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El Governor Motel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Mexico Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Albany, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great value for your dollar”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

It's not elegant, however, the view from the balcony is unsurpassed for watching the sunsets, or the people on the uncrowded sugar sand beaches. Night life in Mexico Beach is fairly quite an inexpensive. If you wish to live it up a bit Panama City Beach with all of it's attractions are an easy thirty minute drive.

I recommend the top floor where the rooms have a kitchen in case you wont to prepare your own locally caught seafood. Just across the bay (another easy drive) there is Cape San Blas with it's Civil war salt production site and one of the U.S.'s top 10 beaches. Sometimes you can walk a half mile on the beach with out seeing another person.

The prices are reasonable for the level of the Motel and the rooms are clean. A real treat is the Oh so Southern voice on the elevator telling you, "Going up or Going down." My wife and I are from the south and we laugh every time we here it. It is part of this funky little motel's charm. It is Florida from fifty years ago.

We go to get away from it all.

Room Tip: Top floor is best for views and kitchenette.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Paris
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36 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

This is an older roadside motel. The annex we stayed in seamed to me to be the place to stay for easy access to the beach. I think it cost us about $90 a night and we stayed here two nights. The beach was just steps from the room. It was a perfect place to watch the sunset. We loved the beach in this quant little roadside beach town. There are very few motels in this area and hardly any on the beach so we felt fortunate to get the room we had. The room had been remodeled in some brighter beach type colors. They were a bit loud but we dealt with them fine. The floor was laminate flooring with no rugs around the bed. Being on the beach there was a lot of sand in the room. I had to put a towel down to keep sand out of the bed. I will say the room was clean. It had a bit of a smell when we arrived though. The smell had a hint of a bleach scent to it which was kind of reassuring. Overall I would stay here again but only in the annex we were in. To get to the beach from the main hotel seamed to be a bit of a job and that area of the beach was a little more crowded. I think the main motel rooms were higher as well.To be clear this was not an Embassy Suites or a Hampton Inn but there are none of those there. We were both ok with the room and hotel.

Room Tip: Annex for the beach....
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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White, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2013

Where do I begin? Just got back and loved it! Affordable centrally located. The sand was right beneath our balcony! All 4 desk clerks were friendly and helpful as were the amazingly quiet cleaning ladies. There's always a breeze blowing through the parking area below the clean and spacious rooms above. All the seafood places are within walking distance. The Fish House is the best. Great views especially of the sunsets and the dolphins put on a show daily in the beautiful ocean. Nice pool and surrounding area with a good gift shop and supplies nearby. The annex is well kept and tropically landscaped and the whole area is the way Old Florida use to be and should still be (NO HIGH RISES). I've read complaints about the "slow elevator" well it's not! It's just on Mexico Beach time which is Laidback! If you're in a hurry go to Panama City.
The only thing that kept me from giving El Governor 5 stars was my torture rack bed--very uncomfortable... BUT guess what... as we were leaving they were bringing in a new shipment of mattresses. We will definatley be back!

Room Tip: The top floors give better ocean views of the dolphins. The annex rooms have no private balconies.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2013

It is not new and stylish, but you will find everything you need. We booked an apartment room: balcony to the oceanside, cooking facility, freezer. Just nice. We spent 3 "Ocean-Days" there, waking up with the gulf, going to sleep with the gulf: great. Room was clean and no traffic noise to hear. A supermarket is nearby, the beach is clean and sandy.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hattiesburg
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2013 via mobile

My nieces and I wanted to be ON THE BEACH. This was the perfect spot. The room was ok. The bathroom is small for 2 college girls and their "stuff". But we would highly recommend it. Great location!!! And extremely helpful staff.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Georgia
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2013

We were between El Governor and the Annex Saturday and were so aggravated with the guys that rent the jet ski's it was awful! We will never go there again I was under the impression the beach is an open beach for the safety of humans the El Governor needs to claim from the start of their building to the end PRIVATE. Our 3 year old grandson was playing right behind our chairs when one of the guys came and moved his toys so this other kid could for some reason bring the jet ski right close to where we were sitting next our 5 year old granddaughter was building her own sand castle in front of where we were sitting when once again here they came she had to get out of their way so they could ruin her castle and for what!!! They never was anyone ridding the dang ski's while we were there it really seemed they did this just to run us off. Well they did not run us off that day but we will not be harassed by them again but if they hurt or kill someone I hope Mexico Beach will do something about this!!!

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Gordon, GA
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

We stayed here for a few days in the annex and it was great. We have never stayed in the actual hotel and probably never will because we liked the annex so much. Just walk out your door and there is a small area of grass with pic-nic tables, grills, adirondack chairs, wooden swings, tiki hut and of course the beautiful ocean with white sand. We grilled out and went out to eat. Really enjoyed our time here and can't wait to return. Quiet and relaxing. Also love the pool area. Every time we went to the pool it was my husband and I and maybe a few other people or just us! Also had a full kitchen in our room which was convenient! If I had had my pillow, mattress, and dogs from home it would have been perfect!!

Room Tip: go for the annex
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: El Governor Motel
Address: 1701 West Highway 98, Mexico Beach, FL 32456
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Mexico Beach
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Mexico Beach
Number of rooms: 125
Also Known As:
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