This was picked via the Internet as we knew we wanted to be within 50 miles of Busch Gardens for tomorrow.
This family room was £80.00 for the night in this smart boutique hotel on the Tamiami trail on the Gulf coast.
We arrived late afternoon after our 350 mile drive from Key West. From the road it is less than inspiring, bland concrete block building with almost tacky signage.
However, inside it is seriously "cool". Staff are smooth and good looking American, efficient, polite and no nonsense in a very positive way. There is an underlying English theme, London underground wall art, rooms are named after underground stations etc. Reception area tables have art and photography books to browse.
We headed for the pool which is fab, realised we could eat there and then discovered that draft beer was buy one get one free and "bucket" size margaritas were two dollars a pop. There are similar offers every night of the week.
Bar food was good, huge portions as always in the US, quick to arrive after ordering, and tasty.
All in all, top value at this hotel in essentially, the middle of nowhere, actually ten minutes south of Sarasota, worth a visit for a couple of days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Bentley's Boutique Hotel located in the heart of Osprey, Florida. Bentley's Boutique Hotel provides boutique style lodging in Venice/South Sarasota near Gulf beaches and award-winning golf courses. Choose from standard upscale king or two double bedded rooms or oversized executive suites and honeymoon suites many with private poolside balconies. Our new full service Sarasota Venice area hotel boasts: hot breakfast available in our restaurant, free business center, Brasserie 41, Lono Tiki Bar & Grill, Underground Lounge, ballroom & meeting space seating up to 150 people, free transportation to Nokomis Beach. ... more less
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