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“Best value in Key West” 4 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
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Best value in Key West”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012 via mobile

My girlfriend and I found Southwinds the last time we came down in late January and decided to try for Memorial Day. Even for the holiday weekend, it was reasonably priced compared to the other hotels and motels on the island and the location to Duval Street is hard to beat. It is a bit of a walk to the opposite end of Duval with the bars and nightlife but it's worth the savings. If you're only using the room as a place to sleep and not spend the entire trip then I definitely recommend Southwinds.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

We were worried about finding a cheap motel in key west particularly as its a memorial day but came across this little gem at 89 dollars per night. Sure, it's old and basic, but it's at the heart of key west near too duval street and Bob the receptionist was lovely and helpfully.
Pool was great and was very warm.
If, like us, you,re not too fussy and just use a motel as a base, then this is cheap and ideal.
Only real downside is the A/C unit is loud.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Highlands
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130 reviews 130 reviews
49 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

We pre-booked Southwinds because of the difficulty in finding rooms in Key West at the last minute, even out of high season; and we were influenced by price in this expensive town. So we were not surprised to find that the motel presented a well-used appearance: bits of our room verged on the dilapidated. However, everything was clean and working: the lady at reception was chatty and helpful; and the sink & storage unit (which we scarcely used) had obviously been recently installed in our room. (We got this room as an up-grade, because our intended room had been taken for an extra night by the previous occupant.)
The location has many advantages, although it is a fair walk to the "business end" of Duval St. and Mallory Square.
All in all, we were happy.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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East Lansing, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Leesburg, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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
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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.

Room Tip: If going for New Years, book early to avoid this place
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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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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
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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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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