We popped in at Tropical Beach Resort on Friday of the Grand Prix Speedboat Races, but they were booked and referred us to Siesta Beach Resort. We got there about 10 pm. Matt checked us in. He was very helpful and accommodating. There were only 2 rooms left and Matt let us look at both to make our decison. $99 a night which I thought was reasonable for the area. Room 135 is a very, very, very tiny room. We chose Room 120 which was across the street from the office and near the pool. OK, the room wasn't anywhere near resort-like, plush, well-decorated, etc. But it was clean and bug-free. Slight odor, but I've come to accept a level of that in hot, humid Florida. Some of the floor tiles were loose, the wall had a couple of rips in it. I did not notice any mold. Sheets were a little thin, pillows were fluffy but very limp, and the AC was a loud, steady hum. TV worked, but picture was a little distorted--everything looked longer and skinnier. My first thought was, "I know they definitely have to be planning on renovating this place soon." And apparently from reading the other reviews, they are. Furniture was not modern--60'-70's white/pink rattan, but it was nice that there were dishes, silverware, glassware, a toaster, fridge, coffeemaker and microwave. And dishwashing liquid. The shower/tub was dark due to the heavy vinyl shower curtain liner. But it was clean and the water pressure and temperature was good. Towels were clean; there were 4 sets in the room. The wi-fi was free, but we couldn't connect. Our room was cleaned around noon; seemed a little late, but that was fine for us.
We actually ended up staying an extra night because we loved Siesta Key. It turned out to be a better location for us than our originally planned hotel. The beach access is less than a block away. The restaurants, bars, shops, etc are all right out the door. Once we parked the car Friday night, we didn't move it until we left on Sunday. And right outside each door are lawn chairs and a small table. And yes, they're a little dated, too. Nice if you want to chat up your neighbors or passersby. Or for hanging wet towels and clothing. I'd keep an eye on them, though. There is a washing machine and dryer on the grounds outside. Although they did not provide a breakfast, they did have some packaged sweet rolls--which were very good, and coffee (make it a little bit stronger, guys). That was a nice touch because they didn't have to do it at all. The other gentlemen who were at the front desk on Sat and Sun mornings were also very helpful and friendly. Unfortunately I didn't get their names.
Would I stay here again? Well...maybe. Pre-renovation, it is a bare bones place. Good for a beach weekend, a bar weekend. For bringing kids, for roughing it--nothing fancy. Right now, this place is not for everybody. Maybe post-renovation it will be.
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