Chesapeake Beach Resort has a fabulous website that invited us to stay at this fun and colorful resort. However, once we arrived, we quickly realized that Chesapeake's heyday has passed by a few decades. But it was great just the same. As long as a place is clean and not gross, I never mind if it has been around for awhile. And you can't beat their little horse-shoe-shaped lagoon with massive palm trees and groomed sand.
We stayed in the 2 bedroom suite with no ocean view, room 301. It as clean and nice, but dark and lacking modern conveniences like, oh, outlets and shelves in the bathroom. There was a full kitchen, really nice colors and décor, and a pull out sofa in addition to the two separate queens. Two flat-screen TVs, tall ceilings, and all the soap-shampoo-goodies. When we first walked into the room, however, someone had left the A/C blowing all day so, no lie, it was about 50 degrees. Now us Rhode Islanders are used to the cold after our freezing winter, but seriously? I want to be sweaty hot at will for $320 a night (just one control on the wall -no modern unit). After being told I was playing with the settings too much and it needed to cycle, and that was why it wasn't warm enough, the maintenance man walked in, said, "Nah, this isn't cold," and moved the thermostat up to max while still in A/C mode. No heat ever kicked on. "Oh, okay. Thanks." I shut it off and opened windows and just dealt with it. At least it was nice to sleep to, but it never really got above 65 or so. But it was yet another place in South Florida that was ridiculously overpriced with very little concern for my family's comfort. When I went to get pool towels at the front desk, the front desk person was trying to check new guests while telling someone else on the phone that she couldn't help them right now (explained why no one picked up when I called about pool towels). "Well, something's got to give!" she said. Um, maybe hire another person during rush? Oh, and while I'm ranting, $18 a day for a "Resort Fee" is laughable.
But I'm being nit-picky. We enjoyed our stay. Chesapeake has a lot of charm, and the views of the ocean were spectacular. Warm breeze in my face, my fam playing on the hammock, pelicans surfing the wind, nice guests. It was great. There are two pools, both nice and warm. Most of the staff were nice and accommodating. The grounds were just as immaculate as the rooms. The morning sunrise was the best, with lots of hot and cold breakfast choices at the free breakfast. No restaurant, but there are many restaurants all around Islamorada.
So overall, I thought the value would be much better at around $200 a night instead of over three, but we had fun and it was nice. I would recommend Chesapeake to other families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Islamorada's famous beach and fishing destination, Chesapeake Beach Resort, rests on 6.5 Acres of oceanfront sands and gardens halfway between Miami and Key West, in the Florida Keys. Our property delivers state-of-the-art amenities and luxurious accommodations to our guests. We are proud to offer HDTV, Stereo radio/CD/alarm and wireless internet connection, along with carpeting, furniture, bathrooms and kitchens including granite countertops and vanities; all to make your stay more enjoyable and relaxing. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Travel Republic (UK), Hotels.com, Expedia, TripOnline SA, HotelsClick, Evoline ltd, Ebookers, Cancelon, HotelQuickly and 5viajes2012 S.L. so you can book your Chesapeake Beach Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Chesapeake Beach Hotel Islamorada
- Chesapeake Beach Resort Islamorada, Florida - Florida Keys