We arrived at the Diplomat after a long drive from previously staying at the Disney's Swan & Dolphin in Orlando Fl..
As we were not expecting anything fancy this Hotel was rented for specifically the view.
I had researched this place & it was built back in the 1900's. This place that wasn't exactly what we expected it to be as you will read through my review.It was much older looking & more of a worn out appearance to the building than I would have imagined as you know its the care you put into a place that later shows years later.
The Units are set up like a Motel setting. I would like to start by saying that these units are individually owned & as expected ours was really small compared to other units in the complex as we had rented a Studio so there was no seperation of the kitchen to the bed & living space it was a open floor plan.
I will begin with the best feautures first.
The best thing I could say about this place is that the unit is kept clean & there is also maid service. Then there is the "Great AC" that kept the room nice and cold.
A Lovely view of the beach right out your window along with chairs outside your door onto the shared balcony you can sit and watch the waves or the sun rise from afar.
The disappointments - Apartment setting not really a bug turn on....No new appliances in our unit. A older style TV with no cable.
A more worn out appearance to the room that could use some updating. There were really bad cracks in the ceiling. The King Size Bed we were to sleep on had a very old Mattress & Boxspring that seemed to be rotting with discolor of yellow along the side and mostly needed a good cleaning. The sheets on the bed were rough along with a uncomfortable comforter. No frills or anything fancy... I have actually had better sheets at a Motel 6 sadly said.
No Comfort what so ever at this place. I tried to be gone most of the time on the beach as this sad place suffered. The shower had no pressure & handles got stuck as they were bent very difficult to turn on and off cold water as I ended up stuck in the shower with this issue.. The toilet for some reason started to have flushing issues & we needed to constantly take off the back of the toilet and pull the the chain up.
Kitchen was ok. Very outdated" No garbage disposal but wasn't expecting one.
The Cockroaches were outside the door at night & this room happen to be steps out the front door to the large garbage bin that the maid used for every units garbage.
I am assuming thats were those bugs hid. They were HUGE ! but I was already aware of this as we have been to Florida many times. They did get into the room as we were so careful & ended up entering the unit from the back door for the remainder of our stay.. I had to go over the room completely each night before I could climb into the uncomfortable bed.:(
I found myself unable to sleep due to the comfort issue :(..
3 days into the stay I awoke with big welted bites on the back of my legs & behind the knees. I was using every bug spray they sold over the counter . There was a bug outbreak in the room I realized I was being feasted on while I was half cocked sleeping. These little flying bugs were hatching right from the window seals & AC unit & they were EVIL & it seemed that they were cleverly so smart.. ha ha ha
The BEACH : If your looking for crystal white sands then this isnt the place for you !! Go to Siesta Key or Lido Key or you can head up the gulf. This beach is best for shelling. The sand isnt the cleanist either as advertised because of the tourists who dump there garbage,old flip flop shoes..etc. behind. The other BAD thing we didnt like was the fact that fisherman were everywhere fishing right off the beach where you are lying out at. A bit afraid of getting hooked by a old fishook..unsure why the beach allows this along the whole beach all the way down you can see old fish nets caught in the water stuck thats killing the sealife. Somebody should clean this place up & do a better job with protecting the waters !! SAND FLEAS whatch out.
Amentities: POOL & 1 regular sized washer & dryer for laundry @ 1.75 a load. I decided to go up to town & wash my clothes in the larger washer & dryers.
The area: Its amazing that 1 minute your passing beautiful million dollar homes & then you run into the rundown areas all around as expected in most area but a bit more unusual ... Best advice is the Rule of thumb "Never let your guard down no matter where you vacation"
Would we come back ?? NO
Value compared to others in the area was affordable..
VRBO.COM " here at this site you can find privately owned units all over the world at many different price levels. BARGAIN
Weak Free WIFI
Restaurants in the area are HIGH PRICED but the food is good.
BEST $$$ Tijuana Flats in Sarasota FL - BEST FOR YOUR MONEY & GREAT FOOD! A must check out,,,If you ask where they are nobody really has any idea but they have heard of the place where we stayed & sent us up the road to Armands Circle.
Spend your vacation in ARUBA !! We WISH we did!!! We have been there many times & spent half of what it cost for this total trip & stay.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Diplomat Condominium Beach Hotel Longboat Key