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The Caribbean Resort at Sea Isle
Ranked #11 of 19 Hotels in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence
north carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful but not bling”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2006

The pool area was beautiful but,as others noted,the water was miserably hot. The grounds were well kept and it was very quiet. There is definetly a difference between one side of the resort and the other. The property had it's own docking area which was nice because we always rent a boat. Others say the staff was great but we only talked to the housekeepers once and no one else which was strange....O.K with us I guess...we like it quiet. I'd say overall nice but not worth the $$$$.

Stayed July 2006
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2006

What a disappointment- if we had been paying $100/night in this area- our experience probably would have been acceptable.
But for $175/night it was not acceptable- we were going to stay multiple nights- but checked out after one- the villa was a cute idea- but the shower is all rusty/the sheets have balls on them, and the comforter- well it is so faded out/worn out- I can't imagine sleeping on one at home like that- not to mention the maid burst in on us bright and early the next morning- no "Do not disturb signs" here..........so weird there- they just taped our key to the gate entrance--------??!
It did seem clean enough- but many many updates are needed.
For $200/night the Marriott is MUCH better-

*I must mention the other side of the property are the full size houses- which rent for $$$$ /night- they could be fine....but when they don't show any pictures of the villas on their website- I should have been skeptical*

  • Liked — We could see the ocean from the villa.
  • Disliked — The dilapidated state the entire villa was in.
  • Tips/Secrets — Don't bother.
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled with family
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brandon florida
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2006

we stayed in june. the maids were very nice but could not get help when potty overflowed. rooms very thin you could hear the people next door,and they could hear you too . we spoke to the people next door and they were checking out early because of the problemswith noise(even if you tryed to be quite. the rooms were split with clear plaxy glass near roof . The pool was HOT not warm because of florida(i live in florida and my pool is never that hot.)the kids at the pool asked if there was a heater the man that works there was rude said there is no heater "Welcome to summer buddy" Then when another worker tryed to shut off the heater the same man said never shut it off. Can you belive florida in june in a pool that is 100 degrees. We had to pay to go to a public pool in key largo. nicer people.

  • Stayed June 2006
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5 Thank nicole s
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2006

My husband and I reserved the resort for our daughter's wedding in December 2005. After visiting the Cheeca Lodge and Pierre's, we found it to be the perfect spot for her wedding. The prices for accomodations were high, but after staying there for five nights and six days, they were well worth the price. The Cheeca Lodge was almost the same price but all you get there is a hotel room and a crowd. We had the entire resort to ourselves and our guests that stayed at the resort with us raved about the accomodations, scenery, landscaping and the friendliness of the staff. We stayed in the Plantation House which was just perfect and full of special touches. The kitchen was more beautiful than my own. We had the rehearsal party on the porch of the plantation house, and had Toby the Steel Drummer play. He played again for the ceremony on the beach the next day. The reception was held in an Arabian Tent next to the Plantation house and we danced under the stars to HOT BRASS MONKEY which is probably the best band ever for that setting. The next day we also hosted a Sunday Luncheon under the tent. All events were awesome, thanks to their staff and our caterer, Debbie Peirog of Caribbean Catering. She does an amazing job. We had our flowers done by Debbie of Floral Fantasy and we weorked with Gloria at Islamorada Bakery on the cake. The flowers, cake, food and the setting of the Caribbean Resort were all just perfect. The whole experience left us in love with the Caribbean Resort. We vow to return again soon.

  • Stayed December 2005
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2006

We arrived back in the UK two weeks ago from the Caribbean resort, didn't want to though! The Caribbean resort is the best self-catering place we have ever stayed. We stayed in the Beach House with 2 friends, another 2 friends stayed in the economy villas. The Beach House was better equiped than our own home! There is a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and a BBQ, along with beautiful furniture and a spa bath. The economy villas were not so well furnished and they needed a bit of an update however they were right on the beach, the Caribbean homes do not have access to the beach and you have to walk to the other side of the complex to reach the beach. The pool and jacuzzi were amazing, we stayed 4 nights and everyday we had time in the pool. It really was like paradise here and would recommend it to anyone. We will be back, sooner rather then later!

  • Stayed April 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2006

A complete resort without neon! Wow what gracious treatment! There is something for everyone at the Caribbean Resort at Sea Isle. We soaked up the incredible Tropical landscaping and breath-taking views across the private docks to the ocean. The serene pool (full of well behaved kids) and whirlpool spa area The calming veranda. Did I mention the most beautiful Palm trees this Floridian has ever seen? Wow a fun-filled romantic paradise. Jam-packed with family-friendly amenities (don't even bother to bring a paper towel!) There's something for every taste at The Caribbean Resort at Sea Isles. If you're a fisherman Captain Phil Sena can outfit you right at the private boat ramps and docks and you can grill your catch right outside your door.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Montana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2006

A hidden secret! I loved it so much that I almost don't want to give it away. My husband and I got married here. We were originally going to get married at Cheeca, but after dealing with them for a few months, we realized that we did not want our wedding to be entertainment for the other guests staying there and everything would have been super over priced (we ended up cutting our expenses in half for an even better experience at the Caribbean Resort). Our guests took up about 80% of the homes/villas. It was the greatest place to stay and to get married! The homes are very classy, the grounds are clean, the staff (Keri) was extremely accomadating, the pool has a cool jungle feel to it. I highly recommend stay and getting married at The Caribbean Resort at Sea Isle!!! You won't regret it.

  • Stayed February 2006
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Property: The Caribbean Resort at Sea Isle
Address: 117 South Carroll Street, Mile Marker 82, Islamorada, FL 33036
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Islamorada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Caribbean Resort at Sea Isle 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
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