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Gibson Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Apalachicola
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 August 2008

Occasionally, I have the opportunity to combine business and pleasure. My business travels take me the length of Florida.

I look forward for an opportunity to visit the Apalachicola area, (Port St. Joe, to Carrabelle) because of the combination of comfort, hospitality and great food found at the Gibson Inn.

A stay at the Gibson Inn is a great comfort. I can relax, eat well and be assured anything I leave behind will find it's way back home to me. The rooms are clean, comfortable, the staff welcoming.

Our most recent visit came after a three day vacation on Dog Island. We arrived on a Sunday evening. Had the family, wife, 2 boys, a senior at UF and sophomore in high school and myself. Two cars, I had to work on Monday before we'd meet back home to Gainesville, FL. We stayed 4 to the room, a bit tight but try doing 4 to a room at the Hotel St. Michelle, in Carol Gables, another regular favorite.

Staff was great, kids arrive looking like wet rats after 3 days on the island and staff got us off to the room with extra towels, and shampoo straight away. Couldn't be nicer. There's something to be said about ‘slow time' which is what I call Florida west of the Apalachicola river.

Dinner on a Sunday evening in a tourist town can be a bit dicey. However, this Sunday evening, the experience was great. Relaxed fine dinning. Great experience for the boys, nice linens, great service. It's good for them to be expected to sit up and join the adults in conversation. And truth be told, they enjoy themselves as well. Food was wonderful, chief inspired original dishes. And a great wine selection, even have Calvados!! A good wine selection does not have to be code for 'expensive'. The dry white Greek wine was very modest in price but a perfect recommendation.

Monday, I was out by 8:00. The family stayed a bit longer and had breakfast up the street. Wife raved about the morning latte'.

Apalachicola is an interesting town. They seem to be making the transition from old sea port, to fishing village to tourist destination better than most. A late evening walk after dinner or early morning walk after breakfast around the downtown area seems just right.

Hope you enjoy your visit to Apalachicola as much as our family did.

Stayed: August 2008
4  Thank Deijlerweg
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Reviewed 16 August 2008

What a terrible disappointment. Having come from Dolphin island and driving through the panhandle of FL we were so looking forward to a wonderful experience. But what we found was a terrific waste of money. We are not the Bed & Breakfast types, but this did not even offer Breakfast. And for the huge bill we should have had room service. We chose this place because they bragged they were pet friendly. Not even close. First thing we encountered was the terrible parking. No parking lot available. Customers were jockeying for any available space around the Inn. We ended up having to straddle a mud puddle. We could not take our pup through the hotel, or even in the lobby. We had to carry everything up a wobbly flight of stairs. The room was cramped and dirty. The view was a old gas station whose lights shined in the windows all night. We attempted to take a walk around this small town, but found it to be old & decayed. We had supper at a local cafe and later had to challenge an overage charge on our Credit card. We decided to call this place Pirates Cove. We felt we were robbed. In the morning getting a cup of coffee was an ordeal. Even a complaint to the hotel did not result an any concern on their part. They took our money & moved on.
Would not send anyone to this place.

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2  Thank poorpiper
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Reviewed 5 August 2008

We stayed at the Gibson Inn July 31, 2008, for one night. Because we were only going to be in Apalachicola overnight, we wanted to stay someplace quaint and near the downtown area shops and restaurants. While the Gibson Inn fit the bill on both counts, the room was very disappointing, the bathroom was filthy, I wore shoes in the shower to keep out of the mold, the A/C was very loud when it cycled on and off and the bed and pillows were uncomfortable. I would not recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank FLnative62
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Reviewed 31 July 2008

loved it. beautiful room. what a town! friendliest peoplle i ever met. wish i lived there.

Started at the bar for a wonderful happy hour, continued our night with dinner at a local's favorite "Papa Joe's" and then on to the Spoonbill (the bar on the 2nd floor of the Apalachicola River Inn)

definitely would recommend. had a great time!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank imhavingfun
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Reviewed 29 July 2008

We stayed this past weekend. The manager was rude and treated us like we had wandered in off of the street. Not like people who stay there a couple of times a year - which we do. I don't recall her name but she had bleached blonde curly hair. She was very unhelpful and talked down to us on more than one occasion. The hot water heater in our room was broken and had to be repaired. The carpet looks old as do the linens, paint and wallpaper. Shame. It used to be so nice.

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3  Thank flafishngirl
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Reviewed 24 July 2008

My wife and I made a second trip to Apalachicola and the Gibson Inn recently. Just like our first trip a couple of years ago, this one was equally terrific. The 2nd floor king suite with direct access to the porch is now our favorite room.
As usual the staff made us feel welcome and comfortable.
PJ was very helpful with some of our inquiries. Plus the dinning at Avenue Sea......David & Ryann.......we love what you have done with the menu!
This part of Florida is truly the "forgotten coast". I encourage anyone to visit now before it gets over run with resorts. And while you are there......you just got to have those wonderful oysters.
TC

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Valdostatravelers
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Reviewed 10 July 2008

I recently stayed at the Gibson Inn in Apalachicola, Florida and was totally awed by an era that has past us bye in the age of cell phones, internet, and $4.00 a gallon gas. The hotel is charnimg Old Florida. The room I was in, was a King with a wonderful iron bed and pedastal sink. Clean and comfortable with large windows to allow a scenic veiw of downtown. The greatest part of this stay is that the Gibson is located within walking distance to restaurants and shops. Beyond the hotel lobby and bar one can step back into an age of slower days. It was truly a relaxing evening and I would recommend this as a stop for anyone in the area of the Forgotten Coast.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled on business
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2  Thank straitpirate
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Additional Information about 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: £88 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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