Florida Keys, United States

Casa Morada

Rates from (ex tax)$379.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD426.38), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Minimalist bayside beauty

Setting

Palm-shaded strip of Islamorada

Forget everything you knew about the Florida Keys being kitschy and meet Casa Morada hotel on Islamorada, a tasteful tropical escape with large minimalist rooms and a freshwater pool – carved into the expansive pristine beach – surrounded by palm-trees strung with hammocks. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico are only steps away. We'll take these keys to Florida any time.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

16 suites.

Check–Out

11am, but can by pushed to 1pm with advance notice. Earliest check- in, 3pm, though guests are welcome to arrive early and use the pool.

Rates

Double rooms from $379.00, excluding tax at 12.5 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD426.38), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast, minibar snacks, yoga classes on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and use of bikes, kayaks and paddle boards.

Also

Get the ball rolling with a game of bocce on the hotel’s court. There is also free yoga offered Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9am on the island.

At the hotel

CD/DVD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, Malin & Goetz toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Every suite is simply decorated with Mexican antiques, but only Sea View Suites have picture-perfect views of the bay, and a private terrace that is perfect for watching the spectacular sunsets. Opt for the Iguana, the largest suite, which overlooks the bay and includes a private outdoor deck and a Jacuzzi. The Manatee also overlooks the Florida Bay, and has an especially large tub with a rain showerhead in the bathroom.

Poolside

Set apart from the hotel by a footbridge, the heated freshwater pool is carved into a small sandy island in the bay, alongside a snack cabana, gazebo and hammocks.

Packing tips

Bring a waterproof camera to snap the manatees as they float by. And fret not about forgetting sunscreen and bug spray: the hotel has a small supply for sale by reception.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs are welcome; you'll be charged a non-refundable $75 deposit. The hotel can provide dog beds, bowls, treats and a list of pet-friendly restaurants. See more pet-friendly hotels in Florida Keys.

Children

Leave them at home: Casa Morada only accepts young adults 16 and older.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

There are no bad views here, but the tables nearest to the water get the best breezes.

Dress Code

You’re dining poolside, so anything goes. Cover up the swimsuits with a kaftan to shield your skin from the high noon sun.

Hotel restaurant

There is no dedicated restaurant, so guests should make plans to explore Islamorada each night for dinner. By day, the open-air café is simply decorated, with native flowers and orchids on some tables. Breakfast, which is served at the Seaview Terrace, includes fruit, cereal, granola, pastries and egg sandwiches; lunch at the Gazebo is salad, cheese plates, soup and panini.

Hotel bar

The hotel has a small bar that serves wine, beer, sake and champagne; drinks are also served poolside.

Last orders

Snacks are generally available at the Gazebo until sunset.

Room service

Continental breakfast can be delivered from 7am until 11am daily. After that, panini, salads and light bites can be brought to you until 9pm.

Location

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Address
Casa Morada
136 Madeira Road
Islamorada
33036
Islamorada
United States

Planes

The nearest airport is Miami International, about 90 miles away. Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com) flies direct from London Heathrow. From New York, catch a non-stop flight on American Airlines or Delta. The hotel cannot arrange transfers, but recommends the Florida Keys Shuttle (+1 888 765 9997). Service from Miami Airport costs approximately $80 a person.

Automobiles

Since Miami is a 90-minute drive, guests are best off renting a car to explore the Florida Keys and leave the neighbourhood each night for dinner. The hotel offers free parking.

Other

Mariners can arrive by boat: the hotel has slipways.

Worth getting out of bed for

Hit the island in time for free hour-long yoga sessions, offered on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9am. Active guests have plenty of options, including nearby tennis courts, bocce on the grounds, and bicycles for anyone who wants to explore Islamorada. Otherwise, the most fun is out on the water. The hotel provides kayaks, paddle boards and snorkelling equipment, and can set up sailing trips or guided tours of the Everglades. Need a trophy for the mantelpiece? The Florida Keys are the sport-fishing capital of the world. World Wide Sportsman (+1 305 664 4615) stocks all the gear you’ll need to catch your big fish.

Take a day trip to Key West to visit Ernest Hemingway’s home (www.hemingwayhome.com) – which still houses descendants of the author’s six-toed cats – and stroll down Duval Street, which is the Bourbon Street of Key West. While there, take a ferry (+1 305 294 7009 or www.yankeefreedom.com) to the Dry Tortugas, where you can see shipwrecks and sea creatures through the clear water.

Local restaurants

A mile from the hotel, Morada Bay Beach Café (+1 305 664 0604) is a laid-back beachy spot for a dinner with sunset views. The menu includes local fish crudo, coconut rice and conch salad. If your visit coincides with the full moon, stop by for the restaurant’s wild parties, which are set around bonfires with live music. Near the Beach Café, more formal colonial-style restaurant Pierre’s (+1 305 664 3225) serves French-Caribbean dishes, including smoked hogfish chowder and cornmeal-dusted grouper cheeks.

Local cafés

 Around mile marker 80, the brightly coloured Midway Café sells smoothies, omelettes, pastries and tangy key lime pie to takeaway or eat on the shady back patio (+1 305 664 2622).

Local bars

 At sunset, the waterfront bar at Lorelei, a half-mile south of the hotel, fills with people sipping minty mojitos and frozen piña coladas, and admiring perfect sunset views to the beat of island music (+1 305 664 2692). 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in the Florida Keys and unpacked their sarongs and conch shells, a full account of their beach escape will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Casa Morada in Islamorada…

Like the orchids that grow in the wild Everglades, Casa Morada is a special find among its surroundings. Except in this case, that find is a serene adults-only haven in a busy tourist destination known for fried fish and family-friendliness. Palms and tropical gardens surround the 16 suites of this secluded space on the Gulf of Mexico. In the mornings, guests can practise sun salutations by the bay at yoga classes, or sip Florida orange juice by the pool. Come evening, cocktails are served as guests watch the sinking sun cut orange streaks across the horizon. But the best action happens on the water, where guests can snorkel in search of manatees, kayak the Gulf or cast a line in pursuit of the biggest fish. 

The white bedrooms are exquisite places to sleep at the end of the day. Each is decorated with Mexican antiques, simple furniture and crisp linens, with large windows out, and a private terrace, many of which are set by the sea. Fittingly, there are also orchids in the room. Perhaps they’re meant as a reminder of just how rare and special Casa Morada is.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Casa Morada’s Guestbook below.

We loved

...every single thing... a real delight with beyond top service, nothing too much trouble... really excellent.

Don’t expect

anything negative, just relax....

Rating

Stayed on 11 Nov 2016

We loved

The secluded areas. The quiet vibe. The fabulous in room facilities. Recommend Mangrove Mike's - perfect for a quick, very Floridian, lunch

Don’t expect

Gourmet food, or a large hotel

Rating

Stayed on 13 Mar 2016

We loved

A perfect place to unwind at the end of our tour of the Keys. The quality and friendliness of the service. Sipping Champagne on the island whilst watching dolphins in the sunset. A sunset cruise with Captain Bill, leaving from right outside our room. The variety and quality of food in local restaurants.

Don’t expect

Evening dining cooked in the hotel, but staff will order in and serve a meal from a local restaurant if you would like to eat in your room or on the island.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Jan 2016

We loved

The peace and calm, the staff, and the view.

Don’t expect

Loud music or a late bar.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Dec 2015