My husband and I booked this place last minute because they were reasonably priced and we needed somewhere to stay while we inspected some property. The gentleman who took our reservation kindly gave us a $180/night duplex efficiency for $125/nt. Big Pine Key is one of the least developed Keys, and this place is at the bridge to No Name Key, which has no electricity. There are cottages and one duplex, a small pool, a marina, and that's about it. When we arrived about 4:30, the desk clerk/ marina mgr. explained that the room would not be ready for another 45 minutes or so. He offered to start a tab for us if we wanted to buy some bait and beer. We declined, checked in, paid for the rest of our stay, and were going to go for a walk, but decided to stop at the duplex and ask the maid, who had just arrived outside of it, if we could look at the room first. She explained it was not yet cleaned, but we could take a look if we wanted. We were totally turned off as soon as we walked in. Granted, it was not yet cleaned. However, I don't see how the maid could have cleaned it enough in 45 minutes to make us like it. It smelled mildewy and dirty, the 2 small mattresses in the bedroom were in rough shape and needed to be replaced, the refrigerator was rusty, the futon looked very dirty (hopefully the cover was going to be removed and washed). We went right back to the office and asked for our money back. We were unable to get our $125 deposit back. We went down Hwy 1 and got a room at Parmers Resort for about $20 more/nt. It was smaller but spotless, with nice mattresses, clean new carpet, nice bathroom, fresh fruit and contintental breakfast included, etc.. I don't know if the cottages at Old Wooden Bridge are any nicer, as their website says they've done some renovations. I would say this place is best for a bunch of guys who want to do a lot of fishing and drinking w/o their wives/girlfriends and aren't too particular about their surroundings. While it was explained before I booked that the deposit was non-refundable, others I talked to said they'd gotten/given refunds when the reason for cancellation was the condition of the room. Except for the no refund, staff were friendly and helpful.
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