We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Understated excellence” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gasparilla Inn & Club

We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this hotel, but we can search other options in Boca Grande
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Gasparilla Inn & Club
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Boca Grande
Certificate of Excellence
boston,ma
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Understated excellence”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2012 via mobile

The Inn excels in all areas. Simon, George, and Diane patrol the dining room every evening. The service is genuinely friendly and usually precise. The food is outstanding. The Beach Club is relaxing and unpretentious. The atmosphere of the Inn is more like The Balsams or the Mount Washington Hotel rather than a Florida resort. Oh and the golf course is a jewel. What's not to like ? We can't wait until our visit next year.

Stayed March 2012
Helpful?
3 Thank mrymtg
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

290 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    207
    52
    14
    6
    11
See reviews for
57
147
4
10
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (92)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2012

My husband and I recently returned for our 3rd trip to the Gasparilla Inn. It is an amazing experience. Very much a hotel steeped in history and tradition. It is the way Sea Island used to be !! back in the 60's. Wonderful service, fine dining, and a great golf course that you can walk out and play anytime.

The town of Bocca Grande is similar to a New England town. Very small in an understated way but with shops restaurants.

There is a very nice pool area and spa. Tea is served in the Inn every afternoon. Utterly charming.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank mjm1534
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Cornwall, Connecticut
Level Contributor
25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

This beautiful old inn is worlds apart from the overblown luxury resorts that one associates with Florida. In fact, it may disappoint travelers accustomed to the luxury found in hotels like the Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton. It reminded us of New England Inns such as the Equinox in Manchester VT or the Harbor View in Martha's Vineyard. Our room was pleasant but unremarkable, but the public spaces are spacious and lovely. The staff was friendly and helpful, and their service charge removes the nuisance of tipping. The little town of Boca Grande is another charmer. When you pass from the typical Florida strip malls on the way in onto the island and into this town it seems as if you've entered a time warp. If you are a golfer, I can guarantee that a round on their golf course will be one of the most memorable in your experience. We used their main dining room only for breakfast, and you will probably be better off dining in town.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank elfhill
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Las Vegas, NV
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2012

I spent a long weekend at the Gasparilla in December. It was such a wonderful experience. The inn is beautiful. It is a mix of Southern-style charm and elegance. The service was impeccable! The room was very nice. The bed was extremely comfortable. I would highly recommend it. I really hated to leave.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank vegas0ne
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
North Carolina
Level Contributor
14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2012

We spent a long weekend at Gasparilla in January, and it was a wonderful experience! The Inn and surrounding cottages are charming. The Inn and rooms are decorated beautifully and we found ample space in the typical inn room. We also rented a cottage, which was a nice way to organize a family trip. We used the cottage to gather before dinner for cocktails, etc. The beach club was fantastic. We enjoyed the spa, fitness center and lunch buffet offered at the club. The entire Inn property was immaculate and extremely enjoyable. It was also great to rent bicycles for exploring the island. Staff was friendly and provided wonderful service. We would definitely visit again!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank SouthernTraveler127
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Florida
Level Contributor
71 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

Ignore the pretensions of the hotel's website and stay at this hotel!! The old, Victorian shingled hotel has been renovated to perfection. The staff could not have been more helpful or welcoming. The rooms themselves (we had a King superior) were high ceilinged, light and comfortable. Our bed was very comfortable and the sheets and towels light and fluffy. The bathrooms were old fashioned in design, but totally functional and charming. There is comfortable seating and tons of light everywhere. Wireless internet, ping pong tables, nooks and crannies for hanging out and relaxing. The facilities are wonderful -- well maintained, scenic golf course, a spectacular beach club and lovely well kept tennis courts. This is a true, old fashioned resort experience for young and old alike. There is a lovely playground right on the green in front of the main hotel, bicycles and golf carts to get around the island. The demographic is OLD -- and I am sure it is because of the silly promotional materials -- but the facilities, the lovely decoration and the staff make this a resort experience that will appeal to all age groups. It has become our new "happy place".

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank pfpedersen
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
oregon
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

We (two adults, three kids) stayed here over spring break 2011 for a week. I'll list some pros and cons, but overall we had a very nice experience and will likely return.

Pros:
• Old-school country club feel, but friendly, relaxed culture. We felt it was a nice blend of civility, luxury and Florida beach culture.
• Beautiful hotel, with several nice common areas to mix with other guests
• Cottage layout was nice, giving us a large common living room with TV and fireplace (this is a nice departure from just having several adjoining hotel rooms at most resorts)
• Food and service was excellent. We had several great dinners in the dining hall and the Pink Elephant
• Decent wifi and cell coverage
• Rates includes coffee & treats in the morning, plus tea & treats in the afternoon.
• Nicely integrated into town, giving guests the ability to eat casual meals (especially important with kids). Our favorite was Sisters, especially its pizza.
• The hotel & town reminded us of La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and the town of La Jolla Shores, CA. Nice, but laid back feel. To be clear, this is not a resort walled off from the town. Some people looking for ultra exclusivity might dislike this aspect. Golf, tennis, hotel and beach club are spread out and mixed in with other private houses, condos, businesses, etc.
• Beach Club is nice (though far from Vegas-style luxury), wasn't crowded and has a nice, though expensive lunch. Kids game room is a welcomed outlet for kids to escape the sun
• Beach was pretty, not crowded. Good shelling
• Golf course is easily accessible, scenic and rarely crowded
• Good fishing charter options nearby
• Decent playground for little kids
• Housekeeping was great and flexible to our schedule
• Several flight options to get best rates (Tampa, Sarasota, Fort Myers)

Cons:
• While we had great weather (sunny, low 80s), it can change quickly and is not predictable this time of year. Gulf water was pretty cold (high 60s). If you need guaranteed warm weather, go to the Caribbean.
• Meal options are expensive and only provide good value when you're pretty hungry (especially breakfast). Local restaurants are a much better value, especially for breakfast and lunch.
• Wind blows frequently on golf course. Several days we had a multi-club wind, which we heard is quite common. They also don't have lower greens fees for afternoon or nine holes. With little kids, this is pretty frustrating and unfair towards families that golf.
• Beach is narrow at beach club, dropping off sharply from beach chair area. This means you can't see your kids playing on the beach while sitting in a beach chair. If you have little kids, this is an important consideration. Water also gets deep pretty quickly. This seems to be related to the club's sea wall, as the beach surrounding the club widens out and is more little kid friendly
• Pretty gusty winds at beach on some days. The club should consider clear, plexiglass wind barriers to protect sunbathers. These are quite affordable given the high-end club experience they are trying to provide and quite common at other resorts
• Lunch at beach is nice, but not a good value ($24pp) unless it's your only meal for the day. I would prefer some burger/sandwich only options.
• Hotel/cottages are not beach front. This didn't bother us, but may be a deal killer for some.
• Pricing of cottages is unfair to families. They charged extra for three kids in one room (over $100/night, I believe) and charged separately for a roll away ($50/night). At a minimum, if you charge extra for a third kid (which they shouldn't) it should include the roll away.
• We were told everyone in each room had to be on the meal plan or not at all. This is unfair to families that have an older child than wants to be on meal plan and a younger one that doesn't eat enough to justify the meal plan cost. This caused us not to do the meal plan at all, which actually worked out well since we enjoyed the dining options in town.
• Walking around resort requires crossing several public roads. While traffic was minimal and drivers were courteous, parents with little kids might dislike this
• Zero nightlife, other than a great dinner!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
11 Thank weltraveler
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Boca Grande
17.3 mi away
Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa
18.2 mi away
Four Points By Sheraton Punta Gorda Harborside
18.2 mi away
The Wyvern Hotel Punta Gorda
The Wyvern Hotel Punta Gorda
#2 of 7 in Punta Gorda
4.5 of 5 bubbles 572 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
3.6 mi away
The Boca Grande Resort
The Boca Grande Resort
#3 of 3 in Boca Grande
4.0 of 5 bubbles 35 reviews
16.3 mi away
South Seas Island Resort
South Seas Island Resort
#2 of 4 in Captiva Island
4.0 of 5 bubbles 3,177 reviews
24.5 mi away
West Wind Inn
West Wind Inn
#6 of 19 in Sanibel Island
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,579 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Gasparilla Inn & Club? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Gasparilla Inn & Club

Property: Gasparilla Inn & Club
Address: 500 Palm Ave, Boca Grande, FL 33921
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Boca Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Boca Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 139
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Gasparilla Inn & Club is pleased to welcome you to relax and enjoy one of the oldest and most unique premiere destinations on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Opened in 1913, the historic Inn has always greeted guests with warm hospitality, a tranquil atmosphere and a picturesque setting. Guests are offered a host of spectacular resort amenities and activities while basking in the Florida sun and enjoying the Inn's "old-Florida" charm. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Gasparilla Inn & Club Hotel Boca Grande
Gasparilla Inn And Club
Gasparilla Hotel Boca Grande
Gasparilla Resort Boca Grande
Gasparilla Inn Boca Grande
Gasparilla Inn Florida

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing