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All reviewstimes squarebeach chairsthe north endbay viewwithin walking distancefull kitchenking bedtop floorfree beachscreened porchgreat place to staytown squareft myers beachhome away from homethe location is perfectpull out couchheated pool
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

We recently spent eight days at Casa Playa in Room 401. First of all, this resort has many positives: million dollar views, clean beach, convenient parking, two great restaurants (Mantanza's and Smokin Oyster Bar) within a mile, lovely pool area and pleasant, generally responsible staff. The condos are basically clean with varying levels of remodeling, all with a screened porch; we have stayed in four of them.

Our concerns and inconveniences are as follows:

1. Security. There is no key-required entry to the elevator or stairs leading up to the rooms; anyone could walk up to your room from the beach or street. Our room safe was not working, so we had to carry our valuables with us every minute while on the beach. An employee told us that safe had been broken for at least a month; it was not repaired during our visit.

2. Noise. The rooms ending in 01 are across from the elevator and the constant on/off whine of the motor is barely noticeable in the living room, but very much so in the bedroom when you're trying to go to sleep. If we return, we would try to avoid this side of the building. Equally annoying is the exceptionally loud slamming of doors from sunup to bedtime and loud voices of guests in the hallways. We are all at the mercy of fellow travelers, but couldn't some improvement be made in the door's closing mechanism, or insulation, or something??

3. Smell of cigar and cigarette smoke from other guests' porches. Smoking is allowed on the porches (lanais) and it definitely does drift to other porches. It drove us indoors on two occasions. I wish smoking would be prohibited on the lanais.

4. Dated rooms, fixtures and appliances, cramped bathrooms w/ tub/shower curtain set up...yes, it's an older building but surely some more updating could be done. Thin bed linens, semi-clean upholstery, occasional mildew smell and rickety toilet (room 302), tricky door locks, other nuisances too petty to mention but which prevent that little touch of luxury travelers seek. To be fair, room 401 on this visit was newly painted and seemed a bit nicer than previous rooms.

While the exterior of Casa Playa is lovely and well-maintained, it just seems as if the owners are doing as little as necessary in their individual units, reflected in the lack of a guest evaluation procedure. Upon check-out I asked for an evaluation form on the unit and was told to just write it on TripAdvisor!

Room Tip: Rooms ending in 01 hear the elevator engine whine and loud guests at the elevator.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Toonces
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Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

I decided to book Casa Playa upon reading reviews on here. Everything everyone mentioned was true. Our room was clean, quiet and even though we were on the first floor facing the bay we still loved the view.

The walk to the beach is the best part and loved how excluded it felt. Its on the quiet side of the beach but not a far walk from the pier.

Can't wait to return!!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
2  Thank lstone421
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

Very nice resort. Right on the beach with complimentary beach chairs and towels and a nice swimming pool. Wonderful view of the sunset from your own balcony (screened). Pet friendly. Good (free) internet connection. Only con, sofa-bed in living room is a bit outdated and not very comfortable for an adult, at least in the unit we rented (5th. floor). And, yes, we plan to go back as soon as possible!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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4  Thank travelbug46_12
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

The staff is friendly, the resort is clean and kept beautiful. Right on the beach. Can't get any better!!!!! Dog Friendly - Can walk to the center of town and eat and drink. Very laid back and friendly

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank DeniseI312
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

Our last night and again we wished we had more time! I didn't write a review last year, I didn't want to give our secret away! ALL the staff is seriously WONDERFUL and Casa Playa is perfect for us- Clean, Quiet, Convenient, and so much more! Thank you Debbie and staff, we again enjoyed our stay! See you next year!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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