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Island Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 3 Cedar Key B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
St. Petersburg, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“OVER PRICED ROOMS & FOOD”
Reviewed 1 March 2011

Cedar key is beautiful, but don't let the web site fool you about this hotel. The owners are not friendly & the rooms are way over priced for a non weekend stay. FOOD BLAND!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Palm Coast, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2011

At $120 + 9% an informed individual should expect more . . . very unpleasant and unfortunate experience!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Alachua
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2011

Our group stayed here following dozens of website reviews and the Hotel's own website stating that it was haunted by 13+ spirits. We found it to be a very rustic and "neat" old building however the heat didn't work very well and we all froze, the sound traveled so that we sat in our room listening to others snore in the rooms around us. Needless to say we didn't get much sleep and didn't encounter any ghosts.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled on business
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Thank becpierce
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 14 June 2010

Cedar key is a beautiful place undiscovered even by most Floridians. It is very quiet, with two main streets filled with old wooden buildings on stilts, art shops, and seafood restaurants. The draw here is the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, the abundant fishing, the fresh clams and oysters, the wildlife refuges easily accessible by kayak, and the amazing scenery when you bike. If you are looking for nightlife, Disney, or a Marriott, this is not the town for you--and the Island Hotel is definitely not your accommodation.

The Island Hotel was built in the late 1800s and has not been gutted or really updated much since. The entire building slants to one side; there are bullet holes in the Neptune Bar mural; the floors, ceilings, and walls are all made from planks; the bathrooms are tiny and have old fixtures and sensitive plumbing. If you want pampering, this is not where you will find it. But if you want to really chill out in a place with a long and fascinating history, owned by people who live on the property, with a bar populated by chatty locals--this is it. The beds are comfortable and the rooms are clean, but that is all the "comfort" you are going to get. There are no tvs, no internet, no phones--not even any alarm clocks (or clocks of any kind). The point is to completely unplug, slow down, and actually speak to other people. There is a common area outside the rooms with a sofa and an old-fashioned game table (for checkers and chess), as well as lots of jigsaw puzzles and magazines. And people actually sit there, reading and playing games. The wrap around porch has comfortable rockers and an enormous swing where you can waste hours just watching the quiet street. The bar is tiny and busy, and a nice place to talk to people if you feel so inclined. The owners are nice but not overwhelmingly friendly. They will tell you want you want to know. Andy, one of the owners, took us on a 10-mile bike ride around the island, which was a great way to discover scenic spots to photograph (back canals, and the boardwalk by the cemetery, in particular).

The food at the hotel is good, but keep in mind you are on an island that is quite far from any big city. Eat what the hotel and the island are known for--heart of palm salad (this is where it originated, and they get the heart of palm locally), clams, and fish.

The best part of the island is the wildlife, which humans have thankfully managed not to destroy. Rent a kayak from the guy at the dock (with kayaks stacked on a trailer behind his truck), and paddle out to the protected islands. We saw dolphins in pods of 6-7 all day long, so close to the kayak that we could hear them breathing. They stayed near our boat and near the shore of the refuge island for hours. We saw fish jumping like crazy all around our kayak, and all sorts of birds and creatures. When we were so hot and tired that we couldn't paddle any more, we enjoyed a leisurely walk around town. There are a lot of (really good) artists here, as well as a good bookstore.

Is Cedar Key for you? Is the Island Hotel for you? That depends on you. If you can chill out without amenities and be grateful for quiet and wildlife, and if you can (as Andy put it), "entertain yourself," then yes. If not, go to Clearwater.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Ocala, FL
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Reviewed 18 April 2010

I ordered the large prawns filled with crab stuffing. The meal contained no large prawns -- just three medium-sized, ordinary shrimp overloaded with crab stuffing. Rather than getting maybe 5-6 oz of prawns, I got maybe one oz of shrimp. Since I wanted a high-protein and low-carbohydrate meal, this was a total disaster.

The other parts of the meal -- the steamed crab appetizer, lemon ice dessert and (ordinary) salad but with a fantastic home-made dressing -- somewhat overcame the disappointment of the main course, Still, I would not retun to eat here again.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Gaylord, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2010

Stayed for just one night but it was exactly what we were looking for. Old, historical hotel with a lot of character. It was very, very clean and yes, it was old. But we knew this. We were upgraded to the "Richard Boone Room" which is too funny. What hotel room has a picture of Richard Boone on the wall??????????? My husband, especially loved it. The bed was comforatable and the room was very large, with old furniture, but neat. We liked the upstairs lobby too. where we played checkers for quite a while.
We had dinner in the dining room which was very good and Bob was an excellent server.
Andy and Stanley, the owners were very nice and helpful.
Andy's breakfast was sooo delicious too. Spoiled us.
The location was good for walking around the little town and the docks.
It was so quaint, clean and really cool. :)

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Florida
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Reviewed 28 September 2009

We spent a fabulous three day weekend at the Island Hotel. We stepped in the door and were greeted by the friendly staff. We had booked at the last minute but were given a room upgrade when we checked in. It took a minute because they do things the old fashioned way... with a register, pen and white-out. Andy showed us to our room, pointing out aspects of the hotel along the way. The room was cool, clean, quaint and comfortable. This is an historic building and we loved the character. Both the upstairs and downstairs lobbys invite you to sit a spell. We also spent some quality time in the swing seat on the balcolny. Neptune's Bar was cozy but has great atmosphere. Full bar and good service. The restaurant was excellent! Both the food and service being superb. We had also brought our boat. Andy directed us to park in the back yard at no cost.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank RickinFla
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Property: Island Hotel & Restaurant
Address: 373 2nd St, P.O. Box 460, Cedar Key, FL 32625-5116
Region: United States > Florida > Cedar Key
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Cedar Key
Number of rooms: 10
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Island Hotel And Restaurant
Island Cedar Key
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