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“What a great escape.....” 4 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
Sarasota, Florida
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269 reviews 269 reviews
35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“What a great escape.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Need a one day or multiple day getaway? This is the place. Quiet. Relaxing. Private. The staff at check in made us feel incredibly welcomed. Lisa was the front desk staff and she greeted us by name before we even said who we were. (Probably announced by security at the entrance gate but still impressive never the less).
Our room was a gulf view with a large balcony - incredibly romantic and private.
This will be our go-to escape location.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, September 1, 2014
Dear Scott S:
Thank you For your very nice review. I’m glad Lisa made you feel very welcome upon arrival and that you were able to relax and enjoy yourself for your romantic time at our resort. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Just spent three nights here for a group function and really did have a relaxing weekend. Upon early arrival, our room was not quite ready. We found our way to a parking space and headed to the pool bar. The pool area was quite full and there were many families enjoying the day. The bartenders were busy serving up cold beer, several frozen drink concoctions and food when ordered. It was a very hot day and they consistently made sure everyone was taken care of. The music playing helped keep an upbeat atmosphere. Nice!

The rooms are clean, spacious and well appointed. The small kitchen really came in handy as we invited our group to our room for drinks before dinner. Publix is just up the street and they have a nice wine selection.

One evening our group enjoyed a poolside heavy Hors D'oeuvres and drinks evening. The staff was most gracious and took care of us as if we were family. We also spent a lot of time at the inside bar. The female bartender (wish I could remember her name) was at the top of her game. Great service to say the least.

The beach is nice and clean as well. The staff members will make sure you have an umbrella and chairs for your chosen spot for the day. If you are thirsty or hungry, there is an employee always roaming the beach to take care you. Very Nice:)

All in all this is a nice place to stay. The only real down side is the parking situation. There are wood structures built over the parking spaces with vines growing on them. They are very attractive, however, my car was an absolute mess when we left. I had to take a credit card and scrape the bird droppings off my windshield because it was more or less baked on. The landscapers were also tending to the plantings and there was dirt and leaves on my car as well. I know its just a hunk of metal, but Really??

Would absolutely return in the future!!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, September 1, 2014
Dear BahamaBreeze1:

Thank you for your “5” Rating and for being our guest. I really appreciate that your group had a successful time with us and you found your suite to be clean, spacious and well appointed. Thanks for mentioning the bartender inside on top of her game (Dawn) and the gracious staff that took care of you at your Barefoots function. Glad you also had time to enjoy the beach and happy to hear the team members in that area took good care of you there as well.

I’m sorry your car was visited by the local birds. Our bellman are always willing to rinse your car to keep it clean if this occurs.

Thanks again for your comments.

Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Winter Park, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We stayed at the resort and enjoyed it thoroughly! Awesome location and the amenities were fantastic. If you like the beach, the pool, the pool BAR and great restaurants, you MUST check this place out! New owners have bought the place within last 18 months and are upgrading everything piece by piece. Rooms and public spaces are still OK currently (pre reno) but will no doubt be even better after the facelift. Didn't play golf but the course(s) looked amazing - one course undergoing complete refurbish so out of action. Incredible spa and fantastic private beach on the gulf. Not too much more you could ask for!

Room Tip: Ocean view is obviously the best, but most rooms have a view. Higher floors would probably be bette...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, September 1, 2014
Dear Kirkwood_Fl
Thank you for your stay and review. Glad you thoroughly enjoyed your time with us. Thanks for the favorable mention of the beach, pool , pool bar and restaurants. Glad you noticed all of the renovations around the property. The Links on Longboat (Formally Islandside Golf) is now reopened after the extensive renovations were completed. We are getting great compliments on the new course. Glad your stay was everything you expected.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We have been holidaying on Florida's Gulf Coast for the last 20+ years. Our favourite spot is Naples - Edgewater Beach Hotel, but this year we decided to return to the Longboat Key Resort (our last stay at this resort was a week in 2007). This time we had a 10 day stay and It held up to expectations, the location is fantastic - we had a 2 bedroomed deluxe suite in building 4. This was for a party of 4, my husband and I; our 21 year old daughter and 18 year old son (parents be warned, if you take your kids on holidays to these resorts when they are young, then be prepared for them to be still coming with you at this age)! We were impressed with the overall cleanliness of this oversized suite that offered every amenity - plus it contained a washing machine and tumble dryer where you can load up your washing whilst gazing out across the ocean! We like to do some research into the company that owns the hotels where we stay - the management team is Ocean Properties. Surprisingly they have just taken over the Edgewater Beach in Naples (previously Waldorf Astoria) so we hope to return there in 2015 to check that out (and report back via Tripadvisor).
Anyway, back to Longboat Key Resort - we can definitely recommend it, special thanks to Dante on Reception who has a very friendly disposition and also Chris, Beach Attendant, who had great P.R. skills. If I had to give any suggestions it would be a very small one - the breakfast buffet in the hotel is great, but you have to spoon hot food onto cold plates. A small fix to find a device or system that will keep the plates warm or heated. That's it - we won't be waiting another 7 years for a return visit, in fact I think we've now found our perfect holiday package split between Longboat Key Resort and the Edgewater Beach!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 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, September 1, 2014
Dear JeanH186411:
Thank you for your recent visit and the “5” rating that you gave us! So glad you came back to stay with us again. Glad you enjoyed the overall cleanliness of the suite and that you enjoyed the layout and amenities. Thanks for your positive mention of our team members of the front desk and beach area. They appreciate you taking the time to recognize them. I have also shared your plate recommendation to the F&B team.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Returned last week from a 9 night stay at the longboat Key Club. We stayed in a ground floor suite, which was a good size, with pool view and access off the deck to the pool / beach, this was priceless (and highly recommended) given that our six year old daughter practically lived in the pool during our stay! The room was fantastic and was equipped with all we required from cocktail making set to dishwasher. The maid visited daily to restock with towels and toiletries and check if we needed anything further. All the staff, restaurant, reception, pool and beach were friendly and attentive and helped make our stay relaxing and enjoyable. I would have no hesitation in recommending LBKC and we are looking forward to planning our next visit!
A special thank you goes to Sue in the kids club who entertained our little girl on a couple of occasions, taking walks on the beach and painting shells, she enjoyed it very much and is looking forward to coming back.

Room Tip: For travellers with children request a ground floor suite with pool view.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, August 13, 2014
Dear LWAW2014
Thank you for the “5” review and for being our guest. It is wopnderful that your 6 year old had a wonderful time from the easy access to the pool from your suite to the Camp Loggerhead experince with Sue. I agree Sue is a wonderful asset to the Resort and the kids love their time with her.
Glad you enjoyed your ground floor suite and apreciate your mention of the friendly and attentive staff. We hope to have you visit us 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We are currently approaching the end of our stay. Its a wonderful place. Relaxing and peaceful. The beach is wonderful. The sunsets are unbelievable. Really pleasant rooms and the staff are very good. The guys at the pool and beach are very good. Well done Kenny, Matt and Charlie for all your help.

Reception staff (chung, Lydia, Sarah, Dante and matt all of them) always friendly and helpful.

Rooms kept very clean. Well done housekeeping
Lovely stay and we will definitely come back.

Room 4403 from London

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, August 11, 2014
Dear profdeer:
Thank you very much for being our guest and glad you found it wonderful, relaxing and peaceful. I agree that the sunsets here are unreal and glad you found the beach wonderful. Thanks for your mention of the job well done by Kenny, Matt, Charlie and the rest of the beach team. Glad as well that our reception/front desk team Jung, Lynda Dante and Matt made an impression being friendly and helpful during your stay.
We have shared your review with each member of the team and greatly appreciate you taking the time to rate your visit with us.
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
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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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