we ventured to Anna Maria Island, St Armand’s Circle and into Sarasota and found plenty of places to eat – we particularly enjoyed Tommy Bahamas in St Armand’s. We had breakfast in St Armand’s at a place called the Blue Dolphin – it was the biggest breakfast we have ever seen! We did not find it particularly expensive to eat out – probably cheaper than the equivalent in the UK (although the added tax and tips did take a bit of getting used as mentioned before this is not the norm to us Brits). On check out there is a resort fee which was just over $100 dollars for the time we stayed.

We had lovely weather whilst there, despite the fact the hurricane/rainy season had just begun. We were interrupted only once by the rain, this unfortunately cut short our visit to the Siesta Key beach.

The location of the resort is great – right at the beginning of LBK but you do need a car. We usually had an early morning walk and spotted some fab houses nearby which backed onto the beach. There are great views of the sunset (weather permitting) each evening – nearby Lido Key and Bradenton Beach have great views too!

This was my first trip to the Florida, (it really was the sunshine state on our visit) – I certainly hope it will not be my last, I had a great time.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fermanagh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

Just back from a 6 night stay in this beautiful resort. We had booked and paid for, 8 months in advance, for a 2 bedroom suite. When we checked in they gave us a 1 bedroom suite interconnecting to a double bedroom. When I questioned about our 2 bedroom suite, they shrugged and said it was exactly the same thing. I was very dubious about this and leaving the luggage still in the car, went up to check it out. It seemed pretty much the same but slightly smaller than the 2 bedroom suite, so rather than creating a scene, we accepted it. It did however niggle me that we had paid for something we didn't get!

This resort really is incredible however. The views over the ocean are breathtaking! The rooms are gorgeous, and the beds are particularly comfortable. They charge you a resort fee of $15 dollars per room per day, which other reviewers have complained about. I think it is justified , as each day you get fresh towels down at the pool or the beach. A cabana on the beach is made up for you when you go down to the beach, or if you would prefer, sunbeds and a parasol. There is a complimentary newspaper delivered to your room each morning. There is complimentary coffee in the lobby in the morning and delicious spa water in the afternoon. Your suite is cleaned thoroughly each day and the dishwasher loaded and put on for you. There is a more than adequate supply left each day of fresh coffee for the machine in your kitchen.

On the negative side however, I think the staff in reception and in the Sands Point Restaurant and Bar are very unapproachable. They all seem to be very aloof and unfriendly. On our first night, we ate in the Sands Point Restaurant. Our teenage daughters only wanted something from the lite snacks menu, which they had displayed at the entrance to the restaurant. After being seated and handed menusand served our drinks, we noticed that the menu was much more a la carte than the one we had just looked at. We asked if our daughters could order from the other menu. Our waitress went then and got the manager of the hotel who said it was impossible and that we would have to move tables if we wanted to order from this menu. He said it was only available in the other restaurant. The other restaurant was three steps up from were we were sitting! Tthe food was all coming out of the same kitchen. We were not even aware that they were 2 separate restaurants. My teenagers were very embarrassed at the manager coming down. The waitress could have told us this herself. I didn't think it would have been a big deal to give 2 fussy teenagers something from the other menu. One of them ended up just having a starter, and the other a kids meal!! We were the only diners in the place that night!

If you order anything from a drink or food, beware that tax is then added on, along with a 20% service charge. Your $169 dollar meal can then become $214. I think the service charge should be optional depending on your service and not compulsory!!

We ate in the Portofino Restaurant one night and the staff there were incredibly friendly. There was a much happier feel to this restaurant than in the main hotel.

All of the exercise and yoga classes have to be paid and are not complimentary! This is quite deceptive and does not clearly state it anywhere.

In summary, if you have plenty of money, and are not watching every dollar, you certainly cannot go wrong with staying in Longboat Key Club Resort as it is definitely luxury at its finest. The staff should be given a course in customer relations however!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2011

We live about 65 miles from Longboat Key so decided to stay here checking in 7-1 and checking out 7-4. We reserved and were charged a deposit for a small suite which is one large room, kitchenette, good sized balcony, etc. There are several buildings on the property. We booked over the phone and were assured of a beach front room. Upon check in we were offered a mai tai or glass of wine which is a nice touch. When we got to the room we were disappointed that it was directly overlooking the pool, not the beach. Called to request the room category we reserved and were told they were fully booked and no other rooms were available. We stated we expected the room category we had reserved and already been charged a deposit for and she said she would call back. She called back and offered us the exact same type room 3 floors above. We again stated we expected what we had reserved. She again stated she would call back. She called back and offered another room (strange since she had told us the first time nothing else was available) in a different building and it was beach front as we had reserved. The room was very nice but had some maintenance issues. A light fixture on the wall of the balcony was not only missing a light bulb but also missing any type of fixture that would cover the bulb so we were looking a metal electrical box. Some of the base molding in the kitchen was also missing. We were paying well over $300 per night (due to the holiday weekend) so these types of things should be maintained. Also,this is Florida in July and the rooms really should have ceiling fans. We checked out on July 4 and that morning requested a late check out. Same woman we dealt with over the problem of wrong room category at check in immediately informed us that they were fully booked and it wouldn't be possible. Seems to be her initial response to any request. We might possibly stay here again but would definitely have lower expectations. Like so many hotels they charge a "resort fee" which includes parking, internet access, daily newspaper, etc. A bad practice that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. None of these things ruined our stay, but it would have been more pleasant without them.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Devon England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

Whilst the hotel was average but acceptable we are moved to warn of the very poor restaurant facil;ities within the complex.

We visited the 'Sands Pointe' restaurant which is the only restaurant on the main complex and situated beside the reception area. [beware if you are a novice traveller - you could well feel that you are a captive audience]

As airline staff, the menu at this restaurant is the most sparse that we have encountered and was compounded by the cost - two courses and a glass of wine each COST $140

When we politely mentioned to the waiter that the menu was restrictive, we were met with a evening of surley service.

Guests beware as there are numerous other restaurants in the vicinity which offer far better quality and service at realistic prices.

In fairness to the hotel, we would possibly choose to return BUT we will not be visiting the restaurant[s]

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Waco, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

My husband and I invited some of our family to come and meet us at this resort for a short weekend. It was very nice. Clean, comfortable and spacious. It was a bit pricey but I think nowadays anything descent is always going to cost more. I would definately stay away from the fancy restaurants on site; They are way too expensive and the food is not good. The beach/pool cafe was pretty good. We did that for lunch one day...for 3 of us it was about $65 for sandwiches and sodas! The beach is very nice, some waves but still pretty safe for the kids. The pool should be bigger but still nice and clean. The good part is they have washers/dryers in the room so that was a plus. We stayed in a golf view suite, the beach one was about $69 more per night and since we were paying for 3 rooms it was not worth it. I would recommend the resort; it's great for families.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228
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 Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Resort at Longboat Key Club 4*
Number of rooms: 225
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AAA Four-Diamond private beach front resort just off the coast of Sarasota. Elegantly appointed suite accommodations feature a kitchen, washer/dryer, private balcony and twice daily housekeeping. On-site amenities include six restaurants, championship golf, all new Tennis Gardens, Spa, fitness center, marina, year-round Kids Klub and miles of white sand beach. ... more   less 
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