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“The best of Hollywood.” 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
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“The best of Hollywood.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2009

Found this hotel many years ago when our connection flight to key west was cancelled… we ended up staying at the Manta Ray for two days, and couldn’t wait to get back! Some things have changed over the last ten years, but one thing is constant: the staff is always friendly and helpful, the rooms are always comfortable and clean, the grill is always ready to use, and the view is amazing! This family owned hotel takes great pride in what they do. Many thanks to Donna, Dwayne, Thomas, and Gerry! Our last visit (last month) was our most enjoyable ever! The hotel was busy, but Thomas made sure everyone was accommodated properly. Donna and Dwayne even surprised their guests with chocolates and flowers waiting, in our rooms, for all us “Moms” on Mother’s day. Thanks to this wonderful and affordable inn, my family has had many “stress free” getaways.

  • Stayed May 2009
    • 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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  • 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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Sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2009

I booked in here rather than pay $350 a night at the Westin Diplomat (and $28 extra for breakfast before any beverage!) where I was attending a conference. Did not regret this one bit. Easy to get to the area from Miami Airport (take the Tri-Rail to Hollywood Station - there's a cab rank there) although the last leg proved problematic (download a map from Google and show it to your driver because he almost certainly won't know where to go - some of the worst cabbies on earth round here). Great spacious rooms (both bedroom and sitting room), ceiling fans and efficient aircon in the bedroom, a full kitchen and right by the beach. At night the neighbourhood is quiet and safe. What more do you need? Well, there's a barbecue in the garden.

My only warning (not a complaint because it's not their fault) is that it's about 20 minutes walk in any direction to the nearest bar/restaurant/shops etc. But if you've got a car that shouldn't be a problem. And if you've got one of those then Miami Beach and Ft Lauderdale are also within easy reach.

On the short list for my next holiday in Florida.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2009

We arrived early and we were able to check into out room, that was the first indication that this was a great place to stay. If you have a room available then let people check in - don't make them wait until official check in. The location was superb, great beach front. The room was spacious and had all the amenities you might need during your stay. My only suggestion (not complaint) is the living room furniture was very uncomfortable. It was not good for napping. Otherwise everything else was great. Nothing fancy but that is not what we were looking for. We were looking for what was promised on the website and in our reservation, beachfront, clean, comfortable accomodations, friendly and helpful staff, all at an affordable price. There was a bit of trouble with accessing wireless service but it was addressed and corrected quickly. Can't wait to visit again.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2009

Just returned from a week at the Manta Ray, which did not disappoint. The staff was helpful, welcoming and friendly from beginning to end. The property is just perfect, with a small, peaceful, comfortable feel, and a location right on the beach...just walk out of the room and you're there--which is exactly what we were looking for. The rooms (called "apartments") are spacious. We stayed in a one-bedroom, which included a full kitchen, 2 televisions (one nice big flat screen), very nice large bed, and a great shower. We didn't cook a lot, but when we did, we found all the pots, pans, dishes & utensils we needed were provided. Gerry, the housekeeper was also fabulous and very friendly and accessible.

The property is just a few blocks from the boardwalk, which has a number of places to eat and a couple small convenience stores, but we found it nice to rent a car for a few days, to have more restaurant and shopping options. We had a couple great meals at Boardwalk restaurants (La Plage and Las Brisas in particular), but in general, they were more overpriced than their downtown counterparts (we really enjoyed Universe Cafe-great calamari). Manta Ray provides free parking, and we were pleasantly surprised to find that we could easily visit Miami for the day (it took about 30min drive to get to Calle Ocho).

There was also free wireless internet, although the service was a bit spotty...I think they're working on that with their provider.

All in all, we had a really great stay, and definitely plan to return for another sunny relaxing retreat.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2008

WOW....Superior cleanliness......The owners are always readily available and more than willing to help in any way to make your trip a success. Very well equipt and comfortable. Beautiful location right on the beach, beautiful views. Just blocks from the famous Broadwalk but in a very quiet location. Loved it....loved it...loved it !! We have stayed twice now and are counting down the days till our third stay next month. I wouldn't even consider anywhere else in Hollywood. Can't beat the price either.

  • Liked — private parking, safety, cleanliness, access to the beach, comfort, friendly people & owner managed
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Las Vegas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2008

I really can't say enough about the Manta Ray, it was fabulous!! A small family owned Inn, very clean and comfortable. Donna and her family are gracious and go above & beyond to make your stay enjoyable. The Manta Ray is right on the sand and you can take the lounge chairs down to the waters edge. We had a gorgeous ocean view from every window. The fully furnished one bedroom is quite spacious with a living room and kitchen, the shower was great. The housekeeper does a great job and shows alot of pride in his work.
We prefer the intimate setting over a high rise condo, close to the Broadwalk but just far enough away to be relaxing. We hated to leave The Manta Ray and will make a point of returning again.

  • Liked — Quaint Inn on the sand
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Terre Haute, Indiana
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2008

I found the Manta Ray Inn and decided to stay here based on the reviews right here on Trip Advisor.

This is a small motel, somewhere around twelve to sixteen apartments. First of all, it is clean. Our room had a living room/kitchen/dining combo room, bathroom with shower only, but very large ceramic tile shower. The living room furniture is wicker, with comfy cushions and the 'Miami Vice' look to it. Yes, this motel is old, but it is so nice that it is actually frozen in time.

Manta Ray Inn is on South Surf Road, which is the road ON THE BEACH. Ocean Drive and A1A are one block off the beach.

Right Place, Right Price, quiet, comfy, clean, family oriented. Need I say more?

  • Liked — Quietness - right on the beach. Easy access to shopping, grocery, casinos, malls.
  • Disliked — I loved the place. My least would have to be the AC unit in the bedroom, but that is preference.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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 On the Beach Hotel in Hollywood
#1 Family Hotel in Hollywood
#1 Romantic 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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