Gulf Beach Hotel
Postcards: Sarasota History
The Gulf Beach Hotel Court was the first motel completed in late 1949 on Lido Key in Sarasota, Florida. The term "motel" was first coined in 1926 to specifially denote an establishment where guests could park their cars just outside their rooms. "Motel" combines the words "motorist" and "hotel". They offered what the post World War II traveling public wanted - clean rooms, parking next to the room and convenient or well-located affordable lodging for the family on vacation.