The RCI "Hotel Room" assigned to us was terrible. If you can't get a one or two bedroom suite assigned to you don't accept this bottom of the barrel room. Make reservations on your own instead. Small, cramped, dark and shabby. No view except for elevator and outside wall. Could not open drapes as people stood outside of room waiting for elevator and couldn't help themselves from looking into room. The AC rattled and kicked-in every 15 minutes throughout the night making sleeping nearly impossible. The kitchenette was located between the bathroom and bedroom. It consisted of a microwave, under-cabinet refrigerator on one side of the 3 foot hall and a sink, coffee maker and cabinets on the other side. Dishes, glassware, utensils, a dishcloth and dish washing liquid were provided. However, no salt/pepper or napkins were provided. You will need to do some shopping if you wish to make breakfast. We purchased items from the Galleon Tiki Bar deli (on the marina side of the hotel) and CVS a few blocks away the corner of Duval.
We were not provided any help from the front desk in regard to upgrading our room as we were "RCI" members. RCI did not provide any help to us as they said no other rooms were available. We had upgraded our membership to Platinum hoping for an automatic upgrade, but that did not happen and we were very disappointed.
Now for the good part - the Galleon pool, hot tub and beach are wonderful. We spent many hours a day lounging by the pool and dipping into the hot tub. Sean, one of the pool guys played great music and provided a fun time hosting Bingo during the day. We would get lunch from the Galleon Tiki Bar (on the Marina side). Great burgers, onion rings, fries, etc. Live music at the Tiki bar near the pool starts around11:00 am and continues throughout the day.
Every performer was terrific. This Tiki bar is brand new. They re-opened it the first night of our stay. There were about 700 people there that night due to the Christmas Parade of Boats that started right at the marina next door to the resort. A wonderful event.
The resort is very clean. The hot tub is very hot and the pool is wonderfully heated. A family member had reserved a one-bedroom suite directly through the hotel while we were there and it was gorgeous (F43A) with an incredible view. It was completely updated with a brand new kitchen, king bed and fabulous bathroom, not to mention a large balcony you could access from both the living room and bedroom - absolutely dreamy!
The location is so convenient it simply can't be beat. For discounts go to the welcome center at the Galleon Cortez Room - near the Tiki Bar, they will give you two-for-one drink cards - these save a lot of money as drinks are quite expensive. We brought our own rum/coke and beer down to the pool in a collapsible cooler inside a large tote bag. We got all our ice from the ice machine (to the left in the driveway before you get to the reception doors - across from F bldg.). Wifi was very spotty. It only worked well one day. Beware of the phone scam they warn you about when you check in. Someone pretends to be from the front desk and claims the computer system is down and asks for your personal information - they called us and tried very hard to get our information. We simply hung up on them and reported the call to the real front desk.
Getting to/from the airport is a breeze. Stand outside the airport doors and grab a cab. It's a $8 per person fare. The Galleon is a great place and you are sure to have a wonderful time.
Suggestion: Purchase the Key West Bar Card and Key West Gold Card before your trip. These saved us a lot of money.
Attractions: Citiview Bus Tour leaves you right in front of Butterfly place - go, it's great. The Hemmingway House was enjoyable and the Little White House Tour was really interesting. The Mel Fisher Museum was also a cool place to explore.
Enjoy your trip!
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