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Manta Ray Inn
1715 South Surf Road, Hollywood, FL 33019   |  
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Ranked #1 of 66 hotels in Hollywood
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“Quaint Motel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Stayed at the Manta Ray based on its first place ranking on this site. It is hard to criticize such a nice peaceful place.

The pros to staying here are
Extremely clean
On the beach with wonderful view.
Parking and internet are included in rate.

Cons:
10 minute walk to boardwalk
No central air. Unit in bedroom only.
No food, restaurants, vending or shop close by
No refunds on deposits.
Short office hours.

We never really got to know anyone there, but I am sure they were nice. This is a great place for couples that want to buy their own food and beverages and hang out at the beach for days with no commotion of staying in a larger hotel.

Room Tip: 2nd floor rooms provide a nice view of the ocean.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
I am very glad that you enjoyed the relaxation and peace and quiet of the Manta Ray Inn. Yes, it is great to grill out and enjoy a glass of wine watching the sunset. We are definitely old Florida at its best. Our office is open every day and we have a night time security guard to make sure that all of our customer needs are met. I do hope that you will return again and perhaps stay a little longer so you too may make some lasting friendships with other Manta Ray Inn family members!! A/C is on the list of upgrades to be accomplished!
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  • 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
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Just twelve rooms with kitchens facing the Atlantic, great place to kick back and enjoy the hours. The barbecue and picnic tables offer the opportunity to meet your neighbors and exchange good food and strong drinks.
We've returned to Inn many times in the last twenty years, and it still remains high on our destination list. You will find many returnees who feel the same way we do. Enjoy.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
We are thrilled that you were happy with your stay at the Manta Ray Inn. The beach cannot be beat and we are glad that you enjoyed the service provided by our Manta Ray Inn staff. They all go out of their way to make sure that all of your needs are met and we cannot wait to have you return to our little piece of heaven!!
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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Felt like I was staying in someone's beach house. I rented the one bedroom on the first floor facing the beach courtyard. Clean, comfortable with that old South Florida vibe. Kitschy quaint decorations, ceiling fans, AC in bedroom, fishies on the shower curtain and handsoap container, well stocked galley kitchen. Only stayed one night but this would be great for families spending a few days. Hollywood "Broadwalk" just a block down the road. Great wide beach at the back door with chaises, showers. Parking on site, great convenience.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
We are so glad that you found the Manta Ray Inn everything that you wanted for your one night stay!
Our staff do their best to make sure that you feel at home and it would seem that they succeeded and so please come back to see us and let us knock your socks off!!!!! See you soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

The Manta Ray Inn is a very nice, clean, well maintained inn directly on the Hollywood, Florida beach. The view from the porch is great. The rooms are small suites with solid wicker furniture in the living room, a large HD Samsung TV with a DVD/VCR player (bring some of your old videos). The kitchen is tiny but fully functional with all the pots and pans, dishes, flat ware, you might need as well as a coffee maker and coffee and small microwave oven and a conventional gas oven. The maid service washes the dishes daily. Our room had a king size bed that was very comfortable, no issues at all. The only slight negative is the lack of central air conditioning. The bedroom has an ac unit so one has to crank that to really cold to keep the living room comfortable. The ceiling fan helps as well. We stayed a week and enjoyed every day. This is a small inn with 12 rooms so there is no fitness center, but there is a long beach for morning runs and a beautiful warm ocean for swimming. Am I gushing, yeah I guess so but the Manta Ray deserves it.

Room Tip: Our group had rooms on the first and second floors as well as both wings and nobody had any issues w...
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  • Stayed July 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
It was really great to have your entire group with us at the Manta Ray Inn. You are definitely part of the Manta Ray Inn family now and we do hope that you will continue to come and visit us and also stay in touch. A few photos of your group would be great for us to share on our blog! We really enjoyed seeing you all having so much fun and enjoying our little peace of paradise!
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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We just came back from Manta Ray Inn, We stayed June 24 thru June 28. We loved it. The room was our own little apartment. It had everything. Full kitchen with all the cooking supplies. Even 2 Weber Grills that we cooked everynight on. We loved the pool and the location was perfect on the beach. It was like a private beach. My 4 year old son could run around on the beach and I didnt have to worry. The room was very clean and the staff (junior was very nice).
We loved how one night we came back to our room and it was all cleaned and the staff must took notice that me and my son were collecting seashells and the surprised us with more. which was nice. I loved it and hope to come back one day.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
It was such a pleasure for you to share your honeymoon with us at the Manta Ray Inn!! You little one was a welcome addition to our Manta Ray Inn family and it was definitely a lot of fun to see the three of you enjoying our beautiful resort!! Looking forward to you all coming back again and seeing us at the Manta Ray but in the meantime please keep in touch with us!!
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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We were absolutely delighted with our stay at Manta Ray Inn. This modest two-story motel located directly on the beach is a place that reminded us of how Miami/Hollywood was in a simpler time; no high-rise living, walking out of your room onto the beach, grilling and eating your dinner with an ocean view. The apartments are completely furnished with kitchens, large bathrooms and bedrooms, flat screen TVs in the living and bedrooms. We will be returning very soon and can't wait!

  • Stayed May 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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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, June 26, 2013
Our Manta Ray Inn family were thrilled with your comments about our little piece of heaven. We appreciate all your kind words but most of all thank you for staying with us and becoming immersed in our little piece of old Florida where you can still walk right out onto the sand from your full apartment and sip a glass of wine on the patio while grilling burgers! Our family are glad that you are now part of our family so please stay in touch and we look forward to your next stay with us!!
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Lyme, Connecticut
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We spent a long weekend at The Manta Ray-- a family get-together for mom's 90th! There were visitors from 7 months to 90 years, from all over the United States (and world!) We did some things "off-campus", but the most enjoyable times were hanging on the beach, at the pool, lounging on the lawn, having a fantastic pot-luck barbeque-- the weather was great, Donna and Thomas were super kind, and helpful! I recommend this to all, and perfect for a group! The rooms were spacious and clean, the view - unbeatable.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, June 20, 2013
I cannot tell you how much fun it was to watch your entire family laugh and enjoy every aspect of our Inn!! Everyone was so delightful and it is so great to see a family make the time to get together for a really fun occasion!! It was definitely our pleasure as a family to have your family with us!! Do not be strangers and don't forget to send pictures!!
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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 Family Hotel in Hollywood
#1 Romantic Hotel in Hollywood
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Hollywood
#4 Business Hotel in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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