Hampton Inn Key Largo
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hampton Inn Key Largo
Pros: The small beach area was nice. plenty of sun and shade great place to hang around and watch the Manatee and other fish in the clear water. the swimming pool was nice and clean great for practicing our snorkeling. Kayak Bob was friendly and informative. Closest hotel to the wonderful John Pennekamp park. Cons: The room had some mold in the corners and a few ants. This howard Johnsons doesn't always honor their coupons. Garbage smell by parking lot.
Awesome Relaxing Spring Break!!!
The stay was awesome! Especially for the price! There were manatees there when we checked in, it was so peaceful watching them. For everyone who has complained about not seeing them, make sure you go during season... they're not pets, they're wild animals that migrate!
The tiki bar was a little disappointing though cause it shut down really early, but so does everything in Key Largo :) It was an awesome trip and the other guests were all so friendly! The people working were awesome as well, very helpful about where to go and what to do in the area... even as far away as Key West and Miami! THANKS SO MUCH!
The room was OK and better than expected. It was spacious and clean. We found the front deck staff too interested in their own conversation to care about looking after us at check-in & a poor attitude overall when we wanted information about the area. The size of the hotel beach was smaller than expected and the "beach" smelled. However good beaches in the Key area are surprisingly hard to find. Breakfast was okay. Ask for eggs to be freshly cooked and ask for two, because they will give you only one. Finding the driveway to hotel during the night was scary with no entrance lighting off a dangerous highway. Actually Key Largo looks like a strip mall area rather than a resort area and was not worth a long journey.
Enjoyed snorkeling with three manatees very much.
We made a tour in Florida and stayed the last three days here. The sunset her was better than in Key West we're we also stayed three days.
Also the experience of snorkeling with three big manatees was fantastic. HOJO is situated next to a manatee area. We had a lovely time there and enjoyed it very much.
Thought it was great!!!!
After reading some previous reviews we we worried about booking this HoJo hotel. Boy, were we surprized. The hotel was great. Room was clean, service was great, beach area was small, but big enough for very good fish viewing (also saw some Manatees swim by). Did not try the buffet...wish we had..6 bucks don't buy you much at local resturants.
Buffet looked a little small but compared to resturants ...not bad.
Beds were very comfortable. All in all...a very good value for the price. I would stay there again ...and would recommend it highly 10/31/03
Wished we could of stayed longer!!!!
We stayed at this hotel for six nights and had the best time. The hotel was clean, friendly and basic - what more do you need? We both loved the beach area and were fortunate to see two manatees - an adult and child, it was wonderful. When snorkelling and viewing fish such as baby barracuda gave us a thirst, we found the tiki bar an excellent place to go - inventive cocktails and very friendly staff who gave the best local information. Oh, I forgot to mention breakfast - the best french toast I ever had.
Learned a Lesson
Pictures can be deceiving. We were on a 10 day Florida road trip with our Jack Russell Terrier. This hotel along with the Westin down the street allowed pets. For $10 more, we could have stayed at the Westin but we were trying to be cost conscious. WHAT A MISTAKE. The shower had mildew. The bedspreads had holes and unraveling thread. Just awful. We didnt even go down to the pool or the beach as we only stayed 1 night, thank goodness. We just got up early and took off as soon as we could. The picture in the travel book we picked up was just the beach shot and for the price ($80) I expected so much more. I try to pick the places that are a little more expensive expecting to get what I pay for. I definitely learned a lesson. Drive 2 more miles, pay 10 more dollars and stay at the Westin!!!!
Stay was Okay
We stayed here for 3 nights (2 adults 3 kids). The room was nice. Each upstairs room has a small balcony with 2 chairs. We used the balcony mainly for drying wet clothes. Some rooms have easy pool/beach access.
Carpets we're being cleaned in rooms and hallways during our stay (weekday) but did not bother us.
The beach is small but adaquate to just take a dip in the ocean. There are no real sandy beaches in the keys as they are from old coral. Bring some water shoes or sandles to protect your feet. There is a manatee area sign at the beach but we didn't see any.
The hotel staff was friendly. The housekeeping staff didn't pay enough attention to detail though. They didn't leave us any soap after one cleaning and we had to go to the front desk to get some. Didn't visit the Tiki bar and not many others did either. Seems that most of the patrons visits the local haunts instead.
I feel we got a good value for our dollar. It was one of the cheaper places to stay, especially with ocean access.
HoJo's Thumbs down
I just returned from a vacation where I spent 5 days in Key Largo. I
stayed at the Howard Johnsons for 3 nights. I found the rooms to be ok
but the rest of the place lacking. First their breakfast is a poorly
done buffet. A limited lunch and no dinner. Their front desk staff was
poorly organized and not in touch with the rest of the staff. As
mentioned in a previous review the long time bartender acted as if he
owned the place and was not at all concerned with his customers just
with going home early. The pool was closed several times during my stay
without a notice on a weekend. It took a long walk to the front to find
out any information. Then it was given without an apology for the
inconvience. The pool when it was open, was opened at 9:00 am, however
towels were only availiable in the bar which did not open until noon. I
was told this was due to stolen towels. So a long walk to the front
desk to find this out and again no apology for the inconvience. When
the bar did open with the towels they did not have to be signed out. Go
figure. Go elsewhere they need a complete change of management and some
of the staff and a new attitude about customer service there before I
would consider going there again. Thumbs down!
Pay more and go elsewhere...
AAA gave this hotel a two star rating, but I think they haven't visited in a while. Rooms are large, but need upgrading: sheets and blankets were actually shabby and threadworn. Dreadful pillows. I was glad we were there for only one night. Hall- and stairway carpeting needed vacuuming badly -- powdery residue abounded; smelled strongly of "Carpet Fresh"-type deoderizer. Oh well, I guess they were trying.Staff were nice and friendly except for rather grim Tiki Bar bartender. I thought maybe we came when they were ready to close. Not the case. Guess it was just a bad day for him.
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... them set up table and chairs and then we claimed one right up the front. From time to time through the night I'd go back to the cabin to check on Rodd, most of the time he was fast asleep but at one stage he was barely conscious and hungry so I went to the Garden Cafe and grabbed a plate of food and juice for him. So the rest of the night I sat with Heather, Tim, Brenda and Kevin watching everyone dance away the night... I really would have liked to dance but ...
... it would have been a clean cut!!
During our final stop before heading back we learned that all living wildlife in the Park is protected and is paramount to the Eco existence. At the same time I felt something fluttering on the pull cord to my shorts. As I looked down, this super size moth like butterfly thing was invading my personal space so with one swift movement of the finger I flicked the offending bug and it landed with a plop in a pool of water at the bottom of ...
... than a place where alligators live. I also learned how to ride my bike with no hands, which I can do it really long if the wind isn't blowing. When we finished the bike ride we went to Biscayne National Park. We had to drive 1.5 hours to get there. Since this is a park where you do most of the thing in the water, our options were limited since we did not ...
... beasts sunning themselves within a few feet of us. I found myself wondering if a) they could smell fear, and b) they could climb up the gap onto the walkway. Luckily, even if the answers were yes and yes, they were far too comfortable to bother with us! In total we saw about 17 of the beasts as they were settling themselves for the night. We also saw a couple of turtles and a couple of anhingas, so it was a good wildlife viewing total.
... area so I can just park
and walk all over. Did not want to take a chance on getting there and having to
settle for a pricey or more remote spot. My first choice had a b&b room for
$160/nite... high season rates still, so I chose another place.
Looking forward to staying for 2 nites to just walk and take ...