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Crescent Tower Beachfront
Barnegat, New Jersey
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5 reviews
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“REGULAR GUEST”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

My wife and I have enjoyed staying at Crescent Towers for the last 8 years. After reading the recent review of the facility by “Margot-Michael”, I felt that a response from another “regular” guest would be appropriate and necessary.

As we do, Margot-Michael recognizes and appreciates Crescent Tower’s “unique charm.” She does, however, due to a reservation problem, apparently have a personal issue with Kathy, the manager. I am not aware of the details of the issue but I am able to say that the procedure for making reservations at Crescent Towers is quite uncomplicated: If you enjoyed your stay and would like to return at the same time next season, walk in the office prior to heading home, check unit availability, and confirm a reservation with a deposit payment.

In regard to management --- Kathy is the manager. She does not set the policies or make the rules but it is her job to enforce them. Not an easy or enviable task when one considers the number of people and personalities that visit Crescent Towers. The fact is that most guests realize that Kathy does a remarkable job and appreciate her efforts in maintaining an environment that results in repeat bookings. Proof of that appreciation was indirectly stated by Margot Michael when she mentioned Crescent Tower’s “wonderful, dedicated, die-hard guests” and “friends who book around the same time every year.” My wife and I are happy to be among them. Owners and management are doing something right.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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mckinney, tx
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Reviewed 11 August 2014 via mobile

Beautiful view of the ocean and clean gorgeous beach. The units are privately owned and decorated so keep that in mind when choosing. Perfect for two, king bed studios. Awesome beach attendant with complimentary chairs and umbrellas for you. The sea turtles prefer this spot too, many protected nests to watch. Wish we had been there for a hatching. Loved it!

  • Stayed August 2014
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Grandview Heights, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2014

Let me first tell you that it's taken me a year to "cool off" from the MESS we experienced at Crescent Towers/ CT. For over 12 years my husband and I have enjoyed Crescent Towers. We've never cared for fancy...we want to simply be able to walk out onto the beach with our morning coffee. We are from Ohio (older, go-to-bed at midnight adults) and for years CT had a wonderful manager, until Kathy took over. I could go on-and-on with our story and what we experienced last year, but the bottom line is this: If I owned a unit in the CT complex...I would demand the manager be replaced (reviewed regularly at minimum and I would welcome and encourage guest feedback/response). If you upset her in any way and she doesn't (or one of her close staff) doesn't like you....you aren't going to be able to make a reservation for the following year before you leave. It doesn't matter how many years you've been going there...even if you are quiet, a regular and have become friends with regulars....none of that matters. You dare not get stains on linens...and even be willing to pay accordingly - you might experience the "wrath of Kath". This year we will enjoy a 3 story condo just steps away from CT (that costs more)....and we will pop over to CT to say hello to friends who book around the same time as we do every year...and we will share our story with them. Shame on you Kathy, and shame on you CT for not having a clearly stated reservation policy to protect your wonderful, dedicated, die-hard guests - there is still no calendar or clearly-stated reservation policy on your website. Kathy gets to decide if you'll come back. Your reservation policy is a crazy combination of hotel/time-share philosophy that is so ridiculous and confusing...and then defined/understood and translated to the guest based on the staff member's personal preference and feelings- I can't even wrap my head around it all. I am a woman who is soooo disappointed in the ladies that are running CT. It's a wonderful, retro, you-can-hear the person above you place that has a unique charm that we loved. Siesta Key has way too many options to return after such a bad experience. Good luck to future visitors and make sure you are beyond friendly to manager! CT condo owners, you need to pay closer attention and be more involved.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Truro, Canada
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

This property is one of the finest cottage Units on Crescent Beach. It happens to be only two stories high and we were right on the ocean front side. You drive to your front door, walk throught the lanai, through a fully stocked kitchen, with all the appliances you would ever need. Carry your self past the king size bed, into the living room, out the Lanai and as your breath is carried away-----you are on the best beach anywhere. Love this complex and highly recommend it to one and all. We come back, year after year. This one is for you, Cathy.

The younger twin

Room Tip: Ocean Front Units are our first choice.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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6 Thank martintwin
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Stayed here for a week in an oceanfront, 2nd floor unit. We couldn't have found a better place to stay in Siesta Key simply because of the location, which is truly right on the beach, and as a low-rise place with only two floors, there are no elevators to deal with. You really get the sense that you are right there on the beach. I loved sitting on the screened-in porch in the evening and watching the sunset over the ocean! And there is no more beautiful beach in the world than on Siesta Key, if you ask me.

Our unit had spartan furnishings and decorations; felt more like a motel room than a condo. However, it was extremely clean and the bed was very comfortable. We slept great every night. Nice flat screen television and comfortable living room furniture. Every unit is different so be sure to check the photos online before you book.

I was glad we were on the top floor because the bottom floor units didn't seem to have as much privacy, with their doors opening right up onto the patio and beach. However, if you want to just walk out your door onto the beach, then stay on the 1st floor. Another drawback to being on the 1st floor could be the sound of people walking around in the room above you; they even give you a little handout when you check in asking 2nd floor guests to walk quietly at night due to it being an old building with poor soundproofing.

We got up early each morning to secure chairs and an umbrella right in front of the water. The man who sets them up every day is very friendly and will tell you all kinds of tips for things to see and do in the area. Be sure to tip him-- he works hard!

The place also has a small but very clean saltwater pool. We enjoyed going there in the late afternoons and getting to know some of the other guests, many of whom clearly return the same week year after year and know one another. Crescent Towers has a wonderful, old-fashioned feel to it. Very laid-back!

My only quibble with the place was how cheap they were in terms of providing towels and other supplies. Three very thin white bath towels was it. No beach towels; luckily we brought our own. Our unit didn't even have paper towels in the kitchen, nor did it have anything to clean dishes with other than one dish rag.

But all in all-- a wonderful vacation and a delightful little property! We will be back!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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BOS
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

We stayed at Cresent Towers ( 2 floors High!) & it was a most restful, peaceful week. Jay the 'beach guy' set up chairs each am, and gave us helpful tips for places to go to eat, have cocktails. The beach is superb, water warm, sand cool to the feet, clean, clean, clean... Our unit was #34 and set up with everything we could need, coffee maker, toaster. We were with a group, and we all beached each am; pooled in the pm ( 4pm ish) and relaxed, grilled out, and went to dinner a couple nights. Lobster Pot once and Jacks marina ( ?) once. food standard but all staff were friendly. Claytons' was awesome ( lunch/breakfast) waitress was a hoot.... All in all 15 very satisfied people from MA, and we rebooked for next year...

Room Tip: Depends on your preference. Some of our group were on 1st floor. Most on 2nd.. not noisy no elevato...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Rhode Island
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

The key to crescent towers is location, location, location. There are several small improvements needed, especially as the price continues to escalate. The units are varied in quality. Some are very updated and others are just dated. There seems to be no system for reservations other than the whims of who you talk to. If you get a unit with an owner who cares about keeping the unit nice, this is a wonderful place. There are many rules, but it is nice that behaviors do not infringe on others good time. They do need very much to ban smoking on the patio. The smoke drifts in no matter where the smokers stand. This ruins the opportunity to fully use the outside space. I do not agree that the outside patio tables should be only for downstairs units. The beach in front is not ever really crowded and mostly quiet at night. The a/c units are old and noisy and should be replaced. All units should have the newer kitchens, not just a select few.

Stayed March 2014
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Additional Information about Crescent Tower Beachfront

Property: Crescent Tower Beachfront
Address: 1035 Seaside Drive, Siesta Key, FL 34242
Region: United States > Florida > Siesta Key
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Siesta Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful large studio or one bedroom apartments directly on the gulf of Mexico. Beautiful white sand and azure water. All units have full size eat in kitchens and large roomy area for enjoyment, and one bathroom. Screened in private lanais. Heated pool, grill area with ample seating. Views of beach and sunsets are spectacular. ... more   less 
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Crescent Tower Beachfront Siesta Key, Florida

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