This hotel (really a MOTEL) had great access to the beach and restaurants (try Britt's for breakfast and dinner) only a few minutes walk across the main road. It's location was its best feature and the free parking essential in this area. It is clearly an older motel which has had some upgrades, but their sign would lead you to believe that they were more substantial. We found them to be mostly cosmetic. The smallish bathrooms had some newer fixtures put in (sink, toilet), except the older original tub didn't drain in our room and there was mold on the bathroom window and cracked towel racks. The kitchen countertop had been replaced with new formica and cabinets appeared new or painted. Furniture was very very basic, however, the pictures they show online accurately depict what you get your room, so you know exactly what you are paying for. Drawback...no clock or alarm for those of us that didn't bring one and nothing to put ice in. In our two room "suite" there were two airconditioners, but you have to be a giant to get to the thermal controls as they are mounted close to the sealing. They are also a bit on the loud side. Full size fridge and microwave comes in handy but places to buy groceries, not so handy. Still, compared to prices in the surrounding hotels (many of which didn't look much better), this was good value. Asked for and received a quiet King Suite room upstairs. Sitting area is quite spacious and in general would be a great bargain for families who need the space. The staff working the day we were there couldn't give me directions to our next destination in town nor recommend anything but did indicate that they were new, apologized and gave out "maps" with advertiser's information. Ice machine and single machines for laundry get locked at certain hours and are buried in a wood shed in the back so make sure you know the hours if you need them. Consider this a utilitarian value hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly remodeled family resort, hotel units to beautiful one bedroom suites. Walking distance to shopping, dining, the beach, tourist attraction & more! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gulf Beach Hotel Clearwater