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Tropical Cottages
Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
Saint Cloud, Florida
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Great Little Place!!”
Reviewed 30 June 2011

This is a great stop to make if you are "Key hopping" in the Florida Keys. Marathon is halfway through to Key West from Key Largo and there are tons of great shops and restaurants to see there. We stayed in Cottage 5 and absolutely loved it! Comfy bed, clean, and the refrigerator came in handy when we had leftovers from our awesome dinner at a local restaurant! :) When we got there for check-in the staff was very helpful in giving us an idea of where to go that night and what to see. I definitely recommend this place to families and couples looking to get away.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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St. Pete Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 11 May 2011

I've stayed here many times over the years and was heartbroken when it was closed last year. Thankfully a new owner took on the cottages and kept them true to the spirit of the Florida Keys. She's upgraded a lot about the area and there was nothing we didn't love. It's peaceful- I really didn't notice air or road traffic- and even though we stayed in the one cottage adjoined to another (4&5), we didn't hear a thing.
I've stayed in cottages 3, 4 and 5 over the years and I've never seen a bug other than some ants. But remember, this is Florida. We have bugs everywhere.
I can't say enough good about these cottages and the owner, Sheila. I'm so glad she bought these and seems to understand what guests want. Don't let the low price fool you- this is one of the best values in the Keys.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Penn, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 4 May 2011

This is truly peaceful and quaint. So much nicer than a regular hotel. It's like staying with family. The owner and her staff make you feel completely at home. Each cottage is completely different and private with a romantic and unique atmsophere. Close to lots of attractions and beaches. I shall be back.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed 24 April 2011

Totally enjoyed our experience at Tropical Cottages. Stayed in Cottage #4 which was just renovated. Bed was increadibly comfortable. Shower was great. Cottage was spacious. The owners were very helpful and accomodating. They made us feel like family! If you are looking for a low key casual "Classic Keys" experience, Tropical Cottages is for you. We will definately be back.

Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 10 April 2011

We were searching on the internet for lodging that was not pricey, Tropical Cottages came up. We looked at all the pictures and these are so cute, we had to pick from Cottage 1 or Cottage 2, we picked Cottage 1 because it was brightly colored on the inside and the pictures looked lovely. We get there and Cottage 1 was a big let down to me since all the others are actual cinder block cottages and ours was a trailer on wheels, the inside was fun, the bathroom door does not shut well and there was a piece of wood under the frig. because the floor was sloped and they needed to level the frig. out. We had sweet ants that were very visible, they had some kind of ant trap behind the sink. Yes, the cottages are located next to an airport that is very noisy at night. We will stay here again, but not in Cottage 1, the staff is VERY friendly.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Florida
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

My husband, my dog, and I stayed here for our very short getaway. I looked on the internet and phone for days for an affordable, pet friendly room that was still available. Tropical Cottages fit the bill. Sheila was so very nice and her son even offered dog walking service! We stayed in Cottage 2 which was quaint and cozy. Sheila told us up front that the A/C at the front of the cottage was not working, but the 2nd unit cooled the room down nicely. Yes, some people may consider it noisy, but we sleep with a fan on at home so it was no big deal.

The room itself was clean and neat. No signs of roaches, spiders, scorpions, etc. Even if there were, those of you not from Florida have to realize this does happen in a warm tropical environment from time to time, even in the top of the line resorts. No sign of bed bugs either. I understand some renovations have been going on, but #2 has not been done yet. It's a throwback from old Florida but that is part of it's charm! It was clean and comfortable.

As for the people who complain about the noise from US 1, well just about every hotel is right off US 1!! Personally, I thought it was quiet and we even sat outside to eat our breakfast. The only downside for us was the distance from Key West which was our primary destination. We only had one day to spend so we were rushed for time. Otherwise, if we were to go back just to spend time on the beach, I would definitely stay here again.

If you are the type of person that doesn't think a hotel is worth its salt unless it has room service, spa treatments, the finest lines, etc. then don't stay here. You'll just muddy up the reviews for a perfectly fine establishment. The Keys are about low-key comfortable and Tropical Cottages is just that.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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New Hampshire
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Reviewed 20 February 2011

These cottages are located right off route 1 and under the flightpath of the Marathon airport so noise is a problem. The experience here is probably cottage dependent since some renovations were going on - more noise. The cottage I used was not actually an independent building so I got some neighbor noise. The cottage was quite dark - needed lights on even during the sunny Florida day and although it appears that there were some newer upgrades and redecorating, they fell short. I would not want to spend much time inside and definitely would not walk around barefoot in the unit.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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Tropical243, Owner at Tropical Cottages, responded to this review, 28 November 2011
We would like to thank the guest for taking the time to review our property. Travelers should bear in mind that Marathon is a narrow strip of land with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Viturally every piece of property in the main "downtown" area of Marathon is on the flight path of planes either taking off or landing. The Marathon Airport is a small airport used primarily by private planes, it is not an airport providing commercial service.

Additionally, the cottage referred to in this review is Cottage 6 which is painted in a calming light green color. Pictures can be seen on our website. All of our cottages have ceramic tile floors which are cleaned thoroughly and sanitized with commercial steam mops after each stay.
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Property: Tropical Cottages
Address: 243 61st Street Gulf, Marathon, FL 33050-2702
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #13 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
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Hotel Class:2 star — Tropical Cottages 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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