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Gulf View Waterfront Resort

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58743 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-6021
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#1 of 16 in Marathon
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4.6
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Our small, private and charming property is located at the North end of Marathon on Grassy Key. We offer 11 exceptional units ranging from guest rooms with refrigerators and microwave ovens to efficiencies and one and two bedroom apartments with full kitchens - an accommodation to meet your needs. (We even allow your family pets!) Enjoy the heated pool, one of the largest in the middle keys or go out on our complimentary kayaks, canoes or paddle boats. We provide free WIFI, daily maid service and complimentary coffee and tea each morning. We also have a boat ramp and dockage available.The Gulf View Waterfront Resort has been family owned and operated since 1995. Come stay with us and discover our little piece of paradise.Susan, Mike, Stephanie, Jack & Casey Thank you for your interest in the Gulf View.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Heated pool
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Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Private beach
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Interconnected rooms available
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MRQTN wrote a review Apr 2022
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We loved our stay! The resort advertises "comfortable, not fancy" and that accurately sums it up. The place was beautiful and reasonably, though not immaculately, maintained. Pros: the pool was very nice. It's large for the size of the resort and is tile. It has a fun dolphin mosaic at the bottom. It was well maintained and clean. There is some shade and some sun. The chairs were fine and there was a bin for water toys and floats. The gulf view is beautiful, and the lounge chairs by the water are nice. It's important to know ahead that it is a basking beach and not a sandy beach that you can access to play or swim. The water up to the resort was very shallow and had sea grass, etc growing in it. There is a nice outdoor eating area and hammocks. The tetherball was broken the first night we were there and was fixed promptly the next morning. We had a nice table outside our unit for our private use. The indoor furnishings were not great--the futon seemed particularly on the shabby side--but the beds were some of the most comfortable I have ever slept in while traveling. The linens were all white and high quality. Comments on things observed in other reviews: two kayaks remain and we enjoyed them. There are no paddleboat or canoes (as mentioned on the website and on the sign by the dock). I hope they add to the fleet and keep the kayaks. It's a nice additional activity on site. They even allowed us to check out the paddles overnight as our teenagers particularly wanted to have a sunset paddle. They loved it. The birds and turtles have moved to the dolphin center next door. Hopefully they will take the cages down and repurpose the area as it now looks a bit dingy. They brought in additional gravel for the parking area while we were there, so the management is maintaining and updating things. They had a good contactless system for fresh linens and necessities. The Keys are just expensive. While it wasn't cheap to stay here, it was the best value I could find for our dates. It was relaxing and we would love to come back! The nearby beaches were beautiful (Sombrero is particularly nice especially if you have smaller kids) and Key West was an easy day trip. Oh, and Christina in the office was amazingly helpful and friendly!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Room Tip: Unit #19 had two bedrooms and a table available on the patio outside that had a gulf view.
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Relax684949 wrote a review Mar 2022
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Not sure how this is a “resort,” but I have stayed at Motel 6’s that cost one fifth the price and were more luxurious. Staff was very pleasant but there was nothing pleasant about the accommodations. Second floor room with no luggage cart, had to walk everything up a flight of stairs. No front door. The “doors” were sliding glass patio doors with cheap locks that did not feel secure at all. Room was barely adequate, double beds instead of queen, dirty bathtub. Sleep was impossible. Air conditioner was wall mounted with bright digital display which lit up the room and it was too noisy to keep running all night (although when it was running it drowned out the noise from the highway). Worst of all, our second day there they installed fire alarms in all the rooms. These flashed all night long like a strobe light and kept me awake and gave me a migraine. We finally had to step on a chair and put towels over it so we could get some sleep. We shared a connecting room with friends. (One of them slept with black underwear over his face to drown out the strobe lights.) The doors between the rooms had no door handles so couldn’t be easily opened and didn’t close completely. The patio deck outside the rooms was shared with adjoining rooms so that until 2 in the morning there were people talking literally outside our front “door.” The grounds were not really useable. Had a couple of kayaks (but no life jackets or paddles that we could see), a boat dock, a tetherball pole, a couple of hammocks, a couple of grills. Didn’t check out the pool because just sitting outside on the patio, we were eaten alive by mosquitoes and/or noseeums. My legs and arms are itching like crazy. We chose this place for it’s convenient location midway down the keys, and it was at least a good location. I understand there are new owners and I wish them luck. As it is now, it was one of the worst experiences I have ever had on a vacation and I could not recommend this place. What a waste of money.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Jan L wrote a review Mar 2022
Tenants Harbor, United States14 contributions2 helpful votes
The new-ish owners should update the website. Some features are no longer here, such as the aviaries, canoes and paddleboats. That said, my husband and I enjoyed the beautiful landscaping, the wonderful pool, the hammocks, sitting on our room's balcony for sunrise and seeing the sunset over the Gulf. The property dates to 1 the 1960s. There are 2 kayaks available, which could use some carrying handles but fun to use. Especially charming are the several large lizards that live along the edges of the shoreline. They are shy, so no worries if you watch from a distance! We stayed in the Dolphin room, which wasn't featured on the website. It is newly renovated featuring a new bath, roomy bedroom and cozy sitting/kitchen area. On the second floor of the office building, it faces the Gulf, with a balcony facing east. The kitchenette has only very basic cookware and dishes/utensils but we were able to make breakfasts and lunches. There is a small gas stove/oven, an apartment sized refrigerator, a basic Keurig, a microwave, toaster, some cabinets and a good-sized sink. The laundry room is shabby but functional. It coast $4.00 a load for both washing and drying. All staff members were professional, friendly and hard working. Like everywhere, they are short handed. Winn Dixie and Publix are about 15 minutes away.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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gold-vintner wrote a review Feb 2022
Indianapolis, Indiana1140 contributions429 helpful votes
We have stayed at Gulfview many years and always had the same room and were very comfortable with it. We could not book that room this year for the 12 days that we were there. We were in a room that had a hallway to the toilet and we had to step up to get to the toilet, sink and shower. Not a big issue, but being in our 70's there was a concern of having a problem with that step in the middle of the night. Fortunately, not a problem. When entering the room, the beds were in the front with the "kitchen" in the back of the unit. The kitchen sink was on a wall without any counter space on either side to accommodate dirty or clean dishes. The bed was comfortable. We did not receive any room service.....had to clean our own floors, change our own bed sheets, etc., etc., etc., etc. .......supposedly due to Covid.....we could order towels, etc, and they would put them in a container but we had to do all the work......NOT A VACATION in our opinion!!!!! In the past year there has been a change of ownership from a "mom & pop" operation to a "corporate" operation. I went to book next year's dates in the room that we used to occupy......due to Covid we did not travel in 2020.....the room we had been in in previous years was $185 (in 2019) and they were quoting $299 for 2023. That is a huge increase and I am not interested in reducing their mortgage that fast!!!!!! So, we will be moving on........this is a nice property, but it is not the Hilton.......
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from MacKenzie Asheim, General Manager at Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Responded Feb 13, 2022
We appreciate you taking the time to leave us your feedback! We do apologize for not being able to accommodate your same room as the old owners did not have Expedia and Booking, now our guests have more options to book through causing our occupancy to be high. We are aware that the units are in need of being updated as we are starting the renovation process and your comments will help us execute our guests expectations. Unfortunately, due to COVID the CDC has strict regulations to ensure the safety of our guests and our associates. We do understand how frustrating this may be but there is only so much we can control during these hard times. That is why we have created a solution for our guests to still receive the items they need during their stay but being mindful of their safety. We do wish you would give us a chance to earn your business. We are also a "mom and pop" company that manages or owns small lodging throughout the Keys. To better understand why the rates have increased so we can renovate the bathroom with the long hallways and random step up to the shower. Also to have a completely different floor plan in the kitchen so you can be more comfortable during your stay.
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MinnesotaRandy wrote a review Feb 2022
Minnesota2475 contributions290 helpful votes
This hotel is a good value for the keys. It seems that this property is under new ownership and they are trying very hard with running the hotel. That being said, they have a lot to do. The back area is beautiful. Nice grass area with hammocks, well kept pool. The turtle area/side area could use a lot of work. The room was adequate and clean. It was nice to have the outside patio table, yet some of the chairs were torn. The beds were fairly comfortable. The sink area and bathroom were dated and there were scratches on the shower. The laundry area was a bit dirty. It would be nice to have a change machine available. The room and facility as a whole could use some TLC which I'm sure is on the agenda. It was a nice stay and I would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from MacKenzie Asheim, General Manager at Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Responded Feb 9, 2022
We are so thankful for your business and taking the time to leave us your feedback. That is correct, the property is under new ownership within the last 7 months and we are starting to put our renovation plans into action. As you mentioned, there are areas throughout the property and in the rooms that need a little TLC. We appreciate your comments as they will help us with this process. We are planning to convert the office area where the tortious den currently is and also plan to completely redo the units. We would love to welcome you back and show you the progress that we have made and take any other suggestions that you may have to better accommodate you.
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staledale wrote a review Jan 2022
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5/6/21. Check in was not until 3pm. The lady behind the check in desk was a bit disheveled but nice. We stayed in room Scarlet Mccaw #14. They were installing a new wax ring on the toilet and still needed to clean the room, so we changed into our swimsuits in the employee bathroom (Eek!) on the front of the building and hung out at the pool until check-in. The unit was spartanly furnished but nice, the beds were comfortable, and the AC worked great! Nothing fancy, but reasonably priced for the area.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from MacKenzie Asheim, General Manager at Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Responded Jan 9, 2022
Thank you for your feedback and staying with us. As we recently bought the property your comments will help us as we move forward with our renovation process. We hope to welcome you back again!
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Kenzie wrote a review Dec 2021
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Loved this place!! Hidden gem will definitely come back and bring my family. Will highly recommend to our friends and family! Best place to stay if you want to travel north and south Gulf View is right in the middle
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Response from MacKenzie Asheim, General Manager at Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Responded Dec 9, 2021
Thank you so much for staying with us - we are very pleased to hear you enjoyed our property and what we have to offer!
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MidlandsTraveller wrote a review Dec 2021
Leicester, United Kingdom591 contributions327 helpful votes
Stayed here for 4 nights in a 2 bed apartment. All very clean, well kept and well equipped for simple cooking - outdoor gas barbecue and indoor gas stove. We loved taking out the kayaks to look around the bay (all very shallow and safe). Pleasant grounds with dockside seats to watch the sunset. Friendly and helpful reception staff mean that the whole place seemed to be laid back and accommodating. This in a bit of an undiscovered gem, and in a great location half way down the Keys.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Ample parking. Rooms 17, 18, and 19 have a balcony view to the sea.
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Response from Gulf View Waterfront Resort, General Manager at Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Responded Dec 4, 2021
We're delighted to hear about your experience. Thanks for sharing! Our top priority is to make our guests feel as comfortable here as if they were in their own home. Hearing about it in action makes our day. Be on the lookout for our 20% off weekday special coming soon. I think you're going to love it. We really appreciate your business and hope to welcome you back again!
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DestinDonna wrote a review Nov 2021
Destin, Florida48 contributions28 helpful votes
We stayed 8 nights at Gulf View in November 2021 and enjoyed our stay very much. We booked an efficiency apartment on the second floor which had a lovely view of the water. The room was clean and neat. The resort manager, McKenzie, was very helpful and knowledgeable. We enjoyed visiting Cocoa, Happy, and the tortoises each morning and evening. This a a great place to stay in Marathon to explore the Florida Keys and less than an hour from Key West for day trips.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from Gulf View Waterfront Resort, General Manager at Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Responded Dec 1, 2021
Thank you so much for staying with us and leaving your feedback! We take great pride in what we do and hearing it in action makes our day. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our property and we cannot wait to welcome you back again!
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Jrbish wrote a review Nov 2021
Corbeil, Canada27 contributions27 helpful votes
The room was comfortable, clean and had everything we needed. When we booked it , we had requested a waterfront view and we actually couldn’t see much of the water from the room. We did enjoy sitting on the dock/boat launch every morning with our coffee. It was a very peaceful and quiet place to be. We enjoyed the birds and the tortoises. The new owners were very nice and friendly. We will definitely stay here again when in the area.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Response from MacKenzie Asheim, General Manager at Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Responded Nov 26, 2021
We are grateful for your review. Our top priority is to ensure a clean room and property. Hearing about it in action makes our day. Be on the lookout for any discounts coming soon on the weekday. I think you're going to love it. Please let us know what we can do for you in the future as we do have room with a better view from inside.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Gulf View Waterfront Resort?
Nearby attractions include Dolphin Research Center (0.05 miles), Seven Mile Bridge (1.3 miles), and Curry Hammock State Park (1.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Gulf View Waterfront Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Gulf View Waterfront Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Gulf View Waterfront Resort?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Gulf View Waterfront Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gulf View Waterfront Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hideaway Cafe, Island Fish Company, and S.S. Wreck & Galley Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gulf View Waterfront Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gulf View Waterfront Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Gulf View Waterfront Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Gulf View Waterfront Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.