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“Nice place, but avoid the canal and boat ramp rooms” 4 of 5 stars
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A Beach Retreat
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   105 Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL 34275   |  
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Ranked #4 of 9 hotels in Nokomis
Clearwater, Florida
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“Nice place, but avoid the canal and boat ramp rooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

We wanted a beach and spring training baseball weekend and found this online. Casey Key is new to us and a nice little find. Easy drive from most of West Florida and convenient to both Ft. Myers and Tampa airports, it's got a bit of Old Florida feel. There are many different room choices at this hotel but because of Spring Break we did not have as many. The resort is split in half by the main road (small enough that it's almost not noticeable) with one side on the beach and one on the canal. Our room #45 was on the canal side. It was an efficiency for 2. The room was nice, clean, and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was nice and more than enough. The was a full size fridge, stove, microwave, sink, and coffee pot with all the plates, cups, and silverware needed. Office Staff was very nice. We brought our bikes and found it a perfect bike riding area. Quick drive to either Sarasota or Venice.

This room had a beautiful view from the slider to the canal and the boat docks, but unfortunately it was right next to the public boat ramp which was noisy. Not a huge problem except for a group of very noisy and rude teenagers that seemed to hang there everyday we were there. One kid would park his blue hydrosport with a Yahama engine at the dock and commence to raise hell with his teenage friends for the rest of the day. (local kid, friend of the staff?). My suggestion would be to avoid any room by the canal/docks as the hotel seems to allow anyone to just fish off the docks or throw cast nets.

All in all, a nice experience. If management would enforce their No Trespassing rules, it would make it all the better. I would recommend this hotel if you got a beach side room away from the boat ramp. If you can't, choose another hotel.

Room Tip: Avoid the canal side due to loud local teenagers and lack of enforcement of No Trespassing.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

This place is like paradise. The staff is very helpful and friendly. Unlike a hotel you can get a 1 bedroom unit which I love for a little privacy. I love having a kitchen to cook some meals. The beach is beautiful and very clean there are tons of sharks teeth to find during long sea shell hunts. My favorite part is the drum circle on wed and sat nights. We love dancing with belly dancing skirts to at least 20 bongo players. A sea shell is blown at sunset and then the most beautiful orange skies dance to the beat as the sun dips below the water. This place is so very perfect a local secret no high rise hotel anywhere.

Room Tip: get at least a 1 bedroom
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 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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Kingston, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2012 via mobile

A Beach Retreat-Unit   -What you should know- All the units are independently owned and furnished.  We stayed in Unit #14 .The unit you rent may be under stocked or not. if you are in need of fine amenities this is not the place for you. Good features are a fine view of the beach and a serviceable mattress.  Features
 I wish I knew about before I signed on - the window in the bedroom is a fixed unit, which means there is no access to a sea breeze or gulf lullaby. The unit is advertised as suitable for four people, why then are there only three teaspoons. The is no full length mirror, no real closet pole to hang you clothes up with and a shortage of towel racks in the bathroom. 
 

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

We arrived on News Years Eve to a ready and accommodating staff. Our room was clean and looked awesome. The room came with a kitchen so we went to the store and picked up everything we need for the next few days. Then we parked our truck for the rest of the time we were there. Then the rest of our time was spent on the beach enjoying the weather, witch the beach was just outside our door. This is my all time favorite place we have been to for New Years and I can not wait to go back.

  • Stayed December 2011, 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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Derby, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

Stayed here twice over the last 3 weeks. 4 nights the first time then 1 night stopover on the way back to Orlando. Idyllic spot, sunsets where amazing and the meals at Pops across the bridge rounded it off. We will return here without question. Quiet pool, rooms clean very well equipped.
WiFi was free fairly fast and very reliable.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

We were in a three bedroom condo for a family visit. The accommodations were great. The staff made us feel right at home like we were family. The complex is located in a quiet area and it was very relaxing. If you need a place to relax, away from your work and hectic schedule, this is the place to stay!

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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BRADENTON
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

I spent a weekend at the beach retreat in Casey Key last weekend. The location is perfect, right on the canal and very close to the Gulf of Mexico.
We brought our kayaks and a friend showed up with a boat and another with a jet ski, we were able to kayak to Snake Island, which gives you a nice sandy bottom in knee to hip deep wading water. You are about a 5 minute paddle to the gulf, the Jetty's and the beach from that point.
There are two popular eating and drinking spots close by, Pops and the Casey Key Fish House.
The fish house has great food and a fun outside tiki bar.
The pool at the beach retreat was nice also, the room was comfortable and had all the amenities needed. You may even get a chance to see Beggar the dolphin, who is a dolphin that chases the boats and looks for scraps, as well as take a leap off the bridge on the way to the boat dock, which is just around the corner from the Beach Retreat.
Sit out on the patio in the provided chairs and watch the sunset or walk across the road and enjoy the drum circle and watch the sunset from the Gulf beach.
I will certainly be returning and spending more time at teh Beach Retreat in the near future.

Dave Morrell

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 105 Casey Key Road, Nokomis, FL 34275
Location: United States > Florida > Nokomis
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 hotels in Nokomis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — A Beach Retreat 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Beach Retreat on Casey Key is a condo hotel that offers beach and bay front vacation rentals located directly on the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota, Florida. Whether its a weekend getaway or family reunion, A Beach Retreat is the ideal location next to world famous Siesta Key and just north of Venice, Florida. Experience the quiet island charm of Casey Key while still being close to everything Sarasota has to offer. Our tropical setting with fabulous beachfront vistas is perfect for weddings, family vacations or simply a much needed escape from the hustle and bustle. Bring your boat - we have private slips available with shore power. Waterfront dining as well as Gulf Harbour Marina are within walking distance. Casey Key is known for its excellent fishing. Bring your camera and capture one of our amazing sunsets. Nightly, Weekly, and Monthly Rentals Available. Be sure to ask about our specials! ... more   less 
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