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Amara Cay Resort
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Islamorada
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Annapolis, Maryland
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91 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Wonderful!”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

This place is great. Great location right on the ocean. All rooms have some view of the Ocean. Loved that Outback Steakhouse right on the property. They will deliver to you anywhere on teh property. The pool is great... very warm. Hot tub is small but nice and secluded. Bar staff is great. Outdoor seating for dinner looks out over the water. Bar tenders are wonderful! Beach area very nice. In the evenings there is a wonderful outdoor live music.

We loved our room and the hotel staff, breakfast and everything was great. We stayed in a side view room.

The only reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 is none of the side view rooms have fridge or microwave. We were told we could request a fridge which we did but none was ever available for our stay. It's 2013, MOST other Hampton Inn's now have fridge and microwave. There was plenty of room for both of these in the room. How much can it cost? step that part up and 5 stars all the way!

Also, Sea Monkeys dive shop is RIGHt on the property. We went snorkeling with them at Cheeca Rocks. they are great! (will write a separate review about them) We also swam from the hotel beach out to some rocks and did our own snorkeling.

Room Tip: Request that this hotel get fridge & microwave for all side view rooms.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Waynesville, Ohio
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

We were in Islamorada in mid September and stayed at the Hampton for four nights. Very courteous staff, nice pool and a great location. The breakfast bar was good as well. The room could be updated but really no problems at all. Clean, comfortable, and all I really expected.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

From check in to check out everything was great. The hotel staff are very helpful and courteous and the room was very clean and quiet. The continental breakfast was way beyond any other continental breakfast we have ever had!!! I have a wheat allergy so usually I have problems with these hotel breakfasts but there was plenty of food for me to choose from with this breakfast. The omelet was one of the best I've ever had and the oatmeal was also the best. My husband was happy with the waffles and omelets so everyone was full and happy when we left. We will definitely be back, it was a great place and beautiful ocean view in the back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Forked River, NJ
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Excellent location, excellent staff, excellent breakfast, excellent beds, excellent restaurant next door, excellent views. I stay here every time I visit our daughter, which is several times a year! Robbie's Marina is the place to go for food , fun, and good fishing!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This Hampton Inn is a great hotel, in a great location. The staff were efficient and friendly. Checkin was great. The room was great, new, clean, nice balcony (car park view with a glimpse of the ocean, but thats what we paid for) Ice machines on every floor.

There is a small 'shop' with sweets, drinks, etc behind the check in desk. handy for snacks if you have kids, etc.

There is coffee and juice available in the lobby all day and night - I wasn't expecting this and it was a great extra. The free breakfast is very good as well. Its not as massive as some hotels, but you get cereal, pastries, omelettes, waffles, etc. More than enough to get you out the door.

The pool area is basic, but fine. The pool is very deep (8ft?) which is unusual these days and good fun for the kids. There is direct access to the 'beach' area. This is a concrete slab with sand on top. But that is the norm in the Keys. There are plenty of chairs, hammocks, etc - its a very pleasant area. There is a small dock with boats coming and going. There is also a sea sports shack who offer jet ski trips, canoes, boats, etc

All in all, a great hotel, a great stay, good value. A reliable, strong, brand name hotel in the Keys.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Riverview, Florida
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

We had the best time on our stay from August 22-27th. The suite was amazing. The view of the ocean was my favorite part. I loved to sit on the balcony, morning and evening. The sound of the ocean lapping against the seawall and the breeze in the palms was so relaxing. It was an easy drive to Key Largo and Key West for sightseeing.

The staff in all areas was amazing and I cannot say enough good things about this trip and this hotel.

My husband said it was our best vacation and I agree.

We can't wait to come back and have already recommended the hotel to a friend.

Kim and John

Room Tip: Get a suite on the Ocean, plenty of room. The only way to go, the view and the sounds, amazing.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hallsville, United States
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Excellent rooms, superb staff, and perfect ocean views. Just up the road from Robbie's Marina, and next door to Bud and Mary's. DO NOT miss the outback bar attached to the pool area. Ask for Steff at the bar and relax and watch the ocean. There is also a water sports rental office right at the hotel. With the available sports, the food and beverages, you may not want to leave the grounds of the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Amara Cay Resort
Address: 80001 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036-3802 (Formerly The Islamorada Resort)
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Islamorada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Amara Cay Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 110
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Major renovations recently completed at this oceanfront resort in picturesque Islamorada. Amara Cay is the perfect setting for our guests to unwind, connect with the sea, and make lasting memories. The story of Amara Cay is compelling and distinct. Our guests are inspired by the authentic experiences we provide. Each member of our diverse staff is a local expert empowered to provide amazing and unexpected service. We emotionally connect with our guests by crafting a story that is compelling and extraordinary. ... more   less 
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Hampton Inn And Suites Islamorada Hotel Islamorada
Hampton Inn Islamorada
Islamorada Hampton Inn

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