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Casa Del Sol Beach Resort
Ranked #14 of 16 Hotels in Marathon
Sonoma, California
1 review
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“Birthday Trip”
Reviewed February 16, 2011

When we were "bait & switched" by the Vahalla Beach Resort ( buyer beware)... we had to act fast to find a place for the rest of our week stay in Marathon. we had flown from California to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday. We had the opportunity to look first at Casa del Sol and it suited us.. a nicely redone 2 bedroom condo with a full kitchen and a FANTASTIC view of the ocean from the living room and the bedroom. The grounds were maintained well and the daily tides brought the water birds to fish, it was actually an amazing place to relax and commune with nature. The staff was friendly and very helpful, too. Not an all around perfect vacation, but thanks to the folks at Casa Del Sol and Yellow Tail Inn perfectly fine!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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CasaDelSolBeach, Manager at Casa Del Sol Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 23, 2012
I'm glad you were able to find a suite with us and I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time. Thanks for the kind words, and hopefully we'll see you again soon!
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Reviewed February 9, 2011

I've stayed here several times and just returned from another trip the Casa Del Sol. I don't understand the recent poor reviews at all: Casa Del Sol is perfect for families that want to fix their own meals in a quiet place with a private beach.

As the Keys go, the small beach here is about as nice as it gets. Anyone expecting wide, soft white sand like Miami Beach or Juno Beach will be disappointed. But the beach and pool area are quiet, beautiful and clean.

You shouldn't stay here without a vehicle; frankly, you shouldn't visit the Keys without a car. But this place is especially secluded and what's the point of renting a 2 bedroom condo style place if you aren't prepared to fetch groceries? There's only one restaurant nearby, decent, but for ANYTHING else you have to drive. Want to stay someplace you don't need a car? Go to a larger resort in Hawks Cay, Key Largo, downtown Marathon, Islamorada or Key West. You'll have to deal with traffic, noise and a gazillion other tourists but, hey, that's OK too of you don't mind it. If you want peace, quiet and relaxation with a beautiful ocean view and beach, come here.

Rooms are large and deluxe rooms are especially huge. Place is clean, units come with 2 or 3 baths, full modern kitchen and a washer/dryer. What more can you want? This isn't a full service style resort, it's a condo style place to get away from everything.

If you need 2 bedrooms and a full kitchen in a quiet place, this is the perfect place

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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CasaDelSolBeach, Manager at Casa Del Sol Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 23, 2012
Thanks for your kind words and your continued patronage. We appreciate the review, and look forward to your next visit.
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Delray Beach, Florida
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Reviewed January 23, 2011

We arrived on Friday for a 3 night stay. We had booked a King/Non-smoking room through Expedia. The office was locked when we first arrived. We walked around and noticed there was no beach, only mud and lots of seaweed. We went back to the office area after about 10 minutes. We then went to the room and it was a smoking room with cigarette butts laying around in a jar. The woman who checked us in saw us and asked how did we like the room and we told her about the cigarette butts. She said she could not help us at that time because she was busy with an inspector and told us to wait in the office. However, it was locked and we had to wait outside. We asked if she would call Expedia because were unhappy with the room and she said no, we must call. After 2 phone calls to Expedia the hotel finally offered us another room; however, it had now been 3 HOURS. We said we did not want to stay and asked for a refund. To date, after several calls to Expedia and the hotel, we have been DENIED a refund. We even offered to pay for 1 night, even though we did not stay, but were not granted a refund. We were here for my birthday which was ruined. If you value your time, money and leisure, do not stay here. There is no recourse available if you are not satisfied. Do not book through Expedia either b/c they did not support us.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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CasaDelSolBeach, Manager at Casa Del Sol Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 23, 2012
I'm sorry for the inconveniences you experienced but I feel there must be more to this story.

Expedia is the travel agent who charges your credit card, not the resort, so any refund has to come from them. Again I'm sorry for your troubles and thank you for your feedback.
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Claremore, Oklahoma
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Reviewed January 12, 2011

We stayed here December 30, 31st 2010 and Jan. 1st, 2011 The rooms were dirty, the tiles missing in the shower, every smoke detector needed batteries, there was no trash can in the kitchen, the back patio door glass was broken and the dead bolt locks did not work. While sitting in the living room one evening we saw large cockroaches crawling on the floor. This place is run down and definately not worth the money. The beds were old and frayed.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
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CasaDelSolBeach, Manager at Casa Del Sol Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 23, 2012
I really think you may have us confused with another resort or hotel in Marathon because this really does not reflect our resort at all. Our suites have new furniture and appliances and we keep them very clean. Cockroaches, unfortunately, are a part of life in the Florida Keys you'll see them even the nicest resorts from time to time, but we work hard on keeping them out of our suites with preventative measures.
The deadbolts at any hotel in Florida are not controlled by the key guests are given. That insures that it can only be locked from inside the room. Only management has a key to the deadbolts. This is Florida State Law.
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed December 7, 2010

GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER, the place is not what it looks like online. there is no beach and nothing to do unless you have $20.00 each way to go shop or eat. You will be in the middle of nowhere with no beach. The front desk person lacks professionalism. They sent me a confirmation with one price prior to our stay and ended up charging and extra $283.00 that they won't admit was a mistake. I trusted these people and they took my money.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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CasaDelSolBeach, Manager at Casa Del Sol Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 23, 2012
I'm sorry if you feel disappointed. We are very proud of our property and I feel that what is pictured online is a very accurate representation of our resort, for the simple fact that the photos were taken at our resort. We are located about 5 miles north of downtown Marathon, as is stated on our website. We are also very proud of our private beach, which we work very hard to maintain by hauling in fresh sand every season and cleaning up the sea grass that comes in with every tide. If a financial error is made we do not hesitate to correct it- we want all of our guests to be happy.
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed November 24, 2010

I was very worried after reading all the reviews that maybe we had picked the wrong place to stay. After our check in we were very pleasanly surprised!!! The unit was very cozy and could not have been any cleaner!!! It is very quiet and was not crowded at all, we were looking for a relaxing vacation away from all the hustle and bustle and that is just what it was. There are a few restaurants close by and a little drive to Sombrero Beach, which is beautiful and well worth the short drive!! Plenty to do in the area, if that is what you want! You are centrally located in the keys, you can go north or south for just about anything you would like, I did check out some of the other places I had seen on line--just in case and I definatly think we picked the right place. We will definantly return again!! If you know anything about the Keys, it is different than most other places in Florida, But we love the Florida Keys--so layed back and relaxing!!! If you are having doubts--I think for the money and what you have at Casa del Sol--it is well worth it!! Had a wonderful time and can not wait until we go back!!! Absolutly Loved It!!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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CasaDelSolBeach, Manager at Casa Del Sol Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 23, 2012
Thanks so much for your kind words, we are very proud of our resort! Hopefully you'll stay with us again sometime!
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Reviewed November 12, 2010

After reading some of the reviews after I had already booked our trip, I got concerned. When we arrived for our week long vacation I asked to see the accommodations before signing any paperwork. I went to the unit and was very pleased. The two bedroom, one and a half bath had new appliances, and granite counter tops. The unit was clean, smelled fresh and had no problems for our stay. So, don't worry. You will enjoy your stay.

  • Stayed November 2010
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Thank mjhflorida
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CasaDelSolBeach, Manager at Casa Del Sol Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 23, 2012
Thanks so much for the nice words, we appreciate your review. Hopefully you'll stay with us again soon.
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Property: Casa Del Sol Beach Resort
Address: 58182 Overseas Hwy, MM58 Oceanside, Marathon, FL 33050-6024
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #14 of 16 Hotels in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A superior Florida Keys beach resort overlooking largest stretch of private sandy beach in the middle keys, Casa Del Sol Beach Resort is located on the island of Marathon, Florida in the middle of Florida Keys. Hotel offers its guests the ultimate in carefree comforts, services and first class resort luxury. All suites feature fully equipped designer kitchens, high end stainless steel appliances, luxurious bed linens and private enclosed balconies that overlook azure waters of Atlantic Ocean. ... more   less 
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