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“Two words: Bed Bugs!” 1 of 5 stars
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Southwind Motel
2.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   1321 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040   |  
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Ranked #72 of 97 Key West B&B and Inns
East Lansing, Michigan
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Two words: Bed Bugs!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

Do not stay here...we paid inflated holiday prices only be be attacked by bed bugs and experience the most horrible night of our lives! Our room looked clean and simple and the motel nicely located, little did we know what lurked behind- it literally ruined our trip! Worse yet, the front desk manager (who looked and acted like a drug dealer) didn't want to deal with the situation. Luckily (after some rigamarole) the hotel owner refunded our stay when he saw the evidence...overall this was one of the most disgusting and traumatizing experiences of my life. DO NOT STAY HERE!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Leesburg, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

This is your basic clean, cheap (by Key West standards) motel. No friills but did have a small refrigerator which worked well. While it is located just one block off Duval (the "happening" street) it is over a mile from the Mallory Square end of Duval where the sunset "event" and most of the action is. Trolleys (at $19pp per day) connect nicely until 5pm. Then you walk, taxi, etc. Staff is nice and parking is available and free. Had some ants in the bathroom but they were very small. Our shower was small dark and grim and water flow was slow. Bed (sans headboard) sagged some in the middle but when you've walked the mile or so from Mallory Square, you are able to sleep OK. Only 2 blocks from US southermost point, an easy walk.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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norfolk
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

This was the only motel that was not booked up for New Years(other than the high end hotels)Anyway,the price was about 189.00 per night w/3 night minimum for 1 queen, when I arrived and got keys to room I was shocked to see that for the price all I got was a bed(no hedboard just mattress and boxspring on frame)night stand w/lamp and an oversized dresser with a 13in t.v..
The air conditioner kept me awake with the loud noise it made and the bathroom is is so small that when you take a shower you can barely maneuver around and the toilet is so close to the walls that you cant take a crap and wipe, and they have the nerve to have 2 pictures screwed to the wall like somebody will steal them(please), no ice machine(the front desk person tells you that they are a budget motel and that there is a store across the street to purchase ice)Oh, BEWARE OF THE CAMERAS. I think the hostile up the street is probably nicer than this place,have already booked for New Years at a place where 189.00 would be worth it. Really South Winds, maybe you should change the name to Gone with the Wind.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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23 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

This property offers incredible value. We were able to park the car, no extra cost, right near the room. The room was clean and the property, while being modest, was well kept. The maid cleaned up every day, no exceptions. The pool was clean and very refreshing on the several hot days we were there. The staff were accommodating. The a/c worked well once I figured out how to use the remote control. We left the car in its spot for days, as this location is close to everything. Keep in mind that this is not a resort, but a budget property in an excellent location. As such, I would consider it top notch.

Room Tip: room 12 appears to be the biggest, it also had chairs and a kitchen sink that the others did not, it...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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preston
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

A good cheap clean budget motel slap bang in the middle of town.onsite parking a good sized swimming pool,highly recommended

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 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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Orlando, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2011

Think twice before staying at this motel. There are hidden cameras everywhere, which means that either they are spying on guests or that they are experiencing a lot of crime. We found out only after we left about all the cameras and now we feel very unfomfortable, not knowing if there are cameras inside the rooms as well. The cameras are pointed at private sitting areas outside each room, the pool etc.

Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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TEMPE
Top Contributor
143 reviews 143 reviews
67 hotel reviews
Reviews in 62 cities Reviews in 62 cities
445 helpful votes 445 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2011

We stayed during Labor ay weekend, and Southwind's rates were the best in town. We got a room with two souble beds. Room was large and clean, as was the bathroom, and there was this odd walk-in closet that was huge. The air conditioning worked perfectly well. When you took a shower, you needed to ventilate the bathroom by opening the door, causing steam to pour out into the room.

We didn't try the pool but it looked fine. The front desk staff is friendly and helpful. The hotel property was quiet, and is conveniently located in downtown Key West. Be forewarned, however, that it is at the other end of town, 1 1/2 miles away, from famed Mallary Square. Not an impossible walk, but one you want to know about, especially if you're trying to get to the sunset celebreation on time. The hotel also is very close to famed El Siboney, an authentic Cuban restaurant that offers good food at value prices, also a rarity in Key West.

The problem was the bed. I have no idea what the mattresses were made of, but every time one of us turned over, it made a loud scrunching noise that woke the other up. This seemed to be true of us large people. The kids did not seem to have the noise problem. Neither bed was comfortable, and we woke up with backaches.

If your back can stand the beds, it really is a bargain, given the inflated rates folks pay to stay in downtown Key West. I'm not sure I would stay there again because of my back, but I can see why other people would choose the Southwind.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1321 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #72 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Southwind Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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