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Gulf Beach Resort Motel

930 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Ranked #17 of 47 hotels in Sarasota
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and friends have been coming to this property for more years than I can remember. We always book our stay to enjoy the 4th of July and the Suncoast Superboat festivities that are topped off with the big race on Sunday. We always have a blast with the friends that we have made at the motel during this... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We certainly appreciate all your kind comments and sharing your long history with us. You very eloquently described what Gulf Beach is all about. We hope that every guest can experience the same nostalgia and begin to build the... More

Sarasota, Florida
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I always enjoy our stay at the resort. We have been coming for 20 + years. This year a new maintenance man was harassing my family and was extremely rude to my visitors. This man made my niece very uncomfortable. I hope our next stay will be more enjoyable and hope he is not still employed.

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

Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. I am sorry and apologize that you did not have a good experience with one of our employees. He is relatively new to Gulf Beach as well as new to the industry. We are working with him to improve the way he interacts... More

Sour Lake, TX
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Found this under the value section on Trip Advisor. It was just under a C-note, so it was surely a value when considering the location. This might be the first place that I have stayed that had its own road side historical marker. At any rate, this was a decent place to stay. This is where you come with the... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. It sounds like you truly appreciated the ambiance of Gulf Beach and experienced memories of Old Florida style accommodations. We are a locally designated historical property and are proud and happy to maintain the original structures and offer a unique... More

Lakeland, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Our first stay was an anniversary gift. Both my husband and I had come to Florida as children and love the “Old Florida” feel of this place. Even though it was built in the 1950’s it has been kept in very good condition. Our room had a large, private, walled, shady patio with a grill. We loved having breakfast out... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. What a wonderful gift you received for your anniversary! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and discovered our own little piece of paradise here on Lido Key. All of our rooms are decorated differently so... More

St. Petersburg, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This was our second stay at this hotel All went well just like the first stay. The room was clean and spacious. The hotel clerks were very nice as well as the cleaning staff. We stayed in room 316. This was a hotel room on the top floor. We have already reserved our stay for next year in a lower... More

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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 am happy that you returned to stay with us a second time and I hope that you plan many more trips back to visit with us again. I appreciate your comments about our staff as each member takes great pride... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This place is small, quiet, cozy and homey. There are several floor plans available on the website for booking. We selected an upstairs room this time. We have stayed here several times before and enjoyed each stay. The unit we stayed in had a newer glass shower enclosure which was very nice. We were on the balcony which is a... More

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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 do have several types and sizes of rooms to choose from which makes it possible to accommodate almost everyone's needs. Most of our units do have fully equipped kitchens and private screened in patios at the front of the units. Since... More

Saint Cloud, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I love staying at this hotel been going here over 15 years. So convenient to the beach and they have lounge chairs already available on the beach. The staff is very helpful and friendly. There is only parking space per room, but always plenty of parking on the street (no meters!)

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We certainly appreciate your loyalty to us and that you have been visiting with us for so many years. It was a beautiful weekend for Mother's Day and it was so nice to see so many families enjoying their time... More

Marlton, New Jersey
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The beach location is wonderful and the "Tiki Hut" really great for getting out of the sun. Not being in a hi-rise definitely has it's benefits if you don't miss the views. Not crowded either unless you consider visits by snowy egrets and blue herons crowded! Nice pool. Clean, comfortable accommodations and friendly staff. We had unit 204B which was... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. It sounds like this may have been your first visit with us and we certainly appreciate all of your kind comments. I'm glad you were able to enjoy your encounters with our "part-time" guests. The birds have been coming to... More

Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The wife and I went down to Sarasota to see her sister get married on the beach at Gulf Beach Resort Motel and had an excellent time. Staff was friendly and helpful. All the maids smiled and asked how I was at every passing, and the front of the desk guy was really cool. Amenities were standard for a motel;... More

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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. I appreciate your comments about our staff. They all take pride in their jobs and make every effort possible to make each guest's stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. We are unique in that each room is decorated differently which makes... More

florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Just returned from spending a night at the Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We loved it! It is quiet and calm in comparison to the tumult of the St. Armand's Circle area. It is close to downtown Sarasota: we went to the ballet last night. The staff is friendly. Our room was smallish but plenty large enough for two. It was... More

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. It sounds like this may have been your first visit with us and I am so glad you discovered us! Most of our units do have fully equipped kitchens which make it easy to keep beverages and snacks handy for... More

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Address: 930 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $

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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota #2 Best Value Hotel in Sarasota
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 
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