Looking forward to visiting cheeca lodge after a 4 and a half hour drive from Siesta Key,
We arrived at the lodge at 3:00 pm and were told that check-in was guaranteed at 4:00 pm.
Which is all good if we didn't get attitude from Donna. We realize presidents weekend is extremely busy at any resort so we checked back at 4:00 to get into our guaranteed room. An hour later we checked in the room at 5:00 pm with a little nudging from us. I would suggest they have a changing room available for guests who arrive early. During our stay we noticed other guests that just arrived walking around waiting for the room to be ready. It looks like this is a standard occurrence here and should be addressed. Also if reception wasn't so rude we could have waved it off.
We stayed in the main lodge overlooking the par three golf course. We felt it was not worth the extra $ for ocean front. We enjoyed the view off the spacious balcony. There was a large soaking tub on the balcony with water flowing from the ceiling. The room was well appointed and large.
Although the bathroom was dark and it was hard to put on makeup, i would bring a makeup mirror and slippers next time. The was a frig for stocking cold items but no mini bar which was fine with us because we stopped on the way for needed items.
We did have an issue with maintenance coming in to change fire detectors but the manager called and apoligized for the intrusion. Next time we will put the no disturb sign on the door or dead bolt.
We loved riding bikes to the hurricane memorial and through the small side streets. The Ecco tour was worth boat outing and we learned a lot about the Keys. (extra$)We also snorkeled through the hotel which was ok but I would do it again. (extra $)They even provided wet suits. The pool was crowded with kids as was the hot tub which were beach side. We made it over to the adult pool by the spa which was quiet but lost the ocean feel.
The resturant manager was extremely helpful and seated us when the hostess said she could get us in. The hostess was pretty unprofessional as I had to wait until she finished texting. The service and the food were good but over priced.
They do provide a courtesy van to go to some of the other resturants on the key which was very nice. The valet staff was very professional and helpful even cleaning the wind sheild on the rental car as we were continuing to drive up the east coast of Florida.
Over all I would return because the benefits out weighed the negatives.
- 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 Florida
- Cheeca Lodge And Spa
- Cheeca Lodge Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge Spa