We stayed at this hotel as a break in our journey from Key West to Miami. I sorely wish we had spent the main part of our holiday here. The staff are very helpful and polite. The hotel is extremely clean with a fabulous beach location. I had the best steak of my life in the hotel restaurant. Definately recommend this hotel. Brilliant.
Staying on a houseboat is very different. Very quiet and comfortable. If you're looking for the Ritz Carlton experience, this isn't it. This is the true experience of the original Florida Keys, before commercialism took over.
In the central Keys Marathon is a relatively new city, though the area has been developed for a while. Tourists flock to Marathon to sunbathe on Sombrero Beach. Fishing and scuba diving are also popular here.