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Caliente Club and Resorts
Kentucky
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Getting really rundown”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

Just returned from trip to Caliente, Tampa for a couple of days - resort is continuing to become more rundown each time we go. We have gone to Caliente for several years now and they have done nothing to clean up or remodel rundown conditions. There are rotten boards in the ceilings outside, dirty, the chairs outside of sportsbar are falling apart. Lounge chairs are filthy and not been cleaned. Food service was not good when we were there, new servers and they were more interested in goofing around with each other than taking care of customers. Food was OK not great. Husband got ribs for dinner one night and could hardly eat then they were so tough. Think our visits are going to end which is a shame because they had such a good resort for clothing optional visitors. And all this for a daily fee of $100.00 for a couple!! Not worth it anymore.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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9 Thank kywomen
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2013

We have travelled to CO resorts throughout US and World-wide. All have their pluses and minuses. Caliente has 4 star pool, club, grounds. Restaurant is great, particularly Chef Rob, good personality, adds new menu options. Only drawback on restaurant/bar is no draft beer. Would love a good draft craft beer selection.

Hotel is convenient but could use a few upgrades - of course we didn't stay in hotel. Also have stayed in condos, villas and a couple of nice casitas.

I recommend everyone try this at least once. We did and wound up spending 4 weeks here over the last year. Vacation Cub is a good deal if you visit often. S and L

Room Tip: for more a couple of days, I would go with condo. For longer, I would consider a Casita.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank grzwlds
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New Orleans, Louisiana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2013

After spending a month in Florida and getting back to Work-school Etc. our best memory was the time we spent at Caliente! We have visited the Property 4 years ago and although was beautiful,it wasnt our cup of tea.We met a couple in new orleans that run a group called sbbc and they agressively suggested we come back and try it again,We planned on trying Paradise lakes up the road a few miles but we said what the heck, When we found out Sbbc was at the resort putting on the party we said lets try it.Whats the worst that can happen?We Leave?
Well let me tell you When we got to caliente we were welcomed to find a great large group of people that were more fun then we have ever dreamed of encountering. a few hours later we met the couple that told us to come back and try it and we couldnt help but to thank them for the Idea and the heads up. We went to the disco that night and had even a better time( a little tired at this point but we couldnt stop dancing and Never wanted to leave!! We will be Back!!! Again And Again we are looking at new calander dates with the same group to book right now. If we Did'nt have prepaid reservations in ft myers we totally would have stayed as long as we can handle..lol

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Barry D
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Jupiter, Florida
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Caliente is a fun filled environment for the open minded!!! Lisa the server is incredibly energetic and friendly...what an ambassador for Caliente!!! Anastasia at the front desk was especially friendly and courteous!! Dr. LG

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Laurence G
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Anchorage, Alaska
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2013

The atmosphere is relaxed when you prefer to be relaxed, and partying when you prefer to party. No-pressure atmosphere, lots of lovely couples of all ages to socialize with. Great pool, shuffle board, dances.

Room Tip: Get a casita
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank George3702
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Massapequa, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2013

My wife and I had the experience of reviewing some of the feedback from other trip advisor posts. First I must say, I am bloody confused by some of the negative observations because they could not be more wrong. First, it has been my observation that the Thursday night DJ is horribly rude. As regulars, we just avoid asking him for anything. On the other hand, the Friday night and Saturday night DJ's have a good pulse on the feeling of the customers and keep up with scope of the wishes on the dance floor. My wife and I are nudist, but not lifestylers. It has always been my observation that the management staff is extremely diligent about keeping the night club as "appropriate" as possible. Certain weekends, Caliente will be a bit more risque than other weekends due to the size of some lifestyle groups. As a patron, I understand that the staff can only do so much to keep things clean cut because the lifestyler's are on the look out for staff if they misbehave. These groups have no affiliation with the resort itself and it is unrealistic to think they will turn down their business. You can not expect the resort to baby sit the patrons. During the day, I have seen staffers warn people about behavior that is too friendly and it is not unheard of to see people asked to leave if bad behavior persists. In the evening, the staff does not work outside and the conversation pool is not supervised. My advise is that if you are modest, avoid that area. The posting below makes a comment about the night manager. It is absurd because he is their saving grace. He has made great strides in improving the facility in a very few short months. He is the regular patrons "go-to guy." He should not be critiqued for hugging his wife behind the bar publically. I may be an old buzzard, but she is a pretty, smart, hard working girl and all the regulars are quite fond of her, especially my wife. She is generally working much harder than some of the other bartenders who are frequently chatting with the regulars. Knowing all the bartenders and servers, I can say with certainty that each one of them cares greatly for the level of service that the patrons receives. The only observation I could make is that the rooms could use an update, but they are adequate and tidy. Cheers!

Room Tip: If you are concerned with the ordeals of other visitor's actions, inquire about if a lifestyle p...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Paul W
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winnipeg
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Over the past 15 years we have been to over 20 clubs in the Caribbean and never went back a second time to any of them. We have done family resorts,couples only, Hedo 2,Hedo3,Desire etc etc. We went to Caliente Tampa 2 years ago and have found our home, this next trip will be our 8th time. We spent 10 nights every time and eat all our meals there. We try to go every 12 weeks. So we have seen several times that they had made some changes on the menu and have had no problem with the food. The staff are excellent and many times have went out of their way to help us out. We live in a rural area of Western Canada and starve for social interaction with other couples. Caliente is great for that, we have met a lot of good people from all over the States.We have also met some of the people who live on site. Great People.
We travel a lot and have found Caliente Tampa to be the best. We also have travelled to the Caliente Caribe (sister Resort) once, it was good as well.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Caliente Club and Resorts
Address: 21240 Gran Via Blvd, Land O Lakes, FL 34637 (Formerly Caliente Resort and Spa)
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Location: United States > Florida > Land O Lakes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Land O Lakes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Caliente Club and Resorts 3*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Caliente Tampa is a captivating blend of clothing-optional solitude, exhilaration and sizzle that is ideal for the seasoned clothing-optional traveler and first-timer alike. Inside Caliente Tampa, you will be pampered, wined, dined, and treated with world-class sensitivity you so richly deserve.Beautifully appointed Villas, Condominiums, vacation Casitas and Hotel Suites will become your secluded home away from home for a stay that might last but a week or two, yet the memories will last a lifetime.Just outside your door, turquoise lagoons, a sapphire lake, sports and fitness facilities, tiki bars, decadent cuisine, and sumptuous Spa Sereno are just a few of the many opportunities that beckon. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Caliente Resort All Inclusive
Caliente Hotel Land o Lakes
Caliente Club And Resorts Florida/Land O Lakes

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