This is our second time staying at Pelican Landing. Our group comes up yearly for the Swim Around Key West race and we love the penthouse suites where we can all stay together. This year, we waited until the last minute and the penthouses were booked. We chose to snag the last two condos available and split our group. So - the pros to this particular unit: 1) It's completely updated :) Super clean. Love the decor and furniture. Beds SUPER soft. 2) Space! Even though it's only a 2 bedroom suite, there was ample room for our large group to all eat in our condo and to hang out comfortably. 3) The door on the balcony that leads directly to the pool. I don't recall anyone mentioning that in the previous reviews, but it was a total BONUS! Last year, our pre-teens wanted to swim and we could not allow them to unless we hung out at the pool. With this unit, we could sit on our balcony and be two (or 6) steps away. We also utilized one of the gas grills on the pool deck which was awesome! Clean grill, gas powered and all we had to do was throw on the burgers! 4) Free boat slip! It was great to be able to just pull the boat up and not worry about loading/unloading. We also had two kayaks that we were able to throw around that weren't in anyone's way. We greatly appreciated the fact that we could set them on the dock and/or tie them to our boat without worries of anyone stealing them (at our own risk, of course). I also have to say that I appreciated this unit being right next to the staircase and on the lower floor. We never used the elevators. Definitely a place we will return to! Our hardest decision will be whether or not to forgo the penthouse next year to stay in this same unit! :)
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We were pleased with the spacious accommodations at the Harbor Island Retreat. The rooms were clean and they (and view) were as depicted on the TA web site. The unit was well-stocked and met all of our needs.
The location was about 1.5 miles from the heart of Key West, and we typically chose to walk into town, instead of spending time hunting for parking. In fact, we enjoyed walking down some side streets, admiring the architecture of the (very pricey!) homes. And all that walking helped to justify some great meals.
We enjoyed having breakfast on the huge patio, watching the pelicans hang out on the docks (duh! hence the name!), and we think we might have seen a manatee floating around one morning.
We booked this location because we wanted a kitchen and needed a 2 BR unit (one with 2 beds). In researching places to stay and reading reviews of other places, we appreciated the spaciousness, having our own parking lot, being a bit removed from the "action," and the value.
Not close to Duvall Street where everything is happening bit we enjoyed it and the unit was nicely decorated and had everything we needed. Huge balcony overlooking pool with a private staircase to pool. I asked for the pool to be heated and the staff bent over backwards to accommodate us.
Bath tub did not drain at all, ants were every where called about this but nothing done. Parking was very difficult. Management really didn't seem to care. Probably why this place was one of the very few places left with rooms available when we checked last minute.