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Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1301 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217   |  
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Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Bradenton Beach
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great Resort and Location...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Brandenton Beach - What a spot! Fanstastic location and people. Very friendly and quiet. Not pretentious though. If you are expecting a fancy place and service, go somewhere else. But if you want a little room with all necessary amenities, from a small kitchen, dishware, fridge et all for a nice, quiet vacation, that's the spot. Literally 5 minutes walking to the beach. All you need to do is to cross the main road and that's it! We'll definitely go back.

Room Tip: N/A... All are pretty much the same. Very quiet and quaint.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
395 helpful votes 395 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

We made last minute reservations here and the staff was quite accomodating and friendly. The room was $100.35 per night inclusive of tax (10.5%). It had: fridge, small electric stove, microwave, toaster, coffee pot, some basic cookery items, dinette with 4 chairs, queen size bed, a murphy bed, 2 sitting chairs, flat screen TV, and AC. It appears to have been recently renovated and boasts new kitch cabinets and a new bathroom vanity. We were disappointed that the bedding was somewhat uncomfortable, poor quality linens, and the unfortunate cigarette holes in the blankets. ( We are describing rm 109) The rooms overlook the parking lot. The pool was very clean and heated to 82 degrees, in which our son truly enjoyed. Overall, this 50(ish) room old style hotel could use a little TLC, but, the value was good and the friendliness of the staff made up for some of it. Oh, and, the WiFi did not work. The price was right and it appears that the owners are truly trying to make some upgrades. Would stay again for sure. Anyway, we did not expect fancy.

Room Tip: All room face the parking lot. 2 and 3 story bldgs. We did not note an elevator.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

This is NOT a fancy resort. It's a motel type place, and the term "throw back" fits it well. Feels like something out of the 60s, but so does the entire island, so it fits perfectly.
Staff was very helpful; you will not find better.
Rooms were adequate, but again, older... they were clean and comfortable, but could have used a little attention from a handyman (replacing a cracked faceplate here, or caulking there)... but you're not paying for the rooms.
What you are paying for is the beach and this hotel's location. TONS to do within walking distance, and didn't get to do it all. Rental service for catamarans, waverunners, etc on their beach, with discounts for hotel guests. The private beach access is directly across a quiet 2 lane road. The beach was wonderful... not at all crowded. Walked up and down the gulf coast LOTS, enjoying conversation and the scenery, both day and night at all hours. Was absolutely perfect; could not have been improved on (water is a little cold @ 73*, but you do get used to it).
Hope to go back again.

Room Tip: Talk with the staff, tell them what you're looking for, and they will help you out. Bill and An...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Waco, TX
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

We stay at the Silver Surf with our extended families every 4th of July weekend. We go back every year because of the price, the beach and the service! It is older, but clean. There is a lady across the street who will set up your umbrellas and chairs (no cost) and every room has a small kitchen so you can make your own food. (we stop in at the Publix as we cross over onto the island. The A/C is always running well, which is a welcome relief from the hot beach... If you are looking for old Florida with stunning beach sunsets (especially on cloudy days) and great service, not luxurious, but a beach-like relaxing time... this is the place! Very affordable!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

This place is directly across the street from the beach. They provide beach chairs and umbrellas plus there are jet skiis, sailboats and kayaks available right there. They also rent scooters. The hotel is older but well maintained. The hotel staff is very friendly and very helpful. We stayed in one of the smaller rooms. It was minimalist as described but provided what we needed for a short stay. There is a good local restaurant within easy walking distance down the beach and several others within a short drive. Watch out for the noseeums on the beach in the early morning (especially) and at dusk - they are serious!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011

Old Florida motel. good value, good location. walk across the street to the perfect beach.

No private balcony. all rooms look out into the parking lot w/ pool. clean but paper thin walls. it was a holiday weekend so there was alot of music and loud talking late into the night. bring earplugs and an eyemask. kids and towels everywhere. limited chairs and umbrellas on the beach so maybe bring your own.

super cold a/c and clean rooms.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lake Mary, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

We stayed here Spring Break with our teenagers because I waited too late to make reservations at another place. Those people recommended I contact Silver Surf. I was naturally nervous and researched the motel reviews online. The reviews were pretty accurate. The motel is older, but the people who run it do a nice job. Since we travel with 4 older kids, I always call to make my reservations. The staff made sure we got our connecting rooms on the second floor, not too close to the elevators, road or pool. In other words, they worked with me on my picky requests! LOL The elevator was out of order sometimes and the parking lot stayed pretty full, but it didn't impact our opinion of the place. Each room had a small kitchenette: sink, "fridge" and microwave with plates, bowls, cups, utensils, etc. The only thing we had to buy was paper towels. Definitely plan on bringing your own beach towels. I couldn't help laughing at the ones the hotel provided... very small & thin! Otherwise, we had no complaints. The beach was so nice we never made it to the pool, so I can't comment on that. There's a bike/scooter rental stand outside the motel, and a snack counter beside the office. The office staff gave us a great recommendation for a deep sea fishing charter. We were able to walk to all the shops & restaurants. The motel has a private beach directly across the street with jet ski/kayak/sailboat rentals. Early one morning we went looking for shells and there were dolphins swimming only a few yards out in the water. I'd never seen them so close! We all had an amazing vacation.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort

Address: 1301 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217
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Location: United States > Florida > Anna Maria Island > Bradenton Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Bradenton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A new exterior renovation, to be completed in February 2014 will make this property one of the best values on Anna Maria Island. Silver Surf is located across the street from it's own private beach where you can simply read a book and view dolphins playing in the water, have a beach massage or rent a jet ski, kayak, paddle boards or catamaran!Catch the free trolley and view the island without having to drive your car, or walk one to one of the "locals" favorite places for breakfast, lunch, dinner and music.We look forward to welcoming you to Island Time! ... more   less 
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Silver Surf Gulf Beach Hotel Bradenton Beach
Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort Anna Maria Island/Bradenton Beach, FL

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