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82885 Old Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036 (Formerly Ocean Dawn Suites)   |  
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michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Wonderful Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2009

We stayed at Ocean dawn while spending a few days in the Keys pre-cruise. It was wonderful! The room was well-appointed, comfortable and clean. The bedding and towells were fantastic and plush. Check-in and check-out went smoothly and the personal attention and reccomendations for dining from Mona and the others made us feel right at home and were very helpful. The beach area was lovely and all in all a relaxing stay. The only downside was the noise from the air conditioner but that was very minor. The loaction is great-- close enough to all the keys and attractions but not right on the busy highway as so many resorts there are. all in all a great stay and we plan to return!

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    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
    5 of 5 stars
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ohio
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2008

This place was perfect. Very clean from ceiling to floor. Very well maintained grounds. Owner was very polite and friendly,info about things to do,places to eat. If you're looking for a place to stay this is it. Shower is very clean-no mold. We give this place a 10! And,we have stayed in many hotels,motels etc.Monk would be proud!

  • Liked — Very clean-decor beautiful-location
  • Disliked — water access but probably not good for swimming-but beautiful to look at and enjoy
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Port Charlotte,FL
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2008

Great place in the Keys. Beautiful well decorated rooms all with a full ocean view. Walking distance to many shops and restaurants/bars. Friendly and very helpful staff. Tiki hut on the beach, stairs down to the water. Great shower with good water pressure. Only down side, bed is on a tile floor, slides and makes a lot of noise. Wish that all their rooms were pet friendly, pool should be ready in march or april according to the staff. Pictures on their website are exactly what you get.

  • Liked — well decorated clean rooms
  • Disliked — noisy bed
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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11 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2008

We stayed here for only one night. Its a small hotel with about 7-8 rooms, but they are all very nicely renovated with all the possible amenities. we had booked the Purple Isle room, but Mona (the front desk person) upgraded us "for free" to the Islamorada suite as we were traveling with our 5 yr old daughter and Mona felt the Purple Isle may be small for us.
The suite was huge with 2 queen size beds, a big flat screen TV and a beautiful view of the ocean and the beach at the back of the hotel.
The bathroom was also very clean and a good size. The only thing was the water pressure from the shower was very weak. We mentioned this to Mona and she said she will get it fixed right away.
The hotel does not have a pool or gym, but its a very nice place to stay for a short stay of 2-3 nights and if you are just looking to relax in a quiet place.
Mona had very nice recommendations for breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything is less than a 5 minute car ride away. I would recommend the Islamorada Cafe and Bakery for breakfast, the Morada Bay Cafe for lunch and LoreLei for dinner.

  • Liked — the room decor and room amenities
  • Disliked — no breakfast or pool
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Austin TX
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2008

We enjoyed our night at Ocean Dawn Suites. It is the size of a very small roadside inn but it is very beautifully renovated with attention to detail. Staff is friendly and accommodating. There is a somewhat run-down looking tennis court that my husband says does not look "playable" but their real attraction is their built-up peninsular beach that is wonderful and quiet and just lovely for a relaxing read or a shared bottle of wine while gazing out in the horizon (the beach also includes a gazebo with lots of seating, including a swing.) Kids could play in the sand and if they have the equipment there could be serious beach volleyball games there! I've read that they want to put in a pool which would add a lot to the hotel's allure. I have to admit that we were disappointed that there is no breakfast. I was under the impression that the place was listed here on tripadvisor as a bed and breakfast but it seems it IS listed only as a hotel so it's my mistake. (There's a little bakery/coffee shop within easy walking distance.) We think that if you're on a budget this hotel is pricey, but if you are looking for a lovely and serene hotel to get away from your worries and just relax this is a nice choice.

  • Liked — Relaxing location on beach and well appointed room
  • Disliked — Bit expensive
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2008

On a whim the wife and I decided to get away for the weekend at 9:30 on a Thursday night. After viewing a number of different websites we chose to give the Ocean Dawn a try. We really didn’t know what to expect calling so late in the evening but a friendly voice answered the phone and helped us with all our questions. We explained we would not be there until late Friday evening , we were told it would not be problem. When we arrived around 10:00 Friday evening we were greeted with a wave and a smile. More important than the wonderful accommodations and gorgeous views was the outstanding customer service that Mark provided from the moment we stepped out of our vehicle until we were getting back in. It’s a relaxing place you won’t want to leave.
Oh my wife wanted me to add "clean rooms! They were spotless!"

  • Liked — Clean comfortable rooms
  • Disliked — The loud AC unit
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Cadiz
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2008

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!.

  • Liked — Clean and Comfortable
  • Disliked — The room had no Wardrobe for hanging clothes
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
Number of rooms: 8
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 
Also Known As:
Ocean House Hotel Islamorada

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