Key West >Lodging > Ibis Bay Resort
My family and I are on a budget, so I do a lot of research when planning our vacations. I try to find the best hotel/resort at the lowest price. I hit it out of the ballpark with the Ibis Bay. My 13-year-old son was all set NOT to like it, based on the places I've booked in the Wisconsin Dells (that's another review). But I could tell within a couple of hours that my son liked it. He got to go kayaking right there at the resort (in the bay, but he can still say it's the Gulf of Mexico and not be lying). He also enjoyed the pool and the very fun "Dive In Movie," which the Ibis Bay offers every Wednesday night. We all were entertained by the parrot, Lex, who lives in a cage right outside the lobby. Out room was really cute. I don't know why some people on here have complained about the size (or lack thereof). Our room was about the same size as any chain hotel room. We didn't eat much at the restaurant, the Stoned Crab, because it was outside our price range. But we did have two appetizers there -- conch & crab fritters, and coconut shrimp -- and they were both delicious. We didn't have a car, but the Ibis was within walking distance to several less pricey eateries, including a Pizza Hut, Domino's, TGI Friday's, and a really good local pizza place. There's a convenience store across the street from Ibis Bay, and a Kmart and a Walgreen's are within walking distance. We loved Key West and Ibis Bay, and would recommend them to anyone looking for a fun getaway.
Ibis Bay is Key West at its best. So
laid back it is horizontal but with style and service that would sicken bigger name hotels. We just loved the place.
Ibis Bay is just on the edge of downtown Key West so it is easy to get to and because it is slightly out of town, it has space. Space for private beaches, a giant tortoise sanctuary, parrots, hammocks in the palm trees, jet ski hire, a huge pool, bar, restaurant...
Best of all, the place is immaculate. A team of quiet, efficient guys and some birds are up at dawn making sure your resort is pristine at all times.
I can fault most places but I cannot fault Ibis Bay Beach Resort. Like Arnie, I'll be back.
We stayed at Ibis Bay for our first night in Key West because I really wanted to have some time down at the other end of the island. When we first got there I was very worried as I saw tons of kids on spring break but we had no problems at all. The staff was so nice at the front desk and really took great care of us. At night the staff did a great job at making sure there was no loud noise and we had a great sleep. The next day we did not check into our condo in old town until 4:00 and the staff let us hang out at the pool for the day and even watched our luggage. We had breakfast and lunch at the Stoned Crab and you have to try the stuffed shrimp poppers, they were so good! They also make some great frozen drinks at the poolside bar. One thing we all really liked was that they also had a cooler with cold water by the pool (nice touch). I think I will start every trip with a night at the Ibis from now on! Well done :) Oh and we all loved the mango soap.
This place has everything you need for a most comfortable stay. Yeah, there's no coffee maker in the room, but coffee is complementary for guests at the excellent Stoned Crab Restaurant. Service is impeccable, from the front desk to the maid service to the restaurant. The rooms and the beds are most comfortable, if a bit rustic, and ours did have a refrigerator/freezer and a free washer and dryer in a small alcove. The semi-private beach outside our french doors had a small picnic table and several hammocks, and the ibises and iguanas visited almost daily. The staff made sure we wanted for nothing -- everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and fun was provided with grace and style. The location is convenient to both the airport and downtown. And Tom's daily pool party is an absolute must.
My husband and I were doing the whole Overseas Highway and ended our trip in Key West. Ibis Bay staff was FANTASTIC - gave us best rate with a same-day arrival check-in. Bay front room - beautiful view! Romantic and laid back! Staff was wonderfully nice, helpful - room clean and completely 50s retro cute. Couldn't have been happier! Much love to the tortoise on-site, too - what an awesome guy he is!
I highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Key West. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the hammocks spread around the grounds are spectacular, the pool was refreshing and the waterfront view is great. The location is perfect for riding bikes around the island or downtown to Duvall St. The staff was extremely helpful and courteous, especially Tracy, who we spoke to originally to set up our reservations. We had a death in the family and had to leave a day early, Tracy and Claudine took care of getting us checked out early without any problems. In addition to a great place to stay, I recommend the kite-boarding lessons to anyone who wants to give it a try. Matt and his staff were excellent. A microwave would be nice to have available in the room. We will definitely go back next year.
We loved the resort, loved Lexi the bird and the turtles, having the wildlife made it a fun experience, the rooms are fun and very clean, the staff is wonderful, the Manager was extremely accommodating as our plane left late in the day so she arranged to have our check out extended which we were grateful for . The onsite Stoned Crab restaurant / bar has wonderful food and a fun atmosphere we loved Margaret the bartender and the rest of the staff. The location is convenient to the airport and beaches and within 2 miles of Duval street so a bike/scooter is a must, we rented a small car which worked out fine. It is clear that the resort is in a continuous upgrade but it's being done very low key so as not to interfere with the guests. We were honored to meet the owner Chris who was very accommodating to the questions we had about the resort and it's buildings, he is proud of his resort and deserves to be. As said before this is not a chain resort and that is a good thing. Think fun, think vintage funky and you have the vibe of the resort.
we loved this place it's in a great location and really nice! our room was real clean had fridge,tv, huge towels and maids clean room pristine everyday. it was nice to walk around the beachfront to get to our room and it was romantic with hammocks by the water. huge turtles and iguanas, birds, and fish by the water.the restaurant was extremely good we had breakfast with unlimited free coffee and dinner on the water with candles. staff very friendly and will go extra mile, Claudine was really accommodating. I would rate 6 stars best place in key west!
Ibis Bay includes its own activities desk, with on-site kayaking, paddleboarding and watercraft tours. We've never stayed at any Key West lodging with as many available options for fun! The large pool area has lots of chairs, a great view, a poolside bar and is directly connected to the Stoned Crab restaurant. We enjoyed a couple of meals at the restaurant, as well as the complimentary coffee in the morning. Visitors could easily enjoy an entire visit without leaving Ibis Bay (but you can't go to Key West without heading to Old Town!).
I love this place! Of all the places I stayed in Florida, this was the best. Very refreshing after staying in chain-resort places. Ibis Bay has nice tile floors in room. Ours had a fridge and wifi, just had to call to get the password. Loved the decor. Had a really nice, retreat feel to it. Felt like I was on vacation finally. I would definitely recommend this place, and will tell my friends about it.
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