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“A great little resort” 4 of 5 stars
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Plantation on Crystal River
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429   |  
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Crystal River
St. Pete, FL
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“A great little resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

We were surprised with how much the resort had to offer for such a reasonable price. All the buildings face the river with a large plush lawn in between. We were able to tie up our small boat right outside our room. The location was great as it was very close to fresh springs where the manatees are. The on-site dive shop was very helpful in getting us oriented before we took our boat out. They also rent canoes/kayaks and boats. The pool was large enough that it didn't feel crowded on a busy holiday weekend and we enjoyed the tiki bar and live music in the afternoon.
The room was nicely appointed and recently updated. We were surprised to find a small fridge in our standard room, which wasn't listed. For recreation and family fun, there was croquet and horseshoes set up as well as a beach volleyball court off of the pool. There were also kids fishing off the seawall. We would've loved to try the golf and spa but ran out of time, so we are planning to stay longer next time. It is a great weekend getaway spot.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2010

This hotel appears to be the nicest in Crystal River. We enjoyed our visit a lot, but our room was honestly just ok. It was an older place, but was clean and comfortable. I would stay here again to swim with the manatees, but would not make a week of it. Pool was very nice and location good for manatee tours.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2010

We wanted to stay in a resort near Homosassa State Park. We drove through Homosassa and Crystal River and came upon the Plantaion resort. It looked just like a plantation you would find in Gone With the Wind. I walked into the front desk and the clerk gave us a room with a patio with a King bed, fridge, and microwave for $109 per nite plus tax. We felt it was a great price for such an elegant resort. The pool area was beautiful. The pool was heated which was great because it was about 50 degrees the night we stayed. It also had an outdoor hottub that was wonderful except that it turned my blonde hair green from the chlorine (that was the only negative of our stay). It is located on the river connecting to the gulf. It is a sprwaling resort with gorgeous well maintained grounds and it's own golf course. The Plantation is the ONLY 4 star plus resort in the area. A hidden gem with fantastic employees in the middle of the Florida country side. There were manatees in the river surroundiung the property. Great food and super fast room service. I would recommend this property to couples or singels lookeing for a quiet getaway to an uoscale property outside of the crazy Tampa tourist area. This is real Florida (even though you feel like you are on a Georgia Plantation). Super large rooms and very quiet. Never heard another guest. Rooms also had individually controlled heat and central air. Will definetly return.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2010

Okay, we recently decided to stay here for 2 nights while we were in CR to snorkel with the manatees. The location is convenient, and the property is nicely laid out. Yes, it is an older resort, but all in all the public spaces seem to be nicely kept. We stayed in the new wing in a king (Expedia rate $104/nite), so we thought this was good. The room was clean and newly renovated. After some research my husband was able to hook us up to broadband for $10/day. We thought the room was quite comfortable for the money. There were a few things that were disappointing: (1) walls thin -when our neighbors came back we could hear them quite well along with their tv at 6 am.; (2) the heat fan blew loudly; (3) no refrigerator in the room; and (4) no ice machine on our floor, had to go upstairs for ice. We decided to make things easy for dinner on the first night and ate in the dinning room. The service was good. Both of us being in the restaurant business, thought several things to be disappointing. We concluded that either there wasn't any management or they needed some serious pointers! We were told that they were "out of ALL WINE", no wine list!!!! WOW!!!! We were told that we could have a glass of house wine or buy a bottle of that (Robert Mondavi version, I think?). We ordered the clams as an appetizer, and the waitress came back after taking our order and said that they were out. So, we chose something else. I ordered the grouper with "mango salsa." Call me crazy but I could swear that the salsa was either canned fruit cocktail chopped, minus the cherries, or possibly the syrup with chopped up melon from the breakfast buffet? Not too impressive being a Saturday night!!! So, knowing these things, we probably won't spend the money there the next time we return. We did find several good places around the area to eat. We ventured out to Pecks and had steamed blue crab for lunch (which was AWESOME!!!), and we headed to Charlies for stone crab (the only place around that still had them on Sunday) for dinner. All in all we had a good experience at the resort and will return, but we will do some things differently.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gulf Breeze, Fl
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2010

To be fair, we had to cancel our reservations at the hotel and boat rentals at the marina and can only say that we did so in a timely manner and were refunded accordingly for the room rental. However, the marina was a different story. The owner refused to refund the deposit and said that we did not cancel and then said later we had multiple reservations, but never got his story right. As with the hotel, we did cancel the boat rental, had a name of the person we spoke with and the date of cancellation. Apparently the marina does not provide confirmation numbers and he decided he would argue with my wife and I and said it would have to be handled with the hotel. Well, the hotel basically said that they would try to resolve it, but never did and after many phone calls to the accounting department and one to the assistant manager (that was never returned) I was eventually told that I would have to file a complaint with our credti card. We did, and after much hassle got the money back. Would it not have been a lot better just to have been friendly and not aggrivate a potential return customer?. After that, I decided to stay somewhere else.


  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2010

My sister had her wedding at the Plantation Inn. I was concerned about how it would accommodate the extended family and friends but shouldn't have worried. The staff was wonderful to work with. We had a golf package rate that included a wonderful hot breakfast buffet. It is an older hotel so some issues in some rooms with the heating, but overall they were more than satisfactory. The bar was a great place to hang out with family between planned events and watch Bowl Games etc.
The food at the reception was very good - better than usuall expected when serving so many.
Tennis courts, volleyball, shuffleboard, croquet, etc helped keep kids of all ages entertained. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2009

Perhaps at one time this hotel was a first class establishment, it apparently has fallen on hard times. We could tell that renovations had been done, but rather slip shod. We have lights that don't work, the walls seem thin, it's extremely noisy from the other rooms, there is a strong mildew odor. The front desk person was rude upon our arrival and was not clear in the least with direction to our room. The front desk person at night, perhaps the same person, but I'm not sure, I spoke with them on the phone, was equally rude when I asked about internet access. I thought it was free, but found that it's $10 per day.
These are small nuisences and irritants, but when added together they make for a very poor stay. If you'd like to enjoy yourself, it would behoove you to look elsewhere, in my opinion.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429
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Location: United States > Florida > Crystal River
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Crystal River
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Plantation on Crystal River 3.5*
Number of rooms: 196
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Plantation on Crystal River A hidden gem located on the Nature's Coast of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, our beautiful 50-year-old eco-friendly and green luxury resort hotel's surrounded by the natural springs of Kings Bay. This bay, in Crystal River, is one of the largest spring systems in the state and home to more than 500 West Indian Manatees that migrate each year to the warmth of the springs. We sit on 232 acres of lush preserve land with emerald greens and grand oaks, and house hundreds of birds and wildlife that include: Osprey, Sandhill Cranes, Blue Heron, Red-Bellied Warbler, Yellow-Bellied Warbler, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Egret, Eagles and Grey-Horned Owls to mention a few. OUR HOTEL IS THE PLACE TO STAY & PLAY IN CRYSTAL RIVER, FL Centrally located from Tampa and Orlando, we are a great location for your next • Florida vacation • Corporate Meeting or Retreat • Florida golf vacation • Incentive Group • Florida Wedding • Family Reunion • Fraternal Groups Should you have frequent business in the Citrus County, we have corporate rates available. We have over 12,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor meeting space and beautiful outdoor locations with water views a great backdrop for your special occasion, team building event, or to simply relax and take in the Florida Sunshine and perfect weather. Remember to visit Spa Bleu at Plantation while staying at the Resort to experience a moment of wellness at our first class Aveda Spa. Offering facials, massage therapy,body treatments, Vichy shower, pedicures, manicures, and a full hair-care Salon. And don't forget we are a world class fishing destination as well. Our Adventure center offers guided fishing charters as well and many other water based activities. Including our Trip Adviser top rated "Swim with the Manatee tours". We are the place to play and stay! ... more   less 
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