This is clearly a private club with some guestrooms, and not run or managed like a high end hotel. On the plus side, the grounds are beautiful and if you like to be on the water, you are surrounded by it. Good diving, boating and other related activities. However, not any real beach and while the pools are nice and overlook the water, they tended to be crowded and teeming with children. Except for early morning or late afternoon, it was hard to find a quiet spot to sit where you were not surrounded by people.
We stayed in a nicely appointed inn room with water views, but housekeeping was spotty.
Food was ok, at best, and quite expensive for what it was. Room service was pretty dismal, both in terms of food quality and service.
It was not an especially friendly crowd, and the members had no interest in interacting with anyone they didn't know. Not that I consider myself a highly social person, nor were we looking to make new friends, but a polite nod or acknowledgement when crossing paths seems like a basic minimal courtesy. Also, there are many places that are off limits to non-members - like the nice sitting area with bar out on the water and the better fitness center.
I don't know how anyone can put this in the same category as a Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton. While the rooms are fine enough, everything else is far inferior and you are a guest in someone else's home - not a guest at a fine resort. The staff did what they had to, and there were a few really good people, but overall not an especially sharp group.
I would say it's okay to stay here if one needs to be in the Keys for a night or two. But so far as an overall high-end resort experience, this is not the place.
- Also Known As:
- Ocean Reef Club Hotel Key Largo
- Ocean Reef Hotel
- Ocean Reef Key Largo