YES I DID...I had to stay here 2 L-O-N-G extended weekends back to back to get a good sense and feel of this very unique property and atmosphere. Pretty much, Langenfass' contribution was spot on. We brought most of our own food to cook, our own pillows and pillow top mattress, liquor & drinks (which made a significant difference in sleep), and we have NO dogs (but we LOVE dogs)! Yes, the cottages are certainly old and outdated; however, they are quaint, clean, and you have what you need. Of course there are pros and cons...just like with everything. Yes, sometimes you have bugs...this is south Florida, we just have to get over it. But here at the White Gate Court (at least for me), the pros certainly outweighed the cons. The overall experience for me was much more rewarding than staying at many 4 or 5 star resorts.
I travel frequently for business and usually stay at upscale properties and enjoy finer things (but not overly picky and/or pretentious) and love the appeal and amenities they offer; however, staying at the White Gate was the answer to my stressed and hectic life. Somehow, in it's own unique and heavenly way, it gave me solace and provided much needed relaxation.
The grill outside was perfect. The table and chairs outside...perfect. Making new friends...perfect. Service (thanks to Terri and everyone there)...perfect. The beach area...perfect. The View...Oh the View...perfect. The stars seemed brighter...perfect. The wildlife, including Egrets, Blue Herons, Pelicans, Cormorants, Ibis, Ospreys and many other birds...perfect. The bikes to use to ride up to Robbies...perfect. The kayaks to use for fun over the crystal blue waters...perfect.
Islamorada and the Middle Keys is such a perfect location and I want to visit more of it. I've lived in FL for 28 years now and need to explore more of the Keys, more Scuba Diving, more Kayaking, and more Exploring! Don't get me wrong, I do want to stay at other neat places and locations that need to be checked out, but I will tell you without hesitation: I WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK. And if you're lucky enough to travel with dogs...OMG, such a No Brainer. I just left this morning and hated to pack...I want more time here! We stayed in units #6 (closest to water but a bit small for me), #1 (closer to main entrance but nice suite with sitting area), and #5 (larger villa and adequate for 2 couples). You can check out their floor plans on their website.
Have FUN when you go, take time to take in the tastes, sights, sounds, and smells at this special secluded property.
Conch on everyone...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A quiet, secluded getaway, where Pets are always welcome. Only 7 units on 3 acres of tropical beauty, with old time charm and modern comfort. 220 Feet of private white-sanded beach area, free dockage, great snorkeling and night fishing, complimentary beach towels, free use of Kayaks and bicycles. BBQ grills for each unit, filtered water supplied for each refrigerator, fully equipped kitchens and more. Personalized attention, great hospitality. We have a brand new Dock!! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- White Gate Court Hotel Islamorada