just finished 4 days / 3 nights at CM. We usually stay at Ocean Key but this time decided to go elsewhere. We were attracted to the promise of a larger beachfront (keys beachfront) resort with multiple pools and plenty of grounds to enjoy. This was definitely the case as we highly enjoyed the hotel. The $25 daily fee was ok as the in room coffee, newspapers and plenty of bottled water made it more palatable. Room was oceanfront in newer west wing - size was a bit small as was balcony but room was clean and updated. No worries about chipped furniture etc. It was a bit of a walk to the pool but was quiet. Next time we'd like to try one of the rooms with the walk up patios. Never tried breakfast buffet but it looked pretty good. Closest outside food is 5-10 minute walk - camille's was a yummy breakfast and bad boy burrito was also very good - both 10 minute walk. Bar at Louie's next door on the ocean is a must do.
Check in went well - room was not ready yet upon noon arrival but they called us at 115pm to alert us that room was now ready. Bags got dropped there without us - all went well.
Now what I did not care for at the hotel - there is essentially no lobby bar other than an add-on to the gift shop. So really the only true bar is outside by pool / beach. Yesterday at 6pm I went to the "lobby bar" and waited for one girl only to be told that she can't mix drinks so she summoned another bartender. Waited a few mins for her but she was underwhelming - she had to consult the menu to figure out what was in the drink - looked like she had 5 mins of bar training. My suggestion would be either to do away with this bar or improve it to actually have a real lobby bar even if it is only open a few hours each day. But to kinda of do it while part of gift shop with store clerks as bartenders leaves a bad guest impression (or at least in my case did).
Other service was generally good and the little bit of the food we had was pretty decent. They did not enforce no kids in adult pool for 2 of the 3 days. Didn't really bother us but why have rules if they are not to be enforced? Gift shop or bathrooms did not carry feminine products either (no idea why - this is hotel 101) so was very inconvenient for wife.
Great breeze at hotel - apparently in summer months breeze blows from the south which makes it "cooler" than rest of the island. This was greatly worth it.
Every stay will have little nits - we understand that so this was no exception. Hotel and grounds are great, service was good as was our room. Not another hotel like this in KW. We will definitely come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Mediterranean-inspired hotel sits on a 1,100-foot private beach a mile from Duval Street. Our historic beachfront resort combines 1920s ambiance with a chic, contemporary flair, features sophisticated accommodations, complete with LCD televisions, iPod docking stations, and an in-room espresso, coffee, and tea maker. Amenities include: two tropical pools, water-sports activities, spa services, poolside cabanas, Sun/Sun Bar & Grill serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and The Lobby Lounge for tapas and libations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- The Waldorf Astoria Collection
- Casa Marina Resort Key West
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