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Pelican Post Motel
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Bradenton Beach
Owensboro, Kentucky
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Another great stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2006

This was our third stay at the Pelican Post Motel. After a 16 hour drive to get there we knew from the previous two other stays, Suite #2 would be just what we had expected. [We've also stayed in the Cottage and one of the one bedroom units] The Suite was clean with anything you would need during your stay there. The beds really are comfortable. This is truly a Motel where during your stay there, all you need to bring is a swim suit, suntan lotion, and a few outfits to wear to go out to eat or shopping!

There isn't maid service [which we liked!], but clean towels are delivered daily, and if you want or need extra blankets, sheets, pillows, etc... Alastair [the owner] is quick to bring it to you. There is plenty of closet space and chest of drawers. There is a shower outside to rinse off the sand from your return from the beach, along with plenty of outside seating as well as a bar-b-q grill for tenants to use.

The area is close to the beach, pier, shopping and resturants. A small convinence store is just down the street, but a larger grocery store [Publix], drugstore [Walgreens] and other shops are just a few miles down the road.

From our very first stay at the Pelican Post, we felt the area was safe and sat outside most nights well past midnight with our children and grandchildren. This stay wasn't any different! Locals and visitors alike are friendly and quick to wave and speak to you when you're setting outside.

The Pelican Post reminds us of 'old style Florida', so it not the 'fancy-smancy' type of lodging, but it's clean, close to everything, plus the Owner is super friendly and ready to make your stay there a great experience. We don't think you would find a better rate or nicer room anywhere on the Island.

We've loved our stays at the Pelican Post, and plan on staying there again next year!

  • Liked — Plenty of space, clean, friendly staff, close to everything, and in a quiet area.
  • Disliked — Loved everything!
  • Tips/Secrets — Bring personal hygiene items & beach items, flotes, etc. Then just lay back and enjoy your vacation!
  • Stayed July 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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10 Thank Grannywing
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2006

The Pelican Post is a wonderful place for a family vacation because of the quiet location and proximity to the beach and other amenities. We have been coming to the Pelican Post for five years and have always had a great time. We stay in Suite 1 which accomodates our family of five very well. We also have a full kitchen so we can cook our meals. The yard is great for the kids to play in and for us to hang out and grill the fresh fish we buy from the local fish markets(The Star Fish and Cortez Kitchen) which are also nearby. The Pelican Post is very nice, and is all we need to make our vacation perfect. The owner, Alastair, is very friendly, and will always take time to listen to suggestions, and help us out in any way.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2006

A very clean motel, quiet location but handy for beach and restaurants. Rooms good size with catering facilities. Manager very friendly and went out of his way to help in every way. We can't wait to return next year. Its our idea of an island holiday, so relaxed, time just passes.


  • Stayed March 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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TN
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2006

First let me say that I truly enjoyed my stay at the Pelican Post. It's a quaint hotel on a quiet dead-end street. The neighbors were quiet and friendly, as was the owner. There's a private courtyard for guests. It feels very safe there, and as advertised it's only a few yards to the pier.

With that said, I was bitten by some bugs the first night. I awoke, turned on the lights, and yanked back the covers. Couldn't see a thing, except some tiny black dots on the white sheet. Went back to sleep. After the 2nd night, I was covered. Came home and showed my friend, who immediately identified the problem: bedbugs! I'm surprised, because it was very clean. Hopefully some tourist just brought them in, and they'll take care of it soon.

  • Stayed March 2006, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Tanya D
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, Owner at Pelican Post Motel, responded to this review, March 14, 2006
We were alarmed to read the review posted on March 13th this year that mentioned bed bugs.

Through a process of elimination based on what little information the reviewer gave, we have been able to pinpoint the room concerned.

A thorough inspection has been made and no evidence of any kind has been found to support this claim.

Having made an internet search I found a report prepared by the University of Ohio. The reviewer mentions black dots in the bed. The report describes the bugs as brown, between 3/16" and 1/4" long and easily visible.

Also, the reviewer has not based her claim on the diagnosis of a doctor or dermatologist - but by a 'friend'.

However, we are of course taking this allegation very seriously. The 'bug man' is on his way and the housekeeper now has a list of remedial tasks to carry out to alleviate any potential problem – courtesy of the internet.

I am very uncomfortable with the thought that someone can make a casual comment in a review which could conceivably be devastating to a small establishment like the Pelican Post. I did not read the review until after a potential guest brought it to my attention less than 48 hours after it was posted. This shows the tripadvisor site is doing its job – advising. Maybe tripadvisor should be asking people to substantiate this kind of allegation before it is posted.

UPDATE:
I have just completed a second inspection of the room concerned with the Anna Maria Pest Control entomologist – John Durkin. He has given the room a clean bill of health and stated that there is no evidence of any infestation.

Alastair.


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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2006

We stayed at the Pelican Post Motel in November 2005 in the largest suite - which is ideal for a family with young children as they have their own separate bedroom -.
The motel is steps away from the beautiful Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island. (The island has a free tram which travels the length of the island which you can hop on and off as many times as you like.)
Pelican Post is in an ideal location, the beach just a minutes walk in one direction and the quieter inlet a few steps in the opposite direction. There are plenty of restaurants close by and a good Pizza bar at the top of the next block.
The motel did not have it's own pelican, but did have the next best thing - an egret - which visited us daily to the great delight of our grandson. The whole family enjoyed our stay at the motel and would highly recommend it. Thanks also to the proprietor Alistair who was always available to offer helpful advice and give you good information on the locality.

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Carrickfergus
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2005

We read the reviews of this accommodation on Trip Advisor before booking and visited the motel's very useful website. We were not disappointed.

We stayed for 4 nights from 10-14 August 2005. I could have stayed longer, the island is so pretty and seductive.

The accommodation we booked was a mini bungalow style, sitting room/kitchenette, with everything you need...cable TV, reclining chair!! sofa, table and chairs, fridge, microwave and gas stove. The bedroom was ample with separate toilet and shower room. Don't get me wrong this was not the Ritz, it was more than comfy but was not a 5* hotel. The aircon was in the bedroom and was a little noisy, but was very necessary. Each accommodation has an allocated parking space, which was handy.

The new owners, an English couple, were very friendly, I had a brief chat with them the day after we arrived. Our request to the lady who looked after the towels etc for extra towels and pillows was met immediately, which was lovely. There is a very friendly and relaxed ambience about the motel.

The accommodation is set in a nice quiet area and has loungers and chairs outside, a bbq is also available.

Bradenton beach is within two minutes walk of the motel. There is a great old pier, very reminiscent of Amity in Jaws!! The main street, Bridge Street is quaint. The Creperie is very nice and run by very friendly French guys, it all adds to the experience. The restaurant at the pier was pricy and nothing special.

There is a really nice atmosphere on the island. Loads of summer vactaion accommodation. The sea is warm and inviting, perfect.

Cross the bridge on Cortez Road to find lots of the usual shops, Walmart etc. Mel's Diner on the junction of Cortez and the Tamiami is a great spot, a very authentic diner and great food. Much better than the overpriced restaurant we tried at the pier. And we were lucky on the night we went they were having a classic car rally.

Travel via Long Boat Key to Sarasota for a more scenic route.

It is a great spot to base yourself. Also, if you like self catering then this motel is perfect. The fridge freezer is huge.

It is a perfect location for travellers of all ages, whether family or couples.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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7 Thank hmccaughan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2005

Old 50's style motel, much nicer on the inside than outside. All efficiency units and clean. King bed unit much superior to the others. Housekeeping weekly only but towels replaced daily if you wish. Two minutes walk to great restaurants - the Sun House a must - and ocean. Short scenic drive to Sarasota. Pricey for what you get in high season but then everything else here is also. Would stay again.

  • Stayed February 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank Jaquesspratt
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Property: Pelican Post Motel
Address: 202 1st St N, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217-2402
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Location: United States > Florida > Anna Maria Island > Bradenton Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Bradenton Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Bradenton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Pelican Post Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Pelican Post is just what you need for an easy, relaxed and affordable beach vacation! Just 150 steps from the gorgeous Gulf beach in the charming little town of Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island, you'll have a pleasant ground floor studio, apartment, or suite near not only the beach, but the fishing pier, and little shops and restaurants. You can count on a nice, clean, cozy room or apartment, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. ... more   less 
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