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Crystal Manatee Extended Stay Suites
Reviewed February 8, 2013

only stayed 2 nights as planned - room was spacious and well equipped but definitely in need of updating. But it all worked and clean. Only downside was the previous occupant(s) who must have been heavy smokers due to the smell, Quiet area a couple of minutes from Kings Bay. Very convenient for manatee tours especially for 06:15 starts! Chambermaid (sorry we forgot your name) was very helpful. Would certainly go back. Excellent value for money.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

We stayed at the manatee for one month. The staff were always friendly and helpful. John was always available when we had a question. The room we stayed at was very nice. Bathroom needed a face lift. Hope to return next year. The things to see and go to well worth the trip. Thanks John. Rob and June

Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
3  Thank June S
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Reviewed January 22, 2012

This is an older rustic extended stay motel right in the heart of Crystal River that is really centrally located for anyone.....particularly for subcontractors for the Progress Energy power plant. The rooms are older however are clean and fully equipped with kitchens and free wi-fi and great cable TV choses! Is within walking distance of several parks, the water and is extremely quiet for people to sleep after having put in many hours working at power plant. Also has amenities to do laundry as well as cleaning staff is friendly and stays on top of cleaning. We rented twelve(12) units for two(2) years for our employees to work at the power plant. It was perfect for our employees as well as was really close to the power plant. The price was incredible for our employees and you didn't need to sign a contract for long term stays. Perfect for subcontractors.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled on business
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3  Thank Rkava1
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

Visited recently and stayed over a Friday night into Saturday. It's true the amenities aren't state of the art, but my room was clean, the shower was great (plenty of water pressure) and the staff was awesomely helpful.
I wanted to go kayaking, and the kayak launch point is about 1/2 block away. 15 minutes after I launched, I was in the middle of a whole bunch of manatees. It was tremendous. The manager let me do a late check out so I could get my paddle in, and the housekeeping staff was very understanding as well.
Overall I suppose you could stay at a newer or a chain hotel, but you wouldn't get the personal touch and friendliness of a much smaller (and nicer) hotel like this one.
I will definitely be staying here again!

Room Tip: It's a small hotel, so it looked to me like all of the rooms were good.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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6  Thank Kevin K
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Reviewed December 13, 2011

Stayed for a week in November, great price and some good eateries in walking distance aswell as all that Kings Bay has to offer, with 2 good state parks within a short drive and kayaking, and of course Manatees

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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2  Thank PeetieM
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

The grounds and location at the Crystal Manatee are very charming and quiet. It is close to shopping and food and a short drive from everything else.

The interior of the rooms leaves some to be desired, if you're only in town for a weekend. Most of our lightbulbs were burned out and the floors and counters are a bit stained. It is not a quaint bed-and-breakfast room, but the rooms are clean.and the management is very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank MalloriWillisRauch
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Reviewed July 4, 2011

A friend and I were participating in the local Uncle Sam Scallop Jam event at Kings Bay Park in Crystal river and for a convenience factor selected this property to have easy access to the event as we knew it would be a long hot day and a we would need somewhere close to cool off clean up and and get away from the crowd. This is your classic old florida efficiency motel. The majority of their client base are subcontractors coming in and out of the Progress Energy Plant to do specialty work. However for a visitor to the area who is part of that authentic experience Florida of the past crowd this place has some perks. It's in a quiet part of the Old downtown you can walk to restaurants, Kings Bay Park, Hunters Spring Park etc. Huge Old Oak trees on the property. Full size refrig was clean and so was the room. It's sandwiched between the Historic Crystal River women's club and a upscale housing development across the street. Parking is limited but available (no boat trailers or big rigs would work here). The caretaker of the property, lives on property and is protective and proud of the care he takes in maintaining the grounds. So if you don't mind a little worn, a window shaker to cool the place down (which worked very well) this property won't disappoint you. If you prefer the clean crisp feel of the newer chain hotels I'd recommend going elsewhere.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Crystal Manatee Extended Stay Suites

Address: 310 N Citrus Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428-4013
Location: United States > Florida > Crystal River
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Crystal River
Price Range: $65 - $77 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Crystal Manatee Extended Stay Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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