Our family has spent several weeks here every summer for 10+ years, so we know the place and the owner well. There are no chain hotels on Casey Key, so what's there are small mom & pop style motels. If you want an upscale resort & spa with room service, Casey Key may not be for you. But, if you want to enjoy a quiet, uncrowded beach with gorgeous seashells and a safe, an affordable family atmosphere, then you'll love Casey Key. We go for the beach, and Gulf Shore Resort Motel is a beach-lover's paradise. You can't beat the location, and it's safe for families with kids.
The previous reviewer didn't appreciate the best part of Gulf Shore Resort Motel--it spans both sides of the street, so it is on the inter-coastal on one side and the beach is on the other. This is one of the largest properties on the beach, with space to park your boat at the dock out back. You can also fish from the dock or watch crabs, sea urchins, and other marine life from the sea wall on the inter-coastal side. If you want to stay on the beach side, simply request a room on the beach side of the street. The 2 "beach houses" are the best, close to the beach, with private covered patios. The Gulf Shore Resort Motel has many different suites/rooms to accommodate a wide range of budgets. The least expensive rooms are small, yes, but if you're there for the beach, they're a good value.
The owners, Joe and Shirley, are the nicest people, friendly and helpful--they would do just about anything to make their guests feel comfortable. However, the owners do not intrude upon guests' space; they will not yell at your kids or police your family to make sure you're not doing something wrong. They won't follow you around making unwanted small-talk. However, they are aware of who is staying there and are always available if you need something. People love to stop by the office and chat with Joe! It's a casual, laid-back, quiet, comfortable place for those who want to be on one of the best beaches in Florida.
Now for the reality: Gulf Shore Resort Motel is an older property. It is not a Ritz Carlton. It is quirky, but in a good way. The towels and sheets are clean, but the bedspreads and pillows are old (the pillows/bedspreads are really my only criticism--I bring my own pillow when I stay there. Remember, this is Florida, on the water, so sometimes the humidity can be bad for bedding.) Some kitchenettes have older appliances in them (but some units have brand-new appliances as the older ones are replaced). The bathrooms are also older (think 1950's tile) but always clean. If you don't like your room, ask to see another one--there are rooms there for nearly everyone's liking. They provide free Wi-Fi too. Once you've been there for a day or so, it begins to feel more homey and you begin to appreciate the "old Florida" charm.
We just returned from there with our beach treasures, and we'll be back again next summer for sure!!
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