Went on a Yoga/Fitness trip this past week which was booked at this hotel. Great location - private beach with all the amenities you could want - ocean access, water sports, including paddle boarding, snorkeling, sailing lessons, water bikes. Also a fishing peir and you can rent poles right there. Two nice pools, beach volley ball, lounge chairs and palm trees for shade on the beach and by the pool. Grounds are well kept and a nice lay out, with lots of shade, hammocks galore and grills and picnic tables outside each building.
Each room has its own kitchen area that is stocked with basics, including toaster, coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave - even has a mini dishwasher. They have private lanai porches which are screened and have ceiling fans. The room doors open almost full length which was really nice to allow the constant breeze to blow through the room. The facilities are older, but it lends to the nostalgia of the place - if your expecting 5 star rooms as in the big name hotels you will be disappointed. But they are clean and neat and meet your needs.
The continental breakfast included is pretty limited, and 2 of the 4 days we stayed they ran out of items- so if you plan on eating there, best to get there early- even if you just take it back to your room to toast and eat later. If you like eggs, better bring your own - none offered there. Other people in our group opted to go to the Tiki bar by the pool for breakfast - heard they make a really good egg sandwich, or there is a restaurant across the street that you can walk to.
The only restaurant on site is the poolside Tiki bar - but they have a pretty large menu with a variety of dishes. The food was excellent, although the service is quite slow. Other people in our group that have been to the Keys before said the food here was better than most of the restaurants they had been too.
From Miami airport it took 1 1/2 hrs to drive to the hotel - and from our hotel to Key West another 1 1/2 hrs (but that could easily take longer with Rt 1 traffic). If your flying down I was told by multiple people (after the fact) to fly in to Fort Lauderdale vs Miami as it is a nicer airport and much easier to get in/out of. I hated Miami - took us 3 loops around the airport and 45 minutes to get on the highway - so next time I will try Fort Lauderdale. It does add approximately 30 mintues driving time, but still shorter than getting out of Miami! Also, if you rent a car, be sure to ask about the toll roads EZ pass, as there are NO cash tolls.
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