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Gulf Beach Resort Motel

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930 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a marvelous place to stay if you're the least bit nostalgic. I felt as if I had stepped back to the 50's when I arrived. My cottage was vintage but very comfortable. A nice screened porch for sitting for morning tea or coffee and listening to the waves wash onto the shore. The beach is literally just steps... More 

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Thank Brenda B
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40 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We chose this old but quaint motel for a one night stay to attend a reunion at a nearby hotel that charged twice as much. The rooms are small but clean; beds and pillows are comfortable. The staff are friendly and very helpful. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again as its also right on the water, neat and tidy.

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Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Yet again we are so very pleased with our stay. The staff considers us family and we consider them family. The accommodations are lovely. The ambiance perfect. This year the new guy on the block was this beautiful wood stork who ate pretty much anything you fed it. From salami to bread. He was a joy to be around. 😄.... More 

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We have vacationed in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area of Florida for several years. We decided to try this location in Sarasota this year. We always like to stay in an upstairs room facing the gulf and enjoy sitting on a deck. Room 319 looked to fit the bill however, when we checked in we found that it does not have... More 

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Amherst, Ohio
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46 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We were going to a Christmas party and planning on drinking so we wanted to spend the night close to St. Armands Circle. I picked the motel due to it's price and walking distance to our restaurant that evening.. We were about .8 miles from St. Armands Circle not to far but, far enough that my wife had to take... More 

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Thank RonWestmoreland
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28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

I almost didn't write this review as I really don't want people to know how great this place is...but it's too good to miss out on. Firstly let me say, if you are a 5 star hotel only person, this is not the place for you. No fancy entrance, no elevators, no restaurant. I gave it 5 stars because it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

As a Florida resident for over 37 years I have spent much of my time traveling within the State. If someone is looking for a nice CLEAN, BEAUTIFUL, REASONABLE place to spend a night, a weekend, a week or even a month, the Gulf Beach Resort Motel in Sarasota is it! It is directly on the gulf (beach), quaint, and... More 

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Detroit, MI
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

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 via mobile

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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80 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

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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