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“Nearly Perfect” 4 of 5 stars
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51 Avenue C, Apalachicola, FL 32320   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Apalachicola
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“Nearly Perfect”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

If you love old historic inns - the Gibson is a perfect stay! Beautiful dark wood floors throughout, wood clapboard interior walls giving it a ship feel, 4 poster beds, etc. etc. Really lovely, very well maintained, very spacious for an older inn. Bathrooms are in excellent shape. Nice bar downstairs. Front desk is very sweet. Price is quite good between $115-$130-ish. Both queen and king beds available for about $10-15 difference.
The one negative is that it sits in the middle of a forked intersection and so has roads on almost three sides - one of them fairly major. If you end up in a room facing the highway - it can be pretty loud with car noise. Also, the reviews that talk about the river views are wrong. You are 2-3 blocks off the water and it can only be seen in the distance.
Still its a very lovely place.

Room Tip: Ask for a room not facing the roads esp. the main highway.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Colchester, Vermont, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

My wife and I are vegetarians and are always leery of restaurants that say they serve vegetarian food.
Ira's is the best vegetarian food in all Florida, more likely the entire South East. Our Christmas dinner was 5 courses, from the beginning to the last morsel the entire meal was fantastic. From the Mushroom Spring rolls, to the flash fried baby Brussel sprouts, to the radichio salad, to the Tofu rice and veggie dish, and the finale, a wonderful Creme Brulee and a flourless Chocolate cake that was light(as it should be). A meal you would not expect in Apalachicola, the absolute best. Even the dinner rolls were perfect. Ira is a true Master Chef, up for any challenge. our waitress is a sweetheart, anxiously giving tidbits of information about the food. please stop by and try out Ira's menu, you won't be disappointed.
Al & Dorothy

Room Tip: call and fully explain what you expect and you won't be disappointed.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

This is our 5th stay at the Gibson Inn. The first three visits we would give 4 stars. Visit four would be ranked at 3 stars because our rooms were not as clean as previous visits. Our Dec. 21st visit was great -- clean rooms, very pleasant dinner at Ira's, and Scout remember good times at the doggy window. We go out of our direct route to stay at the Gibson Inn. Hope you enjoy it as well.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ashburn, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012 via mobile

What a great experience! This was our first time to Apalachicola and we loved it! The Gibson Inn was so wonderful and decked out in Christmas decorations was an added bonus. We had a third floor room and got a workout going up & down the stairs, but I needed it. The only down side was the Continental Breakfast. We were expecting more than stale pastries and orange juice in prepackaged containers...come on, we're in FL...at least put out a pitcher of OJ, even if it's MinuteMaid, pretend it's fresh squeezed! Also, the yogurt needed to ice, warm yogurt, yuk, but it beat the pastries!
Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Ready with maps and recommendations.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Happened to stumble on the Inn when driving through town. Very nice and clean with a very homey feeling. I very much enjoyed the fact you could sit outside on the wrap around porch. The only downside, the bar downstairs closes early. On the upside, they are considerate of their guest sleeping upstairs.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Merritt Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

The Gibons Inn is very quaint and tasteful, with excellent service. The staff is very friendly and the accomdations are great. Ira's Restaraunt, within the Gibson Inn, was incredible. Best meal we've ever had. Excellent service, ambiance, music and they even shared the recipes. Try this restaraunt first before trying any in Apalachicola! It really sets the bar!

Room Tip: Choose room on the west side of the hotel, away from the main road.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Niceville, Florida
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We were very happy with our stay at the Gibson Inn.

The staff was very friendly, rooms are nice.

Location is perfect - Apalachicola is a very walk-able town (and the Gibson is a spot on the "walking tour"). Many restaurants and cool spots are within easy walking distance.

Everyone is very friendly - it's hard not to strike up a conversation with a stranger.

Love having a bar & restaurant on-site as well!

Can't wait to go back & stay during one of the Murder Mystery weekends!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Gibson Inn

Address: 51 Avenue C, Apalachicola, FL 32320
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Apalachicola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Apalachicola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Gibson Inn is a fine example of Florida "Cracker" Architecture. This was the style of wood frame structure used widely in the 19th and early 20th century in Florida. These homes and businesses are characterized by metal roofs, raised floors, high ceilings, center hallways, and large wrap around porches. A widows walk and cupola crown the tin roof, all a reflection of the area's steamboat past. Built in 1907 of native heart pine and black cypress, the inn soon became known as a first class luxury hotel and was the only one between Pensacola and Jacksonville heated entirely by steam. Now listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Many of the 30 guest rooms are uniquely appointed with authentic antique furnishings, cable TV, telephone, and wireless internet. Each guest room has its own full private bath. ... more   less 
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Gibson Hotel Apalachicola

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