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“Brilliant little place to stay in Key Largo”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Dove Creek Lodge

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Dove Creek Lodge
Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Key Largo
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Brilliant little place to stay in Key Largo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2012

This is an excellnt hotel with attentive staff and lovely rooms. It is by far the cheapest place we're staying at on our tour of SoFlo - and by far the best to date. I echo all the other comments here re. breakfast, staff and amenities. The lovely Snappers restaurant and the Turtle Club bar with live music every night are both a few yards away. Matt on the front desk was most helpful with baggage and even acted surprised when I tipped him - he's an excellent actor! I'd stay here again without question.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2012

When a hotel says "free continental breakfast" you think basic muffins, coffee and cereal. Not this place! There were skewers of fresh fruit, skewers of meats and cheeses, soft breads (English muffins, etc) to toast, Key lime parfait (no kidding!), hard boiled eggs, and more. The breakfast area had a large balcony overlooking the water.

The only suggestion I'd make is to ask for a room with a non-screened in balcony. We got a room with a water view but they just screen in part of the walkway as your "balcony". So, if we sat outside, we were sitting in sort of a screened in cage. It just felt awkward. Great for keeping bugs away although the ocean breeze seemed to do that anyway.

Otherwise, the room was very nice and clearly updated.

The on-site activities guy was very nice. They have their own jet ski rentals. The kayaks were free. Definitely do the stand up paddle boards. I had never done it before and only fell once (onto the paddleboard, not the water). Heed the advice they give you...don't keep leaning over to watch something in the water as you paddle by - klunk!

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Encinitas, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

Great location on the Atlantic ocean. No beach, but outside of Key West, mangroves rules the shoreline. Complimentary kayak usage was a plus. Nice billards table under the Key Lime suite and by the pool/jacuzzi was a nice pastime. And with only 19 units, never crowded. Breakfasts, also complimentary, were perfect. Everything was in good to excellent condition. Structurally sound to withstand a major hurricane...but blocks out cell phone signals, so you'll have to stand outside to talk on your mobile phone. I grilled twice on their gas BBQ.

The hotel is adjacent to Snapper's restaurant and bar. We enjoyed live music nightly right from our suite.

Exploring the Dove Creek mangrove lined passages on kayak was a fun, particularly since their were small craft warnings out the full week I visited the islands.

Favorite part of the hotel were the very helpful front desk staff, full of ideas of where to go to explore the Keys. They turned me on to the Noname Key Kayak Adventure outfit that allowed to paddle around Noname Key (in the Big Pine Key area).

Diving/snorkeling off of Key Largo was a bit disappointing after spending time in the south Pacific and Australia. Better snorkeling off Bahia Honda Key to the south.

Room Tip: Splurge and go for the Key Lime Suite. Full kitchen, screened porch overlooking Atlantic, covered pa...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Hollywood, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2012

Lovely hotel, professional pleasant and helpful staff, clean well stocked room, beautifully maintained building and grounds, delicious appealing breakfast, many free amenities. We rate it 10 out of 10 on a great scale.
We would definatly stay here again!

Room Tip: Suite with a screened porch is a must!
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Key Largo, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2012

This hotel is everything that the website portrays it to be. The hotel property is very well maintained, and beautiful. The staff was very attentive and helpful whenever we needed anything. Hotel is kept very clean, it was a peaceful and very enjoyable stay. My partner and I definitely recommend this hotel and we would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Trenton, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2012

This is a long overdo update to my original review. After posting my review in January 2012, I was contacted by the manager of the Dove Creek Lodge. She asked for additional details of our stay at the lodge.

I explained what has happened upon our arrival. We talked for quite sometime. She explained that many properties in the Keys do not staff their "desk" all night. That is only found in the larger "chains".

She insisted that we accept a refund for half of our stay. I explained that was not my intent. More than gracious, she made good on her promise and money was credited to our account.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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baltimore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

First time to the Keys, didn't know what to expect for hotels. Dove Creek turned out to be a nice, clean place to stay on the way down to Key West. Access to kayaks, a nice little pool, great view of the sunrise in the morning. A bit further south from the main cluster of hotels in Key Largo, which I considered a good thing. Nice breakfast in the morning with fruit, yoghurt, and various breads.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dove Creek Lodge
Address: 147 Seaside Ave, MM 94.5 Oceanside, Key Largo, FL 33037-3892
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Key Largo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Dove Creek Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly part of the Ascend Collection of Choice Hotels, Dove Creek Lodge is an intimate island style boutique hotel. Warm, friendly and uncomplicated. Inspired by the lore of Hemingway's Caribbean hideaways. Dove Creek Lodge is the perfect choice for your next island retreat. Located on the Atlantic Ocean, in Key Largo, Dove Creek lodge sits adjacent to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. In the center of the best fishing, diving and family fun you will ever experience.Come, step through our doors and see what we're all about. ... more   less 
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