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“old style mom and pop motel” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Key Lantern Motel and Blue Fin Inn

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Key Lantern Motel and Blue Fin Inn
Ranked #8 of 11 Islamorada B&B and Inns
Indiana
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69 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“old style mom and pop motel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2008

We stayed at the Blue Fin Inn Feb 25-Feb 29, 2008. To start the reveiw the Blue Fin Inn is an old school mom and pop motel. The motel was reccomended by a co-worker who had stayed here before and had told me it was just a basic motel. I emailed the motel for availablility then made my reservations about 2 weeks later via phone. They don't have internet reservations.
In order to honor my dates I would have to move after 2 days, which was fine with me because I had waited to make my reservations and any room would do. We were arriving late on the first day of our stay and they did arrange for our key to be waiting for us so we could have the late check in. We actually got to stay in room 29 (a handicaped room) for 3 of the 4 days due to a cancellation. Room 29 had two double beds, tiled floor, ceiling fan and light that was very dim, two table lamps(both much brighter than the ceiling light), table and chairs, and a refrigerator which was clean. The Bathroom had a handicapped shower and standard toilet. We were very happy with this clean and secure feeling room. This side of the motel faces a boat business and was fairly quiet. On Thursday we had to move to room 11 which was at the end of the middle building of the motel and next to the laundry facilities and across from the trailers that are parked at the end of the first building. The room was much bigger having an added kitchenette to the standard room. The only problems with this room was the fact it had 5 or 6 windows in it and all were left unlocked until we locked them, and it had a back entry door as well as a front door and a connecting door. All the doors had somewhat adequate locks, however, it was a little unnerving having so many entries into our room. As we were two women traveling alone we felt just a little jumpy about this room change and didn't really get a good nights sleep.
Overall our stay here was comfortable, the staff was adequate, we felt like the motel was clean but just the whole set up of room 11 was a little unsettling. If it were a group of men or a couple of couples staying in that room it would be less of an issue. I wound't hesitate to stay at the Blue Fin Inn again if I could be assured of having a room like the one we stayed in the first 3 nights.

Stayed February 2008
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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NEW YORK
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77 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2008

The reviewer who wrote the review about the "Brick Rooms" (which is the Key Lantern Hotel side of this double hotel) was 100% on the mark. I stayed in room 2 on February 25th and it was a dump! Stay somewhere else folks - go for the extra bucks. You get what you pay for !

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — The whole hotel
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2008

Now, I knew this was going to be a "Mom & Pop" motel from the 1950's, but it was worse than I expected. Springs popped through the bed, so I had to buy a sleeping bag to put over the mattress. The place was old and dirty, the chairs were filthy with stains, I wouldn't even sit on them. No one is maintaining this place, which has a Great location. The windows wouldn't open, and the air conditioner was full of dirt and dust, so I had to leave the front door open for air. Never again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Dirt
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2008

Key Lantern Inn/Blue Fin inn made for a comfortable stay. It was clean and loaction was perfect for our party boat fishing location. Would stay there again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Does not accept pets
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Rehovot, Israel
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186 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2008

We stayed at Key Lantern for only one night, which was just as well, since the mattresses sagged in the middle, and we didn't sleep well.

Our room had two double beds, air conditioning, ceiling fan, a large table with four chairs, two armchairs, a closet and some drawer space, There was no phone, clock, or safe. The small TV received at least 50 cable channels (not that there was anything good to watch, but that wasn't the motel's fault).

The kitchen area had a small range and oven, full-size refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, dishes, etc. There was no microwave.

The bathroom had a huge shower, but the towels were small and very thin. (The bath towels were no bigger than the hand towels.) No toiletries were provided aside from 11 miniscule bars of soap.

There is a coin laundry on the premises.

Some of the rooms face a trailer park, which might get noisy at times, though we didn't experience that problem.

Although the motel has an Internet site, you need to call to make a reservation. When reserving a room, you aren't asked for a credit card number or other guarantees, and you aren't given a confirmation number. We were nervous about this, but they did have our reservation when we arrived. When I called, I was quoted a rate of $65 (plus tax), but when we checked in we were told that the rate was $68. The difference isn't much, but we were a bit annoyed.

If a low price is your main objective, Key Lantern is the place to stay.

  • Liked — low price
  • Disliked — bad mattress
  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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Upstate NY
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2008

Going from Fort Lauderdale to Key West, my girlfriend were stopping for a night to do some diving in the Key Largo area. We were looking for someplace inexpensive, clean and quiet, and the Key Lantern Inn met those needs.

It is not a resort, so the amenities found in resorts do not exist - no pool, no restaurant, and no coffee maker in the room. If you want those things look elsewhere. The room we had was quiet, the beds were clean and comfortable, and there was ample room to store luggage, dive gear, and other stuff without feeling crowded, and without tripping over things.

  • Stayed January 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank HowitzerKaboom
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2008

The old saying 'you get what you pay for' is definitely true in this case, and we paid roughly $40 / £20 per night.
Some might call it rustic, but I call it very, very basic. Our room had exposed brick walls, the cold grey kind - not very attractive. The floor throughout was the school toilets kind. The wardrobe consisted of a rusty bar attached to the wall and the fan hung from the ceiling from a rusty chain and the curtains had holes in. There were only two lamps in this room, so it was very dark and dingy. A bit like a prison cell almost. You could also hear everything going on in the next door room - and I mean everything!
However, it was clean and the staff were friendly.
There was a good bar serving OK food behind the motel park, which overlooked the bay. Good for breakfast as well. It was at it's busiest at sundown - a beautiful sight. Bizarrely, it closed at around 10pm. As there was nothing else within walking distance that left us a bit bored in the evenings.

  • Liked — it was cheap and it was clean
  • Disliked — the lack of effort to make it nice
  • Stayed December 2007
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Key Lantern Motel and Blue Fin Inn

Property: Key Lantern Motel and Blue Fin Inn
Address: 82150 Overseas Hwy, PO Box 484, Islamorada, FL 33036-3673
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
Amenities:
Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Islamorada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 24
Also Known As:
Key Lantern Motel And Blue Fin Hotel Islamorada
Key Lantern Motel And Blue Fin Inn Islamorada, Florida - Florida Keys

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