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
Hotel is very lux .Check in was great, was very smooth. Check in cocktail was delicious. Amenities are in par to what is expected in a boutique hotel. We personally buy Molton Brown for hand and body use at home, seeing at the property made us say "Very Nice". iPad feature is also excellent and everything essentially available at finger tip(room service, reservations). Room and floor was clean upon arrival.Smelled and looked great. Shower glass door needs to be cleaned better. Bed was comfortable. After our first night the housekeeper made our room and did some cleaning. Upon our return we could smell the use of a dirty rug. It smelled like dirty feet. I highly recommend for housekeeper to be coached to not use dirty rug or water to clean surfaces and/or floor. This ruined our last two days as the smell was bad. We even checked our own feet, cloths in case it was us, but it was coming from the counter top and floor. Pool area was excellent and we stayed during the week so it was very relaxing. No loud people or loud noise. Considering that this is boutique hotel, not sure the flags in the chairs go with the feel of the hotel. Maybe because the pool area was not as busy, it almost made us feel like we were lazy to not walk to the sand bar to ask for drinks/food. Nobody came to ask us if we needed something, so we did walk to the sand bar. When we did walk to the sand bar there were 2 bartenders and 3 staff members hanging around. The bartenders were actually cleaning but the 3 other staff were just siting and talking with each other.. Bartenders took our orders and continued with their cleaning. We went back to the chairs not knowing if we would have our food delivered or not. The food was brought out to our chairs. Once again, we finished drinks we walked back to the bar. I would personally recommend to the restaurant manager to coach their staff to still walk around and make sure guests are ok. We only had 4 drinks on the first day, if they came around to make sure we were ok. I think we would have ordered at least 3x the number of drinks. I must say the Barbacoa and Srimp tacos and fries were amazing. On our second day, we went out to breakfast at a local restaurant, before leaving the hotel we stopped at gift shop. There were two ladies taking merchandise out of boxes. One of them asked my parter if they could hold or place the coffee in the counter. He said no thanks i'm ok. The lady responded back very unprofessionally, we ask that guests leave the coffee in the counter since there is clothing and don't want any spills. Umm, first, the coffee had a lid and secondly we are adults and can manage holding a coffee. This person needs to be coached on customer service. She is more interested in following the rules instead of helping us or making a sell. We were really interested in the hats, which by the way are $30 or so, but we really liked them. My parter responded by saying "that's ok we are leaving now". We stopped at CVS and purchased a hat for $6 dollars. Upon returning from our breakfast with our friends, we headed to the pool. There was a bit more people this time. Still not loud and ver relaxing. Once again we found staff in the sandbar area just hanging around. We did not order food this time but had 1 run of drinks. My overall recommendation, during off season,the hotel staff should focus on the customers that are there to make as much sales as possible and provide a better experience. I'm rating the hotel an 8 out of 10 this time. The hotel is very nice, great location, very relaxing and the food was great thus we will return. Hopefully next time the staff is more tentative and customer service focused.
Coming down from Fort Lauderdale, we wanted to visit the Keys and decided to stop by in the island named Key Largo: so we found out this hotel online and went there without any booking.
The valet and receptionists welcomed us nicely and they gave us an elegant,well-furnished room for 229 dollars per night, plus 39 dollars as resort fee, occupancy and state taxes (total cost of the room for three people $ 299,56).The resort is overall beautiful in our opinion but let's take a look at its pros and cons.
- the interior design and furnishing of the hotel are very good and caribbean style;
- rooms are elegant, spacious, and silent, with large and comfy beds and a fine bathroom; the rooms are placed in different locations around the main lobby, divided in 4 blocks;
- handy self parking, included in the room price;
- the continental breakfast is very good, including orange juice, coffee, some good sweets and cakes, fruits and yogurt at your convenience, the price being quite cheap, about 19 dollars per person. Otherwise, there is a much more expensive american breakfast available for guests at around 40 dollars per person;
- cleaning is taken care of;
- pool area is of a decent size, with a little area dedicated to live music;
- the gym is quite good.
- every location is decorated with typical flowers and plants from the tropical jungle. You sometimes also have the change to spot some little or medium sized iguanas running around or sunbathing.
- self laundry is very complicated. The washing and drying machines in our building location didn't work at all, so we had to wait for Monday morning to turn to the reception, and after a long exchange of calls with the local manager they kept telling us that the problem was solved but it wasn't. So we tried out to change the block, but a lot of machines in the other buildings didn't work as well, so the detergent machines, until we found a new hired girl that managed to solve the problems, sending us in the only place where the machines would have worked and providing for free the detergent; unacceptable in a resort like this.
- pool area is not amazing, and is overcrowded in the afternoon, mostly because of the lack of a reserved pool just for kids;
- the beach is tiny and man made;
- the part of the sea in front of the hotel is not wonderful;
- the boat service is very expensive, they asked for 450 dollars for a 3 hours local round trip, up to five people.
We didn't try the hotel restaurants, since there are many nice places which offer a fish menu in the area.
Grades? Room 9,5 - service 7,0 - pool 7,0 - breakfast 9.
After a long trip from the uk we were greeted with a glass of champagne on arrival and the check in was easy with the proffesional staff. Are room was beautiful and clean with 2 very comfy beds, we had a pool part view which was great.The pool was amazing and the beach the kids loved snorkeling, we saw lots of fish and next to the pier we saw small nurse shark which was harmless then we saw 2 manatee right in the shallows of the beach, This hotel is awsome and the best i have been to in the USA . The only problem we had was we did not see much of key largo as we did not want to leave the resort as there was lots to do for adults and kids till late at night, cant wait to go back.