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Plantation on Crystal River
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Crystal River
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Alhaurin el Grande, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Needs the Face Lift to happen soon”
Reviewed July 26, 2011

We stayed at the Plantation Golf Resort and Spa this month and I'm afraid to say I thought it looked a bit shabby and past its best.....they do have a board in the lobby area showing the improvement work that is to take place..so hopefully it will soon be back to top form.
An overpowering smell of Lysol greeted us as we entered the lobby, prompting the youngest member of our group to ask if we were staying at a retirement home...and it did have that sort of feel ( I have nothing against retirement homes...I just don't want to stay in one quite yet ! ). The check in staff were friendly and efficient...but the present layout of the hotel meant that to reach one of our rooms we had to trek (with our luggage) to another wing...then go up one floor in the alarmingly ricketty lift and then trek all the way back on the 1st floor. All three ice machines were not working during our stay, so there were long trips to the bar...down the corridors that were very remeniscent of "The Shining"...However, it has a great location on the river, and the pool and bar are great for people (and boat) watching...we were there during scalloping season so plenty of guests could moor up outside their rooms, so if you can wait until the work is finnished I'm sure this will be a great place to stay.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Lakeland, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2011

Well, it started off going great! Beautiful weather and scenery. When we arrived on July 23rd at 11:15 am we were told at the front desk our rooms would not be ready until 3:30 or 4 that evening, “really not a big deal". When we came back around 4:30 we were informed by staff that one of the rooms we reserved was no longer available due to air conditioning problems and no other rooms were vacant.
Ok still really not a problem because the staff advised they placed us in another hotel approximately five miles away and they would pay the full expense. So, after we informed the other half of out party they would be staying in another hotel my family and I unloaded our vehicle and attempted check in our room at the plantation inn. Well, we were informed again the other hotel was no longer available and now all eight of us (my family and the other party of four) would be staying in an upstairs/downstairs loft with a kitchen across the road on the other property the resort owns. The staff assured it would be better and much nicer than the room we were originally were getting. Well… room 402 did sleep eight, two beds up stairs and two pull out couches down stairs. The beds were fine, but the fold out couches that were equated with a mattress the same thickness as a piece of cardboard were very uncomfortable and felt as if we were sleeping on steel. The air conditioning would not get any colder than 80 degrees and the water stained ceiling and mold was not what I imagined as a good time at a well named resort.
upon checking out, we did in a polite way advise the front deck personnel, but she really seemed as if she didn’t care because we would be gone in a matter of hours........I WILL NEVER STAY AT THIS RESORT AGAIN OR ADVISED ANY WELL RESPECTED PERSON TO STAY AT THIS RUN DOWN ---- HOLE!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

So glad we picked the Plantation Golf Resort. We had a large double room with a patio that was on the the river. The room was large and clean,with nice beds and sheets. The pool area was beautiful, right on the river, it was a really nice spot to relax at the end of the day. The tennis courts were great and the grounds were pretty and well kept. Our only compliant was the room had a slightly musty smell but not enough to bother us. We stayed here for 4 nights and throughly enjoyed Crystal River. The Plantation Golf Resort is definitely the nicest hotel in town

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Hamilton, Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2011

Rooms were comfortable, great pool area. Would definitely return. Only issue I had was the the dive shop was very overpriced as well as the restaurant. For those divers/ snorkelers there is another dive shop down the road "Pro Dive" they are very well priced and the staff is great.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2011

I stayed at this resort last weekend with my fiancee. The resort is in a great location within Crystal River and is central to many restaurants and shops. Over the weekend, we went shopping at the Historic Village, saw the wildlife at Homosassa State Park, and went tubing at Rainbow Springs State park. All places were a short drive from the hotel.

The facilities at Plantation are also top notch. One morning, we rented kayaks and paddled around the bay. It was an easy 15 min paddle to the manatee sanctuaries and we were able spot a few..even in the off-peak season!

The staff at Plantation were extremely friendly, courteous and competent. The front desk and restaurant staff accommodated all of our needs and made our special weekend that much better.

The grounds were nicely maintained and clean. My only complaint was that the room smelled a bit musty.

Overall, our stay at Plantation Resort was excellent!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Chamberlain, South Dakota
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Reviewed June 10, 2011

My daughter and I stayed for 4 nights and had the most wonderful time. My nieces wedding was held on Sat. night at the Plantation, so we booked rooms for the whole time. Got a super rate, and a patio walk out facing the canal. We could walk everwhere around the Plantation. Room was great and clean. The wedding was beautiful and the buffet that was served was wonderful. The whole experience was wonderful, the town of Crystal River was friendly and easy to get around. I would come back every year and stay there if I could. We loved it. p.s. The pool area was awesome too!!

  • Stayed April 2011
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West Palm Beach
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Reviewed June 9, 2011

A resort for the price of a budget inn? What's up with this great deal?! Gorgeous rooms with several choices, wonderful beds, nice staffers - set on a river with boats for rental. The pool was great; it also has a hot tub - and a poolside bar.
Restaurants were nice and though we don't play golf, and didn't have time for the spa this trip, we'll SO be back.
We hear it's under new management, and the rooms are under renovation - but they were lovely as is.
A minor flaw: hallway noise bleeds into rooms, and AC is loud, but this is a very pretty spot - loved the landscaping - close to a lot of attractions. Don't miss the Homosassa springs state park - it's more a zoo and wildlife sanctuary.
Highlander Cafe is super for coffee or lunch (it's on Citrus Ave. just north of Plantation).

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Plantation on Crystal River
Address: 9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429-5376
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Location: United States > Florida > Crystal River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Crystal River
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Hotel Class:3 star — Plantation on Crystal River 3*
Number of rooms: 196
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Welcome to Plantation on Crystal River A hidden gem located on the Nature's Coast of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, our beautiful 50-year-old eco-friendly and green luxury resort hotel's surrounded by the natural springs of Kings Bay. This bay, in Crystal River, is one of the largest spring systems in the state and home to more than 500 West Indian Manatees that migrate each year to the warmth of the springs. We sit on 232 acres of lush preserve land with emerald greens and grand oaks, and house hundreds of birds and wildlife that include: Osprey, Sandhill Cranes, Blue Heron, Red-Bellied Warbler, Yellow-Bellied Warbler, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Egret, Eagles and Grey-Horned Owls to mention a few. OUR HOTEL IS THE PLACE TO STAY & PLAY IN CRYSTAL RIVER, FL Centrally located from Tampa and Orlando, we are a great location for your next • Florida vacation • Corporate Meeting or Retreat • Florida golf vacation • Incentive Group • Florida Wedding • Family Reunion • Fraternal Groups Should you have frequent business in the Citrus County, we have corporate rates available. We have over 12,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor meeting space and beautiful outdoor locations with water views a great backdrop for your special occasion, team building event, or to simply relax and take in the Florida Sunshine and perfect weather. Remember to visit Spa Bleu at Plantation while staying at the Resort to experience a moment of wellness at our first class Aveda Spa. Offering facials, massage therapy,body treatments, Vichy shower, pedicures, manicures, and a full hair-care Salon. And don't forget we are a world class fishing destination as well. Our Adventure center offers guided fishing charters as well and many other water based activities. Including our Trip Adviser top rated "Swim with the Manatee tours". We are the place to play and stay! ... more   less 
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