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1031 Eaton Street, Key West, FL 33040   |  
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Ranked #85 of 94 Key West B&B and Inns
Hamburg
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Stay at a hostel! It would be 1/6 the price and just as nice!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2009

In the game of polo there is an 'intermission' where they invite spectators to take part in the 'stomping of the divits' to fill in the holes on the playing field. That being said, if my husband and I were Polo players, we could have engaged in some 'divet stomping' right on the mattress at the Budget Key West hotel! It was the most horrible (sleepless) night we had during our vacation and to think we spent $160. to stay makes it even more horrible!

Let me say that we with a name like "Budget Key West", our expectations weren't high at all....but...we were expecting a decent mattress.... not one that squeaked with every move and had not one but three big sink holes in it and numerous small ones.

When my husband complained at the front desk upon checkout, he was told that it wasn't the first time they'd received that complaint.

If you're even thinking of renting a room for a night at this place.........think again! I think the homeless people we saw laying in the sand looked more comfortable than we were!

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 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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English first
Pittsburgh Pa
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2008

Absolutely WONDERFUL hotel in the Key West historical area! CLEAN rooms with kitchenettes, huge shower! No pool but we went there to go snorkeling so it wasen't a big deal. Nice walk to Duval St. Really got face to face with the REAL Key West! Nice veranda. Good price considering it was April. We took the ferry from Ft Myers and the hotel is a block from the ferry terminal. Just a delightful find!!

  • Liked — Location cleanliness amenities
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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ENTERPRISE,ALABAMA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2008

I was very disappointed...the exhaust fan...was out in the bathroom and either the drained was backed up or it was mold. The stench was so bad we could not even leave the bathroom door open and certainly could not stand the smell when taking a shower without gagging. We did bring this to the front desk attention and they said there had been problems in several rooms with this and to them it was no big deal. I will not be going back. It was a night mare. First place why would you rent a room knowing it wasn't up to pare???

From a previous review I read I understand there was a sister hotel across the street which afford food and a pool but, we were never told about it.

There were mildew on the cushions of the chairs outside our room and buckets of water which draw mosquito' s in the evening hours for the guest sitting outside. The buckets were never emptied or moved the whole time we were there.

  • Liked — NOTHING
  • Disliked — THE SMELL
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2008

Sure doesn't look like the pics on Orbitz or Hotels.com. Cleanliness was a serious issue. Smelled stale and smokey even though it is supposed to be a non-smoking hotel. Mold in the shower and on bathroom floor tiles. Carpet was very sticky-would not go bare foot for sure. Bedding and towels were clean. Staff's response was that this is Florida and mold is hard to combat. Location is quite far from Duval and main action. Has no water in the "wet bar"/ kitchen area. Would not recommend.

  • Liked — Heritage Building
  • Disliked — Cleanliness
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Georgia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2008

We just returned from a 10 day stay in Key West. We stayed at Budget Key West. It definately exceeded my expectations for the price we paid (about 99/night). Outside of the room is a sitting area with 2 chairs, a table, and an ashtray if you need it. This was a good area to store bikes if you rented them/brought them, let your towels dry, or just hang out. The room we stayed in was comfortable and clean. We had a queen sized bed, side table with lamp, 6 drawer dresser, wardrobe with hangars, TV with cable channels (most important for visitors: The Weather Channel, NOAA channel, and the Keys Channel), bathroom with large shower and never ending hot water (shower only-no bath), celiling fan, carpet in room, and kitchenette area. The kitchenette area was a big plus. There was a coffee maker, microwave, and larger sized mini-fridge, dishes and utencils. However bring your own can-opener, bottle opener, and wine opener. Every dining place is a little pricey. We saved money on breakfast and lunch, and used our money on nice dinners and activities. Some of the best dining is off Duval (like Mangia Mangia, Michaels, Cafe Sole). We brought breakfast cereal, oatmeal, yougurt etc since we could use the microwave and refridgerate items. They provide coffee, but you could always bring your own. For lunch we brought deli meats, sandwich stuff, breads, and chips etc. There is a little freezer part in the mini-fridge which was a good place for cold packs. So if you are going to the beach often, use coolers or lunch bags to bring food/snacks/drinks/plenty of water. There is an ice machine outside. Key West is open container...so bring some decent sized cups and stock up on your favorite beverages and fix your drinks before you go out. The hotel is in walking distance from pretty much anything. It was 4/5 blocks from Duval. We were able to walk to Mallory Square, to the boat for the Fury Adventure trip, the ferry boat for Dry Tortugas, Ft. Zach (a longer walk-probably more like 50 min to the water-great snorkeling right off the beach to see colorful fish), resturants and bars, shopping...Bring comfortable shoes. Parking is only on the street. Otherwise the parking garage about a block away can be costly. It's 14 bucks a day. There's no weekly rate, only monthly. So, we parked the car and pretty much left it there. We took the bus everywhere if we didn't want to walk. It's 8 bucks for a 7 day unlimited ride pass. You can find the bus route online or get a map from one of the buses. The locals on the bus were very friendly and helpful. Bicycles and scooters also seemed to be good ways to get around. The staff was helpful and friendly. They helped us book day trips, give recommendations, and print out the weather forcast for example. We had our laptop, but we could not access internet in our room. There are several internet cafes nearby. There is a rooftop area to lounge outside. There's no pool at Budget, but right across the street at Albury Court (which is Budget's sister property) there's a small pool area. Dante's Pool Bar is about a block away and has a fantastic pool with a waterfall; however, I think I paid like 10+ bucks for a frozen drink. They don't check to see who buys food/drinks though. Budget didn't have a breakfast, but Albury provides coffee/juice/muffins etc...and we got some breakfast over there one day because it was just laid out by the patio area near the pool. All in all, it was a great stay. When we return to Key West we will definately stay there again.

  • Liked — Price for location/ammenties
  • Disliked — No internet
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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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SW Florida
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2008

This property is clean, comfortable and has a decent location for adults not planning to drive much.

The front desk people aren't very personable and finding an on-street parking spot is more than challenging during peak times.

It's located close to the old Seaport (aka Key West Bight) and a reasonable stroll to Duval Street. The Bight has several good bars and restaurants, there's a full size super market and also a parking lot there. It makes sense to go through there on your way to Mallory Dock for the sunset Ceremony.

Finnegan's Wake, a really friendly irish Pub is just two blocks from the property.

Comfortable beds (we got the dual Queens), small fridge and wet bar rounds out the list.

  • Liked — Price/Quality
  • Disliked — Front Desk
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Annapolis, MD
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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Address: 1031 Eaton Street, Key West, FL 33040
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #85 of 94 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 17
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