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“Very nice resort, Best location, privacy, and great amenities” 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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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Germantown, Maryland
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83 reviews 83 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Very nice resort, Best location, privacy, and great amenities”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Had a wonderful 3 night stay for our anniversary end of December. We were given a beautiful king room with a wonderful gulf view upon checkin. Staff was extremely helpful and accomodating. The beach and views are second to none. This place would be ranked number 1 if not for the cost. You get what you pay for here. Spa, fitness club, tennis, golf. Free beach chairs anf umbrellas. It Is resort/club experience. Be sure to make all reservations food, spa, golf, etc.. upon checking in. It can be confusing or overwhelming if you are not a member. A fantastic and relaxing stay. Don't forget to see st. Armands circle for shops, food, etc.. we will be back with family. Thank you again!!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Dear Zachary2000:

Thank you for the “5” rating! Great to hear that you had a wonderful anniversary with us. I will enjoy sharing your review with our associates at our daily shift meetings and thanking them for being “helpful and accommodating”. I agree, that it is a good idea to sit with the concierge early in your stay to have them help plan your experience. They may even begin to assist prior to checkin at concierge@longboatkeyclub.com. Happy to hear it was a “Happy and relaxing stay” and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Brighouse, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

We had a two week holiday here starting Christmas Day and found that the hotel exceeded all expectations. The hotel room and room service were first class. Rooms cleaned to high standard each day. We were on the 7th floor and perhaps would have appreciated being a couple of floors down.

The hotel is very close to St Almands Circle which is a delightful tourist shopping area with restaurants and gift shops.

The hotel is just off a very nice white sandy beach with at tentative staff taking orders for the beach restaurant.

If you play golf (which we don't) or your just looking for a relaxing break this is a fantastic gated hotel complex.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Dear Eurows:

Thank you very much for your review and “5” rating! I appreciate that we exceeded your expectations and you had such a memorable time unwinding with us.

We look forward to you visiting us again.

Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Castle Hedingham, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stopped here for two nights as part of a three week trip to Florida. We had a high floor room [it was hard to find] with views of the beach. The room was very clean and spacious with a great kitchenette with all you could want. The weather wasn't that brilliant during our stay [ overcast and windy] but there was a wedding on the beach the first evening we were there. We ate in the hotel the first night which was VERY expensive; but the food was good. We went for a walk along the beach and saw an amazing sunset which was a bonus. The next morning we could see Dolphins from our balcony which added a little special memory to our stay

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Dear Tpouvtn:

Thank you for taking the time to review us. I’m glad your stay was memorable. Sounds like you had a great view since you enjoyed the beach wedding and the dolphin frolicking along the water. Even though the weather was not perfect this time, rest assured it was the best weather in the US at the time. We are fortunate to have year round great weather on the gulf coast of Florida.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Wilbraham
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31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I stayed here for a conference that I was attending for work. This is the only way that I could have stayed at this resort - the conference received a much reduced room rate. I had a Junior Suite with a Lagoon view. Overall the room was clean and well decorated. The bed was comfortable. There were plenty of amenities in the room - small kitchen, laudry, plenty of closet space, sitting area, nice large TV. The staff didn't bother you. My room was within a 5 minute walk of the conference site. The food at the conference - breakfast and lunch - were fresh and tasty. The only problem that was experienced was with the ether net connection for the computer - just didn't get it to work. I used my iPad instead so I did not bother to get help with the ether net connection.

If you can afford it it is a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Dear Tony R

Thank you for your review. I’m glad you enjoyed your time with us. Consider signing up to be on our email list and you will get our specials and packages 1st which may help you to be able to come back for a visit.
I’m glad you enjoyed the cleanliness and décor of the suite and the experience was to your liking. Also happy to hear the food was all fresh and tasty. We are now a fully wireless property so you donlt need any Ethernet connection. Just turn on the wifi and you are all set. It will work in the room as well as lobby, meeting space, poolside and beach. Thank you again.

Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

All days which we stay was excellent. We really enjoyed our time on the beach and swimming pool as well. I will recommended to best friend of mine, the suites are great for all families, tenins courts and golf resort are also great. Don't miss it.

Room Tip: All suites are amazing
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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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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Dear Petra B
Thank you for the “5” rating! I’m glad you fully enjoyed your experience with us and thank you for recommending us to your friends.

Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I wouldn't return as we could have stayed at the Ritz Carlton for the same price. The first room they gave us wasn't what we paid for then they changed our room to what we had originally asked for. The hotel is changing hands so hopefully they will give it a face lift. Our elevator was being repaired and there was a black substance on the floor where the door closes. We paid luxury prices for a not so luxurious room. Staff friendly and very nice.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Dear Bonniesuep”
Thank you for being our guest and taking the time to review the resort. I’m sorry that you had concerns with your suite location and am glad we were able to move you to the new location. Hopefully, you will decide to give us another opportunity on an upcoming visit. I do appreciate you mentioning our staff being friendly and very nice.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Toronto, Canada
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

We really enjoyed our time on the beach at this upscale resort. The staff was very helpful at organizing our beach lounge chairs and umbrellas. The rooms (we stayed in 2 different ones) were nice but they are nearing the end of their cycle and need to be updated. This resort is at least partly made up of owner rental units and we had to change rooms when the owner wanted to come in. They moved us from a 1 bedroom to a 2 bedroom unit and the price went up accordingly although they did waive the accompanying higher resort fee when we complained about it. Please note that there is a resort fee on top of your room rate. Additionally, Florida likes to add on a couple of extra taxes so the room rate can be considerably higher than what you first expect. Also be aware that the resort adds a mandatory 20% tip to all of your restaurant experiences. All rooms are furnished exactly the same (dated). There are lots of choices for alternative places to eat but you do have to drive to get to most of them. We would stay again but we would also look around first to see if there are any better deals in the area.

Room Tip: Beach view rooms are nicer.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, February 2, 2014
Dear Davd S:
Thank you for being our guest and I’m glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thanks also for mentioning the positive experience with our beach team. The suites are furnished identically and were fully remodeled just a few years ago. I’m sorry you felt they were dated and we will be on cycle to remodel again in the near future
There is a resort fee, but it gets you tremendous value for items many other resorts charge for. They include
Bicycles
Local and Toll free calls
On Property Transportation
Scheduled transportation to St Armand’s Circle
Use of One Double Cabana or Chair Loungers and Umbrella
Towels and Chair Covers
Key Card Charging Privileges
Access to Concierge and Bellman Services
Notary Services
Daily Newspaper
Access to Business Center
Library usage of Books and Media

We hope to see you again in the future.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Address: 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228
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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*
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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