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Gulf Beach Resort Motel

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2015

This is my 6th trip to Gulf Beach Resort Motel and I am like a new comer compared to many of the guest at this unique get away. People love this place and I do too! It is one of my favorite places to come and I have never been disappointed at any time of the year. As someone who... More 

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3 Thank Stan303
GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review

It sounds like you are well on your way to being one of our many repeat guests. We appreciate the fact that you enjoy the quiet getaway time and that we are becoming one of your favorite places to stay. Your many kind comments about our staff and property are our best advertisement. Most of our units do have fully... More 

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52 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015 via mobile

Just returned from a wonderful 3 night R&R visit to Lido Beach, and it was a very homey, comfortable and reasonable experience right on the beautiful Gulf Beach! It was quick check in, desk clerks were very friendly, the motel does have character since it was built in the early 50's, and is now protected. It was clean, King size... More 

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1 Thank 2runing
GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review

I am happy to hear that the purpose of your stay with us was for some R&R and it sounds like it was successful! It also sounds like you met some of our long time guests and I'm sure you probably heard about many of the memories that have been made here. We are grateful for our many loyal and... More 

Pacifica, California
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50 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2015

We stayed a week in room 314 at this no frills, historic motel. Great location, clean room, friendly staff and hundreds of dollars less than other beach front accommodations. No resort, parking or wifi fees. Do yourself a favor and walk to St. Armand's Circle as the traffic is horrendous and parking is very scarce.

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. I appreciate all your kind comments about our property and staff. We are aware that other properties have started to implement the charging of guests for some additional/incidental fees and we take pride in that there are no hidden costs when... More 

Fontana, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015

This is one of the many places to stay in Sarasota but it has the advantage of being moderately priced and very neat! However, do not book unit 110 unless you are not very picky. It is dated and in need of repair. We stayed in unit 110 and had a good stay after we decided we only needed to... More 

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

I would like to apologize that the unit you stayed in was not quite up to par. I will be sure to pass your comments on to the owner and work with them towards making improvements. It is good to hear, however, that you did enjoy your stay and were able to make the most of our great beach location.... More 

Marlow, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2015

These are someone else’s comments in the guest book in the room we had (202) and sum the place up nicely. The other positive Tripadvisor reviews are all true & this place is good value for money. We were a bit concerned that we might be disturbed by noise from other guests as noise insulation is minimal, but everyone else... More 

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2 Thank 126Martin
GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We are located on Lido Key which by nature is quieter and more laid-back than some of the other islands in the area. I love to read the comments that many of our guests leave in the room's guest book. Everyone... More 

Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2015

When you pull into the parking lot after a year and the staff is waiving at you and welcoming you like long lost family what else can you ask for. This was our 15th year to stay at this oasis from the world and it just keeps getting better. Even the hotel egret was there to say hi and beg... More 

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

It's always nice to see familiar faces pull into our parking lot and know that they are back to visit with us again. We have so many guests that return to stay with us year after year that our staff can pretty much tell what time of year it is based on who has arrived! We are very fortunate that... More 

cresco, pa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2014

beachfront, gorgeous pool, super clean efficiency. helpful and very friendly staff. close to good restaurants and shopping. would love to go back. location is great. a place you want to return to because you know you will enjoy your stay, quiet, beautiful scenery, and quality foe your travel dollar

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

Thank you for all the wonderful comments about your stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. I was a little concerned when I first saw that you had only given us 1 star when rating us but after reading your review I see that you enjoyed your time with us. I certainly hope that you will have the opportunity to return... More 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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223 reviews
153 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2014

Many years ago, I spent several vacations on Anna Maria which is now built up and different. Gulf Beach gave me the chance to again be on the sand and with no high rise involvement. Unfortunately just for one night and the weather was not be best but visiting the beach with the host egret was great. Unlike my five... More 

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

It sounds like you were greeted by one of our official feathered hosts, the egret! He tends to come and go but does like to visit with our guests when he is here. We had a housekeeper that had worked for us for over 50 years and there were several birds that became attached to her (mostly because she would... More 

Miami, Florida
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29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2014

We stayed at this resort for a family reunion/birthday party. Front desk staff was very friendly and very helpful. Rooms were fantastic, although a bit dated. This resort has everything you could possibly want in a beach front motel. And right on the beach. Who could ask for more!!! Pool, shuffleboard, grills, tiki hut and the beach (including lounge chairs)... More 

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

We love to see families re-unite and create memories! Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your family's experience at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We are very happy to hear that your group enjoyed their stay and that we were able to provide you with the amenities that you needed. Our direct beachfront location is the... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2014

Stayed at the Gulf Beach Motel recently and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were recommended to try the motel by the Sarasota Tourist Information Office and, although a little tired and 'old fashioned', we found the place to be clean and tidy, well maintained and it provided everything we could ask for in the way of home comforts i.e. two... More 

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5 Thank mikerichards2014
GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We appreciate all of your kind comments about our property and staff. Most of our staff has worked here for many years and strive to make each guest's stay as comfortable as possible. It sounds like you enjoyed the... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • 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 - RM772 (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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