When we planned a trip to Key Largo from our home at Boca Raton, Florida, we wanted not only a change of scenery (both places have palm trees and warm weather), but something more "authentic" to the area. Within 5 minutes, my Trip Advisor search turned up Seafarer. This was easy, after I eliminated all the major hotel chains from my search, along with those with low review ratings.
All of the positive accolades about this property in reviews here are spot-on. It is old Florida, a 1952 "motel" on the beach, with many positive aspects, and at a good price. For now! ;) There's only 17 rooms / cottages.
The owner, Henry, purchased Seafarer about 7 months ago, and embarked on a renovation campaign immediately, and it is on-going, and producing great results. I can't wait to see it in a year's time, and I will! Frankly, no worries about visiting Seafarer as she exists. Henry has made great progress.
If you're expecting the Fontainebleau in Miami, or a generic "Hilton", do us a favor and stay away. I've stayed at such hotels, and much better, and this is not what we wanted. Nonetheless, Seafarer gets 5 stars from me, based on who and what they are!
Previous, positive reviews will give you a good idea of what to expect. Seafarer is friendly, comfy, laid back and low-key. Definitely "low frills", but with great value and service.
1. Henry, the owner, is a talented, intelligent, cordial, gracious, and hands-on-owner. He also has a good background in this business that suits him well to owning Seafarer. Heck, he answered the phone when I called to make the reservation! My best photo is of Henry standing on the roof of a building pruning a palm tree- talk about hands-on! He'll do what is necessary to make your stay pleasant.
2. It is a lovely property. As it exists I have no complaints, but Henry is making it better. Watch and see, he'll do it. Obviously, I spoke to him about some of his plans.
3. The staff is WONDERFUL! How could I not mention Scott, who does just about everything. He can check you in, do a repair, (he actually re-painted all the buildings!) get you set up with a Kayak, and that's just one of many hats he wears. He's Henry's man of the moment, and is very cordial, and will go out of his way to help, as will all the staff. Jennifer checked us in when we arrived, and she walked us to our room, "Bonefish", and gave us the lay of the land. Lovely woman. How many times do you get personally shown to your room at most hotels?
4. No bar, no restaurant, but great, complimentary, coffee, orange juice and muffins in the morning outside the office. Their web site explains all, along with a complete plan of the facility and photos and descriptions of all the rooms / cottages.
5. Free Wifi!! It works well too! I saw at least two transmitters in the complex, and I had strong signal strength everywhere.
Our room, "Bonefish", was newly refurbished, as have been other rooms, and featured durable, vinyl hardwood floors throughout, comfy beds and pillows, nice sheets, a 32"+ flat screen TV (with a boat-load of cable channels), French doors leading to the huge deck, and a separate bathroom and shower room. The latter with a "rain shower". I never hesitated walking with bare feet on the floor.
I could go on and on, but I LOVE this place, and certainly hope to return. It ranks among, well, its in a class all its own for Key Largo! Good for you, Henry and crew. My best wishes to you all!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waterfront cottages located in the heart of Key Largo. Enjoy spectacular sunsets, relax in a hammock, bbq, kayak, scuba, snorkel, all in the charming setting of the Old Florida Keys. Family owned and operated. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seafarer Hotel Key Largo