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Gulf Beach Resort Motel

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Stow, Ohio
Reviewed 22 April 2015

Spent six nights here in late March. Room was small and dated, but clean and the beach is wonderful. I especially enjoyed the sunsets, which were stunning. The staff was very friendly and it was a treat to be greeted by the egrets--one white and one gray who hung around the parking lot most of the time. Located close to...

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

It's nice to hear that you were introduced to two of our part-time residents, the egrets! These two feathered friends of ours have been long time residents of ours. They were especially attached to one of our housekeepers who retired a few years ago. I believe they keep coming back hoping to find her here one day! I'm glad you...

naples.fl
Reviewed 12 April 2015 via mobile

This motel is definitely not a resort of no kind, don't let the word resort full you. I enjoyed my stay. It was clean and comfortable. Rooms aren't spacious neither are the bathrooms, but I didn't need alot of space. The staff was friendly. The beach was nice,not alot of sea shells tough. I liked how you didn't have to...

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

I'm happy to hear that your stay with us was nice and relaxing. You are quite right in that we only have enough space to allow one vehicle per unit to park in our lot. We are in a prime location being right on the beach and the buildings were originally constructed to allow guests to park in a space...

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 5 April 2015

The Gulf Beach Resort is a well-maintained, cute 1950s-style motel right on the beach. We stayed in one of their motel rooms because we only needed a place to sleep (my family owns an apartment down the beach, and we spent our days there) but there are one-bedroom suites and efficiencies available. The room we were in was well-maintained and...

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

We are indeed one of the few remaining properties in the area to offer the vacationer an old-fashioned Florida beach vacation. We appreciate that you enjoyed your stay with us and were able to enjoy our beautiful beach. It is important to us that we can remain an affordable vacation destination for families and couples and have them enjoy our...

Wisconsin
Reviewed 26 March 2015

My husband and I were looking for accommodations in the area that would be affordable, comfortable and in proximity to the activities we wanted to do while in Sarasota. The Gulf Beach Resort perfectly met our needs. This does not have the fanciest accommodations, nor the largest of rooms, and other reviews will support that claim. It does, however, provide...

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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 certainly appreciate all of your comments and take pride in the fact that you enjoyed your first stay with us and were made to feel so comfortable. I can identify with your comment about there not being a lot of outlets...

Branford, Connecticut
Reviewed 24 March 2015

We stayed at the Gulf Beach Resort in March. The name is a little misleading. It is a historic 1950 motel style resort. It is on a lovely private beach, plenty of lounge chairs,even a Tiki Hut if you need to get out of the sun. Well maintained grounds with a nice pool. The rooms have different configurations depending on...

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

I feel like we have done our job well when I hear a guest say "We will return!". It sounds as though this may have been your first stay with us and I am happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself. We are definitely not a fancy resort but I do like to consider us a comfortable and affordable place...

Boston, Massachusetts
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...

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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...

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...

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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...

Pacifica, California
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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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...

Fontana, Wisconsin
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...

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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....

Marlow, United Kingdom
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...

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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 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...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • 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
  • Suites
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • 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: $116 - $242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 49
Also Known As:
Gulf Beach Resort Motel Sarasota, Florida
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#2 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.”
  • This bird seems to be a resident.
  • He came into the porch area for a visit.
  • The pic is flattering to the room.
 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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