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Ritz Resort Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   355 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33767   |  
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Ranked #35 of 95 hotels in Clearwater
Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Tired but nicely run and perfect location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

A little tired and worn but..... Fantastic views out of all windows including the bathroom. We had firth floor! Staff very friendly always there with help on tourist information. Perfect location on Clearwater beach. If I came again I would choose here! Beach amazing we spent five days chill in'. Has all you need for beach break.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We stopped here for one night after our cruise out of Tampa before heading home. The hotel is located in the middle of the action in Clearwater and across the street from the beach access. They have a nice pool with plenty of chairs.

The rooms were as clean as they could be for an older hotel. The shower head was not stellar, but the water was hot. The hotel could have some upgrades, but for a older beach hotel it was okay.

We had to get up to leave early, but when we left to check out we found out the office did not open till 9am. There was not a key drop for early check out. Slightly inconvenient, however we waited about a half hour and the office opened. Prearrange check out if you've got to get on the road early or catch a flight.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Elkhart, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We stayed here December 26 & 27 2012. We loved it! Room very clean! Kitchenette was wonderful! When we checked in KC was very very helpful. Showed us our room, made sure there was a heater for my girls since it was a little chilly and made sure we had extra blankets so they didn't get cold. We loved it here since it is so close the the beach and ocean and everything you need is within walking distance. We plan on making a return trip possibly this coming Christmas break. And of course we will staying here again and longer this time.

  • Stayed December 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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RitzResortMgr, General Manager at Ritz Resort Motel, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Thank you for nice review, happy you enjoy your stay with us. Please call me directly at motel when you ready to make reservation, remind me to give you nice Christmas gift at welcome.
Veronika
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We chose to stay here after an awful experience at another motel close by. We got the room out of desperation needing somewhere to stay, and the manager was very helpful. After we got squared away in the room he gave us coupons and filled out a map of good places to see on the island. The room was very clean. If you are looking for a chain motel or a luxurious stay this is not the place, but it is very affordable, clean, and quiet compared to some places on the island. The bed wasn't the best ever, but it was comfortable enough to make our trip enjoyable. Good place to stay!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are individualized. No two are the same.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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RitzResortMgr, General Manager at Ritz Resort Motel, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Without mentioning name of motel nearby - Yes, I am aware not clean place, old everything. Plus they charge more then we do. Many- many changes taking place in our little beach town. City of Clearwater wants luxury 300.00 plus a night HOTELS. Like Hyatt, make it very hard for small place to stay in business with new rules and ordinances. Why so many give up and just bulldoze motel, explain why so many vacant lots on beach here where Mom & Pop motel once stood.

Here at Ritz Resort Motel where I have been manager here almost 20 years / same owners is only reason we can offer room at prices we do. Yes, is older but older building not mean dirty!

Cleaning by Radka our maid and helper Gabby, very rare any clean complaints - why she has been here 16 years now. Is tricky balance to try and be only one on Gulf under 100.00 - yet make everyone happy. New mattress and new TVs, new cook tops and paint all outside cost several 1000's .... but customer below you complains we not provide lotion. We not have breakfast either. No restaurant here and I not insult our guests by giving then 59 cent plastic wrap danish or piece of fruit and call it breakfast like others do. We have coffee and cookies in AM - sometimes if you lucky my daughter bake fresh day before. Beach Shanty give you nice breakfast less then 5.00 only 1 block away. People need to understand difference between MOTEL & HOTEL.

Anyway, I do thank you for review I think you was younger couple from Sweeden. I welcome you back anytime - and give you nice bottle wine. Please call me directly.
Veronika
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Boulder, CO
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

It ain't a "resort" either, but if you're looking for an inexpensive, decent place across the street from the beach, you can't beat it.
Not many amenities like body lotion, decent soap or shampoo, or beach towels, but a small kitchenette area was helpful. The exhaust fan comes on with the light in the bathroom, and was way too loud especially if you want light in the middle of the night. There was something weird about the faux? wood flooring in our room #39 (which faces the rear and not the beach), as our feet turned black after walking on it, but otherwise, the room was clean. Be prepared for slow, public wi-fi.
The beds were terrific, and so was the sleeping. The staff are friendly and we appreciated the cookies in the office.
Beach Tip: You can rent a beach set up ON the beach, city staffers come to you for payment: either an umbrella and two comfortable chairs, or a "cabana" wind break with two chairs.
Many eateries and some stores are close by. We only wanted to hang out on and around the beach so we took Super Shuttle from the airport and didn't really need a car.

Room Tip: The upper floors and toward the front (beach side) will give you the best views.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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RitzResortMgr, General Manager at Ritz Resort Motel, responded to this review, March 7, 2013
Thank you for nice review - happy you enjoy your stay with us. No we are not Ritz Carlton HOTEL, but we not charge 500.00 + per night either. Anyone think we Ritz Carlton for 100.00 be silly. But we do have better view! I not only read yours review I go investigate your concerns. 1st I take piece of toilet tissue and rub all over floor. Tissue clean. Check exhaust fan, this is newer fan - does make some noise, but not loud squeaking sound as happens when bearings/ fan go bad. Wifi speed affected when lots of people be using at same time or someone hogging by downloading videos etc... speed also determine by users equipment/ computer - some better or worse. Thank You comment on beds comfort I pay extra money for better quality Sealy Mattress and 39 does have new, many rooms have new too. Most people bring own shampoo kind they like and you are correct we do not supply lotion or beach towels. If we was Hyatt HOTEL charging 300 plus a night we afford to do all extras a 4-5 star HOTEL perform. We are MOTEL - no restaurant, extra amenities and concierge style service. We family owned operated and try to keep costs and over head low to keep our prices low. Hope this explain. Last thing, not everyone can have Gulf View end. City view over bay also nice. At night Gulf View is just blackness. But you call me direct IN ADVANCE I can give you nice room with Gulf view and yes bottle of wine next time you visit us.
Veronika
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Rolling Prairie, Indiana, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We stayed at The Ritz for 3 days and had a wonderful experience. The rooms were very clean and we had an awesome view from the balcony. The hotel is an older hotel, but it is like a diamond in the rough. It is perfectly located ! The staff was very friendly and helpful. We will be back !

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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RitzResortMgr, General Manager at Ritz Resort Motel, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Thank you for nice review, we are blessed with one of few places you get both Gulf of Mexico and beach view - then other direction is inter coastal / bay and lights of downtown Clearwater. I have nice bottle wine for you next visit. Please call direct for best rate. William Shatner Price line not negotiate anything - only I can. Veronika
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Decorah, IA
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10 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

This is a great hotel if you are on a tight budget and simply want a place on the beach. The room does have a tiny kitchenette but its pretty low frills, which is all I wanted this trip. I wasn't flying in till late on a Wednesday and they called me the day before to confirm and told me where to find the key and what room was mine, as the office would be closed. When I arrived the light was on in my room and the parking pass was set out for me. Very accommodating and appreciated after a day of Delta flight delays.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RitzResortMgr, General Manager at Ritz Resort Motel, responded to this review, March 6, 2013
Doctor Reagan, Thank you, maybe next time you bring family and stay longer. Nice beach best enjoy during summer. June - July be good time and I give you special deal on Pent House room #30 you call me direct. Veronika
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Additional Information about Ritz Resort Motel

Address: 355 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33767
Location: United States > Florida > Clearwater
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Clearwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Ritz Resort Motel 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ritz Resort Motel established in 1956, is the last original family owned and operated motel on the Gulf in Clearwater Beach. Your hosts the Gialda family has operated the motel for the last 2 decades. Radka our maid has also been with us 17 years now. We offer nice clean rooms, friendly service at a fair price. We do not nickel and dime our guests with extra separate charges for parking, wifi etc... Nor do we have any "resort fees" We offer 6 different room styles, and every room is decorated differently. Seniors and families with young children love it here! Party People we suggest Shepards. NO SMOKING. Important - Ritz Resort Motel is now also a Westmont Inn. No affiliation with the Ritz - Carlton Hotel chain. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Ritz Hotel Clearwater
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