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Ivey House Bed and Breakfast
We stayed one night in the Ivey House Bed and Breakfast in the newer addition building. The service was great and the front staff was extremely helpful. The full buffet breakfast was great. The room was clean and bright.
First choice in Everglades City
My wife and I stayed at the Ivey 21 Apr 07. Having seen their website and read some of the earlier reviews I was not entirely convinced, but choice is a little limited in Everglades City so we went for it. There was no need to be apprehensive.
Towards the end of the season, the property shrinks into the main building so I can't speak for the cottage, etc, but the whole experience was very nice. The staff were most welcoming and very helpful; all windows and doors were screened against bugs (there were very few when we were there); the pool area was a small oasis in the centre of the building and very nicely done; breakfast was a good standard (it was enjoyable to eat in company at the long tables). The room had a tiled floor to enhance the cool feel, the bathroom was fine, the beds were comfortable with nice linen and there was a TV. Other mod-cons such as internet access are not present - but then the 'city' is not exactly main stream!
I read earlier that food choce was limited in Everglades City, but I saw no such issue. I didn't find gourmet dining, but there are a number of hotels, bars and restaurants in the city and upstairs at 'City Seafood', a rustic eatery above the seafood market right on the waterfront, did us proud with excellent stone crab and a stunning Grouper Santa Cruz cooked by a boat-dwelling carpenter! If that's how he cooks, I wish we lived close enouigh to benefit from his woodworking skills! The county cops all eat there, and if they can't find the good places, who can?
In summary, we enjoyed our brief visit to Everglades City and The Ivey would be my first choice if we returned.
a lovely place to stay
We were happy to find this place since there aren't many places to stay in the area. It's labelled as a Bed and Breakfast but it's really a small hotel--22 rooms, I think. Very pretty pool area but the pool wasn't heated so we didn't stay long, even with the hot temperatures we were experiencing. The room was very nice, lots of space, clean, all that you could ask for. The man at the desk was very willing to give us a map of the restaurants and attractions in the area. All in all, a very nice stay!
A little bit of heaven
We stayed a couple of days at the Ivey house this June. It was surprisingly enjoyable. The hotel is clean and organized, the rooms are comfortable and the staff were well informed and extremely helpful. It was an excellent deal financially. The pool was sparkling and the ambiance was perfect for a Florida get away. if you can't enjoy this hotel, you should stop travelling.
Loved the Ivey, but...
First of all we have to say that the I.H. is a very nice Inn / Hotel, whatever you want to call it. Unfortuanly, we have to call the hotel directly to get reservations instead of doing it online, which is unfortuante. If you are traveling down to the Everglades in the summer, please think twice, one for the amount of 'skeeters and no-see'ums' (sand flies) and two the operating hours of most of the business down there. Ok, I should have said think three times, the summer storms.
I will say alltho that the hotel staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and the tours / attractions in and around Everglades City. However, during the Contiental breakfast we noticed that the pre-packaged breakfast muffins had mold inside the packaging. The staff quickly searched the remaining baskets for any more unwanted protiens.
The contiental breakfast could of had less carbs and more fruits. We would certainly stay there again. Oh, by the way they could use a few ceiling fans out by the pool and a soda / water vending machine as the lobby closes at 7 pm in the summer, as does much of everything else. So if you are craving a soda say around 8:30pm I suggest to walk across the parking lot and go to the Circle K, they close at 10pm.
We then took a trip / tour from the National park service which cost $106 (for 4 adults), and trust us, they dont' care if there is a storm brewing off the coast or not, (I think that they just want the money). Our trip lasted 1.5 hours going through the 10,000 islands to check out the local floral and fauna, not to mention the animals. Unfortuantely, we saw quite a number of birds, no alligators, no dolphins. Saw a whole lot of lighting, dark clouds, and plenty of rain. One would think that if there is a storm just off the coast and headed towards the mainland, they would say..."well there is a storm on the horizon so the tour will be delayed until it passes." Nope, never happened.
After the tour, we went to the Smallwood Store at the end of Chokoloskee Island where there are several items inside the store that will take you back to a forgotten time, most of us never knew. Everything inside this store is very well preserved in its original state, for example the medicines, tonics, stamps, ledgers from around 1929 and there is even a repelica of Mr. Ted Smallwood sitting in his rocking chair with a fly swatter in his hand. You would have to spend an inordinate amount of time just to see and read everything in this one of a kind store. Would I return to the store? You bet.
After the trip to the store we then went to the Big Cypress Bend where you can walk approximately 1.5 miles on a very well made wooden boardwalk to check out the cypress trees in their natural habitate, alond with pond apples, (Nope, I didn't know they existed either.) It' s a very nice walk, but remember to douse yourself in mosquito spray before venturing out onto the boardwalk. It was a quick trip and yes I would return, a glutton for punishment.
Stayed at the Ivey House last week for one night. The rooms were very comfortable and well-equipped. We were extremely impressed with the welcome we received and the way in which nothing was too much trouble for the proprietors. They recommended a brilliant restaurant , shared their knowledge about local wildlife etc. We bought a picture which was on display in the lobby and they very kindly sorted out all the shipping. They also allowed us to keep the rooms past the check out time so that we could shower before leaving for Miami airport and refused to take any extra payment, saying that it was their pleasure. They made our trip to the Everglades truly memorable with superb hospitality.
Friendly, clean, and cute place in the Everglades. The room was excellent, clean and spacious, located on a fully screened courtyard and pool with waterfall. This location provided easy access to several Everglades actions and tours. The 'breakfast' part was the only average thing with just cold cereal and rolls, juice and coffee. Fresh fruit and yorgert would be nice.
Overall, an excellent choice for a weekend nature getaway!
This family-run lodging is not a luxury resort, nor is Everglades City a
luxury destination. But the town is an excellent jumping off point to see the western Everglades and 10,000 Islands, and this pleasant hotel is equipped to answer all your questions and provide you with canoes, kayaks and guides. No other local establishment does that. Guests receive a discounted charge for these services.
There are three types of rooms available: the lodge is the old part of the building and provides low-cost rooms with shared baths; the newer section of the hotel has large, clean rooms equipped with bathrooms and refrigerators. They surround a small, screened, heated pool, fountain and orchid garden. Behind the old lodge there is a cottage fit for housekeeping.
After reading a couple of reviews, we chose the new part of the complex with the newest rooms. The air con worked fine, but in December we just kept our window open and the fan running.
Rooms come with a continental breakfast self-served in a pleasant little dining room. The staff was helpful and facilitative.
We want to return to take greater advantage of the guide services.
Lived up to its good reviews
We stayed two nights in the Inn accomodation at the end of November. The weather was unseasonably hot and humid so the Inn was a little oasis of comfort, with all the outdoor areas well screened. The room was very comfortable and the courtyard and pool attractive. The reception staff were extremely helpful and friendly. The DIY breakfast was adequate with cereal, toast, bagels, yogurt and some fruit. The situation of the Ivey House is a little far from the restaurants to walk out for dinner, given the bad street lighting and the chance of being bitten. Overall it was a very pleasant place to stay.