FLORIDA KEYS — A couple of new resorts in Islamorada and Marathon are open to guests in time for the winter season.
Fisher Inn on the site of the former Harbor Lights Hotel at mile marker 85, oceanside, is owned by the Wardman Group of Washington, D.C., and the Holiday Inn Express at the entry to Marathon became a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott with a grand opening in September. Home of the popular Sparky’s Landing Restaurant, the property has 27 new oceanfront suites adjacent to a 135-room hotel as well as a refurbished pool and boat ramp.
LeAnn Bruzewski, who used to manage Fiesta Key Resort and Pelican Cove Hotel, manages the Fisher Inn and Hadley House resorts. Hadley House at mile marker 82.7, oceanside, in central Islamorada used to be the Days Inn.
Bruzewski said the owners bought both properties within a month of each other prior to Hurricane Irma, which struck the Keys in September 2017. Harbor Lights lost a number of rooms due to flooding and wind damage, and thus the owners rebuilt some stand-alone rooms along with a new annex of 15 suites, eight of which are oceanfront, Bruzewski said.
Both Wardman properties offer amenities such as continental breakfast, beaches, use of kayaks and bicycles, and lawn games such as giant chess, ping pong, cornhole and Jenga.
Fisher Inn also has a heated pool overlooking the ocean, barbecue grills, boat slips in a marina starting at $40 per night and private boat ramp from $25 a night.
Dogs are welcome as well with a pet fee of $100 per stay. Fisher Inn’s number is 305-664-3611.
Fairfield Inn & Suites offers on-site watersports rentals, a boat ramp, free breakfast, an outdoor pool and guest rooms with a view.
General Manager Michael Weber said each room features space to work or relax with a table and chairs, a comfortable couch, refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave.
Additional hotel amenities include a fitness center, free wi-fi and a sundry and snack shop. Its phone number is 305-289-0222.
While staff said business has been a slow thus far due to COVID-19 and travel concerns, throngs of guests traditionally come when the northern states get their first taste of winter.