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Friday, May 21, 2010

Key Largo, Florida -- Hilton Resort


We stayed at this resort in December 2008 on our way north from Key West. 

Status perks
I must have had Gold status at the time of our stay because we received two breakfast and two beverage coupons.

Room
We received a room with two double beds on the bottom floor overlooking the beach. I don't usually like bottom floor rooms; however, the water view room was an upgrade from the least expensive room I had booked. And, we needed two beds because there were three of us. The beach photo was taken from our patio.

Food & Beverage
We had lunch at the beach bar, which is slightly visible in the beach photo beyond the picnic tables. We were happy with the service and food. Our son bought us dinner in the restaurant that evening, which was great. It's always better when someone else is paying! We dined on a covered patio, which was an extension of the restaurant overlooking the beach and water. Breakfast was also very good. We were able to use our coupons to order from the a la carte menu. There was a pool bar, where we did not eat; however, we redeemed our free beverage coupons there. I do not recall the beverage we received; it was some kind of tropical lime drink. 

Pool & Beach
There was a waterfall in the pool, and the area was surrounded with tropical flowers and palm trees. The mesh lounge chairs were comfortable and clean. Outdoor massages were available—for a charge—under the waterfall. There were many lounge chairs at the pools (we only visited the main pool in the photo), on the beach, and on a long dock near the beach bar. Guests were also fishing from the dock, and we saw manatees the day we were there. Free water toys and beach games were available, as well as many activities for purchase. This is a large resort with many things to do onsite, including walking trails. 

Overall
We loved this resort, and would definitely stay again. We were glad the food and beverage prices were reasonable, because there are not any restaurants within walking distance. There are many nearby, just not by foot. 

We had originally booked a two-night stay at the Holiday Inn just down the road from the Hilton resort. I was so unhappy with the HI room, service, and lack of perks (as a Platinum member), that as soon as we got to our room, I looked up nearby hotels online and found this Hilton for the same price as the Holiday Inn! My only regret was not booking two nights at the Hilton and leaving the Holiday Inn immediately instead of staying one night.