Just north and in the shadows of a cookie cutter Hampton Inn you'll find a charming relic from days gone by. Sitting on the private beach on one of the brightly colored Adirondack chairs, cares melt away. It is easy to envision other families frolicking in the waters, catching fish from the private dock, or enjoying a BBQ under the many swaying palms. This well manicured property has retained all the beauty that the Keys have to offer. If Mad Men were to look for a place for Don Draper to take his family, you could easily see him pulling his car in the parking lot and unloading the bags. It would seem to me that hotel business owners, need take a look around and realize historical authenticity is hip these days. A taste of the past is something those chains can't give ya . Breezy Palms harkens back to a very sweet time. Ok, off the soapbox, I guess you gather, I think this place is really cool.
My friends and I stayed in one of the cottages which were directly beside the beach. We stayed two nights on one side and two nights on the other, due to availability at the time that we booked. This gave us a chance to see what each side had to offer. Each where one bedroom king with a pullout couch. The cottages had kitchens that were well stocked and had we stayed longer, we would have taken full advantage of fixing meals and could have very easily made just about anything. Well, that is to say, we had the tools to make a lot of food, I'm not sure if it would have turned out...but I digress. Both sides were extremely clean and I didn't feel the need to whip out a haznet suit or some black light before sitting down. A dvd player was even included and dvd's were available for a reasonable price at the front desk. We thought this was a nice offering had the weather been poor or we had an evening we felt like a movie. Any one who has had the misfortune of being in the Keys when it rains knows that next to being in at a hospital, time seems to stand still there and is tortuous if you don't have anything to do. After the first viewing of the "things to do in the Keys" channel, trust me...there is no need to watch it again.
The staff at this property was off the charts when it came to meeting any requests. Everyone was friendly and of the five days we were there it seemed like the place was staffed by a bunch of worker bees. It doesn't take a genius to figure out the property is being cared for and the owner takes pride in his investment. The best part of all is that pricing for this location isn't outrageous. We have stayed at the Hampton Inn, for many years, and it is a fine location but it is down right expensive. Over the years, our group has changed and the numbers have dwindled. We needed to figure out a way to make our travels a little more budget friendly and decided give this place a try. How lucky are we???? I only wish we would have given them a try years ago. Previously I never even gave it a second look, having been content to go with the flow. Again, nothing against Hampton Inn, it is a fine place, but what it lacks is character.
The only complaints that I had with the Breezy Palms experience was the pull out bed at our second location. As with those mattresses tend to be, it was ...wellllll....a little on the thin side. Ever the former Girl Scout, we just threw the cushions under our sheets and made the bed up that way. Problem adjusted. It wasn't perfect, but it's The Keys!!!! So I'd suggest the management look into that. Other than that, I give the place a huge thumbs up and we'll be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A two and a half acre property located in Islamorada Florida at MM 80. Breezy Palms is a family friendly Oceanfront Resort. We have a marina that hold 28 boats up to 28 feet. Breezy Palms is located 1 1/2 hours south of Miami and 1 1/2 hours North of Key West. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Breezy Palms Hotel Islamorada
- Breezy Palms Resort Islamorada, Florida - Florida Keys