We were a group of five - four adults and one child (toddler). From the beginning, we knew we wanted a place that could feel like our home away from home. The condo is very much like the photos online, newly updated with comfortable and tasteful furnishings and decor. The kitchen was exceptionally equipped, including a dishwasher, lots of dinnerware, silverware, glassware, pots/pans, cooking utensils, and coffee maker that could do both a pot of coffee or k-cups. We were able to easily cook our breakfasts there before beginning our daily excursions and weren't in needed of anything but our groceries. And in the evenings, the bar area made a nice place for us to unwind with snacks and drinks. We've stayed in a lot of rentals and this was by far the best kitchens we've ever had to use.
The condo is on the 5th floor so you have a great views of the building grounds and gulf side of Islamorada without being right at street-level noise. The balcony is small but perfect for a couple to sit outside (bar height chairs) and watch the sunset.
Beds were comfortable (king in the master) and the bunk-bed/trundle is where we stayed with our 2-year old son, while snug, but worked well for us. Lots of drawer space in both bedrooms for clothes and plenty of hangers in the master closet too. Both baths are smaller per the condo size but are newly tiled/updated and have great showers.
In the condo, Mark has thought of everything. There are ceiling fans in the master and living areas that keep the air moving and the space comfortable. There's a smaller washer/dryer unit for freshening up clothes and towels, a collapsible drying rack to hang swimwear and wet towels, brooms and other cleaning tools for tidying up, extra pillows, blankets, etc. Cable TVs in both bedrooms, with a large TV in the living room that you can access the Internet and Netflix on (if you have an account). My husband and father enjoyed the NCAA tournament while my mother and I watched a movie.
Mark (the owner) was quick and responsive to our questions about how to access the Internet. When our a/c started acting up last day he promptly called in a serviceman and it was fixed within hours.
Probably our favorite feature of the property was the pool. It's generously sized, newly re-done and heated with lots of sun-loungers, tables, chairs and umbrellas on the surrounding deck. There's showers and bathrooms in the "club house" right there. Every evening we went down for a swim in the pool and it was heaven after our long days of exploring the islands.
A bonus: With proof of your rental agreement you are entitled to use Founders Park just down the road from the condo complex. Normally the fee is $10 per adult but it's free to island residents, including renters. We went there a few times for its large sandy beach, Easter Egg hunt and splash pad.
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