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“Our Little Paradise” 4 of 5 stars
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930 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236   |  
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Ranked #18 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
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“Our Little Paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

We have been coming here since 1996 and will keep coming back for years to come. We love room 319, but so does everyone else, so staying here every year is no longer possible, since we come down for my birthday every year. The view is perfect. Our "neighbors" are friendly and even the seaweed brought some excitement with all of the wildlife that comes with it. Just so you understand, this is not an upscale, new this and new that facility, but a throw back to the simpler days of vacations. It is what it is, so just sit back and enjoy the beach, the friendly atmosphere, and Armand Circle. Until we can get "our" room booked again, we will bounce around the world like vacation vagabonds, enjoying ourselves, but waiting for our room to be available at the Gulf Beach Resort.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review, August 23, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences and time spent at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We appreciate and welcome our long term guests. We make every effort to maintain the uniqueness and simplicity of our little spot of paradise on Lido Beach. Our intention is for everyone to be able to relax and enjoy the simple beach life and make the most of their vacation time. Thank you for being such a loyal guest and we look forward to having you stay with us again.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Stayed only one night over the weekend, wished it could have been longer. Old time Florida feeling, great staff. Rooms are very clean and have everything you need for a weekend stay(or longer). Private beach is clean and sand is great.

Walk to St. Armands Cr. is a little far, but you can get dinner delivered to your room, which is what we did.

Nice quite, relaxing weekend get away, would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Stayed in 318, second floor, great views of the beach and sunset.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review, July 31, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your kind comments about your experience at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. St. Armand's Circle offers an excellent variety of restaurants and shopping establishments for our guests to enjoy while staying with us. We pride ourselves on our staff going the extra mile to make each guest's time with us as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your feedback. We are looking forward to having you return to stay with us again and hopefully you can stay an extra day or two!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012 via mobile

The bathroom is very small and the shower has very poor water pressure, had WiFi connection issues throughout our stay - that being said, staff was very friendly and it was a good value for being right on the beach.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review, August 23, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We feel that our staff goes above and beyond to make everyone's stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. We hope that you will return to stay with us again in the future.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

We celebrated my nieces birthday at this location in May 2012. This is one of the oldest motels built on Lido Beach after the war ended in the late 1940's and is now remodeled small condos. It is dated but very clean, right on the Gulf of Mexico and a short drive to St. Armands Circle. They offer a nice swimming pool, barbeque grills and huge tiki hut that can be rented for private parties. Most of the rooms are one bedroom efficiencies but there are a few two bedrooms with full kitchens available. Every room has a nice screened in front porch and lots of picnic tables outside. We rented two rooms that were adjoining which gave us plenty of room and a full kitchen. A nice affordable get-a-way place which we will gladly return.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review, July 26, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind comments about Gulf Beach Resort Motel. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and plan to return. We quite often have families gather here to celebrate various occasions, birthdays, weddings, family reunions, etc. With most of our units being ground level it makes for easy access to the beach, pool, and barbeque grills. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

We love this property. Basic but charming with an incredible location on Lido Key. Extremely friendly and courteous staff. The rooms are basic and privately owned. We've stayed almost annually for the past 8 years. We will continue to travel to this property. We've also stayed at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota (their beach club is a few doors down) - - and prefer this property because of its location. We sacrifice the luxury for the laid-back vibe of this property. Our preference when traveling to Lido Key/Sarasota.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the main level so you have a screened porch!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your kind comments about Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We love to see guests return year after year to experience the casual and comfortable ambiance of our special place on Lido Beach. We strive to make each guest's stay as pleasant as possible which is evidenced by the number of people that return to stay with us year after year. We look forward to your next visit!
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Miami, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

My husband and I were married in May, 2008 on the beach at Gulf Beach Resort. Our wedding party and wedding guests all stayed there for the weekend. All of the rooms rented were clean, cozy and had beach/coastal themes which is just so relaxing. The staff goes all out to do everything possible to make your stay memorable. Since then we go back every year to celebrate our anniversary in May and usually another weekend during the year just to have a mini vacation. Can't wait to go back for a long weekend in August.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
It is always so nice to hear from guests that have shared their special day at Gulf Beach Resort, especially when their families were able to share it with them. We're so glad that you've been able to return every year and celebrate your anniversary at our special place on Lido Beach. Thank you for your kind comments about your experiences at Gulf Beach Resort and we look forward to seeing you in August!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

We were fortunate enough to find this motel on the gorgeous Lido Key- right on the beach. We loved the rooms ( we stayed in two while we were there because we extended our stay) We loved the pool and the beach and just everything about the place. Our maid was lovely and kept our room clean and tidy and fresh. We loved our little visiter each day (you can see him on the pictures of room 209A)
We would have loved to stay longer, but had to return to dreary old England. Thanks Gulf Beach Resort for a wonderful stay.
Hope we can come back and stay longer next time .....indefinitely please. x

Room Tip: all the rooms looked nice
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  • Stayed May 2012, 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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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
We are so happy you found us and decided to spend your vacation at our special spot on Lido Key. Each of our staff members make every effort to ensure that our guests enjoy their stay and are comfortable during their time with us. We do have a couple of "visitors" that spend time with us almost every day and it was nice that you had the chance to visit with them. We look forward to having you return to visit with us again.
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Address: 930 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on Lido Beach in Sarasota, Florida. Private beach and heated pool. Most units have fully equipped kitchens and private screened in porches. Each unit is uniquely decorated and we offer a variety of choices to suit your needs. We are within walking distance of renowned St. Armand's Circle shopping and restaurant district. We are the perfect place for family and class reunions, weddings, family vacations or just to get away for some special time with each other. ... more   less 

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