Lime Tree Bay Resort Motel
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Today we headed off down the Florida Keys. There are 42 bridges connecting more than 100 islands over a distance of 126 miles, a pretty nice drive. Key West is the most southerly town on the US mainland & only 90 miles from Cuba. As you can imagine it is also very touristy. We tried to find a park near the southerly point monument but it was hopeless so drove in to town a bit more. Managed to find a park & decided to walk back to ...
... join us there. All was well until the sun began
to descend in the late afternoon sky....then the mosquitos found us. We
were chased inside for the remainder of the night. It was a good
shakedown trip, we discovered a few little things that needed doing.
Drawer latches to prevent full drawers from flying open are a good
thing. Next week we are going to Fiesta Key in Islamorada, one of our
very favorite places of all.
... sits on the Gulf Side of Florida near Naples. We covered a lot more of Florida by going up to Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge (to see more birds and gators) and over to Sanibel Island and up to Tampa, where we lived as kids for about 18 months. We spent a day wondering around Tampa and Clearwater Beach remembering the past.
My sister came just this past week for a few days. Unfortunately by then most of the birds had relocated. ...
... our list!
Next place was nice enough but it never looked onto the water or even a pool. After we almost killed ourselves climbing the stairs (Mom you would have hated it!) we found out that they do not accept pets- deal breaker for sure. They won't even allow for commercial vehicles so if you had a working van and lived there you would need to take the singage off. Very strange- I certainly would not be able to handle those kind of ...
The location "pin" for this entry came up as "Flamingo Lodge" which is deep in Everglades National Park at the Flamingo Park Center and which doesn't exist anymore either. There used to be a lodge there but it was heavily damaged during one hurricane and I forget which one. So it was bulldozed to the ground and has not been rebuilt although supposedly there are plans to build a new lodge there.
We headed ...
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Beware- Very misleading
We had reservations for 4 nights and as soon as I pulled in the "resort", I knew we were in trouble.The Lime Tree Resort ( we were going to stay in the "tree-house suite") is a dirty, beat up , run down place that I can recommend to anyone. I will give them credit and thanks for a full refund.
The web site is misleading. The property is not as large as it appears. The beach is particularly disappointing. This is definately a 2 diamond resort and the staff told us when we first arrived that next year there will be NO AAA discount. Although it was peaceful, you could do better in this part of the Keys. The restaurant next store served average food, just don't be in any hurry for that second cup of coffee. I would suggest the Hampton Inn just down the road. On the plus side the staff was friendly and the property was well kept.
A Tropical Paradise
Spent 3 beautiful nights there in March of 2004. Planning on going back next year for a week. A peaceful, tranquil resort with a exceptionally friendly and helpful staff. Rooms were cheerfully decorated and very clean. Daily maid service by awesome staff. Palm trees, hammocks, pool, hot tub, pier, grills, small beach, lots of lounging chairs, tiki huts etc. Even though this resort is small it is well worth visiting if you want some R&R...great restaurant next door. Did not want for anything. Terrific sunsets, no overcrowding. Some of the guests have been returning year after year and now we know why. This resort deserves 5 Star.....
Just returned from the Keys after a beautiful 5 days, 4 nights. I traveled with my daughter to get a little sun and relaxation. I was not expecting a luxury resort by any means, but, I must say, after reading a couple of very flattering reviews for the Limetree was looking forward to four nights in a little bit of paradise. We were very disappointed. I should have paid attention to the "2 star" AAA rating. The review that particularly excited us said that The Limetree Bay Resort, in Layton, Long Key, was "the finest budget place to stay in the Keys", that they "could easily charge twice as much for its sparkling rooms" (our feet were black after walking on the tile floor in our room barefoot for only a few minutes), it had a "great pool and jacuzzi" (pretty rundown) and a "sandy sunning beach"(more like a sand box) and had "the look and feel of a small luxe resort". NOT!! I must say that the staff were lovely,apologized, and they did refund my money for two nights that we did not stay there (we went elsewhere). This place absolutely has the potential to be all of the above, but I'm afraid has a way to go.
The best thing I can say is that the rooms were clean. The staff wasn't interested in answering any questions becuase I booked online through a web site, the bed was on wheels, and the location isn't convenient to anything. If you want a clean room with no amenities in the middle of nowhere this is your place. I'll definitely stay closer to Key West if I ever return to the area.
Only for families
The website for this resort is unfortunately very misleading. My husband and I were expecting something slightly more upscale and instead found a highway motel with a nice view. I would not suggest staying here if relaxation is your goal - this is a family friendly motel. The beach is extremely small and there is little privacy. The owners however are quite hospitable and the staff is friendly.
Not what we thought
First, I must say that our room was beautiful. We stayed in a cottage.
It was clean, modern and had ample space. The kitchen facilities were quite nice. I have no complaint about the interior of the cottage.
However, we were disappointed with the rest of the facility. The "beach" was about a 20' X10' space of obviously deposited sand.
Adjacent to the beach was a still area of water that smelled very badly and I'm no prude about such things. No one would want to go in this water.
The ad described the cottage as being in a secluded garden area. It was not secluded. There was a connected cottage. There was no garden except for a couple of dying potted plants near a shed.
Whoever did the photography is very skilled at putting the best representation forward through editing and angling the picture.
For us, it was not nearly worth the price of paying for a resort for just the room.
Stayed the first weekend in May 2003 for one night. I booked two standard rooms and upon check in found out that we had been upgraded to two king mini-suites with kitchens! The property is older, but appears to have been recently updated. The rooms were kind of dark, but were freshly painted and opened onto a wooden deck that faces the parking lot and across from the lot, the bay. You won't want to spend too much time in the room as the waterfront is so beautiful! They had plenty of lounge chairs and hammocks (all appeared new) set up on the bay front. There is an elevated bay front pool and spa that are also older, but very clean and comfortable. There is a boat/ wave runner rental facility next door, a tasty restaurant out front (breakfast was wonderful!), and a well-stocked convenience store across the street. Although the property entrance is right on the main road, most of the accommodations and bay fron area were away from the road and so quiet that I easily fell asleep in a hammock! I highly recommend Lime Tree and look forward to returning for a laid back, relaxing stay.
We'll be back
Along with several other families, we've been staying at Lime Tree Bay every lobster season for the past five years and expect to continue for the forseeable future. It is clean, well maintained, and the service is impeccable. Whether from the pool deck, or from the patio table in front of your room, the view of the sunset over Florida Bay is world class.
Like most places in the keys, Lime Tree Bay isn't new. The difference here is that the owners (George and Louise) live on site and are constantly reinvesting in the place. Most of the rooms have been remodeled in the past 2 or 3 years. If something breaks or doesn't work, just let Louise know about it in the office, and George is fixing it within an hour. The rooms are cleaned daily and the trash cans around the grounds are emptied continuously.
If you stay at Limetree Bay and you're not happy with the facilities and service, you should probably stay away from the keys. You can find more expensive accomodations, but you won't find anyplace better.
Lovely Lime Tree
Spent three nights at this lovely little resort April 14.Wonderful staff,nice rooms(request 131 second floor cathedral ceiling skylights and beautiful sunsets)Great restaurant nextdoor(Little Italy) Nice family resort.Highly recommend it! Also ate at the Islamorada Fish Company,wonderful food(al fresco)...don't miss the skark feeding at sunset.! Go early to the Islamorada Bakery & Restaurant for their apple strudel and hot out of the oven sticky buns.mmmmmm......