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Sea Dell Motel
Ranked #3 of 17 Marathon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Fairfax, Va
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53 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“A gem in Marathon!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2013

I have driven by the Sea Dell many times and thought it looked like a nice place to stay. They had me at the palm trees strung with lights at night and the string of buoys hanging in front of the office! I recently stayed at the Sea Dell for 5 nights, along with a friend and my parents. I was in charge of picking the motel for our group, so I was thrilled that I had chosen such a great place to stay. We were all very impressed with the Sea Dell and were sad to leave.
I had a queen room with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker, along with a small bistro-style table and chair set that seated two people. My room was painted a muted lime green (lime green is one of my favorite colors) with a tropical decor, including a cool painted wall sconce and local art featuring Pigeon Key. The bed had a wicker headboard with a palm tree and matching wicker dresser and nightstand. Everything was just perfect. My room was spotless with high quality bedding and towels. There are other room types available: rooms with two double beds and larger rooms with sliding glass doors.
The pool area was lovely with many comfortable lounge chairs, and lots of tropical greenery surrounding the pool area. Even though the pool sits along the Overseas Highway, it is shielded from view by all of the beautiful greenery. I had the pool all to myself most of the times I swam.
Anything we needed was right there: pool towels, extra coffee or tea, a newspaper, and LOTS of brochures and pamphlets (the most I have ever seen in a motel/hotel in the Keys) about things to do, local restaurants, tours, etc. The motel even gives you a map highlighting the local restaurants in the area. The Sea Dell is located in Marathon which is halfway between Key Largo and Key West. It is across the street from a great deli (Marathon Deli) and a Publix grocery store. A Winn Dixie grocery store, a Kmart and a CVS are also very close to the motel.
The grounds of the motel are beautiful with palm trees, murals, picnic tables and seating areas, and a small pond. The Sea Dell is the epitome of an old time Keys motel that has been updated and modernized (for example, flat screen TV's in the rooms) but still retains the old time charm. When we were checking out, we were having an issue with our GPS, and the front desk clerk offered to print out directions to the airport for us, which we greatly appreciated. We would definitely stay at the Sea Dell again!!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

I'm writing this review just before leaving after a weeks stay at the Sea Dell motel, I had read mixed reviews on this motel before booking so was a bit apprehensive. We arrived and checking in was flawless, we were given plenty of local knowledge regarding where to eat and the other attractions that were available. We had booked a double bed room but after asking about an upgrade we picked a double room with a separate bedroom, both types of rooms are about the same size but what we had was a separate and a settee to relax on in the evenings. Out room had been recently decorated, had a powerful shower, fridge, coffee maker and microwave. Our room was serviced every day to a very high standard and I can't think of anything to drop the rating from excellent, I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

We stayed at the Sea Dell Motel on our recent short stay in the Keys after being sorely let down by a neighbouring motel. So the first good point is the reception is open late, it was after 9pm when we arrived and thankfully they had a room! The girl on the front desk was very friendly and helpful throughout our stay.

Room was clean and tidy and had a fridge, microwave and coffee maker.

The motel is well located with several places to eat nearby also some diving/snorkel centres, sombrero beach and the turtle hospital.

It has a pool which we did not use but it was very clean.

Would happily stay in the Sea Dell again on our next visit to the Keys :)

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 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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California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

This place is good for a overnight stopover in the Keys. The front office is helpful and cordial. Grounds are well kept and the room was very clean. We had a king room that was pretty small with a really small bathroom. Nice to have a fridge. Price is right.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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songbird45
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33 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

We, sadly, only stayed one night but fell in love with the place! The motel is beautifully maintained, comfortable, quaint, near everything. It's a fantastic place, with lovely landscaping and an exceptional staff full of friendly, kind people. In this day and age of homogenized hotels, this was a wonderful change of pace! And the price was unbeatable! I will be staying there again and recommending Sea Dell to everyone!

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 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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Chicago
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2013

We loved this little motel. It has the old style keys feel that we wanted to experience. I love the very lax hours on the pool. The rooms varied on size, there were four couples in four different style and different sized rooms some have baths and others only showers.ll rooms were very clean. I will ask for a larger end unit next time. The staff were very friendly and helpful with recommending places to go and restaurants to try. Very nice outdoor areas.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
    • 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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Coimbra, Portugal
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212 reviews
130 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

Lovely motel, decorated in a very nice style, friendly staff and near many restaurants, shops, supermarket and the very nice Sombrero Beach.
Very spacious room, good aircon, nice ceiling fan, clean and a little kitchette with microwave and fridge. No safety box.
On the other way, bathroom was tiny, allowing no more than one person at time. Everything was very clean.
We didn't use the pool, but it was nice. We got a very familiar feeling at Sea Dell, which made our experience so pleasant.
It is a good basis to visit Key West, that is ridiculously expensive: in about one hour you can get there in a very, very nice road, which in our case made our stay even more pleasant.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Sea Dell Motel
Address: 5000 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-2694
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Sea Dell Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience the "Old Keys" in a lush, tropical setting in Marathon - the "Heart of the Florida Keys". Beautifully furnished rooms. Refrigerators, microwaves and coffeemakers in each room. Hi-speed internet. Heated pool. BBQs and picnic tables. ... more   less 
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