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“Lovely, little, laid back escape!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Matecumbe Resort

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Matecumbe Resort
76261 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036   |  
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Lovely, little, laid back escape!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

If you are into unwinding, relaxing, walking around in your bathing suit...if you enjoy lounging by the pool, family BBQ's, fishing, snorkeling or boating...if you don't care what your hair looks like, or want a break from make-up and jewelry, THAN this is the place for you! Unit 5 is the best, off the ground with big porches that overlook the whole property, decent size kitchen, dining and living room, king size bed in the "master" makes your stay very comfortable, not lavish but definitely serviceable for a great family vacation. Oh, and lots of friendly people! We love it there and use it to bounce around the calmer Key spots!

Room Tip: 506 is perfect! At the end, away from the highway, near the pool!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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Suffolk, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Going to Matecumbe Resort is like stepping back in time a few decades. It's Americana. This is not a place where you order drinks and chilled towels at the tropical pool. It's the kind of place where you bring a few good books for the week, keep some tea or wine chilled and ready, and relax under the palms on the little white-sand beach at the rear of the property. Watch the ospreys and pelicans when you need a break from reading. For those wishing to flee the cold greyness of the US northeast winters, this modest resort is medicinal. The pace is slow and sleepy, as another writer said. You can prepare your meals in the room kitchenettes or go out for every meal if you prefer. For a certain kind of traveler, it makes for good times and fond memories. For others, it's old, dowdy, and unfashionable. You decide!

Room Tip: Try to get a room far from the highway. The best location is row of rooms at the far end of the pool...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
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SW Florida Coast
2 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We have owned time share here for 10 years and used it almost every year! True it is an old motel style resort but it is clean and well kept. It has a nioce beach on the Atlantic Ocean and maybe it is not the greatest for swiming the sun and the view are spectacular! It doesn't have a lobby and lounge but the pool and pool area are among the best. Fishing is great and you can launch and dok you fishing boat on the property. The rooms are well furnished and all have a private balcony or patio. Although it may not be in walking distance we have never had a hard time to find good food and lots of fun.

We think it is a good destination and will continue using it!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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florida
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This place has alot of nerve calling itself a resort. There are no amenities to speak of. Rec. hall consists of a lob sided fooseball table and a beat up ping pong table. Beach smelled like rotten eggs. Room was clean. Great view of ocean. Nice pool. Very relaxing.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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NJ
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

When we travel, we are looking for value, comfort, and cleanliness. Matecumbe Resort delivers on all three. The rooms are extremely clean, the beds are very comfortable, kitchens are well-stocked, and the atmosphere is laid back and welcoming. We come here to relax by the pool, play a little shuffleboard, ride the bikes provided on the bike path, and drive to restaurants for the fresh fish in the area. The location is central to Key Largo and Key West and their attractions. The manager, Vicki, is very accommodating and helpful, and keeps updating the rooms which is very noticeable. We look forward to visiting this little oasis on a regular basis.

Room Tip: Lower level by the pool convenient to everything or the more spacious rooms over the office with sep...
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  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Boynton Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

We had a great visit at the Matecumbe Resort. Got there after the office closed, but they opened the office for us to check in. The room was perfect for us as it had a kitchen, coffee maker, etc. They are across the street from a walking or riding path. Close to Robbie's Marina where to a boat trip to 2 State Parks. Robbie's has a great grouper dinner. If you have a boat up to 20 ft. you get dock space.

Room Tip: Rooms in the second building on 2nd floor have balconies overlooking the pool
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Britain, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

We travelled to the Keys in July of 2011 and booked Matecumbe thru our time share. Our unit was roomy and clean with a private balcony. This is a "no frills" quiet place to stay yet has all the comforts of home. The staff are very friendly and dedicated to insuring that your stay with them is comfortable and fun. As guests of the resort we were given free passes to attend the local 4th of July celebration at Founder's Park and enjoyed the entertainment and beautiful fireworks. Pool was clean and refreshing. Private beach was a great place to just sit by the ocean with a lovely sea breeze and enjoy the peace and serenity. Plenty of picnic tables and BBQ set ups made for the perfect summer experience.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Matecumbe Resort

Address: 76261 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Specialty lodging in Islamorada
Also Known As:
Matecumbe Hotel Islamorada

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