Pelican Cove Resort & Marina
What We Love
- Daily continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- This is one of the few spots in the Keys with a sandy beach
- Every room has a spacious balcony and primo water views
- The breezy tropical vibe of the alfresco Wild & Lime bar and café
- There’s a freshwater heated swimming pool and a floating dive platform
What To Know
- The hotel was recently renovated
- The on-site marina allows guests to arrive by boat
- A $20 per night resort fee will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Channel Papa Hemingway when you check into this 63-room charmer, located at Mile Marker 84 in the Florida Keys, with its retro vibe and air of laid-back breeziness. The newly revamped property evokes the classic style of Islamorada and other Keys communities with simple whitewashed architecture, tropical shutters and sea-facing balconies. The guestrooms are kitted out in soothing neutral tones using organic, natural materials punctuated with the occasional reclaimed object, along with splashes of tropical color in the form of tangerine cushions and whimsical local artworks. A stretch of private white sand beach fringed by palm trees completes the perfect sand-between-the-toes picture. If having the ocean just steps away doesn’t tempt you, the heated freshwater pool is bound to do the trick. Hungry or thirsty? The poolside bar and café sports jaunty sunshine-yellow chairs in the shade of beach umbrellas where guests can sip piña coladas while nibbling on light snacks. The hotel offers a host of other diversions, too, from macrame beading classes to yoga sessions, tennis and standup paddleboarding.
In the Area
Chasing big game fish? Seeking sunken treasure? Keen to feel the wind in your hair? Whatever your scene, you’ll want to hit the water when you’re in the Keys. Islamorada in particular is known for its stellar sportfishing, diving and other aquatic pursuits, such as kitesurfing, and Islamorada Watersports Company can set you up with all the gear you’ll need for a day on (or under) the water. If you’d rather have an expert take the helm, sign up for a trip with one of the area’s local fishing legends, like Captain Jeff at Dockside Charters or Captain Paul at Reef Runner Charters; they’ll steer you to where the sailfish and marlin are running. Refuel after your big day out at one of the town’s many top-notch dining spots, from the shoes-optional casual seafood diner the Hungry Tarpon, which dishes up tasty shrimp tacos and Cuban pressed sandwiches (they’ll also cook up your own catch), to the slightly more fancy Squid Row, a popular, romantically lit spot for couples to savor old-school favorites such as lobster thermidor and bouillabaisse.
How to Get There
We had a wonderful stay at Pelican Cove. It was very clean and quiet. Lovely view from the balcony. All common areas very maintained. Enjoyed using the Postcard Inns pool. 13-year-old girl says she doesn’t wanna stay anywhere else if we return to the Keys!
First off let's say what a surprise we had when my girlfriend's parents opened the door to their room and found rose petals heart kissing towel animals, as well as a bottle of prosecco for their 50th wedding anniversary awesome!!! The resort is outstanding lots water toys pool ocean fire pit and a beach with plenty of chairs. The rooms are large and spotless. Also great views of the ocean. Plenty of parking also. The grounds are very tropical and laid back. It's island time thanks to Pelican cove for making a 50th wedding anniversary spectacular
The resort is right on the water and it looked like every room had a beautiful water view. The picture in this review was taken from our room. The resort has lots of amenities that are great for families including paddle boards, kayaks, pool and a snorkeling area. We picked this resort over another because our boys LOVE water trampolines. Unfortunately, they said the springs were too loose on the one here so no bouncing for them. I'm sure they'll get that fixed. Gayle and Jamie at the bar were awesome and incredibly helpful. The rooms are a little small but very comfortable. The bed was perfect and even the linens felt just like home. The balcony was super spacious and we spent a lot of time there in the early mornings. The only negative on the room is that it is extremely dark. There are only 3 very small lights, not including the bathroom. They really need to add more lighting. Even my husband complained about it so, if he noticed lighting, it was a real problem.
2 things kept this resort from a 5 star rating and if not for Gayle, this would be 3 stars. The night we got there a storm had blown in taking out one of the breakers causing the power to go out and the hotel had a limited supply of back up. We had to lug 7 pieces of luggage to the 3rd floor and were then greeted by flickering lights and no AC. It was an act of nature, not the fault of the hotel. Gayle got our spirits back up with fun stories and a super nice personality. She helped us plan our activities and was just genuinely awesome. She turned a poor start into a huge win.
1. The most negative experience was housekeeping. On day 2, we were out of the room playing until about 3:45 and were surprised to come back to a dirty room. About 4, housekeeping came by just as 1 kid was already in the shower. We grabbed toiletries and a few clean towels and asked them to come back in 30 min. We left for the Marina and dinner and came back to a still dirty room. The next day, we left at 6 for fishing and came back at 3 to a still dirty room. Again at 4, housekeeping knocks as my husband was on his turn in the shower and we asked her to give us 15 min. Left for Father's Day dinner and returned at 9 to a still dirty room. The next day, the morning of check out, housekeeping shows up at 9 and again at 9:30 while we're trying to pack. Seriously? I spoke to the front desk at checkout and she advised that housekeeping runs until 4. In all my travels, I've never had this type of housekeeping issue and was perplexed about being schooled by the front desk person that I should have requested early service if I wanted it before 4.
Second item was mixed. We wanted to cut a watermelon for our fishing trip. I called the front desk and was told they could not let me use the knife but they'd be happy to have it cut for me, which I thought was great! I asked where to take it and she told me to bring it to the front desk. I told her I could take it to the bar and she said it may be someone else that cuts it and to bring it to the front desk. When I got to the front desk, it was a different person than I had spoken with and she knew nothing about it. She asked me to wait and she'd find out. There was another employee sitting in the lobby and she said "I don't know why you'd bring that in here. It's not like they have knives in the lobby. I think taking it to the bar would've made more sense' and then left on her golf cart. WTH? The staff did get the watermelon cut and bagged and we were super grateful to them but the sarcasm from the employee is still ringing in my ears.
We may try this or the sister property again because there was a lot we liked. I just hope housekeeping gets on a better schedule by then!
The property was filled with Seaweed. The breakfast was extremely mediocre for the kind of money I spent for 3 nights. I could have gone on a cruise for the money spent there. The property at night is peaceful, but overall, I give my stay a 3 at best
For the second time via email, where is my electronic bill? We arranged an early departure with the assurance an email with bill attached would be sent to us. We checked out of PelicanCove on June 7 after a 6 day stay. Last name Grant. No payment forthcoming until we see a bill.