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GulfView Hotel - On The Beach
Ranked #71 of 95 Hotels in Clearwater
Atlanta, Georgia
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80 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Nice location: quite convenient, good value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2012

I found this to be economy lodging with a very clean, tidy, odorless room. The linens were clean; the bed comfortable. A small kitchenette helped me supplement the basic breakfast. When it rained, 99 channels on the HDTV saved the day. When the sun shone, the balcony was refreshing. The desk clerk did border on being rude at checkin, but I only interacted with him twice. I was pleased to find reasonable lodging at Clearwater.

Room Tip: Room 542 had an adequate balcony with a partial gulf view; an excellent city view. It was a clean...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dave T
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Orlando, Florida
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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2012

Is this a 5 star hotel? No. Is it a great value? You bet! First of all it is right on the beach with a great location close to everything. Across the street is a convenience store, miniature golf, surf/beach shop and liquor store. The Jolly Trolly stops right across the street. For $4 a day you can go up and down the beach as many times as you want. I didn't use my car for 3 days. Next door to it are two hotels that have live entertainment on their pool decks, which can get a little loud on a week end night. The hotel on the right has an Ihop in it. The hotel is a bit dated but in pretty good shape. The lobby and hallways looked brand new. Brian at the front desk was always most helpful. The other larger guy (didn't get the name) was borderline rude. The elevator is slow. The rooms again are dated and standard. The bathrooms are all new. The carpet probably could use a cleaning. The pool and pool deck were in excellent shape and looked like they were just redone. So if you want to stay in a five star hotel and pay 4 times as much choose one of the expensive chain hotels in the area. If you want a good value stay here. I will again. For a great cheeseburger take the Jolly Trolly down to marina and eat at the Marina Restaurant. Run by a great group of people who have been doing it for a long time. And if you have kids, a ride on the Lil Toot is a must!

Room Tip: Rooms on the south side appear to be quieter.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Marc T
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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

I stayed here on a Thursday and Friday. Its not a resort. It is on the beach with a great view. Its small and an older building. They have free guest parking. The staff at the front desk are very nice and helpful. The location is great. You can walk to Pier 60 or up and down the main road. If you want to get around and don't have a car, buses stop right out front. The price is right! My two night stay was under $200.00, including all taxes. There is a small pool that I really enjoyed. There also is a jacuzzi, but there were no bubbles and the water was tepid. The rooms are clean and they have nice cotton sheets. My room had a 2 burner stove and refrigerator, a microwave, dishes, and a pot and a pan. I cooked my dinner on the stove. The electric stove does not heat well. I think a cigarette lighter would have been faster. If you plan to cook in your room, try to find things that you can cook in the microwave. If you get a room on the first floor, don't get one near the front desk. The smell of coffee brewing for the free continental breakfast is overpowering. I stayed in room 146. Don't get that room. The coffee smell work me up at 5:30 and the room is across from the ice machine, which you will hear all night long. Also, ask for a room that does not face Sheppards Hotel, next door. Their music is loud and plays till late.

I met a lot of nice people there who said they are regulars and come there every year. We had a great time. I will certainly return again. I recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Get away from the front desk, stay away from the ice machine, and get the side that doesn't face...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Queen K
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Put-in-Bay, OH
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17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2012

This was a nightmare! We arrived on a Friday nite at about 11:17pm. We had booked the rooms on-line through their web-site. WHAT A MISTAKE! The hotel is shabby, the halls were filthy and our room had enough antispetic to get high. But the worst part of it was the bar next door and the agravating base music. Even with the windows closed, and the air conditioning on, we couldn't get away from it. When we talked to the front desk, they were unwilling to make any changes. We checked OUT at 12:38am and they still charged our credit card. The staff was unwilling to make any accomodations and simply shrugged and said to come back and talk to the manager. Yeah, right! We walked out the door and called the credit card company. This is the s*** hole of Clearwater Beach. Funny thing was, we walked to the Wyndham and got a better room for the same price!!!!

Room Tip: We had a corner balcony room which is what we wanted, except they didn't telll you that the room...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank smlkanga
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Jamestown, Tennessee
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38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2012

Overall, this hotel is on a nice piece of property, with a beautiful view of the Harbor as it enters the Gulf. It is one of the few beach-front properties in the Clearwater Beach area, and it is probably the most affordable.

It is an older hotel. It has more than the basic amenities, including a mini-fridge, a stove-top, and a cabinet with dishes and utensils; although nothing is new or particularly fancy. This property probably saw it's prime a generation or two ago. I found the desk clerks to be fairly decent, but again, nothing outstanding. The pool area isn't the best maintained, but you can still enjoy yourself if you care to do so.

The reason I am highly disappointed with our stay, is that apparently every Sunday there is a "Beach Party" of some sort that takes up the entire beach area and fills it with blasting music, alcohol, and bikini contests...

If you are a young adult, this might be great for you. It's like MTV in your back yard. However, if you are there with your young children, you have just wasted your entire stay. Kids aren't even allowed on the beach during this party, that lasts well into the wee hours of the morning.
For those of age, there is an admission charged to access the beach.

But don't think the problem is fixed by Monday morning. Trash absolutely litters the hotel property and the entire shoreline. Bottles, cups, trash, cigarette butts by the thousands...

I truly feel that the compromised beach access should be represented on the Choice Hotels website. When you are spending the money to stay in what you are told is a beach-front property, you expect to be able to access the beach. You don't anticipate your family not being allowed on the property, and if you are of age, you certainly don't expect to have to pay an admission to access what is represented on the website as being an included and accessible part of the property.

Perhaps the rest of the week is not as bad, but certainly on Sundays, you do NOT want to bring your family here.

Room Tip: The balconies are nice, so consider a beachfront room. We had a ground-level, parking lot view; but...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank TravelinMamax3
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Pigeon Forge
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

This was the worst vacation ever. My room smelled of old alcohol and urine. The public beach restrooms smelled cleaner than our room. The hotel staff was very rude. They need to learn what customer service, common courtesy, and hospitality are all about!!! and then try working at a hotel. There was a little boy who got into the hot tub and pooped. The GM was there and didnt even close it temporarily or tell anyone to wait before they got in it. The guests around the pool had to tell others about it. And then there was someone who was smoking pot in there room and in the stairwell and nothing was done about it at all!! This place was horrible. If you want to have fun, then find a different hotel. If you want sanitary, IT ISNT HERE!!!!!

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank disgusted886
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Tampa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

I recommend this hotel (if you will have no friends visiting you in a room) great cleanliness and wonderful location quick check out, bad packaged breakfast, but they are as others have said constantly watching you and wont let friends up into your room. I'm not sure if it is the policy of this hotel...or hotel chain, but I was not allowed to bring guests up to the room that were NOT staying the night. The guests were not using the pool or private beach area and just came up to have some drinks and change their clothes...I was literally cornered by the night time front desk person at 7pm and told I was not allowed to have guests at the hotel, and told in a very rude manner that they better not be coming back to the room later....there are cameras every where and constantly monitor you...I was on edge the whole trip kind of ruined it for me....thanks

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank M B
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Additional Information about GulfView Hotel - On The Beach

Property: GulfView Hotel - On The Beach
Address: 625 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33767 (Formerly Econo Lodge Beachfront Resort)
Region: United States > Florida > Clearwater
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Clearwater
#25 On the Beach Hotel in Clearwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — GulfView Hotel - On The Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 64
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Also Known As:
Econo Lodge Beachfront Hotel Clearwater
Econo Lodge Clearwater
Clearwater Econo Lodge
GulfView Hotel - On The Beach Clearwater, Florida

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