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Let me start by saying that our trip was not completely horrible, but there were definitely things to be improved upon at the Hungry Pelican. I must mention that my husband and I were very excited to visit this motel because they had a boat ramp and dock available for guests, but upon our arrival we were slightly suprised.
The website for the property did not have many actual pictures of the property, and after staying there I know why. While the docks seemed virtually brand new, and the atmosphere outside was private and quiet, the motel itself was outdated and had numerous little problems here and there.
For starters let me explain the things that needed improved upon: Most importantly, there were ants everywhere in the room! And it seems as though the air conditioning was simply left off until we arrived at the hotel, when we opened the door there was a foul, musty smell in the room and it took hours for the room to cool off after we arrived and turned on the window unit A/C. The air conditioning was just not adequate for the amount of space it was trying to cool, and it was directly over the couch so if you were sitting on the couch you were freezing cold, but the tiny bedroom on the backside of the unit was piping hot the entire week. The bathroom had a strange odor and it was nearly impossible to find the light switch! In the bedroom, the walls were so close to the bed that we had to either get on it from the end and climb up to the pillows, or you had to slide in between the wall and the bed. The small kitchen table in the unit was partially broken and tipped back and forth as we ate on it. The beach area was cute, but there was a wall about 2 feet high that just dropped off into the water, it wasn't exactly a nice stretch of beach.
If we had paid $80 for the room I would have been perfectly happy, but we paid about twice that price and it seemed like a lot of money for the skimpy accomodations.
On the other hand, the docks were in beautiful condition. We had our boat tied up all week and it was extremely convenient for guests with boats. We didn't spend much time in the room because we brought our boat, so it wasn't a huge deal that the room wasn't exactly what we expected. The sheets and towels were clean and the maids came every day to resupply the room with toilet paper, towels, etc...
My sister and her fiance came up during the middle of the week to join us, and they had a much worse experience than we did. Their room was about the size of my closet at home, and the water wasn't working in the shower. They ended up having to get a hotel room someplace else, and then the staff at the Hungry Pelican decided to charge them a $20 cancelation fee because they didn't cancel 48 hours in advance. How could someone cancel 48 hours in advance if they didn't know beforehand that the hotel would not be able to adequately accomodate them???
I don't think I will stay at this hotel again in the future, even though the beach and docks were nice. I am not sure that those two things made up for all the other problems.
Hatte eine tolle Zeit
Wir waren dieses Jahr schon zum zweiten Mal hier. Es ist wirklich ein toller Ort, die Leute sind freundlich und es liegt in angenehmer Lage. Wir hatten das Rossietta-Zimmer mit einer großen Küche und komplett neuen Möbeln. Uns hat das Tipi supergut gefallen. Fahren wieder hin!!!
Liebe die Atmosphäre und den freundlichen Service
Komme gerade aus einem einwöchigen Urlaub im Hungary Pelican Motel zurück. Für das Geld war es die beste Adresse. Die Zimmer waren sehr sauber und nett eingerichtet. Das Management war sehr freundlich und hat alles, für einen angenehmen Aufenthalt notwendige, getan. Sie haben sogar Angeln zur Verfügung gestellt. Das kam meinem Mann sehr entgegen, da er so die ganze Nacht zum Fischen gehen konnte, außerdem bekam man auch Paddelboote und Kanus ausgeliehen. Es fühlte sichan, wie ein zu Hause weit weg von zu hause an. Haben viele Leute beim Fischen kennen gelernt und zusammen unter dem großen Tipi gegrillt. Einige Eichhörnchen krabbelten auf den Schoss meines Mannes und haben sich mit Erdnüssen füttern lassen. Der Vogel Harry klaut Ihnen sogar die Fische von der Leine, haut dann ab um sie zu essen. Abends konnten wir die Delfine beim schwimmen in der Bucht beobachten. Das Hungary Pelican ist sehr familienorientiert und ich kann es jedem empfehlen, der einen Komfort wie zu hause und einen wunderschönen Ausblick sucht.
I stayed at this motel for 3 days for my sisters wedding in June of 2006. As written in her reveiw, the website is totally misleading. This place is nothing like the pictures on the website. BUT- a hand drawn map of the property appearing to be drawn by a preschool student should have been the first clue. I did not choose to stay at this place, it was chosen by the grooms mother and my stay was paid for by the bride (my sister), so I tried not to reveal how awful my stay was around her. All of the rooms were not ready when some of the guest arrived and since we came down a day later, the staff put people in our room for the previous night. THEY NEVER CHANGED THE SHEETS! There were crumbs and stains in my bed. At this point my sister was on the verge of a nervous breakdown because of the staffs ignorance and complaining would have just pushed her over the edge, SO I slept on top of the cover and used my own beach towel for a blanket. There were bugs in the room and our blinds did not cover the windows. One blind was hiked up about 12 inches on one side and would not lower, we had to hang a blanket over it. There were no electrical outlets in the bathroom for getting ready for the wedding. Yet there was no mirror in the room other than the one in bathroom. The beds are mattresses lying on unfininshed plywood and as I was walking around the small cramped area, I cut my leg on the rough edge of it. I prayed really hard that I wouldn't get some kind of staff infection from the icky room. The only part about our visit that was enjoyed by my children was the hammock and the continental breakfast and the manager was so hateful that when I sent my teenage son to get our juice and pastry and bring it back to our room, she asked him why he was getting it, who was he taking it to, and she knew there was 4 of us staying in the room! I do not care to go back to Key Largo, but if for some reason I do, I will not stay and Hundry Pelican nor any bayside motel within 1/2 mile of it.
I regret satying at the Mangy Pelican
My whole family stayed at this horrible little place for four days for my wedding. It was nothing that the website would have you believe. There is no beach for swimming, unless you like swimming in green water and dead fish everywhere. I wouldn't even put my toe in. When we got there there was a huge crane(not a bird) in the middle of the "beach." My husband and I had the alleged best "bungalow", yet it was the size of my bedroom at home. It looked like Stevie Wonder decorated it. Ours was the only room they made the bed in. There were bugs, the sheets were never changed in any of our rooms, there was a washcloth left in the bathroom from the previous tenants, cheese in the refigerator, and the staff lacks in organizational skills. The employee working the day of our arrival failed to get everyone's i.d. upon checkin, so the next day the manager came out on the back porch of my bungalow, interrupted my conversation with my sister, and very rudely asked me for my credit card and i.d. I told her that all our rooms were already paid for by my mother in law, and she then literally yelled at me about some Florida law....whatever. What had happened was that they needed our i.d.s only and after my family and I finally figured what she was needing she denied that she had even asked me for a credit card, even though they just heard her ask me for it. The other employees were very nice. My friend took out one of their paddle boats and that woman told her "now don't you go off anywhere in that", and that she was "keeping her eye" on her. My friend had a $50,000 truck and a ton of scuba gear at this dump. Where was she gonna go with their funky little boat, Cuba? She also took $5 "key deposits" from every room rented, when they were already covered on the credit card they were paid by. When one of my friends asked for theirs back, she literally threw it at him and told him "enjoy your $5." Luckily, on the last day we were there the owners came by. We all told them everything that happened and they let it slip that she had had other complaints on her, and she's only been there for three weeks! They weren't happy, but didn't really seem like they were going to do anything about it. This awful place nearly ruined my wedding trip. Do not be fooled by the posh looking website. If you want to swim, snorkel, lay out, not get bug bites or sea lice, or do anything besides sit on a dock and get drunk you'll want to go somewhere else.
Great motel for the price!
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Hungry Pelican Motel for one night over Memorial Day weekend. This was the only motel we could find that would allow a one night stay. The motel is nicely laid out and sits on the Gulf side of the Atlantic. The motel is made up of "units" which contain 3-4 rooms each. We stayed in the Gator room, which is one step above the smallest room. We paid only $80 per night. The room was decent - good for the money. It had a queen size bed, small fridge (and freezer), TV, closet and a bathroom. It looks like the owners upgraded the unit recently. The bathroom was retiled and clean. The shower had okay water pressure, but apparently this is normal for hotels in the Keys. The bed was comfortable. Each unit has their own individual AC unit which is nice. My one complaint was that our bed was pretty close to the window, and it didn't have shades to cover the blinds, so I'm sure people could see our shadows. We were also close to the road and we were concerned with the noise from the road, but it turned out not to be an issue. Also be sure to bring your own alarm clock, they don't have one in the room.
The motel in general is a great place to stay on a budget. It was clean, unique and has all the basic amenities you would want. The best part was watching the sunset from their mini beach. It was so beautiful. They have a nice lounge area with a hammock, lounge chairs, tables, and tiki huts. They also let you use the canoes and paddle boats. We didn't get to, but if we stayed longer, I would definitely do it. The atmosphere here was very friendly and some of the guests were nice and outgoing. The managers were helpful too, they recommended some nice restaurants for us. The motel provides a small breakfast in the morning of some packaged pastries, granola bars and fruit as well as juice and coffee.
Any one on a budget would love this place. You can't be the prices, quality and atmosphere. Enjoy!
Loved the atomsphere, friendly service.
Just arrived from a week stay at the Hungary Pelican motel. It was the best place for the money. The room were verrrry clean, and nicely decorated. The management was friendly and went out of their way to meet your needs. They provided fishing poles, which my husband enjoyed and was happy to be able to walk out and fish all night, paddle boats, canoes were also provided. It felt like I was home away from home. Met many people down there and we all had a great time fishing, grilling and just talking under the tiki hut. There was a couple of squirrels (Rocky) there that climbed into my husbands lap and ate peanuts from his hand. "Harry" the bird would take the fish off the lines and eat and run. In the evening we could see dolpins swimming in the bay.
The Hungary Pelican is a family orientated place. I will go back and reccommend it to anyone that wants the comfort of home and a beautiful view.
i stayed 1 night during a trip thru the keys. i got the flamingo room, which was quite small, only about 1 foot on each side of the queen bed but the bathroom was 2 small rooms to the side and clean, simple, and plenty for 1 person. might be a bit small for 2 folks but who spends much time in the room in the keys? it's right on the highway and was a bit noisy but the grounds were clean if a bit crowded. the owner was very nice and let me check -in early and there free continental breakfast was served for 3 hours and was pretty nice is basic. the dock and waterfront area is small, but you don't really waste time at your hotel in the keys. convenient to the snorkel and kayak renters i used. good deal for less than $100 a night in largo, but you can always doo better if you want to spring for it. if you got to Largo definitely eat at The Fish House, but go early b/c it fills up quickly. the locals swear by this place and the food is great.
Had a great time
Thois is the second time we have stayed here this year. It is a great place people are frendly, convient location. We stayed in the Rossietta room very large with a kitchen all new furniture and very clean. Loved the tiki hut outside our door. Will go again!!!
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See ya later
Today marks the
halfway point in our trip as we docked in Fort Lauderdale Florida at Port
Everglades. Most of the people were
disembarking and going home but we, along with 600 or so others, were
continuing aboard for the second leg. We
took a tour in Florida today visiting the Everglades and experiencing a
brilliant airboat ride around the river system.
Many people incorrectly believe ...
... nose out of the water from about 15 meters away, but today wiped the floor with them.
After dropping Jace and Jordan off at work I went down to the boat ramp and went out on to the water on the SUP. As soon as I got out on the water I could see there was a little commotion and as I paddle closer I could see at least two manatees playing about on the surface.