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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My fiance just mention to Violet at the sandbar that he was going to propose! She help take pictures, had the band give the microphone to Bob and played a romantic song just for us! Lots of Marroitt workers helped. And It was over the top romantic. Thank you Violet, Henry, band, Monte, SoSo! Thank you Marroitt!!
My husband and I just stayed here for three nights for a work conference. This is a beautifully decorated hotel. The pool are is amazing - the landscaping, the view, and delicious poolside food and drinks. We mainly had Kevin as our waiter and he was awesome!! We also had Jordan one day - such a great guy. Every single staff member at this hotel was smiling and friendly. Our room was clean & comfortable. I’d love to return for a vacation.
The property layout and location is very nice and the staff servicing the property couldn't be any nicer. That said, more staff are needed. They have iPads to use to try to eliminate staff handling guest requests (such as room service), but neither our or our friends' iPad worked (and we were both in suites right on the water - i.e., in rooms which, for the price, you would expect to work seamlessly), so the only way to communicate with any portion of the hotel was through the single operator. This would have been okay except that I called for 45 minutes one morning and no one answered. I was glad there was no emergency which needed attention. Also, the menu in their finest restaurant should have offered lobster or crab, especially when it was it season (as it was). Instead they offer pastas or potatoes with sprinkles of frozen crab or lobster at resort prices. That said, we would return for the convenience of the property w/r/t the bay and the smiles on the faces of the employees. The rooms are typical of a Marriott, but priced like the former Starwood "Luxury Collection", St. Regis and Ritz Carltons. Marriott furniture and other accoutrement are superficially nice, but inexpensive and already, after only a few years, need replacement at this hotel. Also, they need tables on the patios or balconies and at least two chairs in the room which could be used to eat at a table when you have room service (you shouldn't have to sit and eat on the bed when you have reserved a room that is over 600 sq. ft. The hotel needs another decorator for the rooms and more staff. Thanks to the lovely staff that is there, however.