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“Sun, sand, sea and shells!” 4 of 5 stars
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850 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Sun, sand, sea and shells!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

First time stay and a little dubious given some of the negative comments on this site...none of which were founded in our experience. We had two units for an adult family reunion over prior to Christmas...both 2-bed units very clean and comfortable. A couple of very minor maintenance issues attended to within an hour with friendly service. Off season so fairly quiet and yes, there are quite a lot of rules posted around but only pointing out things that any sensible family would or should in any case do - or not do. Loved the shuffle board court and great fun with table tennis..pool small but with the most beautiful Lido beach on the doorstep perfect for swimming no matter what age as you have to go out quite a way before water becomes deep. The photos are not exaggerated. Perfactly situated for 10-minute walk to St Armands Circle - sadly never found the time to rent a bike and explore. Make sure you 'turn left' on the beach and walk around corner to the very peaceful inlet - perfect for early morning dolphin sightings. Woild definitely go back - but management, despite not wanting to leave, could have done without the rather 'brusque' message to remember to check out by 1000! Kitchens minimally stocked but adequate...only store cupboard ingredients are small salt and pepper - absolutely nothing else. Best place to shop for groceries - 10 minutes off island either to Publix Longboat Key or one a little closer in Sarasota which did have a slightly better selection of fresh produce.

Room Tip: Definitely an upper room - lower rooms either open on to swimming pool area or parking lot with only...
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  • Stayed December 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Toronto
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

I have been going here for over 20 years and the other guests have become like family--I don't rent a car,it's a short walk to St. Armands circle with it's shopping and restaurants and there always seems to be someone who will take me grocery shopping.The hot tub is a favourite meeting place especially in the evening.The decor is changed on a regular basis and remember this is on the same beach as the Ritz Carlton----check out their prices.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Having read through all these reviews,I would ignore the bad ones.My Husband and I have been coming to this resort for twenty years,with Family or friends and we have never experienced the awful things that have been said. The staff are wonderful! Walt manages the place and keeps it impeccable and Cheryl is a delight to see every year.The housekeeping staff do an excellent job.Beaches and surrounding area are great.
Criminal resort staff??? What planet do you live on? They are as accommodating as it's possible to be.It's a wonderful place to get away and relax in. (except Thanksgiving week which is very noisy) Yes,there are rules,but they are there for a reason. We've made lovely friends throughout our times there and will keep coming back 'til we pop our clogs.Thank you,Walt,Cheryl and all the staff for all you do.And for all your help last year when I needed it.xx

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Saratoga Springs, New York
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012 via mobile

Although this resort is dated and rather small without a ton of amenities, it's perfect for the getaway couple looking for a place to just relax in the sun! Would not recommend this resort to families with children looking for a lot to do because really there's not much on the whole island. We couldn't even order in dinner, no place delivered on the island. There is a nice shopping and dinner place about a mile up but mostly expensive shops and expensive restaurants had to go off the island for everything! Bight the resort is pleasant and a nice place to unwind.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012 via mobile

My family stayed here recently. We enjoyed the beach and pool, but this was overshadowed by the horrible staff. The number of and absurd nature of all the rules is comical.

Our room's carpet was wet at check in. When we inquired about the reason for wet carpet, the office personnel had no reason. They said, "just keep the fan on."

I had purchased tickets to a local sporting event online and needed to print my tickets. I asked if I could simply plug in my computer and print or email the tix to the front desk to let them print for me. You would have thought I asked for the world. I was told absolutely not and it was like pulling teeth to get her to recommend somewhere local to do so.

The icing on the cake was upon returning home, we were billed $300 for being overcapacity in our room for the one week. I guess my two year old daughter really put a financial burden on this place.

Let's all band together and put this place out of business.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cumming, Georgia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Location location location! That all that really needs to be said. If you want a beach in your back yard this is the place. No sterile hotel lobby to walk through just open your door and you're steps away from the beach. The outdoor decks and grills made it feel like home. We lived in our bathing suits the first couple days. Going to the beach, pool and grilling out for meals. We were in a one bedroom and the unit was just OK, so don't plan on a 5-star resort room. You shouldn't be in your unit much anyway as there is lots to do in the area. Definitely recommend the Ringling Circus Museum. Great food places all around and if you don't mind a short drive the Beach House at Anna Maria is fantastic for incredible sunsets, food, and service. Remember this place is about location if your not going for the beach, pool, and outdoor decks and grills its not the place for you.

Room Tip: Try to get a upper floor room facing the pool area and the beach off one of the larger decks. Don...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

My family owns several weeks and we go each year at least once. Great location, very clean and well maintained. While this is billed as a resort, it is better described as a small timeshare complex. Each unit has a kitchen and living room, furnished with basic equipment, plus a gated parking area with assigned parking space.
This was my first August visit, a little more vacancy than other times I have been there. Also, they will not rent out a unit for a single night.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Suntide Island Beach Club

Address: 850 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Sarasota
Number of rooms: 60
Also Known As:
Suntide Island Beach Club Hotel Sarasota
Suntide Island Beach Hotel

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