After reading so many negative reviews of this hotel, we were very skeptical about staying there. Well, as far as I'm concerned, the place was complete paradise. Reminded me of staying in the south of France, or better yet on an island (reachable by ferry only, and no cars) called The Porquerelles off of Toulon in south of France, just minus the sound of locusts.
We were upgraded to a beautiful and very clean room on the third floor overlooking a canopy of trees and the beautiful bay. There was a convenient little (empty) refrigerator in the desk, a lovely balcony, and crisp white linens with a down comforter and a white cotton coverlet. No bath robes, but I called room service and they were delivered promptly. For our purposes, it was perfect.
I loved the outdoorsy, tropical feeling of the hotel, easy goingness of this place, a real treat nowadays. We had the delicious brunch buffet each morning at Treetops... lots of fruit, pastries, juices, pancakes, french toast, sausages and bacon, omelets made to order, etc. One can sit inside in AC, or outside overlooking the canopy of trees and the bay. Service was there when you needed it, not overbearing at all.
Check-in was smooth. It is just beautiful driving into this paradise/resort. Parking lot is one of most beautiful I have seen, with vegetation all over the place. We were early (arrived in Miami, rented a convertible and had lunch at Alabama Jack's) and room was promised to be ready by 4 (which it was), so we changed at pool dressing rooms and began using facilities. There is the north beach, which is crowded and fun, with a tiki bar and food truck. Towels are abundant, water is always available, there are games on the beach, including a ping pong table (they could use more.... it was always busy). People drag their lounge chairs into the water. You can rent sailboats, kayaks, paddle boards etc. here. Also, I noticed people with coolers, so you can make what you want out of that, but my suspicion is that people do bring their own alcohol in, but are very discreet.
I really loved the south beach, or the hammock beach. Not crowded, very quiet. You can sit under one of the many mangrove like trees for shade right by the water, or in one of the many hammocks. There are areas for sun also. You can sit there all day surrounded by beauty and quiet and just read. No towels or beach service available there, as far as I could see, but who cares. Also, the water the seemed to be a little more refreshing than at the north beach. You can swim out pretty far, too. We had drinks on this beach one night, sat in the lounge chairs and watched the sunset. Perfect.
BTW, insects didn't seem to be a problem.
We also enjoyed the pier, which is situated between the north and south beach. We walked out at night, lay down and gazed at the stars and moon.
There is a delightful jungle path that one walks along to get to the beaches (or restaurant, or massage tent).
The pools were adequate, but not a main draw for us. We loved playing on the tennis courts which are lit at night and in excellent condition. (we brought our own rackets and balls).
The first night there we did get salads from Treetops, being so exhausted, and were disappointed. One can order from Papa Johns down the road (they evidently deliver a lot), but no salads, just pizza, chicken wings, that sort of thing. We also were misled into going to a horrible restaurant in Islamadora one night.... Next time it is Snappers (had drinks there and loved it for its Key Largoness), Pilot House (another key Largo institution on Ocean side, but in marina), and Mrs. Macs (just adorable, we got key lime pie there). Also spent time at John Pennecamp park, swimming, kayaking in the mangroves, and doing a really fun 2.5 hr. snorkeling trip out to the reefs.
We loved staying at the Hilton for its peacefulness, beauty, ease. You can even wear your bathing suit (with a cover-up of course) to the breakfast buffet. I can't wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- No other hotel offers a Florida Keys vacation experience quite like the Hilton Key Largo. This pristine, 13-acre resort sits on the best private beach in the upper Keys — and while it’s only an hour from Miami, you’ll feel worlds away, thanks to the sparkling white sand, lush tropical greenery and exciting outdoor activities.Guests at the Hilton Key Largo can enjoy as much excitement or relaxation as they like. Activities include world-class fishing and water sports, jet skis, wave runners, and para sailing. Nearby attractions include Dolphin Cove and the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, which is home to the only live coral reef in the continental United States. Kids love the hotel’s Scout About children’s program, and the whole family can enjoy the two heated swimming pools, fitness center and lighted tennis courts. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with spending hours just relaxing on the gorgeous beach and swimming in the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Or enjoying quiet moments in the handsomely appointed guest rooms, each of which is graced with a private balcony — opt for a water-view room and you’ll have a front-row seat for Key Largo’s spectacular sunsets. This is paradise, made easy. ... more less
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