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Gibson Inn
51 Avenue C, Apalachicola, FL 32320   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Apalachicola
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Buford, Georgia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Very disappointed”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Stayed at Gibson Inn this past weekend and left very sleepy and disappointed. Between the noise from the room above us and the extremely loud air conditioner we slept very little. I expected the rooms to be a little dated due to the age of the building but I think some renovation is overdue. Rocking on the porch was the highlight of our stay. The shower backed up and was very slow to drain, sink was small and I could find only one electrical outlet without having to move the bed. I would encourage management to keep the cat out of the lobby and not have it walk and lay on the front desk...a very big turn off and unsanitary issue for me.

Room Tip: Might be a little quieter on top floor.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Granbury TX
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54 reviews 54 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The Gibson Inn is a beautiful old Inn. That being said, the noise level of logging trucks, local loud pick-ups, creaky floors and staff right below our room smoking was a turn off to us. And on top of that, a 1 1/2 hour Septic Pumping Truck right below us, I am afraid to say, once is enough. There were good parts too but over-all it was a one stop place for us.

Maybe we just picked a bad time to stay there. Hopefully, your experience will be better. Upon checking in and checking out, no one told us they were glad we stayed there. Service was poor. Maybe they felt our dis-appointment. Usually, I write great reviews for places we stay at but it was not this case here.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Greensboro, North Carolina
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

If you want to step back in time and relax, go to Apalachicola and stay at the Gibson Inn. It is very conveniently located so you can walk to many of the local activities and restaurants. Our room was small, but we did not stay in there much anyway....would much rather sit on the porch in the rocking chair!! Nice antiques throughout and very well kept. Staff was very nice, including the house keeping. A great place to get away and enjoy nature and do....nothing!!!! Hope to return!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Syracuse, NY
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

In addition to all the excellent reviews about this great Inn, the restaurant is outstanding. Very nice menu and service, tending towards upscale. You can order more pub fare and also from the dining room menu if you prefer a more casual dine at the bar. And look for the house cat, a real purry creature.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Demorest, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

My husband and I have been going to Apalachicola for almost 20 years and always stay at the Gibson Inn and always get the same room. We love the charm of the place, love sitting on the porch after dinner. Woue stay as anywhere else.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Panama City, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Loved a lot of what the Gibson Inn had to offer. The staff was friendly and the room was nice. We did not eat at the bar or the restaraunt but everything else was nice. I do however think some things could be improved. Wifi was awful. It needed to be stronger. Bathrooms are nice but a curved shower curtain rod would make the showers better, and water pressure was low. Would we go back? Yes!

Room Tip: Room 304 was nice a cozy. Thin walls though.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
Top Contributor
172 reviews 172 reviews
54 hotel reviews
Reviews in 64 cities Reviews in 64 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

On a recent road trip we booked in for one night - on arrival the staff were friendly and welcoming. The older pieces of furniture dotted about help retain the charm of this historic bed & breakfast and the lobby genuinely reflects the image of an old country house of the Victorian era.
Our bedroom was not very big (Which cannot be helped due to the age of the hotel and did not cause us any problems). Our bathroom was quite dated and in need of a little maintenance! Amongst other things the shower head was hanging off the wall which we reported to maintenance The free continental breakfast was very basic not the usual and they do not have butter! I would recommend a drink in the bar in the evening as you get to meet some interesting folk, the bar food was good and the Bar lady was lovely. Apalachicola was a wonderful place to visit with its laid back attitude, quaint shops, good restaurants and seaside atmosphere.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 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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