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“Professional, friendly boat rentals” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway

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Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway
Ranked #2 of 17 Marathon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chapin, South Carolina
1 review
“Professional, friendly boat rentals”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

We've rented boats 5 times over about 8 years with Captain Pip's. Always had great service and a dependable boat. Finding a decent boat rental in the middle Keys without paying a fortune is easier said than done. Captain Pip's has never disappointed. Ellie, who runs the office, is always great to deal with. I would recommend it highly!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GrahamAda
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CaptainPips, General Manager at Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Thank you for the nice review & for taking the time to write it. We have lots of guests (like this guest) who have been coming to stay or rent boats from us for many years. We always do our best to make sure that they have a great time. Now we are under new ownership we are replacing the boat engines (boaters love that!) and making many upgrades to the rooms and property in general. Check us out the next time that you would like to vacation in Marathon, we're sure that you will have a great vacation.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

We rented a boat, scuba gear and fishing poles for a couple of days while staying in Marathon, this was the friendliest staff we dealt with on our entire trip. The boat was clean and ran great. This truly made our trip and we will certainly return.

Thank you, Captain Pips!

-Tony and Amanda Fazzone

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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CaptainPips, General Manager at Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
We'd like to thank Tony & Amanda for taking the time to leave us this review. We always try to make sure that everyone has a great time with us, whether they rent a boat or stay in one of our rooms. We look forward to seeing them again some time in the future!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

I stayed at Captain Pip's with my wife for 4 days and we enjoyed every minute. It's an absolutely nice spot to hang out and relax. And when you want to go fishing, I think it's a great place. I don't go fishing myself, but they have several boats for charter and there is a nice little fishing harbour next door. The new management really does everything possible to make this nice spot even nicer. They just paint all houses and put new flat screen TV's in every room. They also clean up the whole property and make it nice and shiny. According to previous reviews here Captain Pip's might have been a bit outdated, but that was until 2 months ago. Now it is one of the nicest spots I've been to in Florida. As nice as Castaway on Sanibel (see my review).

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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CaptainPips, General Manager at Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Thank you for taking the time to leave us this nice review. We really appreciate them all. We have been under new ownership since May 1, 2014 and have made many upgrades to not just the rooms, but the boats and whole property too. We always do our best to make sure that all our guests have a great vacation, so we hope that anyone reading this will give us a try!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

I have made many trips over the last twenty years and have never found such a pleasant, helpful staff as I did at Captain Pip's. Boat rentals were very reasonable and ran great. Rooms were clean and the service could not be beat. Porky's restaurant on site is a great place for any meal of the day as well.
I am hoping this will get forwarded to the owners of this motel. I have been coming to the Keys for many years and have stayed at several places. I just returned home from a 3 day trip and stayed at Captain Pip’s for the first time. I rented a boat there as well. I had several emails back and forth with JoAnne before arriving. She was extremely professional, courtesy and explained in detail all my questions. When we arrived several hours early we were greeted by her at the office. She was able to accommodate us with a boat a day earlier than we had requested. She was very helpful still with more questions and we were able to even get our room a little early as well. The guys at the dock were equally as helpful and knowledgeable. Nick checked me in on the boat and was very patient and courteous as well. Then the day we checked the boat in another fellow did that, I didn’t get his name but again, excellent service. Then the afternoon before we left I met Ellie and again just more smiles, courtesy and helpfulness. In other words I just want you to know that you have some top notch people working you place for you. Due to health issues I personally probably will not be able to return but know if any of my friends or family do they will be booking at your motel. But wanted you to know that the service and attitude of your employees made this a very pleasurable memory filled time for me. Thank you
Michael D. Cecil

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Mike C
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CaptainPips, General Manager at Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
We'd like to say a special thank you to Michael, the writer of this review. He stayed with us with his son & daughter for a few days and was a joy to speak to. We're glad that he had such a nice vacation and that we were able to help make it that way. We did pass this on to the new owner (as requested) and he was very happy to read it, so thank you Michael for your kind words. Although Michael won't be back due to illness, we are definitely looking forward to many more visits from his friends and family.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

Quiet, friendly, amazingly clean. Accommodations may be a bit dated but who cares as long as it is clean. You come for clean accommodations with well maintained fishing boats and easy access to fishing. Have read other reviews and think they must have stayed at another place or are looking for overpriced fancy, smanchy. Have met nice people who are now our Florida friends. Ellie, dock, and cleaning crews are eager to help you have a wonderful vacation. Have stayed here for years and consider it "our home away from home." A quick sweep with the broom keeps everything ship shape. Enjoy sitting in the yard watching the water when not fishing. Beach is not too far away. Grills are available to grill your fish or burgers and dogs. Bob and Sue from New Jersey

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sue H
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CaptainPips, General Manager at Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway, responded to this review, 8 May 2014
Thank you for posting to Trip Advisor Sue & Bobby.

These guests have been coming to Captain Pip's for many years now & usually stay for at least a month. They are like family to us too. We have many regulars who come every year for their vacation & always request "their" room. We know which room that is! If you want a big cookie cutter type hotel, then we aren't the place to pick for your vacation, but if you want a special old Florida Keys feel where you are remembered & welcomed, then give us a call!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

Just had our second visit to Cptn Pips and had a great stay and some nice fishing. We did notice that some things are getting a little "old" and in need of some upgrading. I understand a new owner is taking over and intends to do just that and even put in a pool. Can not wait to come back and see the improvement's. that being said we had a great stay, room was spotless and the staff were perfect. will be back.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RobandPamKingston_On
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CaptainPips, General Manager at Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway, responded to this review, 8 May 2014
Thank you for posting to Trip Advisor! We're happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Yes, a new owner did just take over & has already started making repairs & upgrades. All the buildings are being painted pretty tropical colors this week & the foliage has been trimmed back. There are new flat screen tv's in all the rooms (& in the bedrooms too now), we have free wireless internet, we are providing free coffee & creamer in all the rooms, shampoo, conditioner & soap for the bathrooms, even hair dryers & irons too. Lots more upgrades coming, but the new owner only took over on May 1, so I think he's doing pretty well considering it's only been one week! Oh, just a note, he bought 3 brand new 4 stroke Yamaha engines for the boats before he even took over ownership! Next time you come you will find all kinds of nice changes!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

This is for the ladies....I stayed here with my husband for 3 days. We stayed in the Osprey apartment. My husband thought it was an OK stay. I will have to look for another place where we can rent a boat with our stay. This room was clean when we arrived, but needed a LOT of maintenance in my opinion. I have posted some photos as examples. I realize this is an older place, but it really does need a lot of clean up for the price they are charging. The carpet needs replacing. The deck was horrific. I cannot believe this was not cleaned up at all for the high season. The deck furniture needs replacing. The table was on its last leg, literally. The bed should really be replaced as well, very old and not very comfortable. The bathroom isn't bad, just really old fixtures, which I don't really have a problem with. I just feel with the amount of money they charged for our stay, some of this money should really go into cleaning up and freshening up. Also, please keep in mind, if you don't rent one of their boats, there really isn't much else to do there. No pool, no sandy area for sitting.
The staff was friendly. Porkys restaurant next door is average, nothing special, but convenient.
I do not plan to stay here again. This place is basically a fishing shack for men, women will be grossed out. Was disappointing.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank cashierkristin
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PorkysBBQ, General Manager at Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway, responded to this review, 8 May 2014
We are very sorry that this guest had a disappointing stay with us. We are now under new ownership since May 1, 2014 & all of the issues mentioned in her review have either been rectified or are about to be. The sink in the picture has been replaced already, the carpets will be taken out & nice tile put in to replace it very soon. The deck is getting totally torn out next week & replaced. We have also replaced all the tvs in the resort with flat screens & also put them in the bedrooms too. We are painting all the buildings pretty tropical colors right now this week. We have free wireless Internet now. She wasn't really interested in the boat part but her hubby would like to know that we have already bought 3 new 4-stroke Yamaha engines for some of the boats. Lots more improvements on the list too. We are not a "fishing shack" for the guys! Many of our guests (male & female alike) love to fish & come to here to do that, but we also have many guests who come to snorkel, scuba dive & just cruise around enjoying our beautiful turquoise waters!
The Florida Keys in general isn't your typical touristy shopping type destination. It has an island feel & is pretty "laid back". We have some beautiful beaches - Bahia Honda State Park is not far away & is usually in the top 10 beaches for the USA. The Turtle Hospital is world famous & only a 1/2 mile from us. The Dolphin Research Center is only a few miles away & is one of the most popular places to visit. The famous Old Seven Mile Bridge is a couple of minutes away & has spectacular sunsets, plus is a great place to walk, jog or bicycle. We have some nice historical places to visit here in town too in addition to the bridge - Crane Point Hammock has great nature walks & is home to the Adderly House (one of the first houses built), plus Pidgeon Key Island is also worth a visit. Key West is only an hour away in the car for a nice day trip. Most people are glad to get back though after a hectic day down there! So, there really are a lot of nice things to do close by. That beautiful turquoise blue water certainly does call to a lot of people though!
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Property: Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway
Address: 1410 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Captain Pip's Marina & Hideaway 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy clean, comfortable fully renovated accommodations, with a brand new waterfront pool. Choose from motel-style guest rooms, efficiencies or one- & two-bedroom apartments with either open-water or tropical garden views. When you stay with us you can receive between 10%-50% off your boat rental. We also rent kayaks, paddle boards & zayaks. See the Seven Mile Bridge & historic Pigeon Key Island from the air onboard our new 31ft Oceanpro Parasail boat "Seven Mile High Club". World-class fishing & diving are only minutes from your door in the beautiful Florida Keys. We also now have daily snorkel trips to Sombrero Reef or Pirate's Cove onboard the Spirit Power Catamaran. It's like swimming in an aquarium! ... more   less 
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