We spent a week in June at the Wicker Inn in Longboat Key. As mentioned in prior reviews, the owners plan to demolish the inn and build condos in its place. At the time of our visit, none of the condos had been sold and the inn is still taking reservations into 2009. I was concerned that since there are demolition plans, the inn might not be in good condition. However, I found the inn to be in great condition and the owners are taking good care of the property. The actual property is prettier than the pictures on the website.
The property grounds are so charming, beautiful, and almost immaculate, especially for a property on the beach. I was really surprised that the pool and common areas didn’t have sand and beach debris given the proximity to the beach and people coming straight from the beach to the pool. The pool area was very nice. It was never crowded and it was very pleasant to not have to compete for chairs and shade like we’ve had to do at bigger resorts. The inn provided pool toys, floaties, and beach towels.
We had a suite facing the pool. It consisted of a bedroom, sitting room with kitchenette, and a small bathroom. There was just enough room for 2 adults and a child. The furnishings were ok- beach motel décor. The kitchenette came fully stocked with plates, utensils, dishwashing liquid and powder for the dishwasher, paper towels, etc. There is an extra charge for housekeeping so unless you want to pay it, expect to do some light cleaning while there. Overall, the room was adequate. But then again, we didn’t go to spend time in a room. The property grounds, the beach, and Longboat Key itself were so stunning that we spent as much time outside as we could. The room was fine for the limited purpose of sleeping, bathing and the occasional meal.
The beach was amazing. The inn is directly on the beach. It was very convenient to be able to go back to the room for snacks, drinks, etc. It felt like we were on a private beach. It was never crowded and the inn has plenty of beach chairs. Each room came with a beach umbrella and the inn even provided beach toys for the kids. We’ve been to beaches all over the world and Longboat Key beach is one of the best we’ve ever seen. The ocean water temperature was perfect- it was warm enough to swim at almost anytime of the day or evening. There were shells and sand dollars everywhere. The waves were gentle enough that small kids could go into the water. It’s shallow water for a few hundred feet so you don’t have to worry about deep water close to shore. The beachfront is also not overdeveloped with condos and houses. It has more of a quaint beach town atmosphere as opposed to the crowded tourist and condo filled beaches of Miami.
I thought the Wicker Inn was a good value considering they provided almost everything we needed for a beach vacation. They provided so much- the beach toys, towels, a laundry room, etc.- that we didn’t have to bring much with us. It’s also in a great location- close to many good restaurants. Most nights we biked or walked to dinner. Most small children will love it there- we had a hard time getting our four year old to leave the beach and pool. We would definitely stay at the Wicker Inn again. If you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation in a town with charm, character and uncrowded beaches, then you’ll enjoy Longboat Key and the Wicker Inn
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the white sands and gentle waters of the Gulf of Mexico just steps away from your suite or cottage. Choose from ten suites or one cottage scattered around a beautiful heated pool. The one and two bedroom accommodations are fully equipped for your every vacation need. Vacation at The Wicker Inn Beach Resort for a wonderful, relaxing getaway. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wicker Hotel Longboat Key