I decided to spend my birthday at the Hawks Cay resort in Duck Key, which is a short 2-hour drive from my home in Miami Beach. I had read good reviews about the resort and was very much looking forward to enjoying my time there. Overall, the stay was okay -- I was only there one night -- but I think they can do better.
The best thing about the resort is the giant fire pit. We thoroughly enjoyed being able to recline in comfortable chairs around the fire pit, cocktail in hand. The live band was an added bonus, although I suspect that they don't know songs from bands other than The Counting Crows and Sublime. I was disappointed that the lounge and the music end at 10pm. It felt early for the night to come to an end.
Our experience checking in was frustrating. Having made the reservation through an online travel agency, I thought I knew exactly which room I would receive. The front desk, though, gave us a very different room, which required two phone calls and another visit to the front desk to rectify. The room we ended up with was fine -- standard king bed and a view of the parking lot -- but the bathrooms are clearly an afterthought. Industrial and functional, there is nothing comfortable about the two-room bathroom (with no privacy door, oddly). The bathroom doesn't make or break the room, but storing towels in the closet is strange.
The staff at the hotel is very friendly, and the facilities are clean. Admittedly I didn't check out the fitness center or spa, or the restaurants on the property. With the cost of the hotel room and the inexplicable resort fee, I didn't feel compelled to eat at either of the two early-hour restaurants. By the way, closing the kitchen at 9pm on a Saturday night is not a great way to encourage young professionals, singles, or childless couples to visit the resort.
Overall, the experience was okay. We made the best of it, but I don't think I'll be returning.
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- Also Known As:
- Hawks Cay Hotel Duck Key
- Hawks Cay Duck Key
- Duck Key
- Hawk Cay Resort
- Hawks Key
- Hawks Cay Resort Duck Key, Florida