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Review of BLUE WATER RETREAT

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Very good
3 reviews
View of Ocean From Home
Access to Ocean
Cocktail Pool
Back of Home
Dockage
Direct Access to Canal
Fish Cleaning Station
Covered Seating Area
Kitchen
Dining Area
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Living Area
Screened Balcony
Balcony Seating
Balcony Views
King Guest Bedroom
Guest Bathroom
Twin Guest Bedroom
Hallway Guest Bathroom
Entry & Stairs to 3rd Level
Master Suite
Master Ensuite Bathroom
View of Ocean from 3rd Floor Balcony
3rd Level Balcony
Ground Level Stairs to Main Level
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Holiday Rental House -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Islamorada, Florida Keys, Florida

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Very good - based on 3 reviews
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Katherine...
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Oh, THE VIEWS!”
Reviewed 11 August 2017 for a stay in July 2017

We recently returned from a month long vacation stay at Blue Water Retreat and it was so hard to leave! This house is situated on an ocean canal with spectacular ocean views from EVERY room. The owners have capitalized on this fantastic location with an enormous screened in porch on the main level as well as an expansive roof top patio. Combined with the pool and patio on the ground level, it was sometimes difficult to decide where to partake in our evening cocktail. The house lives comfortably and feels cozy without being cramped. This is one of the most well stocked houses in regards to linens and towels, we've stayed in. The beds and furniture are all clean and comfortable with a nice beachy vibe. The kitchen is well stocked and we loved cooking our fresh catch while staring out at the Atlantic Ocean. The outside is well kept and soaking in the cocktail pool was one of our favorite daily activities. The owners have a storage shed with a bait freezer and they generously allow use of their kayak as well as other fun toys. We brought our paddle boards and the kids spent many afternoons exploring the canal and ocean. We brought our boat and loved the convenience of the dock and fish cleaning station. It's the Keys, you have to be on the water! We fished daily and many nights dined on fresh snapper, lobster, triggerfish, etc. There's a reason Islamorada is called the Sportfishing Capital of the World! We also loved the ease of boating to Alligator Reef and Indian Key for snorkeling and adventuring. We had our bikes with us and biked to Robbies many afternoons for a cocktail and appetizer. The kids love exploring all the shops and feeding the tarpons. We also rode bikes to Mr. Lobster for fresh seafood; Safari Lounge for a cold beer and fabulous fish sandwich; MM74 gas station for supplies and surprisingly good Cuban sandwiches and a few other fun finds! The house is on a quiet street, but the canal is busy because it's across the water from a lively resort. We enjoyed watching all the action and boats coming in from their fishing trips each day. We never heard any evening noise and the resort seemed to mostly be families. I thought this house was a fantastic value and a perfect location for exploring the Keys! We will definitely return!

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Management Response
11 Aug 2017
Hi KC!! Thank you for your wonderful review. We are thrilled that you and your family had such an amazing time at Blue Water Retreat. It is, indeed, located in a fantastic location with excellent fishing. We look forward to working with you again and cannot wait for your return!!
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bheglar
Fayetteville, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Needs updating”
Reviewed 23 August 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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Furniture is worn out & realtor wasn't responsive to urgent needs. Definitely need new furniture. Owner wax not responsive to request for problems with appliances & furn6from day one. 30 days of uncomfortable quarters.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
28 Aug 2016
Upon arrival the guest made it clear that they were not happy. In addition to the furnishings they weren't happy with the location. They thought there was a beach to walk their dogs. The front door was too heavy to open (it's a hurricane proof door) and at this point I can't remember everything that was wrong with the property. By day two there was a very long list of complaints. Since all the properties we represent are privately owned, it isn't easy to move a guest from one property to another. We offered a full refund. The owner didn't want someone staying in their home who was so unhappy. That wasn't acceptable. They didn't like that idea because the full refund wouldn't cover costs at another place - a hotel or resort of the quality they wanted. Next we offered another property nearby that was a true beach front and had brand new furnishings. They wanted to drive by before they looked inside. They didn't like the neighborhood and wouldn't look inside the home. They chose to stay at this property and call us daily with complaints. They wanted new furniture and they wanted it delivered immediately. We tried to explain that this was a private residence not a hotel. There was nothing we could do to satisfy these folks. We spent hours almost every day listening to their complaints and trying to find ways of satisfying their demands. Nothing we did was satisfactory - obviously. I find it very sad that they waited 8 months after their stay to write this review. I am truly sorry they had such a miserable holiday. No one wants to go on vacation and be unhappy. I am comfortable in knowing that we did everything humanly possible to make things right for them. All our efforts - and there were many - just weren't good enough. Owner of Keys Holiday Rentals
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NY
Reviewed 15 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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person found this review helpful

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