BEST BEACH HOTELS

Photos: 10 Cozy Hotels on Florida's Gulf Coast

These 10 Florida hotels all provide easy access to the coast, plenty of charm, and utterly reasonable rates. See for yourself in our slideshow!

By , Friday, Mar 23, 2012, 8:00 AM

Source Article: Photos: 10 Cozy Hotels on Florida's Gulf Coast

Cape San Blas Inn Porch

The deck at San Blas Inn has great views of Saint Joseph Bay—and plenty of seating.

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Exterior Cape San Blas Inn

Cap San Blas Inn's seven guest rooms each have mini-fridges and Sleep Number beds; many of them also have private patios. 

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Room at Cape San Blas Inn

Guests can watch for bald eagles and manatees from the hot tub at the end of Cape San Blas Inn's private dock—or borrow one of the inn's canoes or kayaks at no charge.

(Courtesy Cape San Blas Inn on St. Joseph Bay)

CAPE SAN BLAS INN

The Sand Dollar room at Cape San Blas Inn has French doors that lead out to a private patio.

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Coombs House Inn Exterior

The 23-room Coombs House Inn is spread across three restored Victorian buildings in Apalachicola, Fla. The main house was once the home of local lumber baron James N. Coombs.

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fireplace at Coombs House Inn

The cozy Coombs House Inn is decorated with antique furniture, oil paintings, and carpets.

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Coombs House Inn Astoria suite

The two-room Astoria suite at the Coombs House Inn has its own sitting area (shown), two double beds, and a private veranda.

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Coombs House Inn Raney room

The oversized Raney room at the Coombs House Inn has a bay window, an antique fireplace, and a clawfoot tub.

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garden area Coombs House Inn

Tea and cookies are served daily in the Coombs House Inn garden, and there are wine tastings in the parlor on Friday and Saturday evenings.

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Coombs House Inn veranda

One of the private verandas at the Coombs House Inn.

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Pool at Frenchys Oasis Motel

Frenchy's Oasis Motel in Clearwater, Fla., has a thoroughly retro paint job—and a throwback swimming pool, to boot.

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Frenchys Oasis Motel

Frenchy's Oasis owner Michael Preston had vintage postcard images enlarged and printed on canvas to create the artwork for his '60s-inspired motel.

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Business center Frenchys Oasis Motel

Even the business center at Frenchy's Oasis faces the pool.

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Mango Street Inn entrance

Mango Street Inn in Fort Myers Beach, Fla., is just steps from the beach—but guests can borrow a wagon to haul their chairs and coolers out to the sand, anyway.

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Mango Street Inn Exterior

The owners of Mango Street Inn undertook a full renovation of the property when they purchased it in 2008. They even added a pergola in the courtyard where they serve a gourmet breakfast each morning.

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Mango Street Inn room

There are six suites at Mango Street Inn—four 1-bedrooms and two 2-bedrooms—and all have full kitchens, private baths, and free Wi-Fi. Well-behaved pets are more than welcome at the inn. 

(Courtesy Mango Street Inn)

Mango Street Inn kitchenette

The guest-suite kichens at Mango Street Inn are well equipped, and there's a shared pantry on-site with even more appliances and cooking tools that guests may use. 

(Courtesy Mango Street Inn)

Naples Inn sun room

The family-run Naples Courtyard Inn was recently renovated, and has sunny rooms with bright, beachy accents.

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Pool at Naples Inn

There's an afternoon iced-tea party by the pool each day at the Naples Courtyard Inn.

(Courtesy Naples Courtyard Inn)

Peninsula Inn & Spa

The historic Peninsula Inn & Spa in Gulfport, Fla., is a popular spot for small weddings and family reunions, thanks to amenities like an on-site spa, two restaurants, and a spacious patio.

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The Peninsula Inn & Spa room

The five suites and six guest rooms at the Peninsula Inn & Spa are themed around British Colonial outposts and decorated with furniture hand-carved in Indonesia. 

(Courtesy Peninsula Inn & Spa)

Pool at Sun and Moon Inn

The pool and hot tub at the Sun and Moon Inn in Matlacha, Fla., are both open 24 hours a day.

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Sunset room Sun and Moon Inn

The Sunset Room at the Sun and Moon Inn has a sliding door that opens onto a covered backyard seating area.

(Courtesy The Sun and the Moon Inn)

Entrance of Watergarden Inn

The Watergarden Inn at the Bay is one of St. Petersburg, Florida's most charming new B&Bs—and the owners have just finished renovating two additional suites.

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pool at Watergarden Inn

Another new addition to the Watergarden Inn at the Bay is the just-installed swimming pool, complete with lounge chairs and shade trees.

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Watergarden Inn room

Guest rooms at the Watergarden Inn at the Bay have private baths, flat-screen TVs, and in-room Keurig coffee makers.

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Bicycle at Watergarden Inn

The owners of the Watergarden Inn at the Bay also offer guests free use of bicycles for cruising to downtown St. Petersburg, just a few blocks away.

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Garden at Wisteria Inn

The pet-friendly Wisteria Inn in Panama City Beach has many outdoor areas where guests can spread out.

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Panama City Beach

Plus, there's a white-sand beach just 30 feet from the Wisteria Inn's entrance.

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Extra-large hot tub at Wisteria Inn

In addition to the Wisteria Inn's koi pond, tropical garden, and swimming pool, there's also a giant hot tub (shown). For even more instant relaxation, owner Bronwen DuKate doles out free mimosas at noon daily (in lieu of breakfast or brunch).

(Courtesy Wisteria Inn)

Single Room Low-Key Hideaway

The aesthetic at the Low-Key Hideaway Motel and RV in Cedar Key, Fla., is decidedly shabby-chic, with rooms decorated in antiques and thrift-store finds. All five guest rooms also have kitchenettes and private baths.

(Courtesy Pat Bonish)

King room Low-Key Hideaway

Some rooms at the Low-Key Hideaway even have headboards fashioned from old doors. Fortunately, all rooms (and the four full-hookup RV camp sites) are within stumbling distance of the property's waterfront tiki bar.

(Courtesy Pat Bonish)

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