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Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn
Ranked #39 of 51 Hotels in Key West
Shelton, Connecticut
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Great spot to enjoy the keys”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

My 21 yr old daughter and I spent 4 nights at this hotel in March 2012. We stayed in a pool view room on the 2nd level which also gave us a nice sideways view of the ocean.
We found the room to be spacious and very clean. The beds were very comfortable. It was so nice and quiet at night even with a group of college breakers nearby( they went into downtown to party I assume-but they were quiet coming back). Most of the spring breakers were NOT at this hotel (probably too expensive).
The complimentary breakfast was a plus and all you need to get going in the morning: good strong hot coffee, cereal or breads and fresh fruits. As many others have written, the pool area is very nice. The pool itself was very clean and heated. There are plenty of lounge chairs and pool towels. The tiki bar is also very nice and serve a nice lunch and the drinks are really great. (the rum punch was especially good). A main road runs between the hotel and the ocean (no beach) but is not an issue to cross at all. The ocean side has a nice big sidewalk which many people use to run and walk. You can walk in either direction for a mile or 2. I was aware of all the planes overhead but they were of little concern and did not bother me at all.
As others before me have noted. it is a short drive into the main downtown area although I was concerned about parking down there so we took the bus that stops at the hotel for $2 and drops you off right in town near Duval Street. We took a cab back to hotel later and was only about $15 with tip.

Room Tip: pool view room 2nd level
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

In October of 2005 Hurricane Wilma flooded a good part of Key West, including the area where the hotel property lies. I was quite surprised to see that although the location of my standard room is probably 8 feet above ground, and likely didn't flood, the room has been completely renovated.
The breakfast is about the same with cold cereal, waffles, toast, fruits, drinks, and pastries. Tiki bar is open next to the pool, but I didn't utilize that. Front desk staff was responsive.
The property sits adjacent to Key West International Airport, so there's plenty of aircraft going over, in addition to military traffic over the ocean on their way into Key West Naval Air Station. However, I don't think there are operations between 10pm and 6am. At least I haven't heard any noise then.
The standard rooms are in 2 buildings separated from the pool area, but it's a 2 minute walk, so no big deal. Plenty of parking. No safety concerns.
One thing to be aware of: Maid service normally comes to an end around 2pm. So if you're a late sleeper, then hit the pool with "do not disturb" out, it's likely you'll get skipped that day for fresh towels and bedding. Front desk staff did tell me that after 2pm, maid service can be had by special request.
After a few trips pre-Wilma, this property is back on my + list.

Room Tip: The name says "resort" but unless you think of a pool as resort...it's not. Some rooms...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 28 March 2012

We enjoyed our stay at the Best Western, and were surprised to have a view of the sunrise from in front of our room, actually in front of the hotel. Breakfast included more than we expected with waffles and boiled eggs. Lunch was available in the pool area, although we were off sightseeing, and did not go to the pool area. Flowers were planted everywhere outside, and our room was clean. Our room included a convertible couch.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Stayed here for two nights in late March. The hotel was a short drive from the Duval street hustle and bustle. We stayed in an Ocean View room that indeed had a beautiful view of the ocean and the seawall across the street. No beach but still a great view with a nice balcony. Continential breakfast was included and really good! Room itself had plush beds, huge flat screen tv and furnishing and such was new and tasteful. Pool area with bar looked nice too. Note- hotel is beside the airport but this didnt bother us at all. Couldnt hear it inside and even sipping beers in the balcony it was no bother. Great stay at a nice hotel.

  • Stayed March 2012
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2012

Large rooms and very clean. Pool area was nice although didn't seem like it was heated the day we swam. Quick cab ride to duval street - be aware that its a flat rate of $4.50 per person from the area (key west is divided into "zones"). Would stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Westerville, Ohio
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2012

We spent 2 nights here. The pool area is beautiful, the screened porches are a very nice touch, and I thought the breakfast was excellent. The location is about 10-15 minute drive from the fun part of key west, so if you drive you'll have to pay to park downtown. But the big water just across the busy street from the motel is nice.

  • Stayed February 2012
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San Francisco, California
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103 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2012

We booked this hotel because we wanted to visit Key West and not stay right in the downtown area. We wanted a place with a pool, a place to do your laundry, breakfast included and a snack bar. Best Western Key Ambassador fit the bill exactly.

We were between cruises out of Miami, and decided to book a few days in Key West. I'm happy we read the reviews and chose this hotel. It isn't too far from downtown, however, you'll need to take the shuttle, a bus, or drive, its too far to walk. Our room was very clean and large with two queen beds and a large flat screen tv. We even had a small screened in balcony we sat on occasionally. No view, except for trees covering the next door apt building.

The laundry was near the office, I forget the cost, not expensive. You can also buy detergent at the front desk.

The pool is large and free form. Perfect for an evening swim after a hot day walking around Key West. At the pool area, is the Cheekie Hut, where you can get cocktails and food. It closes early, no dinner, just lunch and snacks. There are TV's at the bar to watch sports if you like, or you can sit by the pool, drink in hand and enjoy a swim. The people who work here are very friendly and drinks are very good. I did two loads of laundry and spent my waiting time at Cheekies.

Breakfast was continental, including hard boiled eggs, fruit, all kinds of toast, jams, butter, cereal, yogurt, coffee, tea and juices. Perfect! It's served in a nice little breakfast area, which was in the building where we were staying. A simple walk down the stairs and there we were!

We drove into town during the day and had no trouble finding street parking. Be sure to pay in the machines! We walked all over and saw beautiful homes, shops, bars, restaurants, museums, and of course had lunch with Conch fritters as a starter and Key Lime pie for dessert.

We were happy to return to the Best Western Key for a swim, drink and relaxation each day.
The planes didn't bother us, and no planes at night.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn
Address: 3755 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL 33040-5255
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on the straits of Florida of the beautiful island of Key West, Fl. Our resort is only a short distance from the local beaches and just a few miles north of historic downtown. This resort offers non-smoking accommodations and many thoughful amenities. At the Best Western, Key Ambassador resort guest have a variety of views to choose from. There is a spacious outdoor heated swimming pool with 2 waterfalls next to our cheeckie hut that serves food and drink. The resort provides free Wi-Fi throughout the property, a deluxe continental breakfast, complimentary parking and 24 hour front desk services. During your stay you can easily visit many local attractions, unique shops and historic downtown. ... more   less 
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