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Dockside Hotel
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Cedar Key
Rockwood
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“We loved staying here”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Not for you if you want a luxury hotel. But great if you want a charming, clean and comfortable room within walking distance to everything and a view to die for. We watched people fishing on the pier and dolphin swimming from the huge windows in our room. Very affordable and well kept with a pleasant manager. We really enjoyed our stay here.

Room Tip: The front cornor room offers windows on two sides for cross ventilation and great view.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

After reading the horrible review from ONE guest, I was hesitant to book the Hotel. We were Very pleasantly surprised. On the large dock where most of the action is (restaurants,coffee places & bars w/ music overlooking the water) and easy walking distance to the 'downtown' (& Joe's Restaurant) The rooms were fairly spacious w/ fresh paint, crisp white bedding.Mini fridge & microwave,free wi-fi & clean!. Ice can be purchased across the street &.no coffee maker, I knew that before hand & brought my own.........but across the street is a coffee shop.The manager Lynn is a real sweetheart ready to go out of her way to accommodate any( reasonable) request .Request a corner room w/ windows on 2 sides. Also on busy weekends you may want to ask for a room off the street side (motorcycles late at night)
We had the good fortune to meet the owners up for the weekend & lot's of upgrades are planned, ,ie: window coverings & furniture .... Cedar Key is a very laid-back, old Florida town. If you require a few more amenities.......book one of the condos in town, but I will not hesitate to book this hotel again. It's kinda a well-kept secret..

Room Tip: Corner room on backside of hotel
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lake Panasoffkee, Florida
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

We checked in early and found our room to be clean. Kate, the manager went out of her way, to make us comfortable. She took care of little extras, we needed. View of the pier was great. We caught plenty of fish off of it. Nothing fancy, but clean and afordable, with a great manager.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2013

The room had a broken closet door that could have fallen any time and it was heavy , no coffee pot, and all the blinds were broken everyone could see in and very noisy in the morning , it needs to be remodeled !!! The only good thing was the view !! We won't stay there ever again !

  • Stayed December 2012
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Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

I ought to give it four stars just for the ridiculously low rate, but there are a couple of minor issues. We stayed one night (New Year's Eve) and the rate was only sixty bucks. And for that, you really can't complain (much).

We were greeted upon check-in by the manager, who was VERY friendly and welcoming; just a super nice guy. However, he was leaving the next day to move closer to his family, so I don't know what kind of management situation you'll encounter if you stay there.

We stayed in room #6, which is upstairs and faces the water on Dock Street. It was clean enough, and had a mini refrigerator and a microwave. NO EXTRAS, but what do you expect for that rate? Therefore, bring your own hair dryer, shampoo, hand lotion, etc. There are none of those little niceties here (although they do have those tiny little bars of soap). We brought our own small coffee pot and coffee with us. They have free wi-fi, and they gave us the password as soon as we got there.

The furniture is nothing special: a couple of plastic patio chairs and table, two lamps, a TV, and a dresser. The bed was okay, not great, but we didn't wake up crippled, either. And I don't want to come off like the Princess and the Pea, but the sheets are ROUGH. Really. Rough enough that it was noticeable, and every time I rolled over or adjusted the sheet, I noticed how, um, ROUGH they were. So, very low thread count? Skimping on fabric softener? Using sandpaper as sheets? Not sure, but not a deal breaker (although if we go back, I will absolutely bring my own sheets. Yes, really). And if you stay in room 6, it's a king bed in just case you decide to bring your own! :)

The other issue I had may only be with certain rooms (including ours). It was 45 degrees outside, but the room was STIFLINGLY HOT, all night. We actually had to turn on the air conditioner because it was so unbelievably hot. When we checked in, there was an open window in the room, and it was really cool and breezy outside, but since the windows are only on one side, there is no cross ventilation unless you leave your room door open. Which you're not likely to do. I can't imagine how uncomfortable this would be in the summer time. Nevertheless, it was fine after we turned on the AC. I just hate to do that when it's December and really nice outside. I think perhaps the building is just oriented in such a way that even with the windows open, you just won't get much air circulating in the room. And that's not the fault of anyone at the motel, just something you might want to know about the comfort of the room(s).

Last, the next morning I ran into the hotel's owner. He greeted me passing in the hallway (I assumed he was a guest). We wished one another a happy new year, and he asked where I was from. I told him and we chatted, and then he mentioned he was the owner. He was really pleasant, and told me they were getting ready to make a lot of improvements on the motel. I thanked him and told him we'd be back, which we will. It's a sweet little place, nothing fancy, but clean and definitely worth it. It's like a lot of establishments in Cedar Key: owned by a transplant, or a retiree, or someone who just wants out of the rat race. Cedar Key is a wonderful little place, and the Dockside Motel is typical of the character of the town. Go. You'll enjoy it!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Maumelle, Arkansas
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Very nice little place, very clean, and the location is incredible. We didn't have reservations, and arrived late at night, but the owner was very gracious and welcomed us in. It's a small hotel, but the rooms are very comfortable. It's definitely "Old Florida", as is the whole town, but it has a charm to it that you don't see in the new cookie cutter Florida.

Room Tip: We had room number 9, which I'd recommend, right at the top of the stairs, and it's a corner...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Jacksonville, FL
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232 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2012

This is not our first, but one of many stays at the Dockside. Two things made this trip special: (1) The rooms have been updated and (2) We got a chance to meet the owner, Hugh. Hugh is a fine Southern gentleman who lives locally (vs. many out of state and foreign remote owners). He was gracious enough to help my wife carrying the luggage up a flight of stairs and we chatted for awhile. The Dockside has one of the absolute best locations and views on Cedar Key - directly across from a relatively new fishing pier always full of fishermen and fisherwomen that always seem to catch a lot of fish. They are accompanied by the dozens of huge, people-friendly pelicans that are very open to picture and even petting if you are slow and gentle! The only minor issue to staying anywhere on Dock Street is the very limited parking, but the city parking is only 2 blocks away with no fee and we always find a space in front of our room after 7:00pm until 10:00am the next morning even on a holiday or event weekend. The rooms are HUGE, very well maintained and clean. They do not include a coffee maker, but the best coffee in town is right across the street at Ken's. It does include a mini-fridge that actually has a funtioning ice drawer, microwave & 27 inch TV. We love being able to walk anywhere within 10 minutes and we don't have to take out a loan to pay for our stay. I highly recommend the Dockside and if you are very lucky, you might meet Hugh.

Room Tip: All but a very few have water Gulf views and even those in back are on an access canal.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dockside Hotel
Address: Cedar Key, FL
Location: United States > Florida > Cedar Key
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Cedar Key
Number of rooms: 33
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