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Reviewed September 8, 2009

We booked sight onseen, by reading reviews on this site and we were not dissapointed. We had the waterfront room with our own little porch.The views were beautiful from sunrise to sunset. If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind, with the ability to fish right from the dock outide your room. this is it. Steps away was the pool and dock. There were a good mix of families and couples. It is also a pet friendly motel. We had a yappy dog next door, we were worried at first and made a compaint., they called the owners and we had no further issues. Rooms were clean, pillows could be updated or replaced, The mattress was comfortable, nautical decore, The room had a microwave and fridge. The shower was great, good water pressure. Breakfast at the Chefs Express within walking distance was absolutely delicious, There is also a great waterfront bar and grill called Snook Inn within walking distance. They have live music and a great atmosphere to have a good time after a day by the beach. I would definitely recommend this motel and will be back.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank TNT3438
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Reviewed August 6, 2009

just got back from a 4 day stay at the BoatHouse Motel staying at the Gazebo House. The actual motel was completely empty which was great because we had the pool to ourselves. The pool is small but we used it everyday around "happy hour" with cocktails in hand and it was perfect for cooling off. The Gazebo House was great - had a wraparound deck and a dock. We rented a boat for 3 days and kept it right there outside our door. The house is built on pilings so every morning we woke up to schools of snook swimming/feeding underneath the house...Saw dolphins swimming by every single day - no manatees though. Pelicans and egret were on our docks everyday catching bait fish in the water - pretty amazing site!
Boated around every day checking out the sights and anchoring up to Keewaydin island where we floated in the bathwater of 86 degrees for hours - so relaxing - gotta lot of sun! Great fishing off the beach there too - some boaters brought chairs and grills too! Highly recommend a stop there if you're a boater.
Had dinner (grouper) at Snook Inn - nothing worth going back for. In fact the only place we highly recommend is CJ's on the Bay at the Esplanade. Great outdoor bar/seating with awesome service and location, right on the water! Sunset Grille was a great spot on the beach but don't go there for the food - except for the Grouper sandwich which was very good.
Great trip - very relaxing and quiet.Looking forward to going back one of the days!

Thank tlbates
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Reviewed July 18, 2009

I've stayed here before. I really like the welcome goodie bags they leave for you. They have multiple beds for children and guests in the rooms. It's right on the water with a pool and dock. The owners are really nice and very friendly. What I love the most is you can bring your pets. No need to leave them behind here. It is the ONLY place on Marco Island that lets you bring your pets. I'd stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled on business
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1  Thank FLskydiver
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Reviewed July 18, 2009

The Boat House is a nice retro experience. We stayed 5 nights in July - during the South Florida 'dead' season. We originally planned to stay only 2 nights, but I came down with the flu and we ended up extending our stay (no problem, the motel was largely empty). The motel is old-fashioned with a laid-back and - it must be said - slightly seedy charm. It could do with some re-decorating. Our room was a very large family room with a small mini-bar type fridge and a small microwave. The shower was superbly powerful, the beds very comfortable and the walled patio - despite having no view - was a nice spot to dry out beach clothes and have a cigarette.

The pool was small but as the motel was largely empty, we had it to ourselves. The dock is a great place to sit outside and look at the river - though the mosquitos were a problem.

Otherwise, the hotel doesn't have a restaurant, the tiny mini-fridge and microwave aren't really appropriate for eating occasional meals in the room. Reception closed at 4 p.m. and no services (except for the very competent cleaning lady) are provided for the price. As another poster mentioned, you get free samples of not particularly useful merchandise, but no shampoo, no shower gel and the world's tiniest bars of soap.

I'll mention two negative points that take points off my appreciation of our stay: the room was costing us more a night than we were paying at the Doral Golf Resort in Miami. Obviously, Marriotts can afford to lower rates during the dead season, but the rates at the Boat House still seemed a bit high for pretty rudimentary accommodations and no service when compared to the luxurious Doral.

In addition, when we arrived we were given one key to the room (and we are three people) - which complicated matters. To my surprise, one afternoon while I was alone in the room taking a nap, trying to sleep off my flu, the door was opened, a man with a loud voice comes storming into the room and then shouts out: "oh, I didn't know anybody was in here", walked out, slamming the door. I got up, pulled some clothes on and went to the door to see what was going on. The man was outside in his car and said he had stayed in the room the week before and forgotten to give a key back. He said reception had told him just to use the room again and to use his key to gain entry.

Though my husband told reception when we left (and we returned BOTH keys) what had happened, they shrugged it off with a "oh, he's a regular client".

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Thank Ritchissimo
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Reviewed July 2, 2009

Classic old Florida 2-story, outside door motel. Neat, clean, comfortable, well decorated rooms with easy accomodation for extra guests. Nice pool and really nice docks for fishing or lounging. Quiet and peaceful, well away from the busy, expensive hotel strip on main beach. 1/3 cost of beach hotels. Close to downtown and many amenities. Little surprise guest gift bag that included candy bars, samples, and even a paperback novel. Only complaint was that there was no shampoo in room and we had forgot ours.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled on business
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Thank therockladyfl
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