Stayed here as part of a honeymoon trip to Miami and the Keys and it was easily the highlight of an excellent trip. This place is an oasis of calm and as others have pointed out a little slice of paradise. The pictures on the website and on TA do not do this stunning little place justice. It is stylishly landscaped and the island is the perfect place to while away a day's reading, sunbathing and relaxing. When you tire of this (if you tire of this), there are bikes and kayaks available to explore the local area by water of by road.
There is a small locals bar (Lor-ei-lei) about 100m up the road which has live music and a happy hour every evening and offers a good spot to watch the sun go down. For something more upscale, the Morada Bay beach cafe and Pierre's a further up the road and offer a beautiful setting on the beach and a distinctly Caribbean vibe.
Despite the obvious attractions of the setting and the fact that we loved it, Casa Morada does come with some caveats and it is not for everyone. Essentially, this is a run-down motel that has been stylishly re-modelled as a boutique hotel. In that respect, it is an unqualified success, but this is no luxury resort. For those seeking/used to five star resorts with the services and amenities that come with that, this may not be the place for you. The rooms, for one, are very basic (without a basic price tag) and the bathrooms in particular show their age/heritage. Also, the pool area and bar are served by one staff member and service at lunchtime can be slow as they make each individual meal to order. These issues fade into insignificance in the overall context of Casa Morada but nonetheless need pointing out. Despite this, I would rank this as one of the best places I have ever stayed and very much hope to return one day.
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Morada Hotel Islamorada