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Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort
Reviewed 5 March 2010

We enjoyed our stay at Silver Sands in July 2009 while traveling with six other families with children. We each had our own condo unit that slept 4. The units are a bit small and some of the furnishing are dated, but it was a clean, quiet and well-managed property with an onsite office open during weekdays to get fresh towels and beach gear. The best part about Silver Sands really is the location and small size. Not only is it directly on a beautiful and well-appointed private beach, there is also a sandbar not too far out from the water's edge where one can dive and collect full-buckets of sand dollars. Our kids dove and collected several containers full to bring home, which was fun for all. The pool, community patio and grilling area and outdoor showers were also nice features that we enjoyed. The patios on each unit were of ample size and had both furniture for sitting, but also racks for drying beachwear and towels - an essential if you are spending much of your day in the water!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 January 2010

great place to stay. appartment very clean, kitchenware good, dishwasher:), bathroom as you would like it at home, beautiful beach, no crowds, good swimmingpool, a good place if you want your peace. little traffic on main road, good walking and biking on sidewalk. nice people in the main office. free use of internet. silver sands gave me the 'island-feeling'. i would return.

Stayed: December 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 November 2009

The hotel is perfect from almost all aspects but I don´t like when they don´t have a night watch/an office which is open during night.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2009

We stayed at Silver Sands with several other families as we were in a baseball tournament in Sarasota. The facility was extremely clean and well maintained. Our room was 236 which was a bit smaller than others that were closer to the beach and pool but was quite a bit less expensive (definitely worth the tradeoff for us). It was immaculate when we arrived. It was well equipped (dishes, utensils, etc). The screened porch is a wonderful addition - with a table, chairs and rack for wet suits and towels. The office staff was absolutely wonderful - really kind and helpful. We got an umbrella from the office to use on the beach (no extra charge) and there were plenty of chairs on the beach for us to use. We had free wi-fi in the room which was great as well. The location on Longboat Key was terrific as well with plenty to do and see close by. St. Armands Circle was only about 10-15 minds away.

There were no downsides to our stay. If we go back to the Sarasota area, we would definitely stay at Silver Sands again. Others from our team who stayed elsewhere and visited us at Silver Sands wished they had stayed here!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 July 2009

We stayed in a one bedroom unit that was fully equiped with everything we needed. This unit was perfect for my family of three, including my 14 month old, and my mother who also traveled with us. The unit was clean and the furniture was kept nice. The bed was very comfortable and the shower was great. We had a nice view of the pool from our room and enjoyed being just seconds away from the beach. We loved being in a secluded part of this beautiful beach. Overall, we truly enjoyed our stay and intend to return in the future!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Thank goldeni238
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Reviewed 18 June 2009

Just returned from Silver Sands yesterday and I already miss it. Have not been to the resort since 2001. What a transformation! The old 80's look is gone and the rooms have all been updated and offer a fresher look. Although the resort has a new look and feel, it still provides the same charm and appeal that kept my family going back again and again since I was 6. I am 42 now so that tells you how much my family loved the place. We had 7 beautiful days with no rain and fantastic sunsets each evening. We fished the surf and caught several whiting, pin fish, snook, and one of our resort neighbors caught a baby lemon shark. We made daily trips to the sand bar to find sand dollars and conch shells for the kids. The kids were in the pool each night until 11:00 p.m. when the pool lights shut off. After that, the place was a ghost town. If you are wanting a party or nightlife, this is not the place for you. If you are wanting a great atmosphere in a relaxed setting, this place is perfect. It is not 5 star by any means, but it is clean, safe and gives you everything you need to enjoy time away from home. If you want an affordable resort with a pool and beach, give this place a try.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 April 2009

My husband just returned from a 4 night stay at Silver Sands - what a hidden gem. First I have to say the property is immaculately clean. The rooms were cleaned every day, and the pool and grounds were wonderful. The pool was the warmest I had ever been in, you could just jump right in. The property is right on the beach and it is gorgeous and so quiet. They even have loungers on the beach for you.

There were lots of families with young children there, and it is perfect for them. Our kids are grown up, but we enjoyed just sitting around the pool and watching the kids have fun.
The wifi in the room is great. The only thing I could say, is we were in a studio type room with kitchenette and the addition of a small table with two chairs would be good. There is a small bench in the room but a table could fit in that spot. It would have been useful for eating and using the computer. Apart from that I would say it is a wonderful spot and perfect for vacations we definitely will be back

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort

Address: 5841 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228-1701
Region: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Longboat Key
Price Range: £128 - £178 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Let your senses be your guide at Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort on Longboat Key. From the moment you arrive at this Gulf front condominium complex, you will be in sensory overload. The aroma of tropical flora and warm salty air surround you on Longboat Key - this bouquet of scents will have you returning to this beautiful destination again and again. Are you in need of some relaxation? Why not take a walk along our private beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. We have the most beautiful sunsets to offer here on Florida's Southwest coast - we invite you to relax in a complimentary lounge chair at the beach as the sun sets in her many array of colors.Our on-site amenities are plentiful and include a heated, Gulf front swimming pool, putting green and shuffleboard courts, private beach access, BBQ area, and on-site office. Choose from our various unit styles that include: hotel rooms, one- and two-bedroom units with an assortment of views to choose from including garden, pool/Gulf front and Gulf front views. All units come equipped with a full-size kitchen or kitchenette, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and daily maid service. We invite you to book your Silver Sands vacation and create memories that will last a lifetime. ... more   less 
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Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort Longboat Key, Florida

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