We had high hope for the Lodge since we had stayed here many years ago and remembered the exceptional service. The resort is beautiful but due to service issues it wasn't relaxing. We found that we left the resort the majority of the time. I was looking forward to getting lost in a good book by the pool - either pool - but every seat, including chairs were taken. They were taken all day so I put my items on the floor and took a quick swim. No one cleans up around the pool area. The best time to go is at night. It was beautiful to see the stars and just a few people.
We stayed in a golf course room. It was nice and I liked the location. We too had issues with housecleaning. We would come back from a day trip to clean up and go out to dinner and our room was not made up. It would be 5pm or later. We couldn't watch a movie on the one stormy night because our DVD player was not hooked up. They did fix it the next day. Our shower had only hot water, that too was fixed with a professional plumber in our room from 8 pm to 11:30 pm. I felt like I had more service issues. on vacation than I do at home. To the resorts credit Avraham took good care of us after we had reached our breaking point. Our schedules do not allow for many trips and this one was a disappointment. FYI it is not a swimmable beach, very shallow and full of seaweed. Great for fishing off the pier. You can drive to the Bahia Honda State Park in Marathon and Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park in Key West to swim in deeper water. There are several great restaurants in the area. Don't miss O0-tray, Chef Michael M.E.A.T., Mr. G's ice cream and Bitton Bistro Café. You can't beat the sunset in the keys! I understand there is new management that has just taken over so maybe things will improve.
- 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