We used to stay at the Gulf Surf in the 80's and early 90's when visiting my mother-in-law who lived in the area. We had to be in the Sarasota area for a weekend so decided to see what it was like 20 years later. I wanted to rent unit #7, beachfront with two bedrooms, two baths. This was the unit we stayed in when we used to come down. When I called to make the reservation, I was told that unit was not available, so we booked two smaller units. (We were traveling with our now grown children.) The first night we were there, we were the only guests. Another room was rented the second two nights we were there--but not the room we had originally asked for. That unit stayed empty the whole time we were there. Apparently the housekeeper was on vacation, so the room couldn't be cleaned for us to use. Seriously? Other than that, our stay was great. The rooms have been refurbished since we were there many years ago. They are very clean and bug free. The beach is fabulous, the Gulf of Mexico was very warm. We were hoping to observe some turtle hatching, but that didn't happen while we were there. There were several marked nests on the beach. All in all, I would recommend the Gulf Surf to anyone. It isn't fancy, but it is comfortable. My only complaint was not getting the room we wanted, and that had nothing to do with the place itself--maybe just a bit of laziness on management's part.