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847 Third Street, PO Box 370, Cedar Key, FL 32625   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Cedar Key
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Tallahassee, Florida
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“Most excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

This well tended old motor court is perfect for Cedar Key. The operators are helpful and pleasant. They units are as clean as something this age and style can be. The kayaks and canoes let you explore the mangroves beyond the trestle.

Cedar Key is a perfect, peaceful, piece of bygone Florida. If you bring a boat, there are worlds to explore.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review regarding your Faraway Inn stay and Cedar Key visit. We are pleased that you explored our Gulf Waters with the water vessels we provide for our guests. Thank you for choosing to stay at Faraway Inn which is a piece of Florida history in itself. Faraway Inn was built in the late 40's and has been in operation since. We have owned and operated it since 11-1-2000. Please know that by choosing our mom and pop place you are supporting our entire community. You are supporting the children's Easter egg hunt that we provide to our community and you are supporting our volunteer work with spaying/neutering our island cats (871 to date spayed/neutered) and you help to support other children's entertainment and work programs that we sponsor. We sure hope to have you visit Cedar Key and stay at Faraway Inn. We soon have plans to implement some golf carts as another means for guests to explore the island and the great outdoors of Cedar Key.
Respectfully,
Doreen and Oliver Bauer owners/innkeepers
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Gainesville, Florida, Usa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This is a very special place. Immediately on arrival, you are warmly welcomed. The service and attention to guest needs is outstanding. Rooms and cottages are immaculate. There is a very friendly, laidback atmosphere that is almost addicting. I stay here several times per year.

Room Tip: The cottages are awesome. Perfect for a small group of friends or a family.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FarawayInnCedarKey, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Thank you for taking the time from your busy schedule to write a review. It helps so much when others can read real reviews from real people. We so value all of our wonderful guests and welcome your comments so that we can make Faraway Inn better and better. We strive for excellence and sometimes stumble along the way but never intentionally. Thank you again for all your kind words!
Respectfully and Sincerely,
Doreen and Oliver Bauer owners/innkeepers
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Tallahassee, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Wendy, Carol, and Steve went way above our expectations with their helpfulness and professionalism. We stayed at the Inn with our daughter and future son-in-law. All of the accommodations were outstanding! The rooms were adorably decorated and impeccably clean!

We really felt spoiled and we have decided as a family to turn our trip into a yearly tradition for Father's Day!

Green Features: As a biologist and animal lover, I was very surprised by the "green" friendly status for the Inn. In fact, a little baby turtle was found directly outside our door! How adorable is that? Even the turtles know where to stay! lol!
  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
All I can say is AWESOME! We are so pleased that your stay was a positive one. Carol is new to our team and it so pleases us to hear what a great job she is doing. We take so much pride in our staff and feel we have one of the best staff of stars working with us at Faraway Inn. They are eager to please and make everyone feel comfortable and welcome. Wendy takes lots of pride in the cleanliness of our units and is teaching Carol of the importance of cleanliness especially in the hospitality industry. We can not wait until your return visit and promise to just keep getting better.
Peace, Health, Prosperity
Doreen & Oliver Bauer owners/innkeepers
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Tallahassee, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Cedar Key is low key, relaxing, good restaurants, some shopping and beautiful views. We've stayed in several places in CK but love the Faraway Inn because of it's character and pet friendliness. No need to drive anywhere because everything is within walking distance. Also love the fact that bikes and kayaks and other ammenities are available. Great place!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, June 2, 2013
We are so pleased that you gave Faraway Inn a try and extra pleased you enjoyed your stay. We are glad to offer eco friendly amenities like bikes, canoes and kayaks to explore. Cedar Key has been our home for 13 years now and we respect the charm and karma that surrounds us. We sure do hope to have you stay with us again during your next visit to Cedar Key. We have done some wonderful renovations in our gulf view units and our smaller motel and efficiency units and even in cottages. Keeping it clean, fresh and fun always at Faraway Inn. Every time guests stay at Faraway Inn it allows us to give back and continue our TNR work and put on community Easter hunts and give out Christmas goody bags to all the kids at the tree lighting ceremony in the city park. All of our wonderful guests make it possible to put smiles on the faces of many throughout the year.
Respectfully,
Doreen and Oliver Bauer owners/innkeepers
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St. Petersburg, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

My partner and I decided to take a quick trip to Cedar Key, I have to say the cottage (#2) we stayed in was so clean, so quaint and exactly what the doctor ordered..lol.. Oliver, Doreen and Wendy were Great, We felt like we were long lost friends coming to visit. This is one of the most amazing, quiet places we have ever been.. It was the perfect 2 night getaway.. The Faraway Inn
is the spot to go, We will be back.. Thank you ALL for making us feel so welcome and making our stay perfect...

Thanks, Nick & Will H

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, June 2, 2013
Nick and Will we are so glad that Cedar Key and Faraway Inn turned out to be exactly what the doctor ordered for your R&R needs. Our staff of stars Wendy and Steve always go above and beyond to make each guest comfortable because that is just the way they are. We await your return with open arms. We hope you let your friends and family know that a quiet little island village still exists in our world, a place where you can escape, decompress and enjoy a more simply humble time.
Peace and Health always,
Doreen & Oliver owners/innkeepers
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Imperial, Missouri, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

My wife took a vacation to Florida no plans just took off from home to head there we were on a major highway and decided to take a small highway 24 said we will see what we see stop at what we what ,Antique shops flea markets it was great then at the end if the road there it was[ Far Away Inn ] it was late about 8:30 pm the office hours said till 5:00 pm there was a sign that said call after hours i talk to the owner Oliver he said i be there in ten he greeted us and i looked at the cottages he took us to the ones facing the bay and the outside of them were very inviting inside very very nice and very clean Oliver began taking our bags in on the bed what service he was very accommodating said have a good night then the other guest we very friendly we were just going to stay one night but it was so nice and the shops workers were very friendly nice little place Thank You Oliver and the towns people for making us feel so welcome do not miss out check them out and then check in you will not be disappointing Dave&Brenda

Green Features: they practice green and recycle plastic cans paper
  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
What an adventurous spirit to take off and explore. I am sure glad that your adventures brought you to Cedar Key and Faraway Inn. We live just five minutes from the motel and my husband Oliver is always happy to go in to accommodate guests who are walk-ins. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and found much sunshine at the end of the rainbow. We sure hope to have to visit us again.
Peace, Happiness and Good Adventures,
Doreen and Oliver Bauer owners/innkeepers
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North Redington Beach, Florida, Usa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Had been to ceder key before but first stay at Far Away inn. Place was great. We stayed in unit 1. Veryvclean and nicely furnished. Very pet friendly and cozy. Free bike and kayaks are nice. Kids loved them. Covered swings were perfect. We will be back.




  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Thank you for your review and thank you for giving us the opportunity to show you what we offer at Faraway Inn. We are pleased that you found our cottage to be comfortable. We love animals and enjoy when our guests bring their best friends with them on vacation. Glad the bikes, kayaks and swings were put to good use. We look forward to your return stay.
Respectfully,
Doreen and Oliver Bauer owners/innkeepers
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Additional Information about Faraway Inn

Address: 847 Third Street, PO Box 370, Cedar Key, FL 32625
Location: United States > Florida > Cedar Key
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Cedar Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guests enjoy free use of canoes,kayaks, bicycles, grills, wifi, movies, books, games and more. Golf cart rentals available for our guests. We are located in a residential area within a 5 minute walk to down town and Dock Street. We are very pet friendly with no size or breed restrictions on dogs. We have ample boat parking/rinsing on site. Clean, comfortable, ground floor motel units and cottages equipped with a minimum of fridge, micro, coffee maker, toaster, cable, heat/air/fans. All pets are welcome as long as their humans are well behaved. Your stay helps to support mom and pop business and four local households and our community volunteer Trap Neuter Return program. Thank you for viewing our site and considering your stay with us. Faraway Inn was built in the early 1950's on the original site of the 19th Century Eagle Pencil Company Cedar Mill. ... more   less 
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Faraway Hotel Cedar Key

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