In the course of the history of a hotel, every room has a last resident before that room is upgraded. In the case of our room, that guest should have been one about 18 months ago. But at $628 a night, nobody should ever be such a guest—upgrades should be made before they are needed, not a year or more after they are needed. Although our room was larger than in any Hampton Inn and was on the beach 60 feet from the Atlantic Ocean, I've never stayed in any Hampton or even a Motel 6 or Knights Inn that was as worn, beaten, and poorly maintained as our room at the Cheeca Lodge & Spa.
Certainly the grounds and landscaping of the Cheeca Lodge were beautiful and well kept, but our room—$628 a night plus an outrageous $40 -a-day facilities fee—was dark, drab, beaten, bedraggled, and even grungy. Let me list and describe some of its many failings.
• The floor was worn, scratched and generally faded. In fact, it was obvious that a rug had been removed from under the bed, as that area where the rug had been was darker and had a significantly better finish.
• Not only are the bed lamps 3 feet tall and on top of a 4 foot dresser—which necessitates getting out of bed to turn the light off—but on top of that, they do not provide sufficient light for reading in bed.
• Every dresser rocked back and forth.
• Porch furniture rocked back and forth, and though comfortable, every piece was badly scratched and chipped.
• The sliding glass doors to the porch stuck! They had gaps and were badly dented and scratched. They were just plain worn out and need replacing five years ago.
• The paint on the screened porch railings and door was chipped, corroded, rusted, and needed repair and cleaning years ago. The screened porch door handle was rusted and did not work properly. Every screen on the screened porch had holes.
• The corner cabinet that had once held the TV was worn, chipped, cracked, gouged and a mess.
• The flat-screen TV hanging on the wall was fine, but drooping from the bottom of it were wires and cables.
• The overhead lamp in the fan—the only overhead light in the room—did not work.
• Very lackadaisical cleaning: e.g., dirty refrigerator on arrival, dirty coffee pot first morning, water rings on the tables not cleaned during the entire stay, forgetting to replace drinking glasses, not cleaning any part of the room one day necessitating a call to the front desk.
• Broken faucet handle in the bathroom—that stayed broken during our entire stay.
• Handle on toilette stuck after flushing.
• Curtains in the room were all torn.
The beach is also limited in width. Certainly there is an expansive waterfront, but 90% of it has retention walls of stone or concrete, and only 60 feet or so is actually beach. And on top of that, the first two days of our stay, entrance to the water on that beach was hampered by huge drifts of seaweed. On our third morning, that seaweed was raked and stashed—on the end of the beach.
The waterfront was handsome, not any doubt of that. But I would never recommend this place to anyone, I don't care if the room was 1/3 the cost we paid. Yes, the natural part of Cheeca Lodge & Spa is beautiful and the grounds are immaculately maintained, but this place needs money, time, and work invested in upkeep of the rooms. And on top of that, somebody needs to do a far better job of supervising the cleaning help.
- 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