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“Nice quiet getaway” 3 of 5 stars
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Silver Sands Beach Resort
301 Ocean Dr, Key Biscayne, FL 33149   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Key Biscayne
Miami, Florida
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18 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Nice quiet getaway”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

if you just want a nice quiet getaway with a quiet beach and heated pool; this is the place. Bring your own food and drinks since it's a low key place, small - sweet and peaceful. Hope it stays this way even with all the big development happening next door.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Charlotte
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

The Owners of this place maintain three things: the pool, the lobby, and the garden area. These are very nice. The room is another story. The floors are terrazo with the finish long worn off -- so it's basically concrete. The beds were mediocre at best, and the blankets had holes in them. Several drawers in the kitchen were literally coming apart at the joints. Old plumbing (functional but highly unpredictable hot water in the shower). Tiny tv. Lots of ants in the kitchen because the windows are not sealed properly. Everything looks vintage 1992, when Hurricane Andrew came through. On the plus side, the windows are heavy duty. With the window air conditioner on, the construction noise was not very loud. Not sure how noisy the rooms by the gardens would be as they are closer to the building.
In the parking lot, there are several large potholes that require drivers to slalom to avoid them. Note that with the construction on the high rise condos going on next door, if you want to face away from the construction, you need to get the basic room. Facing the garden or pool, you will be looking at the high rise. (Our room had construction trailer view). The few ocean front rooms have decks that are more splinters than wood. Also they are almost subterranean. You have to climb up to the beach. No telling what they look like inside.
The cottages are closest to the construction but they looked nice from the outside. They probably back up to the construction fence.
The beach. Yes it has a sandy beach. No waves but lots of seaweed. Also, when it thunderstorms, a lot of trash surges in, I guess from inconsiderate boaters. One day a bulldozer cleared most of the seaweed away, although of course they can't get the seaweed out of the water. We did rent an umbrella (they do provide beach towels on request) and laid out on the beach one day, which was pleasant.
The staff we met were all very nice, including the cleaning crew (who did what they could). If the Owners would invest in a complete overhaul of the rooms and parking areas, they would have a place worth commending.
And if this isn't enough, they do not take reservations on line and will not send you a written confirmation in the mail. You take your chances that you'll have a place to stay.

Room Tip: Consider if you would rather face the garden and the high rise next door under construction, or the...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

An Absolute Gem - You will Love It...I'll say it again. This is a retro motel/hotel on the best beach on Key Biscayne. The atmosphere rubs off on all the guests, with the pool and beach just steps away. You will think you are on a small island in the Caribbean and not next to Miami Beach. I have been coming here forever and it never disappoints. It's not the Four Seasons, but who cares.

Room Tip: The pool rooms
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bartlett
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

I've been staying at the Silver Sands for years (since 1988). The one thing you can say about the Silver Sands is that it's consistent. It's not fancy, but it's such a gem because it's comfortable and quiet (except for the construction next door right now), right on the beach and just a great place for a get-awayI There is a refrigerator and microwave, and the courtyard rooms have a table and chairs outside, so you can sit out and have your own picnic. The pool is a good size with tables/chairs with umbrellas. It's walking distance to the Ritz Carlson, grocery, shopping and restaurants. Again, it's not fancy, very basic but I feel lucky that I've had this place to go for so many years where I can be right on the beach and about 15 minutes from Miami. I'm so glad that they didn't "sell-out" when the Sonesta group wanted to purchase the property.

Room Tip: The courtyard rooms are $20 more a night but worth it.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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98 reviews 98 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

We have stayed here for 3 nights for several years during the Sony Open. We book the room a year in advance. When we showed up to check into our 'courtyard room', we were informed that we had a parking lot room and that was the only one available. The room faces the construction project which begins at 7am. It was the only parking lot room on that side of the building (156), it is isolated and backs up to the laundry room. It was the worst room in the motel!
When we tried to get an explanation on why we didn't get our 'reserved' room, the manager said all the rooms were full and if we wanted he would cancel our reservation with no fee.when we asked 'what were we suppose to do then?' He told us to 'go to the Ritz Carlton'. We think someone else had the parking lot room and was switched into our room.
What makes matter worse is that we had 'confirmed' our courtyard room twice during the past year.
We felt the management was extremely rude dealing with the whole situation.
The room itself had trouble with the door closing and then we had trouble opening the lock with a key and had to replace the key! It felt much dirtier than the room we used in the past. All in all...very disappointed. The only positive was the location to the tennis tournament.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We stayed there two nights. Good price, good area and really nice people. The room was clean and furnished (microwave, coffee maker, a fridge and a TV). The swimming pool was great and the beach 10 meters from the room: GREAT!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Ontario
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

If it is a 1960’s style motel that is desired, it’s exactly what you will get.

This is definitely not a "resort". It's a basic motel, very well located on a nice beach, almost adjacent to the much more upscale and very expensive Ritz Carlton and a half hour walk to the entrance of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Starbucks and bike rentals are within easy walking distance. Winn Dixie , CVS, and some restaurants are nearby. Water pressure was good. Rooms have a kitchenette.

Reception and cleaning staff were very pleasant.

Negatives are a small, uninteresting pool, no shade or chairs on the beach, small TV sets, many rooms facing the parking lot, very slow and intermittent Internet, construction in progress next door (which starts daily at 7am), and high price (compared to deals that can be had elsewhere.)

Our family cut short our stay at this hotel in three rooms after four days and moved to the Hyatt in Doral for our last three nights for less money than we were paying per night at the Silver Sands. There, we had a two level suite, with three bedrooms upstairs, each with an en-suite, and balconies overlooking the golf course, and downstairs a living room, dining room/kitchen with dishwasher, and a fourth bathroom. We had large screen TVs and there was a very nice swimming pool. We took advantage of what may have been a last minute deal posted on the Internet, but the difference was night and day from the Silver Sands.

Room Tip: Be sure to face the interior area and not the parking lot.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Silver Sands Beach Resort

Address: 301 Ocean Dr, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Location: United States > Florida > Key Biscayne
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 hotels in Key Biscayne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Also Known As:
Silver Sands Beach Hotel Key Biscayne
Silver Sands Key Biscayne
Hotel Silver Sands Beach

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