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Topsider Resort
Reviewed February 12, 2012

As far as a resort goes for one thing its a timeshare.....most folks own or exchange

though not 5 star acomidations 5 star location ...those who rent are looking for

a bargain ..at about 1100.00 a week for the Keys thats cheap...2 bedrooms 2 bath

full kitchen....in the Keys you get bugs ....all kinds get over it.....you can bring your boat

what else would you want???... a great place for family fun.......paradise for sure

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 9, 2012

My husband and I have been spending our holidays at Topsider for the past eight years and on several occasions have also take our son and his young family too. The place is an absolute treasure waiting to be discovered.

The 'villas' benefit from being 14 feet above ground level which is where the cooling breezes are and completely detached from each other which means its virtually impossible for the noise from your neighbours to disturb you.

The grounds have just been given a complete makeover with fresh landscaping and new boardwalk and picnic area but the gem in Topsider's crown has got to be the fishing pier. which is about a hundred feet long and provides the location for stunning sunsets and great family fishing.

The management is always prepared to go that extra mile to make our holidays at Topsider even better and any little problems are dealt with by the ever helpful Manny.

If its too breezy down by the private beach, we retreat to the sheltered pool area and exchange gossip with the friends we have made over the years.

Although the accommodation is farly basic, it is spacious and has everything we need. With broadband to keep in touch with the UK, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, we are self sufficient and don't need to overload our luggage by taking too many clothes, etc.

If you want five star luxury with 24 hour service this is not the place for you. If you want a great family holiday making lots of new friends and enjoying the weather, the sunsets and the extraordinary wildlife, go to Topsider.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 28, 2011

The setting is beautiful. The rooms are clean. The staff is very friendly, helpful, BUT the beds are awful and the interior is in need of a dramatic update

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 10, 2011

Very disappointed. Got to Topsider at about 2PM on Saturday to check-in. Room wasn't ready so clerk asked me to come back in an hour which was not a problem since went grocery shopping for the week. Upon returning (bout 430) the key was left in an envelope and I never saw any staff again the rest of the week, except for the maintenance man, who according to the check in instructions we were not to contact with any questions since all requests had to go through the office. I left a message in the box on the first night that the modem did not work and never got a response.

Other reviews mentioned the loud AC. It was loud but biggest complaint was the note saying do not turn AC below 75 degrees otherwise it will freeze and they will not fix it and we would be left without AC for the week. It is the Florida Keys and get hot so disappointed that AC wasn't working. They also mention that the units are poorly insulated right in their welcoming paper work.

The cleanliness of the unit also left something to be desired as the sheets and towels had many stains on them. Though the sheets looked clean it was a little disturbing sleeping on red stained sheets.

While all of these situations made for a bad trip, what caused me to leave after 3 nights and pay for a hotel for the remainder of the week were mosquitoes.The first 2 nights I had some mosquitoes in the bathroom and bedroom. Sprayed some bug killer and hoped that would help. It didn't. the third night i wasn't covered by the sheet. Woke up at 330 with my feet covered in bites. At least 50 bites all over my feet and was up for hours. In the morning saw mosquitoes all around the unit. Never left the front door open but mosquitoes invaded the unit. Decided that rather than continue in these conditions to eat the cost of the unit and go pay hundreds to stay somewhere else for the rest of the week.

It's a shame since the other guests were very very pleasant and the units are nicely situated for privacy. The grounds were also well kept. However due to the lack of response from the non-existent staff and horrible sleeeping conditions I would recommend looking elsewhere for a trip.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 30, 2011

Very disappointing. The pictures accurately portray the property. The grounds are well kept and other owners are very pleasant. However, the unit itself and management are lacking. Even though it is sunny Florida they leave you instructions not to turn the AC below 75 otherwise it will freeze and you will be left without AC since they wont fix it. They acknowledge the units are not well insulated.Their "internet in every room" proclamation might be true but the modem on mine was working. To get maintenance you are instructed to write your request on a piece of paper and leave it by the office. They make it clear that you are not to give this request directly to the maintenance man, even though he was the only worker i saw all week and nobody was ever in the office. Needless to say my request was still sitting in the same box after 3 days. Also there was my request for something to be done about the mosquitoes INSIDE the unit. They were everywhere. We never left the door open since when we first walked in we saw them. I bought bug spray and sprayed everywhere but finally after the 4th night (pre-paid for 7) I had to leave since we got bit so bad that we couldn't sleep.

I would have liked to discuss this with a worker but never saw any office worker. I also would have requested new linens since the ones i had were stained with what I hope is tomato sauce.

Cute looking place with well kept grounds but the units themselves were horrible. Never have left a timeshare early since if i pay for the week i want to get every use of it possible, nut in this case I left and wound up paying hundreds of dollars to stay elsewhere to finish out the week.

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Reviewed November 23, 2011

From the moment we arrived everything was perfect! The units are older but everything worked great! Every morning I would have my coffee at the end of the dock and saw Dolphin, Manatees, and sea turtles swimming by. Air conditioning worked great and I slept like a baby! There were always grounds keepers tending to the property so I don't understand the people that had negative reviews. Manny was always around if you needed anything, Including the good fishing spots! We would all gather on the dock to see the beautiful sunset every night! For those of you with the negative reviews....Maybe you need to look in the mirror and realize that YOU are the problem, Not the Topsider! Thanks to everyone that made my first trip to the Keys so great!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

This place is truly a peice of crap. As soon as I walked in, I wanted to drive back 6 hours to get home. The unit is older than time with it's exposed wood and crappy paint job. The bathroom is made for a peice of paper, it's so small you could wash your hands whilst doing your 'Business'. God forbid you leave the bathroom door open because if you do, it is impossible to sqeeze by. The paper thin walls are also a pain in the bottom when you have noisy unit neighboors across the way. The AC is horrible, if you set it to below 75 the AC is at risk of freezing up and having none at all. Perfect for a nice Florida night wouldn't you say? The pier is a driftwood log compared to the picture provided on the website but, you CAN swim... At your own risk. I had to endure this horrible unit for a whole week and plan on never coming back.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Address: 75500 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036-4005
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
Amenities:
Beach Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Islamorada
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Topsider Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Topsider consists of 20 fully furnished octagon shaped stilt homes nestled in a lush tropical setting facing the bay. Each unit has two bedrooms, two baths, living room and a full kitchen. Downstairs you have your own storage/laundry room with a full size washer and dryer. HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS IN EVERY UNIT On site there is a heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, tennis court and two shuffle board courts. There is a play ground area with swings and slide for the kids. Bicycles as well as kayaks and canoes are also here ready for your enjoyment! Topsider has its own boat ramp that guest can use at no charge. Of course we can't forget Topsider's famous pier. This "T" shaped pier jets out into the bay 180 feet giving those with boats plenty of room for docking and those who don't a great place to fish from. It's also the perfect place for everyone to enjoy those fabulous Florida Keys sunsets. So please take a moment to explore the site and see all the wonderful things that are available to you here at Topsider and the Florida Keys. ... more   less 
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