Completion: 2000
Hall’s Fishing Camp was a well-known mid-40’s fish camp which existed on an oblong, rectangular property located in Marathon, Florida at Mile Marker 47.  The site, which extends in finger-like fashion into the Gulf of Mexico, provides fairly extensive waterfront access but with the limitation of being a long, but narrow parcel of property.  Because of the “Rate of Growth” limitations imposed by local governments at the time, the hotel would be limited to the 79-unit maximum inherited from the Fish Camp and had to comply with the brand requirements of the Owner’s chosen hotel chain, Hampton Inn & Suites.

The hotel’s developer and RAI both realized that the financial success of the property would depend on maximizing the natural beauty of the site, and the creation of a resort-like atmosphere that would generate higher than usual daily rental rates and lead to higher occupancy rates.

Both recognized the opportunities afforded by the site for a larger than normal percentage of gulf-view rooms, realizing that this would entail the design of a building which was narrow and long, with tendencies for lengthy, un-attractive corridors and rooms located at far distances from vertical circulation points, difficult for both patrons and for efficient maintenance by housekeeping staff.

RAI designed a new 79-room hotel building which stretched along the property’s length into the Gulf, along a natural inlet located on its west side.   The building was offset at its midpoint with a second vertical circulation hub that simultaneously provided the ability to provide direct Gulf views for 60% of the rooms, a break in corridor length as well as a centralized housekeeping and storage location.  

Property amenities included a detached Tiki Bar structure including a limited service kitchen, a new pool with adjacent play and sport courts, as well as the construction of a new marina along the existing inlet.