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“Worst stay ever - avoid!”
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Rod and Gun Club
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Worst stay ever - avoid!”
Reviewed 9 June 2012

This has to be a 1* review, and i'm still waiting for the owner to contact me with regards to compensation.
We turned up a little late at 9.02pm (reception meant to close at 9pm) to find nobody around and everything locked up -totally our fault for not informing the hotel first, but did eventually manage to check-in to our room via 'Barbara': all the rooms are in external buildings.

The room was shocking to say the least: Bedding DIRTY, Air-con V NOISY, Plug BLOCKED, Shower COLD and DIRTY. We would always contact somebody first rather than writing a bad review but there is nobody around! If the place burned down you'd be screwed!
Breakfast NOT included, which wasn't clear on check-in, and even though it was supposed to open at 7AM the next day, at 9AM there was still nobody around to cook it anyway!!!

We tried contacting the owners next day but to no avail, we've left a note on reception but no contact to say that paying $95 for this room is unacceptable and we'd like a refund. For $95 i don't expect a 5* hotel, but i do expect a clean room where I can use the sink and shower!

Never return, and if the owner reads this, please contact me!!!
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2012

The place reminded us of a down on its luck old English stately home...oak panelling stuffed animals on the walls and the rooms in the main house aren't used any more.
The receptionist was amazing with the customer focus of a bored teenager although she was much older. She seemed amazed when we said we would take the room after viewing it. We were amazed to be told it was cash only-(luckily we had enough as its not cheap and I'm not sure wherre the nearest cash point would be)...and would we like dinner too! We ate elsewhere with a credit card but the views were lovely. The actual room we had was perfectly fine although we sensed the "old charm" /lack of credit rubbing off on the place.

Room Tip: River view. Avoid air conditioner from adjacent units pumping out onto your balcony.
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hooksett, New Hampshire
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2012

My husband and I recently traveled with some friends to the Everglades and thought it would be wonderful to experience the history and charm of the historic Rod and Gun. Well, historic it is. The rooms were rustic, the linens were worn too much for my taste and the bathroom was dirty. Which for me is a real big issue. The shower was cold and the restaurant was not appealing at all. The porch seating seemed like a nice surprise until our waitress came to us for our drink order and told me to hurry up, she was going to have an order coming up. There were three tables with people dining at the time. We did not need to know that management only put her on by herself or that she was limited at to how many sweet potatos they had left. Just really a disappointing experience all around. Would not recommend even as an experience of a time long ago. Even long ago, things were clean and friendly.

Room Tip: Don't know what to tell you. Not sure there would be a good choice.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

This is a place with great potential, but it needs a bit of work. It did not appear that sufficient attention was paid to cleaning and maintenance. There was litter outside the building where our room was located, and the screen door to the porch that served our 3 units did not close, letting in mosquitoes (my wife fixed it). Our room was a bit sticky and dirty, especially the bathroom. While we had an excellent dinner there, the table where we were seated had not been wiped off, and there was food on the floor. We went for the 7 a.m. breakfast and found the lights off and door locked - nothing prepared. One person was serving as cook, waitress, and check-in clerk. She was delightful, but service was slow and the food mediocre. The place lacks TLC - this goes further than rustic "character." The charm of the bar, lobby and dining room show this could be a really cool place to stay.

Room Tip: No Internet - we went to the Cafe Habana a few miles away.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

We stopped in to see the place, and it's cooler than the pictures give it justice. Old paneling lots of intricate detail and old furnishings. Unfortunately we stopped in for a drink and ended up being sent to the dining room where the waitress proceeded to set us up for dinner. It was a little embarrassing getting out of there but we really didn't want dinner. And we were only one of two in the entire place.
It is worth stopping by and checking in out though. Hopefully they can keep the character and bring back the people.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kristina J
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Haliburton, Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2012 via mobile

Now this is a place to see!
Yeah, the waitress "auctioned" our food (when some one takes your order they shouldn't have to ask who ordered what); yeah, they only had one red wine and one white wine ; yeah, the woman who owns the place doesn't seem to care but THIS is a place time forgot: deeply paneled walls covered in guns and fish and one really big gator skin; a broad and wide porch; an old gas pump on the pier; creaky wicker furniture on the open porch ... If it was for sale I could turn it into something worth bragging about. Fabulous history. Fabulous potential. Worth the visit just to see the history that lives and breathes in the walls.

Stayed March 2012
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College Station, Texas
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2012

We stopped by for a quiet lunch on the veranda, watching the boats go by on the river. The main room of the lodge provides a feel for the rich history of this part of the everglades, its worth a close look. The service was slow, but we were in no hurry, and the lunch - a 'seafood salad' - was excellent.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Property: Rod and Gun Club
Address: 200 Riverside Dr, Everglades City, FL 34139-0190
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Everglades City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Everglades City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Rod and Gun Club 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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