Inn At The Beach
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It's been a very long time since I spent an entire 2 weeks in any single place besides home. My travel over the last 2 ½ years has been on the more adventurous, trekking edge – hardly more than a weekend in any city, in the course of two weeks I could hit 5 or so cities, maybe 2 countries. Landing in quaint Venice, Florida – a place I …
... any gifts for the kids yet so a shopping expedition is getting higher and higher on the list.
And so it goes. But please don't read this entry as a complaint. We are so lucky to have our wonderful, comfortable home here. Yes, it demands upkeep and when we leave for an extended period of time is shouldn't come as a surprise to us that things need attention.
We are looking forward to the fast approaching holidays, but now need to take care of business!
... a Costco membership! When we discovered they sell our favorite table wine it was a good investment!
We also quickly reconnected with friends, dining or meeting for drinks with many of them during the week. It been a lovely warm return for us.
And while I still look for the flush button on the top of the toilet and try to bag my own groceries in the store, European ways ...
... Florida had rolled out the red carpet for our return. As we used our phones and ipad to catch up on email and conversations with family members the trip passed quickly and we were standing in our driveway in about an hour.
You can't imagine how nice it was to punch in our code to open the garage and be greeted by the sight of home sweet home. The cars were sparkling clean thanks to the TLC given them by our wonderful friend Rick Borres.
We entered ...
... that area.
Then, we headed over to another beach (no surprise)!! We went to Bradenton Beach which of course is in Bradenton. Not too far from where we currently live. What a nice beach. Not a great selection of shells but nice to walk. There was a set-up for a wedding on the beach. Seemed that the tide ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsInn At The Beach Venice
What a great experience - excellent value, friendly service, great location. couldn't say more good things... all the amenities you could want, and then some!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Inn At The Beach Venice
This great 2 story hotel had everything going for it.Its right across the street from Venice Beach and only a 10 minute sidewalked stroll to the quaint shops and restaurants of downtown Venice.The fine restaurant,the Crow's Nest which sits on an intracoastal inlet , is also only a 10 minute walk in the other direction.The room itself was spotless and included every imaginable amenity-- ceiling fan,ac,refrigerator,microwave, ironing board,in room safe(free),fax connection,bathrom exhaust fan and even a ground effects type nightlight in the bathroom.There were also 2 complimentary bottles of spring water,popcorn,coffee and a decent continental breakfast the following morning.The bed was unbelievably comfortable and the quality and cleanliness of the linens was topnotch.The big chain hotels would be well served if they made all their management/marketing people spend at least 1 night here in order to learn what customers really want.
Quaint, clean, comfortable - - loved this place!
My husband and I stayed here one night after being in Miami Beach for a couple days staying at the Sheraton Bal Harbour, which is supposedly a five star resort (although that's doubtful). We would take the Inn at the Beach in Venice over the Sheraton and Miami Beach any day!
The Inn is spotless and lovingly maintained. The staff was cheerful and helpful. Our room (#123) was bright, well planned (lots of smart shelves and cubbies to store your things out of the way), and comfortable. It had a sparkling tile floor, nice king bed, built-in desk, kitchenette space - - refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, cabinets, complete with free bottled water, coffee and popcorn - - and a small table with two chairs. We were on the first floor, which opened via a sliding door to a small patio with two chairs directly across from the beach. The bath had a small, spotless shower, plenty of soft fluffy towels and fun ocean-inspired toiletries. The only thing the Inn is lacking is a computer for guests' use (although they have free wireless internet access if you bring your laptop along). When I needed a computer to check my return flight times, they offered to check for me and also referred me up the street to the public library, which worked perfectly.
Venice is a wonderful mystery to us. How could such a charming, lovely spot on the Gulf not be ruined by over-commercialization? Instead, you can stroll across the street from the Inn and get a grilled cheese sandwich or a popsicle at the little snack bar at the beach, or walk less than a mile up the street to the historic district and eat lunch at the old fashioned Soda Fountain and shop in the quaint, local stores. The Crow's Nest, mentioned in other reviews, was wonderful too. It really is like stepping back in time. We certainly hope to return again soon.
A memorable place
It's a little bit too good to be true. Venice is a small underdeveloped town with great unspoilt beaches and very few tourists. The Inn really is across the road from the beach in a lovely location. While the layout is like a motel, don't let that put you off. The rooms are big, clean and come with free wireless internet access (how much longer are the big hotels going to charge for that?). The staff were all very friendly and we'll always remember our stay - because our little boy finally learned to swim in their pool!
Surprised so few reviews.
Stay here you won't be dissappointed. If you can swing it get a suite with a balcony facing the ocean. Remember the ocean is across the street. Housekeeping does an excellent job and pool and grounds are well maintained. A continental breakfast is included in rate which was good. Places we ate which are casual and decent. Luna's for italian and TJ Carney's for pub,irish/american fare. We will stay here again when we come back to Venice.
Wonderful Inn at The Beach
Stayed one night at Inn at The Beach on our way from Tampa to Naples. I am what my husband calls a pain when it comes to hotels. If it isnt really clean and nice I can't stay. No big five star hotels in Venice so I trusted Tripadvisor reviews, booked a room and hoped for the best. You cant tell from the outside but as soon as you step inside your room you know its a jem. Seperate bedroom. Lovely bathroom. Nice family room and kitchen area. Most important was how clean and updated it was. Beautiful beach across the street with little snack shop. Lovely shops and restaurants just down the street from the hotel. Housekeepers were so friendly and happy. Clearly took pride in a job well done. Comfortable,clean,cute place to spend a night or more. And the price was very low, around 150 per night.
Arrived here escaping from Hurricane Wilma. First impression: the place was spotlessly clean. Did I say spotless!!! Great staff, great location. 100feet from the beach. Try the Crows Nest a mile away for a great meal. We'll be back.
B.,B., and L.
This was the best place!!! My family just loved it! The staff was SUPER friendly! They put out a lovely (small, but plenty!) continental breakfast in the lobby every morning. It was such a nice way to start the day.
The hotel was spotless and the pool was so much fun! It was a nice size with plenty of chairs (I hate when you can't get a chair).
Location was excellent (couldnt ask for better...right accross from the beautiful beach, we walked there several times a day).
One of the nicest hotels I've every stayed in! The room was spotless and appeared to have been recently renovated. The staff is very friendly and accomodating.
I highly recommend this inn which is directly across the street from the beach.
Great, Small Hotel
Spent 7 nights in Feb/Mar 2005. Quaint, Low Key Hotel, Great location across a quiet street from the beach, and walking distance to Downtown Venice. Staff was very pleasant and there when you need them. Rooms were very clean. Would definitely go back.
Would not waste your time
We have called to try to stay here twice and the owner acts as if she could care less. We visit Venice often as we have relatives there. When we need extra space we like to rent a hotel room. The second time we called we wanted several hotel rooms for a special family reunion type visit. Owner said she does not want to rent to groups. Little does she know this was her loss. We'll go elsewhere.