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Ibis Bay Beach Resort
Ranked #42 of 51 Hotels in Key West
South Amboy, New Jersey
1 review
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“2 Day Stay at the Ibis Bay Beach Resort”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

My honey and I stayed there for a couple of days early March 2014. We didn't know what to expect after reading all the online mixed reviews. Well we found it to be a perfect place to relax for a couple of days while visiting Key West for the first time. The shuttle was on time and the drivers were very pleasant! Our room was very clean and exited right on the beach with nice hammocks to relax in under some tall palm trees. We were very content with quiet accomodations. Free coffee in the restaurant in the morning was fresh and delicious. It was no problem taking a short stroll in the a.m. to get it. We had a fridge, microwave & hair dryer in our room. So its not a 5 star hotel but it sure was a perfect little getaway for us. Thank you guys for the hospitality!

Room Tip: spend the extra couple bucks for a beach front room. Just gives you a better vacation experience a...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 23, 2014
We do get mixed reviews. Why? We don't appeal to everyone. We are different and that polarizes people. It used to bother me, but I realize now that our individuality is our greatest asset. Clearly, we are your kind of place and treat's what counts. Thanks for staying with us and supporting us with this review. It means a lot.
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Sandyville, West Virginia
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Reviewed March 16, 2014

my husband, son, and i took a ten day vacation in january and the only place we found an opening was the ibis bay resort. we had a wonderful time there.They had alot of awsome activities for all of us to do. It was a beautiful resort the rooms was peacful colorful and beatiful. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. we went there to escape the snow of wv we will book there again next time we return. the rooms are very spactious and peaceful too.

Room Tip: the rooms that face the bay is awsome you can watch sunrise and sunset walk right out onto beach pei...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 23, 2014
Sounds like you picked the right place for you. I always recommend our beachfront rooms too. As you say, Ibis Bay is beautiful and tranquil morning noon and night. Read a book, snooze in a hammock or go for a paddle in a kayak or on a paddle board. Did you try the kayak trip at night? I hope do. Do come back. We will be waiting here for you.
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Casper, Wyoming
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Reviewed March 14, 2014

My husband and I stayed at the Ibis the first week of March 2014. We had a hard time with our flight in getting there and were frazzled when we checked in. The staff was so friendly, and accommodating that we soon were relaxing in the Stoned Crab and enjoying their AMAZING cocktails! The prices are good and they even have a shuttle to Duval Street! Make sure to see Chris or Gina at the FUN desk while you are there. The hotel and restaurant staff made this vacation a happy memory for us and we cannot wait to visit Key West again so we can stay at the Ibis Bay Beach Resort!

Room Tip: Get a Bay facing room or at least one with a hammock out side the door!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 15, 2014
Great memories are what we are here for. Thank you for choosing Ibis Bay. I do have great staff. They love what they do and that shows. Thank you for recording your thoughts here. It makes us proud and it helps travelers who are trying to decide which place will suit them.
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Santa Fe NM
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

The value room was not as small as I expected, and the whole place is very cute and very clean. Nice beach area, nice pool. Good value for Key West, which is very expensive. However, I had called a few weeks ahead to request a room on the quiet side (back side, no view, that's fine), and I was told we would have #524.....but when we arrived, we were given perhaps the noisiest location possible, directly across from the pool and restaurant, the piped-in music, and next to the shuttle bus stop with its beep-beep back-up every single time it returned. When I questioned this assignment (they did have record of my call), the clerk said he saw the notation that I called, but no room number given, and he could not change us to another room since "everyone else had already checked in." I doubt that since it was only 5:30 pm. So we were unhappily stuck with noisy 516. We turned up the A/C as white noise and dealt with it. We had to get up early enough to be down to the ferry terminal by 7am.....too early for the free coffee in the restaurant. I strongly urge Ibis Bay to put small coffeemakers in the rooms for such situations....also a couple hooks on the bathroom wall would be helpful. We did appreciate the comfortable bed and the mini refrigerator in the room. But for the price, a few other little things would be welcomed. And please, train those who answer your phones to take notes of what they tell people. Oh yes....and when I asked where on the website you mention the "resort fee", I was told it was on our reservation confirmation. It was not. Just be up front about it on the reservation form, or add $ into your room charge, since it is not an option. To tack it on at check-in is just that....tacky.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and itemizing your suggestions. I will make sure that our Front Desk sees this review and is aware that every guest should get the room location they request when they book ahead. I am sure it is an isolated incident. But once is one too many. I am glad you liked the resort, room and beach. To explain, our resort fee saves our guests money and saves us unnecessary billing. It covers parking, our non-stop downtown shuttle (saves $15 cab fares each way) downtown and it includes wi-fi. It's a saving. Other hotels in Key West charge more individually for those services.
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Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

We chose Ibis Bay Beach Resort because it was a cheaper alternative to the Duval Street area. We were very pleased with the clean, cleverly adorned room and the hustling staff. The hourly shuttle to Duval Street (about 15 minutes) worked out very well and it was nice to come back to the calm Ibis Bay. We spent one whole delightful day just sitting on the provided lounge chairs on the private beach watching the water and the numerous birds. The restaurant on-site, The Stoned Crab, was excellent and sends out its own fishing boat to make sure the catch of the day is the best. The road construction outside the resort had no affect on us.

Room Tip: Rooms facing South are probably quieter
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 9, 2014
You raise a good point. Duval Street is a nice place to visit but I would never recommend anyone stay there. You need to be able to retreat from the nuttiness and noise that who area makes. As this reviewer says, sitting calmly on a lounger chair watching the water is a must on a vacation, once you are over 25 years old. Go and get crazy on Duval and then retreat to calm on our beach. A good suggestion.
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Lansing, Michigan
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

This is a beautiful resort. Unfortunately there is major construction going on right in front of it. (I hear there usually is construction in Key West all the time.) However, once we got back to our room, which is right on the beach, we forgot all about the noise and traffic. The place is immaculate. It has a great restaurant, a shuttle to downtown, a large pool, and they can plan many trips for you (kayaking, boating, bike rentals, etc.) I would stay there again.
Just be aware that this is "beachfront" not ocean front so no crashing surf.

Room Tip: The rooms in the "back" are right next to the water and much quieter.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
You sound like a very happy guest. That's what we strive for. Virtually every guest who stays in a beachfront room always recommends it. Its hard to beat a blue horizon, a hammock between palm trees and your own beach garden outside your door. Thank you for choosing Ibis Bay and helping us spread the word.
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Plymouth, Minnesota
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

We enjoyed every minute we spent at IBIS Bay Beach Resort. From the irresistible hammocks outside our door on the "beach" to the giant turtles on the property it was fantastic. We laid down in the hammocks on the day we got there and didn't get out until we were starving for dinner. Yes, there was construction/remodeling on the property and the road out front, but we had a beachfront room away from it, so it didn't bother us. Our room was large enough for two and was very clean. The only problems we experienced was water from the shower on the floor (it was a wheelchair accessible shower) and a confusing safety mechanism on the patio door. Neither was worth complaining about. We don't usually pay $290 per night anywhere, but this place had the best price for a bay front room in Key West. We will stay here if we are in Key West again!

Room Tip: Book a bay front (beach front) room. It's worth the extra price.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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ChrisHollandKeyWest, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 5, 2014
Our greatest compliments is seeing our guests come back. So I am happy to hear you will be visiting us again. You obviously loved your hammocks. We have over 80 hammocks on the property for our guests. When I was growing up my Grandmother's house had a canvas hammock in the middle of a vast garden leaded with lavender. A guarantee for a deep sleep. That's where the idea for all our hammocks came from.
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Property: Ibis Bay Beach Resort
Address: 3101 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040-4118
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ibis Bay Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ibis Bay is exactly what you dream of when you imagine Key West. It's a friendly, quirky resort with design and colors inspired by 1950s Havana. The landscaped white sand beach leads right up to the beachfront guest rooms, and guests can jump right into the beautiful bay for swimming, snorkeling and take jet skis, kayaks or paddle boards right from our dock! The staff are all Key West locals who love the island and want our guests to enjoy their stay. We have exclusive attractions like our poolside Dive-In Movies every Wednesday night on a 20ft screen by the pool, plus Nightboarding nightime LED-lit paddleboarding and kayaking! Wildlife abounds on our grounds including huge tortoises, lots of large colorful parrots, local iguanas (don't touch!) and our namesake, the very pretty ibis birds. In the mood for some fun? Ask our Fun Desk concierge about our jet ski, scooter and electric car rentals on site plus paddle board, kayaks and kiteboard rentals on the beach. They can also recommend off-site activities, restaurants, tours and local attractions. We have 80 hammocks for lazing about, and an amazing restaurant called The Stoned Crab that has two of its very own fishing boats delivering fresh crab, shrimp, lobster and fish every day! What are you waiting for? ... more   less 
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