Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
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The final drive of our journey would be from Miami Beach, through the city and down to Key West. We left slightly before lunchtime for our journey.
After leaving Miami Beach and passing through downtown Miami we end up back on the freeways heading south towards the Florida Keys.
The Keys are a small chain of islands that are all …
... to Cuba. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to about 40-50 polydactyl (six-toed) cats. He was given a white six-toed cat by a sea captain and most of the cats are descendants of that original cat. Hemingway named all of his cats after famous people and they have continued the tradition. The cats have the run of the house and the yard. After our tour of house we went to the Six-Toed Cat Cafe for breakfast. ...
100 miles to the west, water everywhere and bridges, beaches, parks. Long, long road..we stopped at some scenic stops and also Bahia Honda State Park, recommended to us, which had a very nice long beach and campsites which we checked out. Walked along the beach, saw some jellyfish, reminded us of the Caribbean waters- calm, warm, aqua blue... Along the way there is a section of reduced speed where the endangered Key deer live. Signs everywhere to slow down and not hit a deer. We were on ...
After a fantastic morning in the Everglades we continued south towards the Keys and Key West. It took us 2 and a half hours to reach Key West. I just loved the drive along US1. Fascinating and amazing how they were able to link the islands together. Rich had done the trip before but still enjoyed the drive. When we were nearing Key West the heavens opened for a downpour. We then drove around the island before finally finding the Old town. We parked ...
... highway where you could feed the the tarpon (fish!) from the jetty, I let everyone else have a go touching the little fish that was their food then I tipped the last one in out if the bucket, no way im touching that! We found that if you dangle the fish just above the water the tarpon will jump up for them ( they were huge!!) and people were trying to see how high they could make them jump, joseph got gummed ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Key West
Great place to stay
My wife and I stayed at the Casa Marina the first week of june and had a wonderful time. I don't know what kind of drugs the people writing the negative reviews are on. We looked at some of the other hotels and the Casa Marina was by far the best we saw. The staff was very helpful and the shuttle was always available when we needed it. We would advise getting a ocean view room with a balcony.
Quiet and Relaxing Stay
We stayed at the Casa for two nights and had a great time. The Casa is close enough to area attractions yet maintains a sense of seclusion. From other reviews I expected to be nickeled and dimed for annoying charges. I did not find this to be the case. Yes I paid the resort fee and parking fee but this is clearly on the hotels web site - not a surprise as some post make it out to be. The pool was a pleasure. The pool attendants did a great job keeping used towels picked up. I also enjoyed the iced towels and fresh fruit provided at no charge poolside. The hotels housekeeping staff also did an excellent job. I was pleasantly surprised when I returned from breakfast to find the room had already been cleaned in such a short period of time.
Never being to Key West before I had made reservations at a couple of places and checked them out when we got there they were all too far from the action for us. We came across the casa marina while driving around. The overall atmosphere is nice and big..the beach like all Key west beachfront is not good for swimming but they have 2 nice pools. Rooms are small with low water pressure..Make sure to request a room with a view as some are better than others. We got a package with a free buffet breakfast WHICH IS VERY NICE! The breakfast was one of the best things about staying there. It can save you alot of money by eating alot in the morning included with the room. Good things about the hotel is that everything comes to you. Snorkeling, mopeds , etc are all on the grounds which saves you some looking around. Also beware once you purchase a snorkel or boat trip its non refundable. Which can be tricky because the WEATHER TURNS 4-5 TIMES THROUGH THE DAY FROM SUNNY TO CLOUDY. Overall hotel is nice but can FOOL someone that has not stayed in a TRUE FIRST CLASS HOTEL. WHICH THIS HOTEL .. DOES NOT ..GIVE YOU THE TRUE FIRST CLASS OVERALL PACKAGE.
Wyndham claims not to overlook anything but the sea. In our experience, they certainly didn't overlook nickel and diming us at every opportunity. Although the grounds are very, very pretty, the predatory attitude of the hotel towards its guests (i.e., charging them for anything and everything) is a real buzz-kill. At the end of our stay, our bill was positively bloated by charges on amenities that were not used by us (the parking space for our non-existent car, the shuttle bus to town that left us waiting endlessly at the curb for over a half hour). In spite of all that, though, I do harbor some fond memories. The dinner at the restaurant and outdoor lunches overlooking the water were yummy and exceedingly pleasant. The room was mediocre, on par with a Holiday Inn, and stunk of mildew. But the food was quite good and I enjoyed the time I spent reading and doing crosswords on the pseudo-beachfront. We also loved the convenience of the tennis courts and bike rentals right at the hotel. Even so, be prepared to spend big money and don't be fooled; in the end, your long weekend in Key West at the Wyndham will easily trump the cost of a week abroad.
The best place to stay in the keys!!
This is without a doubt the best place to stay in the keys.I have stayed in 3 other hotels in key west and none of them even compare to this luxurous,fun resort.There so much to do and the staff are the nicest i have met. stay here and you won't be disappointed.
Wyndem is old
The Wyndem is an old hotel on the quiet side of the island. It gets you with small annyoying fees at every turn. Like the 10 dollar a day parking fee. And the fact that the hotel van will drop you off at the other end of the island at night but you have to cab it back. (another 10 bucks) Other hotels pick you up as well. (Doubletree for example) The rooms were clean but the staff didn't bother picking up the breakfast dishes in the hallways till after 8pm. Yuk. The beach is rocky but the pool is right on the beach and is heated. There is also a bar at the pool.:-) We usually travel to Key West in high season -Feb.
I'm staying here as I write (I'm attending a business conference) and I can honestly state that this is the worst Wyndham I have ever seen - in fact, it's one of the worst hotels I've ever stayed in (not counting the crappy spring break hovels I crashed in when in college). The room is *tiny*, the bathroom is teensy and comes with only a shampoo and some crappy soap, the bedspreads are a joke - I am loath to let my skin touch it - and the sheets are polyester and all pilled up. I regret not taking one of then little pillows from the jet I took to get here - it would give me a better night's rest than what I'm getting here...Need I go on? I think the bed is the biggest disappointment - every Wyndham I've ever stayed in boasted an outstanding bed - I thought that was one of the hallmarks of this chain. Apparently not. I wish I'd packed a sleeping bag and a Thermarest. This place is a dump and is surely not worth what I'm paying.
Buyer Be Ware !
Be ware of rates. Wyndham offers rates touted as buy three get one free. We found that in actuality we were billed 4 nights at a rate higer than the base selling rate for the room at the same time of the stay. Wyndham seems to have no ethics when it come to their selling and advertising practices.
One word describes this place. Dump! The room we got was dirty and dark. The carpet was filthy, probably at least ten years old. The top of the bedside table was peeling from waterstains. The roof tiles in the bathroom were loose and covered with rust. I tried to upgrade to a better room and was told that it would cost an additional $75 plus the new room rate. This place even charges for the little pack of coffee for the in room coffee maker. The Wyndham corporation should remove their name from this property and replace it with Motel 2. My wife and I moved out after the first night and went to Ocean Keys. Infinitely better!
Nothing Special Here
This place was a big disappointment..rooms dingy and not that well maintained...housekeeping terrible..had to chase down the housekeeper every day for 5 days to get soap and shampoo...no towels one day...took them about 45 minutes to get some towels to the room so we could shower and get ready to go out...everything is nickel and dime..daily charge for the shuttle into Old Town ($10 +tax)lobby coffee in am was $2 a cup,donuts/pastries/bagel like objects $ 2-2.50 each. For the room rate charged,they should be able to spring for coffee!!Many other better places to stay in KW..never again.