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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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20% off room rate
Ranked #7 of 11 hotels in Bradenton Beach
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Good old hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights during the week. Upon arrival the front desk person was very nice and checkin was done quickly. I had read reviews that said you can't checkin early so we planned on arriving after 2pm. Our room was a studio aparto on the ground floor. When we walked in, it was clean and hot! The air conditioner took a long time to cool down, as did the fridge. We liked the fact that it had a small kitchen to cook in, however the bed left ALOT to be desired. It was very hard and squeaked like an old mattress. We loved that we could walk to the beach and had free chairs and umbrellas for quests. There is a trolly stop right outside the hotel and it is a free service throughout the island. Overall a good old hotel, however until the beds are upgraded it will not be on our list of places to return to.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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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Saint Albans, WV
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15 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Stayed here for the second time.. room and hotel seem cleaner then last time which was a huge plus!!! It's right across the street from the beach; and the beach is real small. As other reviews: we also arrived early; they stated our room was not ready yet and we could not use their parking lot, pool or beach to come back around 2:30. Which we said ok and went and got lunch. The parking lot was not full - and plus we would be coming back and using one of those parking spots anyways... we noticed they let other people park there (the maids family) to use all facilites and when the maids are done cleaning they pack up and leave with them. To me they should let paying guest park and do whatever before their staff's family!!! however -at 12:00 we got a call and they said we could check in at 12:30 - during check in the front desk received a call from a hotel guest saying the maid went in to clean their room and left the door wide opened!!!!! Now that is scary; front desk just said "look to see if everything is still there; if anything is gone please let me know". Not a good thing to hear when checking in.. once checked in - the 3 days we were there was really nice. The front desk was helpful and where to go to eat and what to do... if you are want to shop at Anna Maria Island everything closes early; so do dinner around 4:00 and shop til 8:00p,. We enjoyed our stay and will stay again.. hopefully they won't be as strict with their facilities in the future. OHH BIG PLUS - they have lounge chairs and umbrellas for their guest on the beach at no charge. Hope you enjoy!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, FL
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35 reviews 35 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012 via mobile

This marks my second negative experience with this hotel's commitment to guest satisfaction which is why I am providing feedback. We were with a small group staying at Silver Surf for a friend's wedding.

We arrived at the hotel a bit early, around 11:00 am, and while the hotel policy is not to check-in guests before noon, they went a head and checked us in, which was appreciated. However, despite the fact that we checked in early, we were told that we could not use the parking lot, hotel facilities, pool or "private" beach until noon. We were taken back by this statement for two reasons:

1. The hotel parking lot was half full and there were PLENTY of open parking spots available (especially near the pool) and many guests were leaving. So instead of accommodating a paid guest, they wanted us to leave the property to go somewhere else for an hour even though we could of easily parked at Silver Surf.

2. Why would you ever discourage a guest, particularly folks who have traveled a long way, not to enjoy the beach or pool facilities when there was no lack of space?!?! Unbelievable!

They also told my friends, who arrived at 11:45 am, who also had a reservation, that they could not park in the lot dispute the fact that they were 15 minutes early.

The hotel policies are too rigid and are nonsense given the situation. I could totally understand the hotel's position if were peak season and the parking lot was full. Instead, they inconvenienced their guests and made a bad impression. I have to say this was one of the only hotels that I've been to (and I have traveled extensively around the world) where the employees of this hotel actually turned guests away from the property unnecissarily.

The hotel itself is okay. For AMI, it's a value priced option. The property is dated but it's clean, in a great location and the price is right.

I will not be returning due to the ridiculous policies that make no sense and lack of customer service.

Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Vero Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

A last minute getaway to Florida's Gulf coast found my family grateful for the convenient location and helpful, friendly staff at the Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort. The rooms are no frills but clean and kitchens/ kitchenettes useful. The pool is clean and well maintained and the complimentary chairs and umbrellas at the beach are appreciated. You do have to cross a busy street to get to the beach and signs encouraging traffic to stop for pedestrians would make for a more pleasant and safer experience.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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Orlando, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

Stayed here for 3 nights during this month. Great location and great price. The rooms are very clean and very well equiped. The beach is just across the street and the hotel provides towels and chairs for hotel guests. Friendly staff and very helpful. We arrived after 6 and they had our keys in a safety box for us to pick up. We definitely will be back!!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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grosse ile, mi
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

Stayed there in one of the ground floor unit it was very clean and great location nice staff and Barbara is a pleasant owner
Stayed in 2010 and again 2012

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

My wife and I spent five nights at the Silver Surf and we have no reason to look anywhere else for our next visit.

We loved the beach directly across the street (with the free beach chairs for hotel guests) and the hotel pool was just as enjoyable when it got a little too windy to sit at the beach. Just a two-minute walk along the beach is the Gulf Drive Cafe where we got take-out appetizers for lunch at the beach and also had breakfast and dinner. The free Anna Maria Island trolley stop is right at the hotel which was convenient for getting around.

The rooms at the Silver Surf were spotless clean and comfortable and the entire staff was as pleasant and helpful as could be.

We'll be back!

Room Tip: Rooms with a patio were nice for sitting outside.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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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 ( WiFi ) 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*
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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