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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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Pacifica, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We stayed a week in room 314 at this no frills, historic motel. Great location, clean room, friendly staff and hundreds of dollars less than other beach front accommodations. No resort, parking or wifi fees. Do yourself a favor and walk to St. Armand's Circle as the traffic is horrendous and parking is very scarce.

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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 all your kind comments about our property and staff. We are aware that other properties have started to implement the charging of guests for some additional/incidental fees and we take pride in that there are no hidden costs when... More 

Fontana, Wisconsin
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is one of the many places to stay in Sarasota but it has the advantage of being moderately priced and very neat! However, do not book unit 110 unless you are not very picky. It is dated and in need of repair. We stayed in unit 110 and had a good stay after we decided we only needed to... More 

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

I would like to apologize that the unit you stayed in was not quite up to par. I will be sure to pass your comments on to the owner and work with them towards making improvements. It is good to hear, however, that you did enjoy your stay and were able to make the most of our great beach location.... More 

Marlow, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

These are someone else’s comments in the guest book in the room we had (202) and sum the place up nicely. The other positive Tripadvisor reviews are all true & this place is good value for money. We were a bit concerned that we might be disturbed by noise from other guests as noise insulation is minimal, but everyone else... 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. We are located on Lido Key which by nature is quieter and more laid-back than some of the other islands in the area. I love to read the comments that many of our guests leave in the room's guest book. Everyone... More 

Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

When you pull into the parking lot after a year and the staff is waiving at you and welcoming you like long lost family what else can you ask for. This was our 15th year to stay at this oasis from the world and it just keeps getting better. Even the hotel egret was there to say hi and beg... More 

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

It's always nice to see familiar faces pull into our parking lot and know that they are back to visit with us again. We have so many guests that return to stay with us year after year that our staff can pretty much tell what time of year it is based on who has arrived! We are very fortunate that... More 

cresco, pa
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

beachfront, gorgeous pool, super clean efficiency. helpful and very friendly staff. close to good restaurants and shopping. would love to go back. location is great. a place you want to return to because you know you will enjoy your stay, quiet, beautiful scenery, and quality foe your travel dollar

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

Thank you for all the wonderful comments about your stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. I was a little concerned when I first saw that you had only given us 1 star when rating us but after reading your review I see that you enjoyed your time with us. I certainly hope that you will have the opportunity to return... More 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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172 reviews 172 reviews
136 hotel reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Many years ago, I spent several vacations on Anna Maria which is now built up and different. Gulf Beach gave me the chance to again be on the sand and with no high rise involvement. Unfortunately just for one night and the weather was not be best but visiting the beach with the host egret was great. Unlike my five... More 

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

It sounds like you were greeted by one of our official feathered hosts, the egret! He tends to come and go but does like to visit with our guests when he is here. We had a housekeeper that had worked for us for over 50 years and there were several birds that became attached to her (mostly because she would... More 

Miami, Florida
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We stayed at this resort for a family reunion/birthday party. Front desk staff was very friendly and very helpful. Rooms were fantastic, although a bit dated. This resort has everything you could possibly want in a beach front motel. And right on the beach. Who could ask for more!!! Pool, shuffleboard, grills, tiki hut and the beach (including lounge chairs)... More 

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

We love to see families re-unite and create memories! Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your family's experience at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We are very happy to hear that your group enjoyed their stay and that we were able to provide you with the amenities that you needed. Our direct beachfront location is the... More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Stayed at the Gulf Beach Motel recently and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were recommended to try the motel by the Sarasota Tourist Information Office and, although a little tired and 'old fashioned', we found the place to be clean and tidy, well maintained and it provided everything we could ask for in the way of home comforts i.e. two... 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 appreciate all of your kind comments about our property and staff. Most of our staff has worked here for many years and strive to make each guest's stay as comfortable as possible. It sounds like you enjoyed the... More 

Miami, Florida, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

My wife and I went there for a Birthday party (family affair ), it turned out a great place, great price, steps from the beach with tiki hut, grill for BBQ, we brought a box of bratwurst and pretzels, the rooms were clean, full kitchen, tv, really nothing to complain about. It's a pity, it is so far from Miami

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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. It sounds like your family enjoyed getting together to celebrate a special occasion. The layout of our property and our amenities are very conducive to family gatherings. It sounds like you were able to enjoy our beach and bbq grills. We look... More 

San Dimas, California
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The location was perfect just step out of your room and your steps away from Lido Key beach. The motel was well kept on the outside, however the room was dated and needed some repairs and remodeling. I stayed in the 300 building and it has a kitchen with all the needed supplies. The room was clean and the staff... 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. We appreciate all your kind comments about our beach. Lido Key is one of the quieter islands in Sarasota and many people appreciate the less hectic lifestyle. I also appreciate your input on the fact that your room could use some... More 

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