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Resort at Longboat Key Club
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Longboat Key
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Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Way more than we could've asked for or imagined!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

Customer service is hard to find and this resort definitely goes above and beyond! From the time we arrived, we were greeted with friendly staff. My husband mentioned on the phone while making reservations that it was my and my daughter's birthday. They surprised us with "birthday goodies" in our room including popcorn, candy and sodas for our daughter and a bottle of wine for me and my hubby! They also upgraded us from a 1 bedroom suite to a 2 bedroom suite and gave us an early check-in. The property is beautifully maintained and conveniently laid out, with any amenities that you could want. The rooms are beautifully decorated and have spacious balconies. We will definitely visit this property again!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank Lithiatravelgirl
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Dear Lithiatravelgirl:

Thank you for the “5” rating! We greatly appreciate it. We appreciate your comments about the customer service being above and beyond and we look forward to you visiting us again in the near future.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013

Fantastic service, best location on the Island, excellent updated rooms, there is no better platinum standard then the Longboat Key Club. From the first time you are greeted until you check out, you will be well taken care of. It's one place you will want to come back too in a hurry and hate to leave every time.

Room Tip: Must get a gulf front view, nothing better than the view and to hear the waves washing ashore.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank LVETOTRAVEL
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Dear Livetotravel:
Thank you for the “5” rating. Your review says it all and I am very happy you found the service to be Fantastic. We look forward to seeing you again.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

We loved everything about this property and were very content for our week long stay here! First, our junior suite was fabulous! The decor was beautiful and very soothing & serene! I wanted to bring all of the beachy furniture home! The suite was very roomy with plenty of storage...two large closets, lots of drawers, etc. The bathroom was laid out well with a separate toilet/shower area with sink and another vanity area with sink. Plenty of mirrors and yummy Tommy Bahama bathroom amenities. This suite comes with a full kitchen that was well stocked with whatever you might need to make a meal. Nice not to have to eat out 3 meals/day. Roomy and comfortable sitting area, dining table, & large patio. We had 3 straight days of down pouring rain, so spent lots of time in our room and were right at home!

Service was friendly and top notch. We had great service from doormen, front desk, restaurant staff, housekeeping. Beautiful property with a nice pool area, a nice stretch of private beach area with cabanas, well maintained grounds, tennis courts, and fitness center. Loved the colors of this resort...turquoise, aqua, & greens. Loved that this property is "green" and has recycling bins all over the grounds and in rooms. They also practice lots of 3R's around the property.

My only complaints: they need to invest in new pillows. Every one in our room was lumpy. Called housekeeping to try a down/feather one and it was super old and limp as a noodle. Expected nice pillows from a hotel of this caliber. Also, they charge a $24/day resort fee. Not sure what this covers other than wireless service in rooms and free business center. They have a great fitness schedule with yoga and all kinds of classes, but I was offended at the $15/day charge for guests. What am I paying a resort fee for? Even though it said to hang towels if you didn't want them changed, housekeeping always took them and left fresh ones.

Room Tip: There are several buildings and the property is quite spread out. If you have certain needs, see th...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Hotelsnobb
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 28 September 2013
Dear Hotelsnobb:

Thank you for your wonderful review of the property. Greatly appreciate your kind words about the suites and how roomy and well laid out everything is. Our goal in remodels was to make our guests feel very “at home” and it sounds from your review that this target was met.

Also, we appreciate the positive comments concerning our associates. We share all reviews with our team and departments celebrate when they get such a nice mention.

I have spoken with our Executive Housekeeper and we will do a thorough review of the pillows to be sure they are all up to proper condition. We are constantly making replacements when needed and will be sure we hold our standard there.

Sorry about the 3 days of rain. As I’m sure you know, we are the sunshine state and it is very unusual for us to have that much rain.

As far as the Resort Fee, it covers many things around the property. These include:
Bicycles
Local and Toll free calls
On Property Transportation
Scheduled transportation to St Armand’s Circle
Use of One Double Cabana or Chair Loungers and Umbrella
Towels and Chair Covers
Key Card Charging Privileges
Access to Concierge and Bellman Services
Notary Services
Daily Newspaper
Access to Business Center
Library usage of Books and Media
In addition, included in your room rate are items such as parking and high speed wi-fi that many properties charge for.

Thank you again for your wonderful review. I am available at any time to discuss your stay in further detail and appreciate your business.

Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Brooksville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2013

Longboat key is a gem! Resort is lovely, clean and the staff is very attentive. Close to st. Armand's circle. Plenty of restaurants on the property. The food was very good by the pool. We went to portofino a restaurant affiliated with them and the food was wonderful. We would definitely return.

Room Tip: Building 7 by the lagoon is so quiet & peaceful, nice to watch the boats & wildlife. Request...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank mimipapa0922
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 28 September 2013
Dear Mimipapa0922
Thank you for your very concise and positive review. Happy Anniversary! We look forward to having you visit us again in the near future

Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

The white sand beaches are incredible, and as we walked along the Gulf, we saw dolphins and stingrays just offshore. Every one on staff was eager to please- from the guys at the beach who set us up with umbrellas, to the wait staff at the restaurant on site. The food was marvelous, too!
The pool was noisy with kids, so we stayed out on the beach most of the time. Our ocean side balcony gave us a ringside seat at the spectacular lightning and thunderstorms that rolled in around 5 pm on several of the days. We thoroughly enjoyed a massage at the spa - it was money well spent! Three of us stayed in a one-bedroom suite. My daughter found the pull out couch mattress uncomfortable, but within minutes of our phone call, they delivered a roll out bed that was very comfortable, and solved that problem.
The kitchen had a full size refrigerator, cooktop, and microwave - perfect for managing drinks, snacks and popcorn with our movie! They told us they had recently upgraded the WiFi system, and though we did not have reception at the beach, we had good signal in our room and at poolside.
Mote Marine is an aquarium just down the road - we rode (free) resort bikes there and enjoyed up close views of manatees, rescued turtles and a dolphin. Also rode the bikes into St. Armand's Circle for a little shopping and some ice cream.

Room Tip: Our room on the second floor of Bldg 2 had a nice view of the ocean and pool. A little noisy during...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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1 Thank Janina M
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 28 September 2013
Dear Jania M

So glad you had a “top notch” stay with us. Your experience is why we are in this business. Our goal is to provide you with the best service and accommodations and keeping our product pristine for you.

Since your recent visit, we have fully remodeled our already beautiful spa. The new spa was unveiled the last week of September and we are already receiving stellar comments about it.

We have also just replaced all the pool furnishings which are now beautiful and very colorful.

And yes, the WIFI has been recently upgraded and works very well. I have had IT verify that the beach area is also currently working very well also, so please return and feel free to “surf” at he beach.

Thank you for you positive comments concerning our associates. I appreciate the hard work they do and am proud that they took such great care of you.

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2013

I stayed here on Business just last week and had an exceptional time! I had no time to enjoy the vacation side of the resort... pools, tennis, golf, spa etc etc etc.. But I did love my room, so close to the beach I could hear the waves gently roll onto the beach.
I understand all their rooms have a Balcony or Patio, for me this is a big deal as I like to end the days sitting outside in the peace and quite, here I was spoiled as I got to watch a wonderful sun down!
I will be back when I next hit the FL west coast and highly recommend you give this hotel a try on your next stay!

Room Tip: Ask for a room on about the 4th or 5th floor looking down the beach in a North West direction for be...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Oliver J
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Dear Oliver J
Thank you for the “5” rating! So glad you enjoyed your business trip and were able to sit back and listen to the waves and sunset. Please come back for vacation when you can plan to take advantage of all the resort has to offer.
Yours in hospitality,

Rick Benninghove
Director of Resort Operations
Longboat Key Club and Resort
rick.benninghove@longboatkeyclub.com
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

Been coming to Longboat Key Club and Resort once a year for the last 5 years. This is a great place to stay for a family or a couple. Offers one of the best beaches in Florida to relax on, and plenty to do nearbye.

Rooms-
We've always stayed in one of the 1 bedroom suite rooms. Offers small kitchen, washer/dryer, living area, and patio. The rooms are very nice, modern decor and very comfortable beds. Have stayed in the ocean view rooms, which offer amazing views of the inlet, beach, and ocean, and have also stayed in the lagoon rooms. They offer great views of the lagoon looking east. The Lagoon building 6/7 is a 5 min walk from the rest of the resort but is a bit quieter because it is a little further removed.

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Overall the service at Longboat Key Club and Resort is good. Front desk staff is very good. When the resort is more crowded, you may have to wait a bit longer for service at the pool, beach, and poolside restaurant. Most of the staff is very nice and attentive, but there are a handful of folks that have a little attitude at the restaurant at the pool.

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The pool is great. Be ready for lots of kids and for having to get there early to get a chair on peak weeks, but overall a fun place to stay. The beach is very private, hard for the public to get to so mostly just resort guests and home owners. The beach offers lots of lounge chairs and umbrellas, and is much quieter than the pool and incredibly relaxing. They have sailboats, paddle boards and kayaks for rent. The beach is great for swimming though during rougher weather not great for kids, but most of the year it is great for even little ones with calm seas on the gulf.
Tennis courts are very nice. Spa facility is pretty good, and a pretty decent fitness as well. They are all a 5 min walk from the rooms.
No wifi in the rooms, though most have wired internet available. Wifi available in the lobby and most spots near the pool, even on the beach sometimes.

Nearby-
St Armands Circle is a 5 min drive. Super easy to get to. You'll want to rent a car so you can venture there. Lots of great places to dine and shop.

Food-
The restaurants are all very good. Pool side bar is a lot of fun and the food is pretty good. Prices are pretty reasonable. Also a nicer restaurant off the lobby that often has live music at nights.

I'd recommend staying here and I will return. Great for family gatherings or large groups. Good for small kids, teenagers, and adults. For couples I'd recommend it, with the caveat that it is best outside of peak holiday weeks when resort is quieter.

Room Tip: Rooms on the Lagoon are quieter, away from the pool. Takes a 4 minute walk to get to pool/beach tho...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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4 Thank DenverAC22
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Benninghove, Manager at Resort at Longboat Key Club, responded to this review, 28 September 2013
Dear DenverAC22

Thank you for your recent review.
It appears it may have been several months since your visit. This year, we added high speed Wireless internet through the resort. From the rooms, to the lobby, pool and beach, there is high speed wifi.

We appreciate your continued patronage of our resort and appreciate you recommending it to others.

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
Hotel Style:
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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