Stopped in for Sunday brunch at Cheeca Lodge during a recent stay at a neighboring resort (thank goodness). My husband and I chose to sit outside on the patio. While the setting and grounds are lovely, the place was a total zoo- the dining area was not busy but resort guests were constantly wandering through the dining area in their bathing suits on their way to and from other areas of the property. We were told our only option was the buffet ($30) which would have been fine if the food did not appear that it had been sitting with no attention since early morning. Many dishes were picked over and lukewarm. We both opted for omelettes since they at least would be fresh.
Service was polite but not attentive. Hot tea and coffee were delivered without spoons. Every time server left us, we would be waiting for an extended amount of time without her even being visible on the dining floor. I mean, if I'm paying $30 for an omelette, I would expect to be having the most extraordinary dining experience possible. Sadly, it was not even close.
Overall, I have to say the service and food quality are not at all in keeping with the elevated prices.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Cheeca Hotel Islamorada
- Cheeca Resort Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge And Spa
- Cheeca Lodge Florida
- Cheeca Lodge Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge Spa