on November 3, 2008
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. It did not seem like the lobby of a typical Key West budget hotel, though it was priced as such.The concierge at the Radisson was very friendly and accommodated my request for a pool-view room without problem. She also had my packages that had arrived via Fedex prior to my arrival brought to my room instead of just handing them over to me at the desk which was very nice considering that I already would have the rest of my luggage to deal with. The bell-hops in front of the hotel were also very helpful and considerate in getting guests arranged and their baggage to the proper room without trouble. The rooms at the Radisson are typical of what you would find at any 2.5-3 star hotel in the area. They were very clean, but did not have a lot of personality. The one perk that I was able to take advantage of was the free in-room wireless internet, which is not offered at many of the competing hotels in the area (they have this as a "lobby-only" option for those that want to bring their laptops to the public spaces). The Radisson is an ideal place to stay if you have small children or need forms of entertainment readily available. The pool and tiki bar areas of this hotel were very nice and full of people during the days. There is also a Denny’s restaurant attached to this hotel which is convenient for family dining.The Radisson’s website had several pre-purchase package deals available that made this hotel a good bargain for our business travel. However, during times of peak tourist travel (ie Spring Break) even this hotel can become exorbitantly pricey with rooms listed at about $300/night. If you are planning a trip to Key West and would like to stay here, I would recommend booking your hotel as soon as possible.
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