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“What a setting...” 4 of 5 stars
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Ocean House
82885 Old Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036 (Formerly Ocean Dawn Suites)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 19 hotels in Islamorada
Charleston, South Carolina
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“What a setting...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

During a weekend fishing trip to the keys we stayed at Ocean House, selected based on trip advisor reviews. It is a really cute little property. The grounds are noteworthy, the pool and beach are lovely. The hot tub was not working during our 3 night stay.
Jennifer and Brian offered great service, accommodating our early morning breakfast requests.
I have to comment on other reviewers noise comments. It is an issue. We had a suite on the first floor, and we could hear EVERYTHING upstairs. We addressed this concern with the staff, but really, there is no way to remedy, tile floors are not forgiving. Also, their laundry facilities were outside of our room on the bed wall. Not good for sleeping in.
Book an upstairs room and you'll have a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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keystothegarden, Owner at Ocean House, responded to this review, June 13, 2013
We apologize for the spa not working during your stay. Unfortunately we needed to order a part to fix the problem. We always strive to have all operations of the property in working order. Yes, we have had acoustical engineers out to assess the noise problem and plan on closing OH in September and October resolve it. We appreciate your review and know you will be 100% satisfied when you come back on your next fishing trip.
Mona
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London
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106 reviews 106 reviews
45 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This is a great place if you want to relax in peace and quiet. The setting is perfect with a lovely pool area looking on to the beach and sea and the gardens are lush and immaculately kept. The service was good and the wine and beer on arrival a welcome sight. The room was clean and well appointed although I think we had the same room as one of the previous reviewers who commented on the soft bed. It was very soft, with a dip in the middle and an odd squeak. Was ok for one night but might have struggled for any longer. I would recommend this hotel if you really want a restful place to chill or if you're passing through to the lower Keys. We would have appreciated the opportunity to buy wine and beer on site as you rather took your life in your hands crossing the Ocean Highway to the shop! There also aren't a lot of places to eat in walking distance - we went to Bentleys which was good - which rather limits the options if you don't want to eat at the hotel or drive further afield. And the building work going on next door was a bit of a nuisance and spoilt the atmosphere but hopefully that will be finished soon.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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keystothegarden, Owner at Ocean House, responded to this review, June 3, 2013
Thank you for posting your review. We are currently working on figuring out which bed is having the problem. All beds are new with a 25 year warranty. Also, the beer and wine license should be in place soon. We felt the property and amenities took precedence over the beer and wine license. Now that we feel comfortable with the direction of OH, it's definitely time to move forward. We are happy to hear that your stay was relaxing and peaceful. Hope to see you return soon.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

My husband & I recently spent 5 days at the Ocean House and the stay was nothing short of exceptional. From the moment we pulled into the drive the grounds were lush, tropical and beautiful. Todd stepped right out to greet us and we were given a beer and wine- off to the best start! We stayed in Sandbar and it was clean and super comfortable. The ocean was so peaceful we spent most of our time in the cabana and were completely RELAXED. Todd & Brian were super attentive always there when you needed them. The breakfast was excellent and very filling; we ordered lunch as well and it was delicious and worth the price.We cannot wait to return to this beautiful property!

Room Tip: upstairs room ocean view!
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  • Stayed May 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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keystothegarden, Owner at Ocean House, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Bryan and Todd will be very happy to hear that you appreciated their efforts. They are both really wonderful employees and we value them greatly. In fact, all the staff works very well together and are team players. As an owner, it's comforting to know that we have such a great staff who are attentive to the guests needs. We look forward to your return.
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33 reviews 33 reviews
31 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We are just back from 3 memorable nights at Ocean House. Even before we arrived, we had emailed to get some recommendations for places to eat and the response was not only fast, but spot on. The property is absolutely beautiful. The gardens are amazing - clearly a lot of love has been spent on them, and the pool area is great too. We ate lunch here, by the pool, on a couple of days and it was really very good. We can particularly recommend the spicy fish taco! What makes this place particularly special however are the people who work there. Nothing is too much trouble and your relaxation and happiness seems to be their sole goal. We will certainly be back.

Room Tip: I would go for a room on the upper floor to get a better view of the ocean.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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keystothegarden, Owner at Ocean House, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
We are happy to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Our staff works very hard to make your vacation special. Glad to see our newly added lunch menu items are being well received. Thank you for choosing Ocean House and we hope you come back again soon.
Mona
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Archers Lodge, NC
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

The place is a pardice with a capitol P. Spent 3 nights there. The rooms are moderm & very clean. The Staff are A+. The grounds are plush & tropical. The beach small but a beatiful setting. The pool area & hot tub area are clean & modern. The grounds are quite & relaxing! There are only 10 suites i believe.
" Ok what i didnt like" There is a strong smell that is always present. Its only in the front area of the property! From the check in office to the building housing the guest rooms. Inquired about this very unplesent odor to several staff.
1 told what odor staff was in denial ...
2 told by another staff it was a plant on an adjacent property . That a disgruntle neighbor would not remove.
3 told by a another staff it was sewer odor & that they were working with the problem.
Found this out our last day. This may explain why our drain was slow in the shower. Its a shame the odor is so strong & takes away so much from such a beautiful place.
Room tip: if your a light sleeper stay from the Dawn Room. End unit down stairs & air handlers are on outside wall. This is Florida and they run all the time. At night they can become some what disturbing. Thx

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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keystothegarden, Owner at Ocean House, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Your comments are much appreciated. Yes, we have been having an issue with the septic system. It became a trial and error process and I believe it has been taken care of. Fortunately, the Village is in the process of installing sewer lines which means the septic will be eliminated within the next year or so. We were unaware that the air conditioner compressors could be heard from inside the Ocean Dawn Suite. I will have maintenance check to make sure there isn't a problem with them. Thanks again for bringing these items to our attention.
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Bernardsville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

The staff was amazing and looked after our every need! the landscape is beautiful with nature all around . We stayed in saltwater taffy, ocean view. It was a very nice room, however a couple of things - the light in the bathroom fell out of the socket and our bedpost was squeaky - all of which the staff took care of immediately- were inconvienent and a bit scary had one of us been taking a shower when the light fell. We would like for them to expand and have a restaurant and bar on the property. All that said it was a great stay, and we w

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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keystothegarden, Owner at Ocean House, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us. Occasionally we will have a maintenance issue arise and try to take care of it in between check-ins and check-outs. With only being eight units and fully reserved there are times when things happen while the guest is in the room. I am happy to hear our staff was attentive to your needs and responded quickly. We have spent over five years getting Ocean House to this point and continue to thrive to make the best possible experience. We are currently working on a beer and wine license and will take your recommendations into consideration. Thank you for staying at OH and would love to see you return.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

A very professional and friendly staff greets you as soon as you drive up. They assist you with your luggage and give you a complimentary drink while you tour the grounds.

The grounds are beautiful and very well maintained and it shows that they care for their property.

The room was very clean, cool upon arrival, well appointed an very large. We had a great view out our back patio of the garden area a short walk led us to the pool area with a covered thatched roof sitting area and further out the private beach area allowed us a great view of the ocean.

All in all the most relaxing place we have ever stayed at. The house was booked, but they setup made it feel like we were alone.

I can't recommend this place enough. We already are planning a return next year!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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keystothegarden, Owner at Ocean House, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
We are elated to see guests finding complete relaxation at Ocean House. Between all the areas we have created for people to enjoy the property along with our attentive staff, we truly are one of the more unique properties in the Keys. Your comments are much appreciated and we look forward to your return.
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Address: 82885 Old Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036 (Formerly Ocean Dawn Suites)
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Islamorada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This intimate, upscale, and adult only hotel and resort houses eight luxurious suites. The right choice for those wanting to getaway and just relax. A perfect location for small weddings and groups. Newly renovated with a pool, beach, spa, cabanas and fire pit. ... more   less 
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