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Manta Ray Inn
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   1715 South Surf Road, Hollywood, FL 33019   |  
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Ranked #2 of 69 Hotels in Hollywood
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Montreal, Canada
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28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“This place really deserves its 5 stars on Trip Advisor!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We loved everything about this inn on the beach! The property is very well-maintained and clean. During our 2-week tour of Florida, we began our stay at the Manta Ray Inn for 4 nights and returned for 1 night at the end of our stay to catch our flight the next day.

LOCATION: We loved the location! The inn is directly located on a beautiful stretch of beach and offers free and assigned parking whereby night security is available. It is located a few minutes walking distance south of the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk… just close enough to walk to, yet far enough to enjoy peace and tranquility. Major grocery stores are a few blocks south from the inn on Hallandale Blvd. (Super Wal Mart, Publix and Winn Dixie). A swimming pool is available at your perusal across the street.

ROOMS: During the first part of our stay we had Room 206, which in my opinion is the best room as it has the best ocean views! The living room is comfortable with a couch, loveseat, chair, coffee table, etc. The flat screen TV has many cable channels. If interested in watching Quebecois TV channels, TVA and Radio-Canada from Montreal are available. The dining room and kitchen pretty much have everything you would need to prepare a nice meal in your room (full-sized fridge, gas range, toaster, coffee maker, dishes, glassware, pots & pans, place mats, teapot, dish soap and towels, etc.); and 2 Weber barbecues are available for all guests to use! In my opinion, the bathroom in Room 206 lacked some shelf space. However, when we returned to the inn at the end of our vacation, we had Room 202 which had a beautifully renovated bathroom with plenty of shelves. We were informed that all of the rooms’ bathrooms were in the process of receiving this same reno. The bedroom with its bedding and pillows was comfortable, well-appointed and contained sufficient storage space. The bedroom also has a flat screen TV and a clock radio. There is a closet in the hallway that contains a digital safe, ironing board and iron.

BEACH: The inn is located along a very beautiful stretch. The beach area was very clean and quiet during our stay. Lifeguard services are available from the City of Hollywood Beach and there is a lifeguard post situated quite near the inn. One early morning while watching the sunrise, we caught a glimpse of a dolphin from our balcony!

SERVICES: Beach chairs, beach towels, parasol are available from the inn and at no charge. After 4 PM, guests can use the onsite washer/dryer and pay for the usage using an honor system. At the reception desk, there is a basket of condiments for the guests to share/borrow, i.e.: balsamic vinegar, BBQ sauce, spices, etc. There are also books and movies available to borrow. This inn is family operated and the staff is very nice, welcoming and they aim to ensure that their guests enjoy their stay.

Although our stay was short, we had a lovely experience at the Manta Ray Inn. We would love to return one day and we would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone visiting southeast Florida.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Wow, thank you so much for the feedback on our Inn. The Manta Ray Inn team definitely try to make each guest feel at home and it would seem that we achieved this even though you were only with us a few days. Next time I am sure that you will decide to stay a bit longer so that you can really rest and relax!! We now consider you on of our Manta Ray Inn family and we are all blushing with the really nice comments that you shared about our Inn. The stay and I are waiting for you to return and so we do hope that it is soon!!! Please stay in touch!.
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Riverside, California
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

You couldn't ask for a more fabulous place to unwind from the daily grind. The Manta Ray Inn harks back for us to beach vacations we used to take when we were kids, a low-rise (two story) 50s style apartment type motel right on the sand, but with added benefit of all the modern conveniences we've come to expect these days and none of the frenetic pace of a big resort. Truly a small piece of paradise in an otherwise hectic world It is perfect for a long stay, a week to a month. The Inn has 12 rooms, most one-bedroom apts with some two-bedroom units. All units have plenty of space, have been modernized with fully equipped kitchens, remodeled bathrooms, and an air-conditioned bedroom, so they make your stay quite convenient while also very relaxing. Cable TV and free Wi-Fi are included. This Inn is right on the sand, there is nothing between you and the water save for a wide, clean beautiful beach. It is in the form of an L, with a large grassy area with umbrellas and tables, chaise lounges, gas barbeques and more open to the ocean. There are beach toys for kids (and kid-like adults). Parking is immediately adjacent to the Inn and included in the rates. One of the best parts of this Inn is that it is located just south of the famous Hollywood Boardwalk (a few very short blocks) thus it is very quiet while still being close to the action if that is what you want. We travel extensively, frequently to beautiful beach resorts around the world, but for us the Manta Ray Inn is certainly one of our favorites. It truly does bring back the joys of our childhoods growing up in the 50s. We recommend this Inn highly and will definitely come back for a longer stay.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, October 28, 2013
Thank you so much for staying with us at the Manta Ray Inn!! We cannot wait for you to return again and stay with us a little longer so you can really get the rest and relaxation that you deserve. Being slightly away from the Broadwalk but being within walking distance does make all the difference. You do have the best of both worlds. The staff were thrilled to ready your review and so please be sure to consider us for your next little getaway and we definitely hope to see you soon!!
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Pennsylvania
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56 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Stayed at the Manta Ray based on its first place ranking on this site. It is hard to criticize such a nice peaceful place.

The pros to staying here are
Extremely clean
On the beach with wonderful view.
Parking and internet are included in rate.

Cons:
10 minute walk to boardwalk
No central air. Unit in bedroom only.
No food, restaurants, vending or shop close by
No refunds on deposits.
Short office hours.

We never really got to know anyone there, but I am sure they were nice. This is a great place for couples that want to buy their own food and beverages and hang out at the beach for days with no commotion of staying in a larger hotel.

Room Tip: 2nd floor rooms provide a nice view of the ocean.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
I am very glad that you enjoyed the relaxation and peace and quiet of the Manta Ray Inn. Yes, it is great to grill out and enjoy a glass of wine watching the sunset. We are definitely old Florida at its best. Our office is open every day and we have a night time security guard to make sure that all of our customer needs are met. I do hope that you will return again and perhaps stay a little longer so you too may make some lasting friendships with other Manta Ray Inn family members!! A/C is on the list of upgrades to be accomplished!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Just twelve rooms with kitchens facing the Atlantic, great place to kick back and enjoy the hours. The barbecue and picnic tables offer the opportunity to meet your neighbors and exchange good food and strong drinks.
We've returned to Inn many times in the last twenty years, and it still remains high on our destination list. You will find many returnees who feel the same way we do. Enjoy.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, September 19, 2013
We are thrilled that you were happy with your stay at the Manta Ray Inn. The beach cannot be beat and we are glad that you enjoyed the service provided by our Manta Ray Inn staff. They all go out of their way to make sure that all of your needs are met and we cannot wait to have you return to our little piece of heaven!!
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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Felt like I was staying in someone's beach house. I rented the one bedroom on the first floor facing the beach courtyard. Clean, comfortable with that old South Florida vibe. Kitschy quaint decorations, ceiling fans, AC in bedroom, fishies on the shower curtain and handsoap container, well stocked galley kitchen. Only stayed one night but this would be great for families spending a few days. Hollywood "Broadwalk" just a block down the road. Great wide beach at the back door with chaises, showers. Parking on site, great convenience.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
We are so glad that you found the Manta Ray Inn everything that you wanted for your one night stay!
Our staff do their best to make sure that you feel at home and it would seem that they succeeded and so please come back to see us and let us knock your socks off!!!!! See you soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

The Manta Ray Inn is a very nice, clean, well maintained inn directly on the Hollywood, Florida beach. The view from the porch is great. The rooms are small suites with solid wicker furniture in the living room, a large HD Samsung TV with a DVD/VCR player (bring some of your old videos). The kitchen is tiny but fully functional with all the pots and pans, dishes, flat ware, you might need as well as a coffee maker and coffee and small microwave oven and a conventional gas oven. The maid service washes the dishes daily. Our room had a king size bed that was very comfortable, no issues at all. The only slight negative is the lack of central air conditioning. The bedroom has an ac unit so one has to crank that to really cold to keep the living room comfortable. The ceiling fan helps as well. We stayed a week and enjoyed every day. This is a small inn with 12 rooms so there is no fitness center, but there is a long beach for morning runs and a beautiful warm ocean for swimming. Am I gushing, yeah I guess so but the Manta Ray deserves it.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, August 19, 2013
It was really great to have your entire group with us at the Manta Ray Inn. You are definitely part of the Manta Ray Inn family now and we do hope that you will continue to come and visit us and also stay in touch. A few photos of your group would be great for us to share on our blog! We really enjoyed seeing you all having so much fun and enjoying our little peace of paradise!
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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We just came back from Manta Ray Inn, We stayed June 24 thru June 28. We loved it. The room was our own little apartment. It had everything. Full kitchen with all the cooking supplies. Even 2 Weber Grills that we cooked everynight on. We loved the pool and the location was perfect on the beach. It was like a private beach. My 4 year old son could run around on the beach and I didnt have to worry. The room was very clean and the staff (junior was very nice).
We loved how one night we came back to our room and it was all cleaned and the staff must took notice that me and my son were collecting seashells and the surprised us with more. which was nice. I loved it and hope to come back one day.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
It was such a pleasure for you to share your honeymoon with us at the Manta Ray Inn!! You little one was a welcome addition to our Manta Ray Inn family and it was definitely a lot of fun to see the three of you enjoying our beautiful resort!! Looking forward to you all coming back again and seeing us at the Manta Ray but in the meantime please keep in touch with us!!
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Property: Manta Ray Inn
Address: 1715 South Surf Road, Hollywood, FL 33019
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Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Hollywood
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Hollywood
#1 Family Hotel in Hollywood
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Hollywood
#6 Business Hotel in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Manta Ray Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our one- and two-bedroom suites are fully equipped to be your home away from home! We provide full daily maid service, free wifi, beach chairs, beach towels, gas grills, heated pool, complimentary movies, on-site laundry facilities, beach toys for your children. Forgot your sunscreen, beach umbrella or sand pail? Don't worry -- we are here to help you out! Rest and enjoy that cocktail as the sun sets and the children play in the sand. We have everything else covered. Hit the beach, hit the pool ... Leave the rest to us. Need to print your boarding pass? No problem! Let the office know and you can do it when the manager is there daily! Want to do something different? Ask us and we will help with creative and fun activities for all of you no matter what your preference! We will make every effort to exceed your expectations and make your getaway memorable. ... more   less 
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