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Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club

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5900 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242-8708
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#1 of 34 Specialty lodging in Sarasota
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4.4
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4.2
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Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club delivers the best of all worlds: The newly renovated, privately owned vacation condominiums have full amenities and include resort-like accommodations. Our customer service & satisfaction tops the charts and differentiates us from the many other choices you have when deciding on a vacation rental. Conveniently located close to fine dining and shopping and within minutes of area attractions, this is a perfect year-round island destination for travelers, active seniors, couples, families, or honeymooners.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Beach
Tennis court
BBQ facilities
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Wifi
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
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Self-serve laundry
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Aileen Z wrote a review Aug 2022
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I would give less than 1 star if It was an option! Our family has been vacationing at Sarasota surf and Raquet Club for 34 years. I went as a child with my parents and my sister and I have gone for the past 20 years with our husbands and children. Even in 2020 when Covid interrupted most vacations, we vacationed at SSRC with our families. This year our vacation was cut short when Chris, the bullying security manager, knocked on our unit's door at 10:30 PM, demanding that everyone vacate the room except for the 6 occupants of the unit due to multiple noise complaints. We had never received a noise complaint up to this moment when he knocked on our door. We explained that the other 8 persons in the room were in two other units which they occupied in SSRC. It didn't matter to Chris he needed everyone out of the room other than 6 people. He didn't allow us an opportunity to lower our voices or anything it was immediate eviction unless we emptied our room of all parties but 6 people. Our family had finished eating dinner and were playing games with our teens and children in their twenties. Our children are away at university and this is where we gather with our family to spend time together, nieces, nephews, cousins, etc. we may have spoken loudly or laughed loudly but a warning was all that was needed. You know this is a vacation! When my husband noticed that Chris the security guard was pressing his way through me and my sister at the door into our unit he asked him to step away and get out of the room. When Chris noticed a man in the unit he did take a step back and informed us he was calling the police. We closed the door and put the top latch on to ensure he didn't enter the room. Mind you he didn't provide identification, he had a shirt that read security manager, which one can buy at five and below. I pulled my contract to call the resorts office and while reading over the contract there was another knock at our door. This time it was two police officers at our door to evict our family from the resort! The security manager informed the police that we were aggressive towards him ( complete lie!) if anyone was aggressive it was him pushing his way through me and my sister to enter the unit. Long story short, at around 11:30 PM - midnight our family had to pack our belongings and cut our vacation short because Chris, security manager , felt like having us evicted! He stood at our door with two police officers and a wide smug smirk on his face as he watched us load our belongings into carts and into our car. I am one that is against videoing situations as they happen, that is not who I am. However, I am furious at the fact that I didn't record these events unfold to prove what a sick, pathological liar Chris is. In the past I would have recommended this resort; today NO FAMILY should risk having their vacation ruined because of one bully with a Greater than God Complex!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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dianesmith1701 wrote a review Jul 2022
Richlands, Virginia11 contributions7 helpful votes
We stayed for 10 days in T1201. We actually stayed in that same room in 2010 and believe it or not the bedding in the master has NEVER changed. The manager and the property staff were wonderful but the overall stay was pretty awful. The pictures of the condo is NOT how this condo actually looks. Couches were broken, headboards were not attached to the beds, just standing against the walls. The furniture in the master was terrible. Loud music on the beach everyday, it is no longer required to only use headphones so the competing types of music was really awful. It’s like private beach prices for a public beach atmosphere. I was really disappointed after having stayed at this property for the past 30+ years. If you do go you may want to ask for updated images, had we seen beforehand the true condition of this condo we would have NEVER reserved it.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Kerry Wanglund, Other at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club
Responded Aug 6, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club. All of our units are individually owned and it is up to the owners to update their units. We will share your disappointment with the condition of unit T1201 to the owner and hope they will consider making improvements. The music at the beach is supposed to be at a minimal sound level. We appreciate that you have been enjoying our property for years and sorry that the inconsiderate behavior of other guest and the condition of the unit has changed that for you. Sincerely. Kerry Wanglund, Guest Services
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Eileen C wrote a review Jul 2022
Miami, Florida3 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed on unit T1003. Since they do not provide daily cleaning services and nobody would go in, we left our wallets on the kitchen counter and on the master room desk. Yo our surprise more than $600.00 were stolen. A security came and took the door lock for a report we requested. They took their time to give us a printed report and more surprinsingly.....nobody came in our unit. I believe this is an inside thing. They did not call the police and they did not do anything about it so apparently it happens quite ofter and whats sad...is many people do not notice.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Kerry Wanglund, Other at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club
Responded Aug 1, 2022
We are very sorry that you had this experience during your stay. I personally have been working here for nine years and have never had an incident like this reported. As you stated we sent our staff to read the lock to see who entered the unit during your stay. When he arrived the door wasn't securely locked so he knocked and identified himself. We did provide you with a copy of the lock report and the only key aside from your guest keys was a housekeeping key. You told us that you were present when the housekeeper came to do the towel exchange. The only explanation we could think of was that maybe the door wasn't securely shut when you left the unit. We did suggest that you call the non emergency sheriff to file a police report. Kerry Wanglund, Guest Services
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FloridaLady wrote a review Jul 2022
Summerfield, Florida173 contributions255 helpful votes
We booked a condo here through Airbnb and were very pleased. We were more than pleased with this place and our family loved the location. The condo was clean, stocked with everything we needed and just a short walk to the beach. Jennifer, the host was a great communicator and quickly responded to my correspondence when I needed to ask her something about the condo before we came. The beach is fantastic and there are plenty of free shuttle rides (just give tips) in and out of Siesta Village where the restaurants and shops are. There are two pools and beautiful grounds. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Kerry Wanglund, Other at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club
Responded Jul 31, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review and recommend our property. We are happy that you were pleased with your condo , enjoyed our amenities, the beautiful beach and all that Siesta has to offer. We hope to see you again. Sincerely, Kerry Wanglund, Guest Services
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mjbernatz wrote a review Jun 2022
Rolesville, North Carolina173 contributions256 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights in late April. We stayed in unit T401, which is a direct gulf facing 2BR unit in the Tower Building. The unit was immaculate and spacious, and offered great views of the beach. The beach is like talcum powder!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Kerry Wanglund, Other at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club
Responded Jul 1, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at SSRC. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the great views from your condo and the powdery sand on the beach. We hope to see you again. Sincerely, Kerry Wanglund, Guest Services
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Bruce M wrote a review May 2022
RedSox Nation27 contributions24 helpful votes
This was our 2nd visit and we were taking my wife's sister and brother-in-law with us. The place if perfectly situated on the most beautiful beach you will find. We do not require a 5-star resort to be happy, and the 2 bedroom 1000 sq ft unit in bldg C was fine. Some of the units are more updated than others as they are privately owned, so look at the pics and read the details if you are concerned with that. The private beach is spacious and beautiful with white powder sand that is never too hot to walk bare-footed on. The water was very comfortable and clear most of the week. Though we had 2 days that you needed to move out away from the sea weed. They also have 2 beautiful pools for use. We always had ample chairs to select from, though it wasn't too clear if the kids working the booth would move them to your selected location with their ATVs or if they strictly worked for the rental company? In fact, I still want to know, lol. They run out of canopies to rent early, in fact they didn't have any at all. But, they charge $40.00 per day for a 10x10 canopy that you can buy at Walmart for $55.00, which we did. Too bad the Facebook page isn't used more by visitors as you could buy/sell from each other easier than renting. The kids working for the company that leases were not too accommodating and never engaged you to offer to assist.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Kerry Wanglund, Other at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club
Responded May 18, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at Sarasota Surf & Racquet Club. We are glad that you enjoyed our beautiful beach, white powder sand and our pools. We have recently changed the vendor that provides tent and umbrella rentals. The Siesta Seaside Service staff will be on the beach until 2PM each day and will assist our guests with chairs. We hope to see you again soon. Sincerely, Kerry Wanglund, Guest Services
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Frank S wrote a review Apr 2022
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Our host Diego was incredibly helpful and accommodating! He checked in multiple times to make sure we had everything we needed. His unit (304 Building C) is absolutely beautiful and we appreciated the many amenities the unit provides. We must also compliment all of the staff at The Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club. The grounds, resort, pools and beach were immaculate. We couldn't be happier and hope to return soon! Thank you all!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Kerry Wanglund, Other at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club
Responded Apr 27, 2022
We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at SSRC and all of the amenities the unit had to offer. Our staff works hard to maintain the property and we are grateful that our guests appreciate their efforts. Thank you for taking the time to review your stay. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you, Kerry Wanglund, Guest Services
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Abby M wrote a review Mar 2022
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Our condo, while with a beautiful view, was very dated and understocked in the kitchen. Master sink was clogged and we called to have it fixed but no one came. Every morning before 8am groups of people would claim all the chairs at the pool and drag 15-20 chairs to the beach and save them with towels. THAT was very frustrating, they need a policy not to be able to hold chairs all morning. Unfortunately, other guests didn't have enough sense to just get their chair when they were ready to head to the pool or beach.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Kerry Wanglund, Other at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club
Responded Apr 27, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at SSRC. We are very sorry that our staff failed to address the maintenance issue during your stay. We do ask our guests not to reserve chairs until they are ready to use them and it is unfortunate that not all of our guest adhere to that policy. We are working on a resolution to avoid guests from reserving chairs ahead of time. We hope to see you again. Sincerely, Kerry Wanglund, Guest Services
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csb14 wrote a review Jan 2022
Saint Cloud, Minnesota342 contributions116 helpful votes
We have been coming here for the past several years. We find Kerry and the office staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. Being right on the beach is awesome and having two pools is great. We really like having beach chairs that we can use. There is a fitness room with a couple of treadmills, exercise bikes and weights. The ability to have guests stay overnight and be able to park here is much appreciated. However, this year we stayed in Unit T1106. This unit really was disappointing. It is very tired, paint chipped on the walls, tile in the bathroom stained by the stool, kitchen completely understocked, dishwasher doesn't clean dishes and is EXTREMELY loud! There is black mold in the shower. We couldn't get one of the windows in the second bedroom to close and had to call maintenance to fix it. The chandelier above the dining room table has tape wrapped around the wires by the ceiling. The kitchen cabinet doors don't stay closed. Some of the blinds didn't work. I could go on but you get the picture. We were told that this unit has been sold. Hopefully the new owners will come in and do some major remodeling!!!!!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Kerry Wanglund, Other at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club
Responded Feb 10, 2022
We appreciate you taking the time to review your recent stay at Sarasota Surf & Racquet Club. We are happy that you enjoyed all of our amenities and found our friendly staff helpful. We are sorry that you were disappointed with the condition of your unit this year. This unit was recently purchased and renovations can only be done in our slow season. We will share your review with the owner of the unit. We look forward to seeing you next year. Sincerely, Kerry Wanglund, Guest Services
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Mary T wrote a review Dec 2021
Southlake, Texas, United States14 contributions12 helpful votes
The management here is just wonderful. Kerry at the front desk has done so much over the years for us that I smile every time I need to call the office for something. It is constantly being upgraded and anything needing serviced gets a quick response. I’ve traveled all over the world through the years and my heart just says “this is it” when I get to Surf and Racquet.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from Kerry Wanglund, Other at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club
Responded Dec 29, 2021
Our staff strives for excellence in customer service so it is nice to hear that we are doing our job well. We are always happy to see you and your family. Thank you for always taking the time to review your stay with us . It warms our hearts to know that in all your travels Sarasota Surf & Racquet Club is your "this is it place". Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year. Sincerely, Kerry Wanglund, Guest Services
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club
Which popular attractions are close to Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club?
Nearby attractions include Silver City Sarasota (1.0 miles), Siesta Beach (0.5 miles), and Escape Room Sarasota (1.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and a fitness center.
Which room amenities are available at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club?
Conveniently located restaurants include Made in Rome Organic Gelato, Abel's Ice Cream, and Floribbean Flo's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Phillippi Estate Park (1.0 miles) and Burns Court Neighborhood (5.0 miles).
Is Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.