Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection
What We Love
- The sunset sailing charters that leave from the resort’s private marina
- Rooms come with iPads and Smart TVs so guests can sync their personal streaming accounts, like Netflix
- Eating local fresh seafood while overlooking the bay at Sol by the Sea, set in a reclaimed boathouse
- Illy espresso machines in each room
What To Know
- The (heated) pool is open 24 hours
- Daily sunset drinks are priced at $5
- There’s a summer camp for kids with crafts, swimming, and other activities
- Ask for a room with waterfront views
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
It’s been decades since a new, full-service resort arrived in Key Largo, so lots of attention has been paid to Playa Largo, which is conveniently close to Miami while offering all the white beaches and tropical feel of the Keys. Set on 14 acres, the luxury resort has plenty of dining options and sporty things to do, although it might be tempting to spend all your time on the beach. The lobby is full-on “Miami Modern”—think mid-century pieces plus terrazzo floors and lots of sailing references including lanterns shaped like lighthouses wood-paneled walls in the large rooms, each with its own balcony. Outdoors, the man-made beach is easily accessed and strewn with clever hammock pods as well as more conventional lounge chairs. The resort is clearly intended for guests to spend most of their time outdoors: there’s even an onsite vendor for kayaks and paddle boards, tennis and basketball courts, as well as the beach and pool.
In the Area
Playa Largo is a handy, hour-long drive from Miami, which makes for easy access for both city dwellers and out-of-towners. In addition to zipping into the city for a night out, there’s plenty to do near the resort, including the bars and restaurants of Key Largo. Snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a must, where scuba divers can check out the largest living coral reef on the continent. Closer to the resort, guests can swim with dolphins or take tours in a glass-bottom boat that cruises over the clear waters.
How to Get There
We were a group of 7. Dad, Mom, 3 grown children and 2 girlfriends. Rooms were so comfortable and had a good size. It is the perfect small hotel where everyone in the staff tries to go out of the way for you. I think that is the best asset of the hotel, their staff.
Beach is not like in Miami or other neighboring areas in Florida which are long and nice but this one was good enough for us.
Pool is very nice and has room for the guests. We did not have to rush to reserve beach chairs like in other resorts we had been before where you had to run to get a place.
I will definitively go back.
Thanks to these staff members
While the property is on the surface lovely, it was the management of this property that made our trip a nightmare. We were there with 6 other couples to celebrate all of us turning 50 - supposed to be relaxing and fun. This hotel was recommended by a local friend - and they were mortified by the group’s reports. We will never return - and ironically we are actively seeking an annual wintertime retreat. As Marriot Gold Members, and being at a Signature resort, we were shocked and highly dissatisfied.
Marriot should also teach their management and staff to stop apologizing if they have no intention of correcting the situation. I don’t care to hear “sorry” unless there is a remedy and a fix. Just empty words and it is infuriating to see fake smiles and “I apologize” without any offer to fix the problems.
From the moment we arrived, our room was not available due to a late checkout. We were not told when it would be ready - 1 1/2 hour wait and we had to stand in the lobby and call the Marriot Gold hotline to finally get a response. When we finally got in, the room (we had an ocean front suite) was not clean - sand and dirt in every corner, the sofa had dried, crusted food on the cushions, and the curtains were frayed. The deck furniture was stained, the towels were stained, and all fabrics were gross. We ignored it because we knew this would not get resolved quickly and we wanted to spend time with our friends - not managing a hotel.
We didn’t have cleaning service for 4 days and the last night I lost it after coming back from dinner and seeing that our pile of towels were still on the entry hall floor. I went to the front deck, spoke with the manager, told them should be ashamed, and started to cry. Totally stressed out by that time. I still had to wait a long time before someone came to service the room and he was shocked that no one had been there for 4 days. I came very close to sweeping the floors and dumping all the dirt in their lobby - it was ridiculous.
The restaurant food was very expensive and very average - expect for the Chicken Naan wrap. That was delicious - we had it every day at lunch. The bars had very little selection however the bartender did know how to make creative mixed drinks. The drinks were VERY expensive. Simple beers were exhorbant.
Every area was understaffed - or the staff was not motivated to do much. The pool was not cleaned thoroughly - and they started cleaning too late in the morning. We rented a cabana and it was not setup or cleaned when we arrived. We had to do it because no one was available to set it up. No one was cleaning the pool area - except for taking our food before we could finish it. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
The beach was closed off all day for late afternoon/evening weddings and they didn’t open the beach the next day until late afternoon/evening so people couldn’t use it pretty much all weekend. Horribly managed. We basically made things happen for ourselves by moving our own lounges and clearing glasses and cigarette butts - it was shameful.
I have never heard staff be so down on their work place - and their impression of management was horrible. It was very obvious to everyone that there was something very wrong.
The only reason I gave one star is their Watersports team - they are great. Good equipment, nice staff, helpful instruction, and easy to work through the process of renting it. Seemed expensive - some of it should have been part of the resort fee like the snorkel and masks - but after all that went wrong, it was good.
As I said before, we will never return. Marriott’s survey will have more detail in it because it is an embarrassing property for their family.
A wow entrance with soothing fountains, lissome greeters in pale blue linen shirts and khaki Bermuda shorts. Offered a complimentary pineapple mojito prior to going to my luxurious room in the Reef Tower. Room had a ceiling fan, comfy beds, modern bathroom and large balcony overlooking aqua, calm water. Delicious buffet breakfast with bountiful, beautiful berries, freshly baked pastries and crispy bacon. Your resort bracelet entitles you to all resort activities and sports. Total relaxation and pampering available at the Spa. I was attending a meeting but hope to return as a vacationer.
Good service. Beautiful property in a great area. Very clean. Rooms are up to date with iPods in each room for guests to use. We were upgraded to a bay front room with a soaking tub and lovely balcony with chaise lounges. The pool area has cabanas you can rent with TVs. Will definitely visit again.
This was our third year to Playa Largo. The first was shortly after opening and only one tower was open. This year even more people were in on the “off” season then we have seen in the last 2 years. Some changes have taken place. If you are Platinum Elite, do not expect the pampering you have seen in the past. No more platinum wrists bands or free beverage cup. You do get the Congenital Breakfast free. This was not offered in the past. The morning breakfast has gotten MUCH better.
The menu at Sol has some great new items. If you are there for sunset you want to request table 80 and if not available 81 is the next best. After that, just pick water view seating.
$12 for the free refill non-alcoholic beverages. A good deal.
Seemed to move much smoother poolside. All items are billed to the room with an 18% tip added directly to the bill. No one was chasing you down for closing the check. The fish taco’s poolside were $22!! A bit over the top, but I paid it and they were really good.
I will be back in 2019 to make it four years in a row!!