It is now known as the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle, and its a great place for family and fun. This was the first time my husband and I traveled to the Keys and I can honestly say we made the absolute correct choice with the Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle, and Islamorada. It has everything at this location and this Key.
First, the renovations to the place was done very nicely. I heard from a person whom I met on a fishing trip, who has been vacationing in the Keys for over 40 years, that this was a hell-hole before the renovations.
The establishment is 14 or 16 acres wide, not long. If you've traveled to the Keys you know what I mean. For those who never, most of the hotels are long (distance from the road to the ocean:west to east) and the front of the hotels are not well kept. This establishment is wide (running north to south) and the front entrance was nice and open, not cluttered. I mention this because there were several buildings which were all spread out. The main building, where check in takes place, has five floors and is in the middle of the property facing the ocean, the second building which is next to the marina (south end) has three floors, the third building is to the north and has two floors, then there is the El Capitan area, also the north section, which houses several buildings which are all ground level. This area was not yet renovated. Very rustic, but nice. But, I do hope they get rid of the old rugs and replace them with bare floors. This section has kitchens and eating areas.
Now, I know all this sounds like you have to walk forever to get from one end to the other, but it really is not the case. Anyway, there are at least five different eateries/bars placed all throughout, and most importantly, there are bathrooms, clean bathrooms, all throughout the property.
Two pools: the larger one is situated next to the ocean and the second one is next to the two-story building on the north side. Actually, both pools are closer to the north side of the property.
Our room was nice and clean, with a blue and white color scheme. Beds were great, with nice sheets and pillows. The A/C unit is all up to date. No wall to wall rugs, which was smart...no mold or mildew smell. Bathroom was clean and a good size. Internet worked, but a little static every once in awhile. They has rooms with kitchens for those who need them.
Staff is absolutely wonderful, especially Glinda and Ayo. The ladies were genuinely kind and sincere, not that phony hotel worker type. Every time I walked around there was someone cleaning. They clean non-stop. 6:00 in the morning, when I was on the beach to watch the sun rise, the gentlemen were out there cleaning and raking the beach.
The beaches were in sections, and all well kept. Because it is a wide property hotel, there is enough room for everyone without that over-crowed feeling.
I mentioned that this was the perfect Key as well. It is the third Key in from the north. We flew into Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International, and took us less than two hours to get there (from Miami its one hour). The area restaurants are great...we dined at Morada Bay (very romantic spot...dinner on the beach...great view), Lazy Days (make reservations or you get seated by the window which faces the entrance/parking lot) and Lori-e-Lei's (typical Key restaurant with good food and great entertainment). It was about 1.5 hours to 2 hours to Key West. Which is a nice one day trip. To tell you the truth, to me, Key West is over-rated. The only thing that Key West has that Islamorada does not is a schooner sail boat. There are at least five marinas filled with all the boats you want for fishing...gift shops, bakeries, CVS, bowling ally, and a park or two for the kiddies. Founder's park is a nice place.
Fishing: at least five different marina's in Islamorada. By the way, for all those who are interested in fishing, but are asking, what do I do with the fish I catch...area restaurants will cook it for you for a nominal fee or you can just give it away. I have to mention this, because where I come from party boat trips are a little different. On Long Island, NY the price includes everything...fishing fee, bait, tackle and rod. In the Keys, the price pays for the fishing fee, bait and tackle, you need to pay extra for the rod ($5) and on Long Island placement on the boat is first come first serve. In the Keys they charge you ($5) for a space in the back of the boat and sides near the back. So, if you plan to go fishing and want the back of the boat, call ahead and make reservations. The back fills up quickly.
Rentals: you can rent all the water sport equipment you want at the resort or around town.
But, I will place this warning for all New Yorkers who love bagels, we were hosed at a bakery down the road. Two plain bagels for $6, yes, $6. Eat the local food, its great!
Tips: We stopped at Homestead, a town just before entering the Keys, and stopped in a Dollar Tree (in a plaza right off highway 95) and filled up on supplies. Dollar Tree has everything and everything is $1. We stocked up on water, soda, sun-block, dish washing liquid, cookies, etc. The only thing they do not have is fresh food. You learn how to save money when you have three kids.
I gave the Postcard Inn 4 out of a 5 because they are still renovating and I do not know how the final product is going to be. Also, because I was able to find a great rate...$145 total (tax and resort fee) for a king classic. If the rates were in the $200 level, this review may be a little different. So check the internet for deals. Do your research, I did and had a great vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Florida Keys favorite beloved by beach-lovers and boaters, the oceanfront Postcard Inn Beach Resort and Marina (or PCI for short) in Islamorada is located minutes from Key Largo and a short drive from Fort Lauderdale/Miami and Key West. This iconic resort blends the retro, throwback atmosphere of a nostalgic American beach vacation with modern amenities like WiFi, iPod docks and flat-screen televisions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Isle Resorts And Marina
- Holiday Isle Resorts & Marina Hotel Islamorada
- Holiday Isle Hotel Islamorada
- Holiday Isle Islamorada
- Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina Islamorada, Florida - Florida Keys