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“Chill In the Keys”

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Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Marathon
Certificate of Excellence
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1 review
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“Chill In the Keys”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Just returned after a 20yr reunion with some Navy buddies. We all stayed at Gulf View. Can't rave about the owners and staff enough! They are the personal touch that chain or large property rentals can't replicate. Very relaxing and free kayak and paddle boats are a great comp for those who like to spend time on the water. Beautiful grounds with hammocks and heated pool. Next door to Dolphin sanctuary. We'll be back. I encourage anyone reading this review to support GVWR by treating yourself to a stay here. Nothing but great people and good times.

Room Tip: All rooms are great and have more than enough appliances to keep you comfortable. If you are a picky...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

After one nights stay, my husband asked me "Can we keep it?" We stayed in two different 2 bedroom apartment, both were very comfortable and plenty big enough for 4 adults. The grounds were beautiful and very relaxing ! I loved the hammocks and pool area ! The resident birds were entertaining ! Mike and the staff were very helpful with area restaurants and attractions. I would love to go back and stay for an extended time ! Many thanks to Gulf View Waterfront Resort for a wonderful week !

  • Stayed March 2013
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Lansing, Michigan
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

The property has two buildings, a coin washer and dryer are on-site, and the pool is very nice. The property is pretty and includes 5 birds and a turtle. Coco, the cockatoo/cockatiel/whatever, can talk; it also waves when it says hello. This is a pet friendly facility with large grassy areas. There is a bike/walking path about 1/4 mile South of the property. The rooms are large, the kitchen area is adequate, all appliances work well and, the bed was very comfortable. Gas grills are available; if they need gas, please let the owners know. As with most properties in the Florida Keys, the beach is not swimmable. Kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats are available and all are in good shape. I'd recommend going out only at high tide; it's an easy paddle to the North where you are soon behind the Dolphin Research Center and can watch the dolphins jump during the shows. (Highly recommend actually going to the Dolphin Research Center.) I can't believe I almost forgot this - the housekeeper is very friendly and a lot of fun - she leaves towel animals on the bed every day. It's fun to see what is going to be there.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Granger, Indiana
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

very nice. great people we stayed for 3 days I wanted to stay 4ever ! very relaxing pool . and free use of the boats also close to dolphin research .our room was very clean and ready when we arrived .I also would recommend eating at sparkeys for happy hour good call from mike . my son really enjoyed the birds and the turtles . really did not feel life I needed to go anywhere it was very nice. and I would and will recommend this to anyone visiting marathon or the middle keys I CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN !

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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West Palm Beach
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

I spent the weekend with my family at the Gulf View. We were greeted by Stephanie and Mike, the owners, and were welcomed from the beginning and throughout the entire weekend. Our room was great and definately worth the money. We stayed in room 19 and it was very comfortable. This was one of the best stays I have had at a hotel. If you are going to the keys, this is the place for you!

Room Tip: Spend the extra money to get the two room suite. It is almost like home.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Summerville, South Carolina, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed January 17, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay here. The property is very pretty and overlooking the Gulf. Our room was very clean and had just what we needed for our week's stay. Mike, the owner, was extremely friendly and very accommodating. He gave us some good places to go and visit and have a good meal. We really enjoyed our stay. It was quiet and calming. We fished off the dock, met the parrots out front, and had a nice time. We were about an hour from Key West and that is always a nice ride to take. We will definitely be staying here next year.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zephyrhills, Florida
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

Lots of places say they're pet friendly, but hit ya w/size, qty, or breed restrictions. Mike & Stephanie are wonderful people and truly are animal lovers. Our baby is an 82lb white, fluffy sweetheart and they made us feel so comfortable having her as a guest. The place is small, old (1968) very quaint and quiet. It was hit by Hurricane Wilma in '05 and they have done an awesome job rebuilding it. So, unless you're looking for a quiet, small, old Florida well run motel/resort owned by just awesome people sitting right on the water w/a pool, dock, cook out area and lots of lush tropical plants, there's no reason to stay there. If ya own a large dog and are tired of being turned down, this is the place you want in the middle keys. Oh yea, my dog was a little confused when one of the tropical birds living there said "I love you" ........... too funny!

Thanks Mike & Stephanie

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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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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