Lighthouse Court Hotel, Key West
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Budget Motelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Apparently there isn't much house cleaning because for the 2 nights we were there they never made our bed. Parking is a nightmare as there are only 6 spaces in the back reserved for guests and the rest is public street parking which is always full.
The roosters cockadoodledoo all night so keep this in mind.
I'd basically say this is a place to pass out in if you want to be able to walk home drunk from the bars. It reminds me of the old motels we'd rent for college spring break where you just wanted a cheap place to crash.
Great Stayfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Our group was delighted...from paddlinunit
No two units are exactly alike; a wide array of rooms and suites are available, many with adjacent sun decks or porches with tables & chairs. The small pool & adjacent indoor/outdoor cafe (which is opposite the pool bar) is the center of activity & a great place to meet & greet your fellow guests. The hot tub (for now?) has been relaced with a hammock.
During our stay the place was underbooked; guests were maybe 65% childless hetero couples in the 30-60yr age group & 35% gay/lesbian couples so it was quiet & relaxing, but others have said it was quite crowded & rowdy during their stays. The pool & bar was usually deserted, as was the small but well appointed gym. Most guests were friendly & affable; a few clearly wanted no contact with others.
All members of our group (including the fussbudgets) were quite pleased with their accomodations & surroundings. The only complaint I heard was a lack of tables or chairs in the rooms (only the suites have sofas). Some of the rooms are a little cramped, but the bathrooms are quite spacious & done up elegantly in marble & granite (our party-sized shower had a shower-head at each end!)
There are no coffee machines in the single rooms & the kitchenettes have only a coffeemaker & microwave (no stove, toaster oven or bread toaster) & plates & silverware but no cookware. You will save money by cooking but may need to buy extra items to do so.
The only evidence from the storms was a few defoliated trees & ground-floor rooms are being repaired/remodeled. They did a great job cleaning up.
Parking is an issue: Nine spaces total (for 40 units!) & 7 of them will require you to either be parked in or park others in; you are supposed to surrender your keys at the desk but people forget & it can be quite a problem. The few spaces in front are VERY popular, (partly because of the Hemmingway House being across the street), & most of the other nearby spaces are for residents only, so be forewarned!
On the other hand, the central location makes having a car unnecessary, so take a taxi (or better yet, rent mopeds; there's plenty of parking for those). I will now list the two other negatives:
The grounds are not uniformly well-lit at night, & with all the unfamiliar steps & ledges, it is a safety (& security) issue for elderly guests. One in our party took a tumble in a dark area, which resulted in some burned-out bulbs being promptly replaced.
Secondly, unless you are a very sound sleeper, you may want to avoid the rooms around the pool/bar area during crowded periods. Also, the rooms along the side street (C-1 thru 3 & several others) get late night street noise & VERY loud pre-dawn garbage collection noise. The famous Key West fowl residents are unusually loud in this section of town (at least as loud as an alarm clock, but those can be silenced!) and some were roosting in an adjacent overflowing dumpster.
Our room air conditioner was so loud we had the choice of being kept awake by the chickens & heat or by the grumbling beast that vibrated the whole window. The AC in the other bedroom was quiet but the accordian side-curtains did little to block the outside noises so neither room was worth fighting over!
The staff was very polite & meant well, but some did not speak English & we sometimes felt we were not having "a meeting of the minds!" Will we be back? Most certainly! But we will ask to stay in the front, center, or on the lighthouse side.
Okay for the nightfrom Breter
- One of the less expensive rooms on the island
- Room was off the street so realitvely quite
- Parking is an issue
- Room was marginally clean
- Night staff couldn't figure out the wake-up system
- The grounds are brightly lit with no way to significanly darken the room
In summary a good place to stay if your going to hit Duval Street cheaply but if you have a couple extra bucks in you pocket try another place.
very nice placefrom bortas
best place on Key West!from A TripAdvisor Member
Hotel Hellfrom A TripAdvisor Member
We went there for a 3 night stay and left after less than 24 hours!
First we were put into a room, not much bigger than a closet, that carpet was ripped up and dirty, the "refrigerator" looked like it had been dropped from a second floor window and the overall appearance of the room was dirty.
The 2nd room we were offered "appeared" to be better, how ever, upon closer inspection, there we cob webs with dead bugs trapped in them, 100's of ants in the sink and another large bug squished on the wall next to the bed. The airconditioning is only a small window unit that doesn't allow any air in the bathroom. There also was a big hole still in the wall from the old a/c unit that was only covered with a piece of cardboard.
Also, if you still choose to stay here, be forwarned that there are ONLY 9 PARKING SPACES for all of the rooms. Parking is first come first parked and the only other parking around the hotel if for residents only. So don't plan on moving your car during your stay.
Not quite sure where the "friendly" staff was during our short stay, but they weren't there. When we told the front desk about the bugs in our room, showed the bites on my feet and ankles from the bed, the only comment was well, " what kind of bugs were they??"
We then told them that we would be leaving the next morning, the man at the front desk just shrugged his shoulders.
The only bright spot was that they at least refunded our money for the less than 24 hours stay!
Quiet and enjoyablefrom A TripAdvisor Member
Even the small poolside bar was quaint and enjoyable. The Inn could not be any closer to local attractions with the Lighthouse next door and the Heminway House across the street. The Green Parrot is a few blocks down as is Duval Street with lots of things to do.
I would heartily recommend this hotel with the sordid past to anyone. What sordid past, just ask any staff member.
The only pitfall was but this may be said island wide, the wandering roosters morning call for a mate was enough to make me want to open a Kentuck Fried franchise. Oh well, one little complain in paradise.
Well worth the money.
Great Hotelfrom FlaHoneymooners
fabulousfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Top Local Tips for Key West
the best way to get around is by foot or bike. The Front desk staff were happy to help with booking bike's for me. the company deliver and pick up.
Jolly Rover II The sunset cruise on the Jolly Rover II for $35 was the best thing we did. Great scenery, cre and sunset.
El Meson de Pepe Try the Cuban restaurant by the cruise ship pier. You won't be disappointed. Tender pork chops, fluffy saffron rice, creamy guacamole with plantains, and a fabulous mojito.
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