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Ibis Bay Beach Resort
Ranked #40 of 51 Hotels in Key West
Wisconsin
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Reviewed March 11, 2011

My wife, son (16 yrs old), and I stayed at the Ibis for 4 nights. I echo what another reviewer said, which is that if you are looking for luxury, do not stay here, but if you are looking for a quiet, clean place to stay, then consider the Ibis. This was formerly the "Blue Lagoon Sports Motel" which I was told had a spotty reputation. New owners are trying to change this back to a value place to stay and I think they are succeeding. Our room was small/spartan, but it was clean, freshly painted, and served as a great starting and ending point for our stay. We did not want to spend a lot of money on our hotel since we planned on being out most of the time. The Ibis fit that bill. You can wake up, walk to their patio/outdoor bar/restaurant and get a great latte for $2.50 and breakfast that is reasonably priced, then go downtown to enjoy Key West. The pros of the Ibis were the cost (and free parking), location, cleanliness, and quiet. Cons were the somewhat loud AC unit, waterfront (which is just a man-made bay with rocky shoreline), and small size of the room. The support staff were all kind, but we did have to ask for items that we had requested in our reservation, like a refrigerator and hair dryer. We also asked for a microwave, but we never got one, but that was OK because I'm not sure where it would have fit into our room. Another pro was that across the street is a large grocery store/pharmacy. It also has a nice salad/fruit/soup bar so if you want to save some money, you can make yourself a big salad to go.

I would recommend a waterfront room. Being able to open the sliding door and sit outside made the room seem larger and more private. We never used the pool even though it looked great. We only ate breakfast there, so I can't comment on dinner but they did have live entertainment when we returned from our days out. I was concerned with possible noise (neighbors, live music, street noise), but that was never a problem. Also, there is not bathtub, just a shower which is fine for us, but may be important to you. Not to be rude, but one of my criteria for an OK bathroom is if I can sit on the toilet and close the door without hitting my legs. You can. Still, the bathroom is small, but servicable.

All in all, the Ibis is more like a motel than a hotel, giving you the basics. But if you are looking for a reasonably priced place to use as a starting point, then I would recommend adding this to your list of possible places to stay.

Outside of the Ibis, we drove into town each day (less than 5 minute drive). If you are going to spend all day downtown, then use the city's parking ramp at the corner of Grinnell and Caroline. Thirteen dollars for covered parking that's located right at the beginning of the boardwalk. If you want to park for free, then we found we could still find places a few blocks off of Duval Street (the main street in town) if we got downtown by 9 am. Key West doesn't seem to wake up until 10:30ish so finding a spot wasn't hard for us. We would recommend going to Ft. Zachary State Park. Great snorkling, swimming, eating (picnic tables in the shade), restrooms, and you can see the sunset without the crowds (I included a picture). Seven dollars gets a car in for the entire day. You can leave and reenter that day as long as you save your receipt. Finally, we did a 4-hour snorkling/lunch trip with Capt Alex (Islescapes). It was great. Just my family, Capt Alex and his first mate. We had lunch on the beach of an island about 10 miles offshore that we basically had to ourselves. Capt Alex will make whatever you request for lunch. Snorkling was great by a lighthouse around 9 miles offshore then we snorkled by a sunken pirate ship nearer to the Keys. It was about $450, but if you can afford it, we'd recommend it.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed March 10, 2011

My firends and I were looking for somewhere to get away for our Midwinter break from teaching and this was the perfect place. The staff was so helpful and went above and beyond to accommodate us. As soon as we arrived, we had little to no wait before we checked into our Suite.

The food at the restaurant was delilsh - and the drinks were great too! I particularly enjoyed the live music that played each night.

By far, the jetski rental (which is available at the resort) was amazing. Even though I had a very hard time controling my jet ski, the tour guide was very friendly and didn't make me feel like a complete moron for not knowing how to control my jet/boat ski. As a matter of fact, I was able to sit back while he did all of the driving. It was awesome!

My friends and I plan to make this trip a yearly thing and we will definitely make Ibis Bay our resort of choice.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Brick, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2011

We booked this tip n the internet so BUYER BEWARE!!!! Their website showed beautiful rooms. When we got there NOT SO MUCH. We wanted a waterfront place so our teenage daughters could sit on the beach. "BEACH" consists of about 4 feet of rocks and litter. Before we discovered this, at the front desk, we inquired about oour daugher having her wedding there. We were told "Misty" would be in touch with us. Three visits later to the lobby, and no call from the ubiquitous "Misty" or her presence...A Phantom Employee??? If so good name. the restaurant was decent, however I have diabetic issues and the server did not speak enough english to understand me! We will go elsewhere next time.

Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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ibisbayresort, Manager at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 8, 2011
Key West's natural beach material is crushed coral rock. Many visitors expect white sand and are dissappointed. So, this year we are installing 600ft of artificial white sand beach at Ibis Bay to better meet those guest's expectations.
Misty is definitely real ... no phantom. Our Front Desk did not alert Misty regarding the potential wedding. We apologise for that. Misty manages special functions at the hotel with great skill and enthusiasm. I have taken corrective action to make sure this Front Desk oversight is never repeated.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2011

Over priced food that was lacking taste and imagination. Frozen fries that were undercooked, salads over dressed and some menu items not always available. Happy hour 2-for-1 was a bonus. Servers did not speak English very well and one did not know what Conch was eventhough it is a local catch. Management walked around wearing white apron and big hunk of keys jingling on waistband and only pointed the finger at waitresses in times of chaos instead of helping them. We ate in restaurant every night, never asked for any alterations, special requests, and only required minor attention. We did not get any acknowledgement from management once during his many travels passed our table (he seemed occupied entertaining the owner and his friends beside us). The water front was dirty and rocky and had a HORRIBLE ROTTEN SMELL almost every day and could not enjoy sitting outside. The only nice sandy beach area was a small space beside restaurant where rentable seadoos were lined up. Saw seadoos go out only once during our 5 day stay. Internet was only available in the restaurant. Room did not have coffee maker, fridge, microwave, or even a table or chairs. Nights were spent listening to trees or pieces of roofing banging on roof. I think it should be labelled as a motel, not a resort.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Clarksville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2011

My husband and I stayed at the Ibis Bay in February 2011. We booked through Expedia, and the hotel was unable to accomadate our reservation. Apparently the suite we reserved through Expedia did not even exist - the manager was using it as an apartment. The staff put us up in a regular room, but seemed shocked and confused when we asked if we'd get a refund for the price difference, since we'd reserved a suite. They were unable to give a refund, and we were told we'd have to come back when the manager was in.

We arrived in the room. There was a cluster of someone else's hair in the sheets when we turned back the bedcovers. The room was bare bones, without even a working telephone or alarm clock, and tile floors. Almost none of the features listed on Expedia were actually available - no wireless internet, premium cable channels, etc. Wireless internet was available in the restaurant only.

We eventually did get moved to a suite, and our refund for the first night consisted of a gift certificate to the restaurant. The suite also did not have a working telephone. Don't stay here if you expect to maintain communications with the outside world, or even a wakeup call!

The restaurant itself has potential, but is extremely understaffed and undersupplied. We ate there for at least one meal a day out of convenience, and the kitchen was almost always unable to fill and order for one reason or another. If you eat here, don't get things that are supposed to be local specialites - these were almost always the worst things on the menu. The peel and eat shrimp and the stone crab claws were especially bad. The steak, the lobster ravioli, and the sandwiches were almost always good. Breakfast was reliable and tasty. The restaurant has live music every night, which added to the atmosphere. However, the overworked staff is mostly harried, and you'll be waiting a long time for a server to notice you, or to bring you your check at the end of the meal.

There is no shuttle to downtown, but the staff at the front desk was helpful in procuring bicycle rentals. It is an easy 2-3 mile bike ride to the popular tourist destinations.

The pool was clean and nice. Hammocks overlooking the ocean were a nice touch, and there were jet ski rentals available on site.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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ibisbayresort, Owner at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 8, 2011
These guests comments are obviously very important and very helpful to all of us at Ibis Bay. Ibis Bay is a new venture in a great waterfront location. We are doing a lot right and clearly making some rooky mistakes. I hope these guests will return to Ibis Bay soon as our guests to see that we have taken their criticisms to heart.
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Rockwood, Tennessee
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed 2 days. The staff went out of their way to be helpful, especially Laz at the front desk. He went above and beyond helping us. We partied in the patio bar and staff was wonderful.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed February 10, 2011

My boyfriend and i stayed for 4 nights, we had a waterfront room, very clean and quite however when you walk out the sliding glass door in the morning it has a foul odor. There was not a coffee maker in the room. The restaurant was good. It did not have a shuttle to downtown. The pool was great. If you are looking for luxuary this is not the place. If you are going to Key West on a budget this is the place for you.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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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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Blue Lagoon Hotel

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