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“Has potential, some kinks to be worked out. Great location, good value.” 3 of 5 stars
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Gulf Side Motel
2.5 of 5 Motel   |   138 Garfield Dr, Lido Beach, Sarasota, FL 34236   |  
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Ranked #41 of 48 hotels in Sarasota
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“Has potential, some kinks to be worked out. Great location, good value.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

This is a small motel on a side street on Lido Key, just a block from the beach. The location can't be beat. The studio size room, which I had, is spacious. The impression is of a clean, well-lighted place, as my friend put it when she saw it. She preferred it to a small condo she was staying in nearby. There were a few issues, though, mostly having to do with housekeeping, or lack thereof. Though the room was basically clean, I found some items from a previous occupant that hadn't been cleared out of a drawer; then there was no sign of any housekeeping at all for the week. For that matter, I didn't see any of the staff during my stay, though there's a phone number to call if you need something.

The neighborhood the hotel is in is quiet and comfortable - a bit of old Florida, as my friend put it. The beach is just across the street. For more excitement, Armand circle is a short drive away, as is the Sarasota city center.

Bring your own cellphone and laptop. There's WiFi access, but no phone in the rooms. There are dishes and utensils, coffee-maker, stove and toaster and plenty of cleaning supplies. Bring a can opener if you think you'll need one.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

Very clean accomodation & linens, location can't be beat, pleasant manager, & extremely affordable. Old Florida charm with terazzo floors, turquoise shower curtains. If you don't need all the bells & whistles, would rather save your money and enjoy the natural attractions in the area, this is a clean well-equipped accomodation.

  • Stayed May 2011
    • 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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Address: 138 Garfield Dr, Lido Beach, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #41 of 48 hotels in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gulf Side Motel 2.5*
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