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“southern NOT hospitality” 2 of 5 stars
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Key West Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   231 South Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Fairhope
New York City, New York
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“southern NOT hospitality”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I'm a hotel expert working with intimate private lodges and inns up to four star award winning resorts. 10+ yrs in the business of economic development in international and regional tourism development. Lets start with the facts of this brand.
[Quote from the franchise webpage, notice how cheap it is to carry the Key West Inn logo]
"The Key West brand offers one of the lowest fee structures in the industry. With an initial fee of only $12,000, franchisees can have short-term agreements as low as 36 months. Combined marketing and royalty is only 3% or a flat fee per room for smaller properties. Everything mentioned above is coupled with a cutting-edge reservation system, strong consumer marketing programs, and a commitment to fairness and understanding, which makes Key West one of the best choices in franchising today."
Key West Inn Fairhope is somewhat like what happens when the owners can't meet any other well known brand standards.Why Key West Inn? With backwards maintenance plans, inadequate training, and horrible reinvestment strategies... this hotel is one of the best 'cheap' nights in the area. Not sure what would be worst, this is the bottom of decent hotels I dare to stay. A last resort, unless you are filming an episode of Hotel Impossible. The cancellation policy for this hotel is not normal. The front desk is polite and kind, but the management's willingness to go out of the way for guests is very limited. Let's face the facts, it is a small place but really just a basic crash pad at most. One night is the total length of stay I would suggest. The value is subjective, I booked because the other hotels were full. Location? It is Fairhope, AL. Its not really a "location" per se. It is close to a small town and I expect the market share is dwarfed by other hotels who actually contribute a multiplier effect for the local economy. This hotel lives off transient business (walkins) and over flow business from other hotels.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Fairhope, Alabama
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5 hotel reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

awesome stay. staff was great,patient and friendly. will visit and recommend very clean. area was beautiful people friendly. loved this place......located near downtown area. ..rates were very reasonable.

Room Tip: staff was great,patient and friendly. will visit and recommend very clean.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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6 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Tucked away in Fairhope, Alabama is this gem of a hotel. Quite pretty and well kept property. Still undergoing some updating, but room was clean, comfortable and everything worked properly. Staff was friendly and courteous. Appreciated their giving us tips on shortcuts for getting along to our next destination. Convenient to lots of shopping and restaurants, this ended up being one of the best stays along our route on this trip.

Room Tip: No elevator, so plan accordingly.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Panama City Beach, Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We live on Panama City Beach, FL and visit the East Shore 6-8 times a year. When we're visiting Fairhope, we always stay at the Key West Inn. It is a great value for the price, very clean and the staff go out of their way to make you feel like you're at home, just in another location. Look no further, this is the value for your dollar in Fairhope, AL.We were there last month and have reservations for the end of this month (April, 2014).

Roger and Ann Dougherty
Panama City Beach, FL

Room Tip: Very centrally located to everything.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Very nice, clean room in motel that is very difficult to find at the edge of town. It's sort of tucked away behind some stores in a commercial district. You will have to drive to reach the interesting parts of Fairhope which is, to Alabama, what Austin is to Texas. However, there were a few good country music venues when I was there.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

A pleasant surprise to add to future itineraries. Although the coupon had expired the price was still fairly reasonable for a fresh, clean and well-maintained motel.
The gentleman at the desk was more than polite and accommodating and matched the setting.
The room was basically what all the other reviews have said so I won't waste your time here.
Left before the brekky but will certainly keep my eyes open for this chain throughout Alabama and I would suggest you do too!

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Columbia, Missouri
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

On anniversary vacation with my wife and another couple. Stayed at key west Inn. Staff was wonderful. Rooms were nice and at a resonable rate. We traveled back and forth along the coast. Location was perfect. Would highly recommend.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Address: 231 South Greeno Road, Fairhope, AL 36532
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Location: United States > Alabama > Fairhope
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Fairhope
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Key West Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Key West Inn - Fairhope offers the latest in hotel style and amenities to make your Fairhope vacation or business trip a success. Conveniently located on Hwy 98 South just 11 miles from I-10, you will find the hotel is close to everything you need. ... more   less 
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