My fiancé and I chose to stay at Ocean Dawn Suites after reading the good reviews from Tripadvisor. In fact, all of our hotel decisions are based on reviews from this site.
We stayed for 3 nights at the beginning of November after spending a few nights in Fort Lauderdale. Islamorada is a very nice place to visit if you want to relax and take it easy.
The hotel is easy to find if your rental car has a GPS (perhaps one of the greatest inventions in the world!), otherwise it is located just behind the Post Office in Islamorada.
As soon as you arrive, you know you have chosen a quiet retreat.
Our room looked exactly as it appeared in their website photos. We stayed in the Purple Isle Suite (the rooms have names, not numbers!). Our room was on the bottom floor of the two storey building and had direct access to their small private beach area.
The room was spacious enough for two persons, though it didn’t have any wardrobes for hanging clothes. The large fridge is great for storing drinks and other items, there is also a microwave and a coffee maker supplied.
The bed is very comfortable as well as the pillows. There was also a sofa, which can be used as a sofa bed if required.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a great place to relax and chill-out. The private beach is clean and has beautiful unspoilt views of the Ocean. There are beach loungers and chairs provided, as well as beach towels if you ask for them. The weather in November was wonderfully warm, it can get quite hot in the afternoon, so don’t forget your sun block!
Mona, the Manager is a genuinely wonderful person who will go out of her way to make your stay comfortable. There are no dining facilities at the hotel, but Mona can recommend nearby restaurants if you ask her. I would recommend a nearby Steak House and Grill called “Mad Dog”, they do really good steaks.
Nathalie who works in Reception recommended a nearby place for drinks called “Lorelei Cabana Bar”, which is a great place to watch the incredible sunsets and listen to live music.
You can drive in two directions in Islamorada, either North or South and there are many places to eat and drink along the highway. A drive over the “Seven Mile Bridge” gives you wonderful views of the small islands and ocean.
Local attractions include the “Threatre of the Sea” where you can swim with the Dolphins or watch a show, there is also a History of Diving Museum nearby.
You can fill your fridge up with drinks and snacks (especially Ice Cream!) from a small local supermarket called “The Trading Post”, which is open 24 hours, or drive over the “Seven Mile Bridge” for larger supermarkets and other convenience.
During the day we rented a boat from a company recommended by Mona and spent the day being lazy on the sea and fishing. We have never fished before, but the rental company helped us rent some rods and buy some tackle, our first time fishing in the clear waters was fun! A word of advise if you want to fish, you will need a Fishing Licence (we only found out when we were stopped by a Park Ranger on his boat), the licence can be obtained by telephone and I think it costs 25USD per day, and they also have prices for 2 or 3 days etc… These can be arranged by the boat rental company, or in our case by mobile phone out at sea…
I think the cleaning lady comes every two or three days (we only stayed three nights), though Mona and her team will provide clean towels and change sheets during the interim.
I later learned that the cleaner comes at 10.00am for 4 hours. How do I know this? Well, on our last morning we asked for a late check-out at 2.00pm (normal time is 11.00am), Mona called the cleaning lady and told her that she didn’t have to come that day as Mona would take care of the room herself as well as see to the other three occupied rooms!! Talk about “going the extra mile!”.
The hotel is great, but Mona makes it SUPER!.
- Also Known As:
- Ocean House Hotel
- Ocean House Hotel Islamorada
- 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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