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Plantation on Crystal River
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Crystal River
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 6, 2012

Spent two days at the Plantation on Crystal River. We had a fantastic experience....swimming with the manatees, playing golf, and kayaking on the river. The newly renovated hotel was perfect. Our room was graciously decorated and nicely appointed. The hotel's staff was friendly and helpful. The food was spectacular. We highly recommend the Plantation.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

My wife and I spent 5 days at this lovely hotel - the property is right on Kings Bay and the marina provides boats or kayaks that take you straight to the manatees. The staff was very friendly and helpful - they all went out of their way to make sure our stay was a great one, including suggesting multiple activities in the area. Our room had a patio that opened up into the lawn and looked out at the water. Super clean and comfortable. Tons to do in the area and fairly close to both Tampa and Orlando. We are very happy we decided to vacation at the Plantation.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ercisl
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

Large detached hotel, with modern extensions, but get a ground floor room at the back and you will open onto lawns leading to the waterway. The wildlife is fantastic. Canoe from the hotel to lots of manatees in crystal clear water. Food excellent in hotel, pool really warm plus hot tub jaccuzi where we sat and watched a bald eagle.

Room Tip: Get a ground floor room at the back
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

I was very happy with our stay at the Plantation. The grounds were beautiful, staff were amazing, room was nice / clean, view was beautiful, and my daughter loved swimming in the pool in late January. We came up for the Manatee Fest for our non for profit greyhound rescue group. I chose the Plantation because it is pet friendly. The kindness of the staff towards my greys was greytly appreciated. The president of our group stayed elsewhere, and had a bad experience. We have all decided to stay at the Plantation again next year. I would also like to just go up for a weekend and do some tourist activities.

Room Tip: Get a water view. It's a canal, not the Gulf of Mexico, but it is a nice view. We stayed on th...
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 18, 2012

I planned to write a review very similar to the one I just read below with the same title. These people really care about manatee conservation and have valuable skills in guiding guests around the springs (keep in mind some operations use fishing guides that aren't as educated about these endangered creaturs). It was an incredible and extremely affordable experience. I also felt no pressure to purchase a copy of the video that was made of me interacting with these huge gentle animals. Everything was perfect - I can't wait to return !!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank frequent-traveler3
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

Really loved this hotel, my son loved it so much he didn't to leave to travel to orlando and go to discovery cove etc. We stopped for three nights from the 27th - 31st Dec, and stopped in the Rose section.

Breakfast was alacarte but very nice, the dining room was being done out and our last morning there was big queue so had to miss breakfast- this should be resolved soon with the opening of a refurbished dining room which i am sure will be lovely. Ate dinner once but there is some lovely places to eat locally , try crackers for something but there are several chains sucha applebees very close too.

Homosassa spring national prak is about 5 miles awy and that is worth going to and only costs about 13 dollars to get in and includes a boat ride.

Our room was lovely with all the amenties needed including tissues in the room. Bed very comfortable. We had a ground floor room overlooking the canal and lawns in rose

Did not have any problems with bites etc. in fact the only bites we got on the whole hols were after waling in some grass when back in orlando.

In orlando we stopped at the hyatt cypress garden which is ultra modern and has lots of facilities.

to be honest it would be a hard call to say which i would prefer, they were both lovely but different. The manatee snorkel was great but wished they had gone the three sisters spring first to gain confidence as this was more shallow. Also i have never snorkelled and maybe should have had a practice in the pool first .... but it was till fab. I think our instructor was called paul who was really helpful an d supportive of my son when he got a bit nervous.

We ate in the hotel but there are lots of other places too, and the reception were very happy to give you info and directions etc.

They have croquet and other games along the beautiful lawns.

And a final word for the AVEDA spa, i had a massage but it was really spacial and made into more of a treatment with a foot spa to begin, the therapist was excellent and also eagre to give suggestions after the treatment about places to go.

All staff were very friendly, more so than at the Hyatt. I really couldn't fault anything. Would go back just for the laid back and realxing atmosphere, definitely somewhere different and special
........ a hidden gem.

Room Tip: Don't miss the spa, ask for a ground floor room overlooking the canal. Try local places to eat...
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

Although this is a lovely hotel and a perfect place to stay before or after swimming with the amazing manatees, I need to warn people that since staying there last week, I am now covered in bed bug bites. I have never had bed bug bites before and this is the only hotel I've stayed at in the last three weeks. I don't like to make accusations but after reading the bed bug warning from the person who stayed there in November, I have to wonder about this hotel. I did a quick check of the mattress when I was there but failed to do a thorough search, which I now regret. I will contact the hotel to let them know.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Abartlett22, General Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this reviewResponded January 17, 2012

Dear tripadvisor member and Valued Guest ,

We are happy you enjoyed your manatee experience and that you rated us a three out of five in your review. We appreciated that there are bugs in Florida especially what native Floridians know as “No see ums” but we do not have a Bed Bugs. The Plantation on Crystal River was purchased at the beginning of 2011 by a new owner. Our new ownership has a history of finding once beautiful thriving hotels such as the Plantation and restoring them to a former excellence as seen through our company’s hotel portfolio. We have just finished a major renovation in which all the bedding and mattresses in the three main buildings are brand new. We find the accusations in this review to be unfounded. The Plantation has no infestation which can be documented through our regular service records and inspections by professionals in this related field and we would be happy to share them.

As we value tripadvisor and you as a member and a hotel guest we the management team at The Plantation On Crystal River would like to extend an invitation to you. We invite you back to stay with us and enjoy the beauty of our property and product as well as the surrounding area.

Please feel free to contact me personally.

Andrew Bartlett
General Manager

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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
Price Range: $108 - $187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Plantation on Crystal River 3*
Number of rooms: 196
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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