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Gulf Side Motel

138 Garfield Dr, Lido Beach, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Ranked #43 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
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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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Syracuse, New York
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22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Have not stayed here just would like you all to be aware if your are thinking about this place be careful. If you cancel they will try and take all your money and it does say that in the policies towards the bottom. I however did not see it and was very worried as noone ever answered the phone when... More 

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

Ms Matzke canx late and was liable for the entire booking amount as stated in her booking agreement. I Only charged her a $100 More 

San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 via mobile

If I could rate it less than one, I would. There is a Trip Advisor sticker on the office window. I suggest Trip Advisor send someone ASAP to take it off. This place could be so much more, but it seems evident that the owner isn't interested. My wife, son and daughter-in-law rented a two bedroom, two bath unit while... More 

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

Before i respond to this vile person s Petty complaint s the should that these people left a toilet full of excrement and paper towels in a sick way to send a message or saboutage my apt. Now as to the issues. Guest arrival was after hours so office was closed. Shower heads is standard height. Light part of fan... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

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
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 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
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 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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oceanliver, Owner at Gulf Side Motel, responded to this review

Not much to this! Guest found everything acceptable, yet complains unfairly. How can the toaster be "kinda broken" yet function? Property is old, but well maintained and comfortable. It is a practical and economical alternative to the resort across the street, that the guest was unwilling to pay for. Hopefully he'll go there next time, so he can bad mouth... More 

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