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“Okay if you know what to expect”
Review of Matecumbe Resort

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Matecumbe Resort
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4 reviews
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“Okay if you know what to expect”
Reviewed September 17, 2008

I must admit its not a 5 star resort and yes we were a little disappointed when we arrived. The rooms are pretty basic and not particularly big but overall we had a comfortable stay. The air conditioning units are very noisy and can wake you up when they kick in. Our apartment overlooked the sea and what a great view that is to wake up to. Unfortunately seaweed gets washed up onto the man made beach and after a while does produce a bit of a smell. I spoke to a couple of people who own timeshares at that resort and it is their main gripe.
The swimming pool was clean (its part saltwater filled) and you can make use of free bikes to go on the cycle path across the road. A pair of ospreys were nesting in the trees and great egrets and ibis regularly landed on the lawns.
If you are used to top of the range then you will be disappointed. But if you are happy with a somewhere thats comfortable that provides a base and know what to expect then I'm sure you will be fine.

  • Liked — Views of the sea
  • Disliked — Noisy air conditioner unit
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with family
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5 Thank Nixy9
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2008

This place has nerve calling themselves a resort. It is disgusting. The outside appearance is that of a run down, abandoned motel. The "private beach" was dirty, unkept. There are NO resort amenities whatsoever. I should have figured it was a dump when I couldn't find any photos of the "resort" online. A horrible, horrible place.

8 Thank AllisonRoadFlorida
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Oceanside, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2008

Since other people have inquired about the Matecumbe Resort and there seems to be no information on the web, I thought I should write of our unfortunate experience. The fact that there is NO information on the resort should have been our first clue. We were excited to be exchanging our wonderful timeshare in Cabo San Lucas for a week at the Matecumbe Resort in the beautiful Florida Keys for a change of pace. While we have had several wonderful vacations through other exchanges that did not compare to our timeshare in Cabo, this exchange was in no way a fair exchange and, in fact, our trading company is going to compensate us after reviewing our complaint with pictures.

The Matecumbe Resort, with a mailing address in Islamorada but actually located on Lower Matecumbe Key, is an old-style motel-type timeshare that also rents rooms nightly. It is difficult to find when approaching on the Overseas Highway and a dangerous entry with no turn lane to make a left turn off the highway into the resort. There is a private house next to the resort driveway which is littered with junk and looks rather creepy. The office closes at 5 p.m. The ocean (while beautiful) is not swimmable due to weeds and gunk that appear everyday when the tide goes out (most of the day). The draw for the Matecumbe is for fishermen, most from Florida by looking at the truck license plates, who can launch and dock their boats right at the Matecumbe Resort (but there is only a small boat ramp, no marina - just canal docking). They fish everyday and come back at the end of their day with ice chests full of fish to be BBQd for dinner. While this looked like great fun for them, being served dinner at our timeshare resort restaurant and being served a drink on the private beach or at the swim-up bar is more our style! Since we didn't have a boat, we found ourselves pretty much reading books and driving around looking for entertainment and places to eat (nothing close). We paid extra to spend a night at a hotel in Key West just to have a little excitement on our trip.

The upside is that the scenic drive through the Florida Keys is beautiful! Anne's Beach a little ways up the road has a nice beach with picnic areas. Our one-bedroom unit was clean (although the walls need cleaning or paint), the bed was comfortable (the pillows were not), the kitchen is well-equipped, the oceanview from our window and deck was nice, the small pool appeared to be kept clean (we didn't use it), the man-made beach was raked every morning and kept clean, and a newspaper was delivered to our door daily.

The downside is that the air conditioning units are right outside the bedroom window and made so much noise it woke us up during the middle of the night when it came on, and you have to turn up the sound on the TV when it is running. The ceiling fan in the living room shook so bad we thought it would fall to the floor (or on our heads). The bathroom is extremely small with not much storage for toiletries. There is no housekeeping service provided; no linen change during a week-long stay, and you must exchange your towels at the housekeeping room and empty your trash.

If you are looking for a fishing experience or just a place to relax, read, and cook your own meals in an older facility, this might be the place for you. Be sure to pick up your groceries in the Key Largo area on your way to the resort as there aren't any grocery stores nearby.

If you are looking for a nice resort with special amenities such as restaurants/bars on site, large swimming pools with swim-up bars, nice beaches with ocean swimming, activities director, and housekeeping service, you might want to look around. There are many "resorts" along the Florida Keys highway that appear to be as described above.

  • Liked — It is in the Florida Keys; oceanview.
  • Disliked — Couldn't even dip feet in the ocean due to weeds and gunk; no restaurant, grocery stores or entertainment in close proximity.
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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15 Thank retiredatlast57
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Property: Matecumbe Resort
Address: 76261 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036-3914
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
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Ranked #3 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Islamorada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 32
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