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“May be good value, however noise extremely loud” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of GulfView Hotel - On The Beach

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GulfView Hotel - On The Beach
Ranked #72 of 94 Hotels in Clearwater
Newnan, Georgia
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“May be good value, however noise extremely loud”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

I would not recommend this hotel. Please read reviews, I wish I had....
Rooms were plain nothing fancy as noted in other reviews. While furnishings were outdated the rooms were basically clean.
We had booked two rooms for three nights, after the first night we as if we could change rooms the front desk informed my husband there were no rooms - no one was checking out. After seeing guests checking out I approached the front desk he said he had no rooms and hadn't my husband already asked????... I replied yes, however I saw guests checking out, he said he had no non-smoking rooms and reluctantly showed me a smoking room on the second floor, which we declined. I had been told the noise next door at Sheppards would probably stop around 12, it didn't.
After calling Choice Hotels we were refunded one room for the last night, not the second room, the second room was eventually refunded. While asking for a refund we did mention that my sister had seen a roach in her room, which we did see and killed - we didn't run down or call the front desk we just killed it. In the reply email from property manager she stated: "Issues of bugs were reported only when the request to amend reservations was initially declined. We thank you for bringing it to our attention and after thorough inspection of both rooms, we are pleased to report that we have not found any. We participate in a preventative pest elimination program that sprays every month." I'm glad they haven't found any and happy they do have an exterminator, that doesn't negate the fact that we did see a roach.
The front desk manager was extremely arrogant.
In an email received from the property manager, she stated: "The City of Clearwater’s noise ordinance does not limit the volume or the hours at which the next door establishment operates." However there is: "Noise – Section 3-1508.B
Excessive noise can be a serious problem for residents
....... Excessive noise
is defined as that which can be heard 100 feet from .....emission of noise that may be loud...... To report noise violations, call the
Clearwater Police Department at 562-4242."
After our experience with the noise I also was told that Sheppards is always in violation - they just pay the fine...

So No I would not recommend this property.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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minnesota
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73 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2012

This Econo Lodge is beach front on the island of Clearwater Beach. It has a small area of sand beach, a small (heated) pool, a small (heated) jacuzzi, a small beach front deck, and a small price as far as beach front properties go. We have stayed here many times, most recently January 2012, and it has always been just fine for us. It's not new, it's not fancy, but it is beach front. We like to get the rooms on the "city view" side. Yes, you get the music from the resort next door, but we don't mind that. The balcony view let's us watch all the boats going in and out of the harbor, and the dolphin viewing is amazing. Internet is free, morning coffee is free, and some ok packaged breakfast stuff. The hotel has free parking, but is within walking distance of plenty of really good restaurants. Most of all, Clearwater Beach itself is a short walk away and an absolutely gorgeous beach.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Clearwater, Florida
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31 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

If you are expecting fancy, don't stay here but the hotel is right on the water and right in the middle of all the action on Clearwater beach. The pool and hot tub was nice and it had a gas grill outside.. Great sunsets. The room has a fridge and stove top. Very basic room but it was clean. Some con's: If you want a quiet location, you might not like the music at Sheppard's resort next door. Holiday weekends gets a bit crazy on the beach. Older folks probably won't like it and might be better off renting a little studio condo. If you are just looking a place to lay your head and want to experience Clearwater beach, this is a cheap way to do it.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Pinconning, Michigan
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358 reviews
233 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2011

There are so many different hotels in the Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg area, I was having a hard time deciding where to stay. While this hotel near the beach is not as inexpensive, I figured it would be nice to be near the ocean. The hotel itself wasn't bad. The room was clean and comfortable. The view wasn't really impressive, as all I saw was other hotels. And I think that's the biggest issue. When you walk out to the back to the beach, all you really see off in the distance are more resorts. The beach area is relatively small and restricted. I'm just not sure it's worth it unless you have plans in the direct vicinity.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank gittinsj
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Portland, Maine
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61 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2011

Beachfront resort is not what comes to mind when staying here.Furniture is old and carpets are stained. Staff not really friendly and views from the rooms are very poor.Beware as nice photos and reasonable prices can be fooling.You get less than what you pay for here:( Much better deals are to be found when you look around the area.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Quality_Hunters
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Additional Information about GulfView Hotel - On The Beach

Property: GulfView Hotel - On The Beach
Address: 625 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767-2643 (Formerly Econo Lodge Beachfront Resort)
Region: United States > Florida > Clearwater
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Clearwater
#24 On the Beach Hotel in Clearwater
Price range (per night): ₹ 5,990 - ₹ 17,631
Hotel Class:2 star — GulfView Hotel - On The Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 64
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Also Known As:
Econo Lodge Beachfront Hotel Clearwater
Econo Lodge Clearwater
Clearwater Econo Lodge

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