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“Dream Location - Pictures Don’t Do It Justice!” 5 of 5 stars
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Manta Ray Inn
1715 South Surf Road, Hollywood, FL 33019   |  
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Ranked #1 of 65 Hotels in Hollywood
Pelham, NH
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Dream Location - Pictures Don’t Do It Justice!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

The Manta Ray Inn is the ideal choice for a family-friendly beach-front getaway in Southern Florida. Its location is ideal - pictures don’t do it justice! The beach is right there, no elevators and hallways to maneuver or roads to cross. A lifeguard station is steps away. We chose a one bedroom unit for our family of 4, including 2 adults and 2 children ages 6 & 9 and it was perfect. The unit was very clean and functional with a comfy living area and fully-stocked galley kitchen including coffee, sugar, non-dairy creamer, salt, pepper & all the pots, pans, dishes, silverware & appliances you need. A small dining area includes a table & 2 chairs. The bedroom had 2 comfortable full size beds, a vanity area, bureau and small closet. The bathroom had a nice shower, huge decorative mirror, pedestal sink and a long shelf for easy storage. A perfect home away from home! Extras included free WiFi, A/C, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD/VHS players, daily newspaper & on-site laundry for a small fee. The location itself cannot be beat. In addition to the pristine beach, this Inn provides bonus outdoor amenities - 2 grills, beach toys, beach chairs, beach towels, parking, garden furniture, apartment patio furniture and more. The Inn shares a heated pool with a neighboring condo complex and is easily accessible across a small walking path on the back side of the Inn. With all the driving we do in our daily lives, we originally opted not to rent a car. We took a cab from the airport which was about 20 minutes away and it cost $30 with tip. Other than groceries, everything we needed and wanted was readily available. The Broadwalk is an easy 10 minute walk north, chock full of casual restaurants, shops, bike rentals and activities. We loved that we were close to the action of the Broadwalk but far enough away that it wasn’t part of our daily experience. A cab or rental car is required to get to a true grocery store although there are several convenience-type stores nearby. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate and was rainy and downright stormy for 4 of our 5 days. This proved to be the ultimate test of this Inn since the beach was not a viable option for us. The staff at the Manta Ray Inn did not disappoint! Owners Donna and son Thomas were available and eager to offer suggestions for fun indoor activities. They had an extensive library of movies and books as well as cards, dominoes and other family games to make the best of the unfortunate weather. On the second full day of hard rain we decided to rent a car and venture offsite. Donna arranged for a car rental company to pick us up and bring us to their lot to rent a car. The Inn has one housekeeper and he is a workhorse! Gerry never stops working, moving from room to room each day to make sure that everything is clean and tidy and guests have everything they need. He was onsite and readily available every day. If we needed anything at all Gerry was there to help. Gerry even left seashells in our room which was a fun extra treat for all of us but especially the kids. The Manta Ray’s service can’t be beat. The family-run element of this Inn gives it that extra-special charm we were seeking and it did not disappoint. We highly recommend the Manta Ray Inn if you are looking for a true beach retreat in a family-friendly environment. Assuming the weather is better for you, once you have your groceries you’ll have no need to leave this beach-front Inn. We will definitely return and highly recommend the Manta Ray Inn. This Inn gets a full 5+ Star Rating from this New Hampshire family!

  • 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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Mantaray07, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, May 10, 2012
From my family to yours, thank you!!! It was so much fun to watch your family make lemonade out of lemons when the rain came down!!! Family time is so important and we are happy to have been able to make suggestions that made your getaway special for you and your family. Gerry and Thomas will be happy to know that their efforts are appreciated and we definitely do our best to make you feel like you are home! Now that you are part of our great Manta Ray Inn Family you will have to stay in touch and come back soon to see us! Maybe this time more time could be spent on the beach and in the pool!! The kids were GREAT!!!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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Indian Trail, North Carolina
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

We stayed at the Manta Ray for 7 nights and couldn't have been happier. Location literally can't be beat if your looking for some serious beach time. We had our 18 month old daughter with us and it worked out perfectly! We were able to play on the beach, and go back and forth to room for lunch and naps with ease. We had a first floor one bedroom. It was decorated super cute with beachy decor, and it was very clean! The kitchen was a huge help since we had a couple meals per day in the room. Huge flat screen in living area which made my husband happy! We walked up to the broadwalk a couple times, and it was a long walk to restaurants but a very enjoyable one. I would definitely come back to this Inn on future visits to FL. It was great!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mantaray07, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, May 10, 2012
Always a pleasure to watch a family enjoy our little piece of heaven. Sharing the Manta Ray Inn is what keeps us going and watching the smiles and the laughter make it all worthwhile! Cannot wait for your return and your little Angel will really be running then and the fun is even greater with the beach toys, sand, ocean and pool! So much to do, so little time!! See you soon!
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

We returned to the Manta Ray for another wonderful stay. The location is fantastic- just steps to the beach. Donna, Dwayne,Thomas, and Gerry always make us feel so welcome. We have stayed here for a number of years- each time we return we feel like we are "coming home". The rooms are nicely done, the use of the BBQ and the pool is great. The broadwalk is nearby for a leisurely stroll, or a fast paced walk. The casual, relaxed atmosphere at the Manta Ray is just what we all need in our hectic, busy lives. An oasis at the beach!

  • Stayed March 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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Mantaray07, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, May 10, 2012
It is hard to believe that we have been doing this as long as we have! Having watched your family grow and enjoy the Manta Ray Inn year after years leaves such a warm feeling in our hearts. We always are trying to improve upon your experience with us and trying to exceed your expectations!
We are so thankful to wonderful families such as yourselves who notice and appreciate every little thing that we do! You make it a pleasure! Your son is awesome and now that he has turned into such a great young man I was overwhelmed when I saw that he wrote his own review and what he really thought about the Manta Ray Inn!! Thank you and will see you in a few months! It will go fast!
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LaGrangeville, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

I chose The Manta Ray Inn based on the glowing reviews I read here, and was not disappointed! My extended family was in town recently for an event held in Miami and we wanted to stay right on the beach in a casual, laid back atmosphere, and that's just what we found. We prefer staying at smaller "old Florida" type accommodations where the ocean is just steps from your door. Not having to navigate through hallways, elevators and lobbies filled with people just to go for a quick swim is major plus. Thomas warmly welcomed us, making sure we comfortably settled in for the week, and we enjoyed chatting with him and Donna. Gerry is as friendly, thorough and responsive as everyone said he would be. We all felt well cared for during our stay and are already eager to plan our next visit.

  • 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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Mantaray07, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, April 13, 2012
It was such a pleasure to have you and your family stay with us and right away we knew that you were Manta Ray Inn family!! We were all excited to make new friends and so happy that you were comfortable and really enjoyed the relaxation of just being on the ocean!!! There is no better feeling than making new friends and we look forward to your next stay but are happy that you are going to stay in touch!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012 via mobile

The Manta ray inn was a great choice. Located right on the beach. The staff were very helpful and friendly. Apartments are a good size and well equipped. I would definitely stay there again if I plan another holiday to Miami.

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Mantaray07, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, April 13, 2012
Glad you enjoyed your stay with us at the Manta Ray inn!! Definitely waiting for your return. Surf is Up!!
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Boone, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

We have been staying 2 months in room 206 for 11 years and just came home the last of March. No matter how hectic our lives get I know come January we will be checking in the Manta Ray for a slice of heaven. Give me the sun and a good book and I am a happy girl. Our beach is quiet and beautifully groomed. The Manta Ray gives one a feeling of family. Donna, Dwayne, Thomas and Gerry are glad to see you and eager to catch up with our families.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Mantaray07, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, April 13, 2012
Your Lounge chair is calling your name and we are all missing both of you!! Cocktail hour is definitely not the same! Gerry, Thomas, Dwayne and I are all missing you both but we know that it is only a matter of months before you return!! Certainly looking forward to it!
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Toronto
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

What can I say? I think this was my fifth year at Manta Ray and plan to return again. The location is ideal as you have the beach, boardwalk, shopping and restaurants all very close. You have the beach at your doorstep, the boardwalk is within a 5 minute walk, there are 2 BBQ's, parking and room cleaning included, a heated pool, lounge chairs on the beach. The owners, Donna, Dwayne and Thomas are warm, friendly and welcoming each time. You open the door to your room and you have a beautiful ocean breeze and sound of the waves.....what could be better?

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mantaray07, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, April 1, 2012
As always it was a pleasure to have to and your sister come and stay with us. I have to say that although your stay was brief and I did not see you as much as I would have liked I am happy to know that there is always next year. My regards to your dad and I hope his health improves.
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Address: 1715 South Surf Road, Hollywood, FL 33019
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Location: United States > Florida > Hollywood
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Hollywood
#1 Romantic Hotel in Hollywood
#1 Family Hotel in Hollywood
#3 Business Hotel in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our one- and two-bedroom suites are fully equipped to be your home away from home! We provide full daily maid service, free wifi, beach chairs, beach towels, gas grills,heated pool, complimentary movies, on-site laundry facilities, beach toys for your children. Forgot your sunscreen, beach umbrella or sand pail? Don't worry -- we are here to help you out! Rest and enjoy that cocktail as the sun sets and the children play in the sand. We have everything else covered. Hit the beach, hit the pool ... leave the rest to us. Need to print your boarding pass? No problem let the office know and you can do it when the manager is there daily! Want to do something different? Ask us and we will help with creative and fun activities for all of you no matter what your preference is!We will make every effort to exceed your expectations and make your getaway memorable!! ... more   less 
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