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Gasparilla Inn & Club
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Boca Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Palm Beach, Florida
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165 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“put this place on your bucket list”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

one of america's great resorts, the gasparilla inn has been completely refurbished in the past several years and sparkles as the centerpiece of beautiful boca grande. golf, tennis, beach club, watersports, boating - the inn has it all. all this comes at a price, so don't book it unless you're ready to splurge. the inn offers various specials and options so you don't need to break the bank in order to experience top levels of hospitality quality. simply tops.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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York, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 30, 2013

The Gasparilla is a wonderful example of classic "Old Florida" historic, traditional hotel. Beautiful golf course,newly restored exterior and wonderful wallpapered interior, set on the quaint island of Boca Grande. When we arrived we were immediatly met by the doorman Mike who offered to take us on a golf cart tour of the town and the facility. Great places to eat and shop-we will definitely return.

Room Tip: rooms are not large but very well decorated with 10 foot ceilings
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

What a great getaway! From the warm and welcoming staff to the cleanliness of this historic resort, we were pleased with every detail of our stay. The food was exquisite, our room and the grounds were immaculate and there was a friendly employee at every turn. My only complaint was that I didn't want to leave at the end of our stay. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Staunton, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2013

We loved staying at the Gasparilla Inn and Club! Great accommodations; extremely clean and well maintained; GREAT staff; good food; extensive wine list; a very acceptable fitness center; AND a reasonable price given its first-class offerings. We will return!

Room Tip: We like staying in the main inn.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Naples, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2013

My Husband and I have travelled to Gasparilla Inn many times over the years. This time I developed bed bugs during my stay. It was medically diagnosed by my doctor. He said "classic". I called the general manager thinking he might want to be aware of this situation but he firmly denied that there were bed bugs in his hotel. How he would know this I don't know. By the way, he was very rude. We are very sorry that we will never return because we always had so much fun at Boca Grande.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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gasparillainn, General Manager at Gasparilla Inn & Club, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
While we always welcome and encourage feedback from our guests, in this case, we can not take responsibility for something that was not true. When speaking with the guest in question, we did inform her that her claims were not possible as a result of checking the room and finding no evidence of any type of insects, let alone bed bugs. Our Housekeeping Department does an excellent job of providing a clean, comfortable room for all of our guests and we believe we follow the best practices to prevent any type of pest problems in our guest rooms. (Please refer to other Trip Advisor comments concerning our guest room cleanliness). Some of these preventative measures include the following:

• Our mattresses are Tempur-Pedic which have their own zippered covered encasements from the manufacturer. These zippered covered encasements do not allow anything to come in direct contact with the mattresses. As a result, the encasements protect the mattresses from any type of infiltration. Tempur-Pedic mattresses also have no bindings, which is the classic hiding and breeding ground for bedbugs.

• In addition to the above, each mattress has its own waterproof mattress protector, as well as an Eco-Pure mattress pad, further protecting the mattress from any type of infiltration.

• All bed linens are changed upon each guest departure. Bedding and mattresses are also
inspected for any type of issues from the previous guest upon each guest departure when the
bed is stripped.

• After the room is remade for the next guest, each guest room is then inspected by a supervisor
prior to occupancy. During this inspection, beds and bedding are also double-checked for any
type of issues.

• Each guest room is vacuumed daily during a guest stay, as well as part of the departure
process readying the room for the next guest.

• On a set schedule during our season, we routinely heavy vacuum our rooms. This means
we actually move all furniture and vacuum/clean in the hard to get to areas in the room
several times a month.

When exploring the possibilities that this could be some other type of insect bite with the guest, she did state that she and her husband did enjoy the outdoors during their stay, in particular golf. In addition, this guest also occupied an accommodation with an outdoor terrace which opens directly into the unit. Unfortunately, in our barrier island location, mosquitoes, no-see-ums, sand fleas, etc. are prevalent and it is very understandable how their bites could be misconstrued for something else. From firsthand experience, individuals react very differently to these types of insect bites. While some are barely affected, others develop red itchy spots that become raised and/or inflamed.

We would welcome any past, present or possible future guest that has any concerns about the cleanliness of our guest rooms to inspect our guest room accommodations. We are very proud of our Housekeeping team and the procedures they closely follow to ensure the cleanliness of our guest and public accommodations on a daily basis.
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Welcome, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed December 10, 2012

My husband and I stayed one night at the Gasparilla Inn in November, 2012. It's very nice, a little too fancy for us, we are not the type to dress up, but a great experience, and glad we were able to stay for the night. The bed is so comfortable, with a memory foam topper, the pillows were soft. Hallways, common areas are beautiful so is the front porch area. Nice toiletries in the bathroom, a cozy bathroom in the closet for use. We didn't eat in the restaurants, or golf so I can't make a comment on that. Complementary coffee bar in the lobby area in the morning was nice.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2012

I first visited the Gasparilla Inn and Club seven years ago this week for Thanksgiving Break. My family and I had previously travelled all over Florida (Naples, West Palm Beach, the Keys) in search of a place to buy a vacation home. When we arrived here, we immediately knew that this place was different. The staff was extremely helpful and really made an effort in making our stay as pleasant as possible. The rooms were older but not antique, with a bright color tone. I am a golf fanatic so having the golf course right there was a dream. There were things for everyone in the family to do during the day, such as golf, swimming, tennis, beach walks, fishing, you name it. After only two days in Boca Grande, we decided to buy a place here. It is not for everyone though. We are very low-key, drop-out vacationers and if you are the same, the Gasparilla Inn is the spot. If you travel as a family, renting one of the cottages is your best bet. They are all recently updated and allows everyone to be together.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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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
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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:
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Gasparilla Inn And Club
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Gasparilla Resort Boca Grande
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