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Gulf Beach Resort Motel

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930 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
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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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Detroit, MI
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85 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed in room 315. The room provided an excellent view and close proximity to the beach. Things you should bring (we bought these items at Walmart): beach towels, coffee, bottled water and jug (water was nasty). Also, I would go here again, but I would wash all bedding first, sheets, comforters, etc. I got a rash and bites from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We stayed in the second story unit overlooking the ocean. The views were amazing, due to windows on all sides in the living area. We enjoyed a drink at sunset with the doors open and complete privacy - something we will never forget. The place itself is tastefully decorated and has everything you might need including air con, fridge,hob, coffee... More 

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74 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

A refreshing place, different than big chain hotels. A place back in time where my family stayed 40 years ago. Reasonably priced and directly on the beach. Staff very friendly and helpful. Close to St. Armands circle.

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Orlando, Florida
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17 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

GBRM has condos owned by different people so I am going to review each condo I've stayed in separately. This stay was in room 201 and I have to say it is almost the worst I've stayed in. The bathroom had a shower curtain with mold growing on it, the Murphy bed had filth behind it, the kitchen had bugs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Clean, decent rates, full kitchen, on a beautiful sandy beach with perfect water. Excellent night life and restaurants all near by. Had a good time at The Ivory Lounge!! I'll be staying here each year from now on!

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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

There are lots of more modern and pricey places to stay on Lido Beach but if you are looking to experience something akin what it was like to stay in a motel on the beach during the 1960’s, the Gulf Beach Motel is it. It really does capture all the good things but leaves out the nasty stuff like damp... More 

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My husband and I went on vacation to celebrate my birthday and had a great stay at this historic hotel. This property sits right on the beach, which was beautiful and very relaxing.. We got a great studio apt. which even had a private patio with a BBQ. The staff was amazing, always wanting to assist us with all of... More 

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Paducah, Kentucky
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28 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

What can I say - we wanted to do something "Once in a blue moon" on the night of 30-Jul-15. Last minute, we opted to grab a place on the beach where we could see the full moon. The Gulf Beach Resort Motel was VERY affordable and offered a 10% discount for FL residents. When we got into our room... More 

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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185 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

You can't beat the location......which is just feet from the beach, They have a pool and play area, as well as (you pay) washers and dryers. Some of the rooms are great, while others are a bit worn. Check the room pix and avoid the ones with the A/C unit blowing across the stove, sink, and eating area....unless you don't... More 

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33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 via mobile

We have been here so many times with my aunt and she passed away in October. This was her favorite place to go, and so we came to celebrate my 50 th and brought my daughter and her friend they were celebrating graduating from masters..... They loved the shelling and private beach area. Every unit is different and we enjoyed... More 

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