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“Too many minor problems” 3 of 5 stars
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Drop Anchor Resort
3.0 of 5 Motel   |   84959 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036   |  
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Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Islamorada
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Too many minor problems”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I want to say that this place is lovely in many ways. Great man made beach, which we could walk straight onto from room 2. Nice bedroom and kitchen/lounge area, with great views. Hammocks and beach furniture were wonderful. But.......
We never found more than the merest hint of wifi any time. It was hopeless and really is pretty cheap to fix in this day and age, so not impressed. The fridge never cooled much if any below room temperature. The shower had variable flow and temperature, which would be fine if the control wasn't with fellow guests in other rooms! The fan in the bedroom never worked and the icing on the cake was when we pointed this out on leaving and were told 'Yeah, we know about that - we've got a fan but the room always has guests so we can't find time to replace'. Nice. Finally, the pool was not the claimed 82 degrees. We have had a pool for years and my wife ticks me off if it is 84 and not 85, never mind somewhere in the high 70's! New thermometer anyone?

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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drop_anchor_12, Manager at Drop Anchor Resort, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Thank you so much for your review. I am glad that overall you enjoyed your stay! The view and the beach accessibility are wonderful! I apologize that you had trouble with the WI-FI and the fridge not cooling. During your stay, you informed us of a problem with the WI-FI and we called our WI-FI provider about the reception problem. The technician, during the troubleshooting time, found that some devices worked perfectly while others did not work at all. I am happy to report that we now have 3 antennas to “boost” reception so this should not be an issue in the future. The issue with the fridge not cooling was rectified as soon as the repairman could get us on his schedule. We would have happily moved you to another unit had one been available. Also, upon your departure, the fan in the bedroom was replaced. I am sorry that you were unable to utilize this during your stay. As for the pool, I apologize that the temperature is cooler than you are used to or that you expected. It is a heated pool and it is kept at 82 degrees. The maintenance department did do a secondary check with a different thermometer and the heating system is maintaining the 82 degree temperature. Again, I thank you for your review and I hope that should your travels bring you back to Islamorada that you will stay with us again.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

We stayed here last March. We liked it and they have a beautiful beach and view. They don't have enough parking so some people have to park our front on the grass. That was a little disappointing. Also before we got there the website has said that they had done recent renovations. The room was very lovely but outside on our balcony we took pictures while sitting in chairs and got home and the cement was cracked and paint was peeling behind us in all of our photos making it look very rundown and shabby. Not sure if we'd stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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drop_anchor_12, Manager at Drop Anchor Resort, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Thank you so much for your review! I am glad that overall you enjoyed your stay! I apologize that you were unable to find a spot in the lot. The management team will be discussing how we can better this situation in the future. The renovations you spoke of were done on the inside of some rooms, but since March, we have completed the repainting of the outside of the buildings. We do appreciate your comments as well as appreciate the fact that small things like this can make or break your decision on future stays. I hope that should you ever travel back to the Islamorada area that you will stop by and see the improvements that have been done since March. Best Regards!
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013 via mobile

My wife found this resort through good ole tripadvisors. So now we can confirm the positive and as always wonder about some of the negative.
We just came from three nights in a luxury suite at the Key West Westin.
Of course this isn't a Westin but we very much enjoyed it...the Drop Anchor is old school Florida and fun in a different spirit. Our bathroom is 1950's pink and the furniture is an odd (I.e. No interior designer) assortment of homey stuff...fun. The entire resort shows the pride of ownership other reviewers have noted. The beach is just right, hammocks, chairs, combed sand, palms, and not a lot of guests "saving chairs". In fact all the people we met were great and like us looking for a fun little quiet place...perfect.
The owner/manager at the front desk has been in the area for many (I think 24) years and has a wealth of information as well as a very sincere desire to make your stay comfortable.
When we return to the Keys we will spend some time at the "fancy" places but we will also look forward to more time at the Drop Anchor!!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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drop_anchor_12, Manager at Drop Anchor Resort, responded to this review, December 13, 2013
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! All the staff do indeed take pride in their work and we appreciate you taking the time to let others know just how much you enjoyed your stay with us. I am glad that you were able to capture the "different spirit" of Drop Anchor! We look forward to being a part of your future travel plans to the Islamorada area! Happy Holidays!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Clean rooms, great location, good prices, and friendly service. We would stay again. The waterfront area is beautiful and kept well. There are hammocks, adirondack chairs and the sand is groomed. There is also access to the ocean. Great stay

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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drop_anchor_12, Manager at Drop Anchor Resort, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Thank you so much for your review of our hotel! We are happy that you chose Drop Anchor to celebrate your birthday!! We take great pride in cleanliness and customer service! We hope that you will choose Drop Anchor when you celebrate future milestones!! Thank you from all the staff! Happy Holidays!
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Oakland Park, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

My husband and I along with out 2 small boys (2 1/2 yrs. old & 10 mths.) stayed at the Drop Anchor for a weekend while attending the wedding of our very close friend at a resort right down the street. The room (#5) was very nice and comfortable and the view from our sliding glass door was directly onto the beach (beautiful). Everything worked well in the room. My 10 months old like to crawl everywhere so we placed him on the floor. Unfortunately the floor was not all that clean as we soon notice his little legs were dirty as were the bottoms of our feet. When we went to leave for the evening we tried to lock the deadbolt of our room but the key only locked the doorknob lock. The door did not feel securely locked and when pulling on the door you can see it was loose. Also you could tell if someone really wanted to they could pop a screwdriver in and the door would open easily. When my husband brought this to the attention of the owner he rudely stated that in the 11 years he had owned the place there had never been a problem. That might be but we did not feel we were safe leaving any valuables. So we had to carry whatever few valuables we had on us. Also we paid $190 a night and the resort just down the road where our friend's wedding was had the same type of rooms for $125 and had way nicer pool and heated. Would have said there but it was booked by the time we tried to get a room. Ours was not and it was cold when I tried to take my oldest son in the pool.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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drop_anchor_12, Manager at Drop Anchor Resort, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
I would like to begin by thanking you for the post to TripAdvisor. We genuinely appreciate all guests opinions/comments whether they may be good or bad. I am happy that overall you enjoyed the Oceanfront room that you occupied. As to the cleanliness of the floor, because of that wonderful balcony that opens directly onto the beach, sand is always a factor. The staff takes great pride in keeping our rooms as well as the exterior areas of the property in pristine condition. If you felt that the floors were dirty upon arrival, we could have offered 2 solutions to that "issue". We could have moved you to a comparable room or we would have happily swept and mopped again if only it had been brought to our attention. As far as the locking of the deadbolt, that is a security feature for when you are inside the room so that there is not another key able to open your door. The deadbolts cannot be locked from the outside due to hotel and Fire Marshall codes. These rules/regulations are specifically designed for the safety of all guests. As the owner indicated to you, the door was fully secure using the procedure of turning the lock on the door handle. I apologize that your perception of his attempt to explain why you were unable to obtain a key to lock your own deadbolt was rude. We also take great pride in customer service and made every attempt to help you feel secure as well as provided flash lights and an extra person (an employee) to assist you in a property wide search of your set of car keys that were misplaced. We are a small family oriented property that, to date, has not had any issues of theft. To be fair, I am sure most locks could be tampered with including ones at your home. (We also had our Maintenance Department do a secondary check to ensure the lock was working properly.) There is someone on property 24 hours a day to ensure that things of that nature are not attempted. Also, I would like to apologize that you feel that 82 degrees is too cold for the swimming pool. Our pool is heated and is set on a constant temperature of 82. Ultimately, if we did not meet your expectations after the first night of your two night stay, we certainly would have allowed you to depart early without penalty and would have happily assisted you in finding other accommodations. Also, please bear in mind that you were NOT charged for the extra adults that occupied your room or for the additional vehicle that was parked on the property. Again, thank you for your review.
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Waretown, New Jersey
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We were looking for a place to stay for a one-night layover in Islamorada, and we found a gem. Small, yes! But the cleanliness, waterfront grounds, pride in ownership, and budget friendly price made it perfect. We could have walked to several places to eat, and it was a quick drive to several more options. The sand covered yard had a view that was unbelievable. The pool was a nice touch! Would we stay there again? Of course!

Room Tip: We had a smaller room facing the beach. The bathroom (and shower) were teeny, but the price and cle...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Sarasota, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Just got back from a mid week stay at the Drop Anchor, what a great place to relax. We never left the property, the kitchen was ample enough to cook full meals, plus we made use of the outdoor grills. Coffee in the AM on our patio, the rest of the day on the sand under a tiki. There is an obvious pride of ownership, it is very clean and well maintained. We loved the old school Florida vibe, and enjoyed the convenience of A/C, WiFi, and cable TV . We live on the west coast of Fl. there is nothing like the Drop Anchor here can't wait to get back!

Room Tip: Use the virtual tour, we like the first floor with access to the sand and great views
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  • Stayed November 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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drop_anchor_12, Owner at Drop Anchor Resort, responded to this review, November 10, 2013
Our staff and i would like to thank you for the positive review. Regards
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Address: 84959 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Islamorada
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Hotel Class:3 star — Drop Anchor Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 18
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