Lighthouse Court Hotel

, Key West, United States
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Lighthouse Court Hotel

, Key West
3 star

Rooms: 40

902 Whitehead Street - Key West - Florida - 33040 - United States Hotel Website | | 3052949588
357 Traveller

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Budget Motel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Think budget motel. There is a reason it is the cheapest place off Duval Street. If you are looking for a cheap place to stay right off Duval street this is it. The room was clean but you could feel the springs in the bed and the pillows were very flat and thin. The furniture was fake plastic ratan. No chairs in the room, just a bed and dresser. The blinds were the cheap plastic mini blinds you buy at Wal Mart. They weren't custom fit so you could see right between the space between the two they used to cover a large window. We had to hang a towel up for privacy.

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 Stay

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Lighthouse Court Hotel for 11 nights and enjoyed our stay. The facilities were nice, the location is accross the street from Hemingways house and 1 block from Duval Street. The staff were extremly pleasant and accomadating. This is a great place to stay and not expensive

Our group was delighted...

from paddlinunit
The Lighthouse Court evolved from a row of adjacent houses & other buildings & now shares the entire block with the adjacent lighthouse museum complex (separated by a fence). The well manicured grounds have an extensive system of multi-level wooden decks & stairs interconnecting the 40 units.
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 night

from Breter
- Good location
- 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 place

from bortas
We checked in only a few weeks after Wilma. They were working on some of the lower rooms. Our suite was very nice. It was very clean and comfortable. The hotel is close to everything. The pool was nice, but getting drinks at the bar was difficult. The grounds were also very nice. I would have no problem staying here again. I thought it was great value for dollars paid.

best place on Key West!

from A TripAdvisor Member
This is by far the best place to stay on Key West! It is an excellent value and the location is perfect - steps from the Hemingway House and a block from Duval Street! The hotel is very quaint and charming, the rooms are exceptionally clean and the staff was fantastic. The small pool is ideal for an afternoon swim and relaxation and the pool bar was more than accommodating!

Hotel Hell

from A TripAdvisor Member
This hotel should be renamed "Hotel Hell"!
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 enjoyable

from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel was part of an AA package so I thought it would be average but the hotel was clean, the rooms though small were more than was expected. Tried the cafe poolside for breakfast; both the staff and meal were delightful.

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 Hotel

from FlaHoneymooners
We arrived prior to check-in hoping they would store our bags. Not only did they allow us to check into our room early, they had upgraded us from a standard to a Supreme room at no charge. We paid $95 per night for two (week nights, June 2005/off season). This included a queen-size bed, kitchenette and huge shower. Our room was spacious, airy and although it was close to the pool, nice and quiet. They also have an outdoor cafe, bar and gym. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. It's second best point is its convenience to all attractions. Next door to the Lighthouse and its museum. Right across the street from the Hemmingway House. The shuttle stop is right around the corner. We would recommend this hotel to anyone planning a stay in Key West.


from A TripAdvisor Member
Having been a visitor to Key West for the last 10 years and feel that I have some experience of the accommodation offered in this town I can only speak highly of Lighthouse court. As noted of some comments ,this used to be a gentlemans only hotel. Under the new owners this is now a family oriented establishment who are putting a lot of effort into modernisation of these premises. I cannot fault the efforts of the general manager and his staff in dealing with any complaints (and these were minor such as a lightbulb had burned out). Granted the parking is limited but lets faced facts. The location is fabulous ,find a space to park and leave the car there for the duration of your vacation.Everything you need is within walking distance. Some of the rooms may be small but they are clean,all the facilites you need are provided and in my opion ,value for money. Having read some of the tripadvisor comments about lighthouse court. If you expect the Ritz , then pay the Ritz prices and dont whinge about not getting the Ritz facilities. Try La Te Da on Duval for a great breakfast(only 2 minutes walk away).Also AQUA on a monday night for naked kareoke,its not some seedy establishment and quite hilarious if someone (usually male) decides to bare all.Red the compere is hilarious.

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