• Adult-only policy and lush grounds create a quiet, secluded vibe
  • Beautiful beach with cushioned loungers and tables
  • Elegant, tropical rooms have kitchenettes, TVs, and outdoor spaces
  • Rooms have free coffee, snacks, and high-end Malin + Goetz toiletries
  • Saltwater oceanfront pool with sunbeds and thatched cabanas
  • Free continental breakfast can be taken anywhere on the property
  • Free bicycles, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment
  • Ample restaurants and bars within a five-minute drive
  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property
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  • No lunch or dinner service
  • No gym or full spa
  • Wi-Fi can be spotty
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Bottom Line

This property sustained significant damage due to Hurricane Irma in September 2017 and is currently closed. We will update our review as soon as we have more information. The three-pearl Ocean House is a charming adult-only property with a quiet setting along a private beach and lush grounds. At just eight rooms, the resort feels peaceful and private. Large, airy rooms have elegant tropical decor, free Wi-Fi, and kitchenettes, plus all come with furnished balconies or terraces. There's no full restaurant or gym, but there are a pretty ocean-view pool and free bicycles, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment. Additional, a free continental breakfast that can be taken anywhere on the property. This is one of the top options for a romantic getaway in the Keys, but rates are pricey. For a similar boutique experience at a slightly lower price point, consider the Kona Kai Resort on Key Largo.

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  • Cribs
  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool

Oyster Hotel Review

Ocean House


Beautiful design, adult-only policy, and just eight rooms create a secluded island experience

The Ocean House is a charming waterfront property with only eight rooms and adult-only policy (16 and over). The exterior and grounds look like they were plucked from a travel brochure: Lush tropical gardens have winding pathways and tucked-aside picnic areas, a wide porch with a thatched palm roof and rocking chairs, and a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs. It all combines to form a secluded, relaxed, boutique island experience with few guests and attentive (but unobtrusive) service. Public spaces are limited to outdoor areas, and the small private beach and adjacent pool are the best of the bunch. This is undoubtedly one of the most romantic and well-maintained hotels for couples in the area, but prices reflect this. 

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Located off the main road of Islamorada, along a private beach

As the Keys continue to grow as a tourist destination, Ocean House feels ever more secluded. Set off from the Overseas Highway, the Ocean House is in a quiet setting along a private beach. It's still just a four-minute walk from highly rated restaurants such as Mexicana Moreda and Bayside Gourmet, plus dozens more can be reached in a five-minute drive. Within the Keys region, the hotel is located an hour and 45 minutes by car from Key West and its airport, and just 24 minutes from Key Largo. For guests flying in through Miami, the drive to the property is about an hour and 40 minutes. 

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Rooms are airy, with furnished balconies and beautiful views of the grounds

The eight elegant and spacious rooms are decorated in classic island decor consisting of wood and wicker furniture, crisp white linens, and floral and bird artwork and accents. They're supplied with full-size refrigerators, microwaves, free snacks, bottled water, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and fresh cream. Beautiful furnished balconies or terraces have privacy curtains between rooms and garden or distant ocean vistas. Also standard are flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, dining tables, and sitting areas. Bathrooms have either showers, shower/tub combos, or whirlpool tubs, plus they're stocked with top-tier Malin + Goetz toiletries and hairdryers. 

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Lovely oceanfront pool, plus free continental breakfast

The Ocean House's most notable feature is undoubtedly its small but pretty private beach. It's lined with cushioned loungers, a couple of dining tables, and hammocks. There are free kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and paddleboards for those who want to do more than sunbathe. Set back from the beach is a well-maintained saltwater pool with two cabanas and several sunbeds, plus lots of towels. Adjacent to the pool is a thatched-roof pavilion with games tables, magazines, and fans for a breeze. The property continues the tranquil feeling with lush grounds, meandering paths, and fire pit with Adirondack chairs.

Although there's no restaurant on-site, the free continental breakfast can be delivered anywhere on the property -- poolside cabanas, room balconies, or tiki huts included. Meals can also be ordered in from local establishments by the staff for a nominal catering charge. There are no gym or full spa on-site, either, but free bicycles are available and in-room massages can be arranged. Wi-Fi is free throughout but can be spotty.

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  • Air Conditioner

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Room Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Swim-Up Bar

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