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“Definitely Rent a Bike!” 3 of 5 stars
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Budget Key West
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1031 Eaton Street, Key West, FL 33040   |  
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Ranked #88 of 92 Key West B&B and Inns
Elk Grove, California
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“Definitely Rent a Bike!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2008

If you stay here, definitely rent a bike! It's about a 15 minute walk just to get to Duval Street. Granted, that's not much, but in the heat and humidity of Key West, it feels like a lot. I'm not kidding: renting a bike on my second day improved my stay dramatically. Just riding around the back streets gave me a better feel for the spirit of the town (off Duval Street!), and the breeze felt great. I got to see some of the cute bungalows and funky breakfast places I wouldn't have wandered into otherwise. Plus, you can ride the bike down to Zachary Taylor State Park and spend an hour or two at their little beach to cool off. You COULD walk this, but it would be a long drag for all but the truly ambitious.

As for the room, it was just average. It was definitely budget, but that was expected since 'Budget" is in the name! The bed was saggy and uncomfortable, the bathroom was a little broken down (patched hole in the wall, towel rack that kept falling off), but the air conditioner worked, the t.v. worked, and for one person watching costs, it worked for me.

Be warned: parking is a major drag. Be prepared to pay. There are about 2 free spots on the street. Most of the street parking is by residential permit. If you are willing to drive around, it looked like, as a rule, one side of the street is residential permit and the other is up for grabs -- but there are a lot of people grabbing!

  • Stayed May 2008
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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South Saint Paul, Minnesota
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2008

Upon check-in, our group of 6 (3 couples) were told that two of the couples had been upgraded to the nicer Inn (Albury Court) but they couldn't do that for us...no vacancy. So, our group was separated and we got to check into Room #28. Small, small room which was okay because we weren't planning on hanging out in the room anyway. Not much walking room or STORAGE for your belongings. The towel rack and toilet paper holder were hanging from the screws in the wall. There aren't any hooks for wet towels or suits in the bathroom either. The shower was roomy and probably the nicest thing about the entire room. The sink is a pedestal type sink which doesn't allow for much room for your grooming items. A shelf of some type would be God-send. Didn't care for the carpet around the bed...looked dirty and worn. Ceramic tile was nice, but didn't understand why it wasn't throughout. Photos that are shown of Budget Key West room on the Web must be the best room in the place, because our room didn't even come close to looking like that. The location of the Inn is good. Street has a lot of traffic, but you can easily walk to Duval Street or basically anywhere.... the beach is a haul, however. After three nights there....left and checked into Southernmost Hotel (spent an extra $36) and WOW, what a place. Huge, clean rooms and plenty of storage to put away your stuff. Nice pools, tiki bar and right across the beach. If you are looking for average and a place to sleep, Budget Key West is for you. We, however, will pay a little more to have what we consider the basics.

  • Liked — Hmmmmm, still thinking about that one
  • Disliked — Room size.... too small and crowded
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Regina, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2008

We absolutely fell in love with this place! I'm sure it helped that we had booked an economy suite, only to find at check-in, we had been upgraded!! The suite we were given was #5, right next door to the new reception area (across from old hotel). It had its own entrance, a porch with a nice little patio set on it, palm trees decorated the entire front yard portion.

The inside was great too... very clean, modern upgrades to the bathroom, flat screen television on the wall. The size was a little bit small, but considering it was only my husband and I, we certianly didn't mind. Besides, we weren't there to sit in our room! We had Duval street waiting for us! Oh- and might I add, if you're going to take the time to "do" Duval street... don't concern yourself with the short walk from the hotel to get there..... if u can't walk that far, I wouldn't recommend you try and walk Duval, its twice as long!

There has been many complaints about the noise while staying at this location. Yes, its a busy street, and a main intersection. There is definitely traffic going by... but its not distracting in the least. The hum of the air conditioner drowns it out instantly.

Parking is an issue all over Key West, not just in front of this hotel. We were lucky enough to nab a spot right in front of our suite... hopefully you will too! If not, there is a parking garage one block away..just ask the staff.

  • Liked — Good value, quaint and clean
  • Disliked — Its on a busy street, but its still a very nice facility
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Clarkston, MI
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2008

The hotel was nice for the price. Extremely small rooms. Nice location but expect to walk at least 6 blocks to Duval Street. Rooms have small kitchenette with mini fridge, sink, coffee pot, microwave and plates (nice feature). You can drop luggage off early or leave it there after check out. Receptionist can be a bit on edge when she gets busy. Ignore her and enjoy Key West.

  • Liked — Price and kichenette
  • Disliked — Walk to Duval Street
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2008

Good hotel if your paying under 120 a night. Staff is very unpleasant. Good location and authentic feel.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — front desk
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Canton, OH
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2007

After reading reviews here at TripAdvisor, which by the way, I do religiously and it has seriously enhanced my stays everywhere we travel which is frequent, I was apprehensive. My wife and I were looking for a long weekend away from kids and we werent looking to spend a fortune. Even for traveling out of season in July - the rates varied from 400 a night at the ocean front resorts to 250 at La Concha to even less at some other B&Bs on Eaton, as low as 60 a night. We elected that a television was a prerequisite just in case, but we planned on staying in the room very little, and wanted to be close to the pier end of Duval for our first stay. So we found ourselves at the Budget KW.
We stayed in number 5 - no windows, but the room was big enough, had a full size shower that was handicap accessible so two people easily fit in there. We had a mini coffee pot and fridge, small wet sink and complete dishes to serve two. The bed was comfortable enough although one spot along the edge was a little soft where it had alot of use. The room was cleaned daily and was to our satisfaction for sure. No view without windows - but if it did the view would have been of the building next door. If you are looking to sip coffee overlooking a quaint garden or beautiful ocean view - you wont find it for $100 a night in Key West. There is a sun deck with a few lounges and tables on the second floor in front of the build for morning sun - but these were not close for us - I think units 22-24 were right next to this area.
The front desk staff in the morning was excellent. After mixed reviews here - the lady and gentleman that were servicing the desk in the morning were terrific. They recommended several spots to eat - how to book a boat for some ocean side site seeing and offered several discount coupons that were available on the rack at the Aubury across the street that serves at the lobby for the Budget KW.
Parking can be an issue - but we beat the crowd into Key West - if you are driving you can only park in spots on the street that are NOT marked Residential Parking or next to a yellow curb. We found a spot right next to the hotel when we arrived and didnt move the car until we left on Monday. Be sure to watch for the residential parking painted on the pavement - as you will get a ticket and contribute to the Key West economy in ways you didnt intend. There are several spots on the alley next to the budget and a few on Eaton. We saw alot of people on Saturday circling quite a while looking for spots - so if you are driving - come early. There is also a city garage that charges 16 a day about a block and half away if you cant find anything. That seems to be the going rate for parking.
We didint stay in the hotel much other than to sleep - and stop back in the afternoon to unwind a little in the ice cold air, drop off the days shopping and take a quick shower to rinse off the days heat. As far as being in a run down area - I thought it was fine - there are a few cubbies along the way on side streets where we saw some folks sleeping in doorways - but we saw that on Duval too. I never felt that I wasnt safe as we walked to and from.
We had complimentary airline tickets to select cities, so we elected to fly to Miami and rent a car for the drive out to Key West, since the travel channel had named it the second best in the country next to the Pacific Coast Highway on some show my wife had watched. The drive is all right - it definately gets better as you move farther out the Keys. We rented an economy car for 4 days from Enterprise for $108- which was easy to park. Mapquest says its 3 hours - but its every minute of 4 without traffic delays, slow traffic or stopping to eat. If you are making the drive - I would recommend you plan to stop at Islamorada which is about half way out. We ate at Chillie Willies - who is known for their buffalo wings and it was pretty darn good. On the way back - we stopped at the Harbor Inn for some waterside dining. The food was average pub food, with some fresh catches thrown in - but the waterside dining was definately worth it. All in with lunch it took us about 5.5 hours each way - but we also had a few quick stops along the way to enjoy the views from the many state parks that are open to the public and to look at some waterfront homes to see if we wanted to put something like that on our wish list.
If you walk toward Duval on Eaton - you follow the signs to the Harborwalk that was our path of choice by all the boats and little bars and shops. Entertainment is everywhere starting as early as 11am and going to 4am. I would highly recommend the food at Crabby Dick's (fresh catches casual) and La Trattoria (upscale Italian). If you can get a table outside at the Hard Rock it makes for some interesting people watching. Sloppy Joe's had an amazing band and it was well worth a stop. The walk to the Southern Most point is a mile plus - but we just did the Duval Crawl and ended up there one afternoon. The Hemingway House is a great stop for $11 a person - and the old Lighthouse is across the street for $11 per person. We were told that the glass bottom boat ride (my wife doesnt swim so snorkeling is out) had discounted tickets online that woudl have saved us 8 per person. We took the Discovery for ride to the reef and sunset cruise - the views were great and we would definately do that again (I think we paid 38 per person).
Budget Key West was good enough althought definately not glamorous - I think next time we may try another B&B or something else - but for a first stay or if you just want to spend your money on something besides your room - it was just fine.

Stayed July 2007
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Annapolis, MD
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2007

If considering the Budget Key West for your Key West visit the best assessment of the hotel should be based on the requirements that AAA uses for a 2 Diamond hotel rating* (see Below).
My Wife and twin 3 yr olds travel to Key West frequently 2-3 times a year and have stayed at many of the best hotels including the Galleon and the Ocean Key House (as well as many fine B&Bs before twins). After reading two negative reviews (“The Worst” and “Horrible”) that a previous guest had written for the Budget Key West at Trip Avisor.com, I was overly anxious about our upcoming stay there. We stayed in #4 a double queen, essentially two small rooms that were divided by a wet bar that also serves as the entrance to the bath area. I was pleased to find that none of the complaints listed in the negative reviews were accurate. The staff of the hotel was businesslike, friendly and efficient and the rooms although small were clean, tidy and nicely decorated, although I did spy a piece of red lickerish hiding next to the wall under the headboard of one of the beds when looking for a pop bead my daughter had dropped.
With regard to location, the hotel is located on the north side of Eaton Street at the corner of Frances Street. The front of the hotel is on Eaton (a busy street) and the rear of the hotel backs to a quiet residential neighborhood and we never had traffic noise issues and never at any time felt security was an issue. For those that still frequent Duval Street, keep in mind that it is a full six city blocks to the west a good 15 min walk. But hey! It’s Key West the preferred methods of transportation are bike, scooter or walking. There is a rather large and clean pool that patrons are welcome to use at Dante’s located at the north end of Grinnell street (1.5 blocks behind the hotel). Dante’s is a reasonably priced outdoor restaurant that provides the pool for customers that are either eating or drinking. Have lunch and a refreshing drink or two and stay the afternoon. In addition the Historic Seaport walk begins at the Raw Bar just next door to Dante’s.
The Budget Key West does have one issue that is now common for visitors to Key West; little on street parking is available. If you come with a car then the City of Key West has assured you have a problem. Most vacant spots are marked as residential. If the Budget Key West takes the time to read the reviews that are posted on TA.com then I would recommend that they try to negotiate an arrangement with some nearby parking facility for bargain priced parking for their guests.

* AAA 2 Diamond Rating: Quality accommodations at a budget price. Possible enhancements in room décor, quality of furnishings, and amenities yet the facility may not have the amenities of a full service hotel such as restaurant, lounge or pool.

  • Liked — Clean and reasonably priced close to the Historic Seaport
  • Disliked — Little to no Parking was available for guests with automobiles.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 1031 Eaton Street, Key West, FL 33040
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #88 of 92 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
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Number of rooms: 17
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