Just returned from a week on LBK. I'll break down my review into three parts: Longboat Key area, the unit we rented (#303) and the Beachcomber property.
LBK (5 stars) - PROS: area is beautiful & plenty to do within a short drive (St. Armand's, downtown Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, etc). Very good for outdoor exercise - biking, running, walking. Restaurant options are endless - our favorite for this trip was Owen's Fish Camp in Sarasota. We also really like Taste of Italy on St. Armand's Circle - great pizza, pasta, and salads. Kilwin's is the best - fudge, peanut brittle, and ice cream all in one stop! CONS: We have none!
Unit #303 (3 stars) - PROS: Has all of the basics you will need. Wireless internet included. Living room furniture is very comfortable. All of the kitchen appliances work well. Unit is cleaned after each rental. CONS: Needs a deep cleaning. Kitchen cupboards are very cluttered - trash can is stored next to pots & pans with no separation. Dirty baseboards in many areas, and bathroom vent has softball-sized lint ball spewing dirt from the ceiling. Chose to purchase new pillows for pullout sofa as those provided for the pullout were heavily stained. Missing smoke detector in kitchen/dining area. Bedroom pillows provided are flat - be aware in case you like a fluffy pillow (if so, bring your own).
Beachcomber (2 stars) - PROS: Very clean inside & outside the building. Plenty of parking and the outdoor areas are beautifully landscaped. Nice common area on the ground floor and a covered area outdoors with lounge chairs and dining table/chairs; also a gas grill for use (we did not use it, though). On-site laundry room has three washers & four dryers (use the bottom dryers - they seem to work better). Pool is next to the beach, so you can be "at the beach" without sitting in sand if that's not your thing. Located conveniently across from Publix market, CVS, liquor store, and banks. CONS: On-site management could really improve the experience by being more friendly and welcoming. They put off a vibe of rental guests being a bother to them. Seemed overly critical of active older kids but okay w/ younger ones (pre-K). There are labeled & laminated signs with instructions for everything - how to press elevator button, how to open a door ("on the handle, not the glass!") and perhaps the most ridiculous of all - the Beachcomber does not allow you to have sunscreen on while in the pool. The posted rule says you must take a SOAPY shower before entering the pool to remove sunscreen. There's this thing called skin cancer, in case you haven't heard. Perhaps the most disappointing was when one of the managers told my 10 year old to fill a hole on the beach that someone else had dug. This was very irritating and we requested to check out early and get a refund for the remaining days of our stay. The manager told my husband that Florida law requires holes to be filled in. Fine, but tell the person who dug the hole to fill it in. My son merely played in the hole for 20-30 minutes.
The owner & management will likely reply to this review & state we are disgruntled because they would not let us check out early & get a refund. Simply not the case. We asked to check out because we felt unwelcome by the management at the Beachcomber. It seemed our kids were being picked on by the managers. When our request was denied, we went on with our vacation.
We have rented several vacation properties and have never had any issues. We leave condos better stocked and cleaner than when we arrived (in fact, I swept & vacuumed #303 at the Beachcomber 3 times while we were there). We go to bed at a decent time, don't make loud noise, and we clean up after ourselves.
Our reason for posting this review is to give a balanced summary of OUR experience from OUR point of view. I hope that if the unit owner & on-site managers read the review, they will internalize our feedback and adjust so that future guests have an outstanding experience at the Beachcomber.
Longboat Key is wonderful - enjoy!
- Also Known As:
- The Beachcomber Hotel Longboat Key