Are there any areas on gulf with old Florida style motels that are right on the gulf?
Bellaire beach resort is similar to your description and is probably the closest one to Clwr Beach
I'll second what sciallas said - Dolphin Beach. We stayed last summer, and loved it. We chose it because we were looking for that "old school" vibe. When in Clearwater Beach, we stay at the Beachwalk Inn. Super basic, but a good price.