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Sandpiper Inn
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All reviewsold floridaprivate beachsmall poolanna mariafree parking for guestsowners chrislovely tropical gardensshort or long stayloungers and umbrellasminute strollfully stocked kitchenflat screen tvsbradenton beachkitchen areagas grilllounge chairsfacing the ocean
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Reviewed July 15, 2011

My wife and I just returned from a spectacular trip to the Sandpiper Inn on Longboat Key, Florida. This hotel is such a wonderful example of "Old Florida" . It consists of 11 bungalows directly on the Gulf of Mexico. We stayed in unit # 105 and it was perfect ! It is a 1 bedroom with kitchen and all the accessories. There is a barbaque area with table and gas grills. The real draw for us is the beach - amazing white sand and very quiet. Each day we would go to the beach and enjoy the beautiful waters of the Gulf. The units are so close to the beach that coolers are not necessary. Simply walk back to your unit and retreive your beverage. Once we arrived, we never moved our car. The shops at Sarasota are very close but we were looking for a relaxing vacation so the beach was it. Across the street are three very good restaurants and each night we would pick a different one. The owner/manager is always on site so if any issues arise - he is easily available. One of our favorite places to vacation !!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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3  Thank jimbonnie
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Reviewed May 30, 2011

My wife and I live in Stuart, ,FL and we took the trip across the state to Longboat Key not knowing what we were in for. What we found when we got to Sandpiper was the perfect little inn to spend our 2 year anniversary. It was steps from a beautiful beach that we enjoyed the entire weekend. We only stayed Saturday and Sunday night but wanted to stay more. The room was spacious for the two of us, bed was comfortable, and the room was as cold as we wanted it to be. When we arrived we were greeted by the former owners (the current owners were on vacation) and they told us about the little restaurants across the street which were pretty good. Downtown Sarasota is a quick drive and Siesta key is not far either. We definitely want to go back!

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Rookie2442
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Reviewed March 24, 2011

My family and I traveled to the Sandpiper recently and I was Horrified at the lack of cleanliness; old, mismatched towels, and just the general condition.
Granted, the unit was small and we knew that going in but there is no air-conditioner in the bedroom and the bedroom doesn't cool down.
In the bathroom sink, water filled the basin - which then smelled foul - brushing teeth was a challenge, mildew was growing in the electrical sockets and the bathroom was positively stifling.
We actually opted to leave, rather than spend the week there and pay for a resort down the street - only being reimbursed a small portion of what we paid.
We were hoping for a bed and breakfast type facility but we really got a run down Motel 6.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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11  Thank BitsysMom
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LongboatSandpiper, Owner at Sandpiper Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2011

We do have an" Old Florida" building and we are working very hard to improve this 1960's property. However, our rooms and grounds, as commented by many trip advisor reviewers are very clean.
The Sandpiper Inn Longboat Key does offer a breakfast option at local restaurants, but unlike our property on the Jersey Shore, it is not a traditional B&B, since all of our rooms have full kitchens. Most certainly, it is not a Motel 6. We have beautiful Gulf front gardens on one of the best beaches in North America .
If you had advised us of a plumbing issue, we would have corrected that immediately. Instead, you misrepresented your reason for leaving. You told us your father was sick in Pennsylvania and you had to leave at 9am on President's Day.
We were required to offer substantial discounts to other guests, during a holiday week, after previously turning away folks. We never completely rented the room and lost revenue.
Most lodging establishments in "high season" would not have refunded any money, yet we refunded 45% of your payment, beacaue we felt compassion for your family illness!
"Life is Always Better at the Beach"
Christine Gorman Cullison
Sandpiper Inn
Longboat Key, FL & Spring Lake, NJ

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Reviewed February 11, 2011

I have to say this is a magical place to stay - we had a gulf front view out our window - what an amazing way to wake up each morning! Beautiful white sand path down to the beach - perfect! Chis and Harold are amazing - so kind and helpful! They take pristine care of this beautiful property! Anyone who needs to have a true vacation will find it here - thank you Chris and Harold for an amazing week!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Gitcheegumee
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Reviewed October 14, 2010

This inn offers quaint, comfortable, and reasonably-priced accommodations. The innkeepers, MaryLou and Richard, are very warm and friendly. We were pleasantly suprised to be greeted with their big smiles and handshakes - we felt personally welcomed, as if they were welcoming us into their home. (Even their sweet cat came to meet us at their door!) The spacious kitchenette was fully stocked with glasses, plates, silverware ... even a tea kettle! The apartment was bright and colorfully decorated; the bedroom displayed a lovely, comfortable bedspread and matching curtains. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with charming embellishments. There is easy access to the Gulf and several restaurants are literally across the street. (We highly recommend Ciao, an excellent Italian bistro that provides super-friendly service and delicious dishes.) The only possible draw-back is that there is no complimentary maid service, but you can request for at an additional cost. All-in-all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and recommend this to other budget-minded travelers.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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