Although we only stayed one night, it was worth it. Our room was on the bottom level facing the bay in the main resort part (apparently the buildings across the Overseas Highway on the canal side are part of the resort too). You can tell it's an older resort, but not a terrible place to stay. They offer several different room types ranging from studios to townhomes. We did not go explore the other side, so this review is for the Bay side buildings only.
The property is pretty with a tropical vibe from the bay, tiki huts and hammocks. Based on the name, I was expecting a larger 'resort', but even though it's not huge, it does offer a lot to do including fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, paddlewheels, swimming pool, outdoor grills, and lots of hammocks. The setting works well for a family-friendly vacation or a couples-only trip (if you don't mind kids being around).
There is a sandy beach for sunning and such, but if you want to swim in the bay, the rocks on the shoreline can make entering the water difficult. Around the pier, it looked like there was easier/softer access. Also, wear water shoes! The pool was clean, but HOT.
Our room was nice and clean with a small kitchenette that included a stove, fridge and microwave. It was a comfy and well-kept room, although a bit tired looking. We had absolutely amazing views of the bay and the sunset right from the porch in front of our room!
The resort is located in the small and sleepy town of Layton, which is about an hour and a half drive from Key West. Seven Mile Bridge is about 30 minutes, and Key Largo around 45-minutes. However, there is not much to do as far as nightlife. The isolated locale is definitely serene and relaxed, so if you are looking for tons to do, you may want to consider another Key. There is a mini mat and grocery within walking distance, and The Little Italy restaurant (pls note that there was a remodel planned for after we left, so I've no clue if the restaurant is still Italian food or what) on the property. It was pretty good for dinner, but the complimentary breakfast left a bit to be desired.
My biggest complaint was a horrible smell that reminded me of rotten eggs either coming from the bay or what looked like an area to catch high waters that had sitting water in it. Yuckl! Apparently, this smell can be a natural occurrence, but it was bad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the Keys, 1/2 way from Miami to Key West....Comfortable, reasonable rates, a great place to relax and enjoy spectacular sunsets. We are quiet and peaceful. Mini suites with kitchens, large suites with 2 bedrooms and basic standard hotel rooms. Most with a water view. Free parking, free wi-fi and complimentary continental breakfast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lime Tree Bay Hotel Long Key