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“Nice resort. Fishy smell and thin walls”

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South Beach Resort Hotel
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Marblehead
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“Nice resort. Fishy smell and thin walls”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2013

I recently stayed here with my two kids. We were visiting Sandusky for Cedar Point Amusement Park. The resort itself is lovely. They have a nice tennis court, a bonfire, a beach volleyball court, gated and heated pool and hot tub and another Adults pool that is also gated. The beach is small but perfect size for the resort. The man-made pier is very cute and quaint with a gazebo. The Bath and Body toiletries were a nice touch and the rooms were decently sized. A Keurig serves as the coffee maker in the room and the rest is pretty old school. The CRT TV and mattresses where you feel the springs should be updated. A separate sink from the toilet/shower room was a great feature.
Unfortunately, the smell from the waters or the beach volleyball sands were much too fishy to turn on the vent/ac or the doors. And the walls are seriously paper thin where you hear your neighbors on each side and above( in our case).
This resort is about a 35 min drive to Cedar Point but the alternative was a Water Taxi at the resort which would have cost $10 each per person/per direction...$80 was a bit much for 4 of us to take a water taxi so we drove and parked for $15 at Cedar Point.
The package deal that we chose was the 2 night stay with $50 voucher at Mon Ami Winery. The restaurant was wonderful. On a Friday night, they have a special for $55 which includes a bottle of wine and 2 entrees. I would definitely recommend this restaurant! The included continental breakfast consists of packaged Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Kelloggs Breakfast Nutrigrain Bars, 3 Basic Cereals, mini muffins and mini danishes/cinnamon rolls. No frills but is fine for a quick breakfast.

Overall, I rate it a 3 star as it needs some improvements. The staff there is wonderful. But the quality of beds, tv and ventilation could be improved.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2013 via mobile

R stay was nice room was very clean staff was real helpful and nice love r weekend stay, everything was great
Ill be back with my fam to enjoy the hospitality again.
Thanks kudos to south beach resort

  • Stayed April 2013
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5 Thank bigyogi75
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Bowling Green, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2013

We spent nearly $300 for an anniversary getaway. The staff was very friendly--the best part about the place. They need to take the word "resort" out of the title. It is an overpriced Holiday Inn, at best. The beds were terribly uncomfortable, the 'upgraded' view (which costs) was our window overlooking the 3 cemented pool areas and the small cabins with the front porches facing the pools, and large families all crammed onto these porches--talking, smoking, etc. The air conditioner was noisy. The room had a mildewy smell and the hot tub was a bathtub with jets in the carpeted room. The 'free' breakfast consisted of white toast; and two choices of cereal and oatmeal packets. We could only laugh about how ridiculously expensive this trip was. If you've never been to a hotel before, you might be impressed. The best part about the whole trip was the dinner out at Mon Ami Winery--a wonderful meal. And p.s.: the $25 the 'resort' charges you for wine and chocolate delivered to your room is an $8 bottle of wine and a couple of mediocre chocolates.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013 via mobile

The room looked out to the lake. A balcony exited the room. Room colors and decor made for a feeling of warmth as if we were on a beach. The jacuzzi was perfect. The bathroom had Bath & Body Works! This is prime lakefront property. Our stay here was PERFECT. Micheal Burdine, you are a great Manager. Thank you!

  • Stayed February 2013
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5 Thank kkcgkc
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Dayton, Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2012

Was in Port Clinton to visit family and the islands for a long weekend in early November. This hotel was everything one could want in a hotel. The rooms were comfortable in size, and ours had a very nice view of the water. Staff at the front desk all went out of their way to be accomodating. Great couples retreat.

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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2012

We selected South Beach Resort Hotel sight-unseen from the internet because it was located on Lake Erie (well, Sandusky Bay) roughly a day's drive from our ultimate destination in Maryland. When we arrived, we found roofers & siding installers hard at work to repair extensive hail damage inflicted by a fierce summer storm 4 weeks earlier. Nonetheless, the hotel staff were very welcoming & caring, providing us with an excellent room with a nice view of the bay that was located as far as possible from the worksite. They also supplied us with literature about area restaurants & attractions and spent time answering our questions several times during our 2-day stay. The accommodations were excellent ~ it would be a great place for a family gathering.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2012

My stay at the South Beach Resort was not a good one at all, We came from Cleveland Ohio, It was my husbands birthday so we wanted to go somewhere different. The room was clean but I wanted to use the hot tub I didn't beacause the jets were filthy, we went out to eat lunch and put the maid service sign on our door, when we return we noticed someone turned the sign to do not disturb and our room was not cleaned, and I went in the breakfast room that morning to get us breakfast the room was freezing cold, it was a family in there eating breakfast, they were bundled in hats and coats, my husband did enjoy the restaurants around the resort, we plan to go back to Marblehead in the summer but my husband said he would never go there again, I have to agree.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: South Beach Resort Hotel
Address: 8620 E Bayshore Rd, Sandusky Bay, Port Clinton, Put-In-Bay, Sandusky, Marblehead, OH 43440
Region: United States > Ohio > Marblehead
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Marblehead
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — South Beach Resort Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
8 1/2 Acres waterfront resort, with three heated in-ground pools, private sand beach, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, basketball court, 38 boat slip marina. Centrally located near Sandusky, Cedar Point, Put-In-Bay, Port Clinton, Lake Erie Islands ... more   less 
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