I'll start by saying I researched many places to stay for our trip the first week of July, 2014, taking into consideration: amenities, price, location and quality of the grounds. I liked that it was family owned and that they were trying to be as "green" as they can. The location in Marathon was within a short distance from most sites I wanted to visit and only 1 hr. from Key West. We used the free Kayaks and enjoyed it. Other reviews have commented on the condition of them but we found they performed just fine and had no complaints. Pay to rent elsewhere if you don't like them! We stayed 4 days in room 15 ( King efficiency). It seemed a little small due to the futon in front of the bed, but we found ourselves using it often to sit, eat, and watch TV on the flat screen tv. The bathroom is a little small but the shower had awesome pressure and we loved it! There is no medicine cabinet. Every room has an area with a gas grill, the grounds were tidy, we loved the bird and turtle menagerie and all the different fruit trees on the property. Our room was in a quiet area, the waterfront was well kept and there was plenty of Tiki huts and places to sun or hang out etc.. In defense of the folks that criticized for not having a swim worthy beach, their's is typical of most in the keys. During our trip we noticed in the news that there was an unusual amount of seagrass washing into the beaches. Yes, it may smell some when that happens but you can't change Mother Nature! Morning coffee was provided (all morning). The owners were wonderful to talk to and they went over and above our expectations to help us with where to shop, give directions and find the things we needed, which was not the case in the 2 other places we stayed later during our trip. The pool and grounds were well kept, clean and they had lots of lounges, floats and kids beach stuff to use. The Kitchen was adequately equipped, everything worked well, AC worked very, very good in 95 degree weather. The patio outside our room had a table and roof so it was pleasant even during rain spells. The place sits next to the Dolphin research center and there's a cute little place to eat within 1/8 mile. Sombrero beach (sandy and gorgeous) is 9 miles and is Very, very nice!!
No, this is not a fancy resort, but my feelings are that I don't ever spend much time in the room so why pay for a fancy place at twice the cost. I'd rather spend on DOING THINGS! Also, There were NO bugs in our room. Housekeepers were friendly and speak English and also helped us with directions to sites.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Gulf View Waterfront Hotel Marathon