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“Perfect getaway with our dog”
Review of White Gate Court

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White Gate Court
Certificate of Excellence
Ft. Lauderdale
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect getaway with our dog”
Reviewed August 1, 2006

My husband and I had the most relaxing, beautiful, 4-night stay with Bella, our Yellow Lab. I just read some of the negative reviews and I must say, I think those people weren't really looking for a "Keys experience." The cottages were immaculately clean, simply but tastefully decorated - a perfect Keys place. We were not looking for any Ritz Carlton or even Hilton experience, and we got exactly what we were looking for - a very clean, quiet, relaxing spot where both Bella and we could get into the water. There are not many places in the Keys where you actually can get into the water - it's all around you but good luck getting into it, with all the rocks, grass, etc. This bayside beach bottom did have some rocks, but you could still get into the water and Bella (our Lab) was absolutely waterlogged - loved every minute! Plus there's plenty of open space; she could run around free even though we kept the leash with us in case other dogs were put off by her overly friendly nature. And each evening we sat at one of the tables by the water and watched the sunset; just another day in PARADISE! We were so happy with White Gate that we're going back for another 4 nights in September - just booked it today.

  • Liked — Extremely dog-friendly
  • Disliked — Access into the water a bit slippery
  • Tips/Secrets — Be ready to relax
  • Stayed June 2006, traveled as a couple
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Gainesville, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2006

This is a dog lover's paradise. Plenty of room to run and swim, it was great for humans too. We would not hesitate to go back. The grounds are beautiful and so are the cottages.

  • Liked — easy access to water no elevators small but quaint
  • Disliked — no view from room
  • Tips/Secrets — book close to the water
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank lisa3t
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florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2006

This was by far the nastiest experience ever. We stayed for one awful night out of six we had paid for. We honestly didn't know if we would wake up the next morning the stench from the pillows and sheets was so foul. The room smelled as if two lowlifes had literally been lying in bed chainsmoking cigarettes for three years in a row. The air conditioning filter had never been changed and it reeked with a powerful stench that was undescribable. We requested a refund due to the positively uninhabitable conditions but were denied. The people who run this stinking dump will get theirs eventually. By the way, the "white sandy beach" is a slimy boat ramp you'll be lucky not to break your but on. This place is disgusting beyond belief.

Stayed July 2006
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18 Thank valencia113
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Seattle, Washington
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64 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed July 6, 2006

After reading good although mixed reviews about this place, I took a chance and booked it for a short holiday for my husbands birthday with our dogs. White Gate Court advertises that the rooms are charming and big breeds must be supervised as well as a tropical park between the cottages and highway. The rooms are worse than any shoddy motel room imaginable and are quite decrepit. Rusty walls, rusty exposed waterheater, gritty floors, lumpy rickety furniture. The faucets were almost completely rusted away and the water made a huge noise when it finally came on. There were ants and other bugs, etc. The airconditioners struggled to keep up with the heat and of course had to run all the time. A huge Rottweiler from one of the cottages roamed the premises night and day and was completely unsupervised, intimidating not only our dogs but us as well. Eating and preparing food in the kitchen was like trying not to touch too much in order to stay clean. Not a pleasant experience. The tropical park was a few palm trees, a scrubby bare lawn and one could hear traffic.

There was a person filling in for the owner and she was nice but fairly unconcerned.
There were other friendly dogs on leash with whom my dogs got to play. The bed was comfortable although the side tables swayed when you touched them. I was afraid they would collapse. The small beach and water were nice and there was a good pier for boats. There were chairs and lounge chairs with umbrellas to sit and enjoy the water. The cleaning staff were nice.

This place is really, really expensive. You must pay for your entire stay upfront and now I can see why. We couldn't wait to get out of there.

  • Stayed June 2006
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14 Thank drjfkennedy
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Boston
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2006

Well, just before we headed home, my wife and I thought we would scout out a few places in Islamorada for next years vacation. On the website, White Gate looked very nice and they allowed pets. Sounded great. In person, it was a different story.

Unless you like a rude, chain-smoking Hungarian in a housedress as a host, this is not the place for you.

She didin't offer to show us around was disparaging of the other resorts and basically said not to bother her until next year. She needn't worry.
We didn't walk out of there........we ran.

Stayed April 2006
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18 Thank yellowtail35
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new york
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2006

we've always loved islamorada but would never stay at white gate again. very expensive for what you get. susan seems to cater to europeans only and we found her to be extremely biased and rude. if we had any complaints we were met with arrogance and disregaed. most days (everyday) found susan sleeping and not to be disturbed. will continue to enjoy islamorada but not at white gate court as there are so many beautiful places where we will feel welcome and treated like guests and not an inconvenience at "nap time".

  • Stayed April 2003
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14 Thank ae3plus3
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St Augustine
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2005

Old Florida cottages with kitchenettes...Fish the back country or the reefs while she suns on the private beach...pets are welcome, and so close to the World Wide Sportsman. Fantastic, it's got something for everyone, we wouldn't stay any place else!

Stayed November 2005
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3 Thank StAugustineSue
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Additional Information about White Gate Court

Property: White Gate Court
Address: 76010 Overseas Hwy, P.O. Box 1528, Islamorada, FL 33036-4000
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Islamorada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
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 
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White Gate Court Hotel Islamorada

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