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Gulf View Waterfront Resort
Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
Certificate of Excellence
Homosassa
1 review
“What a waste of my $$$”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We paid for 4 nights and ended up leaving on day 3. After spending days in the sun fishing, swimming, etc you really want to be able to go back to the room and enjoy a cool room. The bathroom door was kept shut the hole time. We ended up asking for a fan to help with the cooling of the room. NOT... it was hot as hell in our room. The AC was set on 60 from day one. The only time the room was cool was at 4am. You would think if your customers are paying $185 a day the room would have a good A/C in it. We ended up going north toward home and paying $85 for a room at the Holiday Inn in Port St Lucy!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Very friendly. Super helpful. I mean, we didn't need much besides a last minute room. We've been to the Keys dozens of times over the years. That said, this is one of the nicest places we've stayed and it definitely had the most amenities.

Wifi was strong. Pool was clean and refreshing. So refreshing. If we hadn't had to check out and come back to our real lives, I might live in the pool. Kayaks, canoes, paddleboats free to use anytime. Hammocks under the coconut palms overlooking the water. Gas grills all around to use.

Here's the thing: it's not a high end fancy resort where staff will wait on you 24/7 (and you pay outrageous prices for that). If you want cabana boys and a poolside bartender wryly pretending to enjoy your sales person of the year story, this place isn't for you. That kind of place, with the excess and the foofy nonsense, isn't for me.

This place was. Totally. Loved it.
Gulf View is like staying with some cool, chill friends who have a sweet place on the water in the Keys. If the grill in from of your room doesn't light, try the next one over, ask one of the guests who showed up before you. Listen to the goldfish story from the kid at the pool. Have your own beer and watch the sunset. Take a full on nap in a hammock.

The room was huge--bigger than expected. Kitchen was great. Whole place was comfy and cozy and my only complaint is that I couldn't stay forever.
We will certainly be back.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Newport, Maine
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22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2014

I'll start by saying I researched many places to stay for our trip the first week of July, 2014, taking into consideration: amenities, price, location and quality of the grounds. I liked that it was family owned and that they were trying to be as "green" as they can. The location in Marathon was within a short distance from most sites I wanted to visit and only 1 hr. from Key West. We used the free Kayaks and enjoyed it. Other reviews have commented on the condition of them but we found they performed just fine and had no complaints. Pay to rent elsewhere if you don't like them! We stayed 4 days in room 15 ( King efficiency). It seemed a little small due to the futon in front of the bed, but we found ourselves using it often to sit, eat, and watch TV on the flat screen tv. The bathroom is a little small but the shower had awesome pressure and we loved it! There is no medicine cabinet. Every room has an area with a gas grill, the grounds were tidy, we loved the bird and turtle menagerie and all the different fruit trees on the property. Our room was in a quiet area, the waterfront was well kept and there was plenty of Tiki huts and places to sun or hang out etc.. In defense of the folks that criticized for not having a swim worthy beach, their's is typical of most in the keys. During our trip we noticed in the news that there was an unusual amount of seagrass washing into the beaches. Yes, it may smell some when that happens but you can't change Mother Nature! Morning coffee was provided (all morning). The owners were wonderful to talk to and they went over and above our expectations to help us with where to shop, give directions and find the things we needed, which was not the case in the 2 other places we stayed later during our trip. The pool and grounds were well kept, clean and they had lots of lounges, floats and kids beach stuff to use. The Kitchen was adequately equipped, everything worked well, AC worked very, very good in 95 degree weather. The patio outside our room had a table and roof so it was pleasant even during rain spells. The place sits next to the Dolphin research center and there's a cute little place to eat within 1/8 mile. Sombrero beach (sandy and gorgeous) is 9 miles and is Very, very nice!!
No, this is not a fancy resort, but my feelings are that I don't ever spend much time in the room so why pay for a fancy place at twice the cost. I'd rather spend on DOING THINGS! Also, There were NO bugs in our room. Housekeepers were friendly and speak English and also helped us with directions to sites.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Clermont, Florida
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33 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2014

The location was excellent, especially if you are inclined to make day trips throughout the Keys. The family who owned the property were extremely wonderful. Amenities like kayaks & peddle boats were free; the atmosphere nice and laid back, true Keys style. The rooms however, were average/poor and are in need of updating. The furniture was "well-worn" and the mattress very uncomfortable and needed to be replaced. We are Floridians and as such are familiar with the typical insect inhabitants but we really don't want to see them crawling around in our $185.00 a night room.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Port Douglas, Australia
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52 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2014

We did not want to stay in one of those impersonal same same chain resorts, so chose Gulf View from TA. Just what we wanted, an older style property with owners who had been there forever, and were laid back, but knowledgeable about the Keys. We had a two bedroom apartment for two nights, with a small living area and kitchen/dining. Not huge, but hey, a few steps from the Gulf and those wonderful sunsets who spends much time in the room. It seems to be popular with fishers, so we sat back with our drinks and watched them go out in the various craft available for free from the resort - never saw anyone come back with a fish though. A good place torelax after a day exploring the Keys.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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51 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

Chose this place based on reviews here on TA. Wow, what happened?? First went to check in and the "niece" was checking us in and was not from the area and had no idea on any questions we had about marathon. Room AC would not cool the room despite being set on 60. Mattresses were horrible. Cigarette butts all over the beach area. I counted at least twenty. Chairs at both the beach and pool were broken (part that adjusted them up or lay flat was broken or missing) and most covered in black mold. Horrible smell emitting from the water (although that can't be blamed on the owners). 12 dead bees floating in the swimming pool. My daughter counted them. Dead leaves piled in every corner of the pool area, so you know they have been there for a while. White patch on the walls in my unit, was never painted over. And the biggest safety hazard, a standard $3 latch on the pool when the law requires a magnetic latch at a certain height to keep children from gaining access to the pool area.
We just left key west and paid less for a name brand hotel than we did for this property. I am highly disappointed.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

Stayed here for 5 days in April and it was fantastic.
Staff are very knowledgeable but very laid back and relaxed which makes this resort even more tranquil.
We stayed in room 14 facing the pool and the Gulf. It was very spacious for the 4 off us and plus it was lovely and cool which is a huge bonus on the hot days and evenings.
The only thing that lets this place down is out of the control of the owners, it is a little fly called the nosee em fly which come out at night and pack a nasty nip on your ankles.
We found the best thing to combat the sting of these flys was a simple can of anti perspirant deodorant sprayed to the feet as its the only thing that has an effect on the little mites.
Beautiful location and a view of the gulf that will take your breath away on an evening.
Would definitely recommend this resort to anyone visiting the keys as it's central location makes it perfect for reaching all the islands in an hour or so.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Property: 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 #4 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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