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Reviewed 20 March 2017

This is a super unique small hotel which has survived almost a 100 years. Back in the day, presidents and rock stars visited.
Now its a smaller venue, but clean,quiet and convenient. They have short hours, and the price is right. Bring Cash.. no credit cards.The Wifi works well in the main building, but accommodations are in close by triplex houses.

Room Tip: all the rooms are nice, have a fridge, updated bathrooms, clean
  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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1  Thank Crawdevil
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

On our way back to Bonita Springs from Miami someone suggested we detour to the Everglades Rod and Gun Club for lunch. I really didn't want to go, but majority ruled...and I am so glad they did! The place itself is very historic, interesting, and worth a visit without the food, but, oh my, the food is well worth the detour. We sat on a pleasant patio with the pool on one side and the river on the other. Our server, Billy Morgan, was top notch. Helpful, knowledgeable, pleasant, and willing to go above and beyond...but more about that later. The guys ordered the Alligator bites as an ap for the table...they were tender, fried in a delicious batter, not the slightest bit greasy, and served with an unusual and excellent homemade dipping sauce. We each ordered the grouper sandwich for our lunch...it is served in three different ways...grilled, fried, and in a special preparation unique to the Rod and Gun Club. One of us had it grilled and the other three had it fried. It was, without exception, the FRESHEST, most delicious, perfectly prepared grouper any of us have ever eaten, and we dine out a lot. Served with French fries and cole slaw on a buttered grilled bun, we cleaned our plates. The batter was just the right consistency, thin, crisp, and oh so tasty. Not the thick gooey breading so often found on fried items, theirs was .almost tempura-like...YUM!! Bloody Marys accompanied our lunch and they make them to order so you can increase or decrease the spiciness. As to our waiter going above and beyond, one of the guys' wedding rings slipped off his finger and as luck would have it, fell thru the slats on the deck onto the ground below. You can only access that area by crawling under the deck.....which Billy did. He found the ring and returned it to our great delight and appreciation. So, as you can see, the Everglades Rod and Gun Club has much to recommend it and I would advise all of you to go a little out of your way to visit, have lunch, enjoy a little history and relax in the setting of old Florida. You won't be sorry, It's definitely worth the trip!! Say Hello, to Billy for us!!!

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Smo24411
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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.
  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank kshinhale
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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.
  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Ed G
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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
Thank Pat J
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