As you read the reviews you will see the name “Virginia” come up quite a bit. There is a reason for that because Virginia runs Gumbo Limbo and is very personable and very easy to work with. She is definitely concerned about your comfort and that everything will be in order for your stay. She does a great job.
We recently celebrated my father’s 85th birthday in Siesta Key and decided on Gumbo Limbo after reading many reviews. We were not disappointed and have some updates to some of the older reviews you may read on this site.
The Key West Suite has 2 bedrooms & a den with 2 full baths. One bedroom has a king, one has two twins and the den has a queen. Now the den does have a partial wall but does open into the dining room/living room area. There is not a closet for the person staying in the den; they would need to use a closet in one of the other bedrooms. The den also is where the washer/dryer is tucked away and has one of the full baths while the two bedrooms share a bathroom in the hallway. For some, they may require more privacy for the den area but it was not a problem for us. Speaking of beds, all beds were comfortable with nice mattresses. One other thing, the den area does not have an A/C vent, nor does its bathroom. Again, it was not an issue for us. The living room does have 2 sofas, one may be a sleeper sofa but I would not recommend it.
This unit is on the 2nd floor and it does have 2 stairways, one is the main stairway with a balcony that has a table, chairs and umbrella. This leads into the living room area. The back stairway also has a smaller balcony with some chairs and leads into the bedroom with the king size bed.
The entire unit had nice furnishings including a flat screen TV and DVD player in the living room (a past review mentions a tube TV – it is gone). The kitchen was well equipped including microwave, dishwasher, pots, pans, utensils, coffee maker, toaster and a blender. For the most part you just need to provide paper goods like paper towels, napkins, maybe toilet paper. There are plenty of towels but you do need to bring your own beach towels.
The dining room has a large table with six chairs. This is also the area that receives the best signal for the free Wi-Fi (the router is in the next building).
The pool area we found to be very nice. Lots of plant life, a good size pool (5 1/2 feet deep) if all of the guests staying there aren’t in the pool, lounge chairs and tables. There is a nice gas grill (the light does work (reported not working in a previous review)) in the pool area that we and other guests took advantage of. There are a couple of outdoor showers to rinse off as well.
You may need to watch your parking. It may depend how many others are at Gumbo Limbo but you should be able to park at least 2 cars and maybe a third if any of the driveways are available (no parking on the grass).
The location of Gumbo Limo is great. A ½ block off the “main drag”, Ocean Blvd and a very short walk to one of the best beaches you will ever visit. One thing about Siesta Key is they have a lot of parking and access areas to their beaches and I could not find a parking meter anywhere. It is just under a mile to the village and a little further to get to the bridge that takes you back into Sarasota (and a nearby Publix (10 min away) as the closest major grocery store. There are some markets on Siesta Key if you wish). At Gumbo Limbo they have beach chairs and umbrellas you can take with you to the beach. Speaking of getting to the village, you could walk or use one of the free electric cart shuttle services that are available. They work off of tips so you don’t have to worry about parking or being a little too wasted to drive.
One restaurant I do want to recommend it Captain Curt’s. On someone else’s recommendation we had an excellent seafood dinner experience there. Quite casual and laid back but then again so is most of Siesta Key. It is located by the bridge that takes you back over to Sarasota.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a stone's throw away from world famous Siesta Key Public Beach. Daily, weekly, monthly and annual rentals. Two beautiful high quality duplexes with award winning tropical landscape design. A sensational heated black bottom pool with rocky mountain quartzite deck, and a rock waterfall. The property sits across the street from the world famous Siesta Key Public Beach within 1/2 mile of Siesta Key Village with its charming shops, restaurants, ice cream stores, grocery, drug stores and banking. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gumbo Limbo Vacation Rentals Inc. Hotel Sarasota