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Sugarloaf Lodge
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sugarloaf Key
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ORLANDO
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Interesting place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Stayed at Sugarloaf Lodge early May 2013 with family, pulling up to Lodge you are thrown back into the 70's to early 80's, they actually have hard keys to the rooms. Upon entering, you are met with a 60's style themed room, beds were extremely nice and comfortable, view was terrific overlooking the Gulf. A/C system woked actually too well for my taste as I froze the first night and finally got it adjusted to a comfortable temperature for the rest of the stay. 20 minutes to Key West and 15 minutes to Bahia Honda beach.

Overall a different feel, but you get used to it after a few days, no complaints at all, prices much cheaper than Key West. I have been in the Hotel business for over 25 years with a major chain, so I have my qualms when it comes to hotels

PS, Try Mangrove Mamas restaurant about 5 miles north of hotel on Route 1, excellent food for breakfast and dinner, and dont forget to ask for Bailey!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Excellent location right on the water. Key west is only 17 miles south and Bahia Honda state park is about the same distance north so for us it was a perfect location. Very reasonably priced especially compared to Key West.
The room was very clean, and personally I found the decor charming. Like going on vacation back in time, but in a good way. Each room has a patio or balconey overlooking the water.
Tiki bar was great! Cheap drinks and a really nice bartender.
The marina is located right next door and has kayaks for rent.
I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank Beachy399
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

First of all, the location of the Sugar Loaf Lodge is absolutely lovely. It's right on the water, and there's a dock if you have a boat. But if you plan to actually go inside and use your room, be warned that everything else about it is grimey and poorly-maintained. My visit began with room keys (actual KEYS, not cards) that required jiggling and a hip-shove to open the door. The bedspread was old and the sheets were grey and worn. Towels were threadbare - you get the picture. I stayed for 2 nights; the first night I was having trouble with the lights in the room so I went to call the office and the phone was dead! So I got dressed and walked to the office and it was closed. I wondered who I would call for help if I had a serious problem, but fortunately that never came up. The office was also closed when I checked out in the morning, so if you need a receipt be sure to make arrangements when you check in. Basically, like others have said, the Sugar Loaf Lodge is a low-key and nostalgic nod to the 70s. Just remember that along with nostalgia comes plumbing, flooring, linens and towels that have seen better days. Next time I'll stay elsewhere even if it means paying more.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Rockford, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

This place is a great alternative to the high prices in Key West. Close enough to the Key West action without the chaos, noise and throngs of people. The price is right, the accomodations clean and good, everything you need to spend time there without going to KW, staff helpful and friendly. The rolle-away bed needs to be updated. Would book there again if I return.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The lodge is perfect for us, not stuffy, lot's of locals hang out at the Tiki and the room decor is like stepping into a time machine, but in a good way. Beautiful water views right out your door and convenient to everything. Great Bar with great characters and must give the cleaning staff a shout out, my daughter caught a bug somewhere and was very sick for a couple of days and they were very understanding and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Bristol CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We just went to the Keys for a few days. I planned to stay in Key West but the prices were very high and since we planned to do a lot of sightseeing we thought the money would be wasted. We looked for a place close enough to Key West to drive in to the town and at a reasonable rate. Sugarloaf Lodge fit the bill. It is 17 miles from the town, clean and roomy, had a restaurant, and was very comfortable. It is not elegant but not too much there is. The staff was very friendly and helpful. But the best part was the proximity to town and the price. I would stay there again.

Room Tip: All rooms look out on the bay. Stay further away from the Tiki bar when there is live music!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Sugarloaf Lodge is actually on Sugarloaf Key. It doesn't look fancy on the outside. However, once you step into the lobby, you know it is a nice place. Very cute room with tropical mural on wall, very large Western King bed which was comfy with fridge right on the water. One note: room did not have a blow dryer or iron in it although the front desk may have had them avail? We had the downstairs room by the Tiki Bar and it still was quiet. Nice patio with chairs. We sunned on the slope right outside our room overlooking the water on the lounges provided (many avail) and we saw iguanas and pelicans right by the boat dock. The tiki bar is a local hang out and the drinks are dirt cheap. Music there too! They also have a pool. It is about 20 mi from Key West. We normally stay in Key West, but after staying here, Key West is too busy. We will return!

Room Tip: Downstairs room was nice so we could sunbathe and then walk to our room for drinks
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Sugarloaf Lodge
Address: 17001 Overseas Hwy, Sugarloaf Key, FL 33042-3681
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Sugarloaf Key
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sugarloaf Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Sugarloaf Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sugarloaf Logde is a family run, 31 unit waterfront resort in the Florida Keys 13 miles from Key West. All of our rooms face the water with sunset views and if you have a boat you can park it behind your room. The lodge has a Tiki Bar, marina, pool, tennis courts, and airstrip. Unfortunately, we do not allow pets but we are perfect for families, kayakers and flats fisherman. A fifteen minute drive from all that Key West has to offer without the crowds and high prices. ... more   less 
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Sugarloaf Hotel Summerland Key

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