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Sand Cay Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Certificate of Excellence
Beachwood, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Long Weekend”
Reviewed January 13, 2012

We stayed at San Cay Beach Resort for a long weekend in October 2011. We were quite satisfied with the condo unit we selected – unit 203. The location and view were just what we were looking for and we spent most of our time on the balcony. The condo was nicely maintained and had all of the amenities we expected. Our only complaint – and it isn’t a strong complaint – was the master bed. The mattress comfort left a little to be desired and the headboard wasn’t connected so the pillows would fall between the bed and the wall. The screen door to the balcony was difficult to open and close too but again, that’s a minor issue. Although we didn’t use the pool, it was clean and there seemed to be plenty of chairs for guests. The beach was clean as well, and again, had plenty of chairs available. Since we were there during the off season, we found the resort to be peaceful and quiet. The resort is centrally located on Long Boat Key so I would recommend having a car if you wanted to explore the area.
I had made several phone calls to the resort prior to booking and always found the staff helpful and eager to answer my questions. Check-in and check-out went smoothly as did payment for the room.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 11, 2011

We had a lovely week at Sand Cay. We stayed in Room 317 which was really spacious and had a hot tub in the bathrroom. The view from the balcony was fantastic and we saw dolphins swimming past! The young guy on reception was really helpful. You really need a car when you stay at Longboat Key but there is a bus stop near to the hotel (which we didn't use). We hired bikes from a store down the road which was fun and it's worth visiting the Mar Vista restaurant and seeing the wild peacocks on that road. Overall a great stay.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 18, 2011

Our family has been coming here for over 30 years. We love the view, calm peaceful waters and meeting interesting new friends. My mantra while here is "beach, pool, condo". Units are tastefully decorated, have all the required amenities and the many of the first floor units have waters and dryers in the units.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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West Linn, Oregon
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed April 26, 2011

All the units are the same size (small) and difficult to get to (lots of stairs). Tiny bedrooms and bathrooms with uncomfortable bedding and limited amenities. No washer/dryers in units - coin laundry room at the pool area. Tennis courts were locked and no sports equipment was available. No clerks or manager on duty (Christmas holiday - however, outrageous rates still applied). Never received a call back from manager Judy Paul. Very disappointed.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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8 Thank Martina019
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sandcay, Front Office Manager at Sand Cay Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 15, 2011
Dear Guest,

First and foremost, we are sorry that your stay was less then ideal here with us. I would like to address some of the specific things you referenced in your review of our property.
The units actually do vary in size as a whole, but all of them are divided as 2 bedroom and 2 bath units. Some offer a little more space in the main living area. There are plenty of photos of the individual units online, so there are no surprises when you get here about, size, décor, view, etc. Any changes to a unit are updated with new imagery on our website. I feel we do a great job of this.

With regard to their accessibility, we offer 2 conveniently located elevators, so you would never have to take the stairs to the 2nd or 3rd floors. They are placed right next to the stairs, and are stocked with luggage carts to use. The tennis courts are never locked, we do keep the gate entrance closest to road locked, but other entrances are open even outside of office hours. We also have a lot of sports equipment available, a simple request is all it takes to obtain these items. We have rackets, balls, basketballs, bean toss, shuffleboard equipment, etc. We also have a whole library of movies for when you are relaxing in the evenings.

Lastly, Longboat Key can be a pricier area than other tourist destinations, and we are more than competitive with our rates here. Our resort is located on the Gulf, in a private, safe, yet fun location on LBK. If you research rates here, you will find there is a lot of value to be had for what you will pay. Should you find somewhere else comparable that is priced more affordable, you’re always welcome to call in and we’ll be happy to see what we can do to for you. I hope this additional information helped, and again we are sorry your trip here was less than satisfactory.
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Essex UK
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Reviewed April 7, 2011

Grounds are great, beach is fantastic, but please get upto date , it should never take over 4 weeks to return somebodies deposit when you have checked on their day of departure !.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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sandcay, Front Office Manager at Sand Cay Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 19, 2011
Dear Guest,

I am certainly glad you a positive stay here with us! However, I would like to address the deposit issue you referenced in your review. I do agree 100% that it should have been refunded quicker, but there are sometimes factors that lead to a deposit taking longer than the standard time. As of now, we have gotten rid of the Security Deposit all together. The reasons for this are; we rarely have damage issues from our usual responsible guests, and the varying time frames banks have handling refunds. Again, we are sorry for extra time it took for you to recieve you Security Deposit back. Please note we DO NOT TAKE SECURITY DEPOSITS
as of July 2011. Thank-you.
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Lancaster, PA
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Reviewed February 5, 2011

We (young couple, 2 infants and 2 grandparents) stayed in unit 103 (beach front ground floor, closest to beach) and it was a very nice unit. It has been renovated recently, nice new tile floors, kitchen w/granite and new cabinets, both bathrooms remodeled with tile walls/ floors.
Unit has a washer/dryer, but coin operated washers/dryers available if needed.
Two large seating areas with FANTASTIC panoramic views of the ocean and beach.
Nice patio area, and close to the outside barbeque area, though it is farther from the pool.
Pool is nice-quiet, heated. Unfortunately it is not designated as a non-smoking area.
The whole place is very quite, very well kept.
Particularly nice is that they have on site office/management who were all very friendly and accommodating.
SPECTACULAR views of the sunset as you sit and eat dinner on your patio.
We would definitely come back here again!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed May 18, 2010

We've just returned today and we are already missing Sand Cay Beach Resort! We had booked our unit 212 direct through the owner & could not be more impressed! The 2BR condo with a view of the Gulf was more than we could have hoped for. It was very easy to manuever with a 4yr old & even my 19 yr old daughter was impressed!

The unit is decorated beautifully, with a european minimalistic taste. The floors throughout the main areas are beautifully glossy. The wifi & 3 hi-def TVs were a treat offering more than 200 channels! There are beach umbrellas & chairs, cooler as well as sand toys for the kids. We also saw golf clubs but made more use of the bocce ball set. The MBR has a king-sized Tempurpedic mattress that was divine!

The condo is stocked with eveything you need for a very comfortatble vacation. There are 3 different sets of china, every knife & cooking utensil imaginable. There were enough pots & pans to cook for an army twice without doing dishes. There are no clothes washers & dryers on the 2nd or 3rd floors but there is a coin laundry next to the office.

The beaches are beautiful & it only took about a minute to reach the sand from our condo near the pool. The resort even has white chaise lounge chairs for guests use on the beach.

There are grocery stores, restaurants, etc. within a very short drive from this comlex.

This was our first stay at Sand Cay & we are already looking towards planning the next here. I will gladly tell anyone more if they chose to P.M. me - this is a great place!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Sand Cay Beach Resort
Address: 4725 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-2129
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
Beach Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sand Cay Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 60
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