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“Gulf Coast as it Should Be”

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Gasparilla Inn & Club
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Boca Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 June 2017

The Gasparilla Inn, which, for 104 years, has been accommodating the likes of U.S. Presidents, movie stars, and a long list of dignitaries like John Updike, J.P. Morgan, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, could be excused for behaving snobbishly. But you won't find an upturned nose among the friendly staff of this most splendid resort on the southern gulf coast of Florida. We arrived in late May, nearing the end of the tourist season in this small town, Boca Grande, in Gasparilla Island. The bell hops, desk clerks, concierge, wait staff, bar tender, and a host of others were as helpful, bright and pleasant as they must have been when the season started eight months earlier. We have never had such positive interaction with the staff of any resort. And what a gem of a resort is this one. The Gasparilla Inn is splendid, comfortable and perfectly polished, It is not afraid to display a casual atmosphere in the midst of all its polish, and the guests seem to move comfortably and seamlessly between the two. The dining room and its menu are top notch and you feel as though you are seated at dinner as they might have in the twenties and thirties and forties. The lounges are spotless and seductive, and you almost expect Earnest Hemingway to pull up next to you when you sit at the bar. If you are looking for a few days away from all of life's annoyances, to golf, to fish, to sail, to bike, hike, collect seashells (They are abundant, eclectic and spectacular along these shores.), bathe in the bluest and clearest waters of the Gulf or just enjoy the shops and restaurants of the cutest little town in Florida's southern Gulf Coast, then you must book a stay with The Gasparilla Inn.

Room Tip: All rooms are superb.
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

We have been to Boca Grande several times but always by boat and we stayed on the boat. This time we came by car and stayed at the Gasparilla Inn. We are glad we did.
We made a last minute reservation for Memorial Day weekend. The Inn itself was full, and we stayed at a cottage unit across the street. Each unit consists of a private entrance, a bedroom and bath. It was very quiet with no sound from other units.
While there we ate or drank in the main dining room, the Beach club, the BZ lounge and the Pink Elephant which is about 5 minutes away. PE is under common ownership with the Inn.
The Beach Club, also owned by the Inn, is a large complex with tennis, fitness, restaurant, pool and beach. It is very nice and is available to Inn guests.
We were somewhat surprised that the Inn is only an hour from our home just south of Sarasota. We will be returning often.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 May 2017

The Gasparilla is a wonderful hotel with golf course , several restaurants and bars , a Gulf-front beach club with swimming pool and all things you need , and the Pink Elephant which is their best restaurant. "The Pink" is casual with excellent food , and there are other "beachy" restaurants very close by in Boca Grande .The Gasparilla is old and historic but in very good condition at the same time . The golf course is very reasonable , open , has holes on the water , and fun to play . I stayed in the cottage rooms which were very accommodating as well as clean and well decorated . All staff personnel are 100% accommodating . This was our second visit at the Gasparilla and I hope to return many more times.

  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2017

We recently stayed at the Gaspirilla Inn for two nights with Friends. This was our first time to the Inn and Boca Grande. Room was very room, clean and nicely decorated. Food was wonderful, golf course was great and beach club was lovely. Everything was in walking distance or easy shuttle on a hotel golf cart.
Service is impeccable. Cannot wait to return!

Stayed: May 2017
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Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Went to Boca Grande for fishing tournament and stayed at this wonderful historic hotel. Service incredible (except for cart staff at golf course), rooms classic but current, food and beverage very good

Stayed: May 2017, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Gasparilla Inn & Club

Address: 500 Palm Ave, Boca Grande, FL 33921
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Boca Grande
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Boca Grande
Price Range: $324 - $787 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 139
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Gasparilla Inn & Club is pleased to welcome you to relax and enjoy one of the oldest and most unique premiere destinations on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Opened in 1913, the historic Inn has always greeted guests with warm hospitality, a tranquil atmosphere and a picturesque setting. Guests are offered a host of spectacular resort amenities and activities while basking in the Florida sun and enjoying the Inn's "old-Florida" charm. ... more   less 
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