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Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

My title says it all. This hotel is fantastic, right on a beautiful white sand beach, not huge but just perfect. They had beach chairs set up for you, umbrellas for shade, games set out to play. the rooms are like brand new and just super we got ground floor and you walked out on the beach. I would highly recommend trying to get one of these rooms. The staff was just over the top friendly and making you feel welcome.
We only stayed one night but I promise you will want to spend a few days to relax and enjoy, so don't stay and run off spend some time and you will come away feeling great.
Can't wait till we can come back!!!!! Oh yes food was great too.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Chrysse L, Manager at Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

Hey Glen! I'm so happy you loved your all too brief stay. We look forward to your return when you can stay longer. This is the perfect area to visit the rest of the Keys attractions and many people plan their whole Keys vacation around us. Thank you for your glowing review!

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

My sister and I checked in about 1 pm. The desk staff met us with a comment about us being very early! She did have a room ready, so I didn't understand the attitude!

Our Ocean View room had two queen beds, two chairs, a night stand but no table! There was no place for a computer, laptop or purse! We had a small fridge and microwave with a Keurig coffee maker. It was clean with comfortable beds and nice linen. The shower and sink fixtures were extra modern. This is not the old fish camp room but very up-to-date.

Outside the door, on the narrow walkway, there were two chairs and a low plastic table for drinks. When someone walked by you just move your feet under the chair. There are suites but we only stayed two nights. A family would need the extra room.

There is a nice small pool and lukewarm spa. The beach is sandy but once in the water, the sea grass comes very close to shore. Next door is a nice tiki bar/restaurant. It is not open late, so there is no loud noise while we slept!

I was happy with the room and the staff would ask if everything was OK. Beyond the first negative impression, I was quite content with the accommodation. This was a restful stay.

Room Tip: The Ocean View is worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Chrysse L, General Manager at Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

Thank you for choosing us for your stay in the Florida Keys! So sorry the comment from front desk was not quite right; they were just making conversation; nothing was meant by it. We are always happy to allow early check-ins as long as the room is ready. We pride ourselves on our friendly and helpful service and our quality amenities. Thank you for noticing! It is our sincere hope that you will visit us again and we appreciate your feedback!

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We stayed here for 5 day. We stayed in a one bedroom ocean view suite and put our two teenagers in a two bed deluxe room. The hotel has recently come under new ownership and has been renovated. They did a wonderful job; the suite was really beautiful in a simple beach kind of way. The kids' room was small, but since they came to our room to eat and hang out, it worked. The kitchen in our room was well stocked -- everything we needed for breakfast and lunch. We could easily have made dinner but elected to eat out each night. The staff was friendly. The hotel was really well maintained -- everything seemed very clean and in good repair. They seemed to have thought of everything a guest could want -- outdoor games, hammocks, pool toys, comfortable lounge chairs, outdoor showers. The beach is small but perfect for playing. Each night we went onto the beach with flashlights and were rewarded with finding lobsters and stingrays. During the day we enjoyed watching the iguanas on the rocks. It was a good location -- Midkeys - for exploring up and down the Keys. We were very happy with our experience there.

Room Tip: Go for the ocean suite if you can afford it.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Chrysse L, General Manager at Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

Sounds like you enjoyed a great family vacation and we are happy you selected us for your relaxation time! This is a perfect "jumping off spot" for all of the Keys activities and a safe and secure area for a family to visit. Thanks for coming and we hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Felt very much like a regular beachside hotel. Decent value, smallish rooms, can't argue with the view. Pleasant experience. A little loud overlooking the pool, even past posted closing hours. Convenient to Curry Hammock State Park, which was fun for kayaking.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Chrysse L, Manager at Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

I'm happy you chose to stay with us, though surprised to see that you thought we were "typical". That is not the opinion of the majority of our guests. However, I might suggest that you try a suite next time. More room for a family! Then you have a full kitchen, too! We'll look forward to seeing you again! :)

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Reviewed August 7, 2013

I couldn't imagine staying at a better spot in the Keys! We stayed for a week recently, it was my wife and I and our 2 kids, ages 11 and 8. Even though we had other things planned to do in the Keys, we could have easily stayed at the resort for the whole week and had a blast! Many days, we found ourselves rushing back to enjoy the resort. This isn't a big fancy place, but that is one of the reasons it is such a nice place. You get a family owned vibe...a place that really cares about their guests! There is a wonderful oceanfront pool. a hot tub, a beautiful private beach, there are beach games, chairs, umbrellas...everything you could possibly need to enjoy the water and the beach. They have pool toys for the kids, floats, and more. Don't forget the hammocks on the beach. And our room, we went with a deluxe suite...was PERFECT! Easily big enough for the 4 of us...with the pull out coach and the Queen or Kind bed in the bedroom. Plus a nice kitchen and a living room and the balcony with an amazing view! Very clean...and honestly...perfect. Additionally, Key Colony Beach is a perfect little town. A few restaurants, one right next door with an awesome open air oceanfront bar. A sunset beach where people gather to watch the sun go down each night. And might I point out...an amazing spot to watch the sunsets! There is a 9 hold golf course, walking trails and more. If you are looking to take the family to the Keys, and don't want the craziness of Key West...this is your place. A perfect vacation.

Room Tip: If you can afford it, book the ocean view rooms or suites...you can't pass up the view!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Chrysse L, General Manager at Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

We're so glad you had the perfect vacation! That is our goal and it sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for staying with us; we appreciate you!

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

I will start by saying that I booked this trip via Google Earth. Meaning, I was looking for a sandy beach with a decent hotel. Looked it up, and then called, never looked at a single review. I was so very fortunate to talk to Ellen. she is one of the most friendly people you will ever meet and after our 3 days there, she (and the staff) treated us like family.

This trip was the 13th wedding anniversary for my wife and I. We had booked a Ocean Front, beach level suite (the suite is the way to go!) that we thought would be awesome but after talking to Ellen asked if we could move up to the 3rd floor. She hooked us up. The view was fantastic, the room was fantastic.

The each morning we spent watching the waves in the provided lounge chairs (new, padded, and had an accompanying umbrella) on their great sandy beach. Took dips in the ocean as well as the pool. There were toys for the kids, "water noodles" to float in the pool or ocean with, a Kayak rental, a bar next door that delivered your drinks to you down on the sand, and to top it off... Jimmy Buffet Radio playing on the outdoor sound system all day, every day. It was one of the most relaxing vacations I have ever had!

The area has some really good places to eat. Some more expensive than others, but great food. All just a short drive from the hotel.

This hotel has clearly been newly remodeled, top to bottom, sparing NO EXPENSE. Great amenities and THE BEST HOST IN THE KEYS. Ellen just gets it. She made suggestions for dinner, took the time to get to know us, and shared her experiences to make ours better. She has by far the best Customer Service around and made our trip that much more enjoyable.

We will definitely be back to this great place! Thank you Ellen and the family at Glunz! Just and AWESOME 3 days!

Room Tip: Beachfront, 3rd Floor has the best view!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chrysse L, General Manager at Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

You waited too long for a vacation so we are extra thrilled that you had such a good one with us! That is our goal and all of our staff try to make it happen. We appreciate YOU! Looking forward to next time! :)

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

First let me dispense with the only negative - the elevator is small, which is no big deal unless you're trying to navigate the luggage cart into it, which took us a couple of attempts. However, that five-minute annoyance aside, the rest of our week at Glunz was wonderful. The hotel has a certain old-fashioned charm, but is newly renovated with new furniture and modern décor including large flat-screen televisions, and is super clean. We booked a suite, which was nice and spacious and offered a full kitchen. The shared balcony overlooks the beach on the Atlantic side of the island. I enjoyed watching families playing a bean bag toss game and shuffleboard as well as snorkeling from the beach and playing in the pool.There are loungers and a hammock for relaxing, as well as a spa. On-site laundry facilities are convenient, especially for families with children, and there is a decent restaurant next door. At night I could sit out on the balcony and listen to live music from the restaurant accompanied by the steady beat of the surf, but as soon as I closed the sliding glass door, the noise was wonderfully blocked out.
The staff are warm and friendly and never failed to greet us and ask if we were enjoying our trip. They also remembered that we were there to dive and would inquire if we were enjoying the diving. Glunz isn't one of the big chains, it's family-owned and that may be the reason behind the warm reception we felt we received.

Room Tip: I recommend paying a little extra for a suite with a kitchen to save money on eating out.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Chrysse L, General Manager at Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

If you left feeling like we cared and tried to make your stay memorable, then we succeeded. Thank you for your kind words. We'll look forward to your next visit!

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Additional Information about Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort

Address: 351 East Ocean Drive, Key Colony Beach, FL 33051
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Colony Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Price Range: $273 - $412 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Delightful newly renovated beach hotel. This Key Colony Beach hotel is on a small island, nestled on a private sand beach, within easy reach of area attractions such as Conch Air, Island Hoppers Aerial Adventures, Bahia Honda State Park, and Curry Hammock State Park. Area attractions also include Sombrero Beach, Sombrero Reef, The Turtle Hospital, Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, Dolphin Research Center,The Turtle Hospital, Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, and much more! ... more   less 
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