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“About worn out....” 3 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
Alabama USA
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Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“About worn out....”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Yes, it's like motor courts used to be on the beach. Yes, it's in a great location, safe, and quiet. But frankly it's just about worn out. We stayed in one of the three beachside rooms. Linens old, shower small, beds substandard, toilet ran most of the time, sliding door wouldn't lock easily. For $375 per night,
just not a realistic option for our next trip to the tennis tournament.

If you are going to stay there, get a poolside unit. Lots of construction around and noisy otherwise.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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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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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Can't beat the location! Key Biscayne on the beach! Omar, front desk person was super friendly when we called from the road looking for a room. We got in late and Omar still welcomed us. He offered us some tips. The place is on the "vintage" side, but comfortable and clean. The property is super pretty-kinda feel like still in the 50's.
Will stay again.

Room Tip: Beach front are booked months ahead.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I rated this property "very good" as it was clean, quiet and exactly what I expected from the reviews. There aren't many hotel options on Key Biscayne, most people probably rent via VRBO or through a realtor and stay in one of the many condos on the island. This property was built in the 60's I would guess but it is clean, our room was large and there is a very nice large pool on site in the middle of the grounds. The beach is at the end of the property and there are two rooms ( if memory serves me right) that face the beach with small patios that face the ocean. If you are looking for modern and big, try the Ritz, if you are looking for a memory or the early days when south Florida was starting to become popular, try the Sands. The desk staff was friendly and courteous, thanks for a quick stay at the "Silver Sands".

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This quaint, retro motel stands in its own little tropical haven surrounded by the overpowering condos on the beach. Walking distance to restaurants and other conveniences, this lovely and well-maintained property is right on the beach in Key Biscayne. Your choice on Key Biscayne is either the Ritz-Carlton for $700 plus per night or the Silver Sands for under $200 per night --- same beach! Take yourself out of a bourgeois mentality and enjoy the simplicity of this comfortable, clean little step-back-in-time. Over look the fact that everything is not perfect or high-end in this motel and that there are no swans swimming in the entrance…kick back and enjoy the lovely garden area, clean pool, and ocean-front amenities of this sweet spot in Key Biscayne…"beach it" like it's 1965!

Room Tip: Choose a court side room for a nicer view and poolside access.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We were staying at a luxury hotel a few blocks down the waterfront but wanted something a bit lower key where we could prepare some meals and escape to a quieter place. That's how we found the Silver Sands Beach resort. It is a one-story complex with several standalone cottages nestled on the ocean front in between high-rise and high-priced resorts. It was the perfect little beach cottage. We had a patio in the front with a table and there was a small kitchen with sufficient equipment, an electric stovetop, a microwave, toaster and a coffee maker. There was no oven but we had what we needed to cook simple meals. The walkways leading to the ocean were tree-lined and it was a little oasis. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating. So much so that when our taxi didn't arrive one of the staff offered us a ride to a local restaurant. The cottages were very well-made the exterior was a board and batten construction and the interior beams in the ceilings were quite impressive. This oceanfront resort was clearly made to withstand a storm. The pool was simple and nice and the beach was much less crowded than at our nearby luxury hotel. The rooms were simple, a little dated but perfectly adequate. It did not have amenities such as a spa or a gym but it really didn't matter as we could get those down the street. The bed was comfortable and the rooms were clean. The patio was very private and we could make a nice meal and enjoy dining alfresco listening to the sound of the ocean.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

The tub leaks from the handles when you turn on the water not to mention the water fills up to your ankles because it doesn't drain. The beds were quite small and the sheets were very uncomfortable. Looked more like a cheap motel for $40/night then $200/night. There are no food services on ground, only vending machines. They have a total of like 5 beach chairs. The pool is NOT heated. I was fairly disappointed after my boyfriend went through the trouble of planning a special birthday weekend for me. At least we know where not to stay. Miami beach has better places with full kitchens and right on the strip for half as much.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

If you come to Key Biscayne you only have a couple of lodging options. The Ritz Carlton is just down the beach from here and 4x the price. I was there during the day for business and it is everything you'd expect: overpriced, stuffy, dull and full of the worst kind of people. It was so refreshing to return to the simplicity of the Silver Sands each evening. The rooms are basic for sure but there's a microwave, fridge for drinks and my room was spotless. Beds were decent. It was great to be able to park right next to my door. The landscaped courtyard is pretty with grass and palms, and the pool was idyllic. Best of all, you are right on the beach just a few steps from your room. Walk a couple of minutes up the road and there are coffee shops, restaurants and all that. My interactions with staff ran the gamut from very pleasant and accommodating to terse and basic. So stay here if you like throwback simplicity, a nice pool and beach. Just don't expect the Ritz.

Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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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): $$
Number of rooms: 56
Also Known As:
Silver Sands Beach Hotel Key Biscayne
Silver Sands Key Biscayne
Hotel Silver Sands Beach

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