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“Our 7th year/stay and already looking forward to next year!” 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
Pennsylvania
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6 hotel reviews
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“Our 7th year/stay and already looking forward to next year!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We just concluded our 7th year of a multi-week stay at the Manta Ray. Once again we had a wonderful time and are already planning to return again next year! The accommodations, cleanliness, service, personal attention by the owners & staff and the location are wonderful. The owners are constantly doing projects in order to properly maintain and improve the property. For us, the Manta Ray is like a private island paradise: quiet, directly on the beach, very casual and relaxed. The Manta Ray is #1 and the jewel of South Florida. There is no place comparable!

The sunrises from the property - which is located directly on the beach- are spectacular. The beach is quiet, not crowded, very clean and the view of the beach and ocean from the property is unmatched. Most evenings, we prepared dinner in the unit's kitchen and had dinner at one of the outside courtyard/beachside tables and just watched the beach, the ocean and the stars in the sky while we ate. What could be better?

Extra added nice touches by the owners for all guests include periodic: informal cocktail parties at sunset in the courtyard - which is adjacent to the beach; grilled hot dog lunches and informal full course bar-b-q dinner - all served in the courtyard right on the beach overlooking the ocean.

Thanks again to the owners (Donna, Dwayne and Thomas) and the staff for making our most recent stay another enjoyable experience.

"Forever A Beach Bum"
Pittsburgh, PA

  • Stayed February 2014, 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, February 12, 2014
As always, we had such a good time helping the two of you relax and enjoy your getaway! It seemed to go so quickly this year but the entire staff were glad to hear you made it home through all that snow!!! Never fear, it will not be long until you are swaddling a new little bundle that will warm your heart and make it worthwhile to be back in the snow and ice. In the meantime, please remember that you are a part of the Manta Ray Inn and we cannot wait to see you in 2015!!!
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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New York City, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

This is my 4th stay at this property. My friends and I have had booked four of our Bachelor parties here as you can't beat the location and the service. The property is 10-15 mins from the airport and 30/10 mins to Miami and Fort Lauderdale beaches respectively if you want a change from the quiet beachfront location.

We rented 2 rooms between the 6 of us and there was more than enough space for all. We had no concerns and the staff was always there to accomodate our every request. Room service was always prompt and unintrusive and the owners cater to every need.

The owners are constantly trying to upgrade and improve the hotel and guest experience. During our stay this time, there was all new furniture, kitchen cabinets, beds and a free wireless connection. The rooms contain full size fridge, stove, toaster, microwave, etc and the kitchen is stocked with all relavant utensils. One of the main reasons we chose this hotel was the ability to bbq on the beach. And to our surprise, when we arrived, they had not only upgraded the BBQs (Webers) this time, but now there were (2) gas grills. Very pleasant surprise. Everything you use, they will clean it for you which is key when it comes to having 6 guys around during a Bachelor party. (Thanks guys!).

The shower and bathroom are perfectly fine and have been improved since our last stay in 2009. I would absolutely stay here again with my friends and would also definitely bring my family/kids down on my next trip down to Hollywood/South Florida. A+++

Room Tip: There's free wireless throughout the property. We found that the higher rooms get better cell ph...
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  • Stayed December 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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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, January 15, 2014
It was such a pleasure to have you return to the Manta Ray Inn again with your friends, sharing the experience of old Florida and becoming part of our Manta Ray Inn family!! We cannot wait for you to return and bring the family! Certainly for bachelors you were very quiet as always!!!!
See you soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We started in one room with two small children and now have two rooms to accomodate two adult children. Each year the property is further spruced up and amenities improve and the number of staff expands. The location of course is a constant with it being right on the beach and close to the Broadwalk with its recreation trail and many restaurants. This year we walked at low tide along the beach quite a ways south and that was spectacular. So too is watching the sun rise out of the ocean around 7am while sipping coffee in a chair either right outside our room or in a beach chair downstairs. The inn is old Florida at its best-small, friendly and unpretentious without the big bucks, noise, elevators or extra charges for parking.

Room Tip: We like 106 and 206 but all are good.
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  • Stayed December 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, January 15, 2014
Wow, 14 years! How time really does fly and we are so happy to have our Manta Ray Inn family grow and it has been so much fun to see the girls change from little sweeties to charming young women. I think you are right it will not be long before you need more accommodations! We are definitely blessed to have such great guests as part of our Manta Ray Inn family! See you all in December!!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

This past weekend my husband and I stayed there for two nights. We have stayed at the Manta Ray many times and love it because we know what to expect. Minutes to the Fort Lauderdale airport, family friendly service, a meticulously clean room and about 25 steps to the beach. The hotel units are always being updated, new carpet etc. Having a kitchen is very convenient when you want to just run off the beach and grab a quick lunch or making coffee in the morning and stepping out the door to enjoy your coffee on the beach. As we were checking out the staff were bringing in poinsettias into each room to add a holiday touch to the adorable little hotel.

Room Tip: Bottom floors are tiled, second floor rooms are carpeted. Just a matter of choice.
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  • Stayed December 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, December 28, 2013
As always, it was a pleasure having you with us again!! Glad you enjoyed your stay and we will see you again in 2014!! Happy New Years!
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

. The hotel was perfect, rooms and kitchen were meticulous. Amazing location right on the beach, i absolutely would stay again. The location was outstanding in regards to only being 15 minutes from the airport, 25 minutes from Miami, and the Hollywood broadwalk which is a large walking path along the beach with shops, bars, and restaurants. For those with kids, they even provide beach toys for use while on the beach. They provide you with coffee for the morning, full size fridge, stove, toaster, microwave, etc. Everything you use, they will clean it for you. The shower and bathroom are fine as well. I would absolutely stay here again on my next trip down to Hollywood/South Florida. A+++

Room Tip: Bottom floor is best, walk right out and within 100 feet of the beach.
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  • Stayed December 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, December 28, 2013
We are so happy that you enjoyed staying with us. Certainly enjoyed having you and our entire staff look forward to your coming back to see us again soon.!! Definitely hope that come back and see us very soon.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Lovely location on the beach, looks nice from outside, reasonably priced. Also, the kitchen is fully-super-equipped (but don't expect luxury). However, I have noticed some flaws that might interest potential guests.
The bathroom is extremely small to the point that is hard to move inside. Feels a little claustrophobic... Also, I've found three spiders in that, which didn't make me happy!
There's no central AC, just a conditioning device in the bedroom... and it's extremely noisy. Another threaten to your sleep may be the mattress: the softest mattress EVER. I really had a hard time trying to get some sleep the first nights, then of course I got used to them. But I didn't expect to deal with this in a certificate-of-excellence kind of hotel... So I was a little disappointed.
Again, cute place on the beach, fully-equipped for anything, but I would consider these issues before booking again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, December 28, 2013
I am very sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us at the Manta Ray Inn! We make every effort to correct any problems that are pointed out to us. In regard to the bathroom we are in the process of having them all completely redone and upgraded. This property was built in 1948 and so it is very much old Florida. We have been exploring the aspect of putting in central air conditioning but at the moment it is a very complicated process in such an old building. Our housekeepers and our staff definitely do their best to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. We actually have new mattresses that have been made for the Manta Ray Inn with one side being soft and the other side being very firm. If we had known that you were unhappy the office staff would have made sure that the mattress was turned over for you. We do discuss this in the book that is placed in the room to tell you about the Inn but you raise a good point and we will put notes in the bedrooms so that this problem does not bother another guest in the future. I do hope that you will consider giving us another try in the future! We would love you to enjoy the Manta Ray as much as our Manta Ray Inn family does!!!
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Great Superior Small Lodging affiliated Old Florida motel directly on the beach. Family owned and operated. So crisply maintained that the place looks like new, and spotlessly clean. I just returned from a 1 week stay. It was very nice. That the ocean temp was around 80 degrees was a plus. Tom, the manager, goes out of his way to make sure that everything is just right. Just a short walk from the southern end of the "Broadwalk" this motel is perfectly located.

Room Tip: They are all good.
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  • Stayed December 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, December 28, 2013
It was such a pleasure to have you enjoy the Manta Ray Inn and become one of our Manta Ray Inn family guests!! Old Florida at its' best and it is very gratifying to have customers that really appreciate being right on the beach! Our staff were thrilled that they had met your expectations! We certainly hope to see you very soon! Winter is long and we do have a few spots open, so give us a call when you get too cold and we will see what we can do to help you get away. See you soon.
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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 Romantic Hotel in Hollywood
#1 On the Beach 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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