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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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Ranked #2 of 6 hotels in Longboat Key
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“Amazing resort. Best hotel of our trip.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Stayed only 3 nights during our 2 week Florida vacation (Orlando, Sarasota, then St Pete's Beach). This hotel and beach were so good it basically ruined our St Pete's stay. If you have a choice, pick Longboat Key!!

The whole area of Sarasota, St Armands Circle, and Longboat was really nice. It was quiet, clean, and classy throughout. The resort itself was really large, split over two locations 3 miles apart.. be aware of this when booking your room. We booked a Beach View Suite which was superb. Really spacious, great views, nice balcony, and large fridge freezer meaning we drank frozen cocktails watching sunset.

Bedbugs. Previous reviewers hinted at bedbugs. This worried us due to previous experiences. We didn't experience any bed bugs (and we checked thoroughly), but we did get bitten on the beach quite a lot on the first night by sand bugs. This caused spotting very similar to that described by the previous reviewer, and was easily solved by insect repellent. I'd say this was probably his beef, and NOT bed bugs. The rooms were really clean, and the beds were amazingly comfortable.

The pool was brilliant - large enough, warm and deep with a nice hot tub just beside it. A short walk to the private beach, and you'll be smiling ear to ear. So quiet! Great for walking along, or just lounging on the cabanas all day. The Gulf was warm, and a really good depth for paddling. The hotel did offer bike hire, but the bikes were a bit old and shoddy - use at your own risk!

The fitness centre has great facilities, but is a short jog / walk from resort centre. There is a CVS 3 miles north of the resort for food/drink... but before you buy frozen pizza's, check for an oven!!!

Mote Aquarium is a 10 minute walk up the road, and St Armands circle beyond that for food, drinks, ice creams, or Pepper Palace (hot sauce shop)!

Overall, this was a really relaxing part of our trip due to the superb views, room, pool, beach and location. I'd highly recommend this resort to anyone, and would definitely come back.

Room Tip: Just splash out and get the Beach View Suite. You won't be disappointed. Be wary that Lagoon Vie...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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    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
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Prospect, KY
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Deluxe 2 bdrm units have gorgeous views. Beach service is wonderful. Chairs and umbrellas were included with the resort fee. Servers were attentive and quickly brought food and drinks. I would recommend LB Key Club. The resort is 30 years old and they have done a wonderful job maintaining the property.

  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Parrish
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

The Longboat Key Club is wonderful. The suites are clean, spacious and comfortable. The full kitchen is perfectly equipped.

The bed is so comfortable you won't want to get up but you will because you don't want to miss the beautiful pool area and beach area.

The staff are friendly, professional and very personable. Always helpful and greet you with a smile and by name. They are willing to help in any way.

The beach area is great. They set up your chairs and umbrella where you want it.

I cannot say enough about this resort. I look forward to my next trip.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms!!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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Kentucky
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42 hotel reviews
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We stayed at this resort in July for a wedding. We stayed in a 2 bedroom room and it was very nice. Decor was modern and updated and it was nice to have a washer and dryer in the unit. We had a large balcony that extended the entire length of the unit, with access from both bedrooms and the living room area. There was also a small balcony that came off of one of the bathrooms in the front.
The grounds of the resort were very well kept and the beach was beautiful, although there was a lot of sea weed that week. However, everyone in our party made comments on how dissappointed they were with the pool area. For a resort of this size, I would expect a MUCH larger pool area. It is just one large, square pool. For the money you are spending to stay here, I would have expected more of a resort style pool.
We did not eat anywhere on property, but those that did said it was quite expensive. There is no where to go within walking distance, but St Armands Circle is about a 5 minute drive away.
I have to say that the rooms at this resort were some of the best I have ever stayed in, however we tend to spend the majority of our time at the pool when on vacation. Because the pool here is so small and crowded, I would look to stay somewhere else next time.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

The have an awesome pool , a restaurant and of course the beach. The Beach is beautiful. The rooms are great (the suit is the BEST) They have the driving range there , Tennis , and a relaxing hot tub. I don't think it's possible to get bored at this hotel. The last time I stayed was around September 2010. I just selected 2012 because it wouldn't go back to 2010.

Room Tip: The suits are the most spacious. All the rooms are pretty quite
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  • Stayed September 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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Shanghai
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

We spent 7 nights here with a 16 year old in tow for a bit of relaxation after Disney! Great position as a very short drive (5 mins or so) into St Armands Circle and a pretty quick drive into Sarasota proper - I would suggest that a car is a must for getting around. The hotel is OK but is nothing exceptional, it's a bit jaded - the pool area is tatty, new furniture, parasols and a new bar itself wouldn't go amiss although the pool is fine! The hotel restaurant was exceptionally quiet so we decided to give it a miss but breakfast and lunches were very good (top tip - share a maincourse at lunchtime as the portions are huge!) We had a huge 'room', better described as an 'apartment' - huge balcony overlooking the sea with furniture, nice and quiet, very comfortable bed, good furnishings, well appointed bathroom and a fully fitted kitchen. My only gripe was the air-con which was incredibly old and so noisy it was unbelievable - literally woke us up every time it clicked on / off - our son who was sleeping on a sofa bed in the sitting room had real problems with his sleep quality! The best part for us was the beach, and in particular the 'beach boys' who gave us great service finding loungers / putting up parasols etc! The sea and beach were gorgeous! After chatting with guests (mostly Americans) it was clear that a lot of guests were 'old timers' who visited year after year, perhaps you don't notice the cracks after a while? The golf was excellent, two quite different courses, and extremely enjoyable! (Second top tip, take your clubs!) We ate out in St Armands Circle every evening and had superb food at a different place every evening - enjoy!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

My husband and I were searching for a weekend FL beach location since we live in the Midwest. This hotel fit the bill. We loved our room, pool and beach. The rooms were very clean and stylish. The beach has wait staff which will bring you food and drinks which allowed us to really relax. We also spent a lot of time paying golf and tennis. The Longboat Key Tennis Gardens was so accommodating. The tennis concierge matched me up as a single while my husband played golf, with a group of ladies for doubles. They have a beautiful facility with hard and clay courts. My only caution is the hotel does not endorse restaurants were they do not have a partnership, so the concierge staff will push certain restaurants and not others. Just use Tripadvisor to find a place to eat. All in all a great getaway.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 hotels in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Resort at Longboat Key Club 4*
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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