Key Largo: Hampton Inn Key Largo at Manatee Bay

Kategorie: Americas

As of June 2011

It was an easy 1.5 hours drive from Key West to Key Largo. The Hampton Inn Key Largo is located right next to the Overseas Highway, near MM (Mile Marker) 102. We expected just another Hampton Inn, which this hotel really looked like from the outside: the building and the parking area next to it.

 

We were greeted very friendly at the front desk and check-in went smooth and easy. Our first room was number 116 on the ground floor, which was the reason why we really did not like it so much. But we were able to switch to room number 220 on the first floor.

Finally: This room was so amazing. I had never expected such a room at a Hampton Inn and I hope my pictures give you an idea of what I mean.

Very important: We had a balcony with a table and two chairs! And this meant, we were finally able to not only open a window but to step outside and take a breath – although the view said *Parking Lot*. But anyway, we did not really mind this so much.

The room was really nice and I wished we had had such a room in Key West as well … but well. We had it now: It was large with two beds, designed in kind of *Island Style* with lots of bamboo, wood, nice artwork and a real holiday feeling 😉 The work area was comfortable and high-speed internet was really *high speed*. We had a microwave, a fridge, a separate sink, a wardrobe, an iron and iron board, coffee maker, tea and coffee, but again no water kettle.

The bed was ultra comfortable. The only thing I could have wished for would have been a pillow with feathers instead of some microfibers. The bathroom was very spacious with a really very spacious shower. Unfortunately there was still lack of storage room for our bath utensils. A/C again was efficient, but too noisy. Fortunately the fan worked very well, even on *Low* during the night.

 

Housekeeping was efficient, but not concerning cleaning the mirrors and windows. We found out that the rooms had been renovated not so long ago … and there were still spots of paint on the towel- and toilet paper holders.

I liked the breakfast area. It was clean and a bit larger than at the Hampton Inn Tamarac but with almost the same items on offer, which I liked as well. Room temperature was a bit more convenient.

The hotels grounds were quite vast. There was a nice pool area (heated), a barbeque and bar area and a nice little beach with loungers and chairs. I really loved this beach. The water was so nice and refreshing. And in the evenings we could swim and watch the beautiful sunsets. Yes, it was quite spectacular!

 

If you don’t mind travelling back and forth to Key West every day for sightseeing and such I would highly recommend this place. We did several tours from here: e.g. we went to the Everglades, to Key Biscayne etc. and this was still convenient. Located next to the hotel is the Marine Mammal Conservancy (link: http://marinemammalconservancy.org/ ) and -almost in walking distance- the John Pennekamp State Park. There are some restaurants on the island as well as a Publix and different other shops.

Compared to Key West Key Largo is quiet. I had the feeling that this is the island *where the locals are*. Time does not run that fast here. And the hotel is the ideal spot to unwind, spend some time at the wonderful little beach, rest and read a book or two.

Yes, I do recommend this place and hope to return again …. to the *Ocean Beachfront Resort Hampton Inn at Manatee Bay*.