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“Quiet and Peaceful” 3 of 5 bubbles
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White Sands Inn
Ranked #6 of 17 Marathon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
St. Paul, MN
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Quiet and Peaceful”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2006

The White Sands Inn is a lot like your friend's lake cabin; it's a little shabby, but very clean and comfortable. We were the only guests on the property during our off-season visit, so noise and privacy weren't a problem. In fact we rarely saw the owner or any other human being during our stay. We were happy to sit in the sun and enjoy the beautiful Atlantic and take an occasional dip in the pool. The amount of rotting seaweed and dead jellyfish made swimming from the man-made beach unappealing and at night the breeze off the ocean was kinda smelly. I wouldn't recommend this hotel for families because of the jellyfish. We didn't learn that those blue bubbles were Portugese Man o' Wars until we visited Bahia Honda State Park, but one touch would have ruined our vacation on the first day. A warning would have been appropriate and it would only have taken a few minutes a day to keep the swimming area raked clean of them.

  • Stayed December 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank kt*baby
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Minnesota
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2006

When searching for a quiet place to vacation we searched web sites and read several reviews. The white sands Inn seemed to have mixed reviews but great pictures on the web page. We had a great week and the room we stayed in was clean and all appliances were in working order. At this point I would like to clarify that we were not looking for room service, a five star restaurant, or any other extra services. Simply a quiet place to cook our own meals if we chose to (and we did) and have a beautiful view of the ocean (and we did) and relax in a hammock by the sea, and we did. I would like to add a few notes about being in the Keys; there are a few good places to go and enjoy the beach but do not expect white sandy beaches along every mile of the Keys, and most places are right off US 1 which makes them easy to find.

  • Liked — room was playful, spacious, and had a great view
  • Disliked — no beach
  • Stayed February 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank happyjoyousfree
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New Jersey
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2006

A good value for the money, but you could probably do better. The place is very clean and the family that owns it is really nice. However, the rooms are VERY small and cramped, and so is the pool. There is no beach, it's just very shallow water that you can go out on their boats in. That actually was a lot of fun, but it is not like the ocean or anything --I think it's actually the bay.
Another thing I didn't like was the fact that you could hear everyone else from within your room, and that could be a real problem if you are a light sleeper like me and your neighbors are noisy!
But overall the place is pretty and the staff is nice, just don't expect anything fancy.

  • Liked — nice family
  • Disliked — couldn't go in the water
  • Stayed February 2003, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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Thank dirtbikers
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Belair, MD
Level Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2006

We had a very relaxing stay at the White Sands Inn. Our room was small (which I knew when I booked it), but was adequate enough space for three nights. The pool area was nice and used alot because the waterfront was not a good place to lay out. We went to Sombrero beach twice and Bahia Honda State Park on the way to Key West. Bahia Honda has a beautiful beach call Sandspur Beach. Although seaweed is washing up on a lot of shores in Florida, they manage to keep theirs clean.

I checked out other properties in the Grassy Key and Marathon area. The water is the same at most. Murky. For the price, White Sands Inn is a decent place if all you need is a room and plan on getting out and about.

Make sure you visit Keys Fisheries for a great dinner and sunset. It was one of the highlights of our trip.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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3 Thank bgirl1211
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2006

Our family of four recently stayed at the White Sands Inn for 3 nights. The room was clean and nicely decorated. The room was small but was adequate for our needs. We didn't spend a lot of time indoors as the weather was great and we went to Sombrero Beach, Bahai Honda State Park and to the Dolphin Research Center while we were there. We did enjoy sitting out on the beach watching the beautiful sunrises and enjoying a cup of coffee (maker provided, provide your own filters and coffee. I hadn't been to the Keys before so I was a little suprised at how close the inn is to the road but it seems that is just how it is in the Keys. We ran the fan in our room at night and we did not hear any outside noise. The pool is small but warm enough and clean. We did use the kayaks once, it is a bit shallow but it was fun! The owners are doing a nice job of keeping the place looking good, providing for a relaxing setting and are just nice people! I would go back if I have the opportunity!

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank Cannotsitstill
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Park Hills, KY (just outside Cincinnati)
Level Contributor
58 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2006

My husband and I went to the Florida Keys for our honeymoon. We stayed 3 nights in Key West and hated it! Our hotel itself was great but the city was so dirty. We were really looking forward to Grassy Key and a little time to relax. Driving in, we saw some nasty looking "inns" and motels so we were expecting the worst. White Sands was a huge sigh of relief! The grounds were beautiful, the view was beautiful, the beach was great (even though it was man-made), and the pool was warm. We stayed in the Sunrise Guesthouse room B which is the house the owners purchased which is adjacent to the original inn. The rooms seemed a bit newer than the original inn and our bathroom was brand new. The room was comfortable, just big enough, and had all the necessary amenities. We didn't venture out much but the city of Marathon is only about 10 minutes away with grocery stores, shops, eateries, etc... We were too busy relaxing that we only drove in to town for pizza, beer, and one night out for dinner. We did go to Curry Hammock State Park briefly... it is quite small but the beach is nice. The owners were great (it turns out that their primary residence is only about a mile from where my husband and I live) and there is a little gift shop in the office area. This place was great if you really want to get away to the Keys and relax... it was incredible! The only downside was that the beach was man-made but we were still able to go into the ocean and kayak, swim, and paddleboat (all free). I can't wait to go back!!

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank Lucy4242
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Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2005

Just wanted to warn you that the photos on the website are really misleading...the rooms are clean and cute but VERY TINY and "campy" overall. Pool is very small too, and you are not on "the beach" you are on a manmade beach that you cannot swim in. On the up side the managers/owners are super sweet and will do whatever they can to make you happy. Best bet is to keep in mind that the rooms are super small, very clean, and if you are used to staying in upscale, nice places - you will wind up disappointed because this is more of a "roughing it" kind of place. Simple, clean, cute but NOT what it looks like on the website.

  • Stayed July 2005
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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10 Thank flipflop88
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Property: White Sands Inn
Address: 57622 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 57.5 Oceanside, Marathon, FL 33050-5625
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — White Sands Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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