BEST WESTERN Plus Bradenton Gateway Hotel,  Bradenton

4.5/5  - based on 336 guest reviews.
2215 Cortez Road W, 34207-1245, Bradenton, United States - See map
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Getaway to this modern Bradenton hotel and enjoy a central location with easy access to the beach, State College of Florida and Anna Maria Island. You'll feel right at home at Best Western Plus® Bradenton Gateway Hotel - our modern and spacious rooms offer generous amenities, including cable or satellite television with in-room movies, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, desk, high-speed wireless Internet access and much more. Wake up each morning to a complimentary full hot breakfast. Looking to make your stay extra special and relaxing? Book one of our whirlpool suites. After breakfast, head out to explore the area. Discover new things by visiting the South Florida Museum, Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Aquarium and the Salvador Dali Museum. Looking to take in the great outdoors and stunning scenery? The Best Western Plus® Bradenton Gateway Hotel is near the beach, Anna Maria Island, Long Boat Key and Siesta Key Cruises. Many guests also delight in enjoying a Pirates Spring Training game. Traveling with a large group? We gladly accept group reservations, making this the perfect place for sporting teams to stay while in the area. With its central location, this Bradenton hotel is just a short drive away from many corporate locations, such as Lab Corporation, State College of Florida, IM6 School, Manatee Community College and a satellite office of Starbucks® Corporation. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is just seven miles away, making traveling easy and stress-free. Enjoy the wonderful weather and sunshine while surrounded by a serene tropical setting in our outdoor heated pool or on our sundeck. Get even more value out of your stay by taking advantage of many more on-site amenities, including exercise facility, concierge, guest laundry, children's activities, 24-hour business center, 24-hour coffee bar and free parking. For an extraordinary trip to Bradenton, Florida, make a reservation at the Best Western Plus® Bradenton Gateway Hotel today and save! Enjoy your stay.

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BEST WESTERN Plus Bradenton Gateway Hotel,Bradenton
  • 3
    « Nice But Room Smelled Musty »

    The hotel was visually appealing and the free breakfast was decent. When we entered the room it smelled musty, damp, and a bit moldy. It appeared to be clean and we were only staying for one night so we did not complain. Hopefully this is an unusual occurrence.

    3
    « Disappointed with room 204 »

    Usually have no problems with BW hotels but the beds in this room were soft and used, bathroom shower had little pressure and fixtures coming off/loose. Breakfest was average as was apple water instead of juice (had to go to 7eleven next door for real juice) and toasters out of date (after 5 min english muffin still white). The hotel sits in the back of a parking lot behind a Cracker Barrel Restaurant and had a view of delivery trucks in the morning!!). Just disappointing.

    4
    « Good value »

    Not fancy but clean. Walls where a little thin, could hear voices next door. Staff was friendly, hot breakfast & coffee were very good. Reasonable rate, definitely a good value. Decor is a little dark and dated. Bed was comfortable. Lots of nearby restaurants and location was very convenient for us. Parking is Close by and neighborhood seems safe. We will stay here again.

    4
    « Nice hotel »

    Just stayed for one night. Very friendly welcome from Debbie who recommended somewhere to eat for dinner Clean room - I was a bit worried about animal smells but no need A decent breakfast with plenty of hot and cold choice I would recommend this hotel

    4
    « Great Rooms »

    The room was very spacious and very clean. Housekeeping did a great job. The breakfast was lackluster and tasted like it had been out way too long. Aside from that, I would go there again, however, I would eat breakfast somewhere else

    4
    « 20.30 »

    Very good value hotel only about ten minutes to Anna Maria Island. In room fridge and microwave helps to make a longer stay more comfortable so you do not have to keep going out to restaurants to eat. Also the fact that coffee is on 24/7 in the lobby makes it easier to have a drink on the go. Stayed previously and will stay again.

    5
    « Surprised! »

    For years we bypassed Best Western motels and elected to stay in other major national chains known for clean rooms and comfortable beds and great service. Previously the out of state Best Western motels we tried were not clean. Unfortunately, because of severe allergies windows are not often opened in my home and we rely on a/c. Recently a new central a/c unit was being installed however it was a 2-day job leaving the house without a/c for one evening. A portable a/c was left for my bedroom but it malfunctioned and was throwing out very warm air. When the temperature in my bedroom exceeded 88 I decided to leave and find a room for the night. That night it was very dark, raining hard and after 8 PM. The first place I stopped not far from my home had no vacancy. Not wanting to drive all over I decided to give this Best Western a chance as it too was not far from home. What a nice surprise -- this Best Western was clean; the bed was comfortable; the price was reasonable; the parking lot well lit; the man in charge of the breakfast area kept the pots of coffee fresh, hot, and full; and, the staff was very friendly and helpful. Based on this one night's experience I would recommend this site.

    5
    « Enjoyed our stay in Bradenton »

    My sister and I stayed here during a visit to Bradenton while a relative was ill. The staff were exceptional. Our first night the toilet was spraying water all over the bathroom and the night desk attendant came immediately to fix the problem and to engage the maintenance man to repair it promptly. The cleaning staff were pleasant and did a great job keeping our room tidy and clean. The hot breakfast was very good; there was a nice variety of food choices and the seating space was adequate (sometimes the complimentary breakfasts have limited seating but this one had plenty of room for guests without crowding) We will be returning to Bradenton again soon and will definitely stay here!!

    5
    « Highest Rated for Lowest Price in Area [with price tips] »

    Right behind Cracker Barrel and across the street from a NEW "Waffle House" which is my favorite place to have breakfast/lunch and put a smile on my face to see that new WH so close. The only downside here is "free breakfast" is as basic and un-creative as it gets BUT it is free, so...rest of hotel experience was excellent and very clean, comfortable, quiet, and nicely kept grounds -- VERY polite staff who are patient beyond imagination. Turn at Cracker Barrel sign or you will miss the entrance and have to drive a major block to get back to the entrance. ~Author Deborah Dolen I am a local and my home near Anna Maria Island flooded so I had to have a fairly long term local hotel stay. It is not fun to secure a hotel for more than a few nights-not even being a vacation...in a resort city. So per day does matter. After on-line sticker shock (even all the web comparison deal sites - was $145 a night, I was able to CALL and talk to a REAL person [Carla] and get a good rate of $100 a night. We are NOT IN SEASON and that will drastically change the dynamics soon. But CALLING can be far better than what the hotel comparison sites claim. I am staying in lowest demand weeks of entire year. So front staff DOES have the power to make decisions which helps the bottom line for owners. Debbie, Manager and Carla were wonderful as well as Jeremy Maintenance. I should not say "were" as I am still here. They do allow service dogs and that was nice to see. I love dogs anyways. Dogs are low profile and designated rooms. I did get a room with a Jacuzzi in it-$20 extra and this CEMENTED why I even called. Only a few rooms have one and extra fee is modest. The Jacuzzi was heaven and I am still here as I write this. The property is very clean, beds VERY comfortable and even pillows comfortable. Linens very clean and house keeping quiet and low key. Curtains can be set for really dark and outside noise is almost non-existent in room. AC works wonderfully and NICE sized mini fridge as well as microwave. Water pressure excellent. Property grounds are set in nature even though it is right off a main road--I even heard birds this morning, which was nice. Property is very well maintained. Maintenance Jeremy deep cleaned hot tub within a few minutes of me asking. One Manager Debbie was a very good at being a manager and was able to handle my sentiments about the first night which were not good...a couple was having a heated argument in room next to me (all night long) I was not used to that, and it was not a normal set of guests. This is one of the few hotels that accept cash and so that can attract people low of resources and manners. This may change as season arrives. I am glad I remained because it has been quiet ever since. I met some very nice tourist also--Michigan and UK. Main time they are out is nine in the morning. Any earlier than that..is typically people here to work in town that also stay.

    5
    « Very clean and modern »

    Rooms were very clean, breakfast was nice (eggs, sausage, cereal, waffles, baked goods). Quiet and not super busy and right behind a cracker barrel! I stayed for only a couple days but with a fridge and microwave in room could stay longer :)

  • 4
    « Pretty awesome and I didn't expect it »

    So we came here for a weekend for soccer. I really was not expecting much from this hotel but when we arrived the service was incredible. The checkin was seamless and the rooms were impeccable and renovated. Clean, and modern. Would highly recommend this hotel again, very close to restaurants and easy to get to the freeways and major roadways.

    5
    « I recommend this place »

    I loved this hotel so much and all the people who work there. I was homeless with my 3 cats from nj and found a place on the next block from the hotel but stayed at the hotel for over a week. Chris is an awsome manager too. Anything i needed i had. It was clean and the pool was perfect!!! GREAT EXPERIENCE. Also washer and drier in hotel made my life much easier. ??

    5
    « Exceptionally Clean, Comfortable and the Price was Right »

    Found the property on Trivago and got the room through Booking.com for a very reasonable price. We were only in town one night for a wedding on Anna Maria Island. The hotel was very nice, exceptionally clean, quiet and fairly easy to find. The room was very clean and welcoming. Air was set to comfortable temperature so we did not have to wait for room to cool down. We had a microwave and nice size refrigerator in the room. Bed was very comfy. The breakfast was great. Buffet was well stocked, kept very clean and had a nice selection including hot and cold items. Staff were all very friendly. Would highly recommend this hotel to anyone traveling in the Bradenton area. I will stay there again when I am in the area.

    5
    « Amazing staff and amenities »

    The Manager Chris Sears and his desk staff, including concierges Jeremy and Allen, were very attentive and caring individuals. I have never encountered this level of kindness and compassion embodied by an entire hotel staff. Mr. Sears and Jeremy made themselves available at all times to my daughter and I during a difficult situation, without ever having to ask. They even made sure while my daughter convalesced for three weeks here our room was extra sanitized with ozone air purification and forensic light technology. The complimentary breakfast was convenient and delicious and the pool area was bright, clean and perfect for relaxing. I am very familiar with this area and would absolutely recommend this hotel over any other hotel on Cortez Road or within a 10 mile radius! Thank you so very much Chris and Jeremy for your professionalism, customer service and kindness. These skills are natural to you both and is what separates you from the competition.

    5
    « great place »

    wonderful staff and great hotelf. stayed here after a terrible experience at another hotel. this place was great. room was amazing with a great kitchen. stayed in one of the suites and had an amazing stay.

    5
    « Great hotel »

    This property is very clean and nice. Hotel is updated with flat screen tv, wifi and some rooms even have full kitchens and jacuzzis. The hotel has a nice pool and offers a great free breakfast every morning. Staff is very friendly and helpful.. Overall one of the best hotels in Bradenton.

    4
    « Affordable, very clean and great location »

    This is a revision of a previous review. I stayed there with my wife for our 2nd anniversary. When we arrived, the staff had put roses in the room at no charge, I guess since I had said we were there for our anniversary. The room was quite clean and for the most part quiet, except one barking dog. The manager said it was a service dog, and it only barked a couple of times. He apologized and that was fine. There was a full breakfast with coffee, Danish, waffles, etc. We slept in and missed it. We did try the coffee which was weak, but The manager said that he would be happy to remake the coffee if we asked. Very accommodating manager and wonderful location.

    4
    « HOTEL IN WEST BRADENTON, FLORIDA »

    Great place in West Bradenton, clean, friendly staff, breakfast could be better, and coffe could be better, ample rooms with great bath-tub shower, water pressure is good. Location for me is very important

    5
    « Excellent »

    We had a very enjoyable stay at this hotel. The hotel manager was exceptionally helpful and friendly. The two rooms we stayed in were neat and clean. The breakfast was very good with a lot of variety.

    4
    « 2016-70 Centrally Located »

    A very nice-clean hotel, with free hot breakfast and excellent service. Located close to to shops, restaurants and entertainment. The folks at the front desk were very friendly and seem to have the answer to your questions, regarding where to eat, shop and area beaches. Located less than 30 minutes from Sarasota and no too far from Anna Maria Island. We stayed for one night, but we definitively would have love to stay longer, they sure make you feel welcome, we'll be back.

  • 3
    « Great but needs more linens »

    The hotel was great, clean and awesome breakfast selections. But since we used our towels when we went swimming, we had to ask for extra dry towels and they said that they ran out. Same with blankets. Other suggestion will be to add at least 1 or 2 more waffle makers so that there is no waiting line. Otherwise, it was a good stay!

    5
    « best western best hotel »

    I received very good service at this hotel, the rooms were newly renovated and extremely clean. The staff was very grind ly and the manager iChris is very accommodating I would recommend this hotel to anyone

    4
    « Fun in Cortez Fl !! »

    Great location, good price/value, excellent front desk staff, nice little pool. Cortez is a fun little old fashioned fishing village about 10 minutes away. Very close to Long boat Key, lots of good dining tiki bars etc.

    5
    « Very nice and cozy! »

    The quality of this hotel actually surprised me! The room was spacious enough for the two of us. Staff was friendly. It was clean and comfortable and very nice. It is right behind a Cracker Barrel so food options were easy. The complementary breakfast was a little sub-par but not bad. Over all, a very good experience.

    4
    « Excellent Value, Convenient Location »

    This is an upgraded Best Western and is a good value located conveniently to all Bradenton and Sarasota has to offer to vacationers/travelers. Nice lobby and room is large. Attractive and large bathroom and shower. Comfortable bed and pillows. Hot breakfast bar including waffle maker and 24 hour coffee and water service in lobby. Older plasma flat screen TV which is only 32" or less.

    3
    « Barking dogs have priority »

    We also were awoken by multiple barking dogs at 6:45 directly across from our rooms. I went to the front desk @7:45( now to get coffee) and asked if they could hear the barking ( we were right off the lobby) going on. He said yes he could, but it was a pet friendly hotel so there was nothing he could do. He also said he thought they belonged to the group of young adults having breakfast in the lobby, so they may be leaving soon. It was now 8AM. The group was part of a frisbee competition. When we check in the day before we originally were assigned the room directly next to the one with the dogs. When we arrived at the room, that room had not been completely cleaned and the TV unit disconnected and pulled away from the wall. The young women @ front desk came in, shook her head, took our key and went across the hall opened the door, gave us a key, off she went. Room was clean, bed comfortable, that's it...

    3
    « Given room already occupied by other guests »

    the title says it all, Walked in on other hotel guests and when I went to front desk there were no apologies given just took my keys and gave me another room. A little noisy you can hear everything outside your room in the hallways.

    4
    « Nice stay »

    Stayed two nights at this hotel, it was very pleasant. Excellent quality for price, approx., $100.00, 2 queen beds. Facility was pretty, very clean. First floor had hard wood floors in the rooms. I would of given the review a 5 but the beds weren't as comfortable as I would of liked. We probably could have changed rooms but it wasn't that bad. Staff friendly and helpful.

    2
    « Dog barking 7am »

    1. Stated it is a pet-free hotel, but dog barking woke me up at 7am. Service animals are helpful, docile and quiet. This was a pet, not a service animal. 2. Gym has a stationary bike, 3 other aerobics, no weights, no resistance at all. Tiniest gym on earth. Utterly useless. 3. Pool also incredibly tiny, barely enough room to turn around. Uncomfortable and zero atmosphere, privacy. Waste of space

    5
    « Great stay »

    The hotel has been renovated recently, and the front desk is very attentive of guest needs and inquires. IE: I asked for good restaurants that they would eat at and local activities. When and enjoyed a great dinner and a walk. I am a rewards member with best western and stayed in them 180 days last year. this is a god location don't hesitate to stay.

  • 4
    « June 2016 »

    Stayed here as part of our vacation on 6/9/16. Front person was very friendly and personable. Room was clean and a good size. A/C in the room didn't work so good. Had to set it on 64 just to get the room cooled off. Breakfast in the morning was just ok nothing special. Location of the hotel is right behind the Cracker Barrel.

    4
    « Best Western Manatee »

    This is a comfortable hotel with a friendly staff. They have some rooms with a Jacuzzi tub, but it's in the main part of the room and makes the room feel cramped. TV choices are below average. The hotel is actually behind a Cracker Barrel Restaurant, and not easily seen from the roadway. The front desk staff were friendly and accomadating.

    5
    « I'll say it again, "I LOVE this place!" »

    This is now the second time we've stayed at the Best Western behind Cracker Barrel, and I have to say, this business is incredibly consistently clean, comfortable, and reasonably priced. We stayed in one of the hot tub suites and absolutely loved it... again! I would recommend this hotel over and over again. Shalom, Big D

    4
    « MEMORIAL WEEKEND »

    Good and accessible location to the beaches and restaurants. Good breakfast, clean rooms with comfortable beds and spacious bathroom. We will stay again and would be highly recommended to friends and family.

    4
    « Nice stay »

    We had a one night stay in the hotel and it was nice. I didn't eat at the breakfast we mainly just used it as a place to crash. We had a king suite and it was relaxing. We would Defiantly stay again. Next time though I will have to try the breakfast out.

    3
    « Rooms upgrade in progress »

    Given room on 3rd floor which was being upgraded and full of workmen when i got there . Had to return to lobby to be allocated another room . Hotel should be ok after refit . Swimming pool not very private overlooking large carpark at rear of local restaurants

    5
    « Good value, friendly staff »

    Samantha was wonderful during check in, polite and informative. A great begging to a great trip! Cracker Barrel right in front of the hotel. Nice pool and work out area. Will definitely be staying here again.

    4
    « chris mgr and employees friendly and efficient day or night feels like a B&B »

    comfortable and convenient, upgraded rooms,very clean, only thing was sweating all night from air conditioning we were too tired to complain, but this place is close to beach and restaurant walking distance!!! will stay again, staff and guests friendly

    4
    « Really nice owner »

    This is a nice basic hotel. We were there for a wedding, during spring break, and our options were limited. Luckily, this turned out great. The room are clean and the pillows are nice. The complimentary breakfast is your usual stuff but was well stocked. The owner was super nice and found our group rooms close together. Would recommend this hotel to those who want a comfortable stay and don't want to spend a fortune!

    5
    « Carla is awesome! »

    I had an issue with booking - thought I had and there was an error on my part...Called to let them know we'd be arriving ;ate and was told no rooms left. While on the phone with the new hotel I had an incoming call. It was Carla. She let me know there was, in fact, a room available at the Best Western. Wonderful. It truly could have stopped there if a positive impression was all she was trying to accomplish. It did not. We got to the hotel late and when we arrived to our room we discovered a sweet note and plate of fruit-- from Carla!

  • 5
    « nice hotel »

    Great hotel, nice room - stayed with 2 kids and 2 adults. Basic breakfast but enough to make everyone happy. Very comfortable beds! We would stay here again - a bit more money than I wanted to pay but you get what you pay for and we were pleased.

    4
    « The hotel made the difference. »

    Sadly we were visiting because a family member was very ill and we were here to support . We were planning on stayed for two days, and we ended up staying for 5 days. Chris the manager was very accommodating and was able to give us a larger room with a nice size kitchen. The hotel was clean and very comfortable. Breakfast was available every morning, we didn't get to use the facilities, there is a gym and swimming pool. If you need a hotel in the area it is very convenient to the stores and restaurants . Thank you for making our difficult stay a lot easier.

    4
    « Quality Hotel »

    We picked the BW Manatee because of its reputation and plus we got a good price for the Bradenton area. Pleasant stay in comfortable room and an Ok breakfast included. Staff friendly and helpful. Easy walking distance to Cracker Barrel and Tijuana Flats. 10 minute drive to Bradenton river walk.

    5
    « The Best Value in the Area »

    The hotel is conveniently located and close to all the attractions, beaches and local venues. It offers the best overall stay experience off beach. It gives you a local feel and the staff makes you feel at home. The rooms are newly decorated and appointed however the beds are for the soft of heart.

    5
    « Spring training »

    Very good hotel for Pirates spring training. Close to McKechnie field and Pirates City. Value is good, good breakfast. Has a small but well maintained pool. In center of Bradenton, close to all shopping, restaurants and beaches. Don't park in back, as the irrigation system for the landscaping sprays recycled water, that smells terrible. It took multiple cleanings to get the smell out of our car.

    4
    « Spring Break Travel »

    I can't say enough about the staff at this place. They are phenomenal and would go out of their way to make your stay a great one. The lobby and rooms are very clean, except some of the rooms have a funny odor - not a deal breaker, and I am very fussy about that. The hallways, especially the 2nd floor, are shabby and a little odd smelling, and that would be my only complaint. This place is great for families, pets, kids - anyone. They have a nice outdoor pool, and pretty places to sit out front. It is close to everything in Bradenton, and I can't tell you how many times staff has helped me hook up with activities and rentals in the area for kayaking, cycling, fishing, beach combing (Casperson Beach for fossils and shark teeth!), etc., We have never had a bad time at this hotel and recommend it to anyone who isn't looking for a four star experience in terms of decor. Staff gives you 4 star service, though! :)

    5
    « Good value, clean with good service »

    I never rate on trip advisor, but our experience was so good at this place I'm doing it. First floor rooms were hardwood...no worry about bugs. Service was excellent. Place kept clean. Real friendly people.

    5
    « Bradenton hotel »

    Excellent. The staff was excellent and very helpful. The breakfast was a treat. Internet connection was impeccable. The rooms were very clean and neat. The staff was avai;ab;e to help with your needs.

    3
    « Overall Review »

    Average at best, for a few more dollars probably could have done better. The full breakfast was not what I expected. Pool and area surrounding was not maintained along with the table area in front of hotel.

    3
    « Dated, but Clean »

    Satisfied with staff, building décor could stand an update as the Lobby gives a somewhat seedy appearance. However the room and amenities were clean good & comfortable. Location is convenient to the Ringling. The breakfast would rate a weak 5 on a scale of 10. There is a Cracker Barrel directly in the front of the hotel.

  • 4
    « Feb stay »

    The hotel was overall very clean. We had the king suite with kitchen. The pool was super warm which is fantastic, but it's in front of the hotel where the sun doesn't shine. Wouldn't be a bad idea to put it where the sun will always shine on it. The only complaint I had was we arrived an hour early and I asked the lady if they did early check in. I've checked in early at a lot of hotels with no issues or anything. She told me they did do early check in and just took care of everything. When we checked out, I got charged $10 for checking in an hour early and she didn't tell me about it. At least say something! It's only $10 but come on? We were happy with the stay in the end.

    3
    « OK If You Can Find It »

    This hotel is hidden from the main road with poor signage (Its a good advertisement for GPS). It provides little of note, rooms are adequate, breakfast is non-descript and unenviting, location is not to exciting. Basically a place to overnight between other locations - the bed is comfortable, the room clean, there is little noise from the outside (however, late at night, one can pick up the sound ot a TV somewhere.) It is pricey foir what you get, otherwise its OK.

    5
    « Great stay »

    We stayed at this motel for 10 days and had a great time. Motel was clean and located in a good area of Bradenton with many restaurants near by. Breakfast was great so we never went out for breakfast. Enjoyed our stay very much.

    5
    « Friendly Staff »

    My son was at a baseball camp in Bradenton in August and I stayed here, it was a 15 min. drive from his camp. The staff was great. My room was clean and quiet. There was a pool and it looked clean but I did not use it because I discovered Siesta Keys Beach (40 min drive). There is a cracker barrel right in front of the hotel and I did take out there and heated up left overs in my room the next day. Breakfast was better than average and the attendant was helpful. I had an hour after checkout before I could pick up my son and they were generous and set up a spot for me in the breakfast area to wait and charge and us my electronics. Super nice staff!

    5
    « Good location, good value, good time! »

    We stayed at the hotel for a wedding in Bradenton. The wedding was in Long Boat Key and the location of the hotel to that is excellent. In addition, the hotel is located very close to The Ringling Museum, and fairly easy access to major travel routes. The room was clean and well maintained. The staff were very friendly. The property is in great shape. There is a Cracker Barrel located directly in front of it (you can walk across the parking lot to it). As well, there are many chain restaurants very close to the property, grocery stores, and other shopping. I used the onsite laundry (one washer, one dryer) and it is easily accessed and kept clean and tidy. The morning breakfast was good; my only complaint would be that it was the same every day...at least changing on the weekend would be an improvement. But, the breakfast attendant kept the area clean and well stocked each morning. Unfortunately for him, people ignored the hours of breakfast and almost everyday he had to stay late. He was never anything but friendly, though. The same goes for the two front desk clerks with whom I interacted. They were helpful, friendly, efficient and always available when I needed them. Again, the proximity to Bradenton/Sarasota beaches and attractions makes it a great location, too. I would heartily recommend this hotel.

    5
    « Vacation Get-A-Way »

    I find Best Western to be one of the best hotels for comfort, convenience, amenities, great breakfasts and accommodating staff. My friend and I often visit the B. W. Manatee Plus in Bradenton just to get away from the norm. The General Manager, Chris Sears is a sweetheart. He treats us like family, since we have been staying at this hotel a few times a year for the past 15 years. He also listens to my suggestions and takes them to heart. The only draw-back with this and other B. W. hotels is the price (season). You have to really watch diligently for a good deal to come along and jump on it. My friend has a B. W. credit card so he can build up points when using it. It comes in handy when you want to use them to book a night or two.

    5
    « Good hotel »

    We stopped at this location. I've been here before and have never had a problem. I did have one problem however but is was not the fault of the hotel. We came during soccer tournament time and too many kids and too much early morning noise at breakfast. But we were there just to sleep as my son lives not to far away and is the reason we came and stayed. But overall all was good.

    2
    « Look elsewhere »

    Breakfast food cold, especially the watery eggs, sausage anemic, pool dirty, worker at the front desk an excuse maker, giving me an excuse why there isn't hot coffee, just make a fresh pot! Problem solved!!

    5
    « Very Helpful when we really needed it »

    My family just stayed for a week at this hotel, I have stayed here before last summer. This time my mom left her bad in the room, she didn't realize it until we were back home. We call, the manager told us he had it, it is in his safe and he will mail it to us if we want. We will be back there at the end of the month and told him we will get it then. Very nice staff, clean, really a great place to stay.

    4
    « Pleasant Stay »

    Pleasant experience overall, room clean, bed extraordinarily comfortable, linens fresh. Second night guests in next room were loud well into the night....'clerk' handled situation immediately and courteously. Definitely would stay again.

  • 5
    « Professional & Friendly staff »

    Had to book this at the last minute due to a family emergency, and "Brittany" made the experience terrific. Also wanted to commend Jeremy and Vince, two others who were warm and welcoming, as well as great room (cleaning) service each of my 9 days. Enjoyed having the convenient "Cracker Barrel" restaurant right out front too. :)

    4
    « over all was great »

    the breakfast is great alot to choose from but the sausage links and sausage in the gravy not to good. no other problems with anything this is a non smoking place. staff was friendly it was nice and quiet place

    3
    « Bad Reservation Experence »

    reservations were messed up.I booked my two night stay at the hotel at I-75 and highway 64, somewhere the reservation department switched me to hotel seventeen miles away I was not a happy camper on Friday afternoon finding out I have to drive an additional 17 miles to a congested area.

    4
    « Nice Property »

    Made reservations for a pet-friendly room on the ground floor but arrived to find there were no ground floor rooms available. It was a hassle getting our dog in and out of an elevator, as she's old and had never been in one before. Aside from that, the room was immaculate, the front desk staff friendly, AND there's a Cracker Barrel just in front of the property. Getting into the parking lot is a bit confusing, but the parking lot is well-lit. Comfy bed and bathroom is well-stocked with soaps and lotions. Being on Cortez Road (close to beaches) would explain why rooms here start at $99 a night. All in all, a good night's sleep. Basic continental breakfast is served until 10 am.

    5
    « Last minute, delighted! »

    We made this reservation at the last minute, was very pleased with the accommodations. Very large room, huge bathroom. The refrigerator was larger than most, microwave and parking weren't extra. Free hot breakfast with good selection. Would go again.

    4
    « Bradenton Hotel »

    Good value hotel in Bradenton on the main Cortez Road.. Breakfast is included although not much choice. The hotel is close to good restaurants and some decent shops if it is raining. This hotel is only about five miles from Anna Maria Island which is one of our favourite places to visit in this part of the Gulf.

    5
    « Fantastic Stay! »

    Our room was nice, clean and comfortable. Breakfast was fantastic! The staff really went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. The location to the beach was great! We stayed during the fourth of July and were able to watch the fireworks from our room.

    5
    « Traveling Grandmother »

    Rooms were comfortable and clean. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I will stay there again. The general manager was very nice and easy to talk to. He went the extra step to make sure I would get reward points and to make sure I was registered for promotions.

    4
    « Quiet and Clean »

    We stayed 5 nights while visiting our parents. The room is pretty standard, but it was quiet, clean, and well-appointed. It had all the items we needed (toiletries, hairdryer, microwave, frig, etc.) for a very reasonable price. Towels and bed linens were nice and the bed was comfortable. The staff was polite. We only had minor complaints. The breakfast was typical but the eggs were (or at least tasted and had the texture of) powdered eggs. The TV was frustrating because the guide was often wrong. I'll plan to stay there again when I'm in the Bradenton area.

    5
    « Great stay. »

    This hotel was a great surprise. We had an evening there prior to our movers arriving and it was lovely. It is also pet friendly. We have two cats and there was no problem. Though it poured that night we had a chance to check out the pool earlier and wow, how very nice. The rooms looked very updated and were neat and clean. The staff was quite pleasant.

  • 5
    « Always a Plus!!! »

    Holiday weekend .. Breakfast packed yet they actually had 2 people working and the food was above good and tables got cleaned and nothing ran out!! Very easy to chalk it up to Holiday traffic rather then increase Payroll and adjust to the Volume. Also the entire Building is non-smoking. Plus all rooms in order to be a PLUS are beautiful and redone with a seating area in every room.. We don't go anyway else now. Try it. Better yet don't so I wont run into booking a room!!! K.C. Fisher, Tampa fl.

    5
    « just great »

    this is the second time i stayed at this Hotel,love everything about it close to Ana Maria Island and the Hotel employees are super friendly ,Chris the mgr is great also i have to mention Housekeeping and the Front desk are very helpful i will come back

    5
    « Tremendo Hotel »

    Nuestra estadía en el hotel fue muy placentera. El servicio fue muy agradable y profesional. El desayuno muy completo, y los cuartos muy cómodos. Gracias Best Western Our time in the hotel was very likeable. The service was great and very professional. It was great to start the morning with a complete breakfast; and the rooms were very comfortable. Thank you Best Western.

    4
    « Quiet and convenient »

    We arrived in the middle of a downpour and though the lightening and thunder was incredible the hotel was quiet and dry! Check in was fast and efficient and we were given recommendations for close by restaurants that didn't require a lot more driving in the bad weather. The room was well appointed, clean and looked as if recently redone. The only thing not perfect was that the next room over had an incredibly loud snorer that I heard several times during the night... maybe some extra insulation is in order. All in all, I'd definitely stay here again should I find a reason to return to Bradenton.

 

Getting to the hotel ...

All directions
·From: Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Take a right on University to US-41. Take a right (North) continue to Cortez Road. Take a left. The Best Western Plus® Bradenton Gateway Hotel is on your left about 0. 25 miles ahead. ·From: Tampa International Airport. Follow the signs to Interstate 275 South. Merge onto Interstate 275 South toward St. Petersburg (Portions toll). Merge onto US-19 South via Exit 5 toward Palmetto/Bradenton. Turn slight right onto US-41 S/FL-45 S/Tamiami TRL. Take US-41 South toward Interstate 75/Bradenton/Sarasota. US-41 South becomes Cortez Road W/FL-684 West. End at the Best Western Plus® Bradenton Gateway Hotel on the left.