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GullWing Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 47 Hotels in Fort Myers Beach
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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17 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“No Internet!!!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2008

Most of my experience at the GullWing is similar to what others have written...large condo, very clean, great beach, good location, etc. Those are all some of the reasons my husband and I chose to stay here.

However, as I run my own business, the only way I can get away for a few days in the Winter is if I have a connection to high speed Internet. I would never be able to stay in a place that does not have this. And since the condos are spacious at the GullWing, I felt it would be comfortable enough to work in, while being close to the beach and warm sunny weather to enjoy when not working.

Of course, the GullWing advertises that they have high-speed Internet in all of their condos. We confirmed this as well upon check-in. But after unpacking our things and getting settled, I tried to connect to the Internet and was not able to. I immediately called the front desk, at which time they informed me of a problem with their Internet Service Provider, which had resulted in them not having service for days.

This caused a major problem for both me and my husband. Since we had prepaid for our stay, we could not check out early and go elsewhere. So the first three days of our trip were spent struggling to log on to nearby hotel hotspots, and continuously trying to connect to the condo's Internet. Although the problem improved to intermittent service (at best), it made it impossible to do the things we needed to.

I have always been able to operate my business remotely with success during prior getaways like this one. The only thing I need is a quiet place that has a high-speed Internet connection. Needless to say, what should have been a nice break from our NYC Winter, turned into several days of mostly stress! We were not compensated by the Management company in any way for the inconvenience. And it was a very big inconvenience.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No Internet
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
3 Thank AlisonF
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GullWing-GM, General Manager at GullWing Beach Resort, responded to this review, 7 March 2008
Dear Alison F.,

I would like to thank you for your visit to the GullWing Beach Resort, and I am very sorry to hear about the inconvenience you experienced during your stay. Here at GullWing, we realize how important high-speed internet access is to today’s traveler and that is why we try hard to make sure that it is readily available.

Unfortunately, the specific incident you referred to affected many people throughout the state of Florida, which you may be aware of because you mentioned you struggled to log onto hot spots at other hotels, as well. It was associated with the huge power outage that happened during the time of your stay that you may remember hearing about on national news reports. It not only affected millions of people during the initial blackout, but had a ripple effect for days with internet service providers across the state. I can assure you that our IT department worked very closely with our provider to get internet service restored as quickly as possible.

Since our provider was able to re-establish service to the property, our high-speed internet has been operating smoothly and I have not heard of any other guests experiencing difficulty with it. Once again, I apologize for your inconvenience. Our goal is to provide each of our guests with 100% guest satisfaction, but we regret to say that the issue you encountered was beyond our control. We do hope you’ll stay with us again on your next visit to Southwest Florida and we look forward to again hosting you at GullWing Beach Resort.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2008

Everything about this resort was perfect. The rooms were HUGE, Clean and comfortable. Our room had a wash/dryer, dishwasher, huge whirlpool tub. It was quiet, the pool area was clean, and there are grills on the property for cook-outs. The Beach is huge and away from the large crowds closer to town. Daily maid service is extra, but that was my favorite part! We didn't have to work our schedule around maid service and we did our own dishes and washed the room towels when they needed to be cleaned. Last of all, the service from Sunstream hotel employees is hands down the best! We have also stayed at Diamondhead Beach resort, and the customer service is consistent and top notch. What ever program they are using needs to be passed on to businesses today because it truly is the best. We will stay here again and again.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Had to leave
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank luv2xplor
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KC, Missouri
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2008

We chose the Gull Wing because we have a family of 5, and we needed more room than the average hotel would provide. We were in Fort Myers Beach for my brother's wedding, and the rest of the family stayed somewhere else. I loved the beach near the resort; it was so peaceful. I plan to take a girls' weekend there next year with some friends...Gull Wing Beach Resort is the only place I want to stay!!!! If you want to stay in a comfortable place with numerous comforts of home...you don't want to miss Gull Wing!

Stayed January 2008
Helpful?
1 Thank TheVacationerFromMO
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Huntsville, Alabama
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31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2007

THE GOOD: great place to stay. clean large rooms, well appointed. as comfortable and roomy as being at home. very long beachfront so be prepared to walk lots of sand but it is nice and clean. even with rain forecast daily we had mostly sunshine every day! enjoyed relaxing on beach and at pool. far enough away from the crazy party people who just may spoil a vacation!
THE WISH LIST: we would love for the pool to be much bigger. it is rather small but it never was crowded while we were there. odd? including beach chairs in room rate would have been nice because they are expensive to rent so we just did without. i would have enjoyed a restaurant or beach bar on premises but they do have one next door. a nice lobby area makes a place feel special, they really have none.
OVERALL: we would definetly stay here again! our family of four (including 2 teens) had a great time. you will need a car to drive to the main area for dinner but it was an easy drive in July.

  • Liked — large nice condo
  • Disliked — small pool
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank tina m
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Burlington, Vt
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2007

Returned 2 weeks ago from a relaxing stay at the Gullwing (10/13-10/20/07 ). We stayed in unit 905, 3 bdrm beachfront room, incredible sunsets right out your master bedroom wall of windows, Units ending in 05-06 , ie: 905 (floors 1-12) are beachfront. 03-04 in middle of building, 01-02 facing island.

We had the place to ourselves during week as the "season" had not started. Beach is wide, but sand was not hot (92 degrees all week), pool small and shallow 5' max depth but still nice. The salty taste was in the water but managment again indicated it is not by design, suggest you bring goggles. While walking on sand bar just off beach sand dollars a plenty, especially south of the complex.

As has been noted before this resort is on the south end (quiet) part of the island and if you are staying for any length of time you should rent a car. Rt 41 Tamaimi Trail has large malls with many dining options both south toward Naples and North toward Fort Myers.

I also wanted to add our family to the list of people who have enjoyed the jet ski dolphin tours, $100.00 per machine (you drive if over 16) $10.00 per passenger for 2 hours. I think we saw at least 20 dolphins including one which jumped out of the water in front of us while stopped and a mom and baby. Many locations to rent from, but we used the one behind the Hooters on Estero Blvd (2000 block) Island Tours? Darren was our guide and Eric took our reservation and was putting the machines in the water when we arrived. Photos to follow, enjoy Jeff

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank jefferyc
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UK
Level Contributor
67 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2007

We stayed here on two occasions this year, once for 4 days in August and once for 3 days in Sept. On both occasions had a lovely time. The rooms are HUGE and lovely. Some areas may be a little tired, but the overall room well makes up for it. The rooms have absolutely everything you could possibly want...and more!! the beach is also stunning. You do have to rent beach lounger’s, which are fairly pricey - $20 for two per day - but worth it for total relaxation! This resort is not for those who want amazing nightlife or anything like that - although I would recommended Loggerheads for food and drinks! Further into Fort Myers is a little tacky (not like it used to be) so best sticking to the beach areas really. The pool is OK - not amazing compared to the lovely beach but great if you have kids with you. The staff here are totally amazing and I would definitely recommend a stay here!

  • Liked — The rooms are HUGE!!
  • Disliked — Notihng!
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank Sarah6969pink
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Reading, UK
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2007

We stayed here for 3 nights after being in Orlando for 3 nights before. We stayed in the 3 bedroomed apartment with sea view. It was well worth the money having the sea views for the sunsets. This tuned out to be a very special place for us as we saw dolphines 3 -4 times every day from the beach here. On our last night the dolphine was swimming around us while we were upto our wast in the sea during the sunset...amazing.The accomodation was good and as we were 2 adults and 2 older teenagers the 3 bedrooms worked well.

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank Peggymum
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Property: GullWing Beach Resort
Address: 6620 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-4512
Phone Number:
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Fort Myers Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#8 Romantic Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — GullWing Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked into the charming south end of Fort Myers Beach on the widest stretch of sand, GullWing offers 66 condominium 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom suites with complete home amenities, including in-room laundry and a full kitchen. Enjoy a beachfront pool, elevated tennis court, fitness room, guest bicycles, barbecue grilling deck, poolside snack bar, and more. ... more   less 
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