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Sea Crest Apartments on Siesta Key
Reviewed 8 April 2012

This place is amazing, I read some of the other reviews and although they may have had a problem, I assure you it was taken care of immediately. Sea Crest, is by far the best kept secret. It is right on the beach, you don't have to go up and down elevators if your forget something and the staff is onsite and very helpful with anything you may need. If there is something you need they will do their best to provide it. Our neighbor's coffee pot wasn't working and within 5 min she had a new one. You can not go wrong with Sea Crest. Each condo is decorated differently and yes the building may be older but they are very well kept and have modern furnishings. Sea Crest is great for families, all the kids staying there played together all week and look forward to seeing each other next year! Yep, we already booked for 2013!! Can't wait!!

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

This place is cheap and right on the beach but it was let down by the smell through the night. I'm led to believe its sulpher used in the yard.

Our room was like a trip back to 1950's America regarding the fixtures and fittings. I felt like it was the owners cast off furniture.

This place is an experience and we had fun but if this is your first time to Siesta Key use this place to suss out some more upmarket accommodation. You won't mind paying the extra cost then.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank chris_topher050
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Reviewed 16 January 2011

we found the sea crest a very friendly place to stay. it was very clean, well kitted out, our condo was no.24 back from the beach but close to the pool and the street was safe and quiet . the office has plenty of leaflets on things to do if you dont want to stay at the beach/pool all day. we hired a pontoon boat for the day and went down the inland water ways for lunch its a must but book in advance. i also had a fantastic day deep sea fishing, from marina jacks but the half day is not long enough so go for a 6/8 hour trip. there is also a free taxi (tip only) that runs to the village but it dose not take small children. We took this taxi one night up the village to the red lobster a fantastic meal. there is also captain curts just across the street a good family place to go.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 August 2009

We stayed for 3 days at Sea Crest Siesta Key in unit 19. The unit had a queen bed and single bed in the bedroom, and a full size sofa bed in the living room. The beds were too firm for my taste, and the sofa bed was thin and not very comfortable. It was very clean with updated colors and furniture. The bathroom was VERY small for 4 people. The kitchen area had everything a person would need to cook, including a dishwasher.

There is one parking space per unit. The pool was clean and well maintained. There is a shuffleboard court that we also used and really enjoyed. It is just steps to Siesta Key Crescent Beach and the Gulf. We were issued a key for a gate for private access to the beach. There is a covered area with chairs and lounges for guest use.

We had two complaints. First, the bedroom was very very warm, even with the air on. The air conditioning unit was noisy, being right outside the bedroom window, and the windows are probably original, so they are slatted windows that don't really close all the way. The noise and heat from the A/C unit travels into the bedroom, making it warm.

Second was the pricing. We were charged extra for our children, and we were charged $200 per night because we weren't staying for a week. I felt that was way overpriced for what we received in return. They cater to weekly rentals and I understand that, but there were empty units while we were there so maybe they could have shaved off a little bit on the price.

The staff was very nice and answered any questions we had. We had relatives staying at Siesta Sunset, which is a very nice property but two blocks from the beach. We felt we had the better deal being able to just walk a few steps to the beach.

It is difficult to find accomodations on Siesta Key. There aren't any hotel chains, just a lot of mom and pop places and condos. If we returned, I would try to get the oceanfront units, just for the view.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 July 2009

This is a great, family-friendly place right on the beach at Siesta Key. Very family-friendly atmosphere. Managers on site were very friendly and responsive to our needs. The rooms are like individual apartments, with different decor. A real "old-Florida" feel with modern conveniences. Our unit had a kitchen with a dish washer and a flat-panel TV!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank Gaoyou60
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Reviewed 3 September 2008

My boyfriend and I just returned from a 4-night stay at Sea Crest Apartments and I must say that we couldn't be happier! We booked room #10 directly through the property. Visit their site at: [--] and click through the photos on the accommodations tab. Throughout my search for an affordable place to stay, Siesta Key is fairly tricky because of all of the independent condo rentals and inflated hotel prices. Sea Crest is even better than a hotel, though because of its affordability. It was $144/night. (off-season - you may want to purchase trip insurance in case there is a hurricane, we barely escaped Gustav, rained for a day and a half, but we found other vacation-y things to do).

The room was immaculate when we arrived and had all of the comforts of home and more! We had every kitchen utensil you could ever need and even several beach chairs and umbrellas. TV/DVD and stereo system in the living room, TV in the bedroom, and even a drawer full of DVDs and beach novels to choose from. They also have wireless internet, but they must have their antennas too weak, because we had to walk down the sidewalk to the pool to get a signal. And by that time, it was as slow as dial-up. Probably not worth it to bring your computer.

The owner has taken care to decorate this room with cute beach flair: wicker furniture and accents. There is a king size bed in the main bedroom and a pull out sofa in the living room. The furniture was in excellent shape. One note that would make this room luxury would be to take notes from a Westin heavenly bed or equivalent and splurge on great sheets and pillows. The bed was large, but pretty firm for my taste. They have linen replacement available if you stay long enough, every Monday, I believe. It also had a huge built-in cabinet system in the bedroom which is a great touch -- a lighted vanity area, too!

The bathroom was spotless, but fairly dated. I would gut the entire thing and put in a new tub surround and shower head. Maybe with travertine tile and a glass door, add more storage and add a vanity/pedestal sink. The toilet struggled, so the piping/sewer system is an issue here. Also, you have to bring your own beach towels! They provide regular white bath towels.

When we arrived there were cute touches like brochures, maps and magazines from area attractions and restaurants to check out. Also, there was a binder that was informative of all property regulations, like where to put your garbage/recycling etc...

With such a beautiful beach and the most gorgeous sand, there is hardly anything that I would change about our room. Since I think that each room in independently owned, though someone else's experience could be totally different.

We rented a car, so it was easy to tour the key: Siesta Key Village (so cute and charming! full of shops & great restaurants & bars, a grocer, salon, etc...), The Publix grocery store, 5 minutes away, Ringling Museum & St. Armands Circle about 20 minutes away and the gorgeous beach was just steps away! The pool was also very clean and inviting, which was a surprise. It didn't outstanding online in pictures, but let me tell you, it was great!

I would not hesitate to recommend this rental unit to someone else, or to return here myself for an ultimately relaxing, low-key getaway! We loved it!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank OhioArtsygirl
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Reviewed 13 April 2008

This place was amazing for the price. The condos are very spacious as well as extremley clean and well equipped and located just minutes of everything you may need. We traveled with two younger children and they just loved it as well. You have the pool and the beach right there, they were busy the whole week going from one to the other. In the mornings we would go on the other side of the point while the tide was down and found amazing shells. The sand is like powdered sugar with the added benefit that the sand never gets hot for whatever reason. You will not be disappointed if you stay at Sea Crest. I would however suggest that if you are wanting to go back (which is what happened to us) you will want to book while you are there as people come back year after year here!

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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Address: 1129 Seaside Dr, Siesta Key, Siesta Key, FL 34242-2524
Region: United States > Florida > Siesta Key
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Ranked #23 of 30 Speciality Lodging in Siesta Key
Number of rooms: 40
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