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“FABULOUS GULF COAST RESORT”

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Suntide Island Beach Club
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“FABULOUS GULF COAST RESORT”
Reviewed 14 March 2012

You just can't get much better than this. Very up to date modern condos with all the amenities. Great Views. Fabulous service. Friendly staff. The guests are a family amongst themselves and welcome newcomers as part of that family, Daily cookouts, singing around the pool and hot tub. Assigned parking. The condos are right on the Beach. Space is limited on the beach so be prepared to park in your assigned parking as with all beach resorts. This one is slightly different in that the parking lot is at the end of the condos between them and the beach, but really, who cares? More parking available in front on the street. Walking distance to St Armands Square for the best in shopping and dining. Low cost tourist shopping to upper scale high end art shops of various types. The dining is outstanding whether looking for a local pub / bar, or family dining or elegant dining for two in a romantic setting. Beast restaurant for food and drink is Cha Cha Coconuts for fabulous wings (made them give me the recipe and have made them at home many times) and terrific rum runners. (add a shot of 151 rum). Lots of entertainment too (especially after a few of the rum runners and 151 shots). We were there in Oct/ Nov 2010 and there were hundreds of Zombies walking the square for Halloween. What fun. Weather is nearly always great in the Sarasota area and lots to do everywhere. And the pristine snow white beaches are the best. We see lots of resorts advertise white sand beaches, but none compare to the beaches of Lido Key and neighboring Siesta Key, Do yourself a favor and take a trip over to Old Town Siesta Key for blocks of drinking and restaurants. Amazing fun. We have stayed at many of the hotels, resorts, condos along Ben Franklin Drive in Sarasota and find the Sun Tide to be the very best of them all.

Room Tip: uppper floor rooms have a better view of the ocean. We stayed toward the front at the top of the st...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2011

We booked a room through RCI & were lucky to get a one-bedroom on the second floor overlooking the pool & with a view of the beach. Would definitely not want to stay in one of the first floor units which appear dark & have no view. Our unit was clean, comfortable, nicely furnished (microsuede sofa, leather lounge chair, 42" flat screen TV with DVD/CD), fully stocked kitchen.
The resort has a small pool, lots of beach chairs & grills, a short walk through the parking area to the beach. Limited activities (coffee & pastries on Mon., hot dog lunch on Wed.) but lots of things to do nearby--St. Armand's Circle for shopping/restaurants, Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Marine Aquarium, Marie Shelby Botanical Gardens. Go view the sunset in the lounge on the 8th floor of the Lido Beach Resort nearby.

Room Tip: Second floor only. One bedroom was comfortable for two people.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Coshocton, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2011

We just returned from a two week vacation at Suntide Island Beach Club. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. They were always available to answer questions and suggest local restuarants that were yummy! Our condo was very clean and well furnished. There is no odor of mold. You are steps from the pool and ocean from any condo unit there. The beach is beautiful with awesome sunsets. There are many owners that have been coming there for many years. Friends are quickly made. Grocery stores and gas stations are approximately 10 minutes away (over the John Ringling Bridge into Sarasota). Remember, Suntide Island Beach Club is located on Lido Key (island) where it is very private. The only con would be the pillows are too hard. We plan to return in September as we own multiple weeks.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Wallkill, NY
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2011

This is an old tired resort. The pool is small. The rooms are outdated. The staff was not very friendly except for the housekeeping staff. There are too many rules to follow. Only two resort sponsored activites - morning coffee and a hot dog lunch. The only good thing about this resort is that it is on a beautiful beach. We will not be back.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Saint Robert, Missouri
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

My wife and I travel by motorcycle several times a year all over the country. This year our June trip was "the long way back home." We left Missouri, stopped in Nashville, then to Biloxi, Fort Walton Beach (the Best Western suxs!!!), then Gainsville and Sarasota. Normally finding a hotel on a road trip is pretty easy, but not here! We road by Suntide and decided to see if they had any vacancies, yup, we got a nice condo for a few days and loved it! The place was clean and fresh, staff and other guests were extremely friendly, and the beach was unbelievable! Did you ever have a mantee swim up within five feet of you? Those things are huge! We are definitely going back and serious thinking about buying a time share at suntide, it was that nice. It was hard to leave, bt we still had to ride over to Fort Lauderdale, then up the east coast through the smokies and back to Missouri, work suxs!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Purcellville, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2011

We had neighbors outside talking at 3am two nights in a row; the walls must be paper thin because I could hear every word, and they were not being loud, really. The rooms are a few feet away from roadways/parking.; the close proximity is almost laughable. Expect to be awakended by cars and talking.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2010

We had a wonderful time! The people were very nice and helpful.The rooms were clean and there was so much to do! We loved it!!!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Suntide Island Beach Club
Address: 850 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #10 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Sarasota
Hotel Class:3 star — Suntide Island Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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