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Plantation on Crystal River
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Crystal River
Certificate of Excellence
Long Island, NY
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Difficult to review....Really.”
Reviewed 30 March 2014

We found this property to be OK. Maybe we should call it good but not so great. The weather had a lot to do with it. It was cool, windy, with some rain/drizzle here and there. We spent 2 days & 3 nights so we had 2 full days for a quick winter warm-up away from New York. The weather notwithstanding, for those folks who like paddle boating, snorkeling, hiking, fishing, etc. this is a great area. We're not that young and we prefer to walk around and look at things, or, better yet, get chauffeured around to look at things that are pointed out to us. In the area, we went to Weeki Wachee (State Park....needs work) and Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park (Pretty nice) and we took the hotel's "Sunset Cruise" (pretty nice except that it was COLD). Now, as far as the property itself goes . . . it could be a lot better, but it seems to 'miss the mark' on just about everything. That includes physical plant, service, attitude, competence, etc. Most of the people seemed to be trying hard, but I think that they were not well trained and did not have adequate knowledge of the property. Couple all this with inattentive paint work, "halfway" groundskeeping, and some poor choices of colors, design, etc. and it all adds up to a management/ownership problem. In summary, if you've got kids and you all like outdoorsy stuff, you'll probably have a very good time here. It's just not a very relaxing place. But, it could be. Too bad.

Room Tip: We had a room at the end of the hall so we had other people on only one side of the very thin walls...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Abartlett22, General Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this review, 2 April 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

I am very apologetic that we failed to meet your expectations during your recent visit with us. Your feedback is very much appreciated. We are continuously working towards the goal of total guest satisfaction in all aspects of a guest stay through programmed staff training as we head into the rest of the year. The Plantation is an outdoor adventures paradise and often unfortunately for us bad weather has a lot to do with many of our activities.

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Minooka, Illinois
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Golf villas could be cleaner. The website makes the place look way more beautiful than the rooms actually are. The vegetation and landscaping had to be the best part. The pool was nice and warm. We thoroughly enjoyed the hot tub. Volleyball nets and shuffleboard are available. However, the place was smaller than we had anticipated. Staff was mostly helpful, however the dive shop was not very helpful. They do not give the customers a lot of information on the programs unless you ask. We went on the Rainbow River dive, which we were not informed of that it was offsite and the rules, such as not being allowed to bring bottled water. It must be a reusable container. They were not very helpful. Our tour guide (the Captain) was extremely nice and the river tour was definitely worth it. Clear water, fish, caves, and hot springs constituted the trip, and it was thoroughly enjoyable. This resort is not an awful place to stay at; however, our family did not believe it was all cracked up to what it was supposed to be by the impression of the website.

Room Tip: The golf villas do not sleep eight!!!! There's two full size beds and a pull out couch in villa...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Abartlett22, General Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this review, 2 April 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback on your recent visit. This feedback is valuable and we are grateful for the opportunity to improve our our experiences particularly as it relates to your experience within our Adventure Center and Marina experience and information provided.

Andrew Bartlett
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

This Resort, as they call themselves, should never be called a Resort. The exterior brick has been recently spray painted in white, which is OK. But the overspray gave a weird tint to the gray roof shingles.
Doors into the lobby were also painted by brush. But apparently not sanded prior to painting and show it. Paint all lumpy around window paines.
Parking lot needs sprucing. Parts of the lawn are mud holes.
But the last straw was dinner. Ordered their Special, Blackened Talapia over beans. My wife an I love Talapia. I'm sure this was a good piece of fish before they ruined it. It was so spicy hot it burned our mouths. Blackened & Cajun are not the same. I''ve had Cajun before and love it. But this was outrageously spicy hot. We both sent it back. My wife decided that some Vanilla ice cream might help with the burning in her mouth from the talapia. That didn't work either. The waitress topped it with strawberries and a strawberry sauce. My wife just wanted PLAIN vanilla ice cream.

Finally, the waitress was simply not up to the job. She forgot all about my wine order. Then she forgot a portion of another patrons order. Then she forgot to read the specials to another patron. My wife ordered her salad with "NO ONIONS." Naturally it came wigth loads of onions.
What a fun meal.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Abartlett22, General Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this review, 2 April 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for the opportunity that your feedback provides for us to enhance our guest experiences. Our buildings have been painted white since 1952 when the plantation was started. Since this time many different companies have owned and managed the hotel making various changes as you can imagine through the years. We are continuously working through the renovation process in this hotel in the few years that have and will continue to enhance our look and feel for our guests. In the past month alone this area of Florida has had the wettest winter on setting record rainfall amounts and it is because of this that the grounds have been inundated with water.

In regard to your dining experience we are working through a complete re-structure at the beginning of this season in our food and beverage programs, training and staffing and we are working towards a new product that truly represents the quality we strive for as well as the local dishes and service that this area of Florida is known for. I would like to personally invite you back in the future so you may experience our new offerings and service. If you may be interested please contact me directly

Andrew Bartlett
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Malden, NL
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

We stayed for two nights by the end of December 2013 in this nice old-style hotel, which is surrounded by gardens and water with wanatees very close by. I can recommend to do the boat trip that starts from the hotel grounds. The room was spacious, internet worked well. I must admit that the hotel looks better from the outside than inside, where it is a bit worn down. But overall our stay was enjoyable.
A tip: if you don't want to swim with the wanatees, drive a bit around through the residential areas which have lots of canals. There are many low bridges from where you can spot easily wanatees.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

We had one day before visiting friends at The Villages and book this location not exactly sure what we would find. Plantation is a 'gem' of a resort located on Crystal River.....the 'inn' like atmosphere....large rooms....great food.....employees very hospitable.....and just very comfortable. Kayak.....pontoon boats/rides....18 hole plus 9 hole golf course. A place that I will go back to......just sorry we could not stay longer. Highly recommend.

Room Tip: I does have spa....great Sunday brunch!!!!
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South Florida, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

Stayed here to swim with manatees and there were lots of them! Used hotel package which was convenient with marina on site so well worth it. Included breakfast buffet was good. Room was ok, double mattress worn out no support, bathroom clean, noisy a/c unit. I was awakened early by people talking in adjoining room, fridge was nice and cold and I liked the complimentary hot tea. Big heated pool but towels provided were very thin & harsh.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Coral Springs, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2014

We just stayed here overnight. We arrived late and left early. But, the little time we spent there was enjoyable.

Our room was clearly updated. The bathroom looked brand new. The furniture and carpet looked new. The beds and pillows were very comfortable.

Check-in was fast and very friendly.

The best part -- we got our room for significantly less than other local chain hotels.

If we're ever passing through Crystal River again, we'll definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Plantation on Crystal River
Address: 9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429-5376
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Region: United States > Florida > Crystal River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in Crystal River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Plantation on Crystal River 3*
Number of rooms: 196
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Plantation on Crystal River A hidden gem located on the Nature's Coast of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, our beautiful 50-year-old eco-friendly and green luxury resort hotel's surrounded by the natural springs of Kings Bay. This bay, in Crystal River, is one of the largest spring systems in the state and home to more than 500 West Indian Manatees that migrate each year to the warmth of the springs. We sit on 232 acres of lush preserve land with emerald greens and grand oaks, and house hundreds of birds and wildlife that include: Osprey, Sandhill Cranes, Blue Heron, Red-Bellied Warbler, Yellow-Bellied Warbler, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Egret, Eagles and Grey-Horned Owls to mention a few. OUR HOTEL IS THE PLACE TO STAY & PLAY IN CRYSTAL RIVER, FL Centrally located from Tampa and Orlando, we are a great location for your next • Florida vacation • Corporate Meeting or Retreat • Florida golf vacation • Incentive Group • Florida Wedding • Family Reunion • Fraternal Groups Should you have frequent business in the Citrus County, we have corporate rates available. We have over 12,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor meeting space and beautiful outdoor locations with water views a great backdrop for your special occasion, team building event, or to simply relax and take in the Florida Sunshine and perfect weather. Remember to visit Spa Bleu at Plantation while staying at the Resort to experience a moment of wellness at our first class Aveda Spa. Offering facials, massage therapy,body treatments, Vichy shower, pedicures, manicures, and a full hair-care Salon. And don't forget we are a world class fishing destination as well. Our Adventure center offers guided fishing charters as well and many other water based activities. Including our Trip Adviser top rated "Swim with the Manatee tours". We are the place to play and stay! ... more   less 
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