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“Nice, quiet accomodations for lower cost on Ft. Myers Beach”

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Gulfview Manor Resort
Ranked #20 of 47 Hotels in Fort Myers Beach
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

My family (wife, 16 yr old son, me) recently spent a long weekend in the Ft. Myers area for a national baseball showcase that my son was playing in. I chose the Gulfview Manor Resort for its location right on Ft. Myers Beach and its lower cost than most beachfront accomodations in Ft. Myers Beach.

I booked using Expedia and was promptly given a confirmation phone call by the office staff at Gulfview. They confirmed the accomdations and provided helpful information for our stay. This was a very nice touch.

My family is very familiar with renting beach houses at the NC Outer Banks and the accomadations at Gulfview work very similarly. This is NOT a "hotel". You are renting an "apartment" that is probably owned or timeshared other times of the year. As such, like renting a beach "house", you are expected to take care of a few things yourself that a traditional hotel might do for you; i.e. take out your trash, wash your dishes and cooking utensils, etc. I think the "Resort" portion of Gulfview Manor Resort is a bit confusing or mis-leading for some people, who think of a resort as a pampering all-inclusive. If you understand this aspect of Gulfview, then your stay will be very enjoyable and peaceful. Another note, this "resort" does not keep resort-style office hours, i.e. the front desk is not staffed 24-hrs a day as is a typical hotel. This is not a huge deal if you plan your trip to the office accordingly.

We stayed in a top-floor (6th) 2-bedroom 2-bath sideview apartment that had great views of both the Gulf and the intercoastal waterways on either side of the property. We had terrific views of both morning sunrises and evening sunsets! The decor, furniture, etc was clean and well kept, although a bit dated. The rooms were clean and although small, the kitchen was well stocked with most everything needed to cook, make drinks, etc. One note: the kitchen cabinet doors need re-aligning and adjustment. This sort of detail, where the doors hang slightly open all the time drives me nuts! But that is just my quirk.

The staff is pleasant, although we did not meet the manager - Ken. One critique I would give the staff is to not present the list of "don'ts" as the first thing you hear about your stay. It can be presented in a more customer-oriented, positive manner. As currently handled, the effect is that by staying there, you the paying customer, are an inconvience or annoyance to management. Food for thought to staff and management.

The beach here is very wide and clean, although, being a regular at the NC Outer Banks, which are very regulated environmentally, seeing the beach being "groomed" with tractors daily seemed really odd. You would never get away with that at most other beaches around the country. Also, if you haven't been to the Gulf, it can seem odd that you do not hear any surf or waves. The waves and surf here is very small. It is great for little kids, but seemed sort of artifical to this "Atlantic-coaster".

All in all, the Gulfview provided a great place to stay and unwind in between baseball games in Ft. Myers.

Room Tip: Unless you have pets, choose a room on the upper floors, where even the sideview rooms have great un...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Upon check-in we were given a 5 minutes recitation of all the "Do's and Dont's" of the property. Having stayed in this vicinity many times previously, it's about the exquisite beach not necessarily all about the accommodations, so we chose to shrug off what would have otherwise been a warning sign. The units themselves are dated and spartanly appointed, but once again very clean. The kitchen is well stocked w/ plates, pots, pans and utensils etc. Only 1 chaise on nice balcony w/ 2 other chairs and tables. Noise was a factor as the property directly adjacent to this one has all their trash receptacles within 50 feet of this property so the garbage truck arrives pre-dawn to empty same; additionally this is also the area where the cleaning staff for the adjacent building hangs out. Finally, the 9AM leaf blower starts each morning for about 20 minutes, so a peaceful morning on the balcony is not an option. as far as the balcony view, we did not have one as the adjacent property's foliage blocked it. If staying in a 2 bedroom unit you be on floors 4 thru 6 to ensure a good view of the Gulf and the beach. As i have said, the property is very clean from the condo itself to the grounds as well as the gas grills. I don't think this property deserves the rating it currently enjoys compared to other properties in the same area.

Room Tip: Stay above 3rd floor if you want to ensure a good view
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Didn't realize this was a condo till we got there so bring your shampoo and coffee. Otherwise, it had all the kitchen amenities you would need. The voice mail was turned on with no staff in the office after 6 so when we were driving there, we tried to cal to let them know we would be late and no one answered. When we got there, there was a sign on the office door directing us to our condo number and instructions to check in the next morning. Staff the next day were friendly and they provide free beach towels. The view, and being on the beach was what we were looking for. You can rent chairs and canopies, but they are expensive. The pool was nice, but that was it re: amenities, though there are plenty of things to do nearby. We'd stay there again...smack dab in the middle of Lovers Key and downtown Fort Myers Beach.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

In May 2013 we spent 6 nights here. Units were very comfortable and clean and the very large screened balconies were great. Lots of amenities nearby. The beach was beautiful. Very clean pool. Parking was pretty limited and there were barking dogs above us for a couple nights. Would go again.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

We came back here because last time it was a great stay. We noticed a few changes and upgrades. The place is always clean and well maintained. Sat out on screened in porch a lot, very pleasant and beautiful view of ocean and sunset. Very peaceful! Lots of birds to see, even Spoonbills so bring your binoculars. We did cooked out this time on one of the grills provided and that was nice change from eating out. If I have anything negative to say it would be that the bed linens while clean are getting a little tired. The bath towel however, are thick and fluffy. If you want a quiet, restful, clean place this is the place for you.

Room Tip: Always chose the ocean view, it's worth the difference
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Would recommend if you're looking for clean and comfortable with a nice water view. We enjoyed our balcony view of the Gulf. This area of the beach (closer to Lover's Key) is kept particularly clean. We took a long walk up to the other end of the beach and did not find it to be so clean, and in some places, the beach was almost non-existent at high tide. Gulfview is set up like small one bedroom apartments, we didn't plan to cook our meals, but it was nice to have the refrigerator and coffee maker handy.

No food service is offered by this property, but it is only a couple of doors down from one that has a tiki bar and very casual restaurant open to the public, and we enjoyed an evening there. It was nice to have a drink, some food, and watch the sunset without worrying about driving.

We didn't use the pool, but it looked clean and well kept. The lady at the front desk was very nice and helpful in answering our questions about the area. We would definitely go back and will recommend to others.

Room Tip: I don't believe there is a fitness center.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Great, clean rooms right on beach but its a small family owned property so you cant do anything. We had friends also staying on the beach thatcame to visit us. On check out day the owner, ken YELLED at me at check out! Said I had to pay $10 for each vehicle we had visit us PLUS $10 per person becuase he assumed they stayed there in the room! I told him he couldnt prove anything of the sort and he told me he watched us and counted the people each day!! (why dont you call me and let me know!) Instead at check out I was stuck with a charge of $50 extra for 3 cars (1 which was the same each day) and 2 extra people, even though "he counted 6". I could not believe it. I would never treat anyone like this. I feel set up that he kept tabs to rack up some money at the end instead of catching me outside or calling the room and making me aware that if I was to have someone stop in to see us, they needed a pass or whatever the situation would be! WILL NEVER GO HERE AGAIN!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Gulfview Manor Resort

Address: 6530 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-4402
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Fort Myers Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#15 Romantic Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#16 Family Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
Price Range: $127 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gulfview Manor Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Family Owned Resort A Gulf Front family Resort with magificent Gulf Views and Sunsets from our 1 & 2 bedroom apartments. Beautiful Beach Pristine white sandy beach that beckons the young at heart. Enjoy walking in the sand as the waves roll over your feet. ... more   less 
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