I saw the Web site for this "hotel" when I was doing research for a weekend manatee dive trip. It looked promising, so when I called the hotel and heard the rate was only about $80 per night, I booked it right away. That would be the biggest mistake of the trip!
Seven reasons to avoid this junker of a hotel at all costs:
1) Dirty, dirty, dirty. There was dust everywhere and stains and cigarette burns in the carpeting.
2) Super-thin walls. If you don't like hearing your neighbor's television, conversation or bathroom experiences, then don't stay here. My wife and I joked that we might as well have all shared one room.
3) The remote control didn't work. When I called to ask about how to remedy the situation, the front desk said a maintenance person would come. They didn't come for two days. Every time I called, they said that the maintenance man "didn't show up" that day and they didn't know what to do.
4) The televisions themselves were relics and barely worked.
5) The showers produced, at best, luke warm water.
6) The "porch" and outdoor walkway to our room was made out of plywood, which was warped. You felt like you might break through at any time.
7) The lay-out of this joint is seriously out of whack. To get to the front desk, you need to walk around a bunch of gated areas.
My trip was amazing. This was the only downside, and it was a big one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Port Hotel & Marina is a bustling Waterside Resort Located On Florida's Outstanding Waterways.This resort located on 7-acres has provided a scenic hideaway for the last 50 years.Tourists come to the waterside resort to dive in the fresh springs and experience some of the most exciting manatee diving in the world.• Dive Center• Manatee Tours• Boat Rental• Boat Ramp• Swimming Pool• Ale House Restaurant• Tiki Bar ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Port Hotel Crystal River