Very relaxing break
We stayed for a 10-day break in a 2-bedroom condo in one of the townhouses at Mariners Club Key Largo in August. We found the accommodation very modern and luxuriously kitted out - bathrooms were nice and kitchen well-equipped (thank goodness for the ice-dispenser in the big fridge/freezer - it was lovely to grab a cool drink in air conditioned surroundings when we came back to the condo as the weather was v.v. hot outside). There was a very large double bed in the main bedroom and a small double (queen) in the second bedroom with the possibility of converting the sofa in the living room into a double bed.
A slight grumble was that the condo was cleaned only once during our stay - but it seems to be in line with other places in the Keys that you do your own day to day bedmaking (although they turn down the main bed each evening) and bathroom cleaning. They did supply us daily with coffee and fresh towels and even popcorn on a Saturday.
We were very surprised at how quiet the place was - just a few Europeans in the resort and a scattering of Americans because it was the end of their summer holiday period I suppose. It was a very tranquil place with a beautiful new lagoon pool which our kids loved but not much else to do and only the Tiki bar serving food (we ate a couple of times here and it was good) so for our teenagers it was too quiet! Mariners Club has plenty of plus points but to become a resort it needs to provide more in the way of eating/drinking and entertainment opportunities. Nevertheless we enjoyed our stay at Mariners Club and it provided a good base to explore the Upper Keys and travel further afield on day trips to Miami and to Key West.
We stayed for a weekend based on TRIP ADVISORS review and cancelled another location based on horrible reviews. Mariners Club was slightly cheaper than the other place but had 3 bedrooms and was an absolutely 1st class location. Tremendous. Dockage fees and slip fees apply, but well worth it. If possible, we will never stay anywhere else when in Key Largo.
If you want the best - come here.
Mariner's Club Key Largo - Not a happening place yet!
We stayed at Mariner's Club in Key Largo, Florida from June 20, 2006 through June 27, 2006, and we rented directly from an owner. We stayed in a three bedroom/3 bath townhouse unit. It is a beautiful design and landscaping, but it is not quite up to snuff as of our visit. The new upland beach pool, supposedly ready by summer 2006, was still under construction as of our visit, and we did not get to use the pool. The only other pool onsite is the small pool overlooking the marina with a load capacity of 35. It was okay, but we were disappointed that the new pool was not ready. The new pool will have a tropical theme with tiki huts and a pool bar, etc. I doubt that the pool will even be ready by July 4th, and I would bet it will be August before they are ready to open.
As for our unit, let me state that the townhouse has 3 stories of stairs! You walk in on the ground floor to a flight of steps up to the living area with kitchen, dining, living room, and screened in patio/balcony. There is a spiral staircase off the screened in porch from this level only. It is your only backdoor that leads to the marina, pools, etc. There is a small bedroom and a full bath on this level. There is a closet size stackable washer and dryer on this level as well. The unit we stayed in used this bedroom as a computer room with a wall double size murphy bed. The next flight of steps take you to another bedroom with it's own full bath and a set of twin beds. Then three or four more steps up from this point is the master bedroom suite with a King size bed. The master suite is quite large and also has a screened in balcony patio. Our unit overlooked the marina oceanside, but could only be seen from the master suite. The bath, vanity area, jetted tub, and walk in shower were nice. The master suite bathroom also contained a toilet and a bidet side-by-side. The unit was decorated nicely, but since it was by an owner, it had a great deal of personal touches such as family pictures, etc. Each owner decorates and furnishes their own units, so don't expect your unit to look exactly like the model or pictures you might find on the internet. For those who would like less stairs, the Mariner's Club also has villa units.
Outside our unit was a sandy area with lots of trees that blocked our view of the marina and ocean. It was a nice relaxing area with hammocks, but is frequently utilized for private function parties, luaus by groups staying at the resort. We had front row center seats off our screened in porch to the entertainment of a private function luau. We were chased out of the hammocks early the day before the event so they could set up, and they take down the hammocks!
As for activities, there are not very many. There is not much going on during the week, but the weekend seems to have a flurry of events and activities. They do have an on site activity director, but the staff seem disorganized. There were no announcements made poolside regarding that an event was about to start such as programs for kids. So, we found ourselves frequently asking staff, but they either had a different answer or were completely wrong. I attribute this to poor organization and planning. They really need to work on improving and running their activities and events. Guests should not have to work so hard to find simple answers to simple questions!
There is a little restaurant and tiki bar with entertainment next door to Mariner's Club, Mandalay Restaurant and Tiki Bar. It is adjacent to the marina, and there is a gate which guests of Mariner's Club may use to get there, but you need a special key to get back inside Mariner's Club. The owner of our unit didn't give us one, and stated that their key frequently didn't work at the gate anyway. We did eat there one evening, but never again! Not only is it overpriced for the quality of the food, but the service was horrible. We paid $65 for two adults and 2 kids, and we only ate sandwiches and had soft drinks. Most of their dinner entree's were $20 and higher. Kid meals were more for toddlers than for kids! I don't mind paying for good quality food and service, but Mandalay didn't provide either. The management at Mariner's Club told us that they recently purchased ownership of the Mandalay. Hopefully, the food and service and prices will improve. It is not a family dining place. It is completely outdoors facing the water, and they do have entertainment most nights from a one man band, karaoke, to a full band on the weekend. We enjoyed the music most evenings as my husband and kids fished from the pier.
Overall, I think we were disappointed with our stay at Mariner's Club. Most likely we will not return to Key Largo anytime soon. We only came to Key Largo for fishing and for our son to attend a marine lab program. Hindsight, we should have stayed in Fort Lauderdale and drove our son to his program in Key Largo. There really isn't much to do outside of fishing, snorkeling, diving. There really aren't beach areas to speak of either. We love to snorkel and fish, but we also enjoy other activities and dining out. Finding a restaurant that was family friendly was a challenge in Key Largo. Most eating establishments were either a dive, sport pub, bar, or fast food. We did find a quaint little restaurant/diner in Tavernier. It is in the plaza with a Winn Dixie grocery store, a really nice full size McDonalds, and Cinema 5 movie theatre. I think this was mile marker 91.2. In the other direction, there is a shopping center with a Pubix grocery store and a Big K mart store. Your closest Wal Mart store is in Florida City.
I hope you found this information to be helpful. Mariner's Club has some potential, but they aren't there yet in terms of being a full-service resort.
Excellent Place to Stay!
One of the best places we've ever stayed! Condo was immaculate, great services, new pool wasn't opened yet but looked fantastic, nice trees everywhere with hammocks and gas grills provided for guests, superb marina services (we didn't bring our boat but will next time). Our only complaint was the "restaurant food preparation" next door to the townhomes looked a little "shady".
( I saw someone's fried food sitting there (complete with flies)waiting to be picked up on a window ledge right next to the bathroom) and their prices were through the roof. I ordered lobster bisque and it was actually quite good. They do have a live band that plays nightly and the drinks and atmosphere were good. John Pennekamp Park is very close by, as well as other area attractions.
We're already planning our next trip. The guest services supervisor went over and above to make our stay as pleasant as possible....and the robes are really comfy!
Excellent rooms, views, amenities, pools, location. Staff are ALL very friendly and personable. Ask for room 123 if available. Restuarant (great food, music & service) and dive shop & boat rentals all all just right next door.
Not bad at all...
We booked a 3 day weekend at Mariner's Club for our anniversary, and were very happy with the value overall.
Lovely rooms, well appointed.
Beautifully kept grounds and marina.
Very close to snorkeling, boating and wildlife excursions.
The staff was very pleasant and helpful.
Snappers Restaurant on the water (milemarker 95) was a delightful place to dine on fresh seafood in a comfortable atmosphere.
THINGS TO CONSIDER/BE WARNED:
This location is perfect for couples or families that want to go boating or snorkeling, but this is not a beach resort by any means. It's a quiet-almost residential style-getaway.
The restaurant on site closed for breakfast while we were there and did not seem to adhere to the same hours published in menus distributed in the rooms. Ask ahead when they'll be open.
There is a turn down service in the evening, and we were surprised to find the housekeeper in our living room one night (around 8)---as we were coming out of our bedroom in our underwear. No one had heard the door knock!!!! She assumed no one was home...So, we were caught off guard by the intrusion to say the least....
Management advised us they would pass out DO NOT DISTURB signs to prevent problems for their guests in the future..But, I felt that they could have made it up to us in some way during our stay (apologizing in person or a free drink or something for the inconvenience...)
We are not the type to complain, so really I would still recommend this property...just with some slight reservations.
Perfect relaxation spot
The 2 of us stayed 3 nights in a 1 bedroom mini-apartment on the ground floor of a townhome. Our only difficulty was that as the townhome can be used as a complete house if required the sound insulation between us and the party upstairs was not as good as it could / should have been. That said they were not a noisy group but the smell of their breakfast cooking was a problem at times ;-)
Other than that we loved the facilities - the two pools were beautiful, staff very friendly and the adjacent restaurant and tiki bar much enjoyed. Would definitely recommend and would visit again.
4 Stars for the Mariner's
As residents of South Florida, we travel every other month throughout the state with our 2 year old daughter and by far this was one of our most memorable stays. AT MM 97.5, we were right in the middle of everything and it was a short drive to the other "Keys". We traveled to Key West to visit Mallory Square and locally visited John Pennekamp for affordable family friendly activties and enjoyed nightly excursions in search of dining options. Everywhere we dined had a kid friendly environment and the food was excellent.
We stayed in an undercarriage section of a townhome and our upstairs counterparts were "very vocal" to say the least into all hours of the day and night. The staff was very friendly and accomodating from check in to check out and due to the property being sold out, we could not change rooms. The property is well kept and all of the amenities exceeded our expectations. We stayed across from the pool which has a zero depth entry, which our daughter enjoyed so. The area in general is quiet, tranquil and secure. We had no qualms about leaving our stroller outside the home and even forgot our grocery bags outside one day and they werent even touch a few hours later. The onsite restaurant, Mandalay, was very nice and offered entertainment on the weekend.
Everything we read on trip advisor was right on and we would highly recommend this resort for families and/or couples. Our only set back is that the insulation between the homes could be better. I only wish that we could have slept through as well as our daughter did. No fault of the Mariners really but people should be more courteous. Overall we didnt want to leave!
Just finished a 2 week stay in the Keys and enjoyed every minute of it. This is a beautiful place to stay. The pools are so nice and it's convenient to everything. We rented a 3 bedroom and had plenty of room for our family of 5. It was equipped with everything we needed for our stay. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay here again. No complaints!
Thanks to trip advisor and the wonderful comments about the Mariner's Club, we booked our stay there. It was myself, my husband and our 2 boys (12 and 14). We booked a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom townhome, and were upgraded to a 2 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa upon arrival. It was totallly unbelievable how perfect our room was. I hate to call it a room, it was more like a house. It was extremely clean with big marble tile throughout the home. There were 3 flat screen TV's with surround sound throughout the home, a jacuzzi tub, glass shower, etc. PERFECT.
My only complaint is regarding the housekeeping. They had turn-down service at night which was great. However, they NEVER left any extra toiletries, such as shampoo and conditioner. We had to go to the front desk at midnight to get some. (that's when we got home). And they would only leave one packet of coffee which only made 4 cups but they had a 10 cup coffee maker..
You would not be disappointed by staying here. I'm very picky and I was more than pleased. We can't wait to go back.