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Ed & Ellen's Lodgings
Ranked #14 of 17 Key Largo B&B and Inns
Mason, Ohio
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53 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Cheaper than usual but poor value for money”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

We were supposed to stay here for 3 nights but opted to leave after 2. The refrigerator and room reeked of fish smell - when we told the cleaning lady, she appeared so surprised. There were cockroaches and ants everywhere. We opened the cupboards to try to use a spoon and quickly shut it close due to cockroach larvae/eggs everywhere. All the 'utensils/cooking apparatus' were unusable and dirty. The garden was nice and the wind blowing through the doors was the only thing that saved us from the darkness, dampness and smelliness of the room. Overall - it was not very livable for a family with young children. If you were single, on a tight budget and just passing through, it would be good enough.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
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Ford City, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

I fell from a poorly maintained deck at Ed's apartment on Narcissus Ave. in Big Pine on April 4, 2014, losing my hearing aid and cell phone. The deck had openings that allowed my chair's leg to slip through and dump me into the channel. I expected Ed to offer some compensation for my upcoming expenses, but he demanded full payment for the four nights. Luckily I wasn't injured (my old lifeguard training), but Ed showed a perfect lack of regard for my well being. I would have given this place a higher rating but for the indifference of the owner.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hollywood, Florida
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

I came down to Key Largo with a group of friends to have a nice weekend in the Keys to kayak and grill. This place was, by far, the worst part of our vacation. More than the terrible up keep(ants, dirty sheets) and outdated "amenities"(or lack there of), the owners were downright rude. Well aware of the slight upcharge for additional people, we were harassed and monitored whenever we were there(tried to avoid) and I was threatened once we were checking out(on time and room cleared) about "charging" my card. Completely unprofessional. I would not recommend this stay for ANYONE, regardless of budget. At this place the phrase rings true, you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Tampa, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

First of all, the place is hard to find off the Overseas Highway. But, once you find it, you'll want to hurry into the main office, which is littered with piles of rolled-up architectural drawings, old pillows and sheets, dated appliances, lots of old crap, and an old desk where guests "register" and check in. There, you'll meet "Ed", who'll give you the strong impression that he's been downing the vodka all day long (You might be lucky enough to smell it on his breath like we did).

Once inside the room, the first thing that you'll notice is the dank, dark look of the room. Turn on the fan switch, and you'll be graced with the viciously wobbling and rattling of both fans (Yes! Two fans!). The lights on the fans were held together with decaying duct tape (and, a prayer). Needless to say, we did not use the fans. And, when we told by "Ellen" about the noisy, wobbly fans, her reply was, "Well, no one uses the fans when they stay here". I guess "Ellen" personally stays with each guest in their rooms to see whether they use the fans or not...

The faucet in the bathroom leaked. There was a waste basket under the sink to keep the water from dripping on the floor. "Ellen" stated that she didn't have the time to fix the faucet. It was easier for her to empty the basket prior to each guest's arrival. How unique!

The beds were old and disgusting. So was the carpeting. The ceiling fans were never dusted, as well as other areas in the room. The maintenance person (I'm guessing that would be "Ed") loved using caulk to fix the water and draft issues in the room. I would estimate that one tube of caulk alone was used to seal the air around the loud-running, inefficient air conditioning unit mounted in the wall.

Oh, and by the way: there were a lot of ants crawling around in our room. "Ellen" denied their existence as well...

It would be a better value for you if you spent the money and dumped it all into a casino slot machine than to spend it at this establishment.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Madison, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014 via mobile

We were in the Keys for a long weekend and didn't want to drive down to Key West so after looking at the reviews decided to try Ed and Ellens. The room was clean and comfortable. The location was ideal and bith Ed and Ellen were friendly and helpful. We will be back.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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El Paso
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45 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

We booked this place mainly for its budget price. It is essentially a basement suite, it has a very noisy air conditioner (that we elected not to use - sweated it out instead), a television located next to the ceiling, no chairs to sit in (I don't count stools), and beds very poorly made. All in all, not very comfortable. I also found the manager fond of making inappropriate remarks at the client's expense - and that is not something I choose to pay for. A little respect and courtesy would have been nice. On the up side, it is a good location to John Pennekamp Park.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

This is an old. budget motel. Not near beach. Clean. Old linens, towels sheets etc.
Small bathroom with an ultra water saver shower head...
Road noise and very noisy air conditioner. Nice owner. Good location at the
start of the keys.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ed & Ellen's Lodgings
Address: 103365 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037-4762
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Key Largo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ed & Ellen's Lodgings 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Key Largo Efficiencies have 300 square feet of space with two queen beds, table for four, TV, apartment size stove, fridge, AC, kitchenware, coffee maker with a gas grill and picnic table. Even though we are on the highway we are screened from view by extensive foliage of seagrape and pigeon plum trees. Big Pine Key Duplexes are off the beaten path in a rural subdivision overlooking Federal Key Deer Preserve Wetlands and Pine Channel to the west with a canal dockage in the back. These units are 800 square feet with two bedrooms, one bath, queen bed in each bedroom, and three single beds in the living room area made up like couches. Kitchen is complete with stove, fridge, kitchenware, coffee maker and gas grill on front deck. ... more   less 
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