We left it late to book accommodation in Key West and consequently had little choice other than the El Patio Motel which was one of the very few rooms we could find. By Key West prices it was reasonable, near the beaches, although quite a walk from the centre of the town. Yes, it is ten minutes from Duval, but it is the far end, so it takes about half an hour to walk to Mallory Square.
The benefits are it is situated in a quiet residential area, near Southernmost, Higgs Beach and a couple of convenient breakfast places. It has car parking too. Looks attractive from the road, there is a nice pool area with sunbeds and shades, an attractive frontage and gardens and a lovely roof terrace with sunbeds but no shades. Lovely to sit there at night with a drink looking at the stars.
Our rooms were first floor, we had two double bedrooms and a bathroom for a family of five. The disadvantage was that the bathroom was accessible only via one of the bedrooms, so if you had the bedroom next to the bathroom, you had to accept anyone wanting to visit it during the night would walk through your room. The decor was tired and well overdue for renovation/replacement, probably hadn't been done since the 70s. There was a fridge in the room, but clothes storage was limited. No items like hairdryers were provided. However it did seem to be clean and the bedding was spotless and, as mentioned above, the pricing was good.
Wifi was free but not accessible from our room, we found we had to be near the pool to get reception.
If you want a luxury place to stay this is not for you, but if you don't want to spend a lot on accommodation and don't spend much time in it either this is a good deal. If they ever get around to renovating the rooms, it could become a lovely little place to stay.
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- Also Known As:
- El Patio Hotel Key West
- El Patio Motel Key West, Florida