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“What a great surprise” 4 of 5 stars
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301 Ocean Dr, Key Biscayne, FL 33149   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Key Biscayne
St. Petersburg, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“What a great surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

I have stayed in Miami many times over the years for business and was looking for something away from the city, a friend had relatives on Key Biscayne so I decided to take a look out there. First of all Key Biscayne is pretty busy with traffic since there is only 2 lanes in and out and there are very few hotels/motels, but what a pleasant surprise Silver Sands was. It is not a five star resort, but it is a nice clean place with nice well maintained grounds, it reminiscent of the long motor lodges from the 50-60s and it is right on the beach. My room was just a few steps from the sand, what a great place to get away after the work day. And the mini kitchen is nice to have..if you are looking for something a little different, quiet and out of the way, you may want to try here.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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wellington nz
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Found this place after navman put me wrong , seemed overpriced for what you got, if you have had a long day or have an early start get a car park room , as some of the locals use the pool, not to any late hours but noise carries after 11. wi fi only in the lobby, small tv in room, apart from that clean, and close to the beach.

Room Tip: car park rooms must be quieter, AC nosiy but did drown out the sound of the pool parties
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

I am quite the easy going person when it comes to lodging. I read up on the Lonely Planet that it was trip back to the 1970's well not much has changed including the stained floor and archaic kitchen. Use this place as a drop off it was over priced and would not stay again. Key Biscayne is boring and overpriced nothing to do and not a lot of helpful people. Go to the park and make it a day trip!! from a tried and true Canadian.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Charlotte
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
55 hotel reviews
Reviews in 92 cities Reviews in 92 cities
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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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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