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Gulf Side Motel

2.5 of 5 Motel   |   138 Garfield Dr, Lido Beach, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Ranked #41 of 48 hotels in Sarasota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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English first
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

the location can't be beat, across the street from the beach and just blocks away from the circle. Norman, the manager, was on the spot. enjoyed my stay at Gulf Side. Just a quiet little place right next to an Ashram.

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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

If you wish to be treated with some respect then keep well clear of this hell hole of a hotel and it awful rude staff. Specially this guy named "NORMAN" Very condescending. The most rude human being Very poor housekeeping. I left as soon as possible, I couldn't rest my head on their filthy bedding, and the very bad smell... More

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oceanliver, Owner at Gulf Side Motel, responded to this review

I tried to respond to this guest but he had an invalid email. I don t know who they are or when and if they even stayed here. I do have a manager named Norman but he is usually very polite and attentive to guests needs if he is aware of them. What bothers me more is your slanderous remarks... More

Kissimmee, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We stayed in the studio, just my husband and I for a long weekend away. The location is AWESOME about 200 yards from the beach you can't ask for more at the price we paid. It's a mom and pop type of establishment ( older style), the manager was very friendly came over and asked us a few times if... More

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Raymond, New Hampshire
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

If you're looking for starched white sheets, plush carpets, and a view of the gulf out your window, I'm sure there are a plethora of places along Lido Key that will provide that...at 2, 3 times the price. Staying at the Gulf Side Motel was like being invited to stay at a friend's beach cottage for a few days. Small... More

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Newton Falls, Ohio
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We found the room and the property to be quite dilapidated. If you're looking for quaint and cute, look elsewhere - however, with some care and attention, this could be just that. We're pretty hardy travelers though, so it wasn't anything that sent us running the other way. Bathroom was acceptably clean and had hot running water. Bed, after careful... More

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Key Largo, Florida
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

In room 109 it was awesome management got us a blender room clean. Beach awesome I will be back!!! They had clean towels. Every item in the condo. Staff was great very helpful and the beach And pool right there great parking

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1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

This place should be avoided. It is filthy and disgusting. Dirty,old bedding, dilapidated old stove and appliances, no water from the kitchen faucet,mold on the refrigerator,musty smell,no lock on the door,etc, etc. These operators are ripping off the public. Don't even consider staying here is my advice. I cancelled my stay on arrival and was charged for one night only... More

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oceanliver, Owner at Gulf Side Motel, responded to this review

This individual thought he booked a resort not an economy motel. His wife was expecting the Ritz and wanted to leave immediately. All of his remarks are untrue and were made solely to seek a refund from Hotels.com. Within two days of his departure I received a visit from State authorities in response to his slanderous claims. I showed the... More

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We had a family wedding at an expensive resort, which was a little out of my budget. I found the Gulf Side Motel and secured the 1 bedroom apartment. It was $89 per night. My daughter and I were leary, as I had read some reviews. When we arrived, we were smitten with the charm and decor. We found the... More

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Torrington, CT
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Lido Beach is one block away and is gorgeous but this is like the Bates Motel!!! It is old fashioned and creepy. The floors are terrazzo and it is like an apartment with a window air conditioner. It is equipped with a full kitchen, bathroom, and separate bedroom, and a living room area with TV. It is quaint but creepy.... More

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managergulfsidemotel, General Manager at Gulf Side Motel, responded to this review

we dread reviews like this one, when the guest NEVER CALLS OUR OFFICE TO COMPLAIN about something but rather waits until they are miles away to vent sbout a horrible bed.....we just had installed sealy posturepedic double pillow top beds at the motel and it is possible that your back is so damaged prior to arrival that you could not... More

Cincinnati, Ohio
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 hotel reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

The price and location for this place can't be beat, but there are some down sides. The neighborhood is wonderful, and it's very close to the beach. The room was spacious. They have a middle communal patio and a table and chairs outside. As another reviewer mentioned it appears clean, but I also found some remnants of previous occupants. I... More

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Management response:

I saw your comment re the washcloths with dog hair on them...I believe you were the lady who came with a dog and perhaps thats how you saw the dog hair on them or perhaps your long black hair got entangled with them. I never heard from you re the towels so I know they were clean when I handed... More

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Address: 138 Garfield Dr, Lido Beach, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gulf Side Motel 2.5*
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