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Resort at Longboat Key Club
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Certificate of Excellence
Gainesville, Florida
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57 reviews
20 hotel reviews
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“Anniversary trip”
Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

Just returned from a Wed-Sat trip to Longboat Key Club. Professional staff, room was ready when we arrived (11am), beautiful view from 4th floor of Building 3, perfect sized kitchen, washer/dryer, Tommy Bahama toiletries, huge balcony and very comfortable king sized bed. Didn't have any issues getting seats around pool ( "reserving chairs" was so much worse on a cruise). Great drinks around pool bar; thank you Ed and Ian! Took the van to dinner one night, which is nice when you want to have more than one drink. Played golf at Harborside and ate at the Tavern before returning to resort. Publix located three miles right down the road. Next time will take advantage of free bicycles. Can't wait to go back!

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 13 August 2013
Dear KellyGreen24:
It's wonderful to read of your very successful Anniversary trip with us. It sounds like you took advantage of many of the resorts features including the pool, Golf and the resort restaurants and bars. I will be sure to pass along your wonderful complements of Ed and Ian!!

We look forward to having you visit us again soon.

Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

My wife and I have been coming to LBK club for the past 4 years. It is the trip we look forward to the most each year. The service is amazing. The entire staff is wonderful. Brad and his guys down at the beach are awesome and they work very hard! Dawn at the lobby bar is our favorite! Sherman the concierge is always extremely helpful and friendly. I can't say enough about the staff members I have mentioned. They are the main reason we will keep coming back year after year.

Thanks,
Jeff Virgin

  • Stayed July 2013
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 10 August 2013
Dear Virg2000:
I’m so glad you have enjoyed your experience over the last 4 years. I will share your kind words with Brad, Dawn, Sherman and the rest of the team. Thank you again for the review and for your patronage of the Resort at Longboat Key Club.

Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Reviewed 7 August 2013 via mobile

When we arrived our suite was not ready and so we had to wait 1 hour 15 minutes for it, but still we had to change the next day as the suite allocated stunk of cigarette smoke in the living room and the main bedroom, with cigarette ash on the floor by the bed. This was very disappointing as these are non-smoking suite and we received only an apology from the bellboy who helped us move room, but no formal apology. The second suite was much nicer and had a better view. The Tommy Bahama amenities were lovely.
The beach was clean and the sea was warm and inviting. Beach staff were also friendly. The beach is lovely to go in the morning, as well as the pool.
The price of a tennis lesson was not clear, the $25 clinic is a certain times which was not clear and so one tennis lesson came to $80 instead so be sure to fully ask beforehand.
Overall a lovely resort and friendly staff and nice accommodation, would definitely go back.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 10 August 2013
Dear EmmaS
Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at the resort. I’m glad you loved the amenities, the beach, the pool. I really appreciate your mention of how friendly the beach staff was.
I am truly sorry that the first room had the prior guest smoke in it whereas the rooms are to be smoke free always. I also apologize that this issue was not fully resolved prior to your arrival as our procedures should have had it resolved. I’m glad the 2nd suite was perfect for you.
Tennis has different charges for lessons, clinics, etc. The pricelist may be found in the in-room Experience Magazine or with any of our tennis professionals.
We appreciate you being our guest and we look forward to having you as our guest again in the future.

Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

One of the nicest hotels in the area. Have stayed here 3 times, all for special ocassions and celebration. Very professional front desk staff, very clean rooms, also very modern looking.
While walking to the rooms, not that impressive, but you're there for the rooms and of course the beach. Beach is beautiful, and clean. Private beach. Excellent views from the balconies, and one of the best sunsets you'll ever see.
Overall, great hotel, it's a bit pricey, but well worth the money considering the options around Sarasota. Highly recomended!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Thank theone27
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 10 August 2013
Dear GP2727

Thank you for your very kind words about your experience at our resort. So glad that you come to our resort to celebrate your special occasions. Thank you also for the mention of the very clean beach, rooms and the professional front desk staff. I will share your review with our team and I know they will appreciate it. We are here to continue to take great care of you on your future visits with us.

Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Reviewed 5 August 2013 via mobile

Con's:There is no attention to detail here. Some renovations but with inexpensive products and the quality of the craftsmanship is lacking. Especially in the outdoor areas there needs to be nicer more updated products used. The front entrance looks like a 1990's old condo. Not what you would expect for their prices. The Pro's are the grounds have beautiful plant life and the beach when clean is pretty and private. The location is close to St Armand's circle. However even that area is looking due for renovations. If you are not picky you should like it but if you have stayed in upscale hotels you will be disappointed. Unless you are looking for something very casual.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Dear Luvn2travl4:
Thanks for being with us and being our guest. Since you stay all of Barefoots and the Pool Furniture have been replaced. We are also adding sofas in the building lobbies by the elevators. The in-suite furnishings are all custom manufactured for us and we have received praise for their craftsmanship. I’m sorry it was not to your liking. Hope we will see you again in the future.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Earth City, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2013

Driving into the Longboat Key Club, one is certainly impressed by the huge expanse of the grounds, the manicured golf course, the well maintained tennis courts dotting the grounds.
THe check in was not bad either. Fast, smooth. You get the sense that these guys have been doing this for a long time.
The first and main disappointment sinks in when you approach your building. That's when you realize that these are luxury rooms. THe buildings and there are about 5 of them on the grounds look old. When you enter the rooms, you are not going to be impressed. they are basic rooms that I would rate as 3 stars.
Given the amount of money I paid per night, i was expecting much better rooms. The rooms are clean, the tennis courts are well maintained, the golf course is average, the food is ok.
I guess what I trying to say is this is not a bad place. It is just way too expensive for what it offers.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 10 August 2013
Dear TowelCarrier

Thank you for taking the time to review us. I appreciate all of your positive comments about the golf, the tennis, the smooth checkin process, etc. I’m sorry you were not as happy with your room and wish we could have showed you other options while there. I believe you stayed in one of our 23 guest rooms are the hotel type accommodations which are very comfortable and available for those who are planning to use them primarily for sleeping. Many people enjoy these rooms. The remaining 198 units are expansive suites and very luxurious. From a 675 sq foot Junior Suite to a 1750 Sq foot Deluxe Two Bedroom Suite, our accommodations are very we equipped and decorated with high end custom furnishings. So hopefully, you will return to our property, but stay in one of our suites that are better suited to what you were looking for.

Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Ocala
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Considering the sheer beauty of this property, one might overlook possible disappoints in service, but we have never had to. Every time our family visits, we feel at home. The rooms are always impeccable, the beach is clean and inviting, the grounds are well maintained and the service is top notch. We all enjoy our personal space, so we are able to relax because of their spacious room layout and furnished kitchens. The property is not far from any other destinations including fine dining or shopping venues. We always look forward to our next trip "home".

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Richard M
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 5 August 2013
Dear Richard M

Thank you for taking to time to offer your feedback. It is very much appreciated that you recognize the “sheer beauty” of the resort and that you continue to visit us as a repeat customer. Thanks for mentioning the clean beach and the service you experience with us on your trips “home” to the resort.

Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Property: Resort at Longboat Key Club
Address: 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key, FL 34228-3910
Region: United States > Florida > Longboat Key
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Resort at Longboat Key Club 4*
Number of rooms: 225
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
AAA Four-Diamond private beach front resort just off the coast of Sarasota. Elegantly appointed suite accommodations feature a kitchen, washer/dryer, private balcony and twice daily housekeeping. On-site amenities include six restaurants, championship golf, all new Tennis Gardens, Spa, fitness center, marina, year-round Kids Klub and miles of white sand beach. ... more   less 
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