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... not afraid but this trooper braved an entrance to the house, which made him sneakier than the rest. I went in the bedroom with Jessica so I wouldn’t be alone with the lizard in the other room. She begged me to catch him but sadly my lizard catching days were over. I sat at the edge of the bed and crossed my legs to better hold my bladder, in fear walking past the kitchen to the bathroom he may launch his rugged body in my hair, or even ...
... early birthday present and because she was so excited to see the alligator’s she knew it would influence me to take them to the course. It was getting dark and difficult to see the alligators in the murky water but a handful lay resting on a wooden plank in the middle of the pond. In a tank next to the pond was a unique yellow alligator, in which only thirty in the entire world supposedly existed. I was sad to see these small gators succumbing ...
... lunch and dinners, dips in the pool and a trip to the beach for breakfast all filled the days. Everyone left on Sunday and we had a full day with Mom and Dad.
Monday afternoon we headed for Tampa to catch our Us Airways flights to Phoenix, on to Las Vegas, and finally, Hawaiian Air red-eye to Honolulu, arriving at five a.m.
Home at last! ...
... area. As if we didn't have our hands full just watching out for ourselves! In spite of it all, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. It was a warm sunny day and we were cruising for the first time in a month. Our spirits were not even dampened when we briefly get lost prior to entering the great Tampa Bay. This time, we did not panic but instead followed the sage advice of the Good Captains to STOP, LOOK AND FIGURE OUT WHERE YOU ARE! And that is exactly what we did.
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... end reserved for an exclusive gated enclave. Supposedly Martina Navratilova and country singer Tim McGraw are known to winter there at their beachfront mansions. South of Manasota Beach, we biked a beautiful canopied road where extraordinary residences and some 50’s styled beach homes are nestled in dunes or tucked neatly behind established groves of trees. It was an absolutely gorgeous ride.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLongboat Key Club & Resort
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 Longboat Key Club & Resort
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
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
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 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.
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?
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.
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.