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GulfView Hotel - On The Beach
Ranked #71 of 98 Hotels in Clearwater
Reviewed 27 February 2013

This hotel is very antiquated and needs restorations. The "Kitchenette" consists of a nook that you would normally have a counter with a stove top and a refrigerator under and cabinets with dishes above. The "Breakfast Included" consists of pre package pastries that look like they are at least a week old...not even good prepackaged pastries. Not my idea of breakfast. It is on the beach, however the beach is basically only aboutg 150 yards before you run into the next hotel property. I was looking forward to getting up and "walking the beach". Don't plan on doing that here. Best to go to "vacation rentals": and rent a condo or cottage for the week at a much lower price. It was a little over $1100 for the week. I booked really late so didn't have alot of choices. Didn't have time for the vacation places to get back to me as they are closed on Saturdays and I was leaving on Tuesday. I booked my trip on Saturday.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 February 2013

We liked this Hotel, it was right on the beach front, small but nice pool, condition of the Hotel was good and well maintained, rooms where nice and clean with a good selection of TV channels, Beds where comfortable, breakfast was a joke, coffee and a cake, luckily you have an iHop next door. There are two decent bars close by, one next door to the right and one across road to the right, both have live bands. I would definitely use this Hotel again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 February 2013

I just read all the 1-star reviews just for giggles and laughed out loud.. What were you expecting for $79,90 by the beach, Peninsula? Well first of all we hadn't booked anything (road trip) so we just kinda walked in to this one. We parked the car and started walking towards the front desk. Before we even got to the lobby door, we were greeted by the receptionist who happened to be outside. In just 2 minutes he told us what $79,90 would get us and we were happy to hear what they had to offer. We ended up paying 20 dollars more to get a sea view room with a balcony that's facing the sea. We always stay in these low-budget rooms on our road trips and this has been a great bang for the buck so far. Watching the sun set behind the sea horizon from our own balcony was something we didn't know to expect for price this low.

And what comes to the "rudeness" of the staff, we've met only friendly people so far. The young guy at the lobby seems to have a wicked sense of humor and it really works for us. Made me laugh out loud a couple of times.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2013

It was still "Econo Lodge" when we stayed there 4 different times and we enjoyed the music coming from the "Shepherd" next door. We even left the balcony doors open so we could hear and to hear the ocean waves in the morning when we woke up. We always had alot of fun there and we loved the ocean view, and the sunset view. We loved the pool being so close to the ocean. We could sit in the sun and watch the dolphins go by, and watch the sail boats and pirate ship go by. We also loved that we could walk to the public beach or the Marina or any of the restaurants or Pier. The only complaint is that the staff was extremely friendly the first two times we were there and almost rude the last time that we were there. I hope they have gone back to there old ways.

Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

If you just don't care at all about where you stay, this is your place. One, really small elevator that means you ride with the maids and big bins full of other people's dirty laundry. The band next door plays so loud that the windows rattle. When I asked to be moved to the other side of the hotel, the manager tried to get me to pay $96.00 over and above what I had already paid online. The free breakfast is no more than some packages of powdered donuts and snack cakes like you would buy at the 7-11. Not a good choice if you have any standards at all.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 December 2012

We had a great time we could walk to pier 60 and not have to move the car. Shepphards next door did play until 230am however if we had not been in the fourth floor facing them I don't think we would have heard it. Door shut you couldn't hear it after eleven. Disappointed that the hot tub closed at ten but happy with our stay. Never thought we could get a room looking on the beach for this cheap!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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2  Thank Smyles8606
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

We were excited to get a beachfront room for this price, but this hotel needs some soundproofing if you are not out partying all night. Sitting by the pool during the afternoon we had two hotels having live music playing on their patios on the beach. The music may have been good but not listening to both at the same time. Then in the evening - had to turn the TV volume up extremely high just to block out the band playing two buildings down the beach. Glad to have some ear plugs to try to get to sleep around 11 pm.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Barb D
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Additional Information about GulfView Hotel - On The Beach

Address: 625 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767-2643 (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
#29 On the Beach Hotel in Clearwater
Price Range: £71 - £183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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