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“Hidden Gem on Casey Key”
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A Beach Retreat
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Nokomis
Certificate of Excellence
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
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“Hidden Gem on Casey Key”
Reviewed September 24, 2010

My fiance and some family and I stayed the weekend (mini-vacay) at the beach Retreat and we had such a great time!! The rooms were so cute...very clean, efficient, and updated (marble kitchen counter tops, etc). The location is perfect and right on the beach. The beach is beautiful...picture perfect and we loved the sunsets. We grilled out on the property (right outside of our room) and the pool was conveniently located just a few steps away. The staff at the beach retreat was great as well...very friendly and accomodating. We had a wonderful time and plan to bring the rest of the family along next time!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 8, 2010

I have been a West Central Florida resident since 1967 in Pinellas County. I was looking for the 'old' Florida with the clear blue Gulf waters, a clean, quality place to spend a long weekend with my adult children and our extended family. A Beach Retreat was recommended to us by a coworker who has visited with his family yearly for 28 years. The management team is professional and friendly. The property is pristine. My adult children commented that these condos were 5 star. They were amazed at the cleanliness, updated rooms and fully equipped kitchens. The new gas grills were used nightly and we enjoyed having our coffee on the terrace each morning viewing the Gulf of Mexico. Boat rentals are nearby. We plan on returning next year. A Beach Retreat is a peaceful, relaxing retreat from the busyness of life. There is no other place like it! If there was a rating above 5 star, this location would have my vote.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Portland
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Reviewed March 15, 2010

The six of us, all adults, just returned from a wonderful week at A Beach Retreat. We stayed in the largest unit (3 bedrooms). We were pleasantly surprised when we walked in the door and saw the large open floor plan. And the beds...they "called" to us!!! So comfortable. With the exception of the pull-out in the living room. The mattress was a "blow-up" but it had a leak. I expect that will be fixed soon. And bring your own system for music, no radios. Though the weather was not hot....we still enjoyed our time in Nokomis...shelling on the beautiful beach, swimming poolside, taking in a play (Annie) in Venice, the Red Sox in Fort Myers (about 1.2 hour drive), shopping at Punta Gorda, and just having a relaxed week in our own little world on the deck. But, shhhhh......it's a secret!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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New york
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

Stayed at this hotel directly on the gulf of Mexico in Casey key,Fl. The hotel was very well maintained and clean. The manager and staff were very friendly and helpful with any of our needs. Its a place to get away with family and friends without any of the hustle and bustle of the other tourist spots in Florida. So if your looking for a queit spot with beautiful sunsets, beaches that aren't crowded, and a friendly and helpful staff this is the spot for your next vacation.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sadorus, Illinois
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Reviewed March 18, 2009

My husband and I stayed at A Beach Retreat last week and it was perfect! If you are looking for a quiet place on the beach, look no further! We had a orginally reserved a studio with a small kitchen and at the last minute upgraded to a 1 bedroom with full kitchen. If you plan to do any cooking, I recommend the bigger unit. The staff there was very friendly and helpful and even had a get together in the courtyard one night with drinks/snacks. We were close to shopping and dining but a little off the beaten path so it was very relaxing. They have a heated pool, beach chairs and there is a nice courtyard area and patio table/chairs outside each room and gas grills for guests use. We also had wi-fi and the signal was great.
The Casey Key/Nokomis Beach area has small hotels so it isn't as "touristy" as some of the other beaches in the area but it is a quiet, friendly area that I would hestitate to return to. Make sure you check out the Drum Cirlce on Wednesday and Saturday nights on the beach at sunset. If you are a shark tooth collector, we found more at Nokomis Beach than at Venice Beach, which is supposed to be the "Sharktooth Capital". Don't forget to eat at the Casey Key Fish House on Blackburn Point Road, we did on our last night of vacation and wished we could have gone back.
We really enjoyed our stay and hope to go back sometime soon!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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South Lake Tahoe, California
Level 6 Contributor
65 reviews
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Reviewed October 27, 2008

We had a basic unit, which are small and compact, dont really understand why there is a cooker in the room as previous review said, there is no room to prepare anything to cook! The place is clean and adequate for a few days stay if you want t be directly on a beach, but i would recommend upgrading to a 1 bed unit if you are planning on staying more than 2 nights, these are a lot bigger and better. There really isnt anything here other than the beach, the 1 restaurant/bar we went to called pops was overpriced and not good food also ate of plastic plates and plastic knives and forks which for a fast food place would be fine but for an evening meal that cost over $40 dollars for 2 mains and 2 drinks is ridiculous!
If you are after a night or 2 of total relaxation on a beach and not bothered about eating out at night then this place at the right price fits the bill.

  • Liked — on the beach
  • Disliked — small room
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 19, 2008

I would never return here again. The managers of the hotel really couldn't care less about their guests. The towels were tiny and only two were provided for our whole stay of a week. There were no beach towels, the internet access only worked if you sat either inside the office or right outside it. The room was small and cramped and the kitchenette so minuscule there was nowhere to prepare any food except on top of the stove. While it was not the hotel's fault, the other guests staying the week-end of the week we stayed made so much noise until 3 in the morning that we had no choice but to stay up and listen as the walls were so paper thin that everything could be heard through them.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — How little the managers cared about their guests
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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, Manager at A Beach Retreat, responded to this review, November 19, 2011
I would like to apologize for your unpleasant stay here at A Beach Retreat. All of our staff, owners, and management do care very much about our guests and if you would be willing to return to our property, we would love to make it up to you. Over half of our business relys on our return guests, so we take guest satisfaction very seriously. I would like to address some of your complaints. We do not have daily housekeeping service (it is available for an extra fee) but we do have a towel exchange program in our office. So anytime you needed your towels exchanged or if you needed extra throughout your stay, all that was needed was a trip to the office. We also do not supply beach towels but are happy to provide additional bath towels for the beach. This should have been explained to you at check in and I apologize if it was not. At the time of your visit, we did only have a router in the office, so only the rooms closest to the office could access the internet or you would have to sit right outside the office in order to pick up the signal. We have now installed property wide wifi so every single room including the beach, pool, and common areas can now pick up the signal. We do have larger rooms available that are bigger than the efficiency you stayed in. Our one bedroom suites have bigger kitchens and a separate living room. I also do apologize for the other guests disturbing you, majority of our guests are very respectful but we do get occasional complaints about noise. I just wanted to address some of your issues and if you would be willing to give us another try, we would love to have you back!

Sincerely,
Natalie Foster
Property Manager
A Beach Retreat on Casey Key
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Property: A Beach Retreat
Address: 105 Casey Key Rd, Nokomis, FL 34275-3304
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Location: United States > Florida > Nokomis
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Nokomis
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — A Beach Retreat 2.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Beach Retreat on Casey Key is a condo hotel that offers beach and bay front vacation rentals located directly on the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota, Florida. Whether its a weekend getaway or family reunion, A Beach Retreat is the ideal location next to world famous Siesta Key and just north of Venice, Florida. Experience the quiet island charm of Casey Key while still being close to everything Sarasota has to offer. Our tropical setting with fabulous beachfront vistas is perfect for weddings, family vacations or simply a much needed escape from the hustle and bustle. Bring your boat - we have private slips available with shore power. Waterfront dining as well as Gulf Harbour Marina are within walking distance. Casey Key is known for its excellent fishing. Bring your camera and capture one of our amazing sunsets. Nightly, Weekly, and Monthly Rentals Available. Be sure to ask about our specials! ... more   less 
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