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Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Marathon
Certificate of Excellence
Crossville, Tennessee
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“I loved this place”
Reviewed February 11, 2012

Our room really wasn't a "room" per se, but more like a small efficiency apartment. It had a bedroom, a small, but sufficient bathroom, and a kitchenette. There was bougainvillea growing right outside our window, banana and coconut trees on the property, a nice pool area, hammocks, and picnic tables, and was just very nicely landscaped in general.This is not a fancy-schmancy, hoity-toity hotel, but it had a funky "Florida in the fifties" vibe to it that I found completely charming, I would definitely stay her again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bowie, Maryland
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

My husband and I stayed with my sister and husband in Unit 1. The unit is not a sparkling hotel suite, but is roomy for 4 people and has a nice, useable kitchen. The pool is great for relaxing and exercising. There are boats to use at the gulf side dock. The Dolphin Research Center is only 1 block away - a must visit when in Marathon. We easily visited all the southern keys from this site. There are several nature preserves that are good for bird and creature watching. Local eateries have a wide variety of great food, including home made ice cream. In addition to our gulf side beach, the ocean side public beach is a short drive away and provides all necessary accommodations. All in all, this is a great bargain and nice, friendly place to stay on your Florida Keys vacation.

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Room Tip: The 4 of us stayed in Unit 1 and enjoyed it.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Duncanville, Texas
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary December 24-27. We stayed in room 20, which is overlooking the birds. Every morning when we would walk out, the parot would tell us he loved us. This place is great. If you are looking for a five star resort with plush bedding and turndown service, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a homey, comfortable, very clean place to rest your head each night after a day of water activities, this is it! Located right on the Gulf of Mexico, you can kayak or paddleboat to your heart's content. The resort was completely full of guests, but things stayed so quiet, we weren't bothered by anyone at all. We even took an evening swim in the pool, and had it completely to ourselves. We especially enjoyed the hammock's to relax in the evenings (bring bug spray).

Marathon has two grocery stores, so we stocked up on microwave meals, expecting all restaurants to be closed on Christmas day, but surprisingly there were several we saw that remained open, which I though was very "tourist friendly" of them.

We drove to Key West for one day, the drive took a little over one hour, and one day in Key West was plenty of time to experience the basic attractions. We even did a parasailing ride in Key West, which was the highlight of our day.

Overall, I highly recommend this resort as a wonderfull place to call home while on vacation in the Keys.

Room Tip: I think rooms 20 and 21 are the only rooms facing away from the Gulf, other than that, the property...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Springfield, VA
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

My wife and I stayed for four nights with our two grandsons. The boys loved the pool and being next door to the Dolphin Research Center where they went three days in a row. The property is older, but we saw that as a plus. We felt like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were likely to walk around the corner at any time.

Our two-bedroom unit was very clean and well appointed, even if the living area was a tad on the small side. The master bedroom had its own half-bath and its own walkout sliding door. The kitchen was nicely appointed with a full stove and large fridge. The housekeeper cleaned every day and each day made a different animal out of towels which she left on a table near the bath. She even showed the grandsons how she makes the crab out of towels and we all enjoyed the different ones. The only issue we had the whole time was a somewhat balky sliding door lock. Once we informed the owner, it was fixed immediately.

The owners are a total delight as are their two young sons. Mike, one of the owners, is a musician and, lucky for us, was playing with his band down at a great place in Marathon. We all went to hear them and they were very good and a lot of fun.

The other guests were just the sort of people we enjoy meeting: friendly, unpretentious, and very considerate of keeping the place clean and quiet. The "Wreck", a restaurant/bar next door had good food and was perfectly suited to everyone from younger folks out for a couple of drinks to families out for a meal.

The Gulf View has a few kayaks and canoes they let the guests use if they wish and the setting is beautiful. We were so busy otherwise that we never got out on the boats. While the property does not have a large beach as such, they have a great sandy picnic area down at the water with a grill and tables, under a thatch roof.

Most of the commercial infrastructure is either a couple of miles north at Duck Key or, for larger grocery stores and such, a few miles south at Marathon. This was not a drawback, because there was no hustle and bustle to make things noisy.

I would gladly spend a season at the Gulf View if I could get that much time off from work.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Three Rivers, California
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed January 21, 2012

We wanted to explore the Keys and decided to stay at the Gulf View Waterfront based on other trip advisor reviews. The location was perfect since it is a mid point in the Keys. Our room had a kitchen which made it really nice with children. The resort is on the water and they have kayaks you can use, also a heated pool. We stayed in room 12 which was comfortable and clean, there was a little noise late at night from the highway traffic but it wasn't bad. The owners are so accommodating and helpful giving us tips on good beaches and restaurants nearby. We had a great time and will return !!

  • Stayed January 2012
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wesford
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122 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2012

We stayed here a few years ago, and decided to return because we wanted to the visit the Dolphin Research Center next door. We rented a small apartment and a connecting guest room. The hotel is charming. The grounds are beautiful The rooms are a bit older, but well maintained and very clean. The owners are wonderful. Very accomodating and really make you feel welcome. We can't wait to return another time in the future!!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Cincinnati, OH
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

I was looking for a place were our three teenagers could each have their own bed. We stayed in #16--a two bedroom unit (two beds in one bedroom, one in the other) and a futon. Lodging in the keys seems to be very expensive and I thought this was a good value for what we received. I loved the porch area outside our room and even through the view was only of the bushes, it was very quiet and would be cool in hot weather. Most places to stay in the keys look like they are from the 1950's--this one included, but the unit was very clean and suited our needs perfectly. The owners couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. The pool was very nice as was sunset from the dock. We appreciated the canoes and kayaks. My daughter and I canoed to the far left of the bay, continued into the smaller bay to the far left, then went to the right of the red buoy. We canoed through the mangroves and my daughter was thrilled with the narrow passages that opened up and then narrowed again--it felt like a real adventure and we didn't know what we would find as we keep going forward. She said it was her favorite part of the trip!

Room Tip: #16 was very quiet with the porch table/chairs in the shade
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Address: 58743 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-6021
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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