Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Glunz Ocean Beach Hotel & Resort Key Colony Beach
Upon returning to the Keys for a second year, we booked 3 nights at the Ocean Beach Club in Key Colony Beach. The hotel is located directly on the beach. Our room had a fantasic ocean view, however, was more expensive and smaller compared to others we have stayed in with 2 queen sized beds, There was a small fridge and coffee maker in the room, however, no coffee filters or coffee were provided. There is a restaurant and Tiki bar right next door, and we really didn't notice any excessive noise from it's close proximity. The area is generally very quiet and the hotel is in a good middle keys location.
While the view was fantastic, if returning to the Keys, we'd most likely choose somewhere else to stay just because of the small rooms and higher cost. You are basically paying for the view.
Affordable Luxury at the Ocean Beach Club
After a bad night stay at a local hotel, we were recommended by a local to stay at the Ocean Beach Club. What a wonderful hotel! We were so pleased with this hotel from start to finish. First of all, it's located on a really nice island, Key Colony. It's quiet and clean in this part of town. We checked in late in the afternoon and the staff was very friendly and helpful, Dorothy. She made sure we knew everything about the area and the hotel. Our room was an island view, and we got a terrific rate of only $65 per night. You can't beat that! For anyone that is planning on visiting the Keys, September (after Labor Day) is a great time to travel. You can book rooms the day of and get affordable rates, as we did at the Ocean Beach Club.
We went up to the room, 3rd floor, island view. There was a nice balcony where you could see the ocean, pool, and bar/restaurant next door. Very nice view! Our room was spacious with 2 regular size beds, TV, desk, fridge, microwave, closet space and nice bathroom. My only complaint was the AC was not running before we got to the room, so it took a few minutes to cool down. Everything was so clean. The decor was nice too, very pleasant (unlike some Keys places which really cheese-up the Florida theme). The beds were comfortable and we had plenty of pillows and blankets. We slept very soundly. They had an alarm clock which was nice (not many hotels in the Keys have alrams/clocks as surprising as that may sound).
We spent the evening on the beach outside of the hotel. It was so peaceful, quiet, serene. You couldn't beat the view! We also went next door for late night drinks. How convenient! In the morning, we jumped into the hot tub. It was nice (a bit too warm for this time of year) and then into the pool which was clean and soothing. Overall, Ocean Beach Club was worth it - I would even pay regular price to stay here. Clean, comfortable rooms. Great view and pool. Perfect location and wonderful, friendly staff.
Shhhh...don't tell anybody
I'm actually hesitant to write about the place and let others know it exists -- I want it to not be "discovered" and overrun.
It's a small, quiet, clean hotel facing a nice little sliver of Atlantic beach (a rare and nice bonus in the Keys). We took a suite -- basically a 1BR apartment -- for four nights and fell in love with it. Hotel is older but kept extremely well and the interiors of the rooms are well-maintained and fairly modern. Kitchens in the suites are well-stocked with cooking supplies. Pool has a deep end -- a rarity these days -- and there's a Jacuzzi, too.
Tiki bar and restaurant right next door were great, although restaurant was perhaps a few dollars on the pricey side for dinner entrees (appetizers and lunches were fair, though). Nice dock right next to the property, too. Sea grass does wash onto the beach every day but is removed every morning. If you can't relax at this place, you can't relax!
Only knock I'd have, and it's a small one, is that the exterior could use to be updated a bit and the room doors really need to be replaced -- they're old, they don't seem terribly secure and they use old-style key locks. But the rooms themselves are nice!
Check out the hotel's web site -- it's a very accurate representation of the place. The area really is that pretty!
Really recommended if you want a quiet, get-away-from-it-all kind of place. We'll be back.
Beware of Rate Errors!!
I emailed the resort requesting rate info. The lady (Ter) wrote me back and quoted me a rate. I called her to make a reservation and she realized she had quoted me the wrong rate and refused to honor it. She tried charging me $225 more for a week stay then what I had in writing. Her excuse was she did not look at the dates that I requested.. Be very careful if you make a reservation here as they might not be quoting you the correct rate. She even told me that she would get in big trouble with her boss (Dorothy). Be careful!!!
Can't wait to return
My husband and I stayed at the Ocean Beach Club in Key Colony Beach. We were looking for a spot that was centrally located in the Keys. We were very happy with our stay here. The room was clean, with a beautiful ocean view. There was a nice heated pool and hot tub which we enjoyed. There is live entertainment nightly next door at the Cabana Breezes. We enjoyed the music while sitting in the hot tub, but the noise didn't disturb us when we were trying to sleep (the rooms are pretty quiet). The staff at the hotel were quite pleasant and helpful, especially Dorothy on the evening shift. We really enjoyed our stay here and were able to travel south to Key West or north to Key Largo in a little over an hour, but enjoy our peaceful, quiet environment in the evening. We would definitely return to this hotel in the future. The view alone is worth the trip.
What we loved: The view is awesome! Just breathtaking. It's so nice to swim and enjoy the hot tub as it's right on the ocean. The restaraunt next to the hotel serves delicious, upscale food. The staff was very accomadating and pleasant. The rooms were very clean.
What we didn't love so much: Loud music and laughing from the Tiki bar right next to the hotel was hard to drown out even over the air conditioner. Our room was on the small side and we were allowed two towels a day for 4 people. (We had to go ask for extra's along with shampoo packets as they left us two, again for 4 people to use. We did however get 6 bars of soap though! Yikes maybe we needed it! hahah)There is a coffee maker in the room but no coffee or filters. Coffee is offered in the lobby.
Overall the hotel is in a lovely location off the beaten path. It is immaculately kept, and folks are friendly and nice. It is not a Sheraton but most definitely NOT a dive. I'm trying to decide if I would stay again, my hesitation comes only because of the music. From all other aspects this is a great little place with a few little annoyances that can and were easily remedied.
We stayed at the Ocean Beach Club over Christmas 2005. It was worth the 19 hour drive just too see the beautiful sunrise in the mornings. My children loved the beach and the pool. My husband loved the relaxing atmosphere. We are already planning our return trip.
Awesome Hotel, Highly Recommended!!
This is definitely one of the best hotels in Marathon. Staff was so friendly and the hotel is on a beautiful white sand beach overlooking the ocean. When we go back, we will be staying here again. Wonderful pool w/ spa 15ft away from the ocean. Wonderful rooms, very clean and spacious and priced right. One of my best nights I had in the Keys was outside at their Tiki bar. I just can't say enough about this hotel. You definitely won't be let down staying here. We drove around and saw a lot of Marathon's hotels, and this one was by far the best and the nicest. My husand and I can't wait to go back next year. We won't be looking for other hotels, we found the best!!
We could of stayed forever! If you want to sink into what I call "Keys Mode", then the Ocean Beach Club is the place for you! Just pack some tee's, shorts and a bathing suit....that's all you need! Our suite was clean, spacious and came with a view that was so relaxing that my husband and I could of easily spent our four days there on the balcony. (Speaking of which, the balcony is a common walk way with tables and chairs which offers not just the spetacular view of the Atlantic Ocean, but a great way to meet your neighbors!) If you must leave the building, there is a nice pool and beach along with a great tikki bar and restaurant next door. Unless you are into site seeing, you never have to get in your car to go anywhere! As I write this, it is August 3rd, 2005 and we got home yesterday....I'm to relaxed to work....still in "Keys Mode".....think I'll go lay by our pool and pretend.....
Very good & unique
We stayed at the Ocean Beach Club Resort for two nights in late November 2004. First off I would say that the entire facility including the rooms are kept in immaculate shape. During the short time we were there the staff were always conspicuously moving about the property cleaning and straightening up. As I said our room was spotless and tastefully furnished (microwave & fridge) for such a small place, the furnishings were framed in dark wood with tropical designs, very nice. The floor was tile which is necessary for a small, very close to the water resort, there is a lot of moisture coming off the water which a consistent regulation of the AC helps to maintain a good comfort level in your room if you like the sliding glass or main door open. The maid service is very good and we had no complaints about that. The beach is just gorgeous and again spotless as well as totally exclusive to the resort. There is a small foot wide strip of seaweed that develops over time on the beach but it appeared to be swept off each morning by the staff. Directly on the beach there are many beach loungers, chairs and tables provided at no charge to the guests, which are meticulously straightened and tidied each morning. The pool and Jacuzzi (hot tub) are very clean and of adequate size for the resort. Next door is a restaurant and bar with what appears to be a very nice menu of seafood and other standard fare. The restaurant and the resort work closely together to serve the needs of the resort guests. You can enjoy a drink at the bar or a full course meal right on the water's edge. There is also an excellent pier that both the resort and restaurant share. If you like you can fish right from the pier where they have a well equipped fish cleaning station. If one wanted to just sit on the beach for a week or longer relaxing and enjoying the blue warm waters this place would just perfect for that. I actually woke one morning right at sunrise which happens right outside your ocean facing (make sure you book ocean facing) room and had a refreshing warm water swim in the Atlantic and a quiet stroll on the pier, unforgettable! And finally we have a baby which we had told the staff when we made our reservation. Moments after our arrival the staff turned up at our door with a nice full size wooden crib with bedding for our 18 month old baby girl. What a NICE touch that was! This resort is highly recommended by my family and a number of my friends and co-workers plan on visiting the OBCR in the near future. We'll be going back for a longer stay soon.
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