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“Restaurant okay but DO NOT sleep here!”
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Rod and Gun Club
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This place seems to be relying entirely on its historic value to draw customers and, historically speaking, it is a very unique and interesting place....but don't expect to be welcomed just to step back into the lobby as a sign at the front door makes it clear that you are not welcome to step inside unless you intend to buy a meal, a drink or lodging. We booked a room in advance and were given a rate of $135 but it was upped to $175 when we arrived. Barbara, the front desk clerk, was not the least bit engaging or friendly...and did not give any explanation of amenities--or the lack thereof--that we eventually discovered on our own. There are no rooms in the main lodge/club...only what they call cottages. But don't let the word "cottage" fool you as these are former cottages that have since been divided into 3 or 4 very basic motel rooms with few amenities. Our room was clean and quaint with a decent décor but few amenities. The bathroom has only a very small shower stall, no vent fan, no shampoo, conditioner, lotion or hair dryer. There was also no WIFI, no coffee maker or microwave. The nighttime temperature was down to 40 and the heating system in our "cottage" room was sorely inadequate. The lobby doesn't open until 11 am so there was no place to get coffee, let alone breakfast. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner until 8 pm...so, if you have any problems with your room between 8 pm and 11 am, there is no one to contact--you can't run to the front desk for a hair dryer or anything else. The restaurant had some very good dishes and some mediocre ones. There was no drink menu...just the basic bar stock liquors. When we asked about wine, we were told there was a house chardonnay only--no fine wine by the bottle. Not quite what we expected for the old-time elegance of the dining room. The wait staff made no effort to have their attire match the rest of the ambiance...one was dressed in leggings and a baggy top, another in blue jeans and a third in athletic shorts and top. Our waitress was friendly and efficient, but we simply didn't feel that the whole experience was worth $120 tab for dinner for two. Back to the room, we were given no information for checking out, thought we had seen something about 7 am breakfast but the main building/office/restaurant were still all locked up when we left at 9:30 am. (There is a lot of interesting history in this place but, if you want to see it, I recommend just stopping in for lunch or a drink. The sautéed alligator bites would be a good choice.)

Room Tip: Just don't sleep here.
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

My wife and I stayed there one night and it was like stepping back in time. People were great, and setting was out of the past. We loved it. Everything worked well, and the food and service were good. We'll go back and spend a few days and do some fishing too.

Room Tip: it looked like all the cottages were about the same--ask for a room on the river.
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  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

We ended up in Everglades City on the way to the Keys, and were recommended the Rod and Gun club. And it was a bit like stepping into a parallel universe! Lots of stuffed animals in the public areas, and a live lizard on the wall in our room!
Everywhere was very quiet - in fact, we were asked to leave the main building soon after dinner - I ordered a glass of wine and it was given to me in a plastic cup!
Having said that, our dinner was fantastic - and the staff, without exception, were lovely.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

A gracious, wide, serene verandah looking out at the Baron River was the setting for our lunch. We had the seafood salad - delicious. Marilyn, our server, was friendly and helpful. She filled us in on the history of this place. So glad we decided to try it! Wonderful to sit there and imagine what it was like years ago when the guests arrived by boat to hunt and fish in the Everglades and stay here.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

We ended up opting to stay in Everglades City after a day of exploring. We chose the Rod & Gun b/c they advertised cottages, full service restaurant and bar. I was pleasantly surprised, walking into the main lobby at the beautiful woodwork, large verandah and just an overall "Old Florida" feel. I immediately asked if they had a cottage available, we took a look at it and decided to stay for the night. Barbara checked us in and was a treat to talk too. She's been at the Inn a long time and quite knowledgeable. The king cottage we rented was a king bedroom, medium sized bathroom and a screened front porch. We enjoyed sitting out there before we went to bed. Our room and bathroom was very clean. I didn't find a thing the housekeepers forgot and would give them a 10 on cleanliness. We had drinks and appetizers in their restaurant...conch fritters are really good. We found out the bar wouldn't be opening (this was a Saturday night) but they could serve drinks in the restaurant...which closed up at 9PM. Our dinner was pretty very nice. Certainly, this place is a nice find if you're venturing into the Everglades. The only thing I would highly recommend to the Inn owners are deadbolt locks for the cottages. I was not comfortable with the simple handle lock on our door. Other than that, we would definitely stay here again. It's sort of a step back in time...probably nothing else like it in Florida.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rod and Gun Club

Address: 200 Riverside Dr, Everglades City, FL 34139-0190
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Everglades City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Everglades City
Price Range: $152 - $218 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Rod and Gun Club 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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