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Review of Coconut Beach Resort

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Coconut Beach Resort
Ranked #47 of 51 Hotels in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Run...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2010

This resort presents itself beautifully on the web page they have designed. Most of the the rooms that I was able to view through windows/doors looked wonderful. The property is located in a quiet residential area and is very well maintained on the outside. WHY did I give it such a low mark? "Studio" is the key word for this not so stellar review. Booked through II and was told this was a studio apartment, totally misleading - small hotel room at best. After viewing the hotel's web site and listening to their recorded message on Coconut Beach resort phone we looked forward to relaxing on our veranda outside of our French doors and taking in the warm tropical paradise we had managed to book. HAH! We reserved a studio with a kitchenette. Upon arrival we found that the room contained a king bed. A dresser. An amoire. A luggage rack. The "kitchenette" was a converted small coat closet that housed a mini-microwave, a mini-coffee maker, a mini toaster, a mini-fridge and a small amount of utensils/dishware. Getting the point. SMALL, small, small. The bathroom (that when spreading out my arms from my side could reach across, corner to corner - the doorway into the bathroom was a 22" door and those who may be on the comfortable size would not have fit through it) contained a small pedestal sink. This was the only sink in the unit and was for brushing our teeth, washing our hands, and doing our dishes. The room's furnishings were extremely shabby, and that is being kind. Barely enough room to walk around the bed - which also doubled as the couch and dining room table. This room was at the back of the property on the street side. Our view was of the trunk of a tree and a stairway. We had a single frame door, no french doors and no veranda here, small hallway, and a bedroom. This is not a studio, it is an extremely small hotel room. If you book a regular one bedroom/two bedroom, this might be a wonderful vacation spot. If you are looking for a studio, and this resort comes up - RUN! I have traveled for years, and this is in the bottom three of places that I have stayed.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank seabreeze1952
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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365 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2010

Our first contact at this resort was with the front desk clerk at check-in. If you can get past the fact that he (think his name was "John", but not sure - he was there in the late afternoon/evening) is a surly chap with the personality of a soured kitchen rag, the property, although limited in amenities, is beautiful and in a good location. Tony, the activities director, was warm and accommodating. I guess those were not qualities required to work the front desk, greeting and checking in new guests upon their arrival. Our stay was a time share exchange via Interval International. We traded our 2-bedroom property for a studio with a "limited kitchen" - because we wanted to stay in Key West and that is all that was available for trade. We were hoping to get an upgrade when we arrived, but even though other units were available, Mr. Soured Rag was not willing to entertain that idea. The room was smaller than a basic hotel room, crowded by a very hard king sized bed, and had only one chair - no table in the room. The "limited kitchen" had a dorm sized refrigerator, a circa 1980's microwave, a toaster and a coffee pot crammed into a 30 inch coat closet, leaving us no where to hang our clothes. What dishes we washed, we did so in the bathroom sink. Luckily, we brought a large ice chest and plenty of paper plates, bowls, cups and spoons, along with several gallons of bottled water. One of the stronger points of the "resort' was the very well functioning ice machine that we shared with the other guests on property. One other positive comment is that parking was never a problem. The air conditioning and ceiling fan kept us cool while in the room, and the outdoor pool was refreshing and clean. The ocean was just steps away, but only good for viewing as the beach area was no larger than the swimming pool, covered in sea grass, and smelled like spoiled eggs. The property advertised free wifi, but we had to go outside and up to the 3rd floor porch area to get a signal, although we got the best signal in the lobby of the property, but I had to be stared at by Mr. Soured Rag while I was there. I had read negative reviews about this property, but we went there anyway, with an open mind, hoping the other reviewers were overly critical. They were actually right on target.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank TravelDiva001
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Madison, New Jersey
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38 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2010

We just returned from Coconut Beach Resort through Intervale and we loved it. It is a low frills quiet resort righ along the ocean's edge. Their "beach" is not the type you lounge on with chairs. Their cement patio goes straight to the ocean and the minimal beach allows a nice walk into the water. At low tide, there was plenty of sand for the kids to play in. It was nice to sit by the waves and have the kids play in the sand or the pool within eyesight. Best of both worlds. Didn't mind the community porch. In fact it was nice to stretch the legs and sit on at night. The onebedroom room was spacious. My only complaint was storage. There was one tiny dresser for the whole family. Also no counter space or dry food storage. We had to move pots & pans around for our stuff to fit and prepare food on top of the cold stove.
Would definitely go back. If you are looking for a higher end hotel on a man made beach with activities, music, gym etc. you can go next door to Casa Marina. We just wanted quiet.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank tomkatfine
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Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2010

Feels like you own private world right on the beach!! For all of the Jimmy Buffet fans out there you can actually "stumble over to Louie's Backyard". Yes these is the spot that gave birth to the song. Recently had an exterior makeover and next year they are planning to completely re-do the interiors. Great resort!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Spreackers
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Lexington, Kentucky
Level Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2010

We have been to Key West before and was the worst place to stay. We canceled as soon as we saw the room. The room was small and very old looking and we could hear the men next door talking as if they were in our room. The staff was not very helpful. We will never go back to this place!

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, CA
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29 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2010

My husband and I spent 3 days at this resort. First of all, the view we had was from the top floor facing the ocean so that was really idyllic. We were happy to find a place with direct beach access. The room was OK, nothing special -- housekeeping came regularly so no problem there like other reviewers. Sharing the porch in front of the room means you have no privacy and get to hear drunken conversations and inhale the cigarette smoke of others -- OK, so head to the beach then, right? Well, I don't know if it's a characteristic of this place or just the timing of when we were there, but this place has "regulars" who own timeshares and boy are they territorial. It was very awkward -- I felt like we were being scrutizined constantly (the beach area is small), and there was even some rude and hostile behavior by these "insiders." We tuned it out as best we could and enjoyed the ocean and having pina coladas next door at the historic Louie's Backyard which is directly through a door accessed from this resort. Overall, it could be a great place...without all the weird vibes going on.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank esmerelda12
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ottawa
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2010

Myself and my family have been visiting Coconut Beach for about 20 years, since it opened. We bought a time-share unit there when they were first building and now own four weeks there; two in January and two in March. I just read Grubbee's review and I thought it was crazy so I had to make a rebuttal.
The ocean view is wonderful. The pool is nice and I have never heard of a health problem with it. In fact you CAN enter the pub of Louie's Backyard from the Coconut Beach area, and you can sit over there and have a drink if you want to, or you can bring your own drink down [this is a much cheaper option than Louie's!]. There are sometimes kids in the pool which can be a bit noisy, but usually it's just for a small part of the day.
We have never had a problem with burglary of our things, and I have left my passport, wallet, iPod, all in my nightstand drawer. There are safes in the rooms if you want to use them. I have not had a problem with the beds there.
I'm not sure where Grubbee was 'meandering' for all of that time, as it is quite a small place and easy to find your room. They do have labels. And I have found the staff to be helpful. Calling them 'barely English-speaking idiot' is telling, I think.
True there are no elevators but we have never found this to be a terrible burden. Also I have never found that noise from the neighbours was a problem, except when you are not on the top floor and there are once in awhile kids running around. When this has happened we have just had a neighbourly word with them and all was well.
There is a nice outdoor barbecue that all the guests are welcome to use, it's also a nice way to meet some of the other guests.
One thing on this trip that was a problem was our phone was a bit wonky, but we all had cell phones anyway so it wasn't a big deal.
We love Coconut Beach and Key West!!!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank bowballie
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Additional Information about Coconut Beach Resort

Property: Coconut Beach Resort
Address: 1500 Alberta St, Key West, FL 33040-4793
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Key West
#12 Spa Hotel in Key West
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tranquil, Oceanfront All-Suite Resort housed in white Key-West-style building with encircling verandas on each floor. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Coconut Beach Hotel Key West
Coconut Beach Resort Key West, Florida

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