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“Pet Friendly and Cozy”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of White Sands Inn

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White Sands Inn
Ranked #6 of 16 Marathon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Roanoke, Virginia
1 review
“Pet Friendly and Cozy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2011

We traveled to FL for the first time and couldn't have picked a better place for our vacation. The staff are helpful and friendly! I read a lot of the reviews on this website and they are pretty much dead on true with what they say about an establishment. The staff helped us pick good places to eat and places to go. We are not into the luxurious expensive hotels and prefer to spend our money with mom and pop establishments. This place was reasonably priced, clean and the kitchenette is a must if you like making breakfast before heading out to watch the sunrise. If youre on a budget and like a private beach, give this place a try. Oh and they are pet friendly too, our chihuahuas loved it too.

Room Tip: The ac units take some getitng used to it.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2011

On our third trip to the Keys our family chose the White Sands Inn as our lodging. We were housed in the terrific Tree Top Suite (#8). The White Sands Inn was perfect for our family! The view is truly splendid. Our 2 bedroom unit was really great...very spacious and well equipped. The property is REALLY pretty....NOT resort-like at all...you feel as though you might be at someone's beach house. The breezes blew through our bedroom window and the view of the Atlantic and the swaying palms was pretty sweet! The pool is a bit small and yes, there is grass and debris when the tide is low, but we found the view and the feel of the whole place to be extremely charming!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2011

White Sands Inn is on Grassy Key, just before the city of Marathon. It is a residential/travel lodge area. White Sands is a smaller, homey type inn with a variety of room styles. It used to be the Golden Grouper years ago...a fishing lodge. Redone in funky conch colors, it is a pleasant oasis. Owners are great, no one bothers you. Pool is nice, sand bar flats at low tide you can walk on, sit on the beach at night to watch the stars in a very black sky. Marathon is nearby for groceries, dining etc. Good walk in rates, call for rooms and they will help you out. We just love it!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2011

We came over the holidays, when many hotels gouge you on the price, but White Sands did not charge an arm and a leg for a room. The staff was friendly and the place was nice and quiet. There was a bit of a mix-up with our reservation, and so they gave us a large two-bedroom for the price of a one bedroom, which was nice.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2010

We stayed here while the weather was below normal in Florida. There is no heat and no insulation in the rooms. They were freezing cold and we were so cold we couldn't sleep. We had paid for three nights in advance and they refused to refund our money. We had to leave and leave our money behind. Beware of these greedy, uncaring owners. The rooms were not clean and they smelled terrible. They also do not even make the beds --only pick up the towels. Regardless of the weather issue, these rooms were definitely not worth the money.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2010

This was a nice little getaway. We had the pleasure of staying in Room B our first two nights b/c we had a tropical storm come through and they said our room (room 2) could flood. Room B was spacious, nice king bed, beautifully decorated and great size shower. When we moved over to room B for the last night we had such a great view/time at White Sands we extended another night! Great view, the BBQ and row boats were a great touch. Be sure to look for "community" things in the office like cups, plates, board games, books and other goodies. Tom, his wife and daughter were perfect hosts. The motel part is a little rough around the edges but it's part of the WSI personality. The hammock is a perfect romantic spot!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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marietta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2010

My sister and I recently traveled to the Keys specifically The White Sands Inn for some down time from our jobs.

While not the Ritz, this great, little gem provided care to our every need to be happy. We enjoyed their local cat, the no frills, clean, very pleasant "Keys" atmosphere and the attention to just the right creature comforts to make it perfect.

Hats off to their housekeeping staff: Maria, muy bien!!!

The other tenants of this establishment were quiet, respectful, and friendly.

Let your hair down and don't answer your phone or your computer email .... You won't need it even though they do provide WiFi.

We had such a pleasant stay, we extended our tour one additional day. They even accommodated our very reasonable rate we had experienced for the three previous nights. It was "Fantasy Fest Weekend " in the Keys and rooms were a premium. That was absolutely above and beyond...Thanks!

The White Sands offers free Kayaks and a row boat to use during high tide and a nice dock to fish from. There are some great birds to watch and photograph as well.

If you are looking for a quiet, still place to enjoy and do your thing, this is it.

Thanks Rachel and family. We indeed enjoyed our stay!
Continued success and blessings,

Room number 4.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Property: White Sands Inn
Address: 57622 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 57.5 Oceanside, Marathon, FL 33050-5625
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — White Sands Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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