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Manta Ray Inn
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   1715 South Surf Road, Hollywood, FL 33019   |  
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FREE PARKING 1 CAR
Ranked #1 of 65 Hotels in Hollywood
Certificate of Excellence
Indianapolis
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Worth the airfare x 2”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

The Manta Ray Inn has become my home away from home -- the place I want to run to when life starts to cave in on me. It's hard for folks to grasp that you are literally living on the beach -- three steps out my door and I'm on the sand. Talk about no fuss! This is how to spend a day on the beach, folks, with a refrigerator at your fingertips, a lounge chair you didn't pay extra for, and plenty of room to yourself.

I checked in before I took friends to the airport and they were blown away by this studio apartment set-up. (And that was before they installed new flat screen tvs during my visit!) They are seriously planning a special trip to Hollywood just to relax here.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2009

This was our second time at Manta Ray. A 10 minute walk off the Broadwalk but the quiet beach and views are worth it. Gerry keeps the place very clean and the family owners are there all the time. Bathrooms need upgrading but the rest of the unit was well maintained and nicely furnished. New flat screen in living room and WiFi were new this year!

  • Stayed November 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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long island,ny
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14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2009

We've stayed at the Manta Ray many times, often with our extended family in other rooms. We've shared meals, used the BBQ, gone to the Broadwalk, but mostly, loved the beachfront location. It's absolutely fantastic for kids, who can just go out and play. Our grandsons love it, and are envious when we go without them! During our most recent stay last week we would take our morning coffee to the beach, and go for a swim before breakfast. That's how accessible the beach is.The rooms are comfortable, not fancy, but in the process of being renovated. The family who runs the Manta Ray has always been helpful and friendly. We look forward to our next stay there.....soon!

  • Stayed August 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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York County, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2009

Last year, my sister and I were looking for a vacation apt on the beach. Our internet search led us to the Manta Ray. The picture showed that it was directly on the beach. We were sold. We enjoyed our experience there so much, we returned again this year. Thomas chacked us in again and was very helpful. He made sure that we had every thing we needed to make our stay comfortable.

If you take the pillows from the bed to the sofa, you can take a nice little nap. While you are dozing off, you can watch the ocean. The door to the apartment is full glass with a reflective film, the window has reflective film also. During the day, there is complete privacy as no on can see in.

My sister and I prefer to walk about rather than drive and found the short walk (1/3 mile) to the Broadwalk an excellent alternative to hopping into the car. We loved the ktichen and cooked most of our meals. We were delighted to have a couple of "no car" days.

Word of advice- if you do plan to cook most of your meals, do not shop for food at the Walmart, go to Winn Dixie instead. The selection is much better. There is no fresh produce available at Walmart.

Taking coffee to the beach to watch the sun rise is an incredible experience. The pelicans flying overhead are absolutely amazing. They look so awkward on the land, In the air, they glide effortlessly.

The Manta Ray is a great place to stay. The barbeque is available at all times. If you want to eat "al fresco", there are tables w/umbrellas on the lawn. Although, we chose to eat just outside our apt door. Each apt has a small table and two chairs for sitting out and enjoying the ocean view.

We are already planning our return trip for next year.

  • Stayed June 2009
    • 5 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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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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Nice, France
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25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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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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 Romantic Hotel in Hollywood
#1 Family 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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Manta Ray Hotel Hollywood
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