We stayed at the Bentleys hotel after wanting a welcome break before going to the theme parks of Orlando, we came there as two groups and in the months coming my friend decided that Bentleys was the perfect place for them to get married.
We flew to Tampa rather than Orlando and we had a traffic free drive down to the hotel. On arriving we were instantly pleased, the hotel decor was really plush and we immediately went and checked the tiki bar. We were travelling with children and after a long flight were instantly pleased with the family atomosphere. There were people in the pool and we immediately felt at home. I stay in hotels and locations across the world and often they put a curfew on the pool access, however Bentleys did not and it made the environment feel very warm and family friendly and plus the children in our group could immediately cool off from the hot sticky night.
I have never been to a tiki bar before but this was perfect to what I had expected, we was able to drink at the bar with cooling spray or just sit around the pool. The drinks were reasonably priced and a great selection. One of the children we was with decided to eat and we got the chicken wings from the pool bar, though Bentleys was the first on our trip through Florida I can only say that the wings here were the best we ate during our whole stay. One of our party got through 44 of them in 2 days and he was only 11. Definately a Floridian in the making !!!
As it was our friends wedding we decided to pay for a suite as we were only there for a few days, however some of our other friends had standard rooms all were of exceptional quality and comfort and as good if not better than some of the 5 star Marriotts I have stayed in. I have to say my suite in size and quality was much better than many rooms I have stayed in across the world, in addition (and who could not want this !!) a table football table in the room. It was just simply perfect, in addition our room walked out onto the pool area and acted as a sun terrace and made walking to the pool easy in the morning and more like an extension of your own private pool.
Obviously being British we loved the theme of the hotel, each room is named after a London tube station and there is many other British memorabilia around the hotel, I have to say remembering a location rather than your room number definitely helps especially after the many drinks at the tiki bar !!!!
In regards to the wedding, Bentleys staff went all out, we were fortunate to meet the Reverand who was absolutely wonderful and (i believe it is Misty) whom was the wedding planner ...also the photographer ..i have seen some photos of the wedding and it looked amazing. They had a perfect wedding on the beach and got extremely lucky with the weather. The wedding was done on a private beach owned by the hotel, its a wonderful place in itself, absolutely stunning. I was advised the hotel also does couple retreats there and if I was going to come back I think I would have to do a night there to just be on the beach !!!
All in all we had a fantastic stay and after visiting Orlando and Disney I only wanted to go back.
They are about 6/7 miles away from has to be said one of the best beaches in the USA ...and we went for drinks and food in Siesta key which has lovely vibe to it and one of the nicest places I have been in the US. Also and as a little gem right across the road is a state park, I personally thought this was a little gem. There are some nice trails and walks you can do and I would go running every day there, even coming across some of the most beutifull wildlife I have come across.
Totally recommend this and highly recommend staying there and this coming from a platinum marriott member. Had I known boutique hotels could be of this quality then Marriott will be losing some of there business !!!!
- 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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