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Resort at Longboat Key Club
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Certificate of Excellence
St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
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78 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Resort!”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

We love going to the Longboat Key Club Resort! The property is wonderful, the rooms and furnishings are beautiful and the staff is very accommodating! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a beach getaway!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2012

What a joke! This hotel was a Major let down. We stayed on the Lagoon side. Heat had to be fixed twice, toilet was dirty, microwave was dirty. The staff is basically miserable, wait staff, pool staff etc.No one helps you when you get there. Nothing to do in there lobby. Tried to get a fishing excursion and the concierge couldn't help us. We ended up finding one on our own and had a blast. The gym was ok but they were doing an upgrade to the facility, so they had no classes for spin or anything else. The mens locker room was probably redone in the 60's..it was gross. The boys played golf and enjoyed it, the course looks nice. This is basically a place for grandparents and there grandkids under the age of 14. We had 20 year olds and they were bored to death!
So were we. DON'T GO THERE, IT SUCKS, Unless you're ready to retire.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Leeds, Yorks
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2012

We stayed here for winter holiday, after it was recommended by a number of people, the whole complex is only accessible through security gates, and then you head off to the resort, upon our arrival we had been allocated building 4.
Our suite was overlooking the Gulf which was a very nice view, when we arrived in the room we found it to be a nice size with large bed and a corridor which led to the bathroom, the bathroom was quite disappointing as it was dated and very small, the bath was particularly useless as nothing more than a shower, the toilet was squeezed into a narrow space, I do not expect to fight with towels and toilet roll holders when I pay this amount of money.
We settled down for the night as it had been a long journey, then we noticed the aircon which was very noisy and the fridge which just added to the noise, a first night’s sleep was just about impossible, we eventually over our stay figured out how to stop the ice machine and stop the aircon and fridge from being so noisy.
We then discovered that wireless internet was not available in the room only wired, this was fixed by a large router which did not work all that well, we were told that they are sorting this for the future, not much use for us right now then.
The pool area is OK, if a little over shadowed by buildings, but there is access to the beach, which is very nice and the place to be, or you have a cacophony of noisy children playing around the pool area, so not the relaxing time we had hoped for.
The majority of staff we met were nice and friendly, the odd one made us feel that it was a privilege for us to stay there and therefore not very accommodating.
We tried the Portofino restaurant which was very expansive and not that brilliant, you do have to watch for prices in the whole resort, as a 20% service charge is added and then they also want a gratuity, a bit of a rip off.
Also when you get the price for the resort, you need to add a Resort fee and Tax, so booking with brokers such as Booking.com or Hotels.com are quite misleading.
Overall I would say that this resort is just OK , it is very expensive old and needs some TLC, some of the staff need to be less aloof, this place was probably once the place to be but now other resorts have caught up and surpassed it, and are less money so we will not be returning.

Room Tip: Stay away from the pool area
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

This is a really beautiful property, with a gorgeous stretch of beach and all the beach amenities needed. All the rooms look out over the Gulf of Mexico, with spectacular views of the sunsets. The upgrade to the one-bedroom apartments ("suites") is really worth it. These enclaves are beautifully furnished, with fully-equipped kitchens and excellent in-room coffee. Everyone is friendly, professional, and helpful, and the property does a lot to maintain a green footprint on this stunning part of the world. It's very convenient to St. Armand's Circle, and then into the rest of Sarasota. The place is kept immaculate and up-to-date. If your travels take you to this area, this is the place to stay.

Room Tip: Go for the upgrade!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed December 9, 2012 via mobile

An excellent place to stay if you are not on a budget. Rooms are well appointed with mini refrig coffee maker and microwave. Ours faced the ocean which gave us perfect sunsets. We stay for the tennis which is off site but worth the 5 min drive. Outstanding courts with the friendliest club director we have met (Sue). If you love tennis this is worth every dime. Bring extra money for the pro shop. Beautiful tennis outfits for men and women. We come back every year.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
Dear Jennifer:

Thank you for the wonderful review. Your room-type was our guest room with the mini-fridge and I’m happy to hear you found it well appointed. All of our other suites offer a full size refrigerator and kitchens. Sue in tennis is amazing and we will be sure to recognize her for your thoughtful comments. Our guests truly enjoy what our Tennis center has to offer. You mention the tennis center being offsite, but it is within the Longboat Key Club and Resort in our Harborside location. Longboat Key Club and Resort has been named the #1 Tennis Resort on the Gulf Coast of Florida - and one of the Top Ten Tennis Resorts in America - by Tennis Magazine in 2012.

We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Yours in Hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Trinidad, West Indies
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

This was a business trip for me but the hotel location and amenities made me wish that I was on vacation. good value, a little on the expensive side, staff always willing to assist. plenty to do nearby. Fly into sarasota airport if you can, tampa is further away and cost more to get there.

Room Tip: beach view near to reception area
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Bath, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This resort is huge - but feels like you are part of a village. We had a two bedroom suite that was very well equipped and roomy. It had a dining area and decent kitchen with washing machine so we didn't need to pack loads of clothes. Every window had a view of the sea as we were on a corner and it was peaceful and picturesque. The hotel itself was very good - nice pool and bar area, plus you can hire bikes for free which we did every day (its very flat there!). The pool guys were excellent and very helpful. The food in the hotel varied - their Tavern restaurant was the best and the Portofino the worst (wouldn't recomment eating there!). The amenities were excellent - tennis and golf were are superb. Gloria who was on the concierge desk was brilliant - she sorted out cabs, restaurants and a boat trip for us. My only negative was the cleaning of the room was very varied. Our first few days it was excellent and then another older lady started and she was impatient if we were in the room and asked her to come back and her cleaning was minimal. However, I think we got the previous cleaner back as it improved again towards the end of the stay. The resort was sold whilst we were staying there, but all the locals say the new owners have a fantastic reputation so I'm sure it will remain excellent. Well worth a visit.

Room Tip: Ask to be in one of the shorter buildings (we were in building one) and a corner rooms is well worth...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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3 Thank Catherine W
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, December 10, 2012
Dear Catherine:
Thank you for your review of our resort. I’m glad you had a wonderful stay and hope to see you again in the near future. I have passed along your comments to our “excellent” pool guys, “brilliant” Gloria and Tennis and Golf teams , who all appreciate your recognition.
The Tavern is our new Farm-to-Table concept and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m sorry to hear your Portofino experience was not up to our standard. We just made a Portofino management change this month and I’m certain you will find it on par with the Tavern on a future stay. We also have reviewed your housekeeping comments with the team. I agree that consistency is extremely important.
We are excited about our new ownership that you mention. They are quickly doing many upgrades to the property and I know our returning guests this season will be very happy with the results.

Thank you again for the review and your patronage to the Longboat Key Club and Resort.

Yours in Hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Property: Resort at Longboat Key Club
Address: 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228-3910
Location: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Resort at Longboat Key Club 4*
Number of rooms: 225
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AAA Four-Diamond private beach front resort just off the coast of Sarasota. Elegantly appointed suite accommodations feature a kitchen, washer/dryer, private balcony and twice daily housekeeping. On-site amenities include six restaurants, championship golf, all new Tennis Gardens, Spa, fitness center, marina, year-round Kids Klub and miles of white sand beach. ... more   less 
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