My wife and I have visited Marathon many times, and have often ridden our bikes by the Sandpiper Motel. The main thing that jumps out at you is its exotic atmosphere, almost like some of the motels in the jungles in South America that we've stayed at.
The Sandpiper is such a beautiful little motel that I'd been wanting to check it out for years, but we both love staying in the house boats at another location in Marathon. There's nothing like sleeping on a boat with that wave action, and you're so far from any highway noise. But this year their rates just about doubled, so the first thing that came to my mind was Sandpiper Motel.
The price is very reasonable, our room was clean with very nice decor, and the bed was comfortable. Other people have used the word 'quaint,' and yes I'd say that fits. There were no fleas, flies or anything else inside the room, and also nothing of any consequence outside. The kitchen is really fully furnished unless you are a gourmet chef who requires an oven. But you're on vacation, so why would you need that? The wireless internet is best accessed from your table just outside the door as you are enjoying an ice-cold beverage. You'd think the highway noise would be a problem, but you don't hear anything in your room. The manager, Anita, was very attentive to everything that we needed. Yes there are a couple of cats around, Swamp being the one I saw the most. I'm not a cat person, but before the end of our stay he and I were good friends. You probably don't want to let him into your room though.
Sandpiper is on the west end of the island, where you are close to Sombrero Beach, many nice water front restaurants and, of course, the 7-mile bridge where you can catch a perfect sunset almost every night.
If you're the sort of person who is spooked by the low rate and would prefer a sterile, cookie-cutter motel room that could be literally anywhere in the United States, then maybe you should check out the Holiday Inn Express at the other end of the island. But I didn't come down here to stay in a room without any character. We really enjoyed our 9 nights at the Sandpiper and will definitely come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small quaint original Keys Motel.Each unit has two full beds, private bath with shower, small kitchenette, cable TV, Air conditioning , free WIFI. Outside seating for each unit. Only one mile to the 7 Mile Bridge and 4 miles to Sombrero Beach. Across the street from the famous Turtle Hospital. In the heart of the Keys. Only 48 miles to Key West. Sorry . Due to our limited parking we do not have parking for boats , trailers or trucks. Office hours are 10AM till 9PM ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sandpiper Hotel Marathon
- Sandpiper Motel Marathon, Florida - Florida Keys