Tropical Breeze Resort
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We left Orlando and headed back west to the Gulf coast. Our destination, Siesta Key just outside Sarasota has been named the best beach in the US. The beach was great with pure white sand and Pelicans and other sea birds diving for fish only a few feet from the shore. However, the view back towards the town was not as pleasant with a number of …
We have one week under our belts at home in Florida. The joys of travel and homecoming have now faded with the reality of taking care of business.
As I wrote last week we did some pressing essentials right away but instead of decreasing, our "to do" list seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. This morning I scheduled appointments for repairs to our dishwasher, ice maker and wine fridge. They all decided to let us know they been missing us!
... slipping into the background. When we met an old friend from Europe this morning we exchanged the typical greeting kisses...the first time since we've been back.
I'm thrilled that I'm behind the wheel of a car once again and yes, it's like riding a horse, I haven't forgotten how! I miss the mid-morning coffee breaks and the strolls on the playa. My daily walking distances have ...
... bags off him for fear he would break his back!! (he could hardly lift them, let alone carry them to my car)! Sat on the beach looking at the pier at sunset. Wrote postcards whilst sitting on the sand, watching pelicans swoop for fish in the sea in front of me. It's as idilic as it sounds! Was sitting on the balcony this evening, catching up on some emails-but kept hearing rattles from the trees below me ...(I think it was a snake-eeeeep!!) -so came inside ...
... around the shops and stopped for a coffee and to open my birthday cards. It's so warm, it really doesn't feel like my birthday -apparently its snowing at home-Luton airport has had to close! Was lovely to open some cards. My best friend jess (who gave me a card in aug-that's ridiculous planning!) always puts confetti in her cards-but for some reason, I forgot this. I opened the card whilst sat outside the cafe, and it exploded glittery champagne glasses all over me! Made ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews Tropical Breeze Resort Siesta Key
Not what we expected
My husband and I stayed at Tropical Breeze last spring break March 2004. The first night was a disaster. Our flight from Chicago arrived late so we did not arrive at the property until 11:00 P.M. We were told the "keys" would be in the mailbox at the office. Well, our "keys" did NOT open the door to our unit. We tried and tried but could not open the door. We called the phone number over and over. (Rang up $30.00 in calls on my cell phone for roaming..) A guest upstairs allowed us to use his phone to try calling. After about 30 minutes of this nonsense, my husband and I left to try to find lodging. Of course it was late, we wre tired from flying, and frustrated at the experience. We did not know the area and found nothing available but some fleabag in Sarasota. It was a terrible beginning to our Spring break vacation. The next day, Tropical Breeze got us into our room and apologized. They did pay for our fleabag motel room and did not charge us for the night we could not get in.(Who would pay for it anyway??) They said they never got the pages or the phone calls.Unbelievable! Other than the first terrible night, our vacation was okay. The beach was the highlight. It is beautiful! RE: the rooms....when people say they are dirty-believe them. We found Cheerios in the fold out couch and old disposable contact lens packets. They need to get some serious cleaning people in there. The units are old and need to be updated. We thought they would have done more for us because of what happened the first night-maybe offer one free night, but they did not. We stayed here on the recommendation of a friend who had been there before. She was there again the same time we were, and said she could not believe how dirty it had gotten. Research other areas online before booking here. They seem to have a lot of miscommunication going on.....
Conveniently by the beach
This 'Resort' is a collection of apartments in amongst the residential/vacation housing behind Siesta Key Beach. I can only comment on the unit visited which was a one-bedroom second floor unit in a block of four directly overlooking the beach.
It was clean with just adequate facilities. Some furniture had seen better days.
The location, on the second floor overlooking the beach , and with direct access to it, was just right for us. Also the shops and dining of Siesta Key were only a short walk away. Siesta Key and the Sarasota area have a lot to offer the visitor.
In brief an economic beach-side situation in a good area.
Great little spot!
The funny thing about reading reviews is that people have such wide range of opinions it's hard to tell if the place is as bad as they say, or if they're just being picky. Like the reviewers before us we decided to book this place despite poor reviews, and we were pleased with the results. First of all Siesta Key was a pleasant surprise. The resort itself was a neat little spot. Spread over a couple of adjacent blocks of the island, the little cottages offer everything one needs to stay comfortably, and relatively cheaply for a week or more. Our room had a fridge, microwave, little stovetop burners, utensils, dishsoap, a laudry basket...etc etc. As well each set of "cottages" were set around a large patio area with multiple barbeques. Our room even had a little private patio area with chairs. Thus one come here and not have to eat out every meal. The room itself, while not luxurious, was clean, comfortable and bright. The bathtub was huge. The staff were super friendly. The beach was a short walk down the street, and the main drag of the island was right there as well. Overall I would recommend this place to anyone, especially out of state families looking for a beach resort that is affordable.
We had a great time!!! Disregard prior comments!
I read all the reviews and decided to book this hotel anyway. First, although they call it a resort, it is not what you'd expect. It is very small-scale. With that comes the small community feel of a neighborhood. The complementary breakfast is fine with hot and cold items. The staff is great, very friendly and down to earth. If you are a high maintenance type person that expects a 5 star resort than book the Ritz, you will not appreciate this place. You're on the beach in seconds with a short walk. The rooms are impeccably clean, and cozy. There is a pool and detached hot tub which is fine. It is wonderful for the location and amenities. For those decide to stay during a holiday, you should expect the higher rates and volume of people but that's with every hotel. We had a great time and are sure to return!!!
First Class Staff and Facilities
I just wanted to take a moment to highly recommend the Tropical Breeze Inn Resort in Sarasota, Florida. The resort is located on Siesta Key and I think it is a great place to stay. When I arrived for a short stay in August, 2004, I had learned that my reservation was erased in the computer system due to the recently-passed Hurricane Charley.
The lady at the front desk was very helpful and apologized for the inconvenience. She adjusted the rate of the hotel and arranged my return the following day. She was very kind. The staff was clearly first class and allowed you to put bags aside in their office while you waited for the room or were waiting for transporation when I checked out.
The rooms are nice, good for singles and intimate for couples. The beautiful beaches are only a short walk away, a couple of blocks or so and there are watersports available if you wish to do that. The water is so nice and you can go out a good distance and relax on the sand bars. The beach is like sugar, absolutely beautiful.
After a day at the beach, there are several places to go to eat, all on the Siesta Key main road, Ocean Boulevard. There is the Gilligan's Grill, Jo-To Japanese Steakhouse (very entertaining) as well as the Daiquiri Deck. After that, there is ice cream establishment known as Big Olaf's, very good. If you visit Siesta Key, the Tropical Breeze with its staff, rooms, location and three pools is your best choice for a nice vacation.
This is not a "RESORT"!!
There are so many bad things to mention about this hotel that I know I can't include them all. We also stayed the 4th of July weekend, and were over charged for the rooms we stayed in. When we arrived we were disappointed, but it was too late, we had already put a large deposit on the rooms (which I disagree with). We went with family and stayed in 2 deluxe rooms. The rooms ended up costing us about $150 a night, plus a room cleaning charge (which our room was dirty to begin with). They advertised a special on the internet that if you stay 4 nights you get the 5th night free. We had also an AARP discount, but they gave us a hard time in order to receive both discounts. They made no mention of it when booking for the 5 nights, it was only when we got there that they told us we couldn't use both discounts. They told us there were plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas, but failed to tell us that it costs $10 for each one to rent per day! The
"continental breakfast" was a complete joke, bread, coffee, donuts. You can't get fresh towels everyday, they only change them 2 times a week.
It claims to be a resort, but it's just a bunch of little old mini houses that they converted (haphazardly) into units spread out through a residential area. The walls are sooooo thin, inside and out.
The pools are smaller than most average backyard pools!!! Our other family member's room had mold so bad in her shower, she was too grossed out to take a shower in it, so she took hers outside. There were fire ants everywhere, and no place for the kids to play. I can't believe this is supposedly AAA approved. Bottom line, Tropical Breeze is not a resort like people would think it would be. They use false advertising to lure people in, and it's just not worth what they are charging!! I've stayed at places for $60 a night that were nicer than this!
Not what I thought!
We stayed at The Tropical Breeze Inn just this past 4th of July weekend. When I called to make the reservation, I was told that I would have to pay full rate because it was a holiday weekend. Plus $50.00 for my dogs and a $45.00 cleaning fee.
Since the place LOOKED really nice, we didn't mind paying extra.
We were very disappointed when we got there. The 2 bedroom Large suite was tiny. The air conditioner would not go below 80 degrees and there were sunflower seeds all over the floor from the previous tenants, and my dogs kept finding them and eating them. The people next to us had about 15 people staying in their room. They would cut through the back of our room and make my dogs bark. They were also very noisy!
It wouldn't be a bad place to stay for half of the price, but not for $270.00 +++.
Desperately needing an escape from the miserably cold weather here in Maryland my wife and I traveled to Siesta Key, Florida where we stayed at the Tropical Breeze Resort. Tropical indeed! Normally, I don't post reviews on sites such as these, but we had such a great time I felt I had to pass it on to others. Our accommodations were immaculately well kept and within steps of the beach and restaurant district. As if the crystal blue water and flour like sand weren't enough we also found the staff and guests extremely friendly. At the complementary breakfast each morning we became well aquainted with other guests and the staff.
We had such a great time we have already booked for next year!
Just got home from a WONDERFUL family vacation at Tropical Breeze Resort on Siesta Key. I stayed in a Garden Courtyard Suite (a 1 bedroom large suite) and it was very nice. Although, we had to walk down the street to get to the beach, it was still very close. I have 3 small kids so crossing the main street on the Key was not an option. Our room was nicely furnished and very comfortable and clean. The pools were wonderful, the property was maintained nicely and the staff was friendly and efficient. I locked myself out of my room twice and both times they made me feel ok about it with a big smile and new keys. The sand on this beach is out of this world and the Tropical Breeze Beach guy even gave me some in a baggie to bring home!! My husband and son enjoyed going out on the kayaks while me and my daughters soaked up the sun on the beach. We enjoyed the complimentary breakfast, although it would have been nice to have eggs or sausage with breakfast. We did go across the street to the Broken Egg one morning and that was very nice, albeit a bit pricey for breakfast. All in all our vacation was wonderful and we will definetely stay at Tropical Breeze again.
Bait & Switch? Or just the stinch of fish
this place definetly leads you to believe something it is not. first, when they say nestled in a quiet neighborhood. they weren't kidding. the buildings are inbetween residential homes. not what the map represents. we drove in at 10:30 at night. opened the truck door only to be blown away by the horrid dumpster smell. conventienly located outside of our upstairs room. which is another item to be aware, if you are traveling with any type of luggage ask for ground accomodations. otherwise be prepared to haul it up stairs. the rooms appear never to have been updated. ac consist of a window unit. and the walls are paper thin. so lovers be aware. the hot tubs, well figure them out yourself. the cover was on the one in my section. this by far, is not a 3 star, thank you hotels