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“Cozy like home.” 4 of 5 stars
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Sea Dell Motel
2.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   5000 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050   |  
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Ranked #3 of 19 Marathon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Melbourne, Florida
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“Cozy like home.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I picked this motel on a hunch, we couldn't believe our good luck. A great price. Very cute, tropical, clean and spacious room. Washer and dryer just a few feet away. Parked the car within a few feet of the door to our room. No key card here, a real key. Loved it. Microwave, refrig, nice television. Free wifi. Quiet and relaxing. The pool water was the perfect temperature and was also cozy and pleasant. Fitness center across the street.

We walked to restaurants near the motel several times and met many friendly locals. Many things to do close by. I hated to leave. We will be back. I would stay in Marathon before Key West.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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North Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I went for my birthday and absolutely loved the place! Is very cute, well maintained, the staff is very friendly and is an excellent option....if you don’t want to spend $300 per night in a hotel. The most important factors are that is affordable and clean. I work for the hotel industry and selected this motel based on the trip advisor reviews! Don’t believe the negative ones, the Sea Dell Motel is a great place to stay. It is not a 5 star resort but it has all the things you need to enjoy your visit to the Florida Keys. The room was nicely painted, had a flat screen TV, fridge and a microwave. Sombrero Beach is only a mile away and there grill’s that you can do your own cook out! Would definitely come back and will recommend to all my friends, clients and coworkers.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Carlisle, Ohio, USA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Room was larger than some others we stayed in, Very clean, Quaint old style Key look, decorated nicely in rooms and out buildings. Beautiful landscape. Nice pool. Make you welcome and not want to leave.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The motel is centrally situated in Marathon and very handy for Sombrero Beach and other local attractions. Our room was spacious, clean and well equipped, with a very comfortable king size bed. The staff were very helpful, especially Ryan who was there when we checked in and the night before we checked out so helped us sort out various queries and print off boarding passes. We were also given a map showing local restaurants and information on the restaurants, including opening times, the type of food served and a price guide - this was really usefull for us as we had not visited Marathon before. Similarly there was a summary of local attractions and beaches - again very helpful and, in or experience, very accurate. The pool was a reasonable size and very clean - lovely for an early morning and evening swim.We would definitely stay here again if we go back to the Keys.

Room Tip: Our room was at the back - number 15 - and was very quiet - no disturbance from the highway.
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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
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Brooksville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

What a find! This charming, old fashioned motel has great character! It's clean and lovingly maintained, and very comfortable -- we didn't want to leave!

Our room had an extremely comfortable king-sized bed ... I haven't slept that soundly in a motel/hotel in years. There was a small fridge, a microwave and a coffee maker. Tile flooring, rather than carpeting, was a nice plus. Air conditioning unit might've been a bit on the noisy side, but actually the noise was a pleasant hum -- sort of "white noise" -- that masked any potential highway noise.

Bathroom was furnished with luxurious, plush linens. Shower pressure was good and there was plenty of hot water. Note: our bathroom was also equipped with a hair dryer.

We were impressed with the attention to detail. Grounds are attractive and colorful. Pool is heated and deck furniture is in excellent repair -- especially impressed by the fact that the pool was equipped with not only a ramp, but a chair device that made the pool 100% handicap accessible. Never have seen this before, but it spoke volumes to us as to the owners' commitment to serving their guests.

A lovely, lovely find -- and the perfect place to stay for exploring the Keys: only 45 minutes from Key West without the expense and busy-ness of staying in Key West itself. Close to great sport fishing and diving. For nature lovers: close to Bahia Honda State Park and the Key Deer Refuge. For history lovers: close to Pigeon Key. Plenty of dining options close by (ask at the desk for recommendations; they have prepared a directory for their guests).

The colorful exterior, with its lush tropical foliage, drew us in to this place on a whim, but we'll definitely be back next time on purpose.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

The structure of the Sea Dell Motel is showing its age, but our room was equipped with an eye to detail and comfort. It had quality furniture, lovely soft blankets and brilliant bedside lighting (whose heat was noisily counteracted by a bulky air-conditioning unit).

The decent-sized room also had coffee-maker, a fridge, and a small microwave oven: it was ideal for 3 people. The heated pool and free Wi-Fi were appreciated by our 12-year-old daughter.

The service was efficient and friendly. When a fuse blew (the struggling air-conditioning perhaps), power was restored instantly.

Marathon does not have the cachet of Key West – but neither does it have Key West prices and its central location in the Keys makes it a good base to explore the area.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Sea Dell Motel, Florida Keys...affordable, lovely and everything you could hope for that has that old traditional Keysie feel. The owners have put a LOT of TLC into this little place. After having stayed in a variety of places over the years, up and down the keys, it is so refreshing to see that everything isn't being gobbled up and torn down, just to see another condo or corporate chain replace what once was. Not everyone can afford a five star hotel or resort, and not everyone needs or wants turn down service at the end of the day. If you are looking for a comfortable bed, a freshly decorated room, thoughtful attention to the needs of a traveler, pleasant staff, and well maintained grounds, this is your place! This property is a throw back to another era and is what is you don't get from a Holiday Inn or any other cookie cutter type chain. If you go for a higher end type experience, good on ya! For this reviewer this type place meets my needs, sets the basis of the Keys experience and doesn't lighten my pockets in the process, which if anyone knows a thing or two about the Keys happens easy enough.

One last thing, while our group didn't require the use of this, I was really impressed to see that they had a chair that allowed for handicap individuals who might want to use the pool. Not exactly a small investment I'm sure, but just another glimpse of the attention to detail that they have put into this place. They seem to really care about their guest. Perhaps this is being up to 'code' these days, but again, I've been to plenty of hotels up and down the keys recently and they don't all seem to be on the same page. This place is truly a gem. I'll be back!

Room Tip: We only stayed one night so I can only say that we were pleased with that room.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 5000 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Sea Dell Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the "Old Keys" in a lush, tropical setting in Marathon - the "Heart of the Florida Keys". Beautifully furnished rooms. Refrigerators, microwaves and coffeemakers in each room. Hi-speed internet. Heated pool. BBQs and picnic tables. ... more   less 
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