La Te Da by the Sea

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The room was dirty and the place stunk ! We made a reservation 8am , drive down and we're told we could NOT cancel ,2 weeks notice ? SAME DAY? We could not stay there and LEFT to stay in Marathon at the Black fin a very nice motel ! Yes the "yellow" tail charged us full $$ for 2 days ? Pigsty with lowlife PIG's running it , a LOUSY experience !

Budget Motel that doesn't make the grade at all. Don't stay here. Stayed in cottage and it was in bad shape. It's not that this place needs updating because it's older it needs total refurbishment. Beach was stark, only a couple older chairs available. Just not a good experience.

Had the "Penthouse" with spacious accommodations. Older property but had everything we needed. It's not 5 star but not 5 star prices either. It was clean. Gorgeous view, fabulous sunrise location, and enough room for 8. Close enough to fun times and far enough from the traffic. Would visit again. These are my pictures.

We spent 3 nights recently over Thanksgiving Weekend. Since this was a last minute decision we found this place about 3 weeks before Thanksgiving since the usual place we stayed at was booked. The place could really be an outstanding location if the owner reinvested some of the money into the property. If you are looking for a Marriott or Hyatt then this is not for you. The hotel is located on the oceanside of Grassy Key and has magnificant views of the surrounding waters of the Atlantic. Unfortunately it is a bit run down and has very little in the way of ammenities like beach chairs or tables except at the rooms and those are cheap plastic chairs that are uncomforatble and old. I suggest you bring your own beach chairs. The place is also pet friendly but for the most part pet owner ignorant. There were piles of dog crap around the property as they have no landscaping management what so ever to care for the property. We don't spend much time in the room when we are in the Keys so it was not as important to us but each of the rooms are in desparate need of updating and general maintenace. Otherwise it was clean and the housekeeping and treatment by staff was excellent. If you are looking for a last minute place to stay I would say Yellowtail will do but if you are looking for more on your vacation other than great scenery and quite relaxation stay elsewhere. Finally, this property is also associated with Casa Del Sol and Bonefish motel. Bonefish looks like it is a stay away at all costs as it looks nasty. Casa Del Sol is slightly better than Yellowtail but remember, the 3 properties are owned by the same person so don't expect anything better than I described above.

THEY STOLE $661.51 FROM ME! I have been trying to get it back forever. I booked well in advance but cancelled a week later. They gave me a cancellation number but they never returned my money. I called and talked to two different people and they said I had cancelled and were not sure why I did not get my money back. I wrote emails and never heard back. I called again and was told the same story. I sent a certified letter and they never answered. These people are lowlifes. Only terrible people do things like this. DO NOT TRUST THESE PEOPLE. I gave them numerous chances to do the right thing.

terrible place . ".the so call resort" needs improvements ... old, dirty, don't stay here , and for the price ridiculous take time and read everyone's reviews not worth it, such a disappointment , the beach area have no lounge area where you can relax , just one hammock.. not a resort ... so don't waste your money on false advertisement

Disappointed that I spent over $600 for the week. All the pictures must have been years ago, very dirty and unkempt. The maid did not change our bedding the whole time we were there. If your expecting a pool... There is no pool to swim in, it appears that it has been empty with yellow tape on it for years. The manager will tell you to go next door to another pool on a property they own. You cannot enjoy the water, as there is tons of grass so when the tide changes it smells bad. So bad it's hard to deal with at night as our cottage was close to the water. Roaches and bugs inside the room. Just do your research before you choose a place, I was ready to go home days before our vacation was over and we did not spend any time in the room just to sleep. Horrible.

If you want a 5 star luxury resort, then go to the famous named ones down the road. If you want to capture the essence of old Florida Keys then take a step back in time in this sweet, very clean and very quaint little jewel of an inn! I visited my great grandparents all through my childhood in the 60s and 70s in Big Pine Key and compared to the little fishing shanty they lived in, this is true luxury at its best. Sure it's outdated but it was built in the 50s and we didn't come here for the decor. There will be grass growing in the water here hence the name Grassy Key. If you want a beach with rolling tide - plenty of that in the panhandle all the way down the Peninsula. The island lies east to west and is more on a sound that the open ocean. Natural beauty and not combed beaches is the scene here! Bugs? Since we are on the 2nd floor, they haven't been a problem but if you stay in one of the adorable ground level cottages, then you may see a few. For the love of God folks you are in FLORIDA and there will be bugs regardless of the number of stars or cleanliness !! There are plenty of geckos and iguanas to take care of them but rest assured that they have monthly extermination and I actually saw the Orkin guys here with my own eyes but didn't have my phone to take a pic - you just have to take my word for it. Always remember that if you do see dead bugs along the baseboards that the issue is being addressed!! Who cares about the size of the pool - do you come to the Keys to swim in a pool? If so, there is a sizeable pool at the sister resort next door. The view of the Atlantic sound is worth multimillions well as a very friendly and courteous staff are very welcoming but do not get into your business. Location Location Location! You can't get more central than this! Go back to a simpler place and time by checking into the Yellowtail Inn.

It is true that you get what you pay for generally, but in this case it is not. Following, this experience we stayed in a whole host of hotels in a similar price range - £110 per night/ $160 approx and we got much much better comfort and quality. This place was so bad, that if they were charging 'peanuts' - very little - it would have been acceptable, but we felt and indeed were totally ripped off money-wise. It was shoddy, dirty, in need of major repairs, super noisy (air conditioning, fan and fridge!!) and there was no security in the room or behind reception (nerve wracking, I think, especially for foreigners with passports) and there was an attitude that did not bode well - swearing and suspicious mates of the Receptionist. The air conditioner was so ancient and noisy you could not sleep with it on and then it was 26'C and even with it off, the fan was about as loud and squeaky as a fan can get and the fridge rattles all night. The place needs a major major refurbishment, some security put in place, a massive clean up of attitude and the rough and ready mates of the establishment should be well out of the way of Customers if around at all. This is the worst hotel stay we have had in years anywhere in the world and we've been to about 20 countries together, not to mention UK based stays. We don't mind camping and if we did not have to pay much then I would find it acceptable, but the money we paid for this really shoddy and rough stay was insane. There wasn't breakfast either and the roof was falling down over the Reception area. I could go on, there is more negative stuff, but that it enough. For £40 or $60 a night, that little, you'd go 'OK, rough and for that it is fair!!', but what a serious rip off.

The board of health definitely needs to make a visit to this property!! It is the dirtiest most undermaintaned places have ever visited. The curtain rod which happened to actually be a PVC pipe fell on my husband's head in the middle of the night. We slept on towels because the sheets were blood stained and ripped on a bed that was simply an old bumpy mattress on wheels. We decided not showering was cleaner than ever stepping into their shower and on top of everything we got locked inside the room due to a broken lock and nobody at the front desk would answer the phone for almost half an hour. They moved us to a "better" room which had holes in the floors and inches of dust on the ceiling fan to the point where we just sneezed the entire night WORST STAY OF OUR LIVES!!!!

58162 Overseas Highway Marathon FL

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Dolphin Research Center
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Private beach

Located within a leisurely stroll of Dolphin Research Center, La Te Da by the Sea is within a few miles (5 km) of Curry Hammock State Park. This 12-room hotel has a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. It's near the airport and also within a 15-minute drive of Sombrero Beach.


The 12 individually furnished rooms feature kitchens and patios. Guests can expect free WiFi and digital TV. Beds sport down comforters and bathrooms offer free toiletries. Coffee makers and ironing boards are also standard.

Property features

Guests staying at La Te Da by the Sea enjoy access to a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. A stay here includes free parking. Front-desk staff can help with concierge services, and provide local restaurant recommendations. Other amenities at this beach hotel include barbecue grills and a picnic area.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed, Kitchenette

Queen 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed, Kitchenette, Ocean View

Queen 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Cottage, 1 Queen Bed with Sofa bed, Oceanfront

Queen 1 | Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Accessible, Ocean View (kitchen, 2.5 baths, private terrace)

King 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

39% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 244 reviews