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Gulf Beach Resort Motel

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#24 of 49 Hotels in Sarasota
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

Another great visit at the Gulf Beach. Everything around the Gulf Beach has changed, but it has kept its old school charm. Many of the rooms have kitchenettes and the rooms are steps from the beach. Greg Ewles was terrific as usual. I have been visiting for over 15 years and this place continues to be lovely. Thank you Greg...

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This hotel is a historical landmark. Don't expect a fancy resort, but do expect a wonderful staff and comfortable accommodations. We had a second floor beachfront unit; It seemed as if I would have leaned far enough out the window, I could've touched the water....Saw dolphins daily( not part of the motel fee, but great bonus). Very friendly staff (did...

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Boston, Massachusetts
Reviewed 1 week ago

I would really rate this as a solid 3.5. Since I am pretty familiar with the area I knew this place would be older but also a great stop for one night. It is hard to give it a full rounded review with that time frame but here is my experience for the one night: ROOMS: We stayed in 313...

1Thank Jenn S
Florence, Italy
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was a stroke of luck to find a last minute vacancy here when we arrived at Lido Key on a national holiday with no reservations. Our first night we were in a fully equipped one bedroom apartment with a walled-in patio out back and table and chairs in front. Comfortable and roomy ($245 in high season). Nights two and...

Thank Judith M
Reviewed 30 January 2017

I hate giving bad reviews...the guy at the desk was adorable and friendly and was very proud of the property. They had some really yummy looking cookies on the counter. Its so very close to the beach. The rooms need to be completely over hauled. They are poorly set up and not all that clean. My pillow had a stain...

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Seffner, Florida
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This place is so quaint and peaceful. The rooms are great, the staff is friendly. They have a private beach where you can totally relax. The Hotel is literally right on the beach - We catch amazing sunsets here, relax with a drink and feel so at peace every time we come - It's like our home away from home.

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

We are very thankful that you were able to relax and enjoy your time at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We try our best to make our guests feel as comfortable as possible. I especially appreciate that you feel like Gulf Beach is your home away from home. I feel like we have accomplished what we set out to do. Thank...

Charlottesville, Virginia
Reviewed 16 November 2016

We stayed at this motel years ago and I've always wanted to come back. This year we booked one night, as we had an event at St Armands Circle we wanted to attend. The unit we had was clean and nice, with the old Florida charm we'd remembered. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The pool was nice, as...

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

Thank you for returning to visit with us again! I appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences while staying with us. I see you had the opportunity to meet our resident feathered friends. I have always maintained that they recognize familiar faces and are always eager to welcome back our return guests! (and make new ones of course!)...

Bluffton, South Carolina
Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We have been to this resort several times, and each visit brings us back again and again. While this appears to be old world Florida charm, make no mistake, the service is excellent, the location could not be better. You just walk out of your room to the beach and watch the sunset. If it's earlier in the day, Grab...

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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 value your loyalty to us and we are very eager to make sure that you and everyone else enjoys their time while staying here. I especially appreciate your comments about our staff. We have a very dedicated and hard-working group of...

Altamonte Springs, Florida
Reviewed 18 September 2016

We loved our stay. On the white sugar sand beach, very nice to have a kitchen. Try to get a room as close as possible to the water. Very relaxing. This is not the 4 Seasons, nothing fancy but decent and clean and location, location, location at a great price point that makes a little getaway affordable - right on...

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

We are so glad that you found us and enjoyed your stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We are very proud of our property and the efforts we put into maintaining it as a comfortable and affordable option to those wanting to enjoy a relaxing beachfront vacation. Most of our units do have fully equipped kitchens which most guests also...

Reviewed 11 September 2016

Comfy and clean. Complaints: the second bed was right next to the air conditioner. Only one parking spot per room. Annoying but still worth it for the location and price wasnt bad. All and all great weekend.

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

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed a great weekend with us and that you took the time to write a review about your stay. I understand your frustration with only being allocated one parking spot per room. Unfortunately, our parking area is limited and our prime beach location does not allow us any space to expand on parking...

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  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • 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: ₹ 5,411 - ₹ 11,278 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 49
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Sarasota
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
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“The top balcony has a good view of the ocean, but I would prefer the screened porch on the bottom.”
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 of 5 bubbles 174jenns, 16 Mar 2017 | Read review
“I dont think they have really nice rooms.”
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  • He came into the porch area for a visit.
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 of 5 bubbles DDDspain, 30 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Rooms in the 300's are closest to the beach - The higher the number the closer to the beach”
 of 5 bubbles jojohnson1212, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
“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
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