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Sparta, New Jersey
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113 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Heavenly Week!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

We spent a week in a one bedroom cottage at Sun and Sea. You cannot beat the location or the setting. It is located mid island and situated right on the beach. It is peaceful, and the cottages are a good distance apart. The managers are friendly and helpful with tips for dining etc. The cottages are clean and contain all the necessary items you need on vacation. The beach has wonderful white sand and plenty of chairs of all kinds are provided. They even have a huge crate of beach toys and floatables if you need them. This is not a luxury hotel, but far better. We spent every evening on the beach with a glass of wine, watching the sun set. Had many walks on the beach, and we rented bikes and spent much time exploring too. Wouldn't stay anywhere else on Longboat.

  • Stayed February 2013
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6 Thank Sue F
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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

I was five years old in 1961, and have many kodak slides of a Florida trip with my parents. We did stay in Longboat Key. I have pictures of blue cottages right on the beach. The beach pictures look very private, we seem to be the only people around. Naturally, coming from Indiana in February, it was summer for us. Would love to see a picture of these cottages if anyone could post one. Thank you. ( I had to answer these questions or I couldn't post.)

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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6 Thank Donna S
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Gettysburg
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79 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

I am a homesick native Floridian who looks forward to my annual week at Sun 'n' Sea. The friendly managers greet me by name like a long, lost friend; the 'cabins' are spotless, comfortable and equip my every need; and the location...oh my...the sparkling Gulf, white sand and spectacular sunsets toasted each night with your fellow travelers... In a state that is being over-developed with McMansions and waterfront hi-rises, it is nice to know a spot like this still exists. It feels like the REAL Florida...like my home.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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10 Thank sundans
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Orlando
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

I am so surprised to see a negative review of this facility. My family has been staying here for the past 24 years. Each year we have added another weekend, another week or another holiday. We are thrilled to come back and see others who, like us, return again and again. We have watched each others families grow and multiply. I can't say enough about the cleanliness of the facilities and the neatness of the grounds. The managers welcome you back as if you are old friends rather then paying customers. Everything is immaculate! Thank you for a wonderful time, each time. We will be back soon to enjoy the Sun, Sea and Hospitality!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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13 Thank TravelersOrlando
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Richmond, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

Our family routinely stays at this property every year and have have nothing but good things to say about it until today. Needed to rearrange our family reservations (change reservation names) and our room was given AWAY. We are canceling our family reservation and will NEVER return. DO NOT COME HERE!!!! Worst service I have ever had.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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1 Thank Stacey D
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

We stayed in Cottage number two...right on the beach. Can't beat the location. Step out from the screened porch and you're on the sand! Great spot for families. Kids can play on the beach and you can watch from the porch, or vice versa. Longboat Key itself was nice if you're looking for a quiet spot on a really nice stretch of sand. Definitely an older crowd than down on SIesta Key. The only negative is that it's next to a small Hilton hotel. No crowds, but they occassionally have a band that can play until 10 or 11 PM. Not a big deal unless you turn in early. All in all a great getaway.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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6 Thank terrapinproud
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Michigan
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68 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

We stayed at Sun 'n Sea 3 nights in February. Reminded me of when I was a kid staying with my folks. We stayed in a "motel-efficiency" unit, because the cottages were all booked. As others have said, it was nothing fancy, but we had a little kitchenette, and every unit even in the motel has it's own screened in porch with a table and chairs. We were in the unit closest to the busy road, so it was kind of noisy, but still enjoyable. A short walk past the cottages and we were directly on the ocean--which was actually warmer than where our unit was catching the breeze off the bay. We toured a couple of the cottages, which are 1 and 2 bedroom units and duplexes. All have their own full kitchen, car port and screened in porch. We'd have loved to stay in one of those. One renter said she'd been coming for 22 years and "worked her way up" to a cottage closest to the ocean. I believe all units on the property are cheaper than a room at the Hilton next door. If you are looking for "action" this might not be your type of place, but we were looking for quiet and relaxation. Lots of nearby restaurants, and the managers will do anything they can to make you happy, and give suggestions for places to eat. We'd definitely go back again and try to rent a cottage.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank Rhonda H
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Property: Sun 'n Sea
Address: 4651 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-2101
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
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Ranked #12 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Longboat Key
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Number of rooms: 28
Also Known As:
Sun `n Sea Hotel Longboat Key

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