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Caliente Club and Resorts
Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Poor and sad”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Place is run down and in need of repairs everywhere. There is trash all over the pool from last night and staff walks by and leaves it. What gets me was was the condom floating in the pool when I went to go for an early morning dip. I spent a lot of money for my wife's birthday to come here and expected a nice nude relaxing trip but was met with dirty resort and a huge inflated credit card bill. Do not go here. The air conditioner in the room did not work and had to beg to switch rooms. The ice machine did not work and the vending machine kept stealing my money. When I complained at the desk they gave me two quarters..ha. Craig was nice to us and so was the woman at the little gift shop. Most everyone else was as well. Staff seemed most part unhappy about the constant complaints they get from other guests. Can't see why individuals buy memberships to go there for 2 grand a year? Oh...the t.v. In the room stopped working as well. Think it was from the 80's.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2014

So we were in Fl from Thursday - Sunday. We decided to wing it as far as where to stay. Friday was not a great beach day so i thought i would call Caliente and check on room for Fri. night. Well they quoted me $279.00 for one night (Included Park Fee) ( we are married Couple in our 50s) I thought the price was way high but the rooms MUST be special for all these $$$. Boy was i wrong about the room. It was tiny, NOT very clean and looked like it had not been painted in years. We were told we have a nonsmoking room but ash treys were provided in the room and on the balcony just in case we needed a puff ( WE DON'T) The Staff were all very friendly and helpfull although when we unpacked our car we had a golf cart pull along side us and two women watch what we were taking to our room. (they don't want you bringing any food or drink into the room coz they want you to buy everything there at inflated prices) Fri night we had dinner there which was excellent!. But after dinner we were told that they had an all male review in the dance room and that ONLY the women were allowed in and then they had to pay an extra $20. We thought this was disgusting and felt like we were headed for a nickle and dime time here. We were told that the male review would end at 10pm and we could go dance after that. So we hung around spending money in the bar as did about 200 other people. 10:45pm the review was still going ( we were told that they were making too much cash to stop yet) so many people started to drift away, many complaining on there way out (they had only paid $30 per couple after 6pm to come in without staying. We had already spent around $400 so far. Needless to say at 11pm we also went back to our tiny room disappointed. The good news was that even though we had to vacate our room by 11am they were ok with us spending the day around the pool spending money on food and drink. Lots of people there Sat. Whole load of swingers that was ok with me, They were all fun people and we got to watch people feeling each other up in one of the pools by the bar. I even got to watch a young couple having sex right next to me!!!. All in All i guess i enjoyed the people and the staff but felt like i was being ripped of all day and night long by the OWNERS. I think we would try other places before we would return to Caliente. But never say never. I don't think i could recommend this place sorry!

Room Tip: We stayed in the "Hotel" room, but it is no way a hotel. Motel style all the way. Tip Dont...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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22 Thank CandSNH
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Madrid, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014

From the most honest way I mean we had very high expectations for the information of the web page, everything looked fine. However, this "Spa" is the closest thing to an abandoned house, appears to stop in time and maintenance arrangements are not made, in general, all the walls, lamps fans, etc, everything is old, broken or disrepair. But the prices of meals and drinks are extremely expensive, a small glass of orange juice is worth 3 dollars (small vessel), the Alcoholics drinks are the most expensive in Florida. The owners are earning a lot of money for the type of people we're going because there are not many choices but should be in better facilities. The pools are well maintained, staff are all friendly and know their job. And the always polite and respectful guests. So the only ones who have to change their attitude and take seriously the business are the owners.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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19 Thank hectorortiz
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2014

This was our 2nd time to visit Caliente Land O'Lakes. Once again, it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for us, we enjoyed our several day stay. This trip we stayed Sun-Tues. The resort was sold out on Fri & Sat, which is pretty normal it seems. The facilities were being worked on during the time we were there. And being such a large resort, there are things that will always need attention. However, the pool areas and hot tubs were all spot less and crystal clear. The steam rooms and saunas were working better than our first trip. Our room (attached hotel type room) was freshly painted and cleaner than the first time. We both like the screened porch at the back of the hotel rooms. We ate several meals at the resort and it;s very good. Most likely better than what you will find off resort, without driving the 20 or so miles back to Tampa. You have a refrigerator so you can stock beer, wine or water to use in your room, just can't take those things with you to the pool. We also liked the walking trails around the resort and community. It has privacy walls all around, so you can go anywhere on the property without wearing anything except sunscreen. We will return. Haters can go somewhere else would be our advice !

Room Tip: Hotel rooms are the closest to the resort and certainly walk able. But, they do have a golf cart and...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank flabeachfan
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Oak Ridge, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2014

We have been back to Caliente twice since my first review and we plan on going back. We stayed in a two bedroom condo the second time and a one bedroom condo the third time. We do prefer the villas over the condos but they book up very fast. We talked to some people staying in the hotel and they didn't care for their rooms but we can't say first hand because we never stayed in the hotel. The staff at Caliente are some of the best people. From the front door greeters to the desk people, wait staff and the bartenders, all top notch. Our personal favorite is Colleen ! She remembered our names from the first time we were there. And for some reason, her bar was always the busiest! Sunday, before Memorial Day was very busy. There were a lot of people there just for the day. They had a great band there during the day that played some good music. One thing we didn't care for and the resort can't do much about it, people tend to "save" their lounge chairs all weekend. We got there early one day and almost everything was held. So the next day we went even earlier and there were some of the same towels in the same areas, you could tell they were there overnight. We observed some chairs weren't even use but were saved. Again, not much the resort can do about that, just selfish people hogging good spots ! So we are hooked, trying to plan our next visit there very soon! You won't be disappointed if you go to Caliente !

Room Tip: Stay away from lot 14 and the hotel rooms.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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7 Thank Mike F
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Montreal, Canada
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

I went a week in March 2014, it costs to me 1700$ for a casita and daily fees, rather expensive and without Internet access in the casita, which is unacceptable. I had asked for it at the reservation but I got nothing, even discussing it. They say there's a Wi-Fi access around the main building, rather inside, but the speed is in the 100 Kb/s range... Unable to download my newspapers... Very frustrating considering the price we pay and how Internet is needed today. Another client from Italy has complained many times to the manager. He was located at the hotel and had no Internet access either. Otherwise, nice and exciting place.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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3 Thank Bousag
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dundas, canada
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14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We have stayed at Caliente north of Tampa twice now. Both times the resort has easily impressed us. The six tennis courts (three clay, three hard surface) and the tennis community within Caliente were first rate. The grounds are gorgeous and the facilities, from the gym and spa to the pools and restaurants were well maintained and spotlessly clean. Our first visit we stayed in a villa and the second stay was in the hotel. We preferred the villa but the hotel room was considerably less expensive. After all, with the great facilities we were only in our room to sleep. Sometimes we ate at the resort and sometimes we visited local restaurants off the resort. The resort dining was excellent and reasonably priced. Even better, the staff - from the front desk to the bar and wait staff to the security people were all some of the nicest people one would wish to meet.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank moocDundas_Canada
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Property: Caliente Club and Resorts
Address: 21240 Gran Via Blvd, Land O Lakes, FL 34637 (Formerly Caliente Resort and Spa)
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Region: United States > Florida > Land O Lakes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Land O Lakes
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Caliente Club and Resorts 3*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Caliente Tampa is a captivating blend of clothing-optional solitude, exhilaration and sizzle that is ideal for the seasoned clothing-optional traveler and first-timer alike. Inside Caliente Tampa, you will be pampered, wined, dined, and treated with world-class sensitivity you so richly deserve.Beautifully appointed Villas, Condominiums, vacation Casitas and Hotel Suites will become your secluded home away from home for a stay that might last but a week or two, yet the memories will last a lifetime.Just outside your door, turquoise lagoons, a sapphire lake, sports and fitness facilities, tiki bars, decadent cuisine, and sumptuous Spa Sereno are just a few of the many opportunities that beckon. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Caliente Resort All Inclusive
Caliente Hotel Land o Lakes
Caliente Club And Resorts Florida/Land O Lakes

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