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“SOMEWHERE IN TIME ...A place RICH in HISTORY !!”
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Gibson Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Apalachicola
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Alabama
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“SOMEWHERE IN TIME ...A place RICH in HISTORY !!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

If you are looking for a place to go without building a time machine. Than the GIBSON INN in Apalachicola,FL. is the place to go. The minute you step into the inn your time travel begins. It already feels like it is the turn of the century and I mean 1900. The rich history surounds you and you feel as if you just stepped back in time. The rooms are charming and clean yet the bath room has all the modern things you will want to have but tastfully coverd in decorations of the past.The bed was large and comfortable. Our 3 night stay at the inn was a wonderfull trip into the past. The people who work there where warm and welcomed us into their home. Tha bar has an old world charm and the drinks are well made. The Gibson Inn reminds me of the Inn in the movie Somewhere in Time with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve. If it's ROMANCE and LOVE you are looking for try a weekend at the GIBSON INN !! :-)

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

My wife and I chose Apalachicola for our first long weekend of the year and had never been to the area before. We looked at all the B&Bs as well as motels and chose the Gibson because of the location and their 3 night special-stay 2 and get the 3rd night free. We also planned on getting tickets to the Patsy Cline show at the Dixie Theater. Initially we were told the Patsy Cline Show was sold out. We wrote the Gibson asking for help locating tickets. PJ from the Gibson called twice to 1) say she had put the word out and 2) say that the Dixie had tickets set aside for us. In addition the Dixie called us to say that the tickets were waiting for us. How is that for service? When we checked in PJ greeted us warmly and wrote a note to the bar to give us free anniversary drinks. The bar was great-good crowd, prices fair, and OK pub food. Dinning room was closed. Search for new chef ongoing. Blues and Jazz on the CD's. The 3 days was outstanding both at the Gibson and in Apalachicola. We already have our rooms for the Halloween Murder Mystery Weekend in October. Oh yes, room was clean and comfortable. Continental breakfast each morning. The Gibson is our place and it should be yours.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Conyers, Georgia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2011

The Inn needs a major update all around! The electricity was a huge issue off and on during the Thanksgiving holiday. The food was horrendous. It's really unfortunate because the Gibson Inn is such a integral part of Apalachicola's history but someone needs to take charge!! We visit the area often and will not be back to the Gibson Inn.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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MommyD5, General Manager at Gibson Inn, responded to this review, 28 November 2011
I am sorry that this guest had a negative experience. On Friday, November 25th, the Gibson Inn had a power failure due to a blown transformer on a Progress Energy pole. This left us without power from 7:15am until 1pm. At no other time during the holidays were we without power. The staff worked hard to make sure everyone was comfortable. We were unaware of any guest’s dissatisfaction.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2011

This Inn is a historic landmark in the centre of a very pretty and historic Floridian town. The rooms are all very different but beautifully furnished, some with four poster beds. It is spotlessly clean and offers every comfort. There is an excellent restaurant and bar and the reception and bar staff are friendly, warm and helpful. happy hour in the bar is pure joy and frequented by many local characters. The porches have beautiful traditional swing seats and rockers where you can sip a beer or cocktail and watch the sunset or the people. If you are very lucky you may get to meet the famous Lucky-Dog and her thespian human; this will guarantee a very entertaining interlude. I thoroughly recommend the Gibson Inn it's a must for all visitors to Apalchicola. From the Harrisons in the UK.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Trinity, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2011

The Gibson Inn could sure use some updating, BUT the staff is wonderful. They offset everything else!

Room Tip: We were in the back upper unit because we had our dog with us. Good location for coming and going.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Campbellton
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2011

My sister and I saw this hotel on our family vacation to St George Island in August and we vowed we'd be back to stay in it when we didn't have the rest of our families with us. That is exactly what we did in one month later and we were so thrilled! Literally. We toured the quaint little town all day long, the city is bulging with history and the locals are proud and eager to share it with you. After our long day we watched a movie we had brought and with the many, many thick pillows we made ourselves comfortable, scrambling them everywhere. We went down to the bar for food and drinks on the porch, the night lavender in full bloom and smells wonderful. When we got back to our room our bed was made! Perfectly. We went to the Gibson for its "historical" flair but I guess when you spend the night somewhere with this much history, don't be suprised to get more than you bargained for! The staff actually apologized and offered to give us a different room, but we declined. We'd gotten more out of this experience than what we'd paid for! It sparked my sister's interest so much, she went back the next weekend to the Coombs Inn for the Ghost Hunter's Experience but she said it wasn't near the "experience" we had at the Gibson. We will definately be back!

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2011

After reading about the murder mystery weekends on the Gibson Inn website, my fiance and I decided this might be something we would enjoy. We were not disappointed! We had a wonderful time exploring Apalachicola, meeting the other 'detectives', and enjoying the overall Gibson Inn experience. The entire staff, from the check-in desk, housekeeping, bar and restaurant were more than accommodating and friendly. Sue and Sharon were especially helpful, answering our questions about the area, and giving us the perfect choices for lunch on Sat. Our room was spotless, with a very comfortable bed. The ambiance of this historical hotel added to the 'mystique' of the weekend. We are eagerly looking forward to our next Murder Mystery. If you are looking for something fun and different, don't miss out on these weekends.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Gibson Inn

Property: Gibson Inn
Address: 51 Avenue C, Apalachicola, FL 32320-2306
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Apalachicola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Apalachicola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Gibson Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Gibson Inn is a fine example of Florida "Cracker" Architecture. This was the style of wood frame structure used widely in the 19th and early 20th century in Florida. These homes and businesses are characterized by metal roofs, raised floors, high ceilings, center hallways, and large wrap around porches. A widows walk and cupola crown the tin roof, all a reflection of the area's steamboat past. Built in 1907 of native heart pine and black cypress, the inn soon became known as a first class luxury hotel and was the only one between Pensacola and Jacksonville heated entirely by steam. Now listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. Many of the 30 guest rooms are uniquely appointed with authentic antique furnishings, cable TV, telephone, and wireless internet. Each guest room has its own full private bath. ... more   less 
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