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“It ended up okay, but only because we made the best of it.” 3 of 5 stars
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Anchorage Resort & Yacht Club
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   107800 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037   |  
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“It ended up okay, but only because we made the best of it.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

Coming to the resort from the water, we called and made the reservation for a boat slip a month in advance and made sure they have facilities for transients (showers and toilets). We also called within three days of the reservation date to get our boat slip assignment. Upon arrival, we were told that they do not currently have facilities for the marina and haven't had them for at least a couple weeks - they were remodeling them. We were very disappointed and the only thing they could do to remedy the situation was to let us stay in one of their rooms for a discounted rate - but we still had to pay for the slip too, discounted. Instead of paying $75.25 for the slip for one night, we ended up paying $187 and change. That's more than double what we had budgeted for the night.
However, we did not let ut get us down. We had a lovely night relaxing and enjoyed the king-sized bed, microwave, and real shower in the hotel room. They also had a small book/dvd exchange that is always useful.
It would have been nice if we had been told that the facilities were out of order when we called for our slip assignment.

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for your review! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay here with us at the Anchorage Resort and Yacht Club and would like to apologize for any inconvenience that may have occurred during your stay. We hope you come back and visit us again. Thank you.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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Michigan
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We stayed in a one bedroom suite that was basically like an apartment. It was a bit dated, however very comfortable! It was a very affordable place to stay with free parking and free internet. They do have an outside swimming pool and a hot tub, although we did not make use of it as it was a bit rainy when we were there. It was in a very secluded spot with a bridge right next to it, however it was quiet, no traffic noise at all. The screened in lanai area was very nice, we enjoyed sitting out on the lanai and watching the dolphins play in the bay area in the mornings. There is a restaurant called Gilberts sort of next door, you have to leave the parking lot and go down the road to the round-a-bout and go North to the next exit...a bit of a challenge to maneuver around when you aren't familiar with the area, but it worked...anyways, we were not that impressed with Gilbert's. You can go further down the road, heading South, and there were more restaurant options to choose from as well as a Winn-Dixie not too far away, which we opted to buy a couple of grocery items and just eat in our room. We stayed here for 2 nights and then headed to Key West for the day...so it was a great affordable place to stay! The staff was very responsive and cheerful, so I would recommend for anyone that is heading further into the Key area to stop at Anchorage Resort. It is about an hour away from Key West...

  • Stayed November 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marshall, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Without a doubt, one could spend time in the Florida Keys in literally hundreds of locations, some the very best, others not so much. Anchorage Resort happens to be one of the places that rank near the top. The resort is on Key Largo, the first and largest of the Keys, and it is also one of the first two resorts you get to after leaving the mainland.

Looking into the history of this property, it seems that is has been there for a very long time but was better situated when the Overseas Highway went by it rather than over it, as it does today. The highway was reconstructed in the 80's, whe a large, high bridge was contructed at the Key Largo entrance and now towers over the resort. Prior to that, access to Anchorage was a simply turn into the driveway as opposed to exiting on an expressway style viaduct to get to your destination. Surely, that bridge has cause some harm to this resort and Gilbert's Resort on the other side of the channel. Still, the time we were there, the resort was mostly occupied and Gilbert's nightclub/restaurant/marina was very active.

The best things about Anchorage is the location on Blackwater Sound and the Intercoastal Waterway. If you like boats, the style, size and number will impress you. We were even lucky enough to be there when the Power Boat Clubs made a lunch visit to Gilbert's and about 50 of those magnificent craft were anchored or tied-off all over the channel and docks at both places! The noise was wonderful and the crowd was a lot of fun to watch!

Every room is a suite and every one faces the water with a large, screened patio that offers great views of the sound, the channel and you may see dolpins at anytime of the day. One day, in the morning which is the best time to see them, we counted about ten dolphins swimming, jumping, and got as close as the Anchorage dock out front. Some of the folks said that you will also see manatee but usually not until late November and then throughout the winter months. Even an occassional crocedile may swim by, but it is rare.

The staff was extremely helpful and most friendly. Every question or request was greeted with an answer and a smile and without any hesitation. The grounds were small but very nicely decorated and set up for intimate gatherings or a large party of about twenty. The pool was also small but clean and clear with a small hot tub right next to it. The sunbathing area, around the two pools, could only handle about 15 to 20 people but that was never a problem since there were more lounge chairs in the other areas near the pool. If you were so inclined, they also have a tennis court and shuffle board next to all that and this entire area in on the water so you always have a fantastic view.

The suites are nice but dated and the furniture is comfortable with ample storage places for clothing, toiletries, and other items. Our suite had a king-bed and it was very comforable and plenty of full size (not flat) pillows. There is a TV in the living room and one in the bedroom, although the bedroom was a flatscreen and the other was an older model CRT style, which was strange. The patios are screened in and the upper floors has a great view of the sound and the great sunsets that are famous in the Keys! As well, you can enter the patio from the living room or the bedroom which made it very convenient. There were plenty fo linens, and everything could be exchanged for clean, if you needed, in the middle of the week. The AC was efficient and not so loud as to not allow you to sleep in comfort, although we often just left the windows open.

While out stay was very restful, peaceful and enjoyable, there are a few things the did dissappoint us.

First, the resort is showing her age. The lobby is remenisent of the 60's resort lobby: small, crowded with furniture, compulsory pictures of the area, fish taxidermy on the walls and no restaurant or lounge, no business center, and no fitness facilities. The nearest restaurant is at Gilbert's Resort, across the channel, but you have to get back on the bridge and drive to their exit making the trip about two miles total. The restaurant on the property, Steamers, is closed for remodel and months away from reopening.

Second, the suites are a reasonable size but not suited for more than four adults and really best for a couple only. Apparently, the Ancourage was once a hotel and during a remodel, two rooms were combined to make the one bedroom suites. As such, the bedroom is very spacious but the living room/dining room/kitchen area is very crowded. The bathroom is way too small and was obviously overlooked during the remodel since you have to close the door to sit on the stool! The lighting is also bizarre with very bright-white flourescent lamps in each fixture (5000k for those who know what that means) and only three 25-watt incandescents in the bathroom -- be very careful if you shave with a straight razor!

Third, the patio was where we spent a great deal of time but occassionally there was a problem with ants. Not serious but annoying to say the least. Also, with the proximity of Gilbert's across the channel, sometimes the music of the live bands was so loud, you could not stand sitting out there for very long.

Fourth, parking is a problem if the resort is full. There are only enough spaces for one car per suite and if you have guests, they may have to park at Steamer's.

Fifth, the front desk is only staffed during normal business hours, so if you needed help with something, you had better ask before 5:00 PM or it will have to wait until tomorrow at 8:00 AM.

Finally, the floor are in the Florida tranditional tile but are very dirty. If you like going barefoot, as I do, the bottoms of your feet will be black in no time. Asimple mopping would do wonders for the floors in the suite and on the patio.

Please don't take this as a condemnation but as a critique of the property. We really did enjoy our time there and everything I mentioned above is not enough reason to prevent me from going back to Anchorage Resort and Yacht Club on my next trip to the Keys!!

Room Tip: Stay on the fourth or fifth floors for the best views
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

- Handicap accessible...handicap parking, ramps and elevator.
- Swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court, boat docks, fishing, pop machine, ice machine, laundry facility on premise.
- Daily sunsets over the Gulf seen from every room, from the full unit length, screened in lanai.
- Best location for easy access to the rest of the Keys or Miami, by car or boat.
- Best location for quick exit from Keys in case of Hurricane warnings.
- Excellent Staff - Bernadette and staff are the very best!! any issues, need more kleenex, toilet paper, etc., instant service. If you've had any issues with this staff...I'm sure it's something you brought on yourself! They are amazing!
- A time share resort - and treated as such. It is not a hotel/motel. It has a kitchen, etc.,that you must clean up after yourself. Most folks do this anyway, I would think at any place they stay,but if you have an issue with doing your own dishes, walking recyclables down the hall, etc., then don't stay here. It is a RESORT!! NOT a Super 8!
- Sleeps 4 - master bedroom with king sized bed, pull out sofa in front room. 2 separate air conditioning units and tv's.
- Security - Security Guard over night. Security Gate with code that is closed in the evenings.
Fenced in pool making it secure for children
- Crisp and Clean - never any issues!
- Music - from the resort across the channel which is quite enjoyable to listen to while relaxing on the lanai.
- Office Staff - this is a Time Share Resort. They have regular office hours. The desk is not manned 24/7 as a hotel/ motel is.
- Scuba Diving/snorkeling - close to the best dive shops in the keys and close to the best Dive Spots in the keys. Key Largo is THE dive Capitol of U.S.!
- John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park - 10 minute drive - great for kids! Beaches, snorkeling boat trips, etc.
- Furthest north resort in the keys where you won't get stuck in the weekend traffic further south.
- Great Lobby - filled with maps, coupon books and brochures from local businesses.
- Building age - as old as all of the rest of the resorts in the keys!

We have been coming for 20 years and would go nowhere else in the keys!

Room Tip: All rooms are Gulf view with amazing sunsets!
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  • Stayed October 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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Atlanta, Georgia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

The Anchorage came up on an RCI search, and we grabbed it, since it's unusual to find reasonable accommodations in the Keys. We were on the first floor, but the water view was still spectacular. It's a one-bedroom suite with a king bed and full kitchen except there's no oven - perfect for my husband and me. The screened balcony runs the full width of the suite. It's a little dated, but everyone was super nice and it seems to be well maintained. We completely enjoyed our stay there, and the run down to Key West wasn't bad at all. We also went over to Alabama Jacks and noticed for the first time that there is a Crocodile habitat right there on Card Sound Road. After looking it up, it's a pretty amazing place, although it's currently closed to the public. Definitely recommend The Anchorage Resort and Yacht Club, even without a yacht!

  • Stayed September 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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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at The Anchorage Resort and Yacht Club in mid-July, during a very rainy period. The room was a large one bedroom and they all have a nice screened porch with a view of the bay side of The Keys. We were able to sit out there even in the rain for the most part. Everything about the rooms and facilities is typical 1970's but well maintained. The elevator is small and slow, but it always works just fine.

The folks in the office were very nice and gave us ideas of things to do and places to eat, my only complaint is their hours, which are limited to day shift only (7:30 - 5:00ish). If you arrive after the office closes you get your keys from a box in the elevator lobby and there is a gate with a code that you are supplied via email before you arrive.

We have said if we ever came back to the Keys we'd stay there again. It was quiet, clean and the bed was very comfortable.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Richmond, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This was our third time in Key Largo. The location of this resort is ideal, although a hike if you want to get to Key West (which we didn't)
Quiet, each unit is one bedroom with a mostly full kitchen (no oven) but grills are available. Great views from the balcony in both the morning and evening.
We didn't use the pool, and were surprised to find a sign that said 8 people max for a period of 30 minutes.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 107800 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Key Largo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Anchorage Resort & Yacht Club 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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