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Manta Ray Inn
Ranked #3 of 66 Hotels in Hollywood
Certificate of Excellence
Westminster, Colorado
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21 reviews
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“Wonderful property on a great location”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

We just had our first stay here and it will not be our last. Unfortunately, it was a quick trip and we were only there for two nights. It is definitely a place where you could stay comfortably for a much longer period of time. We didn't use the kitchen, but I'm inherently nosy and peeked in all the cabinets and drawers to find it beautifully stocked. You could definitely use it for just about anything if you got tired of going out to eat. There is also a full sized fridge/freezer and we saw two grills on the property.

We had a 1 BR apartment (two of us, couple) and the size was just right. The living area was a very decent size with the seating, tv, kitchen and dining table and we never felt on top of each other or crowded. The bedroom was also a good size and the bed was very comfortable. The shower was GREAT. I loved that each room had a ceiling fan, made keeping it cool a lot easier than just depending on an A/C unit. It was also extremely clean, which is always a plus!

I think this would be a great place to have a group trip.

The location is absolutely fantastic. You are right on the beach and it is a beautiful one. There is also a lifeguard stand right there. It is a short walk to the boardwalk, which was really nice. It was great being so close but also not being on the boardwalk itself, it was nice to be able to 'go home' and get away from the crowd and noise. You can either walk on the sidewalks and boardwalk itself, or the beach.

We will definitely be back and for a longer stay; this inn is a great find and we intend to take full advantage of it just as soon as we can.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
We are so happy that your experience at the Manta Ray Inn was pleasant and totally agree that the area is great!!! The broadwalk is a wonderful place and you are right that this is a perfect place to have a group get-together!!! We actually strive to make each experience at the Inn be wonderful and we do strive for excellence. Cannot wait two see you again and please stay in touch as you are now part of the Manta Ray family!!!!! See you soon.
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

We arrived late at Hollywood (coming from Miami Beach) and having passed all the ugly skyscraper hotels of Miami Beach, the Manta Ray Inn was like a refuge. Despite the late hour, Donna, the Inn-Keeper, drove to the Inn to welcome us, and gave us a bottle of red wine a welcome present. Our room, which was perfectly clean, was basically a full-featured apartment directly facing the beach. Using one of the two gas grills on the "front porch" of the Manta Ray Inn we even had a nice BBQ one night looking at the stars and hearing the sound of the waves in the background. On our day of departure, Donna was very helpful and let us use the office's shower even after we have checked out, which enabled us to enjoy one more day at the beach without any hazzle, since our plane departed am 7pm.

All in all I can only say that being situated right at the beach of Hollywood but a little bit (walking distance) off the Hollywood Broadwalk makes the Manta Ray Inn the perfect place for a laid-back beach vacation in a friendly atmosphere.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, 29 October 2013
It was such a pleasure to meet two weary travelers and be able to accommodate them after a very long trip and disappointed that the national park was shut down. Their loss was our gain and I am so happy to have met the two of you and cannot wait for you to come back and stay with us again. Please always keep in touch as you are now part of our Manta Ray Inn family!!! Yes, directly on the beach is just the ticket for relaxation!
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2013

We loved everything about this inn on the beach! The property is very well-maintained and clean. During our 2-week tour of Florida, we began our stay at the Manta Ray Inn for 4 nights and returned for 1 night at the end of our stay to catch our flight the next day.

LOCATION: We loved the location! The inn is directly located on a beautiful stretch of beach and offers free and assigned parking whereby night security is available. It is located a few minutes walking distance south of the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk… just close enough to walk to, yet far enough to enjoy peace and tranquility. Major grocery stores are a few blocks south from the inn on Hallandale Blvd. (Super Wal Mart, Publix and Winn Dixie). A swimming pool is available at your perusal across the street.

ROOMS: During the first part of our stay we had Room 206, which in my opinion is the best room as it has the best ocean views! The living room is comfortable with a couch, loveseat, chair, coffee table, etc. The flat screen TV has many cable channels. If interested in watching Quebecois TV channels, TVA and Radio-Canada from Montreal are available. The dining room and kitchen pretty much have everything you would need to prepare a nice meal in your room (full-sized fridge, gas range, toaster, coffee maker, dishes, glassware, pots & pans, place mats, teapot, dish soap and towels, etc.); and 2 Weber barbecues are available for all guests to use! In my opinion, the bathroom in Room 206 lacked some shelf space. However, when we returned to the inn at the end of our vacation, we had Room 202 which had a beautifully renovated bathroom with plenty of shelves. We were informed that all of the rooms’ bathrooms were in the process of receiving this same reno. The bedroom with its bedding and pillows was comfortable, well-appointed and contained sufficient storage space. The bedroom also has a flat screen TV and a clock radio. There is a closet in the hallway that contains a digital safe, ironing board and iron.

BEACH: The inn is located along a very beautiful stretch. The beach area was very clean and quiet during our stay. Lifeguard services are available from the City of Hollywood Beach and there is a lifeguard post situated quite near the inn. One early morning while watching the sunrise, we caught a glimpse of a dolphin from our balcony!

SERVICES: Beach chairs, beach towels, parasol are available from the inn and at no charge. After 4 PM, guests can use the onsite washer/dryer and pay for the usage using an honor system. At the reception desk, there is a basket of condiments for the guests to share/borrow, i.e.: balsamic vinegar, BBQ sauce, spices, etc. There are also books and movies available to borrow. This inn is family operated and the staff is very nice, welcoming and they aim to ensure that their guests enjoy their stay.

Although our stay was short, we had a lovely experience at the Manta Ray Inn. We would love to return one day and we would not hesitate to recommend this place to anyone visiting southeast Florida.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, 29 October 2013
Wow, thank you so much for the feedback on our Inn. The Manta Ray Inn team definitely try to make each guest feel at home and it would seem that we achieved this even though you were only with us a few days. Next time I am sure that you will decide to stay a bit longer so that you can really rest and relax!! We now consider you on of our Manta Ray Inn family and we are all blushing with the really nice comments that you shared about our Inn. The stay and I are waiting for you to return and so we do hope that it is soon!!! Please stay in touch!.
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Riverside, California
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

You couldn't ask for a more fabulous place to unwind from the daily grind. The Manta Ray Inn harks back for us to beach vacations we used to take when we were kids, a low-rise (two story) 50s style apartment type motel right on the sand, but with added benefit of all the modern conveniences we've come to expect these days and none of the frenetic pace of a big resort. Truly a small piece of paradise in an otherwise hectic world It is perfect for a long stay, a week to a month. The Inn has 12 rooms, most one-bedroom apts with some two-bedroom units. All units have plenty of space, have been modernized with fully equipped kitchens, remodeled bathrooms, and an air-conditioned bedroom, so they make your stay quite convenient while also very relaxing. Cable TV and free Wi-Fi are included. This Inn is right on the sand, there is nothing between you and the water save for a wide, clean beautiful beach. It is in the form of an L, with a large grassy area with umbrellas and tables, chaise lounges, gas barbeques and more open to the ocean. There are beach toys for kids (and kid-like adults). Parking is immediately adjacent to the Inn and included in the rates. One of the best parts of this Inn is that it is located just south of the famous Hollywood Boardwalk (a few very short blocks) thus it is very quiet while still being close to the action if that is what you want. We travel extensively, frequently to beautiful beach resorts around the world, but for us the Manta Ray Inn is certainly one of our favorites. It truly does bring back the joys of our childhoods growing up in the 50s. We recommend this Inn highly and will definitely come back for a longer stay.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, 29 October 2013
Thank you so much for staying with us at the Manta Ray Inn!! We cannot wait for you to return again and stay with us a little longer so you can really get the rest and relaxation that you deserve. Being slightly away from the Broadwalk but being within walking distance does make all the difference. You do have the best of both worlds. The staff were thrilled to ready your review and so please be sure to consider us for your next little getaway and we definitely hope to see you soon!!
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Pennsylvania
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57 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Stayed at the Manta Ray based on its first place ranking on this site. It is hard to criticize such a nice peaceful place.

The pros to staying here are
Extremely clean
On the beach with wonderful view.
Parking and internet are included in rate.

Cons:
10 minute walk to boardwalk
No central air. Unit in bedroom only.
No food, restaurants, vending or shop close by
No refunds on deposits.
Short office hours.

We never really got to know anyone there, but I am sure they were nice. This is a great place for couples that want to buy their own food and beverages and hang out at the beach for days with no commotion of staying in a larger hotel.

Room Tip: 2nd floor rooms provide a nice view of the ocean.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
I am very glad that you enjoyed the relaxation and peace and quiet of the Manta Ray Inn. Yes, it is great to grill out and enjoy a glass of wine watching the sunset. We are definitely old Florida at its best. Our office is open every day and we have a night time security guard to make sure that all of our customer needs are met. I do hope that you will return again and perhaps stay a little longer so you too may make some lasting friendships with other Manta Ray Inn family members!! A/C is on the list of upgrades to be accomplished!
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Reviewed 7 September 2013 via mobile

Just twelve rooms with kitchens facing the Atlantic, great place to kick back and enjoy the hours. The barbecue and picnic tables offer the opportunity to meet your neighbors and exchange good food and strong drinks.
We've returned to Inn many times in the last twenty years, and it still remains high on our destination list. You will find many returnees who feel the same way we do. Enjoy.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, 19 September 2013
We are thrilled that you were happy with your stay at the Manta Ray Inn. The beach cannot be beat and we are glad that you enjoyed the service provided by our Manta Ray Inn staff. They all go out of their way to make sure that all of your needs are met and we cannot wait to have you return to our little piece of heaven!!
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Kaneohe, Hawaii
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Felt like I was staying in someone's beach house. I rented the one bedroom on the first floor facing the beach courtyard. Clean, comfortable with that old South Florida vibe. Kitschy quaint decorations, ceiling fans, AC in bedroom, fishies on the shower curtain and handsoap container, well stocked galley kitchen. Only stayed one night but this would be great for families spending a few days. Hollywood "Broadwalk" just a block down the road. Great wide beach at the back door with chaises, showers. Parking on site, great convenience.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Donna B, Owner at Manta Ray Inn, responded to this review, 19 August 2013
We are so glad that you found the Manta Ray Inn everything that you wanted for your one night stay!
Our staff do their best to make sure that you feel at home and it would seem that they succeeded and so please come back to see us and let us knock your socks off!!!!! See you soon.
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Property: Manta Ray Inn
Address: 1715 S Surf Rd, Hollywood, FL 33019-2431
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Region: United States > Florida > Broward County > Hollywood
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Hollywood
#1 Family Hotel in Hollywood
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Hollywood
#6 Business Hotel in Hollywood
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Manta Ray Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our one- and two-bedroom suites are fully equipped to be your home away from home! We provide full daily maid service, free wifi, beach chairs, beach towels, gas grills, heated pool, complimentary movies, on-site laundry facilities, beach toys for your children. Forgot your sunscreen, beach umbrella or sand pail? Don't worry -- we are here to help you out! Rest and enjoy that cocktail as the sun sets and the children play in the sand. We have everything else covered. Hit the beach, hit the pool ... Leave the rest to us. Need to print your boarding pass? No problem! Let the office know and you can do it when the manager is there daily! Want to do something different? Ask us and we will help with creative and fun activities for all of you no matter what your preference! We will make every effort to exceed your expectations and make your getaway memorable. ... more   less 
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