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Englewood Lighthouse Resort
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Englewood Lighthouse Resort
Reviewed 3 February 2010

We stayed in cabin #6, which was the smallest one, for a weekend getaway. The town was like any typical coastal Florida town. The folks running the place are real nice. There was a minor mix-up in check-in times when we arrived and Larry (the owner) was not quite finished preparing the room, but we were only gonna be there for 5 minutes anyway to check in and dump our stuff off and try to make a Jonathan Coulton concert in St. Pete... he got us checked in in record time, we made it, and all was well. The room was just as described and would have been fine for a more extended stay, and talking to a couple other folks staying there made it clear it's a popular place for snowbirds staying for a couple weeks, maybe more. The room is fully equipped w/ a full fridge, dishes, stove, nuker, TV, etc. and it was quite clean and well-maintained. Though we were not far from the main road, it was a lot quieter than many places I've stayed at over the years. There was a little clubhouse with some games and exercise stuff as well as a nice screened porch facing the waterway. When we left, we found they had left us a nice little "goody bag" of candy and cookies to thank us for staying. A class act, and we didn't regret supporting a small, nice, family business!

The only complaints about the stay were minor... the twin bed seemed tiny (mostly because we're used to a king-size bed at home!) and the hot water heater was too small for us both to have consecutive warm showers (but this might not be an issue in one of the other cottages). They don't provide daily room service like the "chain" hotels but in our 2 days it was a non-issue. Despite the shortage of hot water, we'd certainly be happy to go back and strongly suspect we will do so at some point, and have already recommended it to close friends for a weekend anniversary getaway. They have a nice dock out back that's right on the Intra-Coastal Waterway (Lemon Bay), and it's easy to get to the beach and parks. I think their high season just started so don't wait too long if you wanna make reservations!

About the area... we live on the other coast of Florida, the town's a fairly typical Gulf-coast town. Probably about a mile to the south/east down the main drag thru town (SR 76) was an Italian place called Mama's. My wife and I split a most excellent Stromboli (and were still full!!) and it was VERY reasonable in price. Mmmm mmmm good! On the other
hand, the Dunkin' Donuts a little bit down the road (near Wally World) didn't have glazed donuts... at noontime!!! Nor did they have any apparent plans to make any more in the next 9 hours they were to be open. The Walmart had one of the highest stupid-and-senile-old-farts-to-square-foot ratio I've ever seen. If you need a map of the region, you can't find a good one locally in any store, so call the Chamber of Commerce beforehand or better yet, print your own from Google maps or the like!

If you're looking for stuff to do locally, we went to Solomon's Castle in Ona (AWESOME!!!!) on the way over, then drove around on Gasparilla Island and toured the lighthouse museum (nice, but you don't get to see the actual light up-close), Stump Pass State Park (nice nature walk and awesome shelling near the pass... be prepared to walk on a beautiful trail, it's about 2.5 miles total, thru sand), and Myakka River State Park (VERY worth a half-day at least!) Plus you can just drive around the area, we didn't even touch Sarasota or the Naples area on our trip.

All in all, we definitely recommend ELR and hope to visit again soon!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2009

We just got back from Englewood, Florida and if you are looking for a cute place to stay, please go to Englewood Lighthouse Resort. The Delaney Family are extremely friendly and the little cottage we stayed in had everything one would need to make their visit pleasant. We will stay there again as we are house hunting in the area. A special thank you to Larry for all is encourgement and their kids for the "Travel Goodie Bag". See you soon.
The Jacobson's
P.S. It is snowing in Minneapolis now so enjoy the warm weather until we return again.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2009

We found this eficiency in Englewood by chance and it turned out to be a great place to stay. The apartment was priced right, very clean and the hosts were very accomodating. A great value all the way around.........

Dana and Charle-pan

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 October 2009

We stumbled on this spot (online - chose it based on the reveiws and their website). It's all true. Sadly, we only had two nights to spend in the area--but we will be back. These perfect little cottages were impecably clean and had everything you could ever need. We really enjoyed chatting with Larry; he was such a gracious host. It's obvious this couple loves their business. We could have spent DAYS on his dock watching the wildlife in the water. My only regret was that we didn't have more time to spend there. It is a 'get away from it all' atmosphere in an awesome location. They even sent us away with a goodie-bag for the flight home... how cool is that?? We will recommend this spot to friends! Thanks Larry & Lisa!!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 October 2009

We had a great time the room was very clean. Everything you needed was in the room. We brought our boat they had a very nice dock right on the bay. The Delaney family were very helpful and always kind. We will definitey stay again, and we have reccomended it to our friends. C. Valdez

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 July 2009

Having spent a night at the Englewood Lighthouse Resort, I felt compelled to write this.
My only regret was that I did not plan an extra day to really enjoy it all.
If you want fancy, this is not it; but I must say you want find a more friendly family in the Delany's, and what this place lacks in "fancy", is more than made up in charm and relaxation.
The cottages are basic, but clean and contain all you need, force yourself to get past the front part of property which can turn you off, and drive in. I suggest you stay in one of the three rear cottages, quiet, great view. very relaxing, a common room to loiunge, and a nice dock to sit/fish.
It is hard to describe, but a very simple place, close to all, on aquiet piece of property on the bay, with a wonderful owner on premises. They will do whatever you may need to make your stay enjoyable. This includes opening your cottage when you lock yourself out on Sunday morning @7:00.

Again, nothing fancy, but a wonderful quiet refuge, that I would return to and recommend completely.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 June 2009

Larry and Lisa had just opened. We spoke to them the year before and suggested Queensize beds instead of Double plus dishwashers in some units [I have dreadful excema} WOW They did it!! They are wonderful folks. When our first born grandchild was born [2004]they gave us a an answering machine "just in case".
We live in Placida now, and Larry and Lisa want to sell BUT anyone going there is going to have a very nice time...Larry and Lisa Delaney are wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PS The cabins are VERY small, but you just eat and sleep and the lanai is okay.
To Larry and Lisa..drop the price a few [alot of $$] bucks, it is needed in this time..and then you will have a full house [you didn't this winter!!] and I know cause I live here. Times are a hurting..you need to negotiate prices.....................

  • Stayed: February 2006, travelled as a couple
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Address: 784 S McCall Rd, Englewood, FL 34223-3766
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Englewood
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Englewood
Price Range: £67 - £97 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Englewood Lighthouse Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a quaint, six-unit resort on Lemon Bay in Englewood, Florida. All of our one-bedroom cottages have full kitchens, and are fully stocked with linens, and kitchenware. Our guests are welcome to relax or fish from our dock out in the bay. One of our new additions is our underwater fishlight to see all the night-time activity in Lemon Bay. We also have a seasonally-heated pool right on the bay. A bayside patio with grilling facilities is a great spot to experience our sunsets. A second patio with a grill is available in the circular common area. Free WIFI and coin operated laundry are available onsite. For our guests between August 6 through December 15, as well as January 10 through May 20, we have a regulation-sized shuffleboard court, free rentals of bikes, tennis rackets, and fishing rods, as well as a guest clubhouse with a great view of the bay. ... more   less 
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