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Royal Hawaiian Motel / Botel
Ranked #4 of 17 Marathon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 October 2013 via mobile

This was our first time to the keys and we happened upon this place. What a gem! We stayed another night in Marathon because the room was so awesome in every aspect. The ambiance,the cleanliness, the location...it was cozy and comfy. There's a boat dock outside the sliding back door which was tiled and spotless with benches to sit and relax. The pool was sparkling and spotless and surrounded in beautiful foliage. When we walked in the room was cool and smelled wonderful. Its old. ..50's style...but kept up and updated wonderfully! These people know what they are doing. Next time we visit the keys we plan on basing our visit from there! The only thing I would have wanted different was a king bed instead of two doubles, but that is just personal preference. Great job Royal Hawaiian management/owners!

Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

We have been visiting the Keys every year for the last 23 years, we used to camp nearby and we had also stayed at some bed & breakfast places, but for the last two years we had stayed at the Royal Hawaiian Motel, not only for the convenience of having our boat docked right outside our room with easy access to either the Bay of Florida or the Atlantic, but also for the beauty of this cute motel. The Royal Hawaiian is located in Marathon, close to restaurants, dive shops, grocery stores, etc. The rooms at the motel are cozy and very clean, with very comfortable beds. Our number 5 room had been just refurbished recently and the owners were renovating room number 3 while we were there. You may also get a larger room with a fully equipped kitchen to accommodate a longer stay.The managers are very friendly as the owners of the motel are as well, always eager to please their guests, their hospitality is remarkable.The pool and the landscaping make you feel you are in paradise. We will recommend this motel if what you are looking for is a clean, affordable, comfortable place to stay with a real "Florida Keys" feeling like atmosphere.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

I stayed at the location from Oct. 11 through Oct. 16th with my girlfriend. We were welcomed as soon as we pulled in the parking area. The owners and managers were always there when you needed them. The room is an older room but was very clean and very comfortable. The nice part about the visit was the free dock space just steps from the back door of the hotel room. You could actually hand stuff out to the boat from the back door of your room. I look forward to staying at this location in the future so I can find more Florida lobsters.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Kevin-n-Amy
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

We spent the week of Sept 18 thru the 25th, and had the best weather. Our room was #4 which had the hotel fridge and microwave which is all we needed, we brought stuff for sandwiches so we didn't have to eat out every meal. Our beds were so comfy and smelled so fresh, the motel is older but so clean. When they say your right on the water that's no joke.We loved opening the sliding glass doors and your right on a dock. We fished there and caught keeper fish. Also you can watch tropical fish swimming around the the boat ramp.The swimming pool was clean and very refreshing. The air conditioning is a wall unit and keep us nice and cool. One of our fishing poles broke and Phil was happy to lend us one for the week Marathon is a great Key to base out of since it's in the middle, day trips to other Keys is easy from there. The Visitor Center is right next door, be sure to ask them for places to go and coupons. We had such a great vacation and will stay here again. Thanks to Phil and Laura

Room Tip: If you don't want to be cooking , save your money and don't get the kitchen.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Myself and two friends trailered a boat down and stayed here. Nice old Florida motel with clean rooms, free boat ramp and boat docking right behind your room. Everything you could need with nice landscaping, pool, fish cleaning station, boat wash hose, barbeque grills and friendly managers ( Laura and Phil. )

Room Tip: Pay the extra $20 for the room with kitchen. Well worth it.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

I try to get down to the Keyes at least once a year and if possible MORE! Just love this Botel! It is a perfect location, right off Vaca Cut. The grounds and rooms are both very clean, EVERY TIME. They always help us put the boat in the water (ramp on the grounds). The boat is right outside the back door of the room.
I wouldn't stay anywhere else! Perfect Keyes Botel.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Kenleigh3
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

My son and I came down with the boat for a few days on the water. Second trip this summer to Marathon but first time at the Royal Hawaiian. Phil and Laura were awesome hosts. This is the quintessential old-time Florida Keys property. Reminded me of the places I stayed at with my family on our mid-seventies Florida vacations. The grounds are clean and well kept. Loved the pool; smaller but deep and surrounded by foliage. The water was not hot as one expects to find when staying in Marathon in the summer. We had room 6 with a kitchen. Clean and comfortable. The boat was docked outside our back door. The convenience is excellent. I chose this motel given the reviews. I was not disappointed and will return. Thanks!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Royal Hawaiian Motel / Botel

Address: 12020 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-3525
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Marathon
Price Range: £132 - £209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Royal Hawaiian Motel / Botel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
All of our rooms are updated annually. We are an Old Keys Motel with True Keys ambiance. Our only link to modern technology is Wireless Internet and cable TV. We are small, quiet, peaceful, and truly have the cleanest rooms in the area. Our customers are largely repeat guests. ... more   less 
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