An interesting idea, place a hotel out on the water. Not close to the beach, but actually out in the gulf on a concrete pier. The views are spectacular, and the hotel has recently been remodeled, which only adds to the lure of this hotel. It's a comfortable hotel with clean linens and a good amount of space to relax in.
Bottom Line: Not the most luxurious, but certainly worth the money. Bring the kids and stay a while. Just be forewarned, there are 2 large, topless mermaids on the outside of the building.