If you are considering a vacation to the Florida Keys and you are looking to stay at the Casa Marina Resort Key West, YOU NEED TO READ THIS FIRST! Or, if you are similar to us & you want to see some actual resort footage, you can watch our full Casa Marina Resort Review HERE instead or see some photos HERE.
Before I tell you why we wont be going back, lets do a quick price breakdown of our stay, our savings hack, and what you can expect if you stay at the Casa Marina Resort in Key West.
Just as we had mentioned before, when we stayed at Margaritaville (now Opal Key- read or watch it), Key West is one of the most expensive Florida Keys to stay on. Here's an example of cost when we stayed at the Casa Marina Resort (cost will fluctuate depending on time of year).
1 night @ $279 (1 King bed room- no breakfast in JULY)
+ $35 tax
+ $45 resort fee
+ $29 parking fee (per car & per day)
= $388 🤯
- 3% cash back (Rakuten)
- $24 via Orbitz Orbucks
= $352 (Total Price after TRAVEL SAVINGS HACKS)
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❗ TRAVEL SAVINGS HACK ❗
We had 2 discounts applied to bring the price down just a smidge (you can get these discounts as well). I know its not much, but a buck is a buck is a buck...right?! We use Rakuten rewards & Orbitz rewards programs. Both are free to join, and they essentially give you cash back when you use their websites.
👉 FIRST IMPORTANT STEPS to saving on your stay...
1. Join Rakuten ( all you need is an email )
3. Click 'Shop Now' to activate % cash back & be directed to Orbitz site
👉 FINAL STEPS to second discount...
4. Once on Orbitz, search your destination, select the flights/hotel/rooms you want
5. BEFORE SUBMITTING FOR PAYMENT, create a login ➡ this is were your 2nd discount is built/received by getting 'Orbucks'.
Just like anything, you gotta put in a little 'behind the scenes' work to saving that hard earned vacation money!
ALSO CHECK the following for other possible savings:
3. Costco Travel ( must be a member with Costco)
4. VRBO ( vacation homes/ condos - you can DEFINITELY find better rates here!)
* To SEE all of these items, watch our VIDEO HERE
* Be sure to check Groupon for anything dealing with Barefoot Billy's!
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Ah yes... the piece of information you have been the most interested in... why we wont stay at the Casa Marina Resort in the future. I'll be honest, when you first arrive to the Resort, it looks AMAZING! The beach and grounds were so incredibly inviting and most of the time, if you see the outdoors area looking like a million bucks... you would assume the room would be similar... mmm ya... not exactly true here.
If I stay somewhere that is costing me over $300 for only a one nights stay, I expect it to feel clean, for one, to be in 'well kept condition', & to NOT be surprised by a roach in the middle of the night 🤢 .... & I would assume you would feel the same way?!
Ill be honest, when I posted our Casa Marina Resort review on YouTube (watch it here), I was so surprised by the amount of backlash from people, saying the roach wasn't a big deal..... to each their own I suppose?! If you are a bug fan and this doesn't bother you, by all means, enjoy your stay 👍 . But, this wasn't the case for us. The Resort had some of the most pristine & well maintained grounds, but when it came to the room & gym interiors, we felt like the ball was dropped. It's definitely time for a 'facelift'.
We were trying to be honest about our stay, and wanted to let other people know of our findings. I had almost considered deleting the video, but that's wrong too. We are not interested in hurting anyone's feelings, and at the same time, we are going to be honest about our reviews!
Sorry this was a bit long winded, but we felt it was a necessary discussion... especially if you are expecting an immaculate stay in Key West & considering the Casa Marina Resort...
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