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Island House Apartment Motel

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205 Casey Key Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275-3371
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#5 of 11 hotels in Nokomis
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Island House is a quaint two story beachfront resort located on beautiful unspoiled Casey Key, approximately 15 miles south of Sarasota. The efficiencies or studio apartments and 1 BR apartments open directly onto the Gulf of Mexico and have full, well equipped kitchens. Guests enjoy the quiet tropical paradise. Island House also has motel rooms which do not face the gulf, but are equipped with a refrigerator/freezer, microwave and coffee pot, and are just steps from the beach. Owned by the same family since 1960, our guests keep returning year after year and so will you. Join us for beautiful sunsets at your Island House getaway. Our managers Staci and Earl handle our reservations and bookings directly to give the best personal attention to the details of your stay.
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Free parking
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Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Ocean view
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Dennis M wrote a review Nov 2022
Brandon, Florida1 contribution
Sadly, unaccomodating if you wish to have visitors (see “My Gripe”, in paragraph 5, below). Otherwise, great accommodations, budget price, equals great value! Excellent location, directly on the beach, with stunning sunset views from eight of the rooms and the rear common area! This was our second stay at the island house. We came to celebrate my birthday weekend here and stayed four nights. My good friends came from Omaha, Nebraska, and got the room across the hall from us. The accommodations are tiptop in terms of cleanliness and the appearance of fresh renovation. Jenny, who does the cleaning here, really knows her stuff! When we checked in the fellow who checked us in, I think his name is Bill, was very helpful, showed us around, made sure we understood how everything worked, and made us feel quite welcome! The management asks that at the end of your stay you bring your sheets and towels to the laundry, take out your trash, and do any dirty dishes. This makes sense in terms of the cost of the stay. Their rates are very reasonable and doing these few chores is a very minor inconvenience. They also make extra towels, beach towels, and beach equipment, like umbrellas, chairs, and other things readily available for free. They only ask that you put them away when you’re finished with them. There are also a plethora of outdoor lightweight chairs, side tables, and chaise lounges, as well as several larger tables with umbrellas available in the common areas (see list below). It is a small hotel, just 12 rooms, and about twelve parking spaces. My two daughters were planning to come visit for my birthday Sunday afternoon and early evening for a sunset dinner. That’s seven people,including three children, in one 7-seat SUV. Aware of potential problems with parking, I mentioned this to Bill at check in. He said that they had a full house, but the visitors could park at the public beach about a quarter mile south. He said nothing about them being unwelcome at the hotel. Both me and my friend understood this to mean that they could park in public parking and walk to the hotel or we could go pick them up in one of our cars. My Gripe About 2:30, Sunday, when my family was about half hour from arriving, I went to the office to check and see if parking would still be a problem… if they still needed to park at public parking. The guy at the front desk, Earl I think (longish blonde hair), informed me that my family would not be welcome to visit the premises. He said that there was no room for them. I mentioned that Bill didn’t have a problem with it when I discussed it with him at check-in on Friday, but Earl would not budge, saying that if everybody in the facility had seven visitors it would be mayhem… that he had to consider the interests of all of his clientele, not just me. I get that, but why wasn’t this an issue on Friday. This wasn’t an issue when the family came to visit in similar fashion during our prior stay. He had no concern that I had mentioned this on Friday without issue, my family was arriving shortly, that our plans (dinner, pictures, sunset on the beach) were made around this location, that it only amounted to 3.5 visitors per rented room, and that they were already planning to park at the public beach. Upon politely voicing my displeasure with his position, his response was that though he did not want me to be displeased, and that I was only displeased because I couldn’t have my way. I countered that my displeasure was based on him disallowing a visit that I understood to be no problem, based on past experience and my discussion with Bill at check in. He said I must’ve misunderstood Bill. So, we had to abruptly change our plans, at the last minute, and figure out a way to move our refrigerated food and beverages to the public beach, find parking, and secure a pavilion. It was a pain in the butt, but we made the best of it. When we returned at 6:30, there were ZERO people using the accommodations in the Island House common areas (listed below). Wasn’t that just special? Even on “busy” evenings, when 8-15 residents are using the various common areas, there are ample chairs and side tables that could’ve accommodated my family. I hand it to Earl for sticking to “policy” to protect the experience of the residents, but this was kind of ridiculous. Good customer service uses policy to solve existing problems, not create new problems unnecessarily. Common Area Seating/Tables Upstairs Patio (1) 4-top table with chairs (2) chairs (2) side tables Front Courtyard (1) 2-top table with chairs (10) Chairs (5) Side tables Out Back (18) Chaise (13) Chairs (18) Side tables (1) 8-top table with chairs (2) 4-top tables with chairs
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Jennifer Means, Innkeeper at Island House Apartment Motel
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Dennis and Bernie -Thank you for taking the time to put a review on Trip Advisor. Your review was very thorough and a good representation of our place. We were pleased to have you, as well as your friends from Nebraska, David and Jackie, stay with us in our motel rooms. Although these rooms are smaller and do not have kitchens as do our beachfront efficiencies, they do have a small refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee pot and are stocked with a few plates, glasses and utensils for grilling and eating al fresco on the beach. I am glad you found them clean and appealing. I am very sorry that you were upset with our visitor's policy. We are a small location and we do ask our guests to keep visits to an hour or two and not too many people. As you mentioned, all but one room was occupied that evening. When we are not as fully booked, we have more flexibility. With daylight savings time, upon your return at 6:30 pm, the sun had already set, so I imagine guests had retired to their rooms or were out to dinner. I am glad you were able to switch gears and use the public beach facilities close by for your celebration. Happy Belated Birthday wishes. Again, I apologize for our not better understanding your request and communicating with you. We will work to improve on this. We appreciate you coming into the office to inquire about parking and visitors. You were very gracious guests. Kind regards, Jeni
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Jackie wrote a review Aug 2022
Orlando, Florida69 contributions65 helpful votes
This motel is within walking distance of the closest bridge to get to the island. Please use caution when traveling on this road. It is very narrow. Parking lot is small. You may have to park across the street. There is a loading/unloading spot up front. Located right on the beach!! Wake up and walk right out your patio door!!! Shout out to Bill and Earl, the managers of this awesome place, were friendly and kept up with maintaining the beauty of this motel. Our rooms!!! We had two rooms to accommodate our family. Motel room was completely updated!!! Located on the second floor above the office. Sunrise views. It had a mini fridge, microwave, and coffee bar well stocked for what you need. Hot and pressurized water coming from the shower. Our room had a full and twin bed. Comfortable. No complaints. Plenty of room to store our luggage. Flat screen TV. Efficiency room was also all up to date! First floor with direct views of beach. Handicap shower, walk right in. Queen size Murphy bed. Futon that folded down, that was meh. Full kitchen and stocked (bring your own food, of course), dinette sitting for four people. Plenty of sitting room in the "living" room. A patio complete with 2 chairs and a small table. The grounds, lots of sitting under umbrellas. Three charcoal grills to use. A beach cabinet filled with everything you need. They provide even beach towels. Hammock to relax in. Floral and fauna. Lots of instagram photo spots. Great feeling of old Florida at this motel! The beach is lovely!!! Sunsets!!! Lots and lots of turtle nests. We finally found our yearly birthday weekend bonanza!!!!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Room Tip: The bigger rooms have the beach access right out their rooms!
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Jennifer C wrote a review Jul 2022
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We very much enjoyed our stay. Our room was upstairs in the back and very private and quiet. Super clean, updated and plenty of room for a couple of beach nights. Easy parking, great location right on the beach. Very reasonably priced. Highly recommend!!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Donald B wrote a review Mar 2022
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What a beautiful escape! Truly enjoyed our stay. The motel was completely renovated and very clean. The views were amazing and the staff was extremely helpful and friendly. Highly recommend and will definitely be back many more times in the very near future!☀️❤️🌊🏖
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Jan P wrote a review Jan 2022
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After a not-so-great experience at different Casey Key resort, we thankfully were able to move to the "motel room" at the Island House on the second floor, unit 15. IT WAS AWESOME!!!!! VERY clean, VERY quiet, VERY well-appointed, VERY modern, and VERY reasonably priced. We were delighted, to say the least! Further, the beachfront is MUCH better than several neighboring resorts. THIS is a highly recommended vacation destination!!
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Room Tip: Unit 15, full bed and twin bed, has been recently updated, very well appointed, and nice and...
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kelibundi wrote a review Jan 2022
Orlando166 contributions42 helpful votes
I’ve been wanting to visit Casey Key and take advantage of the beach and all the Island has to offer. Our stay was perfect! We walked to restaurants, road our bikes all over the island and found shark’s teeth. The room was super clean and the staff was friendly! I’d love to go back.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: There’s no pool.
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Jeremy F wrote a review Oct 2021
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Awesome place. Right on the beach on a quiet Key. Fast wifi inside and outside. Nice sandy beach. Dolphins chasing fish nearly every day. Sand dollars laying in about 6-8 ft (2-3m) deep water. Stayed in the motel room and efficiency. Both are clean comfortable and recently remodeled. BBQs, sun chairs, umbrellas, etc. all available for free usage. Was exactly what we wanted: old style Florida vacation with modern conveniences.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: take a beach view if you can get it but the motel rooms are nice as well.
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MEADOWDAISY wrote a review Apr 2021
Cincinnati, Ohio63 contributions11 helpful votes
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Another great vacation on Casey Key. We have stayed at the Island House for the last 10 years. Amazing beach location. Beautiful ocean view, rooms are always nice and clean,covid safe. We love this place and always look forward to seeing Earl. He makes you feel welcome like a long lost cousin. Earl greats you and makes sure you have everything you need for your stay. I give Earl 5 stars for great customer service ! We can't wait to visit next year. Thanks so much for a great vacation!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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lovesobe_11 wrote a review Dec 2020
Des Moines, Iowa20 contributions16 helpful votes
I was hesitant about traveling during a pandemic. Island House put my mind at ease. There was an abundance of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, etc. Jeni, Earl and Bill wore masks at all times. All the other guests respected each others space. Can't wait to see you all in July! Julie and Kim
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Brent C wrote a review Aug 2020
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Absolutely loved it! Smaller family owned place with the old hotel charm. There are only 2 floors. the room was a spacious furnished studio with microwave, fridge, cooking oven, dishes, knives, spoons, TV, tables, chairs etc. Earl was GREAT and truly alot of help. We will be back soon Brent & Stephanie
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Island House Apartment Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Island House Apartment Motel?
Nearby attractions include Nokomis Beach (0.3 miles), North Jetty Beach (0.9 miles), and Brohard Paw Park (4.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Island House Apartment Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and beach chairs.
Which room amenities are available at Island House Apartment Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Island House Apartment Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Island House Apartment Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tikka Indian Cuisine, Croissant & Co, and Venice Avenue Creamery.
Are there any historical sites close to Island House Apartment Motel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Historic Spanish Point Campus (5.3 miles).
Does Island House Apartment Motel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Island House Apartment Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.