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Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Ranked #20 of 50 Hotels in Sarasota
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Back for the fourth time to this Motel and really enjoyed it as usual. This place has one of the best locations you can imagine, basically you walk out of your room and step directly onto the beach. The rooms are all individually owned wich also means that every room is different from another, check the pictures of the rooms when booking so you can choose the one you like the most. We have tried several rooms and been quite content every time. We will return again, hopefully already next year!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this reviewResponded February 8, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stays at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. I'm happy to hear that you've been able to stay in several different rooms and enjoyed each one. We are unique in that each unit is decorated differently by the owner. We can offer several options to guests to accommodate their needs. Most of our units have fully equipped kitchens which many guests appreciate as well. I always enjoy walking the property in the mornings and seeing guests enjoying their morning coffee and reading the newspaper. We look forward to your return to visit with us again!

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We stayed here at the end of a two week holiday to Florida. It's location right on the beach sold it to us. We lived on the beach for four glorious days, the sunsets were amazing. The place is well looked after and an ideal base to discover the Sarasota area.
The place is not luxurious but resonably priced, clean and it's location sells it.
Many people we met had been there year after year and we would certainly visit again.

Room Tip: The ones near the beach on the ground floor are great as they have their own little terrace
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2013

Thank you for your kind comments about Gulf Beach Resort Motel and for taking the time to write a review about us. I'm happy you were able to end your vacation staying with us and enjoying our beautiful sunsets. We do tend to have a lot of guests that return year after year and we are so grateful that they share their experiences and recommend us to their friends and family. We are in an ideal location for guests to be able to enjoy St. Armand's Circle, downtown Sarasota, and many of the attractions Sarasota has to offer. When you're ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy the beach and the sun we have plenty of lounge chairs on our beach for you to do so. We thank you again for discovering us and hope that you will become one of the guests that returns to visit with us year after year!

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We were married here 9 years ago and we just keep going back time after time. We just stayed last weekend for my 44th birthday and they are such good hosts and staff. Greg the main man at the office is very polite and easy to work with, the rest of the staff never passes by you without saying good morning or hello or have a great day. I will say it is not the Ritz, but is very clean and every room is different and that is what has made our times here fun and interesting. I can also say you WILL NOT find a beach front hotel cheaper from Siesta Key to Anna Marie Island, trust me we have looked. It is close to St. Armand's Circle and many shops and restaurants, so it's location is great. Also has a nice heated pool and we even were swimming in it in the middle of January, so AWESOME!!!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about Gulf Beach Resort Motel and sharing your experiences with us. I'm glad that Gulf Beach is a special place for you to return to year after year after having been married here. Thank you for commenting on our staff. Each and every one of them takes such pride in what they do and try their best to make each guest's stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. We are definitely trying to keep our rates affordable so that everyone can enjoy a vacation at the beach. We look forward to having you return to stay with us for many more years to come!

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

We had a great stay there and would recommend this motel to anyone.The price is really good and you are direct at the beach where we had some amazing sunsets. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and were able to take advantage of one of our units with a fully equipped kitchen. So many of our guests appreciate being able to enjoy their breakfast or lunch on their patio while enjoying the warm sunshine. Sunsets tend to be a great time for guests to gather on the beach and enjoy meeting each other while watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico. We certainly hope that you will return to stay with us again!

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Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in one of the least expensive rooms at the property and booked last minute for New Year's Eve. The room was clean but the bed was pretty firm. It would greatly benefit from a mattress pad. The beach was beautiful and we found lots if shells which was really fun. We arrived late and they had us use a code to get in our room which was easy convenient. We would stay here again.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2013

I'm glad you chose Gulf Beach Resort Motel to celebrate New Year's Eve! Thank you also for taking the time to share your experience with us by writing a review. We've had many guests that have spent some of their time shelling on our beaches and usually with great success. We do have keypad entry locks which guests have found to be very easy to use and no key to lose! I hope you were able to enjoy one of our beautiful sunsets during your stay. I know the weather was wonderful with sunshine and warm temperatures. I certainly hope that you will return to stay with us again!

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Our family of 3 met friends stayed in room 315 December 30 - Jan 2. Full kitchen, closet with hangers and 2 double beds. Great flat screen TV. Each room has a guest book which was fun to read. Our friends arrived first and met Greg who told them where to get a drink and food which was just a 3 minute beach walk. GBMR is clean and provides beach chairs. Bring your own beach towels as none are provided. However, we took bathroom towels which wasn't a problem. I think GBMR feels like a bit of old Sarasota with a lot of character. We would stay there again! St. Armand's circle is 5 minute drive. You can't beat it for the price and location!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Gulf Beach Resort Motel. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us and were able to celebrate the ushering in of a New Year at the beach! St. Armand's Circle is a great place to do some unique shopping and also enjoy a variety of restaurants....all just a short distance from us. I have read through the guest books that we have in the units and always enjoy reading the comments and experiences that guests choose to share with others. I certainly hope you'll come back to visit with us again sometime soon!

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

I was told about GBMR by a friend at church. She seemed to enjoy it so much, we added a week to our Orlando trip. Despite Sandy trying to make things unpleasant, with cloudy skies and cooler weather, I was able to witness a WEDDING on the beach from my balcony! Buildings 100 and 200 are single story with screened patios. Building 300 has 2 floors, and is right on the edge of the beach and its white sands! I had an upstairs room on the inside end, but its long, shared balcony gives you a nice view of the waves. Greg, the asst. manager was cordial, as was the rest of the staff (sorry I didn't get their names). Housekeeping came by every day with fresh towels, but other than that it was a low maintenance week. With a small but full kitchen I saved plenty by shopping at the Publix supermarket. Lots of diversions nearby, but don't miss St. Armand's Circle!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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GulfBeachMotel, Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2012

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review and share your experience at Gulf Beach Resort Motel. We are glad that you decided to extend your stay in Florida to enjoy our beach and our facility. The fully equipped kitchens in most units definitely help to save money on meals and also provide the convenience of having all you may need to enjoy an extended stay. It's nice that you were able to experience a wedding on our beach. We've had many families spend their special day on our property and I have had the pleasure of officiating at several of them myself! I also really appreciate your kind comments about our staff. Our goal is to make everyone's stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. I certainly hope you will have the opportunity to return and visit with us in the near future!

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Address: 930 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236-2110
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 50 Hotels in Sarasota
Price Range: $123 - $216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Gulf Beach Resort Motel 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on Lido Beach in Sarasota, Florida. Private beach and heated pool. Most units have fully equipped kitchens and private screened in porches. Each unit is uniquely decorated and we offer a variety of choices to suit your needs. We are within walking distance of renowned St. Armand's Circle shopping and restaurant district. We are the perfect place for family and class reunions, weddings, family vacations or just to get away for some special time with each other. ... more   less 
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