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“Excellent Establishment!”
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La Te Da Hotel
Ranked #25 of 51 Hotels in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 May 2007

We just returned from a 4-day stay at La Te Da. What we can offer from our stay is nothing short of fantastic. As ALL places in an island resort area, of course they could use a little updating, but as many people have already said, who goes there to spend every minute in the room? The important thing is that the rooms were spotless, and if you needed anything the staff was more than accommodating to make sure you received it. Mark has done an excellent job of finding and retaining some of the best staff that Key West has to offer. Every single person there was friendly and outgoing.

The pool does have a little debris from the tree's above, there were people on hand several times a day to remove the leaves, but impossible to manage full time. The pool is private, and is 24 hours. It is heated and feels great at 2 am!

We had breakfast and dinner at La Te Da. For breakfast we tried the free meals, which were great. But we also tried the breakfast special one morning, which was delicious. The dinner setting was romantic and the food was prepared perfectly. We ordered specials as well as from the menu (There were 6 of us). Everyone loved his or her food. Our waiter even went the extra mile to accommodate a drink my wife loves. They didn’t have all of the ingredients on hand, but he made sure she received it.

We probably had the most fun with the bar staff. We started our afternoons with drinks at the bar. The bartender was extremely funny/friendly, and made great drinks too! We were told that their Bloody Marys are all home made, but we never had a chance to try one. The La Te Da Lemonade is a great summer drink, and the martini’s come with a very generous “side-car” all of which make for the perfect start of a day.

The only negative that we could say about this place is that walking from the hotel to the bars at the other side of the island does get a bit tiring. This problem could be solved by just drinking there, taking a cab, or scooters downtown etc.

We would no doubt only stay at La Te Da the next time we visit Key West. We could not imagine staying somewhere else. (We have been to Key West 3 times total, this is the first review we have written.)

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank TNTNJ
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Reviewed 24 April 2007

Sure, it's not the Four Seasons, but in many ways, better.

The rooms were clean. They were in need or renovation, but, really. One doesn't go to Key West to sit in a hotel room all day.

It was small, quaint, clean and friendly. The bar was nice, the pool was nice and the restaurant was nice. I had a great, relaxing time at this hotel.

The people were wonderful. This property is not child friendly, which makes it even better.

It is located in a quieter area of Duval. Relaxing at the pool, one would never know that you are just steps from a main thoroughfare.

I do look forward to many, many returns to La Te Da.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled with family
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6  Thank ckdjr60301
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Reviewed 19 April 2007

We staid at the La Te Da after we had read all these other reviews on Tripadvisor and after we had heard about it from friends, but after having been there in person, we were disappointed. We had a superior room, which was one of the best rooms in the entire hotel. The room was equipped with a swamp cooler that barely lowered the temperature in the room. The bathrooms are out of date and needed a remodelling already 20 years ago.

The pool is dirty and needs repairs, and so do other public areas of the hotel. The staff wear dirty pants and shirts.

The rate came with a breakfast included, but the breakfast is not prepared very lovingly. Eggs and toast are served diner-style, and there is no menu to purchase additional items.

Summary: too expensive for what is on offer, seems run-down. We will not go back there, which is sad.

  • Stayed: June 2006, travelled with family
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2  Thank MHWK
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Reviewed 6 April 2007

We have made a "trek" to Key West at least once a year since 1985. For a long time, we thought a water-front stay was a must, but we got to know La-Te-Da initially through stops along Duval for dinner or a bar visit. When a wait staff member told us the owners felt that the hotel's policy was guests were to be comfortable, whether they were there to write a book, just relax, eat and drink, tan on the "optional" deck, get a feel for old Key West, etc., well, that's what they are there for! And it's true, we wouldn't be happy anywhere else. And cheers! to bartender Mark!

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank carr49
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Reviewed 1 March 2007

We really enjoyed the La Te Da. It is definitely for adults only. We took full advantage of the 24 hour pool. Our room was nothing special, but in Key West, you don't spend your time in your room! The restaurant was very good as well. The staff was very friendly!

  • Stayed: June 2006, travelled with friends
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9  Thank jesinjax
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Reviewed 30 January 2007

We (two women) stayed two nights Jan 24 and 25 2007. Had a room with two queen beds just off the dining area. Bathroom was huge, shower only, great for wheelchair access or limited mobility if needed. Only complaint was that the AC had to work really hard to keep the room relatively cool. Staff was wonderful, breakfast was included and was delicious; went to the show upstairs in the cabaret one night and then had dinner and enjoyed both. More like a B&B, no children allowed, old world charm. Not for anyone who wants a cookie cutter Hilton room in a highrise. Romantic dining, fun in the bar at night, walked 2 minutes to the Old Town Trolley for our tour around Key West. Easy to find a spot off street for parking and never moved the car for two days. Good choice.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled with friends
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9  Thank Bumpkins
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Reviewed 22 January 2007

My husband and I stayed at the La Te Da Hotel in Key West in mid-January. I have nothing but great things to say about this hotel. From the excellent breakfast to the comfortable bed this place is phenomenal. From the moment we stepped foot on the property the staff was more than accomodating. Everyone was friendly and continually asked what we had did and if we needed any help with finding something else to do. This hotel is well worth the price. I will stay at this hotel the next time I am in Key West.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank channell44
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Additional Information about La Te Da Hotel

Address: 1125 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040-3156
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Key West
Price Range: £180 - £323 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Te Da Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
LaTeDa offers 15 guestrooms in a vibrant Key West style atmosphere. The whole property has been recently renovated by new owners. LaTeDa Features - A full cooked to order is complementary for all hotel guests. - Nightly piano Bar with live entertainment - Cabaret theater - Terrace bar with Duval St view. Note: LaTeDa does not offer any clothing optional areas. ... more   less 
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