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“Cozy and great staff” 4 of 5 stars
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Manta Ray Inn
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   1715 South Surf Road, Hollywood, FL 33019   |  
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Ranked #1 of 65 Hotels in Hollywood
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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20 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Cozy and great staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We stayed in a one-bedroom suite on the 2nd floor with windows that looked out at the beautiful clean beach and blue, blue water. The space was comfortable and very clean. The kitchen was small but well stocked and coffee supplies were refreshed every day. The linens were clean and also refreshed every day. The staff is super friendly and even though they leave at 5 pm, they make sure that you have everything you need, and that you know how to reach them if necessary.

The only negative thing I want to mention is that the air-conditioning is not central, but rather a window unit in the bedroom. It was unusually hot for April while we were there, and we found it difficult to regulate the temperature in the suite, with the bedroom quite chilly and the front living area too hot in the afternoons and evenings. There was no ventilation fan in the bathroom, so without central AC it got pretty steamy.

Still, I recommend the Manta Ray Inn and would stay there again, especially if it was the coolest part of the year where air conditioning would not be needed. Donna and Thomas went out of their way to make sure that all of our needs were accommodated.

Room Tip: Recommend the 2nd floor units as quieter with great views and sea breezes.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, April 26, 2013
It was such a pleasure to meet you and your husband and we were happy to accommodate you as you traveled back from the Keys. Your concern in regard to the air conditioning is very valid and we have central air conditioning on the list of improvements to be done to our Inn. In the mean time we have the ceiling fans in all the rooms to help move the air and we recommend that you keep the door closed although most of our guests love to have the door open and get the full effect of the ocean! Our full time night time security guard is always around for our guests as we do not live on the property and I am sure you found that to be quite comforting. Please stay in touch with us and we are glad that you will consider us for a future stay and perhaps we will be able to "exceed your expectations" on your next visit!!!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Hertford, North Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

This was our first stay at the Manta Ray Inn, and we would like to tell you about our week's stay. It's not its magnificent location with its patio, lined with lounge chairs and unbrelled tables leading out to the white sand beach and the emerald ocean. It's not the superb quality of the decor appointed rooms, fully supplied kitchenette, high definition TVs, WIFI, or all the other quality ammenities that major hotel chains attempt to offer. It's not the excellent daily housekeeping, or your own designated off the street parking place, or even the weekly cook-outs prepared by the owners themselves. No, it's much more special than all of this ............ it's the very individual warm, friendly, and comfortable feeling that is created by the owners as they attend to your every needs. We had such a wonderful vacation, that we felt like we never left home. Our stay was so outstanding that we booked two weeks in 2014.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are equally outstanding. There are six rooms on two floors, and all rooms face the...
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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 26, 2013
It was so much fun to meet you and your wonderful wife!! Cannot wait until your return in 2014 with more of your family with you! We at the Manta Ray Inn know that you are here to relax and it is wonderful to have such great clients that appreciate the little things that we do for all of you.
Please keep in touch with us and we are already counting the months until your return. Good Health!!
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Columbus, Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We short-vacationed and celebrated my best friend's 10yr breast cancer survival at The Manta Ray Inn! The staff was super friendly and the location and apartment style room were great! They were very willing to help out whatever our request was! They had a cook-out for their guests during our stay, with snacks, food, and drinks provided. Where does that happen anymore?? Our apartment was VERY clean and comfortable as well. Each apartment has an amazing view of the blue/green ocean, it was a sight to behold! WE WILL RETURN!
Thank you Manta Ray Inn, you guys were awesome!!
-Rhonda (celebrating with Mary and Peggy in 206)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 26, 2013
The Manta Ray Inn family were so happy to have you as guests even though it was a very short stay! Celebrating something very special and letting us be apart of that made it even more important to us that you are now all Manta Ray Inn family!! I am sure there will be many more years of celebration in the future and we hope that you will keep in touch until you come back to celebrate and relax by the blue/green ocean!!!
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Fairview, North Carolina
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

This is our third stay at Manta Ray and once again everything was perfect. The room is always clean and the views of the ocean and palm trees are always specatacular. The Broadwalk is
a pleasant place to watch people and eat breakfast. All the people--guests and staff--are friendly
and make us feel welcome. We have stayed at various places in southern Florida looking for a
beach home and this one is the best. We have already booked our 2014 stay.

Room Tip: 2nd floor best views of the ocean and beach-goers.
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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 5, 2013
Always in our effort to make your stay memorable it is so easy for such wonderful guests such as yourself1! Thank you for sharing your vacation time with us and we cannot wait for your return in 2014!! It never ceases to amaze me that our guest our now such a very important part of our Manta Ray Inn family and so until we sip cocktails as the sun goes down or share stories over coffee we look forward to your return!! Stay in touch through facebook and always know that you are part of our blessed family!!
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Kent, England
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

Found the Manta Ray Inn through Tripadvisor and couldn't have been happier. We booked a 2 bed, 2 bath apartment as we were with friends and it was exactly right for our needs - comfortable beds, clean bathrooms with efficient showers and a small but well equipped kitchen, dining and lounge area. The ocean view is magnificent and the location of the inn is wonderful - just a few steps from a beautiful sandy beach and the ocean. Personally, I can quite understand why the Manta Ray Inn receives such a high rating on Tripadvisor, but if you are looking for a modern and impersonal hotel room this probably isn't the place for you. For me that is part of the charm of the Manta Ray Inn and if I ever return to Hollywood, I will most certainly head straight here!

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mantaray07, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
On behalf of the Manta Ray Inn staff we are happy that we exceeded your expectations. Hollywood beach is a wonderful place to unwind and enjoy the surf. it certainly was our pleasure to host you and do hope that you will stay in touch with us and return to see us very soon!!
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Troy, New York
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

This was our 4th stay at the Manta Ray Inn. The rooms are very clean and well kept and the owners and staff meet all of your needs. I had a dental problem while there this time and Donna was right there to assist me. We have stayed at a lot of different places in Hollywood Beach and the Manta Ray Inn is by far the best. Can't wait until we go back next year.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, March 8, 2013
Cocktail hour is not the same with out you!! Glad to have been able to provide such a wonderful dentist for you and I hope that now that you are home you have gotten the repair completed. Definitely cannot wait to have you both back again next year!!!
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I want to start my review by referring to a review that you'll see a bit farther down the page, submitted by "joeodo". I don't know where this guy stayed, but it certainly wasn't at the Manta Ray Inn! I think he either stayed somewhere else and is very confused, or he's simply a nut-case! After staying at the Manta Ray for a week in February, I can't believe that anything written in his review is true!

My wife and I stayed at the Manta Ray Inn for a week in mid-February. It is quite simply the best small hotel we've ever stayed in, anywhere! It's on a quiet stretch of beautiful beachfront but within easy walking distance of the bustling Broadwalk. It's immaculately clean and well-maintained, each suite has it's own specific parking spot, beach loungers and towels are provided, each unit has a fully-equipped kitchen, there's free wi-fi, satellite TV, air conditioning.......and on an on. I really don't have a bad thing to say about it at all.

Right from the initial inquiry and booking through our week-long stay and final departure, Thomas, Donna and the staff at the Manta Ray Inn make it effortless! It was our first time staying in the Hollywood Beach area of Florida and I know now that we were VERY fortunate to have stayed at the Manta Ray. The next time we return to that part of Florida, we won't stay anywhere else because there's simply no reason to!

If you're going to be spending some time in the Hollywood Beach area, then you really shouldn't miss the opportunity to stay at the Manta Ray Inn.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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, March 8, 2013
Having you and your wife stay with us was such a pleasure and we are very happy that you both enjoyed the Manta Ray Inn experience. Our staff really try to make you feel part of the family and even though the weather could have been a bit better for you it was a joy to see that we had exceeded your expectations!! Hollywood Beach is such a unique place and we are blessed that you chose to stay with us and become part of our Manta Ray Inn family!!!
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Additional Information about Manta Ray Inn

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 Romantic Hotel in Hollywood
#1 Family Hotel in Hollywood
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Hollywood
#6 Business Hotel in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Manta Ray Inn 3*
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! We will make every effort to exceed your expectations and make your getaway memorable. ... more   less 
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