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“Nice Little Place”
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Rancho Inn
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Apalachicola
Dunnellon, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Nice Little Place”
Reviewed 28 June 2013

We stayed at the Rancho Inn for a couple of nights. It is an older motel and obviously the rooms had, at one time, been smoking rooms. The non-smoking room we were in was a bit musty. The room was clean and it came with a fridge, microwave and coffee pot. WiFi is spotty, but if you go to the office it works fine. This isn't a 5-star, but it is clean and reasonable.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dallas
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

Book somewhere else if you can, there is charming lodging in this historic little town. This will suffice as a safe place to stay if needed. The staff was nice and accommodating. Just be aware that this motel is worn-out. Everything in the room felt old and grimy. In most places a motel like this would be cheaper, but there is limited lodging in the area. They have frig/micros in the rooms, free bikes to use, a little pool, and multiple HBO channels, which are nice extra touches, and which along with the staff raise this to three stars.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Holley
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 10 April 2013

Room was nice and clean, bed was all right. owner was very help full.Friendly staff.Just needs a little updating. Would stay again.There is no restaurant or fitness center, there is a nice pool.And your not to far from historic down town shops.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Tennessee
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2013 via mobile

We decided oysters were in order for Valentine weekend. Online and calls produced no rooms so we took a chance and just struck out knowing we would find something. The Rancho Inn was all that was available. No it is not all that pretty & kinda dated but it was clean and reasonable ($60 per night). Yes there are places closer to the water and more "foo-foo" but if you want a clean room try the Rancho.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Stockton, Illinois, United States
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40 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2013

we were traveling to florida with our dog and took a chance on winging it without making reservations as we traveled. we stopped at the Rancho Inn after driving into town and were surprised to find out that dogs were allowed. the room was very nice and large and was clean. the price was fair and the woman at the desk was very helpful. it was a very pleasant stay and i would stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Owensboro, Kentucky
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Rancho Inn for a couple of nights and were immediately impressed by the kindness and hospitality of Marylynn and Lisa. They gave great recommendations and even drew a map of the area and highlighted must-sees. Our room the first night was a little musty and bothered my allergies, but the ladies happily moved us to another nicer, newer room for the next night. Large rooms and great value.

  • Stayed February 2013
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Orlando
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 20 December 2012

The Rancho is a clean and comfortable older motel. The staff is always friendly and helpful without being intrusive.
Apalach is a beautiful historic fishing village. Take a walk while you're there. Head out into the neighborhood behind the motel and enjoy the homes. With the wrap around porches and gingerbread, you can imagine you've stepped back in time. With a few twists and turns and maybe ten minutes of walking, you'll find yourself at Lafayette Park on the bay. It's a great place. You can relax and read a book, bring the kids and let them play, or if you want to fish, there's a great pier.
I have traveled here several times with and without the grandchildren. There is a nice pool for them to play in when we are not fishing. One of the rooms with an extra bedroom was great with the kids giving us plenty of room.
I'd like to address some negative reviews regarding noisy guests. I have never had any trouble of this type. The owner lives on site and would never knowingly let unruly guests intrude on another's stay . The review said the owner was out of town during their trip..that I believe.
Also, the wifi has been updated, no problem watching a movie or playing a game on the internet.
Bottom line...if you're looking for a clean, comfortable room at the best price in town, you'll find it at the Rancho Inn.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Rancho Inn

Property: Rancho Inn
Address: 240 US Highway 98, Apalachicola, FL 32320-1872
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Apalachicola
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Apalachicola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Rancho Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
New Management! Hotel under remodeling. Rancho Inn is a recently-renovated hotel located in the historical coastal town of Apalachicola Joe on Florida's forgotten Gulf Coast, less than 30 minutes from Port St. Joe and, Mexico Beach and 20 minutes form St. George Island. The Rancho Inn sits just 2 miles form Apalachicola downtown with public boat launching facilities, and close to marinas offering fishing charters and waterfront dining. We pride ourselves in cleanliness and good old fashioned friendliness. You will enjoy the home like feel we try to impart to all our guests. We try to make you feel like you are truly guests in our home. We the owners do live here on the premises. When you are talking to us on the phone, in the office or on the property you have a 99% chance that you are speaking to an owner. We care what you think of us and our establishment and want you to enjoy the time you spend in our city. If there is anything we can do to make your trip and your stay more pleasurable, Please don't hesitate to ask. ... more   less 
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