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Resort at Longboat Key Club
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Longboat Key
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 31, 2014

This resort is fantastic, we had Junior Suites with lagoon views, the staff noticed we were 3 couple travelling together and made sure we were all in the same building. The suites are big with a kitchenette including a fidge, freezer, microwave and washing facilities these were great and we used all of them. The large balconies looked over the balcony and we were visited by manatee, dolphins and an assortment of birds daily. I could wake up to this marvelous view everyday and not get bored. The resort pool was a good size and had an 8ft deep end, this was a short walk from the private beach with beds, umbrellas and cabanas included in the price. The sea is warm and full of fish, most days there was a strong current in the morning, which made for good exercise as it was difficult to swim against it. We also saw Manatee, Dolphin and Pelican close to the shore. The service was great, especially when there was a burst water tank that affected one of our rooms, the couple were moved to another room in the block within 1 hour and all their washing was done free of charge as it got wet, in addition they were given some compensation for the inconvenience. Only one issue with this resort was the restaurants; in its write up it has several dining options but only two in the resort and one of those closes at sunset. The menu is limited and rather expensive for Florida generally. Other dining options are 3 miles away at the marina. Luckily with Sarasota and Bradenton within 30 minutes reasonable priced dining options are many. All in all this was is a great resort and destination and we all had a great 10 days.

Room Tip: Ask for a lagoon view
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  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2014

Dear Janet0256:
Thank you for taking the time to review our property. I’m glad you enjoyed the wonderful views from your Lagoon Junior suites and were able to watch the dolphin, manatee and other wildlife. It is a very relaxing building. I apologize that your friend’s room had the unexpected leak, but happy to hear you felt it was resolved quickly and correctly.
At the Resort area, we have Sands Pointe Restaurant, Barefoots restaurant and also offer In-Suite Dining. In addition, for breakfast and lunch, Spike-n-Tees is only one black from the resort center and The Tavern, Portofinos and Court 21 are available at our Harborside location.
Glad you enjoyed your 10 days with us and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com

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Reviewed August 29, 2014

We already posted a review of how much we LOVE the LONGBOAT KEY CLUB but I wanted to share pics also. This is a beautiful resort that makes you feel like your in paradise. Also like I posted for people with disabilities it's fabulous. I also forgot to mention John who works the beach and pool is a fabulous waiter in the restaurant at night. James the young server is also a doll. It speaks volume to me to have staff that is on their game like they are. I hope you enjoy the pictures. We can't wait until we get back!! This hotel has had our hearts for 18 years..

Room Tip: The gulf rooms are amazing BUT the lagoon rooms are so tranquil w/manatee and dolphins. Even the gol...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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Thank ally e
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2014

Dear ally e:
Thank you for the “5” rating and for sharing the wonderful pictures of your stay. Thanks for mentioning John and James and them being “on their game”. Thanks for mentioning it is fabulous for people with disabilities. Among other things we offer a lift at the pool and wheelchair for the beach area. We look forward to seeing you on your next trip.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com

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Reviewed August 24, 2014

Just spent 10 days at the resort. The staff were fantastic, especially Gloria the concierge. Location is truly beautiful and it is a really peaceful retreat after the Orlando theme parks. Rooms were a little dated in places but very clean and service was great which more than made up for it. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank Charlotte S
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2014

Dear Charlotte S
Thank you for the “5” review! It pleases me to see that Gloria made such a positive impact on your stay along with our other team members. Great that the 10 days were enjoyed and you found the place clean and service excellent. I apologize that you found the suites a bit dated and we are doing many improvements in that area. I appreciate that you will recommend us to others and we hope to see you again soon.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com

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Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Need a one day or multiple day getaway? This is the place. Quiet. Relaxing. Private. The staff at check in made us feel incredibly welcomed. Lisa was the front desk staff and she greeted us by name before we even said who we were. (Probably announced by security at the entrance gate but still impressive never the less).
Our room was a gulf view with a large balcony - incredibly romantic and private.
This will be our go-to escape location.

Stayed: August 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Scott S
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2014

Dear Scott S:
Thank you For your very nice review. I’m glad Lisa made you feel very welcome upon arrival and that you were able to relax and enjoy yourself for your romantic time at our resort. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com

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Reviewed August 19, 2014

Just spent three nights here for a group function and really did have a relaxing weekend. Upon early arrival, our room was not quite ready. We found our way to a parking space and headed to the pool bar. The pool area was quite full and there were many families enjoying the day. The bartenders were busy serving up cold beer, several frozen drink concoctions and food when ordered. It was a very hot day and they consistently made sure everyone was taken care of. The music playing helped keep an upbeat atmosphere. Nice!

The rooms are clean, spacious and well appointed. The small kitchen really came in handy as we invited our group to our room for drinks before dinner. Publix is just up the street and they have a nice wine selection.

One evening our group enjoyed a poolside heavy Hors D'oeuvres and drinks evening. The staff was most gracious and took care of us as if we were family. We also spent a lot of time at the inside bar. The female bartender (wish I could remember her name) was at the top of her game. Great service to say the least.

The beach is nice and clean as well. The staff members will make sure you have an umbrella and chairs for your chosen spot for the day. If you are thirsty or hungry, there is an employee always roaming the beach to take care you. Very Nice:)

All in all this is a nice place to stay. The only real down side is the parking situation. There are wood structures built over the parking spaces with vines growing on them. They are very attractive, however, my car was an absolute mess when we left. I had to take a credit card and scrape the bird droppings off my windshield because it was more or less baked on. The landscapers were also tending to the plantings and there was dirt and leaves on my car as well. I know its just a hunk of metal, but Really??

Would absolutely return in the future!!

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled on business
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2014

Dear BahamaBreeze1:

Thank you for your “5” Rating and for being our guest. I really appreciate that your group had a successful time with us and you found your suite to be clean, spacious and well appointed. Thanks for mentioning the bartender inside on top of her game (Dawn) and the gracious staff that took care of you at your Barefoots function. Glad you also had time to enjoy the beach and happy to hear the team members in that area took good care of you there as well.

I’m sorry your car was visited by the local birds. Our bellman are always willing to rinse your car to keep it clean if this occurs.

Thanks again for your comments.

Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com

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Reviewed August 17, 2014

We stayed at the resort and enjoyed it thoroughly! Awesome location and the amenities were fantastic. If you like the beach, the pool, the pool BAR and great restaurants, you MUST check this place out! New owners have bought the place within last 18 months and are upgrading everything piece by piece. Rooms and public spaces are still OK currently (pre reno) but will no doubt be even better after the facelift. Didn't play golf but the course(s) looked amazing - one course undergoing complete refurbish so out of action. Incredible spa and fantastic private beach on the gulf. Not too much more you could ask for!

Room Tip: Ocean view is obviously the best, but most rooms have a view. Higher floors would probably be bette...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank kirkwood_FL
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2014

Dear Kirkwood_Fl
Thank you for your stay and review. Glad you thoroughly enjoyed your time with us. Thanks for the favorable mention of the beach, pool , pool bar and restaurants. Glad you noticed all of the renovations around the property. The Links on Longboat (Formally Islandside Golf) is now reopened after the extensive renovations were completed. We are getting great compliments on the new course. Glad your stay was everything you expected.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com

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Reviewed August 17, 2014

We have been holidaying on Florida's Gulf Coast for the last 20+ years. Our favourite spot is Naples - Edgewater Beach Hotel, but this year we decided to return to the Longboat Key Resort (our last stay at this resort was a week in 2007). This time we had a 10 day stay and It held up to expectations, the location is fantastic - we had a 2 bedroomed deluxe suite in building 4. This was for a party of 4, my husband and I; our 21 year old daughter and 18 year old son (parents be warned, if you take your kids on holidays to these resorts when they are young, then be prepared for them to be still coming with you at this age)! We were impressed with the overall cleanliness of this oversized suite that offered every amenity - plus it contained a washing machine and tumble dryer where you can load up your washing whilst gazing out across the ocean! We like to do some research into the company that owns the hotels where we stay - the management team is Ocean Properties. Surprisingly they have just taken over the Edgewater Beach in Naples (previously Waldorf Astoria) so we hope to return there in 2015 to check that out (and report back via Tripadvisor).
Anyway, back to Longboat Key Resort - we can definitely recommend it, special thanks to Dante on Reception who has a very friendly disposition and also Chris, Beach Attendant, who had great P.R. skills. If I had to give any suggestions it would be a very small one - the breakfast buffet in the hotel is great, but you have to spoon hot food onto cold plates. A small fix to find a device or system that will keep the plates warm or heated. That's it - we won't be waiting another 7 years for a return visit, in fact I think we've now found our perfect holiday package split between Longboat Key Resort and the Edgewater Beach!

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank JeanH186411
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2014

Dear JeanH186411:
Thank you for your recent visit and the “5” rating that you gave us! So glad you came back to stay with us again. Glad you enjoyed the overall cleanliness of the suite and that you enjoyed the layout and amenities. Thanks for your positive mention of our team members of the front desk and beach area. They appreciate you taking the time to recognize them. I have also shared your plate recommendation to the F&B team.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations

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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 5 Hotels in Longboat Key
Price Range: $290 - $755 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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