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“Great location and price but some downsides.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Gulf Side Motel

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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 #43 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
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“Great location and price but some downsides.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

The price and location for this place can't be beat, but there are some down sides. The neighborhood is wonderful, and it's very close to the beach. The room was spacious. They have a middle communal patio and a table and chairs outside. As another reviewer mentioned it appears clean, but I also found some remnants of previous occupants. I always bring bleach wipes no matter where we stay. When I wiped everything down there wasn't anything to indicate it was dirty. It's just outdated. The last day there though, I noticed a nasal strip stuck to the top of the dust ruffle that was definitely not ours since we don't use them and an old travel size bottle of AXE shower gel on the floor under the suitcase rack. There is no hair dryer in the room. The kitchen was equipped well. There is no housekeeping service during your stay, but as the other reviewer mentioned you call call the manager's cell phone. We were given 2 bath towels, 1 washcloth, and a bath mat for a 3 night stay for 2 people. I asked for extra washcloths and was given some, but they had what appeared to be dog hair all over them. There was plenty of toilet paper and bar soap, but you'll have to buy your own paper towels or napkins, which is sometimes the case with condos. It's not a bad place to stay if you don't mind overlooking a few things and bringing your own washcloths!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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, General Manager at Gulf Side Motel, responded to this review, July 13, 2012
I saw your comment re the washcloths with dog hair on them...I believe you were the lady who came with a dog and perhaps thats how you saw the dog hair on them or perhaps your long black hair got entangled with them. I never heard from you re the towels so I know they were clean when I handed them to you.
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Rating summary
  • 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 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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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
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #43 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Gulf Side Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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