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Old 05-13-2013, 06:58 AM   #1
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Hotel recommendations for Key West

We are planning a trip to key West FL sometime next Feb/March. I did some initial research yesterday and either the prices are very high or the locations are far from downtown, or the reviews are not so good.

Those of you that have been there, do you have any recommendations of a hotel within walking distance of the old town that is reasonalbly priced? We are both walkers, so half mile or more is no problem.

Also, is there a better time to visit? Any weeks to avoid where there are bigger crowds than usual?

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Hi Tom. We go to Key West every 3 or 4 months for a 3 day weekend, and have stayed at many hotels and B&Bs. The pricing is really seasonal. We have found our favorite hotel near Old Town (the main area) to be the Truman Hotel, and for less $ but real nice to be Sheraton Suites which is on the other side of Key West (really not that far) - it is on a nice beach (Smathers Beach) and there is continuous free shuttle service from the Sheraton Suites to Old Town, and it's a suite. There are less costly places, but we find these to be nice accommodations (both) and not noisy. Also, check out the Marquesa Inn - walking distance, real nice, been there twice.
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The last time I was in Key West (May 2010) I stayed in The Southernmost Hotel at the south end of Duval (United and Duval). Lots of nice restaurants all along Duval. Try to time your visit to be early enough in the spring to still have "cool" weather but still take advantage of the seasonal rates.
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Last time I visited Key West I stayed on the Navy base & slept in a bunk bed...not recommended. It was very affordable, though!
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Last time we went to Key West we stayed at "the Gardens" hotel. Enjoyed it very much.
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Last time I visited Key West I stayed on the Navy base & slept in a bunk bed...not recommended. It was very affordable, though!
The "Fly Navy" BOQ is actually quite nice. It's nice enough that when I try to stay there on TDY orders to actually go to work, half the time it is unavailable, due to all the retirees staying there at $55 per night. For the RVers, they have a large campground as well. All within a walk of Duval St.
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The Artist House Key West Guest House

We've stayed here twice and highly recommend it.
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The Curry Mansion on Caroline St. Walking distance to everything. We found it very nice, quiet and reasonable. B'fast included!

Curry Mansion | 511 Caroline Street, Key West, FL 33040 ? 800-253-3466 ? 305-294-5349 | currymansion.com | Home
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Thanks for the suggestions, we will be researching some of these.

If you are walking distance to Old Town, do you really need a rental car to see other sites in the area?
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Thanks for the suggestions, we will be researching some of these.

If you are walking distance to Old Town, do you really need a rental car to see other sites in the area?
DW and I are also walkers. Five/six miles doesn't bother us.

Most of what you'd want to do/see is in Old Town. We had a rental car but didn't use it for the 6 days that we were there. The walk to the beach was a hike -- especially coming home after a day on the sand, but we managed. I suppose you could rent a car for the day once there.
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DW and I are also walkers. Five/six miles doesn't bother us.

Most of what you'd want to do/see is in Old Town. We had a rental car but didn't use it for the 6 days that we were there. The walk to the beach was a hike -- especially coming home after a day on the sand, but we managed. I suppose you could rent a car for the day once there.
Or a bicycle?
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If you are walking distance to Old Town, do you really need a rental car to see other sites in the area?
Not at all. We drive to Key West and when we stay in Old Town, we park when we arrive at the hotel and don't use the car until we drive home.

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The only time I go to The Keys is for the Winter Star Party, an annual gathering of amateur astronomers that's generally a camp-out. While this won't help you answer your question, one of my favorite stories is from the year they were having record cold in February (lows in the 40's) and my buddy's wife stayed at a motel in Key West. When she called the front desk to complain, saying "There's no heat in my room!" the reply was, "You're right!"

It's rare, but not a bad idea to pack a jacket, although if you're traveling from colder climes you'll likely have one anyway.
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Or a bicycle?
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I have vacationed on Big Pine Key (30 miles from Key West) for the past several winters. We went to Key West numerous times for theater, dining, shopping, art walks, visiting museums, walking tours, historic home tours, etc.

Driving a vehicle in and around Key West is slow going and parking is a major hassle.

We would typically take our bikes in the van. Then we'd park the van on the outskirts of Old Town, near the harbor, at Fort Zachary Taylor or some other convenient-for-us location and use our bikes to get around.

The bike ride around the perimeter of the island is especially lovely.

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I checked out the Speakeasy and talked to some of the folks staying there. They all liked it and the prices seemed reasonable. Unfortunately I had pre-paid for me place and could not switch. It's right on Duval street but far enough from the noisy bars to be quiet at night. Cheers.

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I checked out the Speakeasy and talked to some of the folks staying there. They all liked it and the prices seemed reasonable. Unfortunately I had pre-paid for me place and could not switch. It's right on Duval street but far enough from the noisy bars to be quiet at night. Cheers.

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I did not see any rates mentioned on their web site. Can you share what you heard with regard to room prices here?
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Hi, Trip Advisor will set you free!

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