Last time we went to KW, we stayed last time near the 900 block of Duval, and although we LOVED our guesthouse, we decided to try somewhere different and closer to the bars and the action. It was so convenient that I doubt we'll ever stay anywhere else again. It was the perfect location for everything.
Upon arriving at the hotel, we walked into the lobby. It's an older hotel, but it has been restored, and it has a very "vacation-y" feel. It almost feels like you are outside, but you definitely feel like you are on vacation. Checking in was a breeze, with our pre-paid voucher.
Our first room had an odor that even the bellboy detected upon walking in. He made a call, and we were moved to another room.
All the rooms' windows look out to the street or (in our case) the parking lot, but right out our door was the door to the patio and pool area, which was nice. The pool is on the second floor, but there are landings leading down to it from even the fourth floor.
Our room was a good size. Two queen beds, nightstand, table with chairs, armoire with a TV, and about six feet of room between the beds and the far wall. There was plenty of room for four girls. The bathroom was average. Our only complaint was there was only ONE plug in the bathroom (four girls!). At night, we found the hotel surprisingly quiet, and we all slept very well.
We had drinks at the the Crown Room restaurant a few times. The drinks were not cheap ($6-8), but they were good, and we could charge them to our room.
BONUS: Since this IS the tallest building in KW, it's also a great place to watch the Famous Key West Sunsets! Take the elevator up to the sixth floor (follow the crowd), and with your Hotel Keycard - you get in free! In the past couple years, they have started charging non-guests $5 (plus free drink ticket (beer/wine)) to watch the sunset. Grab a pina colada ($8, but worth it) and head outside to the amazing view of KW. There's also a guy with a guitar up there that plays music accompanying the sun setting.
Overall, the room was great, the service was great (we used the bellboy, and the concierge, and checked our bags there on the last day), the price was reasonable, and I would stay there again.
(I found the room for a pre-paid rate of $184 (including taxes)/night for three nights (in January -- "peak season"). Not too bad.)
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