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Topsider Resort
Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

I have been coming here for 26 years . This place is clean quite and unique. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an exceptional stay in the Key's! There is a pool, a hot tub , and a tennis court! Also , a private beach and a boat for docking !

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

This one'll take a while. When booking a unit here I asked the rental manager for a unit near the water. She said #3 was available so I booked. When I got confirmation in the mail the document said unit #16. I called to ask why the change to a unit so far from the water, she said the owner of the week (time share) decided not to rent his unit. I said OK. When we went to check in we had been moved once again. I wanted to stay away from the highway because of the 24 hour traffic noise. When we checked in the unit was clean but most everything was very worn (needed replacement and dated). The bedding was poor and the air conditioning sounds like a freight train. Kitchen items are very limited.
By looking at Google/Bing maps it looks like the units have a water view but the decks are actually facing the garden area between the two rows of units. The garden is a lush area and very well maintained. The walkway through the garden has just been refinished and leads to a very nice pier and dock area that appears to be brand new. The facility has a nice large heated pool (brand new pool heater) with plenty of seating. It also has a very nice beach with lounge chairs, kayaks, and a canoe or two that you can use. There are also bicycles. Along the center walkway are grills and picnic tables for outside dining. We experienced absolutely no insect problems during our visit.Topsider has only about 20 units, so there's lots of space to spread out. Full size washers and dryers in each of the units appear to be new as well. Any maintenance issues were handled immediately. Manny, the maintenance man went out of his way to make sure everything was satisfactory. Topsider is very near Robbie's Marina and the Hungry Tarpon Restaurant. We visited there frequently. It's also not far from Lor-e-lei and Lazy Days, some of our favorite places.

Room Tip: Get one away from the highway. Get one with level floor if possible.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Bruce G
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Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

This resort is amazing . Ever since I was born my parents brought me on vacation to the Florida Keys . Every year it was Topsider!! I love the private beach, pool, and tennis court . There are also bicycles that you can ride for free and little boats you can paddle around in that are provided by the resort! I just couldn't imagine staying any place else in the keys!

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
4  Thank wrecklessdreamer
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

It's too easy to pass Topsider Resort as you drive south on the Overseas Highway from Robbie's. The resort sign has seen better days and is situated well back from the road but don't let this put you off. If you persevere past the 'Private' signs you'll find yourself in a hidden paradise with tennis court, swimming pool, two small private beaches and a long fishing dock where visitors' boats are often moored. The accommodation consists of only twenty detached octagonal stilt houses which were constructed over twenty years ago but although basic in design, contain all the amenities and facilities you need for a fishing, swimming and beach holiday for couples or families. However Topsider's best feature isn't the lovely landscaped gardens or even the popular fishing dock, it's the friendly welcome you receive from all the others who obviously adore this place and go back year after year after year....

Room Tip: If you want a great view of the bay and be in the thick of what's happening, go for 'units...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank MamaTeresa52
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

I can't believe some of these reviews by some people who seem to be high maintanence! This is the keys and you will find bugs! Tuesday and richard have been extremely nice since I have owned. 2001! Some people just can't take care of themselves on vaca. Love the place and would never trade. Manny is great and takes great care of the place. My ashes will be here someday.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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7  Thank sharkman7
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

The location of the Topsider is pretty convenient. There are some fun things to do nearby and it is about 1.5 hours to Key West.

The grounds of the resort are beautiful, as is its location on the Gulf of Mexico side of Islamorada. We stayed in unit 4. Pretty much everything in the interior was in serious need of updating. The beds were pretty comfortable and the towels were very nice. Was surprised that the management tells visitors not to turn the thermostat below 75 because the air conditioner might freeze up. Frankly, I'm not interested in staying in a place in Florida where I'm expected not to set the temperature to my liking. I wondered if it wasn't more about saving money on utilities than concern about the air conditioner. The other unwelcome surprise was finding ants in one of the bedrooms. Had to ask the management to get a blow dryer for the unit, surprising in this day and age.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank TKnot
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Went for the 1st time with another couple, not a Four Seasons but very nice. Good central location and about an hour and a half from Key West. Some nice shops and restaurants nearby too. Robbie's was very inexpensive for gifts. Walking down to the pier every morning was so peaceful, great place to sit back and read a good book. Took the bikes out for a long ride and there were also some kayaks. Friendly people and an all around nice trip. Would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Near the water if you can get it.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Alicat60
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Additional Information about Topsider Resort

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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