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“Underwhelmed by the Dove Creek Lodge”
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Dove Creek Lodge
Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Key Largo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 22, 2011

We were on our way back from a fabulous 5 night stay at the La Mer B & B in Key West and decided to stop in Key Largo for a night on our way to Miami. We had booked a room for one night based on the reviews we had read. When we checked in our room was not what we were promised when we made the reservation but the desk clerk insisted it was as depicted on the website. The room was clean but noisy. I was rattled awake in the morning by slamming doors and banging noises as they were preparing for the continental breakfast that was served in the lobby. Not what I want to awaken to when I'm on vacation. The grounds of the hotel are shabby looking and not inviting at all. I was very disappointed. The only positive of the experience was Snappers restaurant next door. Super friendly staff and good food. Needless to say, I won't be stopping at the Dove Creek Lodge again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2011

Don't get me wrong - the room was clean, the staff friendly, the grounds immaculate.... but for $250.00/night I was expecting a little bit more.

Also, if you want the sunset you need to be on the bay side of the keys, not the ocean side - we thought we'd have the best view on the Ocean, but in hindsight I think we were mistaken.

I don't think Key Largo has much in the way of a beach, this hotel certainly doesn't have much of one - which was okay. They have a great hammock and swing to relax in, as well as a great pool.

Besides the fact I think it is a smidge expensive for what you get - my only complaint is that the breakfast is a little stingy. Bagels, and cereal looked like the only options.

We probably won't stay here again, only because I'm a bit of a bargain shopper :)

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2011

We stayed at Dove Creek for 2 nights before traveling to Key West for the rest of our vacation. Our stay was a great experience from the moment we arrived at the hotel. Debbie at the front desk escorted us to our room, which was a nice personal touch. The room was a good size with beautiful updated furnishings; white shutters added a nice beachy feel. The layout was great, with a separate closet that housed the fridge and safe. The bathroom was very spacious and again layout was great, with lots of shelves for storage. Because the property is on the smaller size (I believe 19 units), we felt like we had the property all to ourselves. Pool was quite and relaxing. There was a hammock by the water, which we lazily enjoyed each afternoon. There are also complimentary kayaks, which we plan on trying on our next trip. The location is great, a short drive to Islamorada. Snappers restaurant is right across the way. Snappers had live music during the day which we were able to enjoy while lounging at the pool. Overall, we felt like we found a hidden gem in Key Largo. We are so grateful that we chose Dove Creek to stay at (due to all of the great Tripadvisor reviews) and we definitely plan on returning for a longer stay next time we visit the Keys!!

Room Tip: Units on the 2nd floor have screened in patio.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 7, 2011

This is a great hotel. Right next to a restaurant which had fabulous live music for happy hour - making our dip in the pool delightful. Rooms were large, bright, comfortable, and with a great view

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2011

I chose this hotel because of the top ratings on TripAdvisor! We were not disappointed!! We traveled with our teenage son who loved the pool table. The Dove Creek "beach" area has plenty of places to sit and relax. We could play cards and enjoy the gentle acoustic guitar music or steel drums from Snappers, right across the marina. The music was a wonderful bonus and was never bothersome when we were in our room.

Snappers served our favorite lunch. I saw a post that someone thought it was overpriced, but I do not agree. Staying and eating in the keys is not cheap and Snappers served high quality food in a great atmosphere. They even accommodated our special gluten free diet.

Dove Creek was a wonderful place to relax. It is very clean and well kept and the housekeeping staff is pleasant and helpful. My single concern was that our room was above the area where breakfast is available and I could hear the doors closing downstairs when guests started breakfast, around 7:30 am. My heavy sleeper husband was never bothered by it. This was not a big problem for me.

There are a lot of things to do in the keys, especially if you enjoy being in the water and if you don't, just hanging out in this relaxed atmosphere will revive you. We would like to return!

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the common room.
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  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 2, 2011

The Good: This place is immaculately kept, both inside and out. It is a beautiful setting if you just want to relax and do nothing. There is a bbq grill and a nice gazebo with a swing.

The Bad: No cell phone service. Very slow internet.
No place to eat except the overpriced seafood place next door. There is a Burger King and a Dairy Queen a few miles down the road.
The breakfast was ONE choice of cereal which was some kind of granola stuff, bagels, and fresh strawberries and papaya. Not even bread for toast.
It is a $125 room for which they charge $224 and you must pay immediately upon making the reservation, regardless of how far ahead that may be(although this is apparently the routine in the Keys.)

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2011

we are a family of our, two children ages 11 and 13. We reserved two rooms adjoining (upstairs and downstairs) and it was a perfect arrangement! kids had their own room and bathroom upstairs, and we had our own room, bathroom, and sitting area with screened in porch downstairs. We loved the Dove Creek Lodge! beautiful grounds, with lovely landscaping around small pool and sunning beach. you cannot swim in the ocean, as it is like a marina, but no worries. pool area quite comfortable, with swinging hammocks. we love the laid back vibe of the Keys, and this was our first time staying in northern keys. we did not make it to key west this time. instead focused on key largo and islamarada only. did two snorkeling excursions, one fishing excursion, visit to the Theater of the Sea to swim with dolphins, and a sunset view each night! Great 5 night trip. Dove Creek Lodge was perfect!

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Address: 147 Seaside Ave, MM 94.5 Oceanside, Key Largo, FL 33037-3892
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Key Largo
Price Range: $214 - $359 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Dove Creek Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly part of the Ascend Collection of Choice Hotels, Dove Creek Lodge is an intimate island style boutique hotel. Warm, friendly and uncomplicated. Inspired by the lore of Hemingway's Caribbean hideaways. Dove Creek Lodge is the perfect choice for your next island retreat. Located on the Atlantic Ocean, in Key Largo, Dove Creek lodge sits adjacent to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. In the center of the best fishing, diving and family fun you will ever experience.Come, step through our doors and see what we're all about. ... more   less 
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