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Retreat At Crystal Manatee

1 NE 3rd St, Crystal River, FL 34429-4127
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#4 of 10 hotels in Crystal River
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Free parking
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Complimentary instant cofffee
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Complimentary tea
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Air conditioning
Walk-in shower
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Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, French, German
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Carolyn C wrote a review Apr 2021
1 contribution
This is a wonderful find! It is very small, only a few rooms, and they are very nice! A king bed and a queen bed, a dining table, barn door at the bathroom, refrigerator, and storage for your clothes. They bring a sack breakfast the night before and there is a coffee maker in the room (or dunkin donuts is about 5 minutes away). This place is easily within walking distance of several good restaurants. You won't be disappointed if you are going to Crystal River!
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Date of stay: March 2021
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susan jane T wrote a review Mar 2021
11 contributions5 helpful votes
I was traveling on business and inquired about staying at the hotel. The innkeeper had nothing that night but booked me for the second night. He let me look in the room but not go inside so I couldn't see how small it was. There were no amenities like a phone, coffee maker, microwave, hair dryer or any instructions on how to operate anything. No one showed me anything. That night I froze. Had to get up and put on all my clothes. No extra pillow or blanket. The concrete floor was frozen. The bathroom had no sink, Instead, a huge utility sink was next to the refrigerator that I could barely reach across. No decent lighting, no place to put on make up or brush my teeth. No table or chair so no place to eat what came in a bag at 8:00 PM when someone pounded on my door. Fake coffee, old fruit, nasty, inedible. Unwelcome. When I checked in, I was told afterwards that I could not cancel as their xx policy was four days advance notice. I would have cancelled and left if I could have. I was forced to pay a security deposit because the innkeeper told me they had a lot of problems with guests smoking marijuana. I do not smoke marijuana so I gave him the deposit. The next morning, he accused me of smoking marijuana in the room. I told him that was impossible as I do not smoke marijuana or anything else. The room was completely clean but he forced me to look at the sheets with food stains, humiliating me, blaming me for eating on the bed. Where else was I supposed to eat? It's fairly normal for sheets to get dirty in hotels but he made me feel horrible. He refused to return my deposit and told me to return after 3 PM, a big inconvenience when you just want to go home after a sleepless night. I did return and this time was met by both owners in the parking lot yelling at me, waving my deposit in the air and demanding an apology from me and a promise not to return. I was in shock. They said, "So, you refuse to apologize?" I told them that I was certainly sorry for their inconvenience but since I do not, have not, smoked marijuana, I would not apologize for that. But I assured them I would not return, Ever. I am 69 years old, dress and act professionally and travel for business. I have never had such a bad experience in a hotel in my entire life. These people owe ME an apology and a refund. They don't know the first thing about hospitality or how to treat guests. Awful place. Horrible service.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: This guy ran down all the other hotels in the area. The Best Western was a far better choice....
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Mark wrote a review Feb 2021
Grand Forks, North Dakota1 contribution
About 1 mile to Hunter Springs, where you can snorkle in clear water right over springs, and see Manatees. Right in the center of town. 1-2 blocks to all stores, great restaurants, coffee shops, etc. Several on the water restaurants within 2-3 miles of hotel.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Mazma5 wrote a review Feb 2021
Georgia360 contributions71 helpful votes
The location is great. You can walk to several restaurants, shopping, and parks. We saw one manatee at Kings Bay Park adjacent to the motel. We even walked to Three Sisters Springs which might be a longer walk for some. The shower alone is worth the stay. The rooms are clean, bed is comfortable, and the rooms are completely remodeled. The owner is still doing work in the outside, however, it looks great. Due to COVID, we received a pre-bagged breakfast which included a pastry, yogurt, string cheese stick, banana and orange juice. Don’t pass on staying here or you will miss a great place.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Frank E. Barberena wrote a review Feb 2021
Orlando, Florida6 contributions
I can't speak highly enough about this INCREDIBLE family-owned hotel in the heart of Historic Downtown Crystal River. Joel seems to be the owner and main operator, I called in advance and he answered all of my questions prior to booking which was super helpful in locking it in. I was originally going to book through Booking.com for Valentine's Day weekend, but waited to long so it was booked for 2 nights. I encourage you to call though before booking elsewhere though, Joel offered us the option for a one-night stay and told us he'd keep us in the loop if something opened up for our second night. From the outside, the small hotel looks quaint and matches the surrounding area, nice small town energy, but as soon as you walk in the room, you step into a modern and contemporary, SPOTLESS space with a shower that looks like its built for space or a Manhattan penthouse (in the best possible way). After a long day of kayaking, fishing, or snorkeling with Manatees, there's nothing like laying your head down in the most comfortable bed of ANYWHERE we've ever stayed. Also, because of COVID they had a packaged breakfast in our fridge. A perfect Valentine's Day weekend with my wife. Also, they set up red roses on the bed at my request for my wife, super nice and thoughtful of them to do. This will be the ONLY place we stay anywhere within a reasonable driving distance.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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US$97 - US$144 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesFloridaCrystal River
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Frequently Asked Questions about Retreat At Crystal Manatee
Which popular attractions are close to Retreat At Crystal Manatee?
Nearby attractions include Three Sisters Springs (0.4 km), Hunter Springs Park (0.2 km), and Franklin Anderson Gallery (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Retreat At Crystal Manatee?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Retreat At Crystal Manatee?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Retreat At Crystal Manatee?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Retreat At Crystal Manatee?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Retreat At Crystal Manatee?
Conveniently located restaurants include Vintage on 5th, BubbaQue's - Crystal River, and The Crab Plant.
Is Retreat At Crystal Manatee located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Crystal River.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Retreat At Crystal Manatee?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and German.
Are there any historical sites close to Retreat At Crystal Manatee?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Crystal River Archaeological State Park (3.7 km), Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins (3.7 km), and The Shoppes of Heritage Village (0.4 km).
Is Retreat At Crystal Manatee accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.