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“Where No-Frills meets Beach Resort” 3 of 5 stars
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GulfView Hotel - On The Beach
2.0 of 5 Resort   |   625 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33767 (Formerly Econo Lodge Beachfront Resort)   |  
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Ranked #69 of 96 Hotels in Clearwater
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Where No-Frills meets Beach Resort”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

As you drive your car into the free parking lot provided by the hotel, you'll be greeted by an average-looking building which resembles that of a college dormitory or cheap airport motel. The check-in area is similar, with very little space and a less-than-grandiose reception desk. I found the staff to be short and not overly helpful, although not rude either. The halls leading to rooms are slightly unclean and in some areas, smelled of animal urine. However, I found the rooms to be slightly better than average for a budget Florida hotel. Beds and linens were clean, appliances were somewhat updated, and there was a stove and sink for those who enjoy cooking their own meals (no newer than 1950 built). The bathroom was also not bad, with great water pressure and a satisfactory level of cleanliness. There is a balcony with a great view of the bay which was an added bonus. As you make your way towards the beach area, you'll be greeted by a tiny pool, and a hot tub, both settled on a nice deck overlooking the water. The beach is quite nice with extremely clear water (no pun intended).

Overall, if you're paying anywhere between $0 and $85 for this hotel, i'd say you got a great deal! If you're someone who is easily pleased by simple accommodations and very few "extras" or amenities, this will be ideal for you. However, I caution those who are interested in a beach resort -type accommodation, as this is not going to meet your hopes and expectations. The location was excellent, which is why I found it to be satisfactory.

I gave this hotel a 3 in terms of budget hotels because it meets expectations, but doesn't nearly exceed them.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

Hotel is very clean. Room was a bit dated. We had a "gulf view" room which was a corner room overlooking Shephards which was fine with us - no kids. View was great - beautiful sunset.
Great place to stay if. You want to walk to the local bars and restaurants on the south end of Clearwater Beach.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Evansville, Indiana
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The staff was helpful. Room was decent. Showing it's age, but clean. Right on beach. Was great to not have to fight crowds. Saw dolphins from hotel. Plenty of room, but kitchenette not really useful. Bring extra cookware. We would not hesitate to stay again.

Room Tip: Ask for corner family room.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Florida
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13 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

The good:
Location - right on the beach, many eateries and entertainment within walking distance.
The price - good for the location.
Free parking.
Free pastries and juice for breakfast.
Room value - clean room, comfortable bed, small kitchen properly stocked.
Costumer service - guy at front desk was courteous, speed and understanding of guests needs.

The bad:
Only one elevator - can get busy.
Loud AC.

The ugly:
The bar next door - it played loud music until 2 am, makes it difficult to get a good nights sleep.

I would stay at this hotel again, but I'll be requesting a room on the side facing away from the bar at Shepherds. Although the loud music is not the Gulfview's fault, it is still very annoying.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

If you are looking for a hotel right on the beach, and do not want to break the bank than Gulfview hotel is the right choice.. Free parking,, little breakfast and clean rooms with a little kitchen
Little pool and hote pool and a deck with plenty of chairs watching the ocean.
The deck could use a few moor umbrellas

Room Tip: The best dooms on the side watching the bridge. The other side can be noisy from the htel nextdoor
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  • Stayed September 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This small hotel, with its beachfront view, pool and good localization is a great place to vacation without spending a lot of money.
It is very children friendly,,, each room has a small kitchenette with pots pans, dishes, and cutlery. It also has a small fridge, microwave and stove.
The rooms are clean and comfortable...

Plenty of free parking and a free coffee and pastry for breakfast.

Gets fully booked fast.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms lead right to the swiming pool.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cordele, Georgia, United States
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We checked in here after checking prices at other places and were pleasantly surprised to find it was $10.00 cheaper than advertised. The room was small, but adequate, and when they say on the beach, they are not kidding. You step from the parking lot or the patio directly on to the white sands of Clearwater Beach. And when they say Clearwater, they aren't kidding. You can see right through to the bottom, thousands of minnows swimming around your feet, and smooth rocks that adorn the ocean bed. Clearwater beach is my favorite beach I have ever stayed at, and for the one night we got to spend there, this room was more than adequate. And they gave us an extra hour for checkout which helped a lot with time to play on the beach.

Room Tip: We stayed on the opposite side of the hotel from the live band and construction next door and did no...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: 625 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33767 (Formerly Econo Lodge Beachfront Resort)
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Location: United States > Florida > Clearwater
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Clearwater
#22 On the Beach Hotel in Clearwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — GulfView Hotel - On The Beach 2*
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Also Known As:
Econo Lodge Beachfront Hotel Clearwater
Econo Lodge Clearwater
Clearwater Econo Lodge

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