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“Basic motel” 4 of 5 stars
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Southwind Motel
1321 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040   |  
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Ranked #73 of 98 Key West B&B and Inns
Austin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Basic motel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013 via mobile

Cheaper than nearby places, has all the basic amenities. Very clean and conveniently located, close to Duval street and southernmost point. They have coffee 24 hrs, there is no breakfast option, we stayed for a night. Book way in advance for your Key West stay as hotels/motels become quite pricey down there. Safe to say that this was the most pricey during our new year Fl trip (close to 200 incl. Tax), but it was the cheapest option in all of Key West. They have wifi.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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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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Juneau, Alaska
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

You're not in Key West to sleep or stay in your room, so this was a cost-effective place to crash for a few hours! It's older and average, but was clean and safe and located right in the heart of the old town just a few blocks away from the "southernmost" icon marker.

No ice machine (bummer) and few amenities, but for $89 was a good choice. There is a refrigerator in the room and wifi and free parking makes this a great value.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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new smyrna beach
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We have stayed here a few times. The people have always been good to us and very friendly. I don't need to spend, $200 a night for a room that I am only going to be in for 10 hours a day. Our first time there, we were checking out on a Sunday, and knowing that parking down there, can be a pain, we asked, would y'all mind if we left the car here and walked to church? They said, no problem. It's one block away from Duval Street, yet, quite. Park the car and Bring the bicycles. Location is great, and so is the price.

Room Tip: The first time we stayed there, we needed a room that slept 6, and they had it.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Shawnee, Oklahoma
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This is an older hotel that is extremely clean and comfortable. The first year we went to Key West we stayed at the CASA but soon realized for the price you are just not in your room enough to justify such an expense. The next year we found Southwinds. It's a older hotel but EXTREMELY clean and comfortable. We like to stay in one of the rooms that has a little kitchenette with a full size refrigerator, microwave etc... We have stayed here for the last 9 years and book as soon as we leave for the next year. We save tons of money and have a comfortable clean place to sleep and so close to Duval. We can financially stay anywhere we want but also realize the value of our dollar and would recommend Southwinds every time......as for Linda she's awesome!!!

Room Tip: One of the kitchenette rooms is good
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Key Largo, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

The Southwind Motel is an older property but well maintained and extremely clean. Located on Simonton one block off Duval, on the ocean end of Duval in Old Town. Room had two double beds, a mini fridge and recently remodeled bathroom.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We spent 3 nights at the Southwind. It started off very sour as there was a sign on the door with a "be right back". After a while of waiting we called the after-hours line posted on the front wall. The lady was NOT happy that we did that b/c it costs them. Well we asked the all-important question-why don't you have a phone number on the "be right back" sign. She said the owner doesn't allow it? After we got that squared away she lightened up a bit. We basically used the place to keep our stuff for our stay there...the beds were hard but that was expected. Maid service was very good, it's just small, but we were happy to get $99/night. Rent bicycles as it's about a mile I believe to all the action on Duval. Just don't expect much from this motel. Oh, we were told on the phone that they had an ice maker, they do not have an ice maker we had to go buy our own ice.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Oaklyn, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

I stayed here twice this summer. The rooms are simple, definitely no frills. Definitely not a place for those who like to be in their room the whole time. However, for those who like to go out and do things all day and just come back to a clean air conditioned room, this is perfect. Beds are a little rough as stated in other reviews but as long as you're staying less than a week, it's not so bad.Great location, one block from Duval street. Very affordable for the area.
Just to note, I would never look at this place and think to stay there, but dont be fooled by the exterior!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Address: 1321 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
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Ranked #73 of 98 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Also Known As:
Southwind Hotel Key West

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