We stayed here in January with a group. Our group leader secured a great price for the hotel and the boat for snorkeling with the manatees; they were also great with air fills for our afternoon dive trips. Our leader also let us know well in advance that we wouldn't be staying at the Ritz!
While the rooms were as clean as they could possibly be (housekeeping is great) and the front desk friendly, this hotel is definitely worn out. The bathrooms are in serious need of total gutting (some mold issues and the hot and cold water faucet was switched), the carpet is extremely old and matted, the mattresses need to be replaced as well as the pillows (which I wouldn't even consider pillows, just some balled up material inside a pillow case). Structurally it seems that not much has been done to keep this place up since it was built in the 50's or 60's other than some coats of paint - can definitely see how concrete pads have sunk/settled and other structural things with windows and walls. It's really a shame because it is in a perfect location and the view is beautiful!
With that said, for the price of our trip and the location so close to the manatees, it was acceptable and I can't say that I wasn't warned.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Port Hotel & Marina is a bustling Waterside Resort Located On Florida's Outstanding Waterways.This resort located on 7-acres has provided a scenic hideaway for the last 50 years.Tourists come to the waterside resort to dive in the fresh springs and experience some of the most exciting manatee diving in the world.• Dive Center• Manatee Tours• Boat Rental• Boat Ramp• Swimming Pool• Ale House Restaurant• Tiki Bar ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Port Hotel Crystal River