We typically stay at the Hawks Cay resort to get away from Miami but read reviews and decided to try somewhere else. Feeling confident that the resort would live up to the reviews and given the attentive responses by management on this site we booked a weekend and were very disappointed but fell in love with the room and property.
The room was designed very well but the stains on the bedcover and pillows detracted from the overall experience. Asked for a room on the upper floors away from the elevator and received a room on the first floor next to the elevator. Spoke to 2 different front desk personnel and they were disinterested and never received any communication from upper management. I'm sure they will respond to this review but its all spin. Only the concierge showed concern on our departure but it was too little too late.
Strongly suggest you dine elsewhere too, food was bland at best and when I requested a surprise dessert for my wife's birthday the waiter came to the table and said " I hear its someone's birthday, want dessert?". I suggest Morada Bay or Mile Marker 88 for dinner and Lorelie for quick bits and music.
If the staff was as good as the property this would be 5 star resort but apparently ownership changes have negatively affected the quality of the stay.
On our way out we were looking for alternative places to stay on our next visit and found a hidden gem, the Moorings Village and Spa. Its directly north of the Cheeca and for a little more money you get a private residence on a beautiful private beach. Staff was great, property was well maintained and you get complete privacy without the visual and audible clutter of a resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The "Queen of the Florida Keys", Cheeca Lodge & Spa has been an exclusive hideaway for celebrities, business leaders and U.S. Presidents for over 70 years. Set on 27 private oceanfront acres in Islamorada, Cheeca has been constructed with a porte-cochere entrance, traditional Florida Keys architecture, chic West Indies décor, and spirited tradition of “barefoot elegance” -- a term coined at Cheeca. Along with a new breakfast bistro and lobby bar, Cheeca boasts three distinctive restaurants: Nikai Sushi Bar and Lounge offering the Florida Keys’ freshest sushi, Asian-inspired fare and a unique selection of Japanese sake and wine; Atlantic’s Edge with a seasonal fine-dining menu of fresh local seafood, prime steaks and organic local produce; and its family-friendly Limoncello Italian restaurant serving up Tuscan favorites in a casually rustic setting. Cheeca Lodge & Spa features 2,400 square-feet of retail shops with a Cheeca Signature store featuring the latest designer fashions and accessories. An expanded roster of activities include offshore and backcountry fishing, parasailing, sightseeing, eco-tours, paddleboards, water trikes, kayaks, golf, tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard and more. The resort’s signature features include a classic 525’ wooden fishing pier, tropical gardens, crossing palms archway, nature trails, Tahitian-style Spa Lagoon, spectacular purple sunsets, 1100 feet of beaches, Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, Camp Cheeca children’s environmental activity program, and access to world-class sportfishing. Located just 90 minutes south of Miami International Airport in the Florida Keys, Cheeca Lodge & Spa is just a few hours by air or drive from major East Coast U.S. cities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cheeca Hotel Islamorada
- Cheeca Resort Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge Florida
- Cheeca Lodge And Spa
- Cheeca Lodge Islamorada
- Cheeca Lodge & Spa Islamorada, Florida - Florida Keys