Resort At Longboat Key Club
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TravelPod Member ReviewsResort At Longboat Key Club
We are staying in a condo which we rented through the Longboat Key Club on Longboat Key. After a very confusing check in where we were unable to locate our condo we finally arrived at our destination. The condo is well located on the beach but the amenities within the condo are less than expected considering the cost to rent. Upon arrival discovered some broken items which were supposed to be repaired today but never were. Disappointing to say the least.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Resort At Longboat Key Club
Beautiful Beaches-Slow Service
We just got back from a 10 day stay. We had a very nice studio with a kitchen. Our view of the beach could not get any better. The room was recently updated, the check in was fast, the pool boys were fast, however the food service was slow. It took over a hour to get your meal and once you received your meal it was always cold. I would recommend that if you stay here either make your own meals or go off the property. This is a great place if you have kids lot of things for them to do and a very safe beach to play in, however the food for kids is VERY expensive $9.50 for a PBJ and 2.00 for soda and milk. So plan on bringing in your own food for the kids
Great beaches worth the spend
The area is beautiful, the beaches are pristine, and the water doesn't get much warmer (or clearer) as it does in Longboat Key. The hotel has plenty of facilities, including golf course, tennis courts, pool & sauna, and a workout center (although I was disappointed that there were no Precor machines, only treadmills and Stepmasters!) I did not have a great experience with the staff. When we checked in, I politely asked if they could upgrade us from a golf view to an ocean view, and the clerk said he couldn't as they were booked solid that night - despite that it was a weeknight and in the middle of the off season! Sure enough, there were LOADS of empty parking spaces, and very few people milling about, it was hard to believe that they couldn't upgrade us! The golf course view suite was like a very spacious studio, with a kitchenette (fairly new appliances), sitting area, king size bed, and an unusually long bathroom hall way, which led to a not-so-large bathroom (combination shower/tub). We also had a fairly large patio, which would be more bearable if there was some shade to counter the scorching heat! Beach facilities are hard to beat, with free cabanas, which guests can't use after 5pm, but they do supply plastic lounge chairs for evening use. The pool was a little too crowded during the day (and this was during the off season!) with lots of families with kids under 10, I can't imagine how crowded it would be during peak season. All in all, a little pricey for what you get - although some relatives have had MUCH better experiences with the staff and they have visited the hotel on numerous occasions, so I'd be willing to give it another chance based on their raving reviews.
Relaxing and peaceful
Having stayed at some of the worlds best locations i found this a delight, the staff were very attentive, but not in your face but very willing to help my kids when required and nothing ever seem too much trouble. Granted the resturant is expensive and a little lifeless, but there are plenty of others in the area, so it really shldnt make a difference. while i was there last Nov 03 a lot of upgrading was going on but they made sure it didnt intrude. all in all the whole family really enjoyed this resort so much so we will be going back Oct 04
Great relaxing experience for me and my family
My family and I had a terrific experience at the resort. The service was terrific, especially the concierge Sherman. The rooms were spacious and newly renovated. It was a joy to eat breakfast overlooking the beach and to be able to cook some meals indoors.
The restaurants around were expensive but mostly very good. We especially liked the Crab and Fin, PattiGeorges, the Chart House and the Lobster deal at Hemingways.
What was really nice was how so many things were complimentary--the tennis, the bicycles, the tennis ball machine, the fitness center. The pro even arranged tennis matches for my sister every day. The golf wasn't free but was also a good deal.
The only minor ding is that the golf course was not all that interesting. However, since it was August, we only had 18 holes to look at (Harbourside red and white), so did not see Harbourside blue. We did bike along the cart path of Islandside golf course. That was a fun experience. My brother got a hole-in-one on the Red, so golf wasn't that bad for all of us.
The beach was nice and since it is a private beach, I felt comfortable leaving my stuff there as I took walks, etc. The water was very shallow however and you would have to go way out before the water reached your waste. It was warm however so no problem jumping right in. Same with the pool.
Also relaxing was that this was off-season so the place was kind of empty, which is great for us. No crowds at the beach or restaurants or pool or tennis courts.
All in all, a terrific experience for all of us.
Enjoyed Our Stay at The Resort at Longboat Key Club
The grounds are impressively maintained and the plantings lovely. All that I missed was the ability to learn the names of shrubs and trees as these were not labeled. Since this was not a botanical garden with a responsibility to educate the public, I suppose signs that I would have appreciated might have been considered intrusive by some. Names of birds ARE provided in a resort brochure.
I am not a golfer OR a tennis player, and the heat was too intense in late June for me to have stayed outside for any reason save swimming, but golfers and tennis players must surely love this resort. The seemingly heat-immune players I observed certainly appeared to. A walking trail or path would have been appreciated, but in June, most visitors need to walk early in the day and at dusk.
The service, including concierge and maid, was outstanding (truly 5-star), and food in the fine-dining restaurant was topnotch. Skip the offsite Dry Dock (unless you want to learn something about how boats are secured in dry dock), and don't expect much if you eat and drink poolside.
There is a fitness center and club house on the property. A shop sells clothes for golfers, tennis players, and those who just want to look chic while visiting the west coast of Florida. Sales people here seem indifferent but are helpful enough.
This is a no-cash property. A club credit card is used for all purchases. No need for sticker shock if you monitor your spending.
The location of this resort is ideal. Just over the bridge from what seems to me rather a tired, tacky shopping center (St. Armands Circle) in mainland Sarasota, it offers easy access to the outstanding Mote Marine Aquarium and the Pelican Man Bird Sancturary as well as to the city of Sarasota. It is close enough to the key's Publix supermarket as well as to the fine gourmet-food and catering establishment in the city--Morton's (on Osprey Avenue). Next year, visitors will also enjoy a new Whole Foods market in the city.
The complex of buildings is gated, so there is a feeling of exclusivity, and guests feel at once secure, recognized, and welcome. The buildings themselves lack charm, and the furnishings are utilitarian with some Floridian influence. Rooms and their terraces are spacious as are closets and bathrooms. Bedding is comfortable.
We stayed, for nine days, in a less-expensive expanded studio apartment with a fine kitchen and dining area. Our terrace overlooked the tennis court, but we were well-insulated from noise within and without the air-conditioned elevator building. Undoubtedly the pricier ocean-view apartments would have provided a greater level of luxury and feeling of escapism for those who are landlocked most of the year. The beach is a real draw, and though trips to public beaches in the area can be fun, one is just steps from a fine beach at the resort itself. Why travel and worry about the security of one's possessions when one can just relax (or frolic) at the Key Club? Management posts a sign warning guests to shuffle in the water as summer is stingray season. The warning was respected and appreciated.
If you don't find U.S.A. Today a stimulating daily newspaper, ask for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, or offer to buy The New York Times, which is available at the front desk.
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Agree that it is overated
Nice, clean place. But service is not up to the price level. Food is expensive, furnishing are OK but not premium, and there is definitely wear and tear. Beach chairs are splinterly and hardware is rusted, sharp. Had a good time but not worth the price.
Woth every penny
We recently stayed in a two bedroom suite at Longboat Key Club in mid-February. I don't know if it was the pure pleasure of getting up and knowing the white I saw was sand and not snow, or just being able to walk out onto a beautiful deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, but I found this resort to be the best we've ever stayed at (including the Ritz-Carlton). Imagine our surprise when we ordered up a taxi from the concierge to find that the person making the phone call for us was the General Manager! The service and grounds were meticulous. Truly an enjoyable experience.
There is nothing wrong with the place (except maybe an indifferent/slightly rude staff) but there is nothing special either.
The rooms are large and clean but pretty basic with older furnishings.
The food is not terrible but not worth the price.
A had a problem that I wanted to discuss with the general manager and he basically avoided us until I threatened to withhold credit card payment.
Why go here where there are so many other places?
Good accommodation and location
Our one-room club suite with balcony overlooking the beach was spacious, fully equipped, including washer/drier, very clean and comfortable and situated in a large well-maintained country-club style development. The resort staff were well trained and gave excellent service. Room-service catering was very good but the distance from the kitchens across open access was less than ideal. We did not use the in-house restaurants, there was a good supermarket a short drive away and a range of restaurants and shops was available at St Armands Circle nearby. The adjacent beach is typical of the Gulf Coast a mix of fine sand and broken shell (quite a few still complete!) and is backed by the Resorts palms. There is much to see and do in and around Sarasota, and there are miles of beach. To summarise, we found it excellent accommodation in a location having a wealth of activities.
Good accomdation, but the food is expensive and watch the beach
I visited this resort with my family during April 2003. We stayed in a one room suite, with a beach view. The suite which was spacious, and well kept with an excellent view from a very large balcony.Downsides were:The cost of meals on the resort is high, and there is little atmosphere. After the eating in the main resort restaurant on the first night, for the remaining time we ate at St Armands, a small shopping and restaurant area near by. I can recommend St Armands for both its selection of restaurants (the L'Europe, the Crab and Fin and the Columbia were all the good - the first two being somewhat more formal. The shrimp linguine at the Crab and Fin was excellent) and shops, and lively atmosphere.The beach is substantially made up of shells. This means that children have to be a little careful as both my sons received cuts to their legs from broken shells whilst playing along the water line.
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Travel Blogs from Longboat Key
... turtle emerging from the surf and slowly making a beeline path towards the beach. About midway on the beach, she stopped and started digging. Initially, she shimmied back and forth forcing her body deeper into the sand, then she used her rear flippers to scoop up the sand below her and toss it out of the nest. Finally she settled in and laid her eggs. When she was done she took great care to gently cover the eggs and then firmly pack down ...
We started the day with coffee around the pool and then went to the beach. I walked for two hours with Steve looking for sharks teeth whilst Maggie and Norma after a shorter walk spent time chatting in the sea to cool off. Norma Maggie and I after changing went to the coffee shop for a lovely lunch and a bit of shopping , finishing off with our first bar b q at their home....perfect end to the ...
... like everyone else chatting. We returned home to get ready to go for lunch at Norma's friend Marilyn's home. It was lovely to see how the Americans live and taste their homemade food. Again we were made to feel very welcome. Tonight we went to Pops Sunset Grill in Nokomis Florida and had a meal, afterwards went to watch the beautiful sunset. At this rate we won't lose weight as we wanted to ...
Very chilly here with wind advisories and freeze warning for tonight. But the sky is a beautiful blue, the breezes are fragrant and the sun warm! Laurie and I took a walk around Heron Creek this am and after a sandwich, ( and pool photo shoot) we bundled up and headed to Sarasota to visit the Botanical gardens there. By bundle up...I wore jeans, wool socks, books, long sleeve tee, vest, Barbour quilted coat and gloves! ...
... hands down.
On Thursday, we headed for old city Genoa and its first stop, the Palazzo Reale. Its gilded hall of mirrors (I counted 30) is reminiscent of Versailles. It was owned by the Balbis and Durazzos, very wealthy families; I saw a Dior perfume commercial which placed Charlize Theron in it the other night. Next ...