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“a surrendipitiy”
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Island Sun Inn
Ranked #8 of 13 Hotels in Venice
Savannah, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“a surrendipitiy”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Don't let the reviews scare you. I was taking a rather long, leisurely trip down the Tamiami Trail going to 'old Florida' motels sightseeing. Booked 3 nights online, liked it so much ended up staying eight days. Great rates, great room, pool, location etc. After checking in, I drove around the building to room. When I first pulled up, it was just the parking lot and a row of Old outdated doors, no frills. I thought I made a mistake, but, entered and was delighted. Inside there are double French doors that open to the courtyard. The courtyard was great with tiki torches, pool, grills, and landscaping(Looking forward to shuffleboard next time). The greatness was how removed you felt from the traffic, city etc while in your room and the courtyard. My room (renovated) was terrific, new beds, new floors(NOT carpet), flat screen tv. table/chairs, fridge/micro etc. The staff was very good, Always cleaning, helpful, willing to do most anything for you and most of all very friendly. They location was perfect, very safe area, so close to everything beaches (not just Venice Beach), attractions, shopping and other little cities&state parks to visit. The Restaurant, The Blu Bistro was so good. It was always very busy with locals/travelers. The food was VERY reasonably priced and Chef Allen (from Philly) has an amazing menu with daily changes. This property is under renovations and rooms being updated. I was in a newly renovated room. The renovations were very low key, not loud, disruptive or even obvious. I will/would definitely stay here again when I revisit. Kudos to Marc, Shondra, front desk and housekeeping, Allen@Blu Bistro and all who made my stay so wonderful. Renovations and updates should be completed soon, in meantime, ask for renovated room, stay, play and have a great time here.

Room Tip: Ask for renovated room, Disregard the parking lot and entrance doors, go on in open the French doors...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Michelle W, Property Manager Office at Island Sun Inn, responded to this review, 22 November 2013
Thank you for your input as we always want to do our best to make our customers happy and exceed their expectations. Your input is much appreciated as we strive to deliver the best guest experience. It is exciting a such a compliment that your experience with our hotel, staff and restaurant caused you to actually extend your stay in Venice. Venice is so charming and we are truly complimented we were a part of making vacation memories with you. We sincerely hope you visit us again to experience the island casual environment we have created in this little gem near Venice Beach.
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Tampa, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2013

Room size was average and this one could have used some updating, but it was clean and the bed was nice. However - the bathroom window wouldn't completely close (opened to a semi-creepy back parking area), the sink drained very slowly, and in the morning (thank goodness) the toilet leaked, flooding the bathroom. This probably doesn't happen with every room, but we concluded it wasn't worth the bargain price. Except for those maintenance problems, though, we would probably come back. I agree with another reviewer - the pool area was probably the nicest feature.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Michelle W, Property Manager Office at Island Sun Inn, responded to this review, 22 November 2013
Thank you for your input as we always want to do our best to make our customers happy and exceed their expectations. Your input is much appreciated as we strive to deliver the best guest experience. We recently renovated all of the rooms with restored terrazzo floors, new furnishings, bathroom fixtures and flat screen TVs. Additionally, we redesigned our courtyard BBQ area and re-trained our staff to give our guests the best experience possible. I think with all of that said, we are surely ready for "Prime Time" and look forward to seeing you again. :-)
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Monterey
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

We were disappointed when we arrived and considered changing our plans. There was trash outside our entry door. The hotel is slightly outdated and the carpet is in need of replacement. Not a comfortable night sleep.

We enjoyed the pool area and the location was close to Venice Beach which was nice.

We stayed in three different places on this trip and this one was the most expensive. The others were less expensive and updated. Maybe it is just an expensive area to stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Michelle W, Property Manager Office at Island Sun Inn, responded to this review, 22 November 2013
Thank you for your input as we always want to do our best to make our customers happy and exceed their expectations. Your input is much appreciated as we strive to deliver the best guest experience. We are glad you didn't change your plans and are certain you next stay will be much better. We recently renovated all of the rooms with restored terrazzo floors, new furnishings, bathroom fixtures and flat screen TVs. Additionally, we redesigned our courtyard BBQ area and re-trained our staff to give our guests the best experience possible. We sincerely hope you visit us again to experience the island casual environment we have created in this little gem near Venice Beach.
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Norther Central PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2013

The cons: No bathroom fan, toilet was very low, which makes it hard for older folks with bad knees, the entry door via the parking lot was really dirty...but only on the outside... no problem on the inside. These were really not big issues but worth mentioning. The pros: Very clean (a priority for me) great location, each room has its parking space right in front of the door, friendly staff, central courtyard with a nice pool and grills and charcoal for cooking out. The bed was comfortable and the room had a refrigerator and microwave, cable TV and a fast internet connection. Free coffee was offered in the office each morning. My husband and I thought it was a very nice and reasonably priced place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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2 Thank ladymedonna
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Michelle W, Property Manager Office at Island Sun Inn, responded to this review, 22 November 2013
Thank you for your input as we always want to do our best to make our customers happy and exceed their expectations. Your input is much appreciated as we strive to deliver the best guest experience. You will surely be more satisfied as we recently renovated all of the rooms with restored terrazzo floors, new furnishings, bathroom fixtures and flat screen TVs. Additionally, we redesigned our courtyard BBQ area and re-trained our staff to give our guests the best experience possible. We sincerely hope you visit us again to experience the island casual environment we have created in this little gem near Venice Beach.
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Englewood, Florida, United States
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2013

We blocked off 11 rooms at a special discount rate, but I think they said the minimum for the discount was only 8 rooms. We had family come in town for my wedding (See Kelly Austin's review). This hotel is being renovated, so more of the refreshed rooms will be available soon. The rooms and bathrooms are on the small side, but they're pretty decent and the courtyard had us sold. The rooms make a big rectangle around it and there is a nice sized heated pool. One door to the room opens to the parking lot. The other is a French door to the courtyard. The hotel is also attached to Blu Bistro, which has indoor and outdoor seating and friendly staff. It was great to have everyone at the same location and that staff were very friendly. Thank you, Island Sun Inn!

Room Tip: Try to get one of the newly renovated rooms, if you can, and book in advance.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Plant City, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2013

My daughter's wedding was in Venice, and we had a lot of family coming from out of town. The motel allowed me to block off 11 rooms, at a special rate. The kids were able to enjoy the heated pool, and it was very convenient to have us all together in the same place. It is an older property, the rooms are outdated, but the courtyard is wonderful. I'd give it a higher review if coffee was more easily available. The office didn't open until 9:00AM, and the restaurant didn't open until 7:30. For those of us who were up by 6:00, this was an inconvenience. Having the refrigerator and microwave was nice, but a small coffeepot would have been even better. Bring your own!

Room Tip: This is a one story motel. There are some rooms that have been remodeled. Ask if one is available...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Seattle, Washington
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2012

asst mgrs are wonderful; cleaning is B+ rating. Pool wonderful & washer/dryer onsite much
appreciated. Price in December surprisingly affordable. Attached bistro nice & always busy w/ local patrons. LorieRT and N1TP reviews very accurate & well written.

Room Tip: choose Island Sun Inn over its sister inn because of the staff.
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Michelle W, Property Manager Office at Island Sun Inn, responded to this review, 22 November 2013
Thank you for your input as we always want to do our best to make our customers happy and exceed their expectations. We recently renovated all of the rooms with restored terrazzo floors, new furnishings, bathroom fixtures and flat screen TVs. Additionally, we redesigned our courtyard BBQ area and re-trained our staff to give our guests the best experience possible. We sincerely hope you visit us again to experience the island casual environment we have created in this little gem near Venice Beach.
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Property: Island Sun Inn
Address: 625 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL 34285-3237
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Venice
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Venice
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Island Sun Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 38
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