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Gulf Side Motel

2.5 of 5 Motel   |   138 Garfield Dr, Lido Beach, Sarasota, FL 34236
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice cozy motel when you are on a budget and need a place to stay at the beach. It isn't the Ritz and neither are the prices. Everything isn't perfect because it is a mom and pop business that is run on a minimum budget but then that is why the cost is so much cheaper than the place across... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a Quiet little motel...No Hustle and Bustle ! I walked to the Beach ( across the street ) , maybe 75 yrd.s... No One Bothers You, You can really relax ! If You're lookin for FANCY,HIGH PRICED,CROWDED hotels , look elsewhere. This is the " Old School" Beach Motel. You've got a Frig,Stove,Micro, Couch,A/C , really comfy Bed.....And... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The picture about the beach , that is 3 blocks away. No pool ,if you wanna a pool you have to pay $ 4.00 for a public pool 2 blocks from the "Motel". The front look like a horror movie place . The a/c is small window unit no cooling enough. The "manager" never is in the office .We arrived... More 

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

This guest is wrong the motel is accross the st from the beach not 3 blocks away. There is not Daily maid service which is noted on the website. The stovetop clearly shows on off etc. He has à pic named patio but it is not. It is the area behind the apartments and hardly used. The other pics show... More 

Sarasota, Florida
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 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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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
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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 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 

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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gulf Side Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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