Hawks Cay Resort

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61 Hawks Cay Blvd, Duck Key, FL
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This Florida Keys resort is on Duck Key, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Key Largo is 46 miles north, and Key West is 61 miles south. read more
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We were very happy with our vacation at Hawk's Cay Resort. The room was clean and had the nicest bathroom of any hotel we've ever stayed. We read the other reviews and planned ahead by packing for breakfast and snacks in the room. The mini fridge was completely empty, so we were able to store milk, fruit, drinks, etc. We brought our own coffee pot too. The only complaints we had were the pillows are feather and completely mushy, so if you're used to a firm/supportive pillow bring your own, and the a/c and mini fridge were really loud at night, but that was solved by turning the a/c fan on high, which drowned out the clunking with white noise. There are a lot of birds that hang out at the pool, as well as iguanas. It was not a big deal to me, but some other guests seem to dislike that. We asked to have a new duvet since ours smelled like the former guests' strong perfume, and they brought one right away. We also had a broken alarm clock, and they brought a new one that day. The room had an electronic safe, which was a nice addition. The resort is about 8 minutes from Marathon, which had a K-Mart, Publix, Winn Dixie, and several restaurants including fast food options like Subway, Taco Bell, McDonalds, etc. for lunch if you're looking to save money. We splurged on dinner at the local seafood restaurants and watched the sunset each night. The drive to Key West only took about an hour and 20 minutes. My husband was disappointed that the resort does not allow you to fish on their property, but there are a few spots right down the road off the US 1 bridge or at one of the state parks. We recommend Curry Hammock park for inexpensive kayak rentals ($21 for 2 hours). We checked out three other "resorts" while we were down there for future reference, and Hawk's Cay was by far the nicest, cleanest place around. It was no comparison. Even though our room (Island View King) had a horrible view of the roof over the circle drive, it was still a great choice to stay in that area of the Keys, and we would definitely choose this hotel again. I also loved that this is a non-smoking resort, so the rooms smelled clean and fresh. Of course, there were people that broke the rules and smoked by the pool, but not too many of them. It is a luxury hotel with a very nice staff. One thing to keep in mind, they do charge a $500 "hold" on your debit card for incidentals. Fortunately, when we checked out, we had not eaten at the resort and had a zero balance. Booking with hotels.com covered the $20 daily resort fee, which meant no need to tip the bell hop or valet parking people. We feel we got an excellent deal for the price we paid through this website and are very happy with our choice. If we return to this Key, we would certainly choose Hawk's Cay again.
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Jul 17th, 2006
Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort

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2600 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL
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Located between Miami and Key West on the Gulf of Mexico side of the Florida Keys, this tropical 12-acre resort has a private white-sand beach spread along 1,100 feet of shoreline. read more
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The resort is beautiful and the homes are a very pleasant and relaxing vacation spot. Extra resort fee is ridiculous as there really are not any additional amenities that it provides. We tended to find local vendors for activities that we wanted to do rather than pay a higher fee through the resort concession. We found the complaints about the staff unfounded, at least during our visit. Staff was friendly & helpful when we needed them.
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May 28th, 2004
Boatman's Sombrero Resort & Marina

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19 Sombrero Blvd, Marathon, FL
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The resort and marina is located in Marathon in the middle of the Florida Keys, 50 miles from both Key Largo and Key West. This quaint, family-oriented community is located on a 10 mile-long island that includes Sombrero Beach. read more
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We wanted a clean place to sleep that offered a kitchen and a bedroom. It had to be roomy and cheap. And that's exactly what we got. If you are looking for pretty furnishings, a well-stocked kitchen (this place doesn't even supply dishrags or dishsoap), and working elevators, then pass by this resort. If you have trouble climbing stairs, you don't like boats parked outside your door, and grungy old couches, then look farther than this resort. In spite of the negatives mentioned, we would stay here again because the resort is so centrally located in the Florida Keys - half way between Key Largo and Key West. It makes day-tripping perfect. In addition, the Turtle Hospital is here and two of the best restaurants we've ever eaten in: Cracked Conch Cafe and The Stuffed Pig. The Dolphin Rescue Center is just up the highway, too. And there is a great farmers market up the road in Big Pine Key. If budget is a concern and you want to stay in a central location, this is a great choice.
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Feb 3rd, 2005
Coral Lagoon Waterfront Resort and Marina

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12399 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL
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Situated in Marathon, this resort is close to Conch Air, Island Hoppers Aerial Adventures, and Curry Hammock State Park. Area attractions also include Sombrero Beach and Dolphin Research Center. read more
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I was a little concerned after reading some of the previous reviews, but the price and amenities at the resort seemed like a great deal. I have stayed in far worse places in the keys for not much of a discount from the rates charged here. I booked for three nights the very morning of the day that I was going to arrive. When we arrived at the resort the check in went so fast I was surprised. Rory, the operator was friendly and informative and very laid back. He told me that since we were the last unit booked we were actually getting an upgrade to a three bedroom, stand alone unit with the best view in the resort. Twist my arm I told him. The unit we got was amazing. A full gourmet kitchen, relaxing great room and large deck on the ground floor was our first impression. The upstairs bedrooms had comfortable beds and two very nice bathrooms. The entire unit was decorated in cool tropical colors. Each bedroom, and the great room, had LCD TV's with cable and DVD players. This would be a great place for a family vacation. We did not bring a boat, but the dock outside was just 10 feet from the deck. These were a few boats moored in the channel. The pool areas looked great, but it was a cold weekend and we did not go swimming. The location was very good and in a quiet area. There were plenty of activities, dining and shopping opportunities just up the road from the resort. We ended up cooking dinner two nights we were there and found the kitchen to be well equipped. We did not have the housekeeping service come in while we were there, but daily cleaning is available for a fee. We found the accomodations to be very clean, other than lots of wall scuffs, likely the result of luggage being moved in and out by guests. All in all this was a great experience. I would definitely recommend the resort to anyone wanting a relaxing place in the keys.
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Feb 16th, 2007
Rainbow Bend Resort

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57784 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL
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Stay & Play Free 1/2 day use of Motorboats, (fuel is not included) Kayaks, Paddleboats & full American breakfast daily. BBQ on the beach. Oceanfront property in Marathon, near Dolphin Research Center. read more
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Rainbow Bend is an older property, without many improvements to the rooms. Air conditioning was adequate, our room was small (there are larger rooms that are more expensive). The shower was good, except when laundry was being done, then the water pressure and temperature could be startling. Our beds were old and worn and should be replaced. The staff is very friendly and made up for the lack of luxury. Their prices are not out of line with other resorts in the area - it really is that expensive in the Keys. They have a beautiful beach and pool area and the boats are included in the room cost. It is a great property for fisherman and sunbathers. Most rooms have balconies or porches, though ours did not. It is a very comfortable area and the location made it easy to find - right on US 1. We always felt safe there, no worries about crime. The Hideaway Cafe really is as good as they say: gourmet food, very good service, though it is expensive. Breakfast is included at the restaurant and is a choice between 5 different options: eggs, pancakes, french toast, bagels, cereal (meat included with most). The Dolphin Research Center is about a mile away from the resort and is worth the visit. Look on their website for $3 off coupons. This place is best for fishermen as Marathon is small; Key West has more for tourists.
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Mar 31st, 2007