My husband and I were able to get away for a couple of days to celebrate our anniversary, and decided to home base in Key Largo for a weekend. We chose the Hampton Inn Key Largo for its location and complementary breakfast. (Just down the street is the Pennekamp State Park, where we definitely recommend the half-day snorkeling trip!) And although it doesn't have the same "curb appeal" as some of the flashier hotels and resorts in the area, it is clean, well maintained and recently renovated.
The breakfast is simple but varied (waffles and other pastries / breads, fruit salad, yogurt, oatmeal, eggs and breakfast meat), and there is complementary tea and coffee in the lobby at all hours, and complementary cookies in the late afternoon. The rooms, public areas and grounds are all very charming and we enjoyed the small bay front with its swimming and kayaking access (you can rent kayaks from the front desk), and friendly fishermen who are happy to talk about their catch. You can also watch some beautiful sunsets while lounging out on the chairs provided. Just be warned that the waterfront becomes a huge smoking area after dark, so we didn't stay too long for lack of fresh air. Right next door is another small park with a short boardwalk into the mangroves where you can watch the land crabs scuttle about. There are also plenty of anoles (native) and baby green iguanas (not native) underfoot. We didn't see any manatees this trip unfortunately, but another guest said they made an appearance a few days before our arrival.
The first night of our stay, we had a couple of problems with our particular room. The walls are not at all sound proof, and we could clearly hear the guests on both sides. On one side was a family with little children, and on the other side were several enthusiastic adults who liked to stay up late and get up early. So unfortunately we didn't get much sleep that night. We also couldn't get our wi-fi connection to work unless we were standing in the entryway next to the door. When I brought up the situation to Shanquell at the front desk the next morning, she offered a complementary upgrade to premium wi-fi service and to a different room for our remaining night (since both of our neighbors were booked for the rest of the week). We had to pack up all our things and leave them in the room on a luggage cart (to be moved into our new room after it was cleaned and while we were out and about), but we couldn't hear our neighbors at all in the second room - so it was worth the trouble.
Overall we had a nice stay and would recommend the Hampton Inn Key Largo for its location, facilities, amenities and friendly, helpful staff.