9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Best Value in the Keys
"I have stayed all over the Florida Keys this is the best value by far. Staff is very friendly and the pool area is very nice. Having the bar and Outback right next door is nice. Breakfast in the morning was great as well. I have stayed at this property three times and am going back for Christmas 2005 with my family. Excellent!"
- Travel date: 6th November 2005
Nice Hotel, Terrible Service
"We have stayed at this hotel for several years and it has always been a good family hotel. The Out Backs on premises is a fun place to eat and have drinks. The service has never been too good but this last stay we experienced the worst service we have ever experienced at any hotel. Housekeeping did minimal, in every occasion would say that they didn't have things available such as pillows, towels, etc. In fact on one day it was 3:00 pm and I had called twice to have fresh towels and our garbage taken out. When I called the manager, she scolded me for calling housekeeping instead of calling her in the first place when they specify on their directory the extension for housekeeping in case you need something from them. The front desk personnel was unfriendly (short of rude) and the staff around the hotel will not acknowledge you, EVER! Needless to say, we will never stay there again."
- Travel date: 22nd August 2005
Clean, Neat, Modern
"This was our first stay at a Hampton Inn. The facilities were clean, neat, and modern, and above average in every aspect. The free continental breakfast was adequate, but nothing special. The hot portion of the breakfast consisted of a warming tray of egg "patties" that looked more like pancakes than anything else. Lots of easy access to boating, fishing, and water activities that can be booked through the hotel."
- Travel date: 16th April 2005
Great time at the Hampton Inn!!
"We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Islamorada over the Easter break and it was expensive but great. The rooms are beautiful. We had 2 rooms; a 1 bedroom suite and a 2 bedroom suite. The 2 bedroom overlooked the pool with it's own private patio. The 1 bedroom was on the 3rd floor kind of overlooking the parking lot, but not a bad view beyond it. It was a bit noisey because of it's proximity to the highway. Ask for a room towards the back of the hotel if that kind of noise bothers you. The staff was great, and the grounds were beautiful. If anyone is expecting a beautiful beach in the keys, go somewhere else. None of the hotels had a great beach. Because of the coral reef, there are no natural beaches; they are all man made. We went to the Bahia State Park one day and that did have somewhat of a beach, but still pretty lame compared to other Florida beaches. All in all it was a great experience. Feel free to ask questions."
- Travel date: 3rd April 2005
Nice and comfortable, typical for Hampton
"My husband and I stayed at a Hampton Inn for the first time in Islamorada, Fl and loved it, although we never sent a review. We loved the fact that it was clean and updated, and offered do-it-yourself conveniences to guests, such as valet carts for your luggage, and clean, coin operated laundry rooms. We had stayed at the Hilton in Key West, and the Hyatt in Fort Lauderdale, where luggage and laundry can be handled for you. Although we appreciate those conveniences, we get away to do our own thing. We decided that the Hampton was our style; attractive, very clean, unobtrusive, casual but professional, essential room equiptment (iron, hairdryer, coffee maker, etc.). We were happy to realize we had found a place where we felt comfortable. We booked at the Seekonk Hampton (close to a family gathering) because of our experience at the Islamorada Hampton. The outside was not extremely attractive, but we realize Isamorada and Seekonk are two different places! The lobby/breakfast area was very pleasant, as were the rooms. People do not come to Seekonk for the view, so there is no need to comment about that. The only negative thing we had to say was that we had called to inquire about getting into our room early (1:00 instead of 3:00 check in; and were told that was impossible, and in a not-so professional manner). We understand not being able to check in early, but the lot at the Inn was empty quite early in the day, and the tone on the phone wasn't as friendly as we had hoped. We think Hampton has incredible potential, and hope the staff will become better trained and compensated to allow a future flawless review...We also wanted to comment on the included breakfast..it was great in Islamorada AND wonderful in Seekonk! We hope to know we can stay at any Hampton and get the same service!! Thanks!"
- Travel date: 15th November 2004
Loved the Hampton Inn
"Great room, wonderful service, spectacular view and very clean kitchen and room. Loved the Hampton Inn Islamorada"
- Travel date: 2nd September 2004
A Wonderful Memory
"Stayed there just before Christmas 2000. Got a fantastic rate on a 2-br suite ($129/nt). Pros: Outback Steakhouse on premises; hammocks/seating on beach; beautiful grounds; super hot tub and pool; clean, quiet rooms; close to everything in upper Keys. Cons: beach isn't what you'd expect; 2nd br in 2-br unit had to use a bathroom in main area. Overall: I'd definitely stay there again! What a deal and we love the restaurant and outdoor bar on-site and on the beach."
- Travel date: 19th July 2004
October 2003-Great Stay
"This place was great and we would recommend it to everyone. The pool was great especially with the extra perk of being outside the "Outback." Breakfast wasincluded int he price and even an Atkins follower or South Beach dieter would be able to have a hearty meal. Very impressed!!"
- Travel date: 21st May 2004
Good and bad, but would stay again. Here's why...
"OK, here's the good: -Pool/beach/tiki bar (part of Outback restaurant on premises) w/live music. -Sany beach w/nice chairs, shade, etc. -Rooms generally good/exc (see below caution) -Walk to Papa Joe's marina/tiki bar -Good & free continental breakfasts Now the bad: -Many 1BR suites have NO WINDOW, and ours had bad moldy a/c, plus smoking room- stale. We tried to change it and the juvenile hostess threatened to kick us out of hotel! Night Manager was good tho. Our neighbors had window bedroom that was great. The 2 BR suites are best (also better view). -1BR suites overlook parking lot. Get 2 BR and great views of ocean. Get top floor for best view/privacy. -1BR layout gives too large a kitchen area, leaving small living room area. -Parking lot small and often full; have to park on other side of hotel-incovenient. -Beach sand stops at sea wall (about 5-6 feet tall) and does not go into water. There are steps into water. -Overall property is rather small by "resort" standards; it's compact but even when crowded doesn't seem so. -Kind of far from other (Key Largo) attractions- esp John Pennecamp park- our favorite. Why I would return: -Overall, we had a great time and more things were right than wrong. We saw other resorts (eg: Howard Johnson, and even Marriott) that were not as nice. -Good value for the $$$; Marriott was twice the price."
- Travel date: 27th April 2004
Amara Cay Resort is also called
- Hampton Inn and Suites Islamorada
- hampton inn islamorada
- islamorada hampton inn