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Schooner Hotel
Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Madeira Beach
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

I've been going to The Schooner for over 30 years. Half my family lives in this area, including my parents, so I know it very well. Most of the reviews here are spot-on-this IS originally a 50's motel, with a remodel. It CAN be loud. The patio is all brick. Yes, it's possible to run out of toilet paper if you don't ask for more before you need it (THE HORROR!) Just ask for what you need-the staff will provide. If you want daily housekeeping-ASK. I find it hard to believe someone's entire bathroom window was missing and nobody did anything about it. This place is not perfect, the bathrooms in some units are tiny. But since the remodel 2 years ago, the rooms are pretty, clean and all floors are now tile. If you like to sleep in til noon, you're on a honeymoon, a special-treat vacation or you want to be pampered-this is not your place. If you want an affordable, clean place ON THE GULF, maybe to take your dog with, check out The Schooner. I don't know whose dumb idea it was to change the name from "motel" to "hotel"-it is a motel-all doors to rooms are from an outside hall-this does contribute to noise. We go here because it's affordable, casual, on the beach, excellent location (everything's in walking distance) and they allow pets. If you go away to be on the beach, outside, doing things, do stay here. If your vacation consists mainly of staying in and admiring your room-look elsewhere-and take 2-3 times as much money for your accommodations.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Gatineau, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Since I am told by the staff the Hotel is transfering ownership in a week , I can only give my review of when we stayed for the week of april 3rd 2014-----Thank You Sue,Sarah,Sandra ,John ,for a great stay at the Schooner ,which proves again People make the difference no matter where you stay ..Room was clean and right next to the beach ,Fantastic.
.Guests were also polite and pleasant—Trolley access close by , will definetly go back assuming same friendly type staff ----reviewed by Jacques and Nicole—in our late 60’s but young at heart---

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Millsboro, Delaware
2 reviews
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

THe place is very cozy. Most of the guest we met were nice. Bathrooms have been recently remodeled but are a little tight. However they are fully functionaly. The beds were very comfortable as well. room climate was adjustable

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

nothing fancy just right 4 the beach!!!! every thing u need is right there!!!!!! food right across the street johns pass 1.8 miles trolleys u cannot ask for a better place to stay 4 the money. my name is Kenneth Reno and I will B back!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

We went to the west coast beach area assuming we could get a decent hotel room for two nights at a brand name hotel without reservations. Big mistake! We spent two hours on a Sunday afternoon looking for a decent room and finally ended up at Schooner. Second floor room with steep outside stairs. Supposedly recently renovated....maybe by elementary school students. No hair dryer, no tissues, no dish soap or sink stopper for mini (and I do mini) kitchen (no stove). Extra noisy bed, room open to all outside noises including late night drinking crowd right outside our window. Tile floors were sandy, no rugs of any kind. Toilet so close to sink that it was a major hassle to use. TV mounted so that it was a safety hazard for your head. Over priced for what you got. AC units did not respond to lower temp (72 degrees) setting. No desk personnel until 9 A.M. so check out was a joke. Terrible parking! We would not stay here again if they paid us. This is not a Hotel; it is a small 50's era motel for vacationers who want to sit on the beach and drink.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Iowa
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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Stayed here for a get away with my sisters. Great little place. Right on the water. Friendly helpful staff. Room was clean. No frills, but great for what we were looking for. Good location, not far from John's Pass. Some parking in front of the hotel with plenty more across the street

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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indianapolis
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2013

Room was cleaned one time in 8 days. Door to adjoining rooms fell off hinges. Had to report twice before it got fixed. Bathtub would not drain properly when taking shower so you stood in water. Small efficiency had no drawers so a family of 3 had to keep everything in suitcases. Had to go and ask for toilet paper so you might want to take an extra roll. Beds were squeaky and mattress had dip in center so you rolled to center. Would not recommend.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Property: Schooner Hotel
Address: 14500 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708-2180
Region: United States > Florida > Madeira Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Madeira Beach
#3 Family Hotel in Madeira Beach
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Madeira Beach
#4 Romantic Hotel in Madeira Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Schooner Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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Schooner Madeira Beach

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