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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Gulfview Manor Hotel Fort Myers Beach
- Hotel Gulfview Manor