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Gulf Beach Resort Motel

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Highmount, NY
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65 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2015

OK, the rooms are small, really small. Get past that and here are the pros about this property. Location is great. Close to St Armand's Circle for dining and shopping, and roll out of bed onto the beach. Loved the resident white heron who joined us in our little screened porch to beg for some breakfast. The staff is pleasant... More 

3 Thank Leongus
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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79 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2015

After a 3-month business trip around the USA, we were looking for a well-priced place to stay for a 10-day break at the beach before we headed home. The Gulf Beach Resort was just what we were looking for. It is definitely not a fancy hotel, but the studio room had everything we needed, with a good sized kitchen, dining... More 

2 Thank boatie_girl
Sarasota, Florida
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43 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2015

This is one of the last original places to stay on the beach. Used to be a motel way back when, not it's like a "condo-tel". Each room is owned by a different owners, so no 2-rooms are alike. Located right on the beach, close to St. Armands and the park, and far enough away for peace, quiet, and relaxation.... More 

4 Thank Francis H
GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments about Gulf Beach Resort Motel with us and so many travelers. We certainly appreciate our local customers and look forward to having you come stay with us to de-stress....even if it's only for a weekend. There seems to be a certain calmness about being close to the water and leaving... More 

Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2015 via mobile

Incredibly rude staff. Shockingly rude to potential customers. I would never give my money to anyone willing to treat a person so poorly. We ended up renting elsewhere (tons of great local rentals/hotels). The beach is beautiful. I recommend staying clear of this place.

1 Thank Corinne567
GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with one of our staff members. That is highly unusual as the majority of our guests typically have nice things to say about them. I am glad that you were able to find other accommodations that you were more comfortable with and were at least able to enjoy the... More 

Buffalo, New York
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2015

Two families joined together for a wonderful week for a wedding. We stayed in condo 317 which was very clean and had all the comforts of home, my only issue was the bathroom could have been a bit bigger. Staff came to clean whenever necessary and did a great job and everyone at the front desk was very helpful. The... More 

Thank sanders198
GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review

It was such a pleasure to have your family and friends stay with us to celebrate this very special occasion. It's so nice to hear that everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time. Each and every one of our staff members try their best to make everyone feel comfortable and at home so it is very nice to know... More 

Stow, Ohio
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2015

Spent six nights here in late March. Room was small and dated, but clean and the beach is wonderful. I especially enjoyed the sunsets, which were stunning. The staff was very friendly and it was a treat to be greeted by the egrets--one white and one gray who hung around the parking lot most of the time. Located close to... More 

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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review

It's nice to hear that you were introduced to two of our part-time residents, the egrets! These two feathered friends of ours have been long time residents of ours. They were especially attached to one of our housekeepers who retired a few years ago. I believe they keep coming back hoping to find her here one day! I'm glad you... More 

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26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2015 via mobile

This motel is definitely not a resort of no kind, don't let the word resort full you. I enjoyed my stay. It was clean and comfortable. Rooms aren't spacious neither are the bathrooms, but I didn't need alot of space. The staff was friendly. The beach was nice,not alot of sea shells tough. I liked how you didn't have to... More 

Thank xyummyicecreamx
GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review

I'm happy to hear that your stay with us was nice and relaxing. You are quite right in that we only have enough space to allow one vehicle per unit to park in our lot. We are in a prime location being right on the beach and the buildings were originally constructed to allow guests to park in a space... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2015

The Gulf Beach Resort is a well-maintained, cute 1950s-style motel right on the beach. We stayed in one of their motel rooms because we only needed a place to sleep (my family owns an apartment down the beach, and we spent our days there) but there are one-bedroom suites and efficiencies available. The room we were in was well-maintained and... More 

3 Thank Michael G
GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review

We are indeed one of the few remaining properties in the area to offer the vacationer an old-fashioned Florida beach vacation. We appreciate that you enjoyed your stay with us and were able to enjoy our beautiful beach. It is important to us that we can remain an affordable vacation destination for families and couples and have them enjoy our... More 

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48 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2015

My husband and I were looking for accommodations in the area that would be affordable, comfortable and in proximity to the activities we wanted to do while in Sarasota. The Gulf Beach Resort perfectly met our needs. This does not have the fanciest accommodations, nor the largest of rooms, and other reviews will support that claim. It does, however, provide... More 

5 Thank kasaWisconsin
GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We certainly appreciate all of your comments and take pride in the fact that you enjoyed your first stay with us and were made to feel so comfortable. I can identify with your comment about there not being a lot of outlets... More 

Branford, Connecticut
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32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2015

We stayed at the Gulf Beach Resort in March. The name is a little misleading. It is a historic 1950 motel style resort. It is on a lovely private beach, plenty of lounge chairs,even a Tiki Hut if you need to get out of the sun. Well maintained grounds with a nice pool. The rooms have different configurations depending on... More 

3 Thank wandering_grandma
GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review

I feel like we have done our job well when I hear a guest say "We will return!". It sounds as though this may have been your first stay with us and I am happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself. We are definitely not a fancy resort but I do like to consider us a comfortable and affordable place... More 

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located directly on Lido Beach in Sarasota, Florida. Private beach and heated pool. Most units have fully equipped kitchens and private screened in porches. Each unit is uniquely decorated and we offer a variety of choices to suit your needs. We are within walking distance of renowned St. Armand's Circle shopping and restaurant district. We are the perfect place for family and class reunions, weddings, family vacations or just to get away for some special time with each other. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gulf Beach Resort Motel

Address: 930 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236-2110
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Price Range: RM371 - RM773 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 49
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
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“All rooms are unique in their arrangement and the ground floor rooms have neat little screened porches.”
 of 5 bubbles 282richs, 23 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Lower rooms have little screened in porches with patio tables. Beach end lower rooms have great beach views,”
 of 5 bubbles debbwym, 25 Mar 2016 | Read review
“First floor stay away from the laundry”
 of 5 bubbles janices597, 18 Mar 2016 | Read review
“My favorite rooms are the closes to the beach”
 of 5 bubbles Deborah3302, 12 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Ask to see a couple of availalbe rooms, and then make your choice”
 of 5 bubbles sandya677, 23 Feb 2016 | Read review
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