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The Diplomat Condominium Beach Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Sarasota
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Spectacular sunsets”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2012

From the moment we entered 256 located on the second floor, we were awe struck by the view captured through expansive windows. We felt like we were on a cruise ship. The friendly atmosphere of staff and repeat visitors quickly became contagious. While the building may appear dated it is well kept up. The living area is open and comfortably spacious.with a well equipped kitchen. Our family of five was very comfortably accommodated with two full size beds in the bedroom and a queen size sleeper sofa in the living area. Cleaning and linen service was excellent. This is a a definite "come back soon"!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brick, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

Just spent a week at the Diplomat Resort on Longboat Key. Our room #229 was beautifully decorated, we had a well stocked kitchen, everything we needed was there. The beach was just a few steps from our ground floor room, the pool was great and the view is just amazing. Can't wait to go back, already booked the same room for next year.l

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 222Cindy
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Gainesville, Florida, United States
Level Contributor
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed at this resort in September 2012. The first thing you notice is the beach is only steps away from your room. Although the place appears to be an old-fashioned style motel, our room (262) had just recently been updated by the owner and had all the usual amenities you would expect including full size kitchen with dishwasher. The room was clean and the office staff helpful. They have the older style televisions in this unit, but we spent all our time on the beach so who cares! Pool was being renovated while we were there which was kind of a bummer, but it should be fine by the time you read this review. We didn't realize the office closes at night so be sure you get there before they close or make arrangements to get your room key left out for you. We felt this place was a good value and a very beautiful location.

Room Tip: Unit 262 is an end unit above office...no neighbors to deal with.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cccbock
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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129 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2012 via mobile

We dropped in here from Tampa for a weekend getaway and were not disappointed. The rooms were very clean and homey. We chose a room on the ground floor so we could walk straight out onto the beach. You basically have your own private beach to lounge on. They do not claim to have grills but we saw 2 that were community property. We used the tall one to make our dinner. We ate dinner by the sea at sunset. A truly incredible memory made possible by the Diplomat. The place was busy and seems to be a family destination but we were not put out at all as sometimes can happen when there are lots of kids around when it is just the 2 of you. Highly recommend this place. A great value with so much to offer. We plan to make this our go to place for getaway weekends.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fort Ashby, West Virginia
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183 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

My wife and I return here every June for a family reunion. We have never been disappointed with the accomodations. That being said, you must understand and accept that this is an old motel which was converted to condos. Each condo is decorated according to the taste of the owner. All rooms over look the private beach and the Gulf, the view is magnificant. The beach is steps away from your room. The grounds are clean and tidy. The pool also is well maintained. The only drawbacks can be the fact that the structure is older, therefore lacks the amenities of new resorts and the office keeps restricted hours, which can be a hassle if you lock yourself out of your room.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

My husband & I live in Tampa & were looking for a nearby beach getaway for a few days....Tthe Diplomat fit-our-bill - directly on the beach; nice, clean pool; our apt. (260) was comfy & had everything we needed and the staff was very hospitable. Very convenient to St Armands circle, lots of great restaurants (highly recommend Lazy Lobster on LBK) & the beach is almost like "private".
I'll admit when we drove up to the Diplomat, I was not sure about it due to the 'old motel' look, but the inside looking nothing like the outside! If you don't want kids-noise, get rooms farther from the pool! We will gladly return to The Diplomat.

Room Tip: We like being on the 2nd floor for much better views of the beach/gulf. We picked #260 from looking...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2012

My husband and I stayed for a week and were disturbed by the amount of kids running around unsupervised and completely trashing the pool. The setting was perfect but couldn't enjoy any of it because of the feeling of a cheap motel. The staff were very friendly and the room we stayed in was great but would not recommend this place for longer than overnight.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank sandytgg
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Property: The Diplomat Condominium Beach Resort
Address: 3155 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
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Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Longboat Key, we are set only feet from the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico where you can see dolphins, manatees, the occasional stingray, and various wildlife. The Diplomat Beach Resort is centrally located within minutes of such attractions as Mote Marine Aquarium, Ringling Museum of Art, St. Armands Circle, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, various theatres, famous restaurants, numerous beaches, kayaking, tours, & cruises, etc.Our 50 units are all individually owned and offer our guests that unique personal touch of home-away-from-home that you just can't receive from other cookie-cutter resorts. You'll find many amenities such as a heated pool, multiple tiki huts, and pool side/ beach side sundecks to name a few. All units have full kitchens, full baths, living rooms, and dining rooms in a studio, 1 bedroom, or 2 bedroom floor plan. Unique to our resort is that every unit opens directly to the Gulf Coast beach. No need for elevators, driving, or long walking paths, the beach is right out your back door. We offer Military discounts as well as monthly and weekly rate specials. Come begin the vacation you deserve. We look forward to seeing you soon. ... more   less 
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