El Patio Motel Hotel, Key West
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Aging... Unrefined... Perfect!from Hankshanker
As luck would have it, El Patio had charms of her own. Tucked in a quiet neighborhood a couple blocks off of Duval and a couple blocks from the Atlantic, we had no complaints about the location. Parking was not a problem in the lot out front, and it was free.
I would describe El Patio's style as Classic Tropical Concrete Block Chic. It is obvious from the street that this is not a luxury operation, and it's also obvious that it has been around for a long time. That's original Cuban tile on the floor, from what I hear. Softening the jailhouse feel a bit, the courtyard is bursting with lush vegetation. The large deck over the second floor offers a great view of not-much-really, but it's still a good spot to sunbathe or stargaze. I bet the sunsets are nice up there.
Our sparsely appointed room was, as the clerk described it, on the "quiet side" of the property. This means that our door was facing the back alley, and the loudest thing we would hear would be the wild roosters crowing just outside. The potent smell of bleach greeted us at the door, every single time. The bed was soft and comfy. The room featured a cable TV, a small refrigerator, and one small window, but it was frosted, thus preventing us from enjoying the view of the alley. The bathroom was truly small in the smallest sense. I could be at the toilet, the sink, the shower or the door simply by turning in place. But all the plumbing worked, and the water was hot, and I didn't suffer a concussion in there, so all is well.
Next time I'm in Key West, I may want to stay in fancier digs with fluffier pillows and warm muffins, but if I just need a place to crash after hanging out with all the freaks on Duval, El Patio will do just fine.
GREAT LITTLE KEY WEST HIDEAWAYfrom NJ2007
A very bad choicefrom ilknur
I am a travel writer. I wrote travel articles and I have been traveled a lot in US , Europe and Caribbean. This is the first time I have been treated so bady by a hotel management and completey not willing to help.
I would never advise anbody to choose this place.
a vintage key west gem!from A TripAdvisor Member
El Patio is a nice motelfrom dee961
The room was clean, but I didn't like the tile floor. It made our feet black and I didn't like the feel of the tile so I couldn't walk barefoot.
The grounds are pretty and the pool was very clean. No problem sleeping because the motel was quiet at night. One thing it is an old motel.
It is an inexpensive motel for the KeyWest area. If you want luxury, then you have to pay a higher price at a better hotel.
Good value/locationfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Didn't try out the pool.
Would definately stay here again - a good value for the $.
Fine place, might want closer to Duval Street areafrom A TripAdvisor Member
ll be staying elsewhere!!from A TripAdvisor Member
Terrible service !!!from A TripAdvisor Member
I will not return!
Great retro-feelingfrom betula
Small, well-kept pool-area and parking close to the rooms is also good.
We did not like the front staff, we are not from US or UK and to us it seems like they did not understand or bothered to understand that we have some difficulties expressing ourselves the same way an englishspeaking person would have done. In our opinion they were pretty close to be rude... It is very interesting to read that the member from Dover, NH, had the same experience...
The rooms had a lovely 50-ish feeling, but the floor (linoleum) could have been cleaner (our feet soon went a bit black and sticky...).
Would we return? Yes, comparing the price, this is good value for money providing the front staff change their attitude just a little bit...
Top Local Tips for Key West
getting around You can rent a bike at the Motel. I recommend for you to rent one and leave your car parked. Key West is very small and you can get everywhere on the bike. It is fun and a good execise at the same time.
Great boating trips While in Key West we took two trips with Fury cruises. One was a sunset cruise with a band, appetizers and drinks. The other was a day long trip with breakfast, lunch, snorkeling, parasailing, seado's, kayaking, inflatable rock climbing wall and a water trampoline. They took great care of us and had a wonderful time! I would recommend these guys to anyone!
Boating Trip We took a sunset cruise and also a snorkeling and parasailing cruise with seado's, kayaks, etc. with Fury boating. They were excellent people with excellent boats. They took wonderful care of us and saw to it that we had a great time. The band on the sunset cruise was awesome and all the food we were served on both trips was very good. I would recommend them to anyone who is going to Key West!
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