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“This is my 'me' place! Love it!” 5 of 5 stars
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Flip Flop Cottages
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   8254 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key, FL 34242 (Formerly Banana Bay Club Cottages at Heron Lagoon)   |  
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Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Siesta Key
Florida
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“This is my 'me' place! Love it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

How can you go to this place and not become 'friends' with the owners? Dave and Gina are so friendly and helpful and we love to go to Banana Bay as much as we can. We love the friendly relaxed atmosphere and have recommended it to family and friends since finding it online. They have 2 locations and we have stayed at both. Can't wait to go again!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Trenton, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Went for a long weekend get away. Stayed in the Antiqua cottage. Quaint, clean and comfortable. First time here. Chose this place because we could bring our two dogs. Price is great. Close to beaches and shopping but away from the hustle of town. Everyone who stayed here was very friendly. Will certainly go back. Very peaceful.

Room Tip: Rooms on lagoon and pool area have screen rooms if that's what your looking for.
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Chestnut Ridge, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We have been vacationing winters @ Banana Bay Waterside, on Siesta Key, for 12 years. David and Gina, the owners are always available to please, chat and accommodate your needs.The ambiance is fantastic and we have met the loveliest people over the years, many of whom we are in contact with during the year. There are only 7 rentals units on the property so it is very peaceful. We have already reserved our 2 bedroom/2 bath unit for winter 2014!! Thank you Gina, David and course to Toni and Jolie.

Muriel & Harvey
N.Y.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

This establishment should be shut down. Period. The owners who are from England have apparently brought their slumlord ways to beautiful Florida. These were the most horrific, uncaring, sarcastic, insulting, degrading, disrespecting people I ever encountered in my 52 years! They should be ashamed of themselves...but they simply don't care whatsoever for the people that afford them the luxury of riding in a red Mercedes convertible with vanity license plate. Carrying a Louis Vuitton purse in white tennis gear or boating attire. This individual actually told me I was holding her up for her boat excursion! After coming back from grocery shopping with perishables (enough for six weeks!), refrigerator was not running...a fuse that should have been replaced kept tripping. We didn't have access to the fuse box so we called owner, he eventually got there. The following day his wife (co-owner) told me he likes his sleep and doesn't like being disturbed!!!! Who says this to someone that just handed you thousands of dollars! When we arrived air conditioning was not working...it was 87 degrees..had to wait for heating and air guy to show up, plumbing (bathroom was nightmare, sink backed up every time u turned faucet on, toilet didn't flush, and then made a running sound and wouldn't stop, shower would fill up to your calves with water as shower wouldn't drain...I actually bought draino to do ourselves as not to disturb the owners! This was the first days being there! Wouldn't you make sure your property is ready for a guest that is staying over six weeks! Rusty nails sticking up at door...walls not painted...nasty carpeting...vacuum smelled of dog, had to buy carpet fresh in addition to the draino! Was afraid to sit on couch should have been out with yesterday's trash. We had bite marks, I'm assuming from bed bugs....I can go on and on. This establishment rents to underage spring breakers and drinking parties on his premises, ...isn't this illegal??? We encountered some of the guests...lets just say they were different and not in a good way! Made sure our door was locked at all times! This is the best part ...for the first six days we were there their family was visiting from England....and he said things would not be done as he was busy entertaining with his family...he would get back to "work" after they left!!!! Really! My family had flights to come and stay....lost that money....this ruined our vacation that we had waited so long and worked so hard. We had to leave after 9 days of begging and pleading to change our room....he refused. we had no choice but to leave...the owner felt we were unreasonable...and it would be best if we left.....we felt unsafe staying another minute. Could not trust this person as he had a weird look on him...seemed like he had anger issues. We had to sleep in our car. we were driving for days trying to find a place to stay...but was high season and nothing was available for the amount of time we needed. we had to come home. So very sad that this had happened I tried so hard to try and make it work...but this place was a hell hole with heartless owners! If you are a standup hard working trusting person...please find another place to stay....rates will seem so reasonable and the pics they show are not what you get ....I hope this helps people from the awful experience that we encountered. Thank you.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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BBCSiestaKey, Owner at Flip Flop Cottages, responded to this review, February 17, 2013
As the owners we would like to assure all of our current guests, and future guests that our family owned and operated resort will continue to be ran with commitment and our personal service. Please feel free to contact us directly as we do not wish to make a response to above review . Thank you for all of your possitive comments. David and Gina Warren.
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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Our stay at the Banana Bay Club Cottages was great. The cottage was very cute, cozy and very clean. It was very nice to have access at no charge to paddle boards, kayaks and canoes. The children really enjoyed them. I was very impressed with the pool area being so clean. We went fishing off the dock one night during our stay and the dock area was very well maintained too. The location was great, there were so many places to chose from in the area for dinner. We all had a wonderful time and would recommend to all!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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BBCSiestaKey, Owner at Flip Flop Cottages, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
The best thing about running our resort is having happy guests! We know you will love it here!
Thank you, The Owners at Banana Bay Club Resorts on Siesta Key :)
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Douglasville, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

We have stayed here twice and would be willing to give it another shot. The first time was back in 2003 and we stayed in one of the a one bedroom cottages. It was wonderful, very clean and quiet. We just loved the pool and the grounds were well maintained. On our most recent visit we went with the whole family and rented the 3 bedroom.. It was well appointed and you cant beat the view. It looked like it could use some updating, nothing major though.. The only thing wrong was the pool. We stayed for a week and I didnt see anyone cleaned it or checked the water the until day three when the water was was murkey and had foam floating ontop. That was a little disappointing because my son loves to swim and there was no way I was going to let him get into that mess. My mother in-law contacted someone and It was resolved in a timely manner. The other thing we didnt like was the carpet looked clean but after awhile it turned our feet black. Like I said its a great place but needs some updating asap.. We will go back

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BBCSiestaKey, Owner at Flip Flop Cottages, responded to this review, August 2, 2012
We always enjoy hearing great things about our guests' stays and we sincerely appreciate feedback on what we could do better! Thank you! The Owners at Banana Bay Club Siesta Key :)
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Somers Point, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

My husband & I spent the week of our 30th anniversary at the Banana Bay Lagoon Resort. We upgraded our accomodations to the Sunset Cottage (upon our arrival) as a last minute cancellation made it available. The Sunset efficiency had everything we needed. The pool was lovely & Sunset Cottage has its own screened lanai & a small patch of sand for sun bathing. We enjoyed them both so very much. The kayaks were great fun in the lagoon.
The property location is perfect. Literally a stone's throw, just about 1 mile either way on the main road, places you on either Turtle or Crescent Beach & in the midst of terrific dining & night life. The Resort Owners & the management staff were available & accomodating. We met some lovely people who were also enjoying their vacations. We cant say enough & look forward to going back soon.............Leslie & John K. New Jersey

Room Tip: Lagoon side was quite for sleeping & Bedding at Sunset Cottage was terrific.
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  • Stayed March 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BBCSiestaKey, Owner at Flip Flop Cottages, responded to this review, April 7, 2012
As you can tell, our signature lagoon-front cottage, "The Sunset Suite" is our most popular unit for a reason! If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing, secluded vacation with pool, free canoes, kayaks and all the comforts of home, then give us a try!
Thank you!
The Owners at Banana Bay Club Waterside Cottages at Heron Lagoon on Siesta Key
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Address: 8254 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key, FL 34242 (Formerly Banana Bay Club Cottages at Heron Lagoon)
Location: United States > Florida > Siesta Key
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Siesta Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Flip Flop Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Flip Flop Cottages(formerly Banana Club Waterside) offers a great location on Siesta Key. A lagoon setting with private fishing dock and free use of paddleboards, canoes , kayaks and a paddle boat! All units have full kitchens, non smoking. Studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom cottages available. We are also pet-friendly and offer free Wi-Fi service. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Banana Bay Club Cottages At Heron Lagoon Hotel Siesta Key
Banana Bay Hotel
Banana Bay Resort
Flip Flop Cottages Siesta Key, Florida

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