The other reviews of Cheeca Lodge are mixed, and that sums up our experience too. On the positive side, it is in a fabulous location, with good communal facilities. The staff made us welcome and were generally friendly and attentive. The location is one of the best on the Keys, in our opinion, as there are plenty of restaurants in the immediate vicinity.
On the negative side, our room did not live up to expectations. We had booked a room by the lagoon based on older TA reviews. It seemed that hardly any body else had reserved a room in that area, so we felt a bit out on a limb! We should probably have booked an ocean view room, with a bath on the balcony as others have recommended. The room was spacious enough but very tired. The decor just felt a bit dull. The bathroom in particular needed attention - we had a hole in the bath which had been plugged with some form of plastic! Very off putting, in fact we didn't use the bath at all during our stay.
We did use the hotel's bar and restaurant. The quality was good, but a little pricey. We would recommend trying Chef Micael's, a short stroll away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The "Queen of the Florida Keys", Cheeca Lodge & Spa, an exclusive hideaway for generations of celebrities, business leaders and U.S. Presidents. Set on 27 private oceanfront acres in Islamorada, Cheeca – reopening Dec. 15 - is has been constructed with its original porte-cochere entrance, traditional Florida Keys architecture, chic West Indies décor, and spirited tradition of “barefoot elegance” -- a term coined at Cheeca – all intact. Along with a new Lobby Bar. Cheeca will boast two distinctive restaurants - Nikai Sushi Bar offering the Florida Keys’ freshest sushi, Asian-inspired fare and a unique selection of Japanese sake and wine, and Atlantic’s Edge with a seasonal fine-dining menu of fresh local seafood, prime steaks and organic local produce. The new Cheeca Lodge & Spa will also feature 2,400 square-feet of new retail shops with a Cheeca Signature store featuring Tommy Bahama products. An expanded roster of activities will include on-property flats boats with seasoned local guides for backcountry fishing, sightseeing, eco-tours, kiteboarding, and a junior angler program for teens.The resort’s signature features – classic 525’ wooden fishing pier, tropical gardens, crossing palms archway, saltwater snorkeling lagoon, nature trails, Tahitian-style Spa Lagoon, spectacular purple sunsets, secluded white sand beaches, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, Camp Cheeca children’s environmental activity program, and access to world-class sportfishing – will remain intact.Located just 90 minutes south of Miami International Airport in the Florida Keys, Cheeca Lodge & Spa is just a few hours by air or drive from major East Coast U.S. and Canadian cities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cheeca Hotel Islamorada
- Cheeca Resort Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge Florida
- Cheeca Lodge And Spa
- Cheeca Lodge Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge Spa