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“This hotel is perfect for our annual visit to run the Sharks Tooth 10K”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Island Sun Inn

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Island Sun Inn
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
2 reviews
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“This hotel is perfect for our annual visit to run the Sharks Tooth 10K”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014

We've stayed here for 3 consecutive years. This hotel could use some work on the outside, but is "quaint" as my boyfriend puts it and is very close to the race staging area and the beach. Recently remodeled rooms are cleaner and nicer as well. The hotel bistro has excellent food and service. The only negative we have is that the price seems to go up a little each year.

  • Stayed April 2014
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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St. Augustine, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2014

The place has been renovated and we stayed in one that was recently done. The general manager was very pleasant. The lobby has a computer for guests.
PROS; The floors were spotless and so nice and shiny, NO ugly carpets here. Our room was
very clean. Wonderful bed, small fridge & micro. New TV. They kept the old tiles and tub
but replaced the vanity, mirror & light fixture. The grounds are lovely and there is a
heated pool 80 degrees. Nice french doors that lead to the garden area and there are
chairs right outside the doors.
CONS: The parking lot needs paving. When you pull up to the front door of your room you will
be disappointed but once inside, you will forget it. There is no curb appeal but the place is
being constantly fixed up.
NO phones, so bring your mobile, the WIFI is very spotty too.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Zelienople
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

Was disappointed with the exterior, needed paint and maintenance. Parking lot was small and hard to drive through. The room had no carpeting, just a vinyl type tile.The highlight was the very nice courtyard that the french doors opened onto. The worst part was how noisy it was. We could hear the couple in the next room who stayed up talking half the night. You could also hear everyone who walked by in front of the room or in the courtyard.Got very little sleep. We had booked three nights, but only stayed one.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Fulton, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

This Motel is a great little place close to Venice Beach. The staff was super friendly and helpful. The rooms were very clean and have just been updated. They are still finishing the remodeling in part of the hotel, but you would never even have known any construction was going on. The pool area is great and the pool is really clean. They also have grills for your use in the cute courtyard and even supply the charcoal. A very relaxing trip! Will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Michelle W, Property Manager Office at Island Sun Inn, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Thank you for your input as we always want to do our best to make our customers happy and exceed their expectations. Your input is much appreciated as we strive to deliver the best guest experience. We recently renovated all of the rooms with restored terrazzo floors, new furnishings, bathroom fixtures and flat screen TVs. Additionally, we redesigned our courtyard BBQ area and re-trained our staff to give our guests the best experience possible. We sincerely hope you visit us again to experience the island casual environment we have created in this little gem near Venice Beach.
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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2013

Don't let the reviews scare you. I was taking a rather long, leisurely trip down the Tamiami Trail going to 'old Florida' motels sightseeing. Booked 3 nights online, liked it so much ended up staying eight days. Great rates, great room, pool, location etc. After checking in, I drove around the building to room. When I first pulled up, it was just the parking lot and a row of Old outdated doors, no frills. I thought I made a mistake, but, entered and was delighted. Inside there are double French doors that open to the courtyard. The courtyard was great with tiki torches, pool, grills, and landscaping(Looking forward to shuffleboard next time). The greatness was how removed you felt from the traffic, city etc while in your room and the courtyard. My room (renovated) was terrific, new beds, new floors(NOT carpet), flat screen tv. table/chairs, fridge/micro etc. The staff was very good, Always cleaning, helpful, willing to do most anything for you and most of all very friendly. They location was perfect, very safe area, so close to everything beaches (not just Venice Beach), attractions, shopping and other little cities&state parks to visit. The Restaurant, The Blu Bistro was so good. It was always very busy with locals/travelers. The food was VERY reasonably priced and Chef Allen (from Philly) has an amazing menu with daily changes. This property is under renovations and rooms being updated. I was in a newly renovated room. The renovations were very low key, not loud, disruptive or even obvious. I will/would definitely stay here again when I revisit. Kudos to Marc, Shondra, front desk and housekeeping, Allen@Blu Bistro and all who made my stay so wonderful. Renovations and updates should be completed soon, in meantime, ask for renovated room, stay, play and have a great time here.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Michelle W, Property Manager Office at Island Sun Inn, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Thank you for your input as we always want to do our best to make our customers happy and exceed their expectations. Your input is much appreciated as we strive to deliver the best guest experience. It is exciting a such a compliment that your experience with our hotel, staff and restaurant caused you to actually extend your stay in Venice. Venice is so charming and we are truly complimented we were a part of making vacation memories with you. We sincerely hope you visit us again to experience the island casual environment we have created in this little gem near Venice Beach.
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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

Room size was average and this one could have used some updating, but it was clean and the bed was nice. However - the bathroom window wouldn't completely close (opened to a semi-creepy back parking area), the sink drained very slowly, and in the morning (thank goodness) the toilet leaked, flooding the bathroom. This probably doesn't happen with every room, but we concluded it wasn't worth the bargain price. Except for those maintenance problems, though, we would probably come back. I agree with another reviewer - the pool area was probably the nicest feature.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Michelle W, Property Manager Office at Island Sun Inn, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Thank you for your input as we always want to do our best to make our customers happy and exceed their expectations. Your input is much appreciated as we strive to deliver the best guest experience. We recently renovated all of the rooms with restored terrazzo floors, new furnishings, bathroom fixtures and flat screen TVs. Additionally, we redesigned our courtyard BBQ area and re-trained our staff to give our guests the best experience possible. I think with all of that said, we are surely ready for "Prime Time" and look forward to seeing you again. :-)
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Monterey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

We were disappointed when we arrived and considered changing our plans. There was trash outside our entry door. The hotel is slightly outdated and the carpet is in need of replacement. Not a comfortable night sleep.

We enjoyed the pool area and the location was close to Venice Beach which was nice.

We stayed in three different places on this trip and this one was the most expensive. The others were less expensive and updated. Maybe it is just an expensive area to stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Michelle W, Property Manager Office at Island Sun Inn, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Thank you for your input as we always want to do our best to make our customers happy and exceed their expectations. Your input is much appreciated as we strive to deliver the best guest experience. We are glad you didn't change your plans and are certain you next stay will be much better. We recently renovated all of the rooms with restored terrazzo floors, new furnishings, bathroom fixtures and flat screen TVs. Additionally, we redesigned our courtyard BBQ area and re-trained our staff to give our guests the best experience possible. We sincerely hope you visit us again to experience the island casual environment we have created in this little gem near Venice Beach.
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Property: Island Sun Inn
Address: 625 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL 34285-3237
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Venice
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Island Sun Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 38
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