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Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Marathon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 June 2008

This hotel only looks great by its website. I believed we were getting a waterview, however we did not. The room for 4 was very small and not clean. The place is very outdated. Tremendous amounts of clutter and debris on the grounds. Overpriced for what you get.

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5  Thank butterflylaw25
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GulfViewResort, Front Desk Reception at Gulf View Waterfront Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2015

Thank you for your review. Our website is always up to date with current photos of the rooms and the grounds. It is regrettable to hear that you feel mislead. We hope that you will one day consider the Gulf View again for future stays in the Keys.
Best regards,
Gulf View Waterfront Resort

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Reviewed 9 June 2008

My family and I had a WONDERFUL stay at Gulf View. The resort is quite, clean, fun and completely relaxing. We stayed there for 7 days and only left 5 or 6 times. My family's ages ranged from 6 months to 60 years and there was something to offer all of us. Not to mention that 1 room was large enough for all 4 adults and 2 children. The pool is large and has a beautiful tiki hut around it, the property is beautifully manicured complete with wildife and tons of types of palm trees, there are 2 totally relaxing hammocks and kayaks to take on to the Gulf. Susan, Stephanie, Mike and the rest of the staff really make you feel at home. We will be making the Gulf View our family vacation spot from now on and will recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank kgoss4kymm
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Reviewed 19 May 2008

Nice property, nice customer service, both rooms were views of the gulf, they were updated. There are the usual bugs in the rooms, tiny sugar ants, which are usual in hotels in the keys. They didn't bother us. The water there is horrible though, there is no way you could swim in it. There is a nice heated pool, but most of the time if you come to the keys, you are there for the gulf or atlantic, not a pool. You are within walking distance of a nice restaurant and the dolphin research center.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with friends
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1  Thank alexandersmommy26
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Reviewed 15 May 2008

We decided to book after reading reviews in Trip Adviser and we were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived we felt very welcome. Our rooms were cleaned every day and our beds made. Other guests were very friendly and most had been holidaying at the Gulf View for many years - we could see why. The pool and the garden area were lovely and very tranquil. Really can't recommend this place enough and hope to return soon.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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3  Thank SusanVi
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Reviewed 29 April 2008

We went down to Marathon for a friend's wedding and stayed at both the Gulfview and Tranquility Bay (where the wedding was) and honestly, even though Tranquility Bay was very high end with beautifully appointed rooms, I enjoyed our stay at the Gulfview a lot more. The staff was so friendly and accommodating and the property was just gorgeous!! It was incredibly relaxing and had a very personal feel to it. Tranquility Bay was beautiful but very corporate feeling which isn't what I think of when I think "Keys" and the tiki bar there closed at 9:00!! Even on the weekend! It was a nice resort but it didn't have the same relaxed feel of the Gulfview. The rooms at the Gulfview were clean and comfortable and there are gas grills all around the property so you can do a little grilling out under the palms or by the water. The pool is huge and overlooks the Gulf with giant sweeping palms- really it just looks like paradise when you look out from there. The landscaping is amazing, there are so many varieties of flowering plants and vines with thick lush grass all around, it's truly beautiful. The hammocks are wonderful to lay in... I could have stayed forever! We also had a good time taking out the canoes which are free for the guests to use whenever. Susan and the staff at Gulfview were just wonderful and they really put a lot of work into making the property a little slice of paradise. I highly recommend the Gulfview. If you're the kind of person that needs structure and designer soap in your room, go to Tranquility Bay but if you're the kind of person that goes to the Keys to listen to the wind blow through the palms while you're swinging in a hammock and just like a nice clean place to lay your head at night with a really friendly staff, then the Gulfview is an amazing find!! Thanks for the great stay Susan!

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2  Thank yzerman414
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Reviewed 15 April 2008

This place was wonderful.We were used to the business of St.Pete beaches and we wanted to visit the Keys.It was quiet,beautifully landscaped,so tropical,and the room was clean.
We had one of the guest rooms,and we had a deck right outside the door,housekeeping came every morning.
We could have our wine at night overlooking the water and then just walk a little ways down the road to the restaurant,that had great mussels and conch chowder and fritters.
We highly recommend the Gulf View for a tropical,clean place to stay.
As sombody stated earlier,there are not many beaches,but we went to Sombreo Beach,not too far away and it was great,right on the Atlantic and not too crowded.
The owners are right there to answer any questions you might have.
It's not fancy,but it is beautiful.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank CDVNY
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Reviewed 15 April 2008

What our family of two adults and two small children loved about Gulf View Waterfront Resort was the tropical garden, the pool, the parrots and other birds and animals and the closeness to the gulf - GREAT -(however the water is dirty and smelly so you can't swim in it).

We stayed in two different units due to some mistake. The first unit was GREAT. Very clean and nicely furnished, and it even had a dishwasher - very much appreciated. Obviously this was above average beacause the unit #12 where we probably were supposed to have stayed all three nights wasn't what we had expected. We only had two kitchen chairs so two could sit at a time. It could also need some painting and perhaps some more decoration to add cosyness and feelo more like own home. This unit felt overpriced.

Our opinion may be affected of stays at the extraordinary good Cocobelle Resort in Ft Lauderdale and Caribe Cove resort in Kissimmee.

No noise was disturbing us. Otherwise OK.

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Thank finlady12
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Additional Information about Gulf View Waterfront Resort

Address: 58743 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-6021
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Marathon
Price Range: £84 - £163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our small, private and charming property is located at the North end of Marathon on Grassy Key. We offer 11 exceptional units ranging from guest rooms with refrigerators and microwave ovens to efficiencies and one and two bedroom apartments with full kitchens - an accommodation to meet your needs. (We even allow your family pets!) Enjoy the heated pool, one of the largest in the middle keys or go out on our complimentary kayaks, canoes or paddle boats. We provide free WIFI, daily maid service and complimentary coffee and tea each morning. We also have a boat ramp and dockage available.The Gulf View Waterfront Resort has been family owned and operated since 1995. Come stay with us and discover our little piece of paradise.Susan, Mike, Stephanie, Jack & Casey Thank you for your interest in the Gulf View. ... more   less 
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Gulf View Waterfront Resort Marathon, Florida - Florida Keys

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