Sombrero Resort & Marina
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... my eye I saw something very large with a prominent dorsal fin leap out of the water and make a large splash. We looked over and about 500m away there was a small fishing boat, and I was certain I had seen a shark chasing whatever these guys were fishing. Since we were about half a mile from shore we decided that high-tailing it out of the water was a bit impractical, so Jon and I stood together (the water was barely up to our hips) and held Zoe out of the water. Within a few minutes ...
... to get an audition the week after we get back. Serious excitement for Phoebe. She has decided to sing 'favourite things' from sound of music as her audition piece and so has been singing it all around the van all evening!
Ru cooked supper this evening as my stomach is feeling so dodgy. Then we watched Forrest Gump in the van and went to sleep.
Tomorrow we're going to take the bus to Key West to have a look around.
Today was work day. It started off rainy and windy, so I figured the housework might as well get done. (sigh) Weather improved over the day but not a lot. We caught up on reading. After dinner the sky started to cloud up again, but we needed some exercise, so we walked to the 7 mile bridge.The sidewalk there is uneven and poorly lit so we didn't go too far out the bridge because coming ...
... and Rich left Miami in the semi-wee hours this morning. They took a little extra time and went again to Gulfstream Horse Racing Track to look after their investments or such. No reports have been received about that.
I got a bit sad around the place after they left. It's rare that all of our family gets together. It was a good time. We saw much and did a lot ...
... their boats and Clay is planning to continue his Great Loop in June, leaving from St. Louis and heading south. We will share our experiences to date with him over a piece of key lime pie! Speaking of that... we sampled a version of this at a Marathon restaurant last night. Have you ever had "Deep Fried Key Lime Pie"?? It was pretty good!
We are updating our photos and will re-post this entry with pictures in a couple of days.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Sombrero Resort & Marina Marathon
Very Run Down...didn't even stay!
We had reserved 1 week there. My husband I arrived before the in-laws (luckily). We went to our room and absolutely could not believe it. It was like 2 hotel rooms joined by a so called kitchen. Very dirty. Fortunately I had brought the picture shown on the internet (very deceiving). I showed it to the lady in the front office and told her I thought that was false advertising and they found us another resort to stay at.
Will Not Go Back!
Before we arrived at the hotel in March 2004, we had some concerns after reading some reviews. Unfortunately, it was one of the few places we could get on short notice (for reasonable money). The room was so bland of any color. The walls were grey and the furniture and floors were old and dirty. The king size bed was like sleeping on a rock! The table chairs were those white plastic patio chairs that you get for eight bucks! The best part of the room was the bathroom. Overall, the building was very run down. It seemed to be quite the place for boaters though, but then again they could always stay on their boat. It is too bad, because everything outside of the room was fine. They have a nice pool, tennis courts, and pizza restaurant on the premises. The harbor area is also very nice. If they would only add some color to their rooms, and upgrade the furniture it could be so much better. It was very uncomfortable! We would definitely not stay there again!
Enjoyed our stay.
Sombrero Resort is very clean. If tile floors could be added to the 1 bedroom units that would make such a difference. Marathon is for fishing, boating, swimming, lobstering so it is natural for people to come in wet to shower, thus making stained rugs. Most people are out in their boats all day or beach or swimming pool and come home in evening to shower, eat and sleep, enjoy the air conditioning and get up the next day to start all over agan. Enjoyed our stay and would go back!!!!
I'll be back
Close to everything...beaches, boating, snorkeling, shopping, restaurants, golf...the pool area is lovely with wonderful Tiki bar, and friendly staff. The rooms are spacious, have decks, plus they are waterfront. If you have a boat you can dock there too. There's also a restaurant on site. Plus there's a bike path down to Sombrero beach, which is beautiful. Had a great time, and "I'll be back"!!!
Sleeping in the car would be better
Stay anywhere but here. Threadbare carpet, window a/c units that made more noise than a jet engine. Really--a $25 room for $120 a night.
We had booked 5 nights and stayed one. The first room they gave us was so run down and dirty feeling, we asked to change. The second room was smaller (the first was a nice size) and a bit newer feeling. The toilet was leaking and the floor/carpet seemed very dirty. I hated putting my daughter on the pull out couch. The pool area and bar were nice, but not good enough to make up for the room. We moved out after one night and went to the Reef.
If they just spend some money to update and really clean up, this could be nice. The location is good and the set up of the 1 bedroom mini suites is nice. Too bad they have let it get this run down.
My husband and I had such a terrific time at Sombrero. We rented Kayaks on property and paddled thru Boot Key Harbor and out to the beach! In the evening, there was a party at the Tiki Bar - which was loads of fun. Location is terrific - close to fishing boats, diving, grocery stores, liquor store, etc. Nice relaxing vacation. We will definately go back and next time bring bicycles with us. Can't wait.
Definitely 2 star. very plain jane. I don't consider the beach to be close even though its less than a mile its not much less. If I come back to the Keys its going to be in better style. Nothing really wrong with the hotel.... just not memorable.
This place was described to me as 2 star, but it is not even 1 star. I have never stayed in a more run-down dirty place. There were even ants in the kitchen & the door hinges squeaked when you opened the door just like a haunted house. The bed had an ancient broken down mattress that gave me back pains. To top it all off, they turned the water off on me with no warning while I was in the middle of a shower with soap & shaving cream on me. It was very expensive to stay in such a seedy place.
One Night Only
The first sign of a dissappointment to come was that the Sombrero was not easy to find, especially after dark. Another sign was that the Sombrero is a time-share. While normally this would not seem to be a problem it seems to be a time shared oriented to those planning on mostly fishing during their stay. Access to the second level (really the third level counting the private parking areas under the units) was tedious as you had to shlepp your luggage from the back parking lot to the 1st level (actually 2nd) elevator.The rooms face the harbor canal on open balconies. This was the next dissappointment as we do not like rooms that are accessible from common balconies. The rooms, while comfortable, were a little worn and tired as was the master bed. The folding sleeper mattress and springs was very uncomfortable. The wall unit A/C in the MB did not blow cool air. While management was magnanimous in offering a new room my wife and son were ready for the newly opened (and more expensive) Best Western down the street. Also - no beach, no access to the beach except by car or a long walk.