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A February 2008 trip to Key West by notso62

Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Photo, Key West, Florida More Photos
Quote: I took four trips to Key West over the 1/2008-3/2008 timeframe. Each time something different!

Things to do

Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square

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Attraction | "A Uniquely Key West Attraction"

Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Photo, Key West, Florida
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Interestingly enough I had visited Key West two times prior to ever making it to Mallory Square. Of course I know this is listed as a main tourist attraction and I should have done it the first time there, but I never seemed to make it past the shops on Duval Street during my free-time in the evenings; one of the perils of business travel to vacation destinations I suppose.On my third trip I made a point to go down to the square one evening and I certainly did not regret it. There was quite the scene; street performers, food carts, souvenir stands, and tourists everywhere. Everyone comes here in eager anticipation of seeing the best view of the sunset from the land that lays claim to havin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 28, 2008

Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square
1 Whitehead Street, Mallory Square
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 296-4557

Places to Sleep

Days Inn Key West

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Hotel | "Days Inn KW: Suitable Two-Star Hotel"

Days Inn Key West Photo, Key West, Florida
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Travelling to Key West on business is an interesting venture indeed. Finding a hotel with business-travel-friendly amenities is nearly impossible on this resort and vacation-oriented island. Trying to keep costs down is yet another challenge as hotel rooms start at about $250/night during the tourist season. The Days Inn on Key West is on the lower end of the range in regards to price, but also is rather ‘barebones’ in terms of accommodation. The Days Inn is located on the Gulf side of the island toward the end closest to the airport, in other words, the furthest point away from most of the Duval Street tourist attractions. Though the location of the hotel is not ideal for watching the fam...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 14, 2008

Days Inn Key West
3852 No. Roosevelt Blvd at US-1
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294-3742

Radisson Hotel Key West

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Hotel | "Decent Discount"

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Of all the "reasonably" priced hotels I stayed in over the course of several business trips to Key West, my favorite was the Radisson. The Radisson is conveniently located within a half-a-mile of the Key West airport towards the end of the island that is connected to other islands via Route 1. It is about three miles away from the popular tourist attractions of Mallory Square and Duval Street; which are easily reachable by taxi or rented moped.The Radisson’s lobby reminds me of a typical island hotel; the guest check-in overlooks the pool and the staff greets patrons in nicely pressed white button-up short-sleeve shirts. The palm tree décor and marble flooring look elegant and understated....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 3, 2008

Radisson Hotel Key West
3820 NORTH ROOSEVELT BLVD
Key West, Florida 33040
305-294-5511

Places to Eat

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

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Restaurant | "Tourist Trap Dining"

Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Photo, Key West, Florida
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Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville restaurant chain feels like it got its start in Key West (even if that statement might be untrue). Nowhere else could I imagine someone longingly looking for "their lost shaker of salt" as the song lyrics dictate like I could in this island community. Fittingly, this restaurant is a very popular one on Key West’s Duval Street. Margaritaville blends in quite nicely with the other tourist traps along the main drag. Loud music, assorted tourist t-shirts and souvenir cups, and an overdone island theme might make patrons apt to forget that they came here to eat or drink.Upon entering Margaritaville for dinner one Tuesday night during peak tourist season, I was surp...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 3, 2008

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
500 Duval Street
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 292-1435

Kyushu Japanese Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Fast, Cheap, & Great for Lunch"

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The Kyushu Japanese Restaurant on Truman Avenue in Key West is an easy-to-find location convenient to tourist traffic on Route One. The large black and white sign that is in front of the restaurant is hard not to notice. It was on my third trip to the Keys that I finally decided to stop in this prominent location for lunch.Walking into the Kyushu Restaurant in the afternoon was a bit strange; they didn’t have a hostess to guide you to the seating area, but half the restaurant was evidently still closed until the evening hours. After poking my head around a rice-paper-screened corner, the bartender beckoned to me to have a seat in the area that was concealed from the evening dining room and...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 14, 2008

Kyushu Japanese Restaurant
921 Truman Avenue