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Cheeca Lodge & Spa
Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence
Richboro, PA
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Honeymoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The Cheeca is a beautiful resort and the service is exceptional. My husband and I just returned from a 7 night stay at Cheeca. This was our Honeymoon so we opted for the premium king oceanfront room at the main lodge. It was wonderful...I actually got teary on the day we left.

The room was huge and so clean. You MUST try a midnight bath in the outside tub. Talk about splurging.

The resort is pricey, but I found everything in the Keys to be a bit pricey. However, it was worth every penny.

We can not wait to go back!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Mass
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

pros:
the employees: employees were very accommodating and went the extra mile to ensure complete customer satisfaction! Penny who drove the refreshment cart at the beach was quick and helpful in recommending menu items. Heather, the bartender made awesome cocktails and ensured that customers had plenty of water on hand,in between drinks! Paula, the waitress ensured a very pleasant evening/dinner. Bellman were very personable and were able to take us down to the marina which was off property. The spa had great services...the massage therapist were awesome.
Family friendly
Food was very good
amenities at this resort were good: pools, snorkeling, fishing off the pier, kayaks, tennis, bikes
lounge chairs were arranged facing the water--beverage and food service available
property spotless and vegetation lush (love the hidden Jacuzzi)
Cons: no view of water from my room---not that this was guaranteed....but after viewing the property on line thought that this was a given.
pricey
no one was swimming at the beach...not sure if the waters were too cold (November) or if there was another issue.
my bed was very uncomfortable....way too soft
light switches cumbersome and difficult to operatie

Room Tip: try to get a room with view of the ocean! book a massage! stay within the resort--there is plenty...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Key Largo, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

On the way down to Key West, we decided to stop and eat and
take an opportunity to look over new renovations.

We were pleasantly surprised by the food quality and service as compared to more than 8 months ago!.

BUT, the spa outside section looks really so not nice.

The pool area is no longer the beautiful place it used to be- the pool deck looks cheaply painted and streaked.

Still, bad music that plays constantly all over the place.

There must be a way for them to connect with their visitors?

Hope no silly corporate non-response response, though - it's the corporate ownership thing that caused the downside.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I read all the room reviews and after much thought booked the oceanfront king. We weren't disappointed. The temperature during our stay (November) was so perfect we slept with the sliders open. Imagine the sea breeze blowing in all night, the sound of the waves, and waking to the sunrise over the water. Even though we were right above the beach it was quiet -- and that's with a fishing tournament and a few weddings going on.
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The food was wonderful.
We took the island cruise offered at the sea activities shack. Well worth it.
The property isn't really that big -- so I wouldn't plan a super long stay. We were there for 5 days and did lots of stuff off the property.
You can borrow bikes, although the ride along the major highway is kind of scary on the bridges.
The toilet water is heated (odd). So the seat is always wet if you leave the lid down (yuck). Leave the lid up and you'll be fine.
Smoking isn't forbidden like at lots of other places. If you are really bothered by smoke, just be aware that folks do smoke on the balconies, beaches and at the outside restaurants & bar. Not enough to be really bothersome -- but again if this is a big deal for you, you should keep it in mind.
Just remember that if you love long walks on the beach, the keys aren't really the place for you.
Seemed kid friendly, and all the kids were really well behaved. Although there were separate adult only areas we didn't really need them.
Wait staff was decent, but don't expect fast service. Hostesses were pretty much universally salty and not helpful. At least they aren't waiting on you!

Room Tip: Ocean front king. If you're going to spend all this money, make it really worthwhile and splurge...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Fantastic resort with beautiful ocean views. We had a fantastic room with two double beds and a sofa bed which was just perfect for three girlfriends on holiday. The shower was amazing and we had a bath on the balcony.

Free coffee and tea is served till late morning. As a very early riser I loved to sit on the beautiful terrace looking out to sea with a coffee in hand. The food was lovely if a little expensive.

The hotel was a 90 min drive from Miami airport and 2 hours from Key West which is worth a visit.

I'd love to come back some day.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I went at the Florida keys because of a wedding. I had two beautiful days at Cheeca lodge and spa. A really posh place. But too expensive. Unless you love spending money on good food and excellent service. All prices includes nothing, no breakfast, no swimming, no golf. Beautiful, beautiful - but expensive, expensive.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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CT, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

My husband and I were looking for quiet time away to relax and Cheeca Lodge turned out to be the perfect location. It's set right on the water with seaside lounge chairs and restaurant service on the beach.There was plenty to do within the complex so we did not need to drive to find entertainment. There are several pools, several restaurants, tennis courts, kayaks, and boating. We had two massages at the spa and they were some of the best we've ever had. Our room was very luxurious and spacious. The grounds were beautifully landscaped and maintained. The staff members were exceptionally friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Cheeca Lodge & Spa
Address: 81801 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 82, Islamorada, FL 33036-3631
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Islamorada
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Islamorada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cheeca Lodge & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 214
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The "Queen of the Florida Keys", Cheeca Lodge & Spa, an exclusive hideaway for generations of celebrities, business leaders and U.S. Presidents. Set on 27 private oceanfront acres in Islamorada, Cheeca – reopening Dec. 15 - is has been constructed with its original porte-cochere entrance, traditional Florida Keys architecture, chic West Indies décor, and spirited tradition of “barefoot elegance” -- a term coined at Cheeca – all intact. Along with a new Lobby Bar. Cheeca will boast two distinctive restaurants - Nikai Sushi Bar offering the Florida Keys’ freshest sushi, Asian-inspired fare and a unique selection of Japanese sake and wine, and Atlantic’s Edge with a seasonal fine-dining menu of fresh local seafood, prime steaks and organic local produce. The new Cheeca Lodge & Spa will also feature 2,400 square-feet of new retail shops with a Cheeca Signature store featuring Tommy Bahama products. An expanded roster of activities will include on-property flats boats with seasoned local guides for backcountry fishing, sightseeing, eco-tours, kiteboarding, and a junior angler program for teens.The resort’s signature features – classic 525’ wooden fishing pier, tropical gardens, crossing palms archway, saltwater snorkeling lagoon, nature trails, Tahitian-style Spa Lagoon, spectacular purple sunsets, secluded white sand beaches, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, Camp Cheeca children’s environmental activity program, and access to world-class sportfishing – will remain intact.Located just 90 minutes south of Miami International Airport in the Florida Keys, Cheeca Lodge & Spa is just a few hours by air or drive from major East Coast U.S. and Canadian cities. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Cheeca Hotel Islamorada
Cheeca Resort Islamorada
Cheeca Lodge And Spa
Cheeca Lodge Florida
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