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Smugglers Cove Resort and Marina
Ranked #11 of 11 Islamorada B&B and Inns
Reviewed 5 August 2013

Stayed here while using Freedom Boat Club. Freedoms dock is right at the front of the hotel which works our great. The rooms looked to have been refurbished with the last 18 Months. You can tell they are trying to upgrade things. Will try and stay here every time I use Freedoms Boats.

Room Tip: We chose the suite at 159.00 that night. Nice Clean two rooms and little kitchenette area.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

Driving down on a guys only fishing trip with boat in tow, I was sure nothing would knock us off our horse. We are all pretty salty and accustomed to sleeping on boats, sand or not at all and knowing the weekend was about the water hotel worries were last on my mind.

I'm a very understanding person and a business owner so the check in office in a portable trailer didn't phase me. I was sure it was temporary. Forget that. And this post will not be about the outdated rooms, linens, doors, windows, floors, cabinets, etc...

What should have been a dead giveaway is an air fresher hanging from ceiling fan of the room. Quickly running out of the room to get the boat in the water and get start the weekend cut initial time down to nil, when we returned for the night we discovered the reason the air fresher hung from the fan of death room #6.

A killer, potent, disease carrying septic smell was pumping out of the shower drain and had no mercy. You would have to hold your breath to use the restroom. Tried to use the paper thin towels to block the smell. The first night a scholar of a staffs man pounded bleach in the shower so now the bleach would burn your nostrils and the septic smell would have a better chance of finding its way in your bloodstream.

Of course it was their last room. It would take a large effort to move the boat an gear somewhere else. During the day we were out and got fresh air. What sets this apart is how the staff dealt with it. The rude restaurant girls called us the "hotel people". The manager said he would do something special for us next time. More important he played stupid, said he didn't know there was a problem. I told him why do you hand a Yankee Candle air fresher from the ceiling.

I tried so hard to excuse them as a struggling business during the bad economy but their $400k fishing boat led me to believe in profit before guests.

Room Tip: Hold your breath.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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7  Thank BigAra
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Located on Snake Creek. A very small motel with it's office in a small trailer in the parking lot. Friendly staff. If boating for the day and you need to catch a bite to eat for lunch or dinner then maybe, the food was okay and dock space is available but if you think is is a hotel you will be sadly disappointed. We stayed one night. Lot's of bikes with loud pipes coming and going all night long. They do offer entertainment on weekends. No staff is available until roughly 11:00am(ish). The rooms are extremely outdated, the lock on our window was broken, the beds sag in the middle. This place should be classified as a restaurant that has a few extra rooms and not a hotel or motel.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank cpdmhf
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

In the heart of Islamorada. A wonderful place to hang your hat and fill your belly. The food and service was very good - I look forward to returning for the conch fritters and bloody mary's. The band was great, took requests and played "covers." The room was clean, comfortable and in-line with the price point. Bring your own bath products unless you like postage stamp soap.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Tina E
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

Lively bar and very friendly staff. Caught some Tuna on a charter and the chef prepared it wonderfully. Rooms were a little old but neat and clean. Good place to stop on our way to the lower keys. You can arrange a boat out of smugglers or one of the many marinas close by.

Room Tip: Choose an upstairs view if you want to be over the marina. Downstairs if you have kids or older adul...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank NewJerseyCathy
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Reviewed 26 December 2012

Smuggler's Cove has a varied menu and the specials change daily. We go there every weekend and have always had a tasty meal! The view is great and the prices are very reasonable. The presentation of the food is great and it is soooo goood!!!! I don't understand the negative reviews Smugglers has received as we have eaten there approximately 20 times over the last 6 months and have never been disappointed. There is another restaurant located across the street which is overpriced and the food is mediocre but they are seem so much busier which I really don't understand.??? It must be the advertising because Smuggler's Cove is clearly a better choice!!!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank SeasideWonderer
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Reviewed 14 November 2012

this is a great hotel with friendly staff. everyone went out of there way to make our stay enjoyable. Rooms have been renovated recently and new docks available for your boat. Ecxcellent marina with direct access to ocean and bay. The resturant has excellent food at great prices and service as good as any where. Will be staying here on every trip to Islamorada

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Smugglers Cove Resort and Marina

Address: 85500 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 85.5, Islamorada, FL 33036-3400
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Islamorada
Price Range: £123 - £251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Smugglers Cove Resort and Marina 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a resort that includes a hotel, marina and restaurant. We are located at Snake Creek bridge making it easy access to both bay side and ocean. We have many amenities for families, couples or friends trying to have a good time. They include but are not limited to kayaking, snorkeling, diving, fishing charters, boat rentals, and sunset cruises. Our rooms are spacious, clean, and comfortable. ... more   less 
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