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“Beautiful, but a few things keep it from being paradise perfect”
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Casa Morada
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 22, 2014

When you first drive into Casa Morada, you may think you've made a mistake. The entrance to the property is, for want of a better word, unimpressive (another reviewer called it dumpy), which is unusual given the cost of rooms here. But as soon as you make your way around the first building to register, you'll discover that the unassuming entrance is apparently just there to disguise the entrance to paradise. The grounds are beautifully laid out and landscaped, and things just keep getting better as you walk down to the waterfront, where you're greeted with a picture postcard perfect view of blue waters and swaying palm trees. Stunning view.

Our room (Shangri-La) was beautiful. It was quite large and was decorated in airy white fabrics that gave the room a real island feel. The bed and chairs were both comfortable. Although we didn't spend much time inside the room, the time we did spend their was great -- it was light, comfortable, and spacious.

Breakfast was included and was much more impressive than I expected. The breakfast is open seating, buffet style, so you can have an early breakfast, wander around for a while, and come back for a late morning snack. The breakfast buffet included fruits, cereals, breads, hard-boiled eggs, etc. Lunch is served until about 5:00 at the beach area. It's a small, light menu, but the selections are excellent.

Service was very good. In particular, the attendant at the beach area bar (who also delivered room service food and drinks) was great.

The beach area is very nice, with a bar/dining area, hammocks, beach chairs, and a nifty raised "lookout tower" with great cushioned space for two inside. The beach area is actually several feet above the water and built on a platform, since the island doesn't have traditional sandy beaches like Miami or Naples. If you plan on sitting, the area is beautiful; but if you're planning on taking long walks on the beach, and dipping your toes in the surf, this isn't the right location.

With all of these positives, Casa Morada could be paradise. But a few issues (which could be fixed) made our stay less than perfect. The most important issue had to do with breakfast. On vacation, I'd like to be able to sleep in occasionally. But the 7:00-11:00 breakfast was served on the deck adjacent to our room. And the buffet was set up on a long shelf that was actually bolted to the south wall of our room. The server started setting up breakfast about 6:15 each morning, and every time he dropped another heavy item on the counter, it sounded like someone was pounding on our wall, making it impossible to sleep in. Moreover, the wall separating our private balcony from the breakfast area turned into a half-height wall about half way down the balcony. Each morning, breakfast guests would come lean on the wall to enjoy the view, which meant they were also leaning into and staring across our balcony. Some even chose this spot to take phone calls, so that they didn't disturb their breakfast companions. It meant that our private balcony was rather public.

The other issues were less significant, but worth noting. First, our room was not designed for open-window ventilation, so running the mini-split ductless air conditioning was mandatory. It would have been nice to enjoy the breezes in the morning. Second, although the resort does not allow children, it does allow pets, and our neighbors' dog barked morning and night. I love dogs, and the resort couldn't control this dog's behavior, but the pet-friendly policy is something to think about if you're looking for a peaceful retreat from sounds of the city. Third, unlike some resorts that discourage smoking on the patios/balconies, this resort puts out ashtrays, which can be an issue of the neighbors below/beside you are heavy smokers (ours were).

As I said at the outset, this is a great resort, with beautifully decorated rooms set on a beautifully landscaped property with a picture-perfect beachfront area and terrific service. The issues that made it less than perfect for us may have been unique to our room. At the very least, they're worth considering in selecting your room.

Room Tip: Shangri-La is beautiful and has one of the best views of the water. But the breakfast buffet for th...
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful place!! Amazing stuff great food and drinks room are perfect cant wait to go Back,Best place to watch The sunset Best place to get away very peaceful perfect to have a relaxing weekend I love the fact that you can bring you dog over all the perfect place for a relaxing vacation❤️

Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 12, 2014

From the lovely, spacious suite to the caring and friendly staff, every aspect of our one week vacation here was excellent. If sitting comfortably in a beautiful location and being treated like royalty is what you are looking for, look no further.

Room Tip: The Manatee suite is a winner.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

Hands down, the best place we have stayed in the Keys. The staff is charming and constantly anticipating your needs. We stayed in the sun suite which had a great water view. The pool area has lots of hammocks and lounges and feels like a private island as it is rarely crowded. They offer complimentary kayaks, paddle boards, movies, snorkel, breakfast, yoga, water in the rooms. You don't feel like you're being nickel and dimed. Drinks at the bar are excellent during sunset. They serve lunch but not dinner, but the hotel is within walking distance from lots of great choices including Chef Michael, Lorelei, Pierre's, Ma's Fish Camp. Sunset sail is romantic and fun with a great captain. Can't wait to return to this slice of paradise!

  • Stayed: April 2014
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2  Thank Joanna P
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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Simply wonderful. Classy, casual, unpretentious, cozy. Every detail is well thought out and perfect. From the beach furniture to coffee creamers, from linens to fixtures, everything has an artful elegance. The management is uncommonly caring. If you are a student of hotel management, or if you are thinking of starting your own hotel, you really need to check this place out so you can see how it's done when it's done really well.

The property is lush and beautiful and ideal for people who want quiet. This is not a party hotel. It is elegant relaxation with a warm, friendly atmosphere that enables you to soak up some sun and downtime. I enthusiastically recommend Casa Morada for a peaceful getaway. It is lovely.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank Amy H
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

I have reviewed this property before and can never say enough positive things about it. This is our 10th time here and we will be back same time next year as well. Great service, beautiful grounds, nice people, relaxing/quiet atmosphere and a comfy bed. We love casa and everything is always fantastic. Like I have said before - A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

Room Tip: they are all fantastic - we like the ocean view & shower rooms the best....
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

This place is simply amazing. From the second we stepped out of the car and started to tour the grounds I could feel the calm coming over. The setting is beautiful- the hotel is really like this little oasis. I have never been to Islamorada and wasn't sure what to expect and as we drove down ocean highway I was getting a little nervous as it was not really that picturesque but as soon as we pulled into the driveway at Casa Morada it was a whole different story. The little beach area is just what you need. no lound noise, no kids- just everyone relaxing, reading and pretty much minding their own business. SILENCE. I have never stayed at a hotel and had such complete silence- it was amazing. The other guests there were great- we met a few couples who we really enjoyed chatting with. The bar has wine and beer and cocktails using sake- delicious- I mean, GREAT cocktails. Susnet at the bar is beauitful. We paddle boarded, took the bikes- it was all perfect and just what we needed in a relaxing trip in the sun.
We stayed in the Wildflower Garden room and it was perfect. I have to say I am not sure I would pay more for the ones on the water- i guess if you can swing it, sure, but the garden rooms are quite and relaxing and a 30 second walk to the beach area. Some people have complained of the rooms being minimalistic, but personally I like the clean simplicity to the rooms. The beds are wonderful- SO comfortable. The rooms are all suites which is awesome to have extra space. There was not a ton of closet space so I guess that is an issue for some people, but personally I never put my clothes in drawers when I travel so it didnt bother me or my husband.
Breakfast is basic but good- bagels, cereal, granola, fruit, coffee, hard boiled eggs, pastries, croissants.
only negative thing I will say is that lunch is a little pricey at the bar- but nothing outrageous.
The best part about this place is just how amazingly calm and peaceful it is. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casa Morada

Address: 136 Madeira Rd, Islamorada, FL 33036-3615
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Islamorada
Price Range: $357 - $622 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Morada 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa Morada is an upscale sixteen suite privately owned hotel inspired by the informal character of the Caribbean. The atmosphere is private, peaceful, and serene. The staff is known for their warmth and attentiveness. Raymond Jungles, a renowned Miami Landscape Architect known for his natural lush landscapes, designed the award-winning garden spaces throughout the property. The highlight of the resort is Casa Morada's spectacular private island. The island is accessed by a dramatic footbridge and features a fresh water pool, secluded cabana and the Sunset Gazebo bar with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. Casa Morada is a 90 minute drive south from Miami International airport and 90 minutes north of Key West. Guests of Casa Morada may also arrive to the hotel by boat. Casa Morada is a pet-friendly hotel and welcomes children 16 and older. ... more   less 
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