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Cheeca Lodge & Spa
Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 26, 2013

Be sure to take advantage of the water gear included in the resort fee! It is awesome, well worth the fee! We took the boats and went along the shore line. What a beautiful way to get a tan!
The rooms are beautiful and romantic! I was in a building to the north, not the main building.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Last week for three nights I stayed in a golf view room with my 14 year old daughter and 10 year old son at Cheeca Lodge. At first we felt a little isolated from the action of the main hotel looking out over the golf course but it worked out fine and gave us a little more exercise. I would not stay in those rooms with little kids because of the extra walk. My kids could independently go back to the room if something forgotten so not a big deal. Every day we played tennis, once played the 9 hole golf course and biked around the premises. My daughter jogged the .9 perimeter of the resort every morning several times and felt very safe. I used the gym... small but clean and had it all. It is not a big enough place to bike for long and the roads are a little busy but it was fun. My son loved fishing off the docks but you need to watch out for the pelicans who like to steal your bait or fish. One got hooked while there and a fisherman was able to unhook the bird but this apparently happens all the time. In the morning there is a Tazo tea and Starbucks coffee station set up by the beach to help yourself which is excellent. Stretch out on a lounge chair there by the palm trees and it is paradise. The dining is good but a little pricey. The breakfast buffet for an adult is $30 and my average glass of chardonnay cost me $16. But there are some a la cart items reasonably priced. We often went out for dinner because there are many fun dinner spots in the area. We took a mellow snorkle trip one day from the hotel. It was very calm out but the water was cold around 73 degrees. We wore wet suits. Lots of barracuda, parrot fish and some other varieties. The pool is on the small side but there is a nice jacuzzi alongside. The resort is clean, lots of employees willing to help you out. It feels a bit big and busy but my kids felt very comfortable wandering around and it felt safe and friendly. DVDs are free as are the bikes, tennis etc (the daily resort fee covers those items). It was worth it for our family...we had a really nice visit!

Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
2  Thank AnneK163
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Cheeca for 4 nights and loved it. Our room was beautiful and very clean. The food in all restaurants was so delicious. We actually ate in the Sushi restaurant twice. My husband thought this was one of his top two sushi restaurants ever. Danny the waiter helped with suggestions and let us know if we ordered too much or too little. He was right every time. The Atlantic was also delicious, and cooked our fish entrees perfectly. Many places tend to overcook fish, but this was done to a tee. We also enjoyed the spa and grounds. The staff from the valet to the beach staff were friendly and polite. We would recommend this to others.

Room Tip: we had beach front so we could sit on our terrace and see the water.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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CheecaSales, Director of Sales at Cheeca Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2013

We thank you for your wonderful praises and thoughtful recommendation. It’s really nice to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your accommodations, our restaurants, our staff, our spa and our grounds. We offer you a warm welcome for a repeat performance!

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Reviewed March 25, 2013

The Cheeca Lodge is an incredible, ultra private enclave in the Keys.

It is 5 stars across the board, and the personnel is warm and professional.

This is the only resort I will ever stay at when vacationing in the Keys!!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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CheecaSales, Director of Sales at Cheeca Lodge & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2013

We greatly appreciate your fantastic review, and we hope you return to see us again soon.

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Me and my three kids were looking to get away to a nice spring break vacation in Florida. Based on reviews and ratings, Cheeca sounded like a great choice. When we arrived at 2, we were told our room was not ready but would be expedited. We toured the property, came back to the desk at 3 and were again told room not ready. We grabbed some drinks, sat outside and waited. At 4 we went back to the registration desk, waited in line with three or four other families, and finally got the keys to our room at 4:15 p.m. Annoying but ok. The room itself was fine, but the screened in porch was not really impressive. Restaurants were overpriced and mediocre food, only average service (waitress at breakfast was great). We waited for 30 minutes one night and then were seated at a table that was open when we arrived. Beach almost doesn't exist, and not conducive for kids to swim in ocean. Every activity costs money except riding bikes ($10 for bait, $55 for a sailboat, $10 for snorkel and mask). Pool is small. Overall, waaay overpriced for what you get. Feels like they are riding on a reputation but have not kept up with services or quality. Not really worth the price.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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5  Thank JPS0213
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Stunning setting in the keys - overall this was a great stay. We had an ocean front room with a private patio - it was the perfect place to relax. There are many options like kayaking, paddle boarding right there. The "adults only pool" was wonderful - great place to chill and have lunch. There is also a spa and fitness center there. Spa facilities were lovely - we had average massages... Some of the rooms are more updated then others. We started out in a room that was a little dated but moved to one that had a more recent Reno and was very nice.
We ate one dinner at the property and were very disappointed by the quality of food for the price. We had a shellfish tower and everything was ok but seemed like it had been sitting out for a while (oysters were dry and pre shucked...shrimp weren't fresh) and we shared an entree and our bill was over $300. We eat out a lot and don't mind spending money on good food but we definitely found better meals off site. It was a little strange that every time we ordered drinks (the exact same thing) we were charged different prices.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

In the pictures the resort was beautiul, in person it left much to be desired. The rooms were a bit dated (we didn't stay in the main lodge), the facilities were somewhat lacking (pool small, small beach was strewn with seagrass and the tractors were removing the debris for 2 days, right in the middle of prime beach time!) Restaurants were good, though a bit pricey and service was sub par. Local amenities were very good, solid local restaurants, boating near-by. I would recommend but set expectations accordingly and you will be pleased.

Room Tip: Stick to the main lodge, recently redone, nicely appointed
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 81801 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 82, Islamorada, FL 33036-3631
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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: $251 - $864 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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 has been an exclusive hideaway for celebrities, business leaders and U.S. Presidents for over 70 years. Set on 27 private oceanfront acres in Islamorada, Cheeca has been constructed with a porte-cochere entrance, traditional Florida Keys architecture, chic West Indies décor, and spirited tradition of “barefoot elegance” -- a term coined at Cheeca. Along with a new breakfast bistro and lobby bar, Cheeca boasts three distinctive restaurants: Nikai Sushi Bar and Lounge offering the Florida Keys’ freshest sushi, Asian-inspired fare and a unique selection of Japanese sake and wine; Atlantic’s Edge with a seasonal fine-dining menu of fresh local seafood, prime steaks and organic local produce; and its family-friendly Limoncello Italian restaurant serving up Tuscan favorites in a casually rustic setting. Cheeca Lodge & Spa features 2,400 square-feet of retail shops with a Cheeca Signature store featuring the latest designer fashions and accessories. An expanded roster of activities include offshore and backcountry fishing, parasailing, sightseeing, eco-tours, paddleboards, water trikes, kayaks, golf, tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard and more. The resort’s signature features include a classic 525’ wooden fishing pier, tropical gardens, crossing palms archway, nature trails, Tahitian-style Spa Lagoon, spectacular purple sunsets, 1100 feet of beaches, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, Camp Cheeca children’s environmental activity program, and access to world-class sportfishing. 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. cities. ... more   less 
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Cheeca Resort Islamorada
Cheeca Lodge Florida
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