Based on other reviews, it seems people either love or hate this place. I loved it. I stayed in room 236 on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
I first want to make note of a nice employee. Veronice checked me in – she was very sweet. As soon as I went in my room, a smoke alarm malfunctioned and started beeping. I called down to her and immediately, I mean within seconds, a guy knocked on the door and fixed it. That night I found a note in my room from Veronice apologizing for the inconvenience (it SO wasn’t any inconvenience at all) and tix for free drinks at the Tiki Bar there in the hotel. Even though the alarm issue was really a non-issue for me, I thought she was so nice to apologize for it.
I will begin with all that is great about this hotel. For starters, I love the Key West feel to it. They keep the décor very Key Westy – love it. The rooms are painted cool colors, and have “shutter-type” windows that are very nice touches. My room had 2 double beds (double, not queen). The beds were very comfortable, and the sheets were crisp and clean. One thing in particular I liked was that the room was tiled, instead of carpeted – never saw that before. To me, tile seems so much cleaner than carpet. The vanity area is outside of the toilet/shower area and the countertops were also tiled - I LOVED that tile; it gave the room very nice character (see my photos). There was a little cubby hole for extra towels and the coffee pot. The bathroom was super-clean, and I say that because the shower had glass doors that were spotless! I liked the glass doors rather than a shower curtain. There were plenty of fresh, big towels. My room also had a microwave and a frig. Even though it was February, it was still hot outside – but, the A/C was very efficient and kept the room very comfortable.
The breakfast area is by the pool and is big, and airy, with nice fans and, again, the Key West-type, laid-back décor. The breakfast on Sunday was till 11am - I LOVED THAT. In most hotels, it’s only till 9:30am, sometimes 10am. It’s a huge breakfast buffet with anything you could want. You can eat under the open-air shelter, or out by the pool. Whichever you choose, it is relaxing and beautiful. The people who run the breakfast are just so nice (as was everyone at this hotel who I came into contact with). They are helpful, keep the place clean, and were pleasant and nice. Great staff!
Now that pool. The pool here is something you would see in a resort. It is HUGE, with fountains, and lots of beautiful palm trees and foliage. There were a lot of people at the pool, but it didn’t seem crowded because the pool is so big. Right by the pool is the breakfast / eating area, and a Tiki Bar that opens at noon. There are also very nicely-kept restrooms right by the pool. The pool area, even if you don’t go in the pool, is really such a beautiful area to relax and chill-out.
The parking for this hotel is free. There is a LOT of covered parking, but if that is full (it never was for me), then there is plenty of regular parking. Wifi is also free here, and it is really good wifi. It was speedy in my room, and by the pool and bar.
The hotel does have a couple negatives. One is that the rooms open to outdoor corridors – like old style. Normally, I don’t like that, but my room opened to a view of the magnificent pool, so I was okay with it. Another negative is the room was very small. With the 2 beds, a tiny table, and the dresser with the TV, there wasn’t much move-around space. It was comfortable for 2 people, but would be tight for 4. And, the bathroom was really, really small; yet, the shower was very roomy – if that makes sense. Try and get a pool view room; otherwise, you overlook the parking lot – NOT a nice view. The biggest negative is the price. This hotel is expensive! It was over $200 a night (Feb. 2014), so I opted to use my Marriott points. When I normally use 10,000 or 15,000 points – this hotel was 35,000 points. That’s New York expensive! But, in all fairness to the hotel, I shopped around for cheaper and that was the going rate! Key West is just an expensive place to stay!
The location is decent, less than 2 miles from downtown Key West. I noticed that there were a lot of bicycles (and scooters) in the covered parking area, so I think you can rent a bike/scooter from the hotel – which would be an excellent choice. Key West is small and with a bike or a scooter you can get all over the island in minimal time and not have to look for parking downtown (downtown street parking was $2 an hour). You won’t have a problem walking or biking around Key West – it is very laid back and even though there is traffic, the streets are small and it is very pedestrian and bicycle-friendly.
I liked the hotel and would most definitely stay here again. The laid-back feel, the décor and the friendly employees really made it a nice place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fairfield Inn Key West hotel offers styish rooms with bright decor, plenty of natural light and perks such as in-room microwaves and mini-fridges. Our top-rated hotel features luxury amenities such as resort-style pool, cabanas and outdoor Tiki Bar at the Fairfield Inn value. You'll still get the convenient perks you've come to love including free WiFi and hot breakfast. Just minutes from Old Town and Duval Street, guests appreciate the quick ride using our onsite bike and scooter rental. Perfect for families, our suites offer extra space to spread out and some rooms even have private balconies! Enjoy the island life at Fairfield Inn Key West Hotel. ... more less
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