Tropical suites at an adults-only Florida Keys hideaway
What We Love
- A B&B stay at a Caribbean-inspired all-suites getaway, with watersports equipment and yogaMaking your home in a suite, among lush gardens, landscaped by a leading designer
- Counting as your fellow hotel fans such impressive publications as Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, GQ and Vogue.com
- Getting busy on a sailing lesson on the skipjack, a snorkel around the States’ only living coral reef
- Indulging in some complimentary yoga and making use of the complimentary watersports equipment
What To Know
- It's an intimate boutique property with only 16 secluded suites
- There's complimentary parking, WiFi, and continental breakfast
- Extremely pet-friendly; no need to leave fur babies at home
If you take an urbane band of Chicagoans and stick them in one of the most remote stretches of the States, you’ll likely end up with a pretty hip hideaway. As such, it’s no great shock that Casa Morada, founded by Ian Schrager vets, feels as smart and stylish as it does. Yet, as observed by Condé Nast Traveler, Departures and GQ, this boutique gem still comes as a bit of a surprise. Maybe it’s partly the lack of a welcome sign (or any indication of the hotel’s address). There’s more to this hotel, though, than meets – or doesn’t meet – the eye.
Just start with your own suite, one of 16 in the entire TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning hotel; luck out, and it comes with secret path to a Raymond Jungles-landscaped garden. Or the hotel’s 19-foot O’Day Mariner, which doubles as the classroom for frequent sailing lessons. And then there’s the pool. Not content to settle for your average any-old-deck location, this one lives, with a cluster of hammocks, over a bridge, on its very own secluded and quiet island. At least, until the rest of those urbanites find out about it.
Casa Morada houses no more than 16 suites, keeping the atmosphere quiet and intimate. These abodes are elegant and artistic; each artfully places Mexican antiques alongside fresh orchids, both complementing the modern accents that are built into the hotel’s design.Each also offers an outdoor terrace and living space, alongside your lushly landscaped garden and your bedroom, which will house a king bed and daybed. If you’re lucky, you may also receive a private outdoor shower, a screened balcony, an open-air Jacuzzi tub or your own private path to the central garden and its waterfall.
You didn’t come to Casa Morada to sightsee (at least, beyond the sunny sights of Islamorada itself), but you also don’t have to fear that your simple stay here will make you stir-crazy. The staff’s made quite the effort to keep things fresh, offering a film library and a skipjack, managed by the hotel’s resident captain, that can take you out on a sailing lesson or eco tour. If you head farther out, you can visit the Theater of the Sea, play a rousing game of tennis, snorkel around the coral reef – this is the only living one in the States – or go for a fish: This is the Sport Fishing Capital of the World.
How to Get There
I needed a vacation away from crowds. Adults only Casa Morada was the perfect choice. Islamorada is much quieter than Key Largo or Key West,. Many local activities and great restaurants nearby,
Our quiet room was located in the Main building on the second (walk up 14 steps) floor. Each room had a unique name and key rings with tropical characters.
The king sized bed and linens were so comfortable. Loved the Malin + Goetz bath supplies. The bathroom with a beveled stone floor and small seating bench was located in between the bedroom and a small sitting area. One reviewed suggested the towels were scratchy. I must disagree.
The sitting area had a desk, daybed and small refrigerator. A small screen porch with two chairs and a table overlooked the garden area.
Complementary chips, gummy fish and M & Ms were a nice surprises Fee based Minibar with soft drinks and water were in a small refrigerator. It would have been great to have a coffee/tea maker in this area.
Terrazzo floors throughout. Appreciated the great air conditioning system in the high humidity Keys.
Breakfast was offered each day from 7 to 11 AM on a porch overlooking the Bay. While some reviewers complained about the free breakfast, each day we enjoyed fresh pastries, a wide variety of teas, juice, hard boiled eggs and cereals. NY times available daily. Only concern was for those with physical limitations, the stairs to this area could be a barrier. A small restaurant, Mangrove Mikes a short walk away offers full breakfast and lunch.
Bikes, paddle boards, kayaks and snorkeling equipment were available for guests to use. Sunset cruise was available for an additional fee.
A small bar offered a small variety of beers and light food.
The staff were very unobtrusive.
We will certainly return to Islamorada and the Casa Morada again
Stayed here for my wifes birthday. Room was very clean and comfirtable and the staff is wonderful. The grounds of the hotel are a treat as well. The dock bar by the pool has the best view. Thank you for a wonderful stay.
Husband and I have stayed twice and love the view from starfish suite. The place is clean and quiet and the staff is very happy to accommodate you with any special needs. Only problem is that the furniture needs to be upgraded. Also after the hurricanes the carpet should have been replaced. It brings the value of the suite down. That was the only reason we did not stay there last February.
My Husband and I went to this "resort" to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. The pictures online looked wonderful. This place is WAY over priced. We thought a suite would offer a kitchen area with a full size refrigerator, microwave etc. NOT here. We didn't have a coffee pot, no microwave, no clock, very small refrigerator, no ice machine, no soap dish in the shower, no ceiling fans, and not very private. The view was nice, the receptionist was extremely nice and the location was good, but the overall experience was HORRIBLE. NO amenities. The grounds were clean as was the pool area.
Super location in Islamorada, easily walkable to lots of good restuarants, shops andTwo brewery tasting rooms!!
Our chosen suite (Jungle) was huge and airy making for avery comfortable stay.
Breakfast is served on the balcony of the seaview block making for great views as you wake over a coffee !
The pool area and bar are on small island accessed via a bridge giving lovely vistas out to sea which comes into its own for a wonderful sunset view.
The staff very all very friendly, relaxed and efficient making the stay run smoothly with all you could need to relax.