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“Definitely average and certainly overpriced”
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Dove Creek Lodge
Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Key Largo
Certificate of Excellence
UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Definitely average and certainly overpriced”
Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

We had a two night stay at the end of May. This was the final stop on our two week trip and was a real disappointment. Whilst the cove setting is pretty the lodge was poor for the price paid. It cost more per night than the Waldorf Astoria no less!

Our room was billed as ocean view and did have a nice view but no balcony just a netted patio. Walking past the rooms felt like walking past zoo cages! We were also placed at the end of the block next to an extremely noisy air conditioning unit so the patio was unusable. We were told that they would be full the following day so we couldn't move rooms. Also when I threw back our curtains each morning a very poorly placed housekeepers cart was right in the middle of our view despite there being plenty of other areas to place it. Not thoughtfull! On our departure morning the housekeeper hovered looking into our room constantly waiting for us to leave hours before checkout time.

Our wi fi didn't work the whole time and we were told they didn't have anyone else having problems one minute to being told there were four rooms they were waiting for an engineer to fix the next and given it was Memorial Day weekend (we stayed Thursday Friday) we wouldn't get it fixed so we traipsed to the lobby to do our on line check in for our flight after we discovered it worked there- they forgot to mention this when we told them we had no wifi on our first day. The girl really couldnt care less

The fridge in our room was thick with frost and whilst there is a microwave there are no plates or cutlery and only 2 cups. The bed was comfortable and the room clean enough. The biggest challenge in the room was that the only mirror is the bathroom mirror so getting ready for an evening out was hard work. There should be a mirror in the bedroom at the very least.

The pool and grounds are nice but the pool was dirty and only a few sun loungers plus who would pick metal loungers for a poolside in the hot sunny Keys! Watch out they can burn getting on and off.

On departure as we had pre paid they weren't interested and I couldn't be bothered due to the lack of caring shown on check in and dealing with our wifi issues. I wouldn't stay again or recommend it unless you have a boat you need to dock and can't find anywhere else. The only saving grace for this stay was the location close to John Pennecamp park and Snappers next door which was a joy.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

We stayed at Dove Creek this weekend. We had a small issue arise at check-in but they immediately took care of it, and, no joke, the GM took the time to meet us in person at the Dolphins Plus facility (where we had told her we'd be) to make sure the problem had been solved and we were satisfied. Of course, we were.

The king suite w/ ocean view is huge, with a separate bedroom, large living room w/ pull-out couch, and a separate large kitchen. The resort has a perfect size pool on the ocean side, hot tub, and free kayaks, paddle boats, etc., in the marina next to the pool and hammock area. The resort is close to Dolphins Plus and John Pennekamp Park, which is why we were visiting Key Largo w/ the kids for Father's Day weekend.

I think this is the first review I've ever taken the time to write a review for a hotel and it's mainly because the staff and GM in particular were so great. We'll be back in August for our last weekend getaway of the summer.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2013

We spent 5 days on a dive trip to Key Largo with a teen and had a wonderful stay at this property. Room was clean, bed comfortable and provided just the right amount of amenities. Good linens and towels, Tommy Bahama bath products. Nice screened sitting area. Free WiFi and continental breakfast are nice.
The common grounds are very well kept. Nice pool and marina areas.
There is not quite enough covered parking for all guests and the lobby is only open 7am-7pm. If you are arriving later than 7pm they will arrange for your room keys to be available.
The nearby restaurant is only average for food, but there is often good live entertainment.
We would definitely return.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed June 8, 2013

We stayed for 6 nights at DCL, we brought our boat and got certified for scuba diving while there. We caught mahi mahi, and used their has grill to prepare our meal. The beds are so comfortable and the whole lodge is so relaxing. We got to know Jane and Bobby so well and we will return asap. We had such a nice time, breakfasts were delicious so much fruit and the key lime tarts were a nice touch. The artwork around the lodge had great pictures of fish both black and white, and some gorgeous watercolors. Tommy Bahama soaps and shampoos and nice towels completed the feel of luxury. Just a side note, the Keys are not beach front! Only two or three beaches exist one in Marathon called Sombrero, and one in lower Keys called Bahia Honda and a small one in Key West. DCL does a wonderful job of giving you the sand beneath your toes with hammocks and chairs but you can't swim in the marina. If you want to relax and be in a palm tree paradise then you will be very pleased with this lodge. Thanks Again ;)

  • Stayed June 2013
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McLean, Virginia
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We traveled with our 3 school aged children and stayed in one of the 2 bedroom suites. We could not have been more happy, and I am a very difficult person to please. The resort property was beautiful and we really enjoyed the kayaks, water trike, and paddle boats; I wish I had more time in the hammock though! The continental breakfast was much more than I expected. We all loved the key lime yogurt parfaits and I thought they had a great overall selection. The fact we could walk to Snapper's for dinner was a wonderful treat. We ended up eating there two nights in a row we loved it so much. We found the staff to be very helpful and our room was very clean. We would definitely return again!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Couldn't fault anything very good restaraunt a stones throw away.we stayed 10 nights and was lucky to see live music in restaraunt/bar nearly every night.would definatly stay there again.we came from the UK and loved every minute.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2013

I can't understand why this hotel Is so highly rated, it was disappointing on so many levels. The service was at best disinterested, the wifi patchy, the towels had holes in them and the general decor was looking a bit sad. And that's to say nothing of the state of the ice machine. And how can a hotel not be staffed after 7pm? The breakfast was also disappointing - limited choice (no bread for toast) - and not great quality. The Snapper restaurant was ok, but like the hotel could do with a bit of a clean. One night was more than enough.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Dove Creek Lodge
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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