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Crescent Arms Condominiums
Iowa
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37 reviews
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“Spring = huge crowds”
Reviewed 18 March 2012

This was our second visit to Crescent Arms - our first was in November 2011. We rented for this visit directly from Crescent Arms. Since we didn't reserve until November, we only had 2 units to choose from, the rest of the complex was booked. Our room was a gulf view room, not much of a view, but we knew that with the late reservation date. Check in is fast and easy. Each unit is individually owned, so decoration can vary greatly. On our last visit we saw some beautiful condos at Crescent Arms. This time - our unit was very dated and well "used". The bedspread and shams in the master bedroom were really grimy dirty - ick. Guest room bedding was also stained. Towels were ok, not great. The coffee maker in the kitchen had not been cleaned, it still had grounds left in it. I definitely had the feeling that they were so rushed to get the units ready for check in that they did only the bare minimum to get ready for the 4pm check in time. I overheard other guests complaining about dirty sheets and dirty dishes also - so it wasn't just our room. One guest said she had really wanted to leave her unit and move to another complex. This unit was not nearly as well appointed as the other unit we had at Crescent Arms.

All that said - we knew the beach was going to be wonderful so we could overlook and clean to make it comfortable for us. Turns out the beach was packed. I realize it is spring and break time, but there were large families who came in from everywhere to "visit" people staying at Crescent Beach. If we did not get out by 9am to reserve chairs, there were none left. Large groups reserved chairs with their towels and then didn't even show up until mid-afternoon. The office was aware of this problem, but there was not a whole lot they could do about it. A crowded beach was one thing, but kids kicking soccer balls and footballs into people sitting quietly and reading is quite another. We have traveled a lot with our kids for spring break, but I have to say this was the most crowded place we have ever visited. I wish I could be more positive, because we did enjoy this complex in November, but if you are looking for a little "space" and relaxation on spring break, I would look elsewhere.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

Pros: Clean and wide beach
Cons: Tight parking spaces and occasional security door malfunctions

We just got back from a week stay at Crecent Arms Condominiums and enjoyed our stay. The gulf was cold but we got in anyway. The beach was very wide and we never felt crowded. I walked way down to the public beach at Siesta Key and people were elbow to elbow and loud music was blarring. This made me appreciate the area where we were staying. Having the room and quiet is worth paying for. We also took day trips to Bowmans beach on Sanibel and Busch Gardens. The sand and the water Bowmans were not as good as Siesta Key and they charged two dollars an hour to park. Busch Gardens had a two days for one day ticket special so we took advantage of that. I wish they had a hot tub for those of us who are crazy enough to get in the gulf at this time of year! They have a heated pool that is next to the office which we used a few times. I snorkeled the Point of Rocks and saw a few fish and found some shells. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 November 2011

We rented 204S directly from Crescent Arms in early November. Check in was very easy and the office staff were very helpful. When you enter the condo building, you will notice the common areas are dated and pretty plain. Laundry rooms on each floor were very clean and machines were in good working order. Get past the common areas ... some of the units are spectacular! 204 is a corner unit that faces the ocean with wonderful views of the beach and the sunset. The unit itself has been fairly recently updated with granite in the kitchens and baths. It had a nice screened lanai. The beds were good and there were ample linens and dishes for our use. TV's in both bedrooms and the living area were good with cable. Wifi in the unit worked well. We looked at several other units in the building and some were spectacular! Like most rentals that are individually owned, the decor varies greatly from unit to unit.

The beach is fantastic and access to the beach couldn't be easier from the condo. Chairs are available for beach use. The pool is nice and clean, but is located at the front of the property - right next to the street. I think it would have been used more if it was closer to the beach, but on one windy, cool day it was nice to sit there where it was sheltered and still very sunny. Parking was available for each unit. Great location is within walking distance of a convenience store and drug store.

We will be returning in the spring!

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Akron, Ohio
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Reviewed 8 August 2011

Everything was exactly as expected for our vacation. The owner, Kathy spelled out everything and was more than efficient in all communication with her. The condo was very clean, well kept, comfortable and was outfitted with every need. There were a few sand toys and we left a couple plastic ring floats for the next visitor to the condo. The view and furnishings were very nice. Plenty of bedding and towels for our use. Limited beach towels, but we brought our own just in case anyway. Very happy with our vacation condo selection. Elevator was quick, so if you end up in 601S which is also hers, you'll get there fast!

Best places to eat are SHUCKS - fantastic seafood, very reasonable prices, excellent attention and service. HIGHLY recommend.

Stay away from Lobster Pot - very expensive, just ok food....not a good deal!

Captain Kurt's was good, just not as good as Shucks...but close and decent.

Demetrio's was very good for Italian food.

Also The Italian Place was good too.

The Orange Octopus for ice cream was extremely expensive. 4 small cones and a sundae was $30.00. Good but way overpriced.

Papa John's Pizza was good and they deliver.

The Burrito for Mexican was ok but overpriced. They did deliver but you even had to pay for chips!

The Drums on the beach on Sunday night wasn't worth the effort. But then again I'm 60!

The sunsets from the balcony were amazing.....so was the early morning rainbow that I swear I could have found the pot of gold for it was HUGE!

Great place to stay - beautiful beach - lots of chairs for anyone in Crescent Arms, always plenty to go around....oh yeah go to A & A Baby Rentals for your beach needs. Online at http://aababyrentals.com/. We rented a 10x10 canopy for $40 for the week plus a large cooler with wheels for only $15 for the week. Set yours up early as before you blink all the front spots are gone! Just takes 2 people to set up (you need to take it down each night so the turtles can nest if they want). Gunther is the owner and he will even deliver for a nominal fee, but it's only 5 minutes away!

All over great choice for your vacation ! Sand stays cool - never hot...

Enjoy !

Nancy

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Sagamore Hills, Ohio
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

We have been staying at Crescent Arms for the past 8 years and find it to be a very relaxing location even during buys spring break times. We have stayed in various villas and others we know have stayed in the towers and loved it just as much. In the villas you have bit more space, but the view from the towers in nothing short of spectacular. The units we have seen are well maintained and updated. I do recommend viewing pix of your unit before booking as a few are still dated.

This property is located at the south end of the island, walking distance from the bridge to the mainland. It is close to several restaurants and shops at the serene end of the island. If you plan to hang out at Siesta Village, know that you will have to drive.

The complex is safe and not too expansive. Even school age kids can walk to the pool and beach unattended depending on your unit. The pool is clean and relatively small. (considering the gulf is just steps away, this really isn't problem!) The pool area is locked so only guests are there. Plenty of loungers and a few tables and umbrellas are available.

I have been going to Siesta Key since I was a teen and am fortunate to have traveled to many beaches on the Atlantic Coast, the Caribbean and Hawaii...this is the perfect beach...white powdery sand, seashells and just the right amount of waves to be fun and safe for everyone.

Room Tip: Ocean front rooms are perfect.. Lower level rooms offer instant beach access. No diff btwn N and S t...
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Pasadena, Maryland
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Reviewed 10 July 2011

We stayed at Cathy's Crescent Condos 601S. The room was absolutely amazing. The view was breathtaking. We ate out on the screened in balcony everyday. There was plenty of room of our family of 4 and we had friends come over for dinner a few nights also. The beach and water are amazing. The beds were very comfortable also. We can't wait to go back to Siesta Key and will definitely be staying at Cathy's Crescent Condos.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Germany
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Reviewed 28 May 2011

We stayed in Cathy's Condo (601 S). We loved it !
Ocean front, very private, screened balconey.
TV's in every room, good reception.
This unit has everything that you need.
Had a broken microwave, it was repaired within 24 hours.
The beach is a delight. Not crowded.

If we vacation on Siesta Key again we'll definitely stay here!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Crescent Arms Condominiums
Address: 6308 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key, FL 34242-2484
Region: United States > Florida > Siesta Key
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Ranked #29 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Siesta Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 39
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