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“Seclusion in the middle of it all-don't forget your dry bag” 4 of 5 stars
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Little Conch Key
3.0 of 5 Cottage   |   62250 Overseas Highway, M.M. 62 oceanside, Conch Key, FL 33050 (Formerly Conch Key Cottages)   |  
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South Pasadena, FL
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“Seclusion in the middle of it all-don't forget your dry bag”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

About a 5-10min drive to Marathon and probably same to Islamorada & 1hr from Key West makes it an ideal location. Stayed in one of the smaller suite rooms, parking right up front. Small porch area to sit. It could use some upkeep (add back floorboards), housekeeping didn't clean coffee splashes on wall or fingerprints on door going in...easy things I did myself, however considering how hard it must be to upkeep all the sand and wet bathing suits people trudge into the room it was ok. You get hair dryer, iron, mini fridge, etc. Would suggest bringing your own shampoo/conditioners, theirs is kinda watery and you take quite a bit of showers. You can fish in the boat ramp area and catch grunts, there is a sink to wash. You can snorkel off the boat ramp area I saw yellow/purple fish, horned fish, black and white dotted fish...be wary of the current it can carry you out quickly when the tide is going out.
Suggest you bring: dry bags (if you go to kayak), underwater camera, water shoes (the boat ramp is VERY slippery and if you decide to launch kayak there note that. Also note that the beachy area has solid ground but if you wade out past the mangroves or get out your kayak you will sink in white "muck" as I would term it. The sand is more like silt-it looks deceivingly like sand. Would also pick up more substantial breakfast items. They have lots of oranges and carbs - if you need protein bring your own. Wish the staff would put all the yogurts on ice in the AM more than the water because warm yogurt (ones lying out of ice) just didn't taste kosher.
The place was full when I was there but honestly I thought I was on a private island. It was dead quiet, no cell phones, 2 or 3 people on beach area, 2 or 3 people kayaking. I had to go to a chain hotel for a day after here and I was in shock at all the noise and people on cell phones in the pool-wished I was back at the Cottages.
Kayaking notes: The lagoon has dark brown water and really no outlet unless you can limbo under a very low bridge but wouldn't try it. Kayaking off the beach or boat ramp into the ocean- make sure you know tide schedule. Google map the property and you can see the channel between the island and Hawk Key. I saw sea turtles and tarpon in it. If you kayak over to Hawk Key you can kinda see their activities but be wary of the winds as you may drift to the other side of the island. If you kayak to the point near the houses there is a strong current around the rocks there and the wind picks up much heavier. In that little strip of mangroves right there though there is a small wooden stilt shack.
Overall: Would stay again!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

While we had the option, we didn't want to stay in a typical hotel. We found Conch Key Cottages and, by description, we thought it perfect! We booked the Coral Room sight unseen. We were not disappointed! A cute little paradise in and of itself, property well kept, perfect for kayaking and the location is great! The room was clean, the bed extremely comfortable. Only a few minor cosmetic issues but can be overlooked since the island atmosphere makes up for it. Breakfast served every morning, fresh and on time. If you're looking for a stay that's "brand new", "touristy" and "to be seen" - this is not the place for you. However, if you prefer a true, quiet, tranquil island experience, Conch Key Cottages is a great choice. You're only an hour or so from Key West if you want to do the tourist thing . There are a number of great restaurants in the area that not only cater to visitors but the locals as well; prices are very reasonable. Maid service is an option since they like to respect privacy however, you can request it.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012 via mobile

My family just stayed for 4 days in the Periwinkle cottage with an awesome ocean view on two sides. The cottage was clean and tidy and the beds and pillows comfy soft too! An authentic Key West Key lime pie, chocolates, as well as fresh oranges with an electric juicer awaited us upon arrival...nice touch! The paint on the exterior of this spacious two bedroom two bath cottage could have used some touching up, and the toilet paper and kitchen paper holders were very flimsy and kept falling off, but the full kitchen with all the implements, appliances, spacious and bright interiors more than made up for these small deficits. The pool area was cute and clean, with many wild birds coming in to drink from the fountain and adorable hermit crabs scampering about in the surrounding tropical foliage. The free sea kayaks were great and made for a fun and relaxing activity exploring the surrounding costal areas. The staff was friendly and helpful, and the breakfast spread was ample and included fresh breads, bagels, fruit,assorted muffins and yogurt. Cute wicker baskets were provided to carry breakfast back to the room, however there are many lovely and relaxing spots to eat at on the property, that we never made it back to eat at the cottage! Overall this place is quiet, relaxing, and enchanting. Our whole family fell in love and we plan to return.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Anoka, Minnesota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

My boyfriend and I rented a beachfront cottage in January. We were almost the only one's there and had the beach to ourselves almost every day. We had a wonderful time. However, the cottage could have used a thorough cleaning and some cosmetic touch-ups like paint in the porch. We had to request fresh oranges after first day and breakfast basket seemed like a hodge-podge selection of what was left over from day before. We'd go back but I'd check around for other deals, too. We aren't loyal yet.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

We stayed in the Sand Dollar cottage in April 2012. While the front desk couldn't have been more charming in helping to orient us to the property and local area, our stay was very disappointing. We had paid 50% more than we would have for a Holiday Inn Express, which was head and heels nicer and more spacious than our Conch Cottage experience. First of all, there is no daily maid service. The cottage was so small we had no room to open our suitcases, the lamp didn't work, as I attempted to plug the sink, the sink came away from the wall, the toilet paper holder was falling out of a hole in the wall from which it hung precariously, the blinds on the door were hanging off the door but repair would have necessitated a door replacement because the door had a hole in it (rotted out), and the bathroom was so small that it had no vanity or place to put your toiletries, and you hit your head and knees on the wall when you tried to sit down onto the toilet. The room had a nice flat screen tv but you had to lay down on the bed to watch it because there was no chair(s) or even room for one. The outdoor setting was much nicer except that after 5 pm the no-see-ums were biting so badly that you saw no one outdoors. Appreciated the continental breakfast and quiet setting however.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

We stayed in the Cowrie. It was the end unit of a row of 4. It has a nice clean tile floor in the living room / kitchen area and wood floor in the pine panneled bedroom. The bathroom was nice with a tile and glass block shower and pedestal sink. Nothing fancy.
Don't go if you are into fancy resorts, this place is more homey, campy.
The property is actually quite nice, with a dock for boats that has decks with seating and chaise lounges on them, a SMALL beach ( not unusual for the Keys), and a nice pool area.
You will see "nature" all around you. There are many small lizzards that scamper around, a really large one in the trees by the "pond" where we kayaked in the complimentary kayaks, fish and lobster in the water by the dock and small tree crabs in the trees!
Breakfast was not served at our door, unless it was raining, otherwise we had to walk 50 feet to the deck area and pick up our yummy oranges for fresh oj, croissants, jam, bagels, coffee and muffins. We shopped at the local grocery store for dinner items to prepare on the weber grill that each unit has.(they provide the charcoal etc.)
The staff at the front desk, different lady each day, was not overly friendly, but nice.
The cleaning staff was lovely! It was strange though, that we had to tell them each day if they should make our room up.
Many fishermen stay here, but it is a great place for all.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in one of the beachfront cottages and really enjoyed it. The only downside was the other family not renting beachfront who pulled the common area beach chairs to a spot that felt they were infringing on our privacy. Which was part of why we chose this unit. But other than that we found it lovely. The free kayaks were a big plus. Adequate breakfast delivered to your door. Fully stocked kitchen, comfy bed. I felt it difficult to have a feeling of pristine cleanliness in such a sandy environment but I would have liked that. Fairly pricey but it is worth the spliyrge.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 62250 Overseas Highway, M.M. 62 oceanside, Conch Key, FL 33050 (Formerly Conch Key Cottages)
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Conch Key
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Conch Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Little Conch Key 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come stay and renew your spirit with the tranquility and charm of this tropical island paradise. Choose from one of the large, luxurious waterfront vacation villas, lovingly maintained historical cottages or nicely appointed and beautifully decorated guest rooms and suites. Experience the pleasure of the Florida Keys slower paced lifestyle and discover the perfect island escape for relaxation. ... more   less 
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