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Gulf Beach Resort Motel

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930 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
Gulf Beach Resort Motel
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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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After a 3-month business trip around the USA, we were looking for a well-priced place to stay for a 10-day break at the beach before we headed home. The Gulf Beach Resort was just what we were looking for. It is definitely not a fancy hotel, but the studio room had everything we needed, with a good sized kitchen, dining... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of the last original places to stay on the beach. Used to be a motel way back when, not it's like a "condo-tel". Each room is owned by a different owners, so no 2-rooms are alike. Located right on the beach, close to St. Armands and the park, and far enough away for peace, quiet, and relaxation.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Incredibly rude staff. Shockingly rude to potential customers. I would never give my money to anyone willing to treat a person so poorly. We ended up renting elsewhere (tons of great local rentals/hotels). The beach is beautiful. I recommend staying clear of this place.

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Buffalo, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two families joined together for a wonderful week for a wedding. We stayed in condo 317 which was very clean and had all the comforts of home, my only issue was the bathroom could have been a bit bigger. Staff came to clean whenever necessary and did a great job and everyone at the front desk was very helpful. The... More 

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Stow, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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... More 

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naples.fl
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

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... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 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... More 

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Wisconsin
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 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... More 

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Branford, Connecticut
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 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... More 

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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... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 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... More 

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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... More 

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