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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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Historical Traveler Reviews Dove Creek Lodge Key Largo
Cant wait to go back
we loved it! wish we could have stayed longer.
very clean and comfy. quiet. relaxing. beautiful view. pool area was great also. nice big towels. very clean tub/shower.
snappers - better for lunch than dinner. service little slow. but, since there is no driving involved, it is perfect! bar next to snappers was fun also!
went fishing w/ capt leon. had a great time! saw some dolphins too!
would definitely stay again! we think it wold be perfect for a quick getaway (ie 2 days) as long as there was a vacancy.
cotiental brkfst also very good - lots to pick from.
We really enjoyed our 3 nights at Dove Creek. We stayed in a one bedroom suite which gave us a sizeable seating area with TV and full size fridge.
The bed was excellent and comfy plus the room included another large TV. Clean everywhere.
The bathroom was fresh and included great towels and bathing products. After a long flight I would have liked a bath however the room only included a shower (the only downside).
The staff were very friendly, the pool area is great (pool, hot tub and hammocks) plus there is a smal man mad beach/garden with further seating and hammocks overlooking the small marine. Nicely lit up at night.
Snappers resturant next door is very handy for drinks/food and there is another small bar next to this. No issues with noise and the food is good. In fact it would appear that other smaller hotels do not have any facilities on or near by so having the resturant next door was a great bonus (no need to drive). The hotel inlcuded a cold buffet breakfast.
Key Largo it self is okay, most guide books are right that the beauty is under water (fishing and diving). Not sure I would go back to the Keys (Key West was okay and had more life) however we found plenty to do (Key West is an easy 1.5 / 2 hour drive, Theatre of the Sea well worth 2 or 3 hours to see the Dolphins). A car in the Keys is a must have.
Overall a great hotal choice; relaxed, lovely rooms, nice staff, good location....
My wife and I stayed for 3 nights in January and had a great time. The place is very clean and relatively new. The staff was courteous and helpful. Nice pool and hot tub next to the ocean. Adjacent restaurant and bar were also good. Went fishing for an afternoon with Captain Tim and had a good time. The lodge is off of the main road with a quiet setting. I highly recommend.
Great stay, great fishing!!
Stayed here for 2 nights at the end of December and even though the weather wasn't cooperating, we still had a great time at Dove Creek Lodge.
The rooms are comfortable and very clean. The hotel is right on the water with boat dock right outside your window. The staff helped us book a fishing charter with Capt Leon, who was a great character (and can't wait to go back and fish with him again!). There are also glass bottom kayaks to rent with plenty of areas to explore by water right out from the hotel.
The extremely nice and helpful staff also allowed us to check out some of the other rooms for future trips - there are some great 2 bedroom and one bedroom apartment type rooms available. The hotel is about a block off of the main road, which makes it nice and quiet. The hotel doesn't have a restaurant in house, but there is a very good restaurant/bar called Snappers a stone's throw away at the other end of the parking lot. This is really great for the guys after a long day of fishing - no driving involved! You can also feed the fish off of the dock at Snappers.
We definately recommend this property and can't wait to go back and stay again.
Fabulous Dove Creek Lodge
I recently had the pleasure of staying at Dove Creek. Not only was the hotel wonderful but the staff was even better. We were going to use an outdoor location at the hotel for our daughter's wedding and when the weather did not cooperate, the staff went out of their way to find us a location indoors for the ceremony. They did this out of the goodness of their hearts. They did not stand to make any money off of what they offered.
Not only did they do that, but as parents of the bride, they saw to it that our accomodations were more than what we originally booked. This was a very pleasant surprise.
All in all, our experience with Dove Creek was just fabulous and I would not hesitate to stay there again or to recommend the hotel to someone else.
Dealing with the staff at Dove Creek was a pleasure from the first time we called to the end of our stay.
Excellent Location with larger rooms
Our family of four stayed at the Dove Creek Lodge for 4 nights over Thanksgiving. We chose the lodge because of the availability of two bedroom units.
Very few hotels have two bedroom units or will guarantee adjoining rooms. It is wonderful to travel as a family, but four people in one room and one bathroom for four days can get to be a little much.
The lodge was excellent. The rooms were very clean and well serviced. The hotels small size and nice location made it a relaxing place to stay. It is convienent to most of Key Largo, but since it is a block off the main highway it has a quieter feel.
Pleasant and relaxing
I stayed here with an extended family group and we loved it. It was rather new and we had it mostly to ourselves. There was only one other guest room in use besides our two so we had the pool to ourselves. My room was in the main building just off the office and my family had a suite in the south building. I really liked the commons area for TV watching and reading. It was great to park underneath the hotel, never a parking problem. The room was done in muted earthy tones and had a very relaxing feel. The room was not large but it had very nice furniture and we had a private balcony. My family used the balcony outside the front desk for our breakfasts and it was a nice breakfast also.
My granddaughter liked the boardwalk/pier area at the bar next door for feeding the fish. We took a boat ride, available at the small marina there, around Key Largo and everyone enjoyed it.
Everything was immaculate in the room, bathroom, pool area, parking, etc. I would recommend this to all. Convenient with the restaurant and bar next door and just 1 block off A1A. Nice area to do you daily walking in!
Only detraction: they lock the doors to the front office area at night (after the desk clerk leaves) and the only way you can get in and out is the elevator, if you are in a room in the building with the main office.
Dove Creek Lodge gets it right!
We chose the Dove Creek on the basis of two very positive tripadvisor.com reviews and extensive web searches of Key Largo hotels. Thank goodness for tripadvisor.com, because it helped us avoid some awful spots. Dove Creek is everything the previous reviewers say and more, and as we drive up and down "the strip" of Key Largo we are more and more thankful that we stumbled across this absolute gem.
The website is mighty accurate in its depiction of the place. It sparkles, it's so clean-- and the decor is classy without being glitzy or overdone. (Hey, folks, we're on the Florida coast. Why pretend we're at the Bellagio? Make it pretty, make it modern-- but don't get Trumpish on me, please!) Clearly, the owners know that the focus should be on the stunning waterfront location and view; the decor's muted earth-tone colors and low-key but very comfortable furnishings keep the attention on the natural beauty of the setting.
There is a lively and terrific restaurant and bar next door (try the blackened seafood-- awesome!), but Dove Creek is "off the beaten path." Okay, so it's just a tenth of a mile from the strip malls and souvenir shops of Route 1-- but that's more than enough. Here, you really feel like you are getting away from it all.
The lobby is more like a big, comfortable living and dining room with comfortable chairs, tables for the continental breakfast, bookshelves with "beach reading" and great guidebooks on the Keys and Florida, and a lovely balcony patio with sink-in-and-relax cushioned wicker chairs. Oh, and sportfishing stuff galore. I know nothing about fishing, so the lobby desk-- complete with everything you'd apparently need to tie a fuzzy or furry or glittery fly-- is alien territory to me. But in fact, that's part of Dove Creek's charm. It's got a theme-- fishing-- complete a "bragging board" and cool photos of happy fisherpeople with their huge haul. Even for a fishing no-nothing, it's pretty cool.
I suppose I might not bring our two young children here (this is a birthday getaway trip for me and my husband) because it's devoid of an arcade, a snack bar, putt-putt golf, vending machines with junk food...THANK GOODNESS! I've been to plenty of those places and I'll go to dozens more before the kids leave for college, and it's a blast to be somewhere that keeps it a little simpler and more tasteful-- with style and warmth to spare.
Speaking of warmth, the staff is terrific- not intrusive, but genuinely friendly and interested in their guests. Gwen took our reservation and was instantly likeable; Karen made sure we found the key when we arrived very late after traveling from the Midwest. When we finished a visit to nearby Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, it was fun to "come home" and report what a great day it had been.
This isn't the kind of place we could stay all the time; it's a splurge. But in my humble opinion, Dove Creek Lodge is worth every penny. I hope we can come back here-- soon-- and I will recommend it to anyone considering a trip to the Keys.
Dove Creek Lodge is great!!
Just completed a delightful, restful 3 night stay. DCL is on the ocean, far enough from US1 to be QUIET inside. Several steps up from many Keys "resorts" (nice common room with a beautiful ocean view, WiFi, clean , quite new) but small enough to have an intimate feel. Only "downside" is no beach, but this is a blessing in disguise as it seems to limit the clientele to adults only. If you want a big, fancy beachfront resort or dirt cheap accomodations, DCL is not for you. But if you want a modern, clean, quiet, and fairly-priced place to stay, you will not be disappointed by DCL. Would recommend to my pickiest friends.
Great Little Find
We were looking for a one night stay after having stayed in Key West and searched a number of Key Largo hotels. We came across the Dove Creek Lodge and were very pleased that we had chosen it. Apparently it was built from scratch towards the end of 2004 and the furnishings and fitments are of really good quality, including the loungers and chairs at the pool. There are hammocks on the sandy area adjoining the pool and the lodge itself overlooks the ocean. You can park your car under the building and it's free! There are boats for hire and you can charter your own fishing trip. There is a restaurant and a bar on site overlooking the water - we didn't try either, but the menus looked really good and they were obviously extremely popular both with locals and tourists
Our room was excellent and the bed (which was huge) was extremely comfortable
All in all an extremely nice place to spend a night or two either on your way down to the Keys or on your way back