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“A stay with atmosphere” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Gibson Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Apalachicola
Certificate of Excellence
Rochester, NY
Level Contributor
68 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“A stay with atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2007

We stayed at the Gibson Inn in February and really enjoyed it. Guests need to keep in mind that it is an historic inn, so you do hear sounds through the walls (like the plumbing) and the dining room was noisy with a private party. However, they all cleared out by 10 and the rest of the night was extremely quiet. We stayed in a king room which was large, clean, and had a lot of character with hardwood floors, and a claw foot tub. The window did open to an interior space, but it was an open air veranda. Yes, closet space and luggage storage space were lacking, and there wasn't much shelf space for tolietries. I wondered what the early travelers did? What we got in return was a bar with beer for $1.75, that went down to $1.25 at happy hour (enjoyed sitting in the sun on the outdoor porch), a friendly welcome, and an excellent breakfast (a little expensive) in the beautiful dining room. We didn't eat dinner there due to the private party, but walked to Boss Oyster. (If you want good seafood in a very casual atmosphere, that's the place! The oysters on the half shell were the best ever. ) So, I think the Gibson Inn is what you make of it. If you expect the Crown Plaza or want to be pampered, you will be disappointed, but if you want a taste of history and old time travel, it's a unique experience.

  • Liked — the historic atmosphere
  • Disliked — the noise from the dining room
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank lkr15
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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florida
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2007

"Night in Hell" must have stayed in our room #201. The front door opened right into the "bathroom" and we had to put our stuff on the floor since there was no table, dresser or closet- only half of an armoire for hanging clothes so we never unpacked. We also suffered the next door's tv, voices and guess what - their dog woofing long after we went to bed (sounded like he was in bed with us!). The dumpster across the street banged at all hours from the staff pitching the garbage in. It's a pretty Inn, convenient to everything in town and the staff is friendly, but it was noisy and that space is too small to be a guest room.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — Noise]
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
Helpful?
4 Thank cruisingaround
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Sea Grove Beach, Fl.
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2006

My wife and I enjoyed the atmospher of the Gibson Inn. Very relaxing and indicative of an old (but renovated) inn. Our only problem was that we booked our reservation based on views of the rooms on the internet. But when we arrived and checked into our room, we found that it was smaller than we expected and had no view. There were windows but all to interior wall. We didn't complain because they gave us a great rate (97.00) per night. But if you go to the Gibson and want the nicer rooms, you'd better ask the question before confirmation.

  • Liked — Location to shops and resturants
  • Disliked — Disapointed in room ...... not what was shown on the internet.
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask for specifics on room before commiting.
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank suny
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Lafayette, Louisiana
Level Contributor
60 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2006

This is a charming little B&B in a charming little fishing-turned-tourist community. The bar was nice, even had some decent jazz piano entertainment. The food was good for breakfast, we ate elsewhere for dinner. We would have liked the town more, but the weather was terrible so we were a little bored.

  • Liked — Old building with great charm.
  • Disliked — Smell of cigarette smoke wafted into room from outside.
  • Tips/Secrets — Get the biscuits for breakfast!
  • Stayed March 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank FrogSqueezer
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Panama City, FL
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2006

Stayed at the Gibson Inn for 2 nights September 8-10th for the "Murder Mystery Weekend". We had a large king room with full bath and claw foot tub (room 313), and everything was perfect. I would recommend staying at the Inn anytime of the year, as this is a great location in this little town. But if you have the opportunity to get away for an adult weekend, and you're looking to have a good time, lots of fun, and meet new people, then I highly suggest booking during their murder mystery weekends. We will definitely return again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — parking
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank pwisehaddock
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Clarksville, TN
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2006

A beautiful old 3 story hotel, with restaurant and bar on the first floor. We thoroughly enjoyed our days there, riding our motorcycles during the morning and hanging out on the porch (bar) in the afternoon, and then walking to town for dinner at the great restaurants! Breakfast at the inn was exceptional, hats off to the chef. We didn't eat dinner there - we were on an oyster extravaganza weekend - and that wasn't featured on the menu (which changes weekly). The rooms vary greatly in size depending on where they are in the building. Ours was sort of noisy since it faced the main street through Apalachicola. The room air conditioners also make a bit of a racket. But, what do you expect in an old hotel! The staff was fantastic, friendly and helpful...BUT...remember if you have AAA to tell them when you check in, it is not something they can fix when you check out - unfortunately for us. This is a town hotel - not on or really near a beach. Wireless access is only available on the first floor - not in the rooms.

  • Liked — The fact that there was a restaurant/bar there and the quaintess of the hotel
  • Disliked — noise
  • Tips/Secrets — get rooms on the back side away from the main road
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
4 Thank jsh2ofall
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2006

My wife and I stayed at the Gibson for two nights and really enjoyed it. The room was very nice and it was quiet - we were on the third floor, but I can't imagine why another reviewer found it noisy - it wasn't at all. The staff was very pleasant and helpful, room and common areas were very clean. There are several very good restaurants within easy walking distance, as well as lots of little shops. We plan on visiting Apalachicola again and will definitely stay at the Gibson again. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
7 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Additional Information about Gibson Inn

Property: Gibson Inn
Address: 51 Avenue C, Apalachicola, FL 32320-2306
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Apalachicola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Apalachicola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Gibson Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Gibson Inn is a fine example of Florida "Cracker" Architecture. This was the style of wood frame structure used widely in the 19th and early 20th century in Florida. These homes and businesses are characterized by metal roofs, raised floors, high ceilings, center hallways, and large wrap around porches. A widows walk and cupola crown the tin roof, all a reflection of the area's steamboat past. Built in 1907 of native heart pine and black cypress, the inn soon became known as a first class luxury hotel and was the only one between Pensacola and Jacksonville heated entirely by steam. Now listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Many of the 30 guest rooms are uniquely appointed with authentic antique furnishings, cable TV, telephone, and wireless internet. Each guest room has its own full private bath. ... more   less 
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