While traveling through the Keys, my buddy and I needed an inexpensive place to stay for the night. We're musicians, so paying over $100 for a room takes a big bite out of our travel expenses. A quick search on one of the discount web travel search sites (Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity... I can't remember which we used) provided several choices, although not much under $100 for the night. I imagine the season may affect the prices, so for informational purposes, this was the end of October 2012. I think we wound up paying somewhere in the $70 range for the night.
Usually when you let a low budget decide where you'll stay, you pretty much get what you don't pay for. In this case, we were pleasantly surprised. The exterior isn't much to look at, but it's located right on the water with what I remember as a crude boat ramp out back. Don't come here expecting a view from the rooms. This ain't that place. This is a place to stay for the night (or nights as the case may be) and not much else. Just what we were looking for.
The interior was clean, functional and comfortable. We didn't care about the pool and the only place you can get wi-fi is outside at a table on the ground floor. That part kinda sucks, but for the price, I'm not complaining.
Inside, they had an old TV set but the cable worked fine, so we had the news or ESPN to entertain us until we fell asleep. The decor is simple and dated, but clean and in decent shape... at least it was in our room. The AC worked fine (so important in Florida). The bathroom was consistent with the rest of the decor, but the water pressure in the shower was very good and there was plenty of hot water. In fact, now that I think back on it, the room even had a little kitchenette, although we didn't need one. Standard musician groceries of a bag o' chips n' dip with a 6 pack of beer, and we were fine.
It was after dark when we checked in and the owner/proprietor was amiable enough... not falling over themselves to please us, but not rude as another reviewer put it. All in all, I'd stay here again for the price. I wouldn't book it for a honeymoon or anything, but for an inexpensive and clean place to stay for the night, this works just fine.
Oh yeah... one more thing. The parking in front of the ground floor rooms was pretty much taken, and there's a large enough lot attached to it, but watch for the palm tree right dead center in the middle of the lot. Don't forget it's there and back into it when you're leaving...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Harbor Lights Motel in the gorgeous Florida Keys. We are located at Mile Marker 85, which is right in the middle of the best fishing, diving, dining and entertainment in the area. The motel offers standard rooms, efficiencies and cottages. All our guests enjoy the fabulous water views, free boat ramp, dock, barbecue area, private tropical pool and beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Harbor Lights Hotel Islamorada