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Sandpiper Inn
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Punta Gorda FL
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Needs some significant updating”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights during Christmas week. The positives were a fully equipped kitchen, Very quiet high tech air condinioning units. quiet location, miles of beach to walk on, good beach loungers with pads, lovely landscaping, and a great restaurant ( Lazy Lobster ) within walking distance. The negatives were a bathroom that needed serious updating as there was no counter space ( a medicine cabinet would have helped.) The facility is NOT comprised of bungalows, but attached units like an old style motel. Bring your own paper towels and napkins as none are supplied. You might want to also bring your own toilet paper and tissues unless you are a fan of third world paper.

Room Tip: Two units directly face the beach.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Christine C, Owner at Sandpiper Inn, responded to this review, January 5, 2014
Thank you for your stay, we are sorry you did not totally enjoy your experience at Sandpiper Inn Longboat Key.

Previous Trip Advisor posts from both new and our vast Global returning guests have wonderful comments about our "Significant Improvements" to this "1960's Old Florida", non smoking, pet & family friendly motel, directly on the Gulf of Mexico, which we saved from "extinction" in 2005.

10 of the 11 efficiency apartments have been renovated with new tile floors, kitchens, cabinets, king mattresses, flat screen TVs, sound proving walls, painting and best of all, energy efficient & extremely quiet air conditioners in the bedroom and living areas. ( the 11th unit will be completed by the end of the month, just in time for another visit from one of our long term, of over 20 years, friend/ guest ).

For the past 15 years, as Innkeepers, we have been totally & quietly committed to being "environmentally friendly" at all of our properties. This is why we have energy efficient air conditioners, washers & dryers, pool heaters and light bulbs. We recycle, provide cloth towels instead of paper, and use "Green by Design" facial and bath tissues (the same product I find when I stay at the Westin Hotel in Boston & New York City) .

We are glad you enjoyed our new & upgraded lounge chairs and were able to relax on one of the Best Beaches in North America!

Best Regards & Happy New Year
Christine Gorman Cullison
SANDPIPER INN LONGBOAT KEY, FLORIDA & SPRING LAKE, NJ
"Life is Always Better @ the BEACH"
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Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews
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Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

Excellent location steps from the beach, a little bit of old Florida. Private bungalows are clean, cozy and provide everything one needs. Staff was friendly and attentive. I hope to make staying at the Sandpiper an annual trip.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Lisbon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2013

Stayed 4 nights mid November. It was a good option for what we needed. Some previous reviews call Sandpiper Inn 'old Florida'. I would call it high 'kitch' in terms of decor. However the rooms and kitchenette are spotlessly clean and well appointed with all you need, especially if you want to prepare your own simple meals. Thankfully, on this occasion, first impressions were wrong. The owners where very friendly and very helpful, adding to the pleasant stay, but the front office is, to be honest, a mess, and with barking dogs, and the strong small of them (and I am a dog lover), I think that this is something that could be greatly improved. The location is great, being on the beach. I was surprised however by the huge amount of accommodation in Longboat and north. and I would therefore perhaps research a little bit more to see what my dollar could get me next time, as I am not convinced that there are not better options for the money. However, overall, we had a good stay, and enjoyed the accommodation and location - just would suggest there could well be other better value options to consider.

Room Tip: Not sure of the comparative cost, but the two rooms parallel to the beach had the best location.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Christine C, Owner at Sandpiper Inn, responded to this review, December 4, 2013
Thank you for the kind words about Harold & I and how we have greatly enhanced the décor of the Sandpiper Inn Longboat Key. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and our vast improvements to this marvelous "OLD FLORIDA" pet & family friendly, garden property, directly on the Gulf of Mexico.
We have renovated 10 of the 11 rooms and are working on the last room as well as our living quarters & the office. In the effort to give our guests the best vacation experience, we choose to delay the renovation of our apartment. We hope to have the office separated from our living room by next summer so the doggies will be out of site, however, most guests like to interact with our friendly, Yorkies!
There are many options to stay on the west coast of Florida, but nothing can compare to the clean, quiet, tranquility of Longboat Key on one of the best beaches in North America! Of course, I am biased by having the Gulf waves, outstanding sunsets, and various wildlife on my backyard!!
We hope you will visit us again.
Best Regards,
Christine Gorman Cullison
Sandpiper Inn Longboat Key Florida
Life Is Always Better @ The Beach!
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed November 29, 2013

Stayed here for four nights and wish it had been longer.
Location was perfect, on the beach with enough loungers for everyone.
Rooms lovely and clean, well appointed and beds were comfortable.
If you need to change your towels/sheets you just put them in a basket that is supplied and leave the basket on a bench near the washing machines next to the office, as long as this is done by midday you will get a basket back in the afternoon with clean towels/sheets.
Having a waterfall and beautiful gardens was a big bonus and added to the tranquil atmosphere.
It is a quiet Inn and we appreciated that, made our stay all the better.
There is a publix about four miles away where you can pick up any supplies needed.
There is no daily maid service, we did not mind this at all, but if this is a must for you whilst on holiday best go somewhere else.
There is a strict no smoking policy, which includes the Sandpiper stretch of the beach, but a couple of steps and you are no longer on this section.

Room Tip: All rooms are fine number 101 is next to the office, the rooms then run along in a terrace towards t...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Merry Hill
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 6, 2013

We Love the Sandpiper Inn, the location and proprietor of the sandpiper are just wonderful...we look forward to our yearly trip here!!! Grounds are well kept and the beaches are beautiful...just like the title say's it is a Piece of Paradise...

Room Tip: Ocean Front is the Best
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Louisville, Kentucky
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2013

We've been coming to the Sandpiper Inn (formerly known as the Riviera Beach Resort) since 1999, and it gets better EACH year. Beautiful landscaping, steps from a virtually private beach, and comfortable and cozy units. Thank you, Chris & Harold (and Mary Lou & Richard), for two very special weeks. See you next year!

Room Tip: Not a bad room in the place. The 100-numbered units look out at the gardens, while the two rooms nu...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Westminister,SC
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62 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2013

My husband and I just stayed here for 5 nights and enjoyed every minute of it. The location is perfect, only a few short steps to the water. The beach is quiet, and if you are an early riser you have most of it to yourself. The birds are very entertaining and we enjoyed all the different species. Lots of sandpipers, sea gulls and pelicans to entertain you. The inn has been remodeled and is clean, peaceful and had everything you needed to relax and enjoy yourself. The inn is within walking distance of several excellent restaurants, shops and a deli/bakery. There are many things to do in the area, however the big draw for us was the peace and tranquility that you rarely find on beaches. The inn is small and you get to know most of the people staying there. Almost all of them are repeat customers that have been coming to the Sandpiper for years. I know my husband and I will be back and we will stay here for sure.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sandpiper Inn
Address: 5451 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1901
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Sandpiper Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Large Studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments all fully furnished with outside patios, all ground level, overlooking lush landscaping and/or our beach, fully equipped kitchens. Private beach furnished with loungers, tables, secluded and unspoiled with fantastic views. Restaurants within walking distance, shopping, theatre, arts, tennis courts, golf, biking all close by. Small dogs allowed. Previously known as Riviera Beach Resort. ... more   less 
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