by Chelle Koster Walton
Family-owned and operated, Driftwood is your classic Florida motel that stubbornly resists gentrification. Clean and cozy, its rooms sleep up to six and most have full kitchens. Outdoors, the motel is a short walk to one of the area’s nicest sweeps of beach, plus there’s a fenced heated swimming pool and a picnic area with barbecue grill. Beach umbrellas and lounge chairs are also available to guests.
Our Editor Loves
- Near-beach location
- Swimming pool
- Family Room 5+
The Driftwood Motel, recently completely renovated/re-designed, is located at Holmes Beach, one of three beaches at Anna Maria Island, Florida-a strip of 7 miles of narrow sand on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida. The website gave great photos and accurate descriptions of the motel, the rooms, and location. We chose the Osprey Landing room complete with a mini kitchen: small stove, mini fridge, microwave, sink, and dish washer. Also supplied are plates, cups, glasses, and anything you need to cook with. Also provided are starter items such as paper towels, dish soap and sponges, dish towel and bathroom items. The room was beautifully designed, equipped with everything we needed and very clean. We felt very comfortable in the space. With a beautiful shabby chic/beachy decor complete with shiplap walls and bead board in the bathroom, as well as a king bed, the small room was perfect for me and my husband. We were there a week ago, in December and enjoyed the heated pool, the very short walk to the beach and restaurants close by. There is a free trolley that runs the length of the Island and it stops very close to the Driftwood Motel. We look forward to returning again.
I recently visited the Driftwood in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island. I was amazed at the transformation of this place. The inside of each room has been renovated and has new coastal chic decor along with all new furniture and bedding. We really enjoyed the changes made and will definitely be back! The Driftwood is great for a weekend stay or when we make a vacation visit and stay longer. We loved the kitchenette inside and the location near local shops and restaurant options for breakfast, lunch and dinner were plentiful!