(Also posted on the Siesta Key forum)We're planning a few days in Florida in late February or early March with our 4 year old. So far, we have it narrowed down to either Siesta Key or Lido Key. Here's what we're looking for:
- Ideally actually on the beach. We're willing to be across the street, but no further than that.
- Must have a suite. A 2 BR would be ideal, a 1 BR would be fine so long as the living room has a pull out couch and there's an actual, closable door between the BR and the living room. Our son won't go to sleep if we're in the room, so we need to be able to put him to sleep in the LR, turn out the lights, go in the BR and close the door. So long as we have a refrigerator, I don't care about other cooking facilities.
-We've been spoiled lately with hotels. Bellagio in Las Vegas in March and a v. nice boutique in (Kimpton's Hotel Monaco) in San Francisco in June, so we'd love a really, really nice place again, but the Ritz is no where near our price range, so I suspect we're settling for clean, well maintained and reasonably nice with great AC. It makes my husband crazy if the room is humid and he feels like his clothes and skin and bedding are slightly damp all the time, even inside, so high quality AC is important.
-It would be nice if Siesta Key Village or St. Armand's Circle or something similiar were walking distance for a 4 year old, but not required, since it looks like we're going to fly into Tampa and rent a car.
-Really nice beach. Really, really nice beach, with lifeguards, bathrooms and someplace to get some food.
We're thinking of either Siesta Key Suites or Palm Bay Club. Here are my questions:
-Is SKS walking distance to the village only in the mind of an optimistic copywriter or will my then 4 1/2 year old be able to do it?
-Any idea if the 1 BR suites at PBC have pull out sofas and real doors between the LR and the BR?
-PBC is more expensive than SKS. What am I getting for my money, given that we have no interest in tennis and golf? Is it worth it? Which one is better for us and why?
-Any thoughts on choosing between Siesta Key and Lido Key? Is the beach substantially better on Siesta Key? What are the beaches on Lido Key like?
If it helps, we've already rejected the following places for the following reasons; please let me know if we're mistaken about any of these reasons:
- Helmsley Sandcastle - doesn't seem to have suites
-Lido Beach Resort - much more expensive than either of our current 2 picks, and I'm pretty sure someone said the beach is crushed shell, not soft sand and there seem to be some questions about whether the new owners are maintaining standards.
-Holiday Inn Express - 2 mi from beach and, well a Holiday Inn and I'm not confident we'd be happy
-Holiday Inn Lido Beach - it's a Holiday Inn blah, blah
- Sarasota Surf & Racquet/Midnight Cove/several other condos - weekly only and we're only planning on 4 nights
So. . .should we be considering any other locations or hotels besides SKS and PBC? If we should stick with those, which should we choose?
Thank you, thank you, thank you.