Gulf Beach Resort Motel

Gulf Beach Resort Motel

930 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236-2110
Traveller (240)
Poolside
Pool & Beach (70)
Bedroom 319
Room & Suite (68)

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#1 of 8 motels in Sarasota
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Happy hour
Beach
Bicycle rental
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fence around pool
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Great View

Location

930 Benjamin Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236-2110
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Brooke C wrote a review Oct 2020
Kernersville, North Carolina82 contributions19 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were looking for somewhere a little less crowded than our usual St Pete Beach spot due to COVID. A friend of ours recommended Gulf Shores Beach Resort and has stayed there in July. It was exactly as described. Clean, quiet and during the week we almost had the entire place to ourselves. The rooms are typical Florida bungalow concrete rooms that have been recently updated. Only steps to the beach and the large cabana was wonderful perfect for enjoying morning coffee and afternoon shade. We also would recommend hiring private chef Mica +1 (917) 312-4712 who prepared an amazing four course dinner prepared at our studio room and served under the cabana while enjoying a beautiful sunset. We would recommend renting bikes and beach chairs/umbrella (there are companies that will deliver and pick up) The ones at the resort are ok but not great for extended beach time. Also it sounds like they are in the process of building a pool which would have been nice to have since we had two days of jellyfish. We loved it and will be back and have friends that are already booked to visit in two weeks based on our reservation.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from david Marinich, General Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Responded Oct 6, 2020
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Doug F wrote a review May 2020
Fishers, Indiana26 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I travel a lot and the Gulf Beach Resort Hotel is Fantastic . It has a lot of charm of old Florida and has maintained its charm through the years . Location, location, location ! The beach is right at the end of the property and it’s beautiful , great lounge chairs for everyone , pool is great well maintained , and St.Armands is just about a 15 minute walk away for all your dining and shopping needs . There is a Publix grocery store up on longboat key that is very convenient. Although this is not a full service luxury resort , it sure does feel like one , from the time you arrive until the time you leave , the staff makes you feel right at home . I’m a fan for life and will return to this Sarasota Gem again . You can spend twice as much down the beach , but there is no reason too . My room was great very comfortable bed , fridge , microwave and table and chairs , very clean . The staff are just great , With a Special BIG shout out to Tami . The laundry facility is great and they have a great Ice machine . In the end a stay here will not disappoint , it has everything you need for a great Sarasota vacation at a very reasonable price . So thanks again to Tami and David for a great experience 😎
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from GulfBeachMotel, General Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Responded May 30, 2020
thank you - it is good to have our friends back at the beach - We are looking forward to many more return visits. David
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TrumanMalcolm wrote a review Jan 2020
Monona, Wisconsin33 contributions25 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for a long weekend. Perfect location — walking distance to shopping and resturaunts, plus a bus stop across the street and bikes to rent if you wanted to venture a little bit further.

The beach access at the resort was wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for anything else. More than enough loungers for everyone, plus a tiki hut for those of us who need to wear SPF100 but still want to enjoy the beach. Bonuses included a volleyball net, BBQ grills, heated pool and shuffleboard for anyone who wanted to enjoy them.

The room was quiet and clean with a few extras, kitchen table, microwave and fridge. The decor leans into the pink flamingo of the 1960s, but it was super fun and had everything I needed.

Last but not least... I was a single lady traveling alone and the property was well lit enough for safety at night. The staff was friendly and accommodating.

I don’t know if life will bring me back to Sarasota, but if so, I’ll be staying here again.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from GulfBeachMotel, General Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Responded Jan 8, 2020
Thank you for the kind review of our property - we hope that life finds you well, and affords the opportunity for you to visit us again. We are looking forward to that day. Thank you again David
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Chefnfly wrote a review Jan 2020
Russell Springs, Kentucky394 contributions74 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stopped here for a few days while on our way back home to KY. The location is spot on, basically right on the beach. They also provide beach chairs and beach towels.The outdoor pool is heated. I took a dip one night while the temperature was in the 50s and it felt great.
Now for the bad part of our experience. The first room we stayed in was a dated old dingy room. No side chairs to sit in, no shade on the wall light and the bathroom was just blah. Luckily for us the air conditioning froze up and stopped working which made a sleepless hot night. Management was accommodating the next morning and moved us.it was as if we went to another motel. This new room was bright, welcoming and had a table and chairs plus 2 wicker chairs. I'm not sure if somehow they forgot to remodel the first room or just use it as overflow but they really need to do something with it cause it's a dump. Be sure that you don't get room 200 201 or 202.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from GulfBeachMotel, General Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Responded Jan 15, 2020
Thank you for your review - sorry about the a/c - glad you liked the next room. David
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Nancy C wrote a review Jan 2020
Athens, Ohio19 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My sisters and I stayed at the Hulf Beach Hotel and had a great time. The quality of the rooms varies hugely so be careful when you book. Even though my room cost more than my sister’s, it was very bare bones - no bed side lamp, no hair dryer, no coffee cups. The front desk said it was a “motel room”. My sisters room had a full kitchen, nice furnishings, and beach decor - and was way cheaper. So if you stay here, enjoy the beautiful beach and get an “efficiency”.
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Date of stay: January 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Don’t book the “motel room”. Book an efficiency or “apartment”
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Response from GulfBeachMotel, General Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Responded Jan 13, 2020
thank you for your review - we hope that you and your family had a great time - and we hope that you can have a reunion here again -- Thank you for staying with us David
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Garden1648 wrote a review Mar 2020
Brooklyn, New York21 contributions23 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Each room is owned by a different owner. You walk out of your room and you are yards from the beach. The staff is excellent- especially Dave, Jennifer and Tammi. They are very helpful. Some rooms are well decorated with new beds, a/c while others are in poorer condition. See online photos which are good but may not tell the 'whole story'. We did have a pleasant room but with a horrible bed. It took a few dates of negotiating to get them give us a better bed and this was a damper as we were there for one week. Also the staff does not have control over the interior of the rooms as the owner's do and this means you don't really know what you will get as the owners are not there. Still I enjoy the cozy, pleasant atmosphere and would go again.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: See photos, ask questions about the bed, refrigerator, a/c.
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Response from Navigate73671, General Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Responded Mar 3, 2020
Thank you for your review - we always strive to make all our guest feel comfortable, I hope that we were able to accommodate you - we look forward to your annual visit - and we look forward to your next visit - Thank you again David
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Steve S wrote a review Mar 2020
Rubicon, Wisconsin31 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I struggle whether to give this an excellent or very good because it may not be for everyone. We love it and come back. The motel is an older style motel where the rooms are now owned by individuals, are decorated and rented out like small condos. Rooms tend to be smallish, although some are larger, and basic but wonderful for sleeping and relaxing. Most have a porch area which is great for reading and other things. And best of all you are a short walk, steps from the beach. Note there are two floors so you may have a few steps to walk down but the view is nicer. Imagine getting up, pouring a cup of coffee and walking out your door and on the beach. No going through a lobby just fresh air.
If you like modern, high rise, and lots of amenities this is not the place. If you want quite, right on the beach, friendly and just want to be yourself. This is it. It is also close to many resaurants and sites so you probably won't be in the room much.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: If its your first time I suggest picking one of the larger rooms at a slight increase in cost. ...
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Response from Navigate73671, General Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Responded Mar 7, 2020
thank you for you review, hope to see you soon. David
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judy407 wrote a review Feb 2020
Mt. Athos Peninsula, Greece6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved this place. The kitchen was large enough for my husband to do all the cooking he wanted, and the beach was perfect for me to relax, walk and sunbathe. We loved walking down to the park at the end of the key. We watched a crane catch his breakfast. The room is small, but the outside makes it all worthwhile. The heated pool was perfect for my water aerobics workout in the evening after the families went inside.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Navigate73671, General Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Responded Feb 12, 2020
thank you for your review of our property - we hope you have an opportunity to visit us again in the near future. David
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austin B wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Family was down for daughter's college (USF) graduation friends n family told us about GULF BEACH RESORT beautiful place near beach perfect spot. Rooms were great size for family of 4 heated pool walking distance to white sandy beach. Staff headed by General Manager David J Marinich were wonderful. Tami Pace accommodated all our needs to make this stay fantastic. Highly recommend this for any type of stay. We will be rebooking in near future.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from GulfBeachMotel, General Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Responded Jan 6, 2020
thank you for your review - We hope that you have another opportunity to come and stay with us in the near future, and congrats to your daughter. Thank you Again David
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Relaxed351 wrote a review Mar 2020
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Clean, comfortable room. Friendly staff. Quiet neighbourhood. On the beach. Close to restaurants. A perfect place to go to relax and recharge, where the quality of getaway depends on the location (oh that fabulous beach!) and being with loved ones.
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Date of stay: February 2020
Room Tip: Just relax and take in the view.
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Response from Navigate73671, General Manager at Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Responded Mar 7, 2020
thank you for your review. David
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khb475 asked a question Apr 2021
Jamestown, New York3 contributions3 helpful votes
check in time ?
Answer from Navigate73671
we are keeping the social distancing - we are not allowing the cabanas on the beach - and each guest will have a wristband so we can keep the beach to our guest only.
Dianna H asked a question Jun 2020
South Haven, Michigan72 contributions17 helpful votes
How far away is Siesta key beach? When we were in Siesta key previously we stayed on crescent beach.
Answer from Doug F
Fishers, Indiana26 contributions7 helpful votes
It’s a 15 minute drive , if you walk to the end of Lido beach to the park , you can see Siesta Key .
Answer from GulfBeachMotel
Sarasota, Florida2 contributions
St Armand circle is approximately 3/4 miles away
Swisslife2011 wrote a tip Mar 2020
Appleton, Wisconsin2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Some units have kitchens (our choice) which allows home cooked /healthy meals and the ability to enjoy the beach even more!"
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magpie129 wrote a tip Mar 2020
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wall AC cord lays on one of the beds"
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rowag76 wrote a tip Mar 2020
4 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room was clean. No room for luggage, had to put suitcases on the itty bitty porch."
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Relaxed351 wrote a tip Mar 2020
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Just relax and take in the view."
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beed676 wrote a tip Mar 2020
Aurora, Canada1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room301A needs a lot of work and we would not stay in it. "
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
49
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gulf Beach Resort Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Gulf Beach Resort Motel?
Nearby attractions include Lido Beach (0.4 km), St. Armands Circle (1.2 km), and Just/Because (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gulf Beach Resort Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Gulf Beach Resort Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Gulf Beach Resort Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Gulf Beach Resort Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gulf Beach Resort Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Arcade Monsters Lido Beach, Drift Kitchen & Bar, and Café L'Europe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gulf Beach Resort Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Gulf Beach Resort Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Phillippi Estate Park (5.9 km) and Burns Court Neighborhood (4.3 km).
Does Gulf Beach Resort Motel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Gulf Beach Resort Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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