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“Nice Location But Needs An Overhaul” 3 of 5 stars
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Beachside Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   3172 S. Fletcher Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL 32034   |  
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Ranked #7 of 11 Hotels in Fernandina Beach
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Nice Location But Needs An Overhaul”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This 2-story motel is tucked sideways, perpendicular to the beach and has ready access to the beach just past the pool area. Hard to spot when you're coming down A1-A.

I was surprised upon arrival that we were expected to pay the bill in full upfront. That was a turnoff and an unusual request being frequent travelers that we are.

The motel and grounds are not well maintained. There are roof leaks and subsequent water damage visible. The concrete stairs are blackened with dirt. Windows are dirty outside.

There are rusty door hinges and the door lock in the room we had was broken and hard to lock. Walls are dated looking.

The water heater broke and the whole building was without hot water for an entire day.
The next day a pipe broke and flooded out a room that people were staying in.

The rooms are nice sized no matter which type you select to stay in. And they are kept clean by housekeepers who leave you with a good supply of towels, shampoo, soaps, etc each day.
The tv is tiny but does get good reception and has a vast selection of cable channels. Wireless internet connection was very good. Low lighting in the room using compact florescents makes it hard to read. Would be better with brighter bulbs and give a warmer feel to the room. The windows are not the opening type so if you want fresh air you'll have to leave the door open. The air conditioner runs smoothly. But the heater needed a good cleaning and filter change.

The breakfast was little apples (nicely individually wrapped in clear wrap with a ribbon!) and some individually packaged cakes and hot beverages. Nothing more but there really isn't space in the lobby for a bigger spread and there aren't any tables. It is meant to take back to your room or outside.

Despite the above mentioned issues we had a really good time on the Island during our stay. The beaches are beautiful, sunrises are great, and the historic part of town is fun. Good variety of restaurants too. Fort Clinch is open to the public too and is an attraction worth going to if you like history or nature or fishing on the half-mile long pier. There is an entrance fee.

We would likely visit again but do hope that the owners of this property invest in maintenance and the sorely needed upkeep and repairs as it does have so much potential.

Room Tip: Only the suites face the ocean directly. All others face the parking lot but have a sideways small v...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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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 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Savannah, Georgia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We found the place to be impeccably clean, and just steps to the beach. It was very comfortable and the staff was quite friendly. There is a great restaurant just across the street that has lots of outside tables and a very friendly atmosphere. It is very affordable, yet comfortable, clean, and conveniently located. I will be choosing this motel as my go to place at Fernandina Beach.

  • Stayed September 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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Merritt Island, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Some people prefer 5 star accomodations and cannot get wrapped around anything less. This place is not for you. We have stayed at Beachside no less than 4 times, It is old Florida Right on the beach with a nice pool beautiful Sunrises, friendly guests, neat and clean considering how hard the salt air is on oceanfront property. Afull service Bar and restaurant right across the street, this is the kind of place we look for while traveling. Built in the 60's it's age sometimes shows but at 79.00 a night compared to other accomodations in the area that start at 168.00 and up I will return. I love the Ocean more than a mint on my pillow.

Room Tip: 4 rooms face the Ocean, all rooms have Ocean view
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

I stayed at this motel about 6 years ago and thought it was a cute, typical "motel". On this visit I noticed it was very run down looking. The exterior railings were rusted as were the doors. There were even dead potted plants in stairways. The rooms appeared to be clean, but the beds were like sleeping on a lumpy rock. There were stains on the ceiling from leaks too. My friends live on Amelia Island and they said they heard this motel was for sale so maybe the owners just don't care anymore.

The staff was really nice though. And the location is right on the beach. But be careful as the walkway to the beach needs to be replaced - lots of boards sticking up and/or falling apart.

I will not be staying there again : - (

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

This is a good inexpensive motel if you want to be right on a great beach. It's a short walk to the pier, eateries, and some shopping. Its the perfect place for a family on a budget that wants to spend a weekend on the sand. That said, the rooms and amenities are very basic. It's a well-maintained property, but the rooms have seen heavy use and It can be a bit noisy. Friendly, helpful staff. "Very Good" is based on "Average" for the room, "Excellent" for the location.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Ocala, florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

We visited Fernandina Beach to find out what the area is like because we are coming in September. The Beachside Motel is an antiquated place on the beach. The beds are ok as is the shower. The door to the room had seen its fair share of abuse. It looked as if the door had been kicked in the past and a patch job was done. Once you get over that kind of look, the place is ok, not great, ok. Good for a family but if you want fancy this "ain't" it. The beach has lots of ocean stuff on it which should go away. The beach is wide. The area is not Destin, it's a throwback....very few high rises....small shops, etc. the north end is less ritzy than the south end which is all fancy. We will enjoy it in September.

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Greensboro, Ga.
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

We stayed here for one night simply because we were tired and needed a place to sleep. The rooms are typical, nothing extra. The front door could have been kicked open with no problem. Parking spaces so tight you could barely get a car in one and then you were afraid you would hit someone elses trying to get your things out. Beds were old and lumpy. Air conditioner very loud. An apple and a stale pastry was their offering for breakfast. Would I stay here again?? Probably not.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Beachside Motel

Address: 3172 S. Fletcher Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL 32034
Location: United States > Florida > Amelia Island > Fernandina Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Fernandina Beach
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Fernandina Beach
#6 Romantic Hotel in Fernandina Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Beachside Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just Renovated! The Beachside Motel is Amelia Island's only oceanfront motel and is locally owned and operated. Designed with your comfort in mind, our tastefully decorated rooms all have Flatscreen TV, telephones and free wifi. Fridges are found in our Classic Rooms; Microwave,Fridge, and sink/kitchen prep area in our Efficiency Rooms and fully equipped kitchenettes with Stove, Fridge and complete kitchen available for guests who prefer a more homestyle atmosphere are found in our Oceanfront Kitchen Suite Rooms. Begin each day with complimentary coffee and yummies in our lobby. Swim or sun around our full-size oceanfront pool which is just steps from the beach. Just minutes from the island's charming historic town of Fernandina Beach, the public golf course, and Ft. Clinch State Park and across the street from one of the local's favorite restaurants, The Surf. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Beachside Hotel Fernandina Beach
Beachside Motel Fernandina Beach
Beachside Motel Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach, FL

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