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Suntide Island Beach Club
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

My family stayed here recently. We enjoyed the beach and pool, but this was overshadowed by the horrible staff. The number of and absurd nature of all the rules is comical.

Our room's carpet was wet at check in. When we inquired about the reason for wet carpet, the office personnel had no reason. They said, "just keep the fan on."

I had purchased tickets to a local sporting event online and needed to print my tickets. I asked if I could simply plug in my computer and print or email the tix to the front desk to let them print for me. You would have thought I asked for the world. I was told absolutely not and it was like pulling teeth to get her to recommend somewhere local to do so.

The icing on the cake was upon returning home, we were billed $300 for being overcapacity in our room for the one week. I guess my two year old daughter really put a financial burden on this place.

Let's all band together and put this place out of business.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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12  Thank SeekingParadise6436
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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Location location location! That all that really needs to be said. If you want a beach in your back yard this is the place. No sterile hotel lobby to walk through just open your door and you're steps away from the beach. The outdoor decks and grills made it feel like home. We lived in our bathing suits the first couple days. Going to the beach, pool and grilling out for meals. We were in a one bedroom and the unit was just OK, so don't plan on a 5-star resort room. You shouldn't be in your unit much anyway as there is lots to do in the area. Definitely recommend the Ringling Circus Museum. Great food places all around and if you don't mind a short drive the Beach House at Anna Maria is fantastic for incredible sunsets, food, and service. Remember this place is about location if your not going for the beach, pool, and outdoor decks and grills its not the place for you.

Room Tip: Try to get a upper floor room facing the pool area and the beach off one of the larger decks. Don...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank karen n
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

My family owns several weeks and we go each year at least once. Great location, very clean and well maintained. While this is billed as a resort, it is better described as a small timeshare complex. Each unit has a kitchen and living room, furnished with basic equipment, plus a gated parking area with assigned parking space.
This was my first August visit, a little more vacancy than other times I have been there. Also, they will not rent out a unit for a single night.

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
1  Thank ukcats77
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Reviewed April 13, 2012

We bought our week 30 years ago when we lived in Sarasota. We visited many timeshares before we decided on Suntide. Outside of some problems in the early years with the old management, we have not regretted our purchase. Walt, Sheryl and the gang have been exceptional. The units and the grounds are not just "kept up" they are constantly being improved and updated. Kudos to all involved. We now live in Northeast Georgia and look forward to our beach week.
It's like family reunion time when we see the others who have been there as long as we have. We are not only enjoying the children we watched grow up, but now their children as well.

Room Tip: We have unit 134 with no view except the driveway but are only in there to sleep. It has a larger l...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank Karen S
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Reviewed March 14, 2012

You just can't get much better than this. Very up to date modern condos with all the amenities. Great Views. Fabulous service. Friendly staff. The guests are a family amongst themselves and welcome newcomers as part of that family, Daily cookouts, singing around the pool and hot tub. Assigned parking. The condos are right on the Beach. Space is limited on the beach so be prepared to park in your assigned parking as with all beach resorts. This one is slightly different in that the parking lot is at the end of the condos between them and the beach, but really, who cares? More parking available in front on the street. Walking distance to St Armands Square for the best in shopping and dining. Low cost tourist shopping to upper scale high end art shops of various types. The dining is outstanding whether looking for a local pub / bar, or family dining or elegant dining for two in a romantic setting. Beast restaurant for food and drink is Cha Cha Coconuts for fabulous wings (made them give me the recipe and have made them at home many times) and terrific rum runners. (add a shot of 151 rum). Lots of entertainment too (especially after a few of the rum runners and 151 shots). We were there in Oct/ Nov 2010 and there were hundreds of Zombies walking the square for Halloween. What fun. Weather is nearly always great in the Sarasota area and lots to do everywhere. And the pristine snow white beaches are the best. We see lots of resorts advertise white sand beaches, but none compare to the beaches of Lido Key and neighboring Siesta Key, Do yourself a favor and take a trip over to Old Town Siesta Key for blocks of drinking and restaurants. Amazing fun. We have stayed at many of the hotels, resorts, condos along Ben Franklin Drive in Sarasota and find the Sun Tide to be the very best of them all.

Room Tip: uppper floor rooms have a better view of the ocean. We stayed toward the front at the top of the st...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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5  Thank Terry A
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

We booked a room through RCI & were lucky to get a one-bedroom on the second floor overlooking the pool & with a view of the beach. Would definitely not want to stay in one of the first floor units which appear dark & have no view. Our unit was clean, comfortable, nicely furnished (microsuede sofa, leather lounge chair, 42" flat screen TV with DVD/CD), fully stocked kitchen.
The resort has a small pool, lots of beach chairs & grills, a short walk through the parking area to the beach. Limited activities (coffee & pastries on Mon., hot dog lunch on Wed.) but lots of things to do nearby--St. Armand's Circle for shopping/restaurants, Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Marine Aquarium, Marie Shelby Botanical Gardens. Go view the sunset in the lounge on the 8th floor of the Lido Beach Resort nearby.

Room Tip: Second floor only. One bedroom was comfortable for two people.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank Loraine170
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Reviewed August 20, 2011

We just returned from a two week vacation at Suntide Island Beach Club. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. They were always available to answer questions and suggest local restuarants that were yummy! Our condo was very clean and well furnished. There is no odor of mold. You are steps from the pool and ocean from any condo unit there. The beach is beautiful with awesome sunsets. There are many owners that have been coming there for many years. Friends are quickly made. Grocery stores and gas stations are approximately 10 minutes away (over the John Ringling Bridge into Sarasota). Remember, Suntide Island Beach Club is located on Lido Key (island) where it is very private. The only con would be the pillows are too hard. We plan to return in September as we own multiple weeks.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Java2011
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Additional Information about Suntide Island Beach Club

Address: 850 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Sarasota
Hotel Class:3 star — Suntide Island Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Also Known As:
Suntide Island Beach Club Hotel Sarasota
Suntide Island Beach Hotel

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