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“Graet place, but some niggles.....”

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Weston's WannaB Inn
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South Africa
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195 reviews
94 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Graet place, but some niggles.....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

The WannaB Inn? I think it may end up being a stunning destination, but it feels very much in transition to me. While there for 5 days numerous palms were planted, and the pool was being renovated. A bit of an inconvenience, but obviously in the long run the guests will reap the rewards.
There are many positives and let me cover those first. Location, location, location. It is absolutely stunning. You have the beautiful Lemon Bay on one side, the great beach and oceanfront on the other. We were in 131 of Conch Courtyard, and literally walked out onto the sand. And there are zero crowds, noise or distractions- simply it can’t be beat.
Accommodations? Well I think the unit had been renovated. But cheaply. It still felt like 1960s. Now I hear all the charm of “Old Florida” but sometimes feel it’s used as an excuse for out-dated or cheap finishes. And really this is not a cheap place to visit. So pretty ordinary accommodation, plus old TV sets and no servicing of the units at all. Then you’re asked to empty the dustbins and do the dishes before you leave?
Lastly, at night there is not much to do on Manasota Key. So a TV is necessary. Well, despite numerous guest complaints it took 3 nights to get it sorted. That’s just not good enough. And just to mention, check-in too was disorganised. Curt and having a bad hair day obviously. Couldn’t find the booking, not sure if the room was ready, and made to feel as if you were inconveniencing the young lady.
Will I be back? MMMMMMMMMMM… I think probably. It’s just such a beautiful setting, you forgive the niggles. But hopefully management will do more day-to-day managing once the renovations are complete.

Room Tip: You need not pay for a beachfront location! No room is more than 200 ft from the water.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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WestonsWannaBInn, Manager at Weston's WannaB Inn, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Thank you for choosing the wannaB inn for your stay. We encourage and appreciate your input and assure you that as we move forward we will reference your comments in addressing the issues you mentioned. We do apologize for the inconveniences which occurred during your stay. The resort has recently undergone a renovation and we are now in the process of addressing the interior of the units in reference to furnishings, electronics and decorations. We hope that on your return visit you will see your comments put to action and be able enjoy these improvements.

Thank you

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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

This reasonably priced no frills hotel was everything that was advertised. The room, beach, pool, and amenities were spotlessly clean. The front desk staff was friendly and helpful. We stayed in the Sea Star building which was very quiet despite the close quarters with the neighbors..

The room: Clean and comfortable. It is no frills but everything that we needed for our stay. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything needed to create meals--pots, pans, pot holder, kitchen towels, utensils, dishes, bowls, silverware, etc. There is a nice kitchen table that would easily sit four. There is a small sitting area with a sofa. The bed was clean and comfy. The bathroom had a roomy shower with plenty of water pressure. The bathroom counter was nice sized to store plenty of toiletries. Grills were available for use as well.

The pool: Never actually used it but passed by it several times. It looked clean and comfortable. Plenty of seating. Grills available for a BBQ. Families seemed to make good use of this amenity.

The Beach: We never saw a piece of trash or cigarette butt on the beach. The Gulf was crystal clear and refreshing. We were right at the entrance of Stump Pass park so that was an extra score.

Very minor gripes:
There are more rooms at the Sea Star than parking spaces. No big deal for the month of May but it could be a problem during the tourist season. Not a whole lot that the owners can do about this problem.
Ice: We didn't get in until 9:00pm and so the ice dispenser was locked. It is only open during office hours. Luckily, another person staying at the resort saw our predicament and offered us ice from her room. Also, there are only bags of ice sold for $2 a bag. It was tough to get an entire bag of ice in our apartment size fridge in the Sea Star room.
Bathroom products: You are provided with one travel size of shampoo and soap. Once that is used you are on your own to provide hygiene products.
Room Cleaning Service: It is $60 extra for this service so you are on your own to straighten and clean the room daily.
Privacy: There is none on the balcony areas. This is great for families and couples vacationing together but not so much for single couples.

We would definitely stay here again but would definitely stay in a ground level room. If you stay here be sure and check out the Beach Road Wine Bar and Bistro. The food is spectacular.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

My family stayed at the newly renovated resort, Wow what a change! It is all for the better. The staff is responsive, the rooms are clean fresh and updated central air.Of course the fishing was excellent and the beach was so enjoyable. I don't think anyone could really appreciate all the changes unless you stayed there before new owners and management.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

Loved it! Great location, room was colorful and nice. Extremely clean. Bed and pillows were a little firm for my tastes, but looking forward to another trip there. Very quiet, peaceful, relaxing. Restaurants near by. Kitchen was nice and equipped with the essentials for cooking.

  • Stayed March 2013
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1 Thank Girliegoil
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WestonsWannaBInn, Manager at Weston's WannaB Inn, responded to this review, June 7, 2013
Thank you for your stay with us at the wannaB inn. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your feedback.

We hope to see you again soon.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

Picture this: a group of about 40 pretty fussy former Peace Corps Volunteers meeting up for a reunion 50 years after they went off to Ethiopia to work. We wanted nice, but reasonably priced rooms. We wanted to hold an beach and pool side reunion party. We had a little band coming to play. We were hauling our own booze and food. Putting up banners and flags. But we were all looking back at 70 years, so we had, well, issues. Could this lovely Gulf side snow bird refuge handle us. Yep. They could. We booked about 20 rooms and folks had a good time. The staff could not be more accommodating and helpful. Okay, there is no restaurant at this inn, but every room has its own stove and microwave and coffee maker. It's the sort of place you come and spend a week or two or three -- our maybe a month in January if you're from Chicago. The beach is great. The pool, while not large, pretty good. Get a room facing the Gulf, and you are in paradise. Ken, the manager, can make anything happen.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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1 Thank RPCV1963
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

Loved everything including the weather! Will go back again, sooner rather than later. Nice relaxing vacation. I would even go for the weekend. Bit of a drive but worth it. The beaches were clean. I wish we would have had a boat though. Fishing was fun off the docks but a boat would have topped it off. Thanks!

  • Stayed May 2013
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2 Thank cathyann1993
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

My overall trip was great. The beach is fantastic. The room was very comfortable and useable with full kitchen and living area. The beach that is located right next to the room was amazing with nice sunsets. They even accommodated a grill to cook outside, just had to bring charcoal and food. Very relaxed environment and check in and out was great. Quite environment for family or a couples weekend away from the popular beaches.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Mex15
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Property: Weston's WannaB Inn
Address: 985 Gulf Blvd, Englewood, FL 34223-5909 (Formerly Weston's Resort)
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Englewood
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Englewood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Weston's WannaB Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Find Quiet Solitude Walking Along An Uncrowded Stretch Of Beautiful Beach. Calm The Stress With A Relaxing Dip In One Of Our Two Pools. Kick Back And Fish Off Our Docks To Your Heart's Content. 900 Feet Of Beautiful Beach Front, 500 Feet Of Bay Front, Swimming Pools, Boat Ramp, And Docks At Weston’s wannaB inn, we strive to provide equal access to our accommodations for all, including those with disabilities. Due to the original date of construction of our facility, some features may not be available for assistance with all disability needs. Please carefully review the listed features for your desired room selection prior to confirming your reservation. Our friendly Reservation Specialists will be pleased to assist you. ... more   less 
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