Whilst not a resort by any stretch of the imagination, we have had a fairly good stay here. It's true that you can't swim off the beach unless you go a loooong way out, but for peace and quiet, and a beautiful sunrise from the end of the dock, it's a good spot.
Our room was basic and smelled a little damp on arrival, but was clean, with a coffee maker and enough kitchen stuff to get by.
Our main complaint was the rudeness and bad attitude of the woman at the check in desk, to whom paying guests are clearly an inconvenience sent to annoy her. In an area like the Keys where good service is the norm, it really stood out as a negative.
While the hotel is at the cheaper end when booking in advance, we could have got a much better deal at a better place by leaving it late (it was just off-season), and could have got more for our money by being braver.
With no bar or other facilities to speak of, make sure you bring everything you need. There's not much within walking distance either, so if you fancy a night out on the booze you'll be needing a designated driver.
If its a simple base for exploring the Keys that you want, you could do worse, as its pretty much halfway between Key West and the mainland. If you want more than a bed and a shower, or if competent staff is your thing, look elsewhere.
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