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“Courteous and Professional Staff” 5 of 5 stars
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1121 West Ocean Drive, Key Colony Beach, FL 33051   |  
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Michigan
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“Courteous and Professional Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2007

I stayed three nights at the Continental Inn in late February. Other than the trip being cut a day short by an ice storm at my hub airport in Chicago, all went well. The office staff courteously addressed many concerns over the phone prior to the trip, including proceedures designed to accommodate those who must check-in or leave outside regular office hours. Contacts with the staff in person were equally positive. The room was bright, clean and very well maintained. I would describe it as a "cross" between a suite and a typical motel room. There was a small kitchen with plates and cookware, full refrig, compact stove, and sink for washing dishes (no dishwasher). On the ground floor there was a sliding window in the rear with a very private---but not large---patio facing a strip of grass and a hedge (no view of ocean). The front door faced the pool area, with the beach a minute or two away. Wi-fi worked fine in the nearby club-house/lounge, but was not available in the room. I was a little surprised at how compact the entire grounds seemed; but buildable land in the Keys is at a premium and people down here are just greatful for their little spot in "paradise" as they call it. Except for Key West (a tourist meca), the Keys are a nature-lover's paradise. And, while there are plenty of things to see and do, you need to have a car and seek them out.

  • Liked — Clean quiet spot, centrally located in Keys
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed February 2007, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
chester county,Pa.
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2007

the continental was an extraordinary value at just over $100 after the AAA discount. Nice beach. Sting rays, mullet, parrot, baracude, etc made snorkling nice. Landscaping, pool and picnic area were very nice. Neighborhood very !!! upscale, local police around at different
times. Staff was A+. Room was (19) nice and clean. Kitchen complete. VHS, no CD player! Shower -tub could be updated a bit, everything worked though. you could spend more but we think it was a great value!

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Dorset
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2007

We stayed for 7 nights in a 2 bedroomed appartment it was well equiped and was clean. The beach was lovely - very relaxing - Key Colony Beach is a good place to stay to explore the Keys - there were some very nice restaurants close by. We thought is was excellent value for money. Will definately stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2007

My husband and I recently stayed at the Continental Inn on Key Colony Beach, we read a lot of good reports on T.A. and decided to give it a go. We had an ocean view room that was at the very end of the hotel and because we were on the upper floor we commanded a brilliant view of the ocean through two large windows overlooking the beach and we also had a view up the beach through a balcony door and another view down the beach from the side window. There is a nice sandy beach, a little on the small side but adequate, there is a BBQ area and plenty of loungers.
The unit was very clean, the bathroom appeared to be recently retiled. The interior and furniture of the unit appeared dated and slightly old fashion but done in a 'Keysy' type style but everything was lovely and clean and fresh, from the bed linen and towels to the cushions and drapes. Towels were plentiful and houskeeping refreshed the supply everyday. The pool was nice and clean and at a temperature that was cool enough to refresh you but not cool enough to feel cold. There was also plenty of loungers and chairs in the pool area as well as some shaded tables and chairs.
We would recommend the "Wreck and Galley Sports Bar" for a reasonably priced beautiful tasting meal which is situated only a few miles along the US 1 but would advise against going to a place called "Captain Crossbones" situated further along the US 1 towards big pine key where we had a less than desirable meal/experience.
My husbands one gripe about the Continental Inn was the fact that he couldn't go fishing off the beach and that there was nowhere within walking distance that he could go fishing for a few hours without me having to drive him there.(I didn't consider this to be a problem)Lol.
On the whole we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Continental Inn and would go back in a heart beat. Hopefully we will be able to return to this wonderful little gem next year.

  • Liked — The location on the Key's
  • Disliked — No Fishing
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NJ
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8 hotel reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2007

We stayed at the Continental Inn for a couple of nights in March 2007. We chose the place based on price and reviews on Tripadvisor - we did not want to pay a huge amount just to be in Key West, nor did we want a shabby place. This fit the bill perfectly.

First of all, this is really not a regular hotel, but some sort of condo unit which the association rents out. It does not have all the trappings of a resort, but it makes it up with a private beach (beaches are hard to come by in the Keys) and large, well appointed rooms. Our room had a kitchen with a stove, some pots and utensils, a TV, a humidifier and an AC. All worked fine, and having the kitchen helped save some $$ on dinners.

The Inn is laid out on a U shape, with a decent sized pool at the center and rooms all around it. At the open end of the "U", you have the private beach. We watched a magnificient sunrise at the beach, and in the evening we just had to walk a couple of hundred yeards from theinn to catch a beautiful sunset.

Key Colony Beach is not a hip, happening place. Its a residential area. That suited us fine, and we just had to make 5 minute drives to Marathon and pick up groceries from Publix.

Being first time Keys visitors, we had thought we might be missing something if we did not stay close to Key West. We now realize that the Keys are not about a certain place, but about the experience. And Middle Keys is as good as any other place to experience it if you have the luxury of time !

  • Liked — The beach, and the 10% AAA discount (you have to take your card to get it!)
  • Disliked — If you are checking in after 5, you have to call in advance. If you forget, you are in trouble!
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bucks County, PA
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2007

My wife and I stayed 4 days at the Continental Inn in March.
We were looking for someplace away from the spring break craziness, and found the Continental in Key Colony Beach. The photos on the web site were very accurate. It's right on the ocean with a very nice small beach, and a heated pool right in the middle of the hotel, with BBQ grills, and picnic tables. It would have been nice to have a jacuzzi available. The rooms are actually small condos, that are rented by the night with full kitchens. Very clean with dailey maid service. The office staff, was professional, just not overly friendly. There was no Internet access available, at all, as we wanted to use electronic check-in for the airport, and were told to go find the local Internet Cafe, even though they had computers on thier desks...oh well! That was really the only negative, and we would definately stay there again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No Internet Access/ Business Center
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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virginia
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2007

While the room and rate were both pretty good, the service was appalling and, as the previous reviewer noted, this is a hotel of "no's" all the way. My fiancé and I were scheduled to stay at the continental for two nights, but when we got there (at 6 pm) we found the hotel office closed for the night. Apparently they only have hotel staff from 9-5, and while this is noted in tiny type at the end of the conformation letter, it is not noted in the check in portion of the email and the woman who reserved the room for me failed to tell me this when I was on the phone with her. In addition to this the staff member who closed the office neglected to but out the sign to tell late arrivals how to get their key, so we were left with no number to contact (all the phone numbers that they give you for your reservation call the empty hotel office) and no key and were forced to go from hotel to hotel begging for a room. Being that we were traveling during spring break season we were lucky to get a room at all, and in the end the holiday inn gave us their last "emergency" room for $275 dollars (over twice what we should have been paying at the Continental) because they felt sorry for us. The next morning when we went to the continental office we were treated extremely rudely. While they immediately admitted that they forgot to put out the sign, they cut us off when we tried to explain that we had no way to get the key, gave us a lecture about not coming before 5, and had a generally angry tone to everything they said. Needless to say they did not apologize and, while they did angrily agree to refund our money for the first night, they did not offer to pay even a small portion of the additional $150 dollars which we had to pay to get a new room. This was only the beginning however, they refused to allow us to pay early or make any provision to leave the hotel earlier than 9 Am when we asked if it would be possible to arrange something because we were going to drive 11 hours the next day, and when we did finally check out at 9:07 (there was a man in the office at 8:50 but he refused to open the office until after 9 despite the fact that we were waiting to check in, we knocked on the office door at 9 and he looked at us and then ignored us for an additional 7 minutes) we were in for more poor treatment. When we politely reminded them that the first night should not be charged both the men in the office started lecturing us and asking why we didn’t get the key that they had left. When we said that we were not left a phone number or instructions one man said "I don’t know that we should take this charge off" while acting like it was our fault, while the other man said that he would have to talk to the manager who was not in yet. After another minute or two of this they decided that they wouldn’t charge us because the woman who had checked us in had adjusted the bill, but they were angry about it. All I can say is that this was the absolute worst experience I have ever had with a hotel. I usually read reviews and think that the quality of the service doesn’t matter that much if the price is right but in this case the poor service cost us an additional $150 dollars and a lot of time and frustration, and had they decided not to remove the charge from our bill we might have had to spend $400 dollars for one nights stay in key colony beach.

  • Liked — Nice rooms
  • Disliked — Mean, inflexible, incompetent staff and signs which indirectly imply that you steal bath towels
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Continental Inn

Address: 1121 West Ocean Drive, Key Colony Beach, FL 33051
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Colony Beach
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Key Colony Beach
Number of rooms: 42
Also Known As:
Continental Hotel Key Colony Beach

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