Since we were going to be traveling to the keys with another couple, we were hoping to find a place with 2 rooms that was within our price range. We searched for weeks, and finally ended up with an awesome hotwire deal, which landed us at 1800 Atlantic. After reading the reviews, I was a little nervous, but I was just happy we would have 2 rooms and a full kitchen.
We were very pleasantly surprised when we opened the door to our condo! Perhaps there are some units that aren't so up-do-date, but this one was great! The 2bed/2bath set up was perfect for our situation as we were able to put our 3 year old down for naps without having to inconvenience anyone.
We loved having a full kitchen as well, and saved a lot of money by making our own meals. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed to cook our meals, though we could have used a few more knives for prep. Steak knives aren't the most versatile... But we made do. We even cooked up some fish the men caught on our last night there!
The living room was nice and spacious, and featured a couch bed and a flat screen TV with digital cable (the master suite also had a flat screen). We had a nice big dining table that seated 6 comfortably.
One of the complaints I did have was that the king bed in the master suite was a little worse for wear, as were the linens. A little investment on the owners part there could go a long way. Our traveling companions pushed the twin beds together in the other room, and had no complaints that I know of.
The master suite was very large, with an updated bathroom with a separate shower and jacuzzi. The seal on the tub had a pretty slow leak, and I had to add some water every 5 minutes or so. The bathroom door was also coming off it's hinges. I was sure to make note of it in the guest book, though I'm sure the owners are aware of this? Anyway, these were very minor things that didn't interrupt our stay much. These are privately owned condos after all, and not a hotel. If we were staying in a hotel, my expectations and standards would have been much higher.
We had to do the routine clean up as we were leaving, but with 4 adults working on it, it took us less than a half hour to get everything going.
The grounds were also very nice. We played in the nice big, clean pool every day. Sometimes we were the only ones there! There was also a hot tub and sauna, but us ladies are with child, so we passed this time but it looked very nice.
Smathers Beach was just a two minute walk from the grounds. There were times when it smelled pretty terrible. Those traveling to the keys should know that this isn't the big wave, white sand beach. But it was still fun to be by the sea, and we enjoyed the beach under a shady palm tree.
Oh, also important to note, there were no instructions for how to connect to any kind of wi-fi, even though it was advertised that we would have access. This was slightly annoying, as the property manager struggled to find a solution for us, trying to get us to hop onto other connections of nearby units he managed. This was a slight problem as I am a graphic designer and do a lot of work on the go, and need internet.
Overall, for less than $200 a night for a 2 bed, 2 bath condo with a full kitchen, we were more than happy to overlook the little setbacks we experienced. I would definitely stay here again. We could have easily fit 3 or 4 more people comfortably in there. If you are looking for a fancier place where you have your linens changed and fresh towels every day, go to a hotel. But this was totally our style, and an awesome deal to boot.
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- Contemporary Mid-rise Condominium Resort with tasteful furnishings, popular amenities; situated adjacent to the beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 1800 Atlantic Hotel Key West