We booked a week here based on “Bring Fido” and the BayView website. This was our second choice as our first choice, in Marathon, was full. It is described as Old Keys and it has a certain charm about it and can be quaint and beautiful.
Old Keys means no housekeeping, no phones or alarm clocks. Bring your own. You clean your own apartment and beds. If you need towels, etc., you exchange them at the office. However, Old Keys meaning old fashioned and run down is about right for this place. Although our apartment was well appointed with a large refrigerator, stove and coffee maker, it was also kind of shop worn.
I could see the signs of the hurricane which passed through the Keys a year ago.
The bedding was atrocious. The mattresses were lumpy with actual valleys where you could roll into and hard lumps everywhere. They were in bad need of replacement. Maintenance is non existent. With electrical outlets which don’t work and door locks which need WD40 at least. The shower has mold in it which shows poor housekeeping
We were very disappointed at the beach.
The website pictures showed a beautiful beach. The pictures must have been stock photos from somewhere else. In reality it is is little more than a sandy patch with beach chairs. The so called beach itself was piled with coral rocks (see pictures). THERE IS NO BEACH!!! At least no access to the water. Again, there is no beach and the pictures on the website are false! One of the main reasons I selected this inn was for the beach and there is no beach.
In the evening I spoke to a person, Jay, who was there looking to buy the place. He was an established contractor from North Carolina and we chatted about what was needed. He also said the beach needed to be restored as well as the apartments and grounds. He and his wife seem to be the people to do it. Right now it is owned by a group of women who are struggling to make this resort a going thing. They are very nice and helpful but hotel management is not their forte. I did meet some other people who are regulars here and they seem to enjoy roughing it and overlook the problems.
Hopefully, this will all change with new owners. It is a beautiful, charming location which needs some TLC as well as honest description on their website. My advice is to first ask who is the owner and to request some recent pictures of the beach and rooms although I wouldn’t stay there again. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.