We picked Cheeca lodge b/c it seemed to be the nicest place in the Keys that we could find. The Keys are very beach town bum kind of vibe and the hotels reflect this. The rates are very expensive and we expected it to be just as nice as some of the other hotel's we've stayed at in our travels....it was not. It was just average, maybe a little below average.
The beach is non-existant and the water is green and stale smelling. It felt more like a pond than the ocean. No one got in the water. The salt lake pool they have is a cess-pool. They basically dug a hole, pump water in from by the dock, and pump water out. It again was barely moving, smelled horrible, and was green with algae.
The family pool is small and is ridden with kids. The adult only pool by the spa is a lap pool and nothing fancy. We were very disappointed with the pools and the beach front.
We stayed in a beach view King room, but our specific room (509) had no other buildings in front of it so was basically a beach front room. The view was nice, the room was standard. There were beach bugs in the bathroom sinks every morning (little ants) and we could not leave any food or water out in the room or they would attract them by the millions.
The toiletries are nice, Molton Brown :-)
I think you need a car. To stay here without one you would run out of places to eat and things to do.
The golf course is a 9 hole par 3 course and was ok. The clubs they have on location are men's only and are ok to use.
Not sure if I'd spend the money to stay here again, would maybe consider the Waldorf in Key West instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The "Queen of the Florida Keys", Cheeca Lodge & Spa, an exclusive hideaway for generations of celebrities, business leaders and U.S. Presidents. Set on 27 private oceanfront acres in Islamorada, Cheeca – reopening Dec. 15 - is has been constructed with its original porte-cochere entrance, traditional Florida Keys architecture, chic West Indies décor, and spirited tradition of “barefoot elegance” -- a term coined at Cheeca – all intact. Along with a new Lobby Bar. Cheeca will boast two distinctive restaurants - Nikai Sushi Bar offering the Florida Keys’ freshest sushi, Asian-inspired fare and a unique selection of Japanese sake and wine, and Atlantic’s Edge with a seasonal fine-dining menu of fresh local seafood, prime steaks and organic local produce. The new Cheeca Lodge & Spa will also feature 2,400 square-feet of new retail shops with a Cheeca Signature store featuring Tommy Bahama products. An expanded roster of activities will include on-property flats boats with seasoned local guides for backcountry fishing, sightseeing, eco-tours, kiteboarding, and a junior angler program for teens.The resort’s signature features – classic 525’ wooden fishing pier, tropical gardens, crossing palms archway, saltwater snorkeling lagoon, nature trails, Tahitian-style Spa Lagoon, spectacular purple sunsets, secluded white sand beaches, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, Camp Cheeca children’s environmental activity program, and access to world-class sportfishing – will remain intact.Located just 90 minutes south of Miami International Airport in the Florida Keys, Cheeca Lodge & Spa is just a few hours by air or drive from major East Coast U.S. and Canadian cities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cheeca Hotel Islamorada
- Cheeca Resort Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge And Spa
- Cheeca Lodge Florida
- Cheeca Lodge Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge & Spa Islamorada, Florida - Florida Keys