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Review of Gumbo Limbo Vacation Rentals Inc.

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Gumbo Limbo Vacation Rentals Inc.
Holland, Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Accurate representation and a proprietor that truly cares”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Stayed in the Island suite for a 3 day mini reunion with 2 sisters and their spouses. Unit was very clean and well furnished for a beach location. The pool setting was great, Plenty of chairs etc to take to the beach. Virginia and Ora were GREAT! No disappointments!

Room Tip: Island suite is actually2 bedrooms and a "den" that is converted into a bedroom--as such...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

Stayed in the Key West room and then the Honeymoon Suite another time. Any issues with the Key West room were addressed and fixed by Virginia and I enjoyed both stays. Virginia and Ora are both so sweet and the place is beautiful. It's in a great location and I hope to be back sometime next year.

Room Tip: The Key West suite is great for larger parties and the Honeymoon Suite was perfect for me and my hus...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Stayed in the honeymoon suite in September 2012. Nice place, everything you need in the room. Just across the street from the beach. Few blocks walk to village (5min). We didnt see another guest the entire time we stayed. Had the black bottom pool to ourselves and it was gorgeous. The maintenance crew came mid afternoon and interrupted our pool time but other than that, very quiet place. The only issue we had was that there were many ants in the kitchen area, but we easily got rid of them with some spray from town.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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KC
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

We rented all the units for a family reunion and it was perfect! We had the backyard all to our selves which was a perfect place to hang out and swim all day and night. Having a kitchen also helped us to feel right at home and allowed us to make large family brunches and dinners. It is literally right by the beach and the garage is loaded with chairs and umbrellas to make spending all day on the beach very comfortable. Several problems occurred during our stay with the AC being broken or not cool enough, aunts in the ground floor units, and lawn care people showing up early in the morning but Virgina was quick to have solutions and has great customer service. Siesta Key is also such a cute little town and you can walk to the village from Gumbo. I recommend finding a group large enough to fill the whole place for any occasion!!!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Just got back from a 3 night stay at Gumbo Limbo with 5 of my friends for a girls weekend. This was our second year coming here. We rented 2 of the units upstairs and downstairs I believe they were the Key West and the Island. The units were very clean and the beds and bedding were comfortable. The decorations and paint colors are bright and tropical.The location is fantastic just a short walk to the beautiful beach. The pool is wonderful and lushly landscaped. I agree with another reviewer that the lighting around the pool at night could be a little better. We ate dinner out by the pool one night but was very difficult to walk to the pool in the dark. The only things I could complain about was that the WIFI was very poor in both the units. We could only get wifi sporadically. Also the AC in the upper unit did not seem to keep it very cool, the lower unit was much cooler and more comfortable. Some of the chairs at the dining tables in both units were very wobbly and needed repair/replacement.
But these were just minor complaints, overall we loved the place and plan to return next year .this place is good for friends, families or couples.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Atlanta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

As you read the reviews you will see the name “Virginia” come up quite a bit. There is a reason for that because Virginia runs Gumbo Limbo and is very personable and very easy to work with. She is definitely concerned about your comfort and that everything will be in order for your stay. She does a great job.

We recently celebrated my father’s 85th birthday in Siesta Key and decided on Gumbo Limbo after reading many reviews. We were not disappointed and have some updates to some of the older reviews you may read on this site.

The Key West Suite has 2 bedrooms & a den with 2 full baths. One bedroom has a king, one has two twins and the den has a queen. Now the den does have a partial wall but does open into the dining room/living room area. There is not a closet for the person staying in the den; they would need to use a closet in one of the other bedrooms. The den also is where the washer/dryer is tucked away and has one of the full baths while the two bedrooms share a bathroom in the hallway. For some, they may require more privacy for the den area but it was not a problem for us. Speaking of beds, all beds were comfortable with nice mattresses. One other thing, the den area does not have an A/C vent, nor does its bathroom. Again, it was not an issue for us. The living room does have 2 sofas, one may be a sleeper sofa but I would not recommend it.

This unit is on the 2nd floor and it does have 2 stairways, one is the main stairway with a balcony that has a table, chairs and umbrella. This leads into the living room area. The back stairway also has a smaller balcony with some chairs and leads into the bedroom with the king size bed.

The entire unit had nice furnishings including a flat screen TV and DVD player in the living room (a past review mentions a tube TV – it is gone). The kitchen was well equipped including microwave, dishwasher, pots, pans, utensils, coffee maker, toaster and a blender. For the most part you just need to provide paper goods like paper towels, napkins, maybe toilet paper. There are plenty of towels but you do need to bring your own beach towels.

The dining room has a large table with six chairs. This is also the area that receives the best signal for the free Wi-Fi (the router is in the next building).

The pool area we found to be very nice. Lots of plant life, a good size pool (5 1/2 feet deep) if all of the guests staying there aren’t in the pool, lounge chairs and tables. There is a nice gas grill (the light does work (reported not working in a previous review)) in the pool area that we and other guests took advantage of. There are a couple of outdoor showers to rinse off as well.

You may need to watch your parking. It may depend how many others are at Gumbo Limbo but you should be able to park at least 2 cars and maybe a third if any of the driveways are available (no parking on the grass).

The location of Gumbo Limo is great. A ½ block off the “main drag”, Ocean Blvd and a very short walk to one of the best beaches you will ever visit. One thing about Siesta Key is they have a lot of parking and access areas to their beaches and I could not find a parking meter anywhere. It is just under a mile to the village and a little further to get to the bridge that takes you back into Sarasota (and a nearby Publix (10 min away) as the closest major grocery store. There are some markets on Siesta Key if you wish). At Gumbo Limbo they have beach chairs and umbrellas you can take with you to the beach. Speaking of getting to the village, you could walk or use one of the free electric cart shuttle services that are available. They work off of tips so you don’t have to worry about parking or being a little too wasted to drive.

One restaurant I do want to recommend it Captain Curt’s. On someone else’s recommendation we had an excellent seafood dinner experience there. Quite casual and laid back but then again so is most of Siesta Key. It is located by the bridge that takes you back over to Sarasota.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Schenectady, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

We stayed at Gumbo Limbo in January in one of the first floor apartments. It's about as close as you can get to the beach without being right on it, and close enough to walk into Siesta Key. Everything in the place was bright and cheery and very clean. Virginia, the owner really seems to care about her guests. I left a pair of sandals behind, and she was very helpful in getting them back to me. It was so much nicer than staying in a big hotel!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Gumbo Limbo Vacation Rentals Inc.

Property: Gumbo Limbo Vacation Rentals Inc.
Address: 5610 Avenida Del Mare, Sarasota, FL 34242-1917
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Sarasota
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a stone's throw away from world famous Siesta Key Public Beach. Daily, weekly, monthly and annual rentals. Two beautiful high quality duplexes with award winning tropical landscape design. A sensational heated black bottom pool with rocky mountain quartzite deck, and a rock waterfall. The property sits across the street from the world famous Siesta Key Public Beach within 1/2 mile of Siesta Key Village with its charming shops, restaurants, ice cream stores, grocery, drug stores and banking. ... more   less 
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