More about Islander Resort
Beautiful place for a wedding
We recently stayed and had our wedding at the Islander Resort (mid October). We spent hours researching all the different resorts in Islamorada since we had never been to the keys before, and finally settled on the Islander because of all the good reviews here on this website. Our whole group (which included several kids) really loved the resort and all it had to offer. We all enjoyed the zero entry pool where you could sit in the water and the sun at the same time. The oceanview and courtyard view rooms aren't huge, but they have a small kitchenette and have plenty of room to be comfortable. The two bedroom unit has a very spacious living room/kitchen/dining room area. The bedrooms are also very large in that unit. It was an excellent meeting place for our group. All of the rooms do have tile floors which can be a bit annonying when there's sand on the floor, but it didn't really bother me.
Although the beach is very large with hardly any shade, we had a wonderful spot on the beach for our wedding (the clouds provided enough shade). The Islander staff set up chairs and an asle runner for us and made the area we had the wedding beautiful. It is one of the more reasonable resorts in Islamorada, and it really looks like one of the nicest resorts there. Even though most of the flowers and green plants were killed off by the hurricanes this year, the ground were still beautiful. The staff was also very helpful and friendly. Overall, we were very happy with the resort and we will definately be back!
The Islander is a nice place to stay.
We stayed one night at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne for one night and then went to the Islander for the weekend. For 1/3 the cost of a weekend oceanfront room at the Ritz, this was a wonderful place. The pool was nice, the bar was well stocked, and we liked the music at the bar, mostly 80’s hits. The room and bed were good, but the bathroom was a little small and could use some paint and caulk work, but nothing too bad. The room and property were well cleaned. The kitchen area would be a nice plus if we were staying longer. You may want to bring your own beach/pool towels as the ones provided at the pool are small and not the best quality.
Loved the Islander
Just returned from a 3 night stay at the Islander and loved it. The hotel room was immaculate with a lovely screened in porch that the hubby and I used at night after the kiddies went to sleep. There are also picnic tables outside of every room with a BBQ. We had a lovely ocean view room for $189 per night. The grounds are well maintained and clean. The two pools were very clean and empty - we were there May 16-19 and the whole time there were maybe 5 other people in the pools. The continental breakfast is your standard fare - but it was well stocked and free! The drinks at the pool were a little pricey $7 and $8 but I guess that's the standard rate. Overall I was very pleased, as we had no idea where to stay and I was afraid of choosing some Bates Motel - but the Islander was a great choice!
Don't worry, you'll be happy here!
Don't judge this book by its cover! From the street side, it's not that impressive...looks like small typical motel.....but from the pool side...WOW! If you want to RELAX, here is a great place to do it.
Nice midway point to Key West, and a beautiful destination in its own right. We wished we stayed more than one night! Restaurants and shops nearby make this a good stopping point in the keys.
The pool area is very nice and spacious (especially for the Keys). Good lounge chairs, music, palm trees, paved walkways, ocean view. Nice bar/patio area where you can get something to eat or drink poolside. Entire property is clean, clean, clean. Pier (free) and water activities (for rental) are nice touch. Typical keys beach, not great for swimming.
Facility is nicely renovated/updated but in the rooms still maintains some charm from days gone by (example, you actually have a room key not a plastic card). Not to worry it is modern and comfortable. The room decor is tasteful, freshly painted in yellow, reminded me of cape cod with the white furniture The rooms are tiled floor, nice efficiency set up, and a wonderful lanai (screened porch, that we thoroughly enjoyed) with a second entrance to room oceanside. I would highly recommend staying here if you're in a group too, the facilities are great for gathering spaces. Some of the lanais connect to adjacent rooms, if you like.
Services are basic, so not a place to be pampered, but we just wanted to be left alone to chill....so it worked out great. Courteous staff, easy check-in and out. Basic continental breakfast in lobby. Our room was oceanview and off to the side. Very quiet, peaceful. Some rooms are very close to pool area, if you prefer the action. Rooms in courtyard are pleasant, but no view of ocean. They were setting up some catered affair the day we checked out, so I imagine the pool area could get crowded should you be there during an event. Check in advance if you want to avoid. Go, Relax, Enjoy!!!
great start for a great vacation
We stopped here for 2 days on our quest to Key West. Along the way we were greeted by the wonderful village of Islamorada. You see the sign for the hotel and think its a dump, but do not let that deceive you. We were greeted with an early check in time, much to our delight. We were then given a Courtyard overlooking suite, room 333. This was the perfect location, hidden behind osme palm trees, always in the shade, with lawn furniture galore. The rooms were exceptionally clean, large bedroom area, nice kitchenette area providing fridge, dishwasher, stove, ect. The water pressure in the bathroom sucked, but i guess thats a normalcy in the Keys. Everything seemed to be remodeled, and looked new. The lanai was a perfect touch to a nice room. Dont leave food out in the lanai overnight, because the next morning we were greeted by about a million sugar ants all following the leader. However, the front desk took no more than 5 minutes to exterminate these 6 legged creatures. basic cont. breakfast, fruit, french toast, yogurt, ect.
Than the beach area. if you go to the islander thinking you can go swimming in the beach, wrong. Its a manmade beach, with large pebbles that you cannot walk barefoot on. The Ocean is about 5 feet under a large sea wall which surrounds the property. However, the Palm trees made it seem tropical. The beach furniture was extremely comfortable. Great pier to fish off of, or just look through the crystal clear water for fish, crabs, sharks. We were greeted with some gigantic tarpon, and even a big Nurse shark. You can go right back up to the property and swim in the heated saltwater pool, and sip cocktails from the nice tiki bar, or you can go into the zero entry pool, which is small, with an average age of 7 of those in it. Nice hot tub too, for when it rains, just go into it.
boo to tile floors, and EXCELLENT variety of TV channels.
All in all, stay here if you cannot afford the Moorings just down the street.
Best for families
Our family of 6 just got back for a wonderful stay. We have already recommended it to two different families. Great rooms, great pool, great staff. Very clean and beautiful landscaping. We will go back!!!
Spacious and clean rooms, nice surroundings
We are currently staying at the hotel (they offer free internet access ;-) and we enjoy our stay very much. The rooms are nice, large and clean. We like the fact that the room has floor tiles and not a carpet, which often is problematic in a beach resort and a humid environment. The pools are large and the man-made beach is really large. The water in the swimming area is not very deep, but cristal clear. The only disadvatage is that they play music (a bit too loud) in the pool area starting from 1pm ... then you have to escape under the palm trees on the beach. We definitly would come back again.
Another advantadge is that the hotel is just across the Lorelei a basic, but nice restaurant facing the Gulf that offers brilliant sunset views during dinner at a beach.
Best compromise in Islamorada hotels
We just spent a week at the Islander, having stayed at Cheeca, Hampton Inn, and P Cove before, and scoped out other properties like Moorings and Chesapeake on previous trips. Unless something changes, which happens a lot in the Keys, we will be at the Islander on our next trip. We had a one bedroom oceanfront suite, which was excellent. The room had a fine living-dining room/ kitchen. Big bathroom. The whole place looked new. Both the living and bed rooms had big TVs with many cable channels. We also had a screened porch, but unlike the other buildings at Islander the porch was "communal" and we shared it with the other three suites in our building. I would prefer that they partition the porch as they do in all their other buildings so you can have a little sense of privacy, visually at least. While you have little interaction with the staff, our encounters with them were great. As we checked in a very drunk couple was just ahead of us. The fellow at the front desk realized he had assigned us a room next to them, and that we did not want to be their "new best friends" so he changed our room. We had a couple of minor service issues (safe wouldn't work, hair dryer broken) which the staff fixed almost immediately. The coral "sand" beach is very large but really a bit rocky. Wear your sandals. Unfortunately there is very little shade on the "beach". I hope they will install some tiki huts or plant many more palms.
For about half the price of the Cheeca the rooms were as nice, and more functional if you stay more than a couple of days. We really like this place.
Nice place for a family in the Keys
Very nice place in the pricey Keys. The positives are that the resort is a nice change from mega-resorts or brand name hotels. Old fashioned feel but with unexpected amenities (free wireless internet). Can fish right off the dock. The man-made beach is huge. The breakfast is free and servicable. That being said, there are a few drawbacks. The rooms are somewhat small. The screen porch is a nice idea, but most of them are, as a previous reviewer noted, communal. The pools are OK. Still, it's a good location that's near many attractions and the staff are friendly.
Lovely Tropical Setting with Some Minor Drawbacks
Beautiful tropical setting, loved all the coconut trees. Parking right outside your room door is a plus. Lovely room, very clean, recently remodeled. There is a pool but nothing else for children, no playground. Also, the restaurant was outrageously overpriced and really not appropriate for children. Take our example and have dinner at Uncle's, much nicer with great food and a better value. Also, the Islamorada Bakery is definitely a much better choice for a spectacular breakfast. While The Islander does sit back from the highway, cutting way down on road noise, we would give it a much higher recommendation if the walls in the rooms were not so thin. We could hear everything our neighbors said. And beware, if they are hosting a wedding and you want quiet, this is not the place to stay.