We stayed at the Gibson Inn for two nights while visiting Apalachicola and the beaches of St. George island. The historic hotel with the wrap-around porch and the restored interiors and rooms exudes the charm of the early twentieth century. Next to the lobby is a small watering-hole for the evening which doubles as the breakfast area. The rooms are a touch small, but clean and with indirect porch access.
Apalachicola has a number of good restaurants and is the center of the Florida Oyster industry, so it is worth staying for a night or two. A few historical bulidings along the waterfront have been refurbished into restaurants and shops.
The Gibson Inn is well worth a second look. Recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gibson Inn is a fine example of Florida "Cracker" Architecture. This was the style of wood frame structure used widely in the 19th and early 20th century in Florida. These homes and businesses are characterized by metal roofs, raised floors, high ceilings, center hallways, and large wrap around porches. A widows walk and cupola crown the tin roof, all a reflection of the area's steamboat past. Built in 1907 of native heart pine and black cypress, the inn soon became known as a first class luxury hotel and was the only one between Pensacola and Jacksonville heated entirely by steam. Now listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Many of the 30 guest rooms are uniquely appointed with authentic antique furnishings, cable TV, telephone, and wireless internet. Each guest room has its own full private bath. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gibson Hotel Apalachicola