My husband and I just returned from a lovely 3 night/4 day stay at the Island House Motel on Casey Key...a charming barrier island just off the coast in Nokomis. We have nothing but good things to say about this gem of a place, and of Stacey, the woman in charge. First and foremost (for us) was its location....DIRECTLY ON THE BEACH with stunning 180 degree views of the Gulf and snow white sand for miles in either direction. The motel is a modest 2 story building that evokes the 1960's era of "old Florida." Kitchy is a word that comes to mind -- some would say "quaint", which appeals to us. CLEAN is the one that mattered to us most. And this place is IMMACULATE!! We stayed in room 11 -- upstairs, end room. It had a small kitchenette with a table/chairs, electric stove/oven, microwave, toaster oven, and coffee maker. It came complete with plenty of plates/silverware, pots/pans, utensils, etc. and a nice big fridge. Terrazzo floors throughout...small but super duper clean/maintained en suite bathroom with tub/shower combo. Main room featured a full size sofa, 2 comfy recliner chairs, a large/new dresser, closet full of hangers and a brand new color TV w/cable. The room had a Murphy bed, which at first made us a bit nervous. Wow. Were WE wrong -- any fears about a lousy/thin mattress quickly vanished the minute we laid down. Nice thick/new mattress.....and we had 3 nights of restful sleep listening to the waves crashing on our backyard beach.
But the best part is that the entire rear wall of the apartment (they refer to this as an efficiency apartment if decide to book there) is a wall of glass with a sliding glass door. The view? Nothing but gulf waves, sea grass, palm trees and a lovely assortment of wildlife flying/swimming past your room. There is a generous balcony that runs the length of the building. Each room comes with their own set of chairs/small table outside to encourage (like you'd need any encouragement..LOL) you to sit outside, watch the waves, enjoy that constant Gulf breeze, with your morning coffee or evening cocktail. And no phones in the rooms. Perfect!!!
Stacey, the manager, could not have been more accommodating. We needed to press off our clothes for a wedding and she cheerfully lent us one. I loved her little tour of the place - they are environmentally aware -- recycling, water conservation, compact fluorescent light bulbs, etc. There is no room service- but there was a limitless supply of fresh linens/towels available for the taking. We also loved that fact that there was an ample supply of beach chairs, floats, and other beach stuff for the borrowing, and the all-important outdoor shower for when you come back from the beach and need to rinse off the sand.
We will most definitely be returning here!! I'd be happy to correspond privately if you have any questions. What a thoroughly delightful getaway we had!!!Edited: 17 May 2011, 00:17