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930 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Ranked #17 of 48 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was our final stop on a 10 week business trip to the US before heading home and it was a great choice. As people have said it is an old property but don't let that put you off, we chose room 201 and a good choice it was. It has it's own private courtyard, where you can relax and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spend a weekend on this resort motel July 2104 , nice and friendly staff , beautiful sandy beach right behind the buildings , the motel is old but clean , is located in beautiful Lido Key , we love the place and hope to come back.

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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 appreciate your comments about our staff as each and every member makes every effort to ensure that our guests have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. It sounds like you were able to enjoy our beautiful beach during your time with... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came back to our special room, 319, for 8 days of relaxation and old school vacation time at Lido Beach. We love this little motel and have been coming off and on for 18 years. The nice folks that work there are more than willing to help when you need it, but after so many years coming to the... 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 with us at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We certainly appreciate your loyalty to us over the years and look forward to having you stay with us for many more years to come. I apologize for the issue with the curtain rods. We were not aware... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I spend a couple of days at this little hidden paradise back in June. We had an awesome time, every room is decorated differently, some of them need to be upgraded. The front desk staff was AWESOME!!! very accommodating and very kind. Our room was just lovely and very clean. This is a very quiet Motel, we... 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 first visit to Gulf Beach Resort Motel. I like that you refer to us as a "little hidden paradise" as we truly do feel that way about our property. Thank you for your kind comments about our staff as each member puts forth their best effort... More

Sarasota, Florida
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

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
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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 July 2, 2014 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
9 helpful votes 9 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

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Address: 930 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
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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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