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“A good place to hang your hat while visiting Cedar Key”
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Faraway Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Cedar Key
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We stayed at the Faraway Inn for two nights in March. We walked to the grocery store, to restaurants for supper and around town for sightseeing. Launching our kayaks from the beach across the road from the Inn was a nice treat, as opposed to hauling them halfway across town if we had stayed somewhere else. Even at low tide, we could walk out to the water line without fear of getting stuck in the mud, unlike other shorelines in town. We loved meeting the resident cats, as well as the visiting dogs (and cat). The courtyard in front of the office was sheltered from the winds off the water, so was a comfortable place to sit in the afternoon and catch up on Facebook with the awesome wifi connection. Our motel room had everything we needed for making our own breakfast (except an electric tea kettle which we had us with us anyway). The bed was comfortable, the towels were super soft and the shower had lots of pressure. All in all, a very good place to stay in Cedar Key.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay in Cedar Key and at Faraway Inn. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and being so specific regarding the access for launching our free use canoes and kayaks. We are glad you enjoyed the visiting dogs and cats. Turtle was the Calico cat you probably saw lounging and Micheal Jackson was the long haired black and white kitty meandering. Cedar Key and Faraway Inn are very pet friendly places. When we first saw the Faraway Inn it was very rough and rusticly fish camp like but we saw the potential in the property to create nooks and crannies for guests to relax as well as the potential to turn our units into fun clean overnight accommodations for our guests and their best friends. We sure hope that you make Cedar Key a regular getaway and we promise to keep you surprised at Faraway Inn with new uodates and renovations we have in store this year.
Respectfully,
Doreen and Oliver Bauer - owners/innkeepers

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

My husband and I agree that this was our most relaxing vacation ever. We took our dog and our teenage niece and nephew with us and we had an awesome time. It was relaxing, the food was so delicious and everyone was friendly. No one acted like they were there "working" everyone seemed happy to be doing what they did and they made us feel welcome and wanted in their town. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 20, 2013

Thank you so much for your very generous review. We are always sooo pleased when our guests enjoy complete relaxation while visiting Cedar Key and staying at Faraway Inn. We take pride in Faraway Inn and so does our awesome staff of stars Wendy, Samantha, Steve and Brandy. Cedar Key as well as Faraway Inn are very unique places off the beaten path. We are a family place and we enjoy the kids and the pets and offer many safe locations on the property for the kids to hand out and play. We look forward to your next visit.
Health, Happiness, Peace,
Doreen and Oliver Bauer - owners/innkeepers

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Reviewed March 10, 2013

If you are looking for a simple place to stay in a cute little town this is the place. We had cottage #11 that was right across the street from the water with a beautiful sunset view. The swinging bench and chairs make for a great sunset area. The room was very clean, and the proprietors couldn't do enough. There was free bicycle and canoe usage. The average rating comes in with the room. For the size there was too much furniture in there to move around. It was a little smaller than the average size hotel room with a couch, eating area, mini fridge, valet (instead of a closet) bed and chair. A little cluddered. It is a bit of a distance from the main area but a walk does everyone good. Maybe a 10 minute walk, but can be done all along the water or the cozy streets of this wonderful little town.

Room Tip: Go for the cottages #10, 11, or 12 for a sunset view.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We hope that you had a nice relaxing time while at Faraway Inn and Cedar Key. We will be replacing all the furnishings and beds in our Gulf View Units at the end of May 2013. The Gulf View Units are not cottages but more motel style units. We will be replacing the current furniture with a rustic pine motif and reconfiguring the units furnishings and bed to open up the space a bit more. Please keep in mind that Faraway Inn was originally built in the late 40's so we have to work with what we have. We feel that adds to the charm of "Old Florida" living. We hope to have you visit us again and see all the upgrades we have in store for this year.

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Doreen and Oliver Bauer owners/innkeepers

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Reviewed March 2, 2013

We stayed this week in one of the Gulf View rooms. The description on the website is accurate. We arrived earlier than scheduled, but we were allowed to go ahead and get checked in (thank you). All staff members were nice and smiled a lot during our multi-day visit. Our room was very clean - there was no pet smell at all. The grounds were clean.

The patio area has a big propane grill and we used it several times during our multi-night stay. There are plenty of places to sit in the shade or in the sun. The view of the gulf is peaceful. It is a great place to get caught up on your reading. Or napping. There are plenty of bikes and boats if you prefer to exercise.

A well-stocked little grocery sits just a few minutes' walk up the street, so we bought food and cooked at the inn instead of going to restaurants. The little market has a surprisingly good wine selection. There is also a nice roadside stand at the Chevron station - lots of great cheeses, spreads, fruit, and vegetables. We ate our meals on the porch because the weather was nice and so was the view. Many businesses close on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (but the little grocery was open). The island is small enough that everything is within walking distance. There is really no need to drive your car once you arrive.

Most of the time the property was very quiet. Some of the small dogs were barking when guests left them in the room during the day and went sight-seeing. During the evening, the TV in the next room was audible, but fortunately everybody seems to go to bed early. During the night all was peaceful and we slept very well. The bed, pillows, and sheets are very comfortable.

Area to improve: the Wi-Fi is fast (10 Mbits per second), but it stopped working a couple of times while we were there. Even when working, the signal was not available in our room - we had to sit outside to use it. Adding a second router would be great. The signal is strong in the pavilion.

Overall this visit was a good investment of vacation time and money and I am glad that we stayed here.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded March 4, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a bright review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. As we all know when traveling - one is never sure what they will get in overnight stays.
We are pleased you felt our website description matched up with what we offer.
The issue you had with the wifi cutting out was because it took 2 days for the phone company to install and work out some bugs with the upgraded faster wifi we were having installed. If you have any information regarding outdoor routers or expanding these systems to cover a larger range please contact us. Otherwise this is something we will look into but are not very knowledgeable about.
We are thrilled that our staff of awesome people (Wendy, Samantha, Steve and Brandy) took good care of you. Our trust in our staff in high. We know how hard they all work to make every guest feel important and welcomed.
We look forward to having you visit again and seeing all the new surprises we have in store with renovations.
Peace, Happiness and Respect,
Doreen and Oliver Bauer owners/innkeepers

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

After traveling up and down the Atlantic and the Gulf Coast of Florida we checked into the Faraway Inn for some rest and relaxation. Stayed in cottage 1 which has a perfect view of the gulf. The location is a short walk along the water to Dock Street where most of the restaurants and shops are but without the noise. The weather was perfect and everybody made good use of the free kayaks and bikes. Sunsets over the gulf cannot be beat and almost every evening people come from around town to watch. The swings in the gazebo are the perfect place for this.With al the different seating areas around the Faraway Inn you will always find a quiet place to read even if it is fully booked. The cottage is furnished with everything you need for a short or lengthy stay. We were there for three weeks and just relaxed and loved it.
Wendy, Sam and Steve were very helpful and went out of their way for everyone. Thank you!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2013

Thank you so much for your kind review. We are always pleased when guests enjoy their time at Faraway Inn and Cedar Key. Cedar Key is definitly the place to be when in search of R&R and a safe tourist community to unwind. I am so pleased you noticed all the nooks at Faraway Inn to relax and read a book. We try hard at the Faraway Inn to make sure we have just about anything a person could need during their stay with us. We are very pleased to hear that our awesome folks at Faraway (Wendy, Steve and Sam) were all very helpful and pleasant. We really feel that we have about the best group in Cedar key working with us. Apologies we did not meet you but my husband was very ill for a few weeks and we have lots of animals we tend to daily. We assist with a volunteer trap neuter return program of our islands feral and stray cats. We have had 856 cats spayed/neutered/vaccinated in Cedar Key. We love our island city and spend alot of time volunteering our time for animals and kids. Please know that we can be reached 24 hours a day if any of our guests needed us for anything. We always post our after hours contact information.

Peace, Happiness and Health,
Doreen and Oliver Bauer owners/innkeepers

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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We booked gulf front room #11 for a last minute get-away and couldn't have been more pleased. The room was very clean and comfortable, and everything about the inn was quaint and laid back. The decor and furnishings are older, but not overly worn, and the age actually adds to the charm. The queen bed was super comfortable and the shower had seemingly endless hot water (so nice after a cold, rainy night fishing on the pier). The inn also offers free use of their kayaks and bikes, something we did not have time to take advantage of this trip but plan to next. The inn is pet friendly (can't wait to bring my dog next time). I was a little worried because in the past when I had stayed at pet friendly places they were always a little dingy or smelled of "eau du wet dog"...not the case at all with the Faraway Inn...if I hadn't known better I never would have guessed that dogs had stayed in our room. All in all, the Faraway Inn is a great get-away and we can't wait to get away again!

Room Tip: The gulf view rooms all have nice views of the water and large patios out front
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review. Reviews are so important to our business and allow us to learn of things that are good and things we need to improve upon. As soon as the busy season ends we have plans to update furnishings in gulf view units and make gulf view units 10 and 12 with queen size beds. Though we are still in kind of a recession business has picked up considerably so we are planning for new beds, linens, furnishings for our gulf view units and bed updates for all other units too. The past 4 years were so off with the economy and oil spill that we were not able to do as much in renovations as we wanted. We look forward to offering our guests more mom and pop motel comforts to help make everyones stay more enjoyable.
Peace, Happiness and Health,
Doreen and Oliver

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Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Faraway is a collection of kitchsy cottages in the old town part of Cedar Key. The location is perfect - easy walk to restaurants or the market, easy bike ride all over the island. And what's great is, the Faraway provides free beach cruiser bikes and kayaks. Since it's just across the small road from the water, you can use the cart to easily take the kayaks in and out. There's a shared pavillion that looks out over the water where you can sit on a swing or chair and relax. Wendy and Sam treat guests like family - just make yourself at home! It's a low key, easy going place that makes it easy to feel at home in Cedar Key.

Our cottage had everything we needed. There were space heaters (it was February) and window air-conditioners. We didn't need either one. Shower water nice and hot and good pressure. Bathroom updated and nice. The kitchen was adequately equiped for simple meals. (The market just a few blocks away is very good. It even has meats and some organic produce.) We were in #4, which was a great choice, since it is the only one with its own little porch. We turned the TV on once during our four day stay and the reception isn't good, but the office has a selection of VCRs (yes, VCRs) you can borrow. All-in-all it was a great stay and we would stay again.

We do not travel with a pet and, in fact, don't like dogs, but we had no problems with the dogs on the property nor any allergic reaction in our cottage from previous dogs.

The few things I would change: the bedspreads were nylon - like cheap motel spreads. The futon in the living room has a faux leather cover that made it uncomfortable to hang out on. And worst of all, our bed had a dip in the center, which made it hard to sleep on with my husband since we would roll into one another. Also, despite being called an inn, they do not seem to provide inn-like service. You must ask if you want your room cleaned and insist if you want clean linens or towels.

Room Tip: Cottage 1 is closet to the water. Cottage 4 has its own porch and a picnic table nearby.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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FarawayInn, Owner at Faraway Inn, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2013

I love the word kitchsy to describe our place. Thank you for your nice review and your suggestions to better our motel and cottages. Below I have responded to each of your ideas so you know what to expect when you visit us again.
We are located in the historic part of town and we are pleased you found it an easy walk to shops, market and restaurants.
We are glad that you enjoyed the bikes and kayaks. Wendy, Sam and Steve are awesome and we are proud to have them working with us in our goal to please our guests.
We will check out the TV in cottage 4 to see about the reception. It is a new 40" flat screen but sometimes we do have issues beyond our control regarding reception and our cable provider. We do have dvds and yes VHS tapes in the office for borrowing.
Since we are very pet friendly we are pleased you were not bothered by the guests dogs and found our units to be clean and give you no allergic issues. Wendy and Sam work hard to be sure your unit is clean and fresh.
The economy has finally picked up and we can afford more renovations this year. We have all new beds, boxsprings, linens, some furnishings planned to be replaced.
The futons we do not have plans to change mainly because they add an extra place to sleep if needed. We find that couches get lots of crumbs and hair and have been more difficult to keep clean in our atmospehere of pets, sand and outdoor environment. We can't afford real leather covers and fabric would retain odors and stains.
This motel was named Faraway Inn in the early 1960's by the Smyth family and we did not want to change the name after so many years of being known as Faraway Inn. Our apologies if you dissapointed about services expected.
As far as room cleanings we are a Florida Certified Green Lodging and we provide services upon request only. We do have a 3" by 6" engraved sign in the restroom next to the towels explaining our Green Lodging practices.
If you requested service and were denied that is something we need to know. We will have a meeting and go over the importance of letting our guest know of our green lodging practices upon check in and changing out towels and making beds, etc when requested.
Peace, Health, Happiness,
Doreen and Oliver Bauer owners/innkeepers

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Additional Information about Faraway Inn

Address: 847 3rd St, PO Box 370, Cedar Key, FL 32625-5045
Location: United States > Florida > Cedar Key
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Cedar Key
Price Range: $80 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Guests enjoy free use of canoes,kayaks, bicycles, grills, wifi, movies, books, games and more. Golf cart rentals available for our guests. We are located in a residential area within a 5 minute walk to down town and Dock Street. We are very pet friendly with no size or breed restrictions on dogs. We have ample boat parking/rinsing on site. Clean, comfortable, ground floor motel units and cottages equipped with a minimum of fridge, micro, coffee maker, toaster, cable, heat/air/fans. All pets are welcome as long as their humans are well behaved. Your stay helps to support mom and pop business and four local households and our community volunteer Trap Neuter Return program. Thank you for viewing our site and considering your stay with us. Faraway Inn was built in the early 1950's on the original site of the 19th Century Eagle Pencil Company Cedar Mill. ... more   less 
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