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“Great historic inn” 4 of 5 stars
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Chelsea House Pool & Gardens
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   709 Truman Avenue, Key West, FL 33040 (Formerly Red Rooster Inn)   |  
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Ranked #38 of 44 Hotels in Key West
Malabar, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great historic inn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Our four night stay over Christmas was great! We parked the car and left it because of the inn's excellent location. We walked everywhere we wanted to go and rode our bikes, too. Staying in a historic inn is a wonderful experience, not like staying in a hotel. Our room was large and comfortable with plenty of hangers and pegs and a full length mirror. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Being an insulin dependent diabetic, I needed a freezer for my blue gel pack for my day kit. Our room's refridgerator did not have a freezer, but thanks to Lyenna & Betsy, my pack stayed frozen & I was able to use it every day. The continental breakfast at the pool area was filling and the resident cats made you feel at home in a Key West sort of way! Sitting in the rockers on the front porch in front of our room with a rum & coke at the end of the day was perfect. We enjoyed our stay!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Hollywood, Florida, United States
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We spent 3 nights over the New Year at Chelsea House. Our reception was extremely efficient and welcoming for us and our German Shepherd who we decided to bring at the last moment. The property has 8 pet-friendly rooms so make sure they can accommodate your pet in advance. Our room was clean, comfortable and parking was convenient and included with our package. As noted in other reviews, we did not have a closet but there were hooks to hang clothing in the room. The pool area is nice and gardens are lush. The location is perfect for walking to all of the venues on and surrounding Duval Street. We enjoyed our stay very much and will definitely stay at Chelsea House again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

First, let me say that the pool area is lovely, and the staff were super nice. Breakfast consisted of activia yogurt, packaged cereals and apples. Nice location - close enough to walk to attractions, but quiet. OK, now the down side. When we arrived, our room had not been cleaned very well. Hair in the tub. Rust, corroded tub drain, peeling paint on bathroom wall, rotting frame above window. There was mold growing on the ceiling and it smelled damp and musty. Not at all what we were expecting based on their website, and we are paying $2200 for the week, so not inexpensive. I talked to the management to see if we could be moved to another room, but they were booked. We are here for New Year's week, so nothing available. We had to prepay for this week, so we are out of luck. They got someone to come in with a bleach solution and clean up the mold. Smells much better. Advice: Be sure when you make your reservation to ask for a room that has been updated. Traveling with family members who had an updated room. They were in room 31, and their room is lovely. The place has wi-fi, but it doesn't work in our room. We were advised to sit by the pool, where the signal is better.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Easy Walk to all the Key West tourist sites. No need for rental car. Bike rental was a block away with bike racks on property. Safe. Old House gave you true flavor of Key West. The bedroom was large and bed comfortable, although hairs in sheets made you wonder if clean. Window A/C blocked out the noise of the street. Very small shower stall in the very small bathroom. Larger person could never fit. Window in bathroom growing mildew from where there was previous water damage. Faded print hanging on the bedroom wall. The wine refrig made lots of noise and never did get cool. Cleanliness of room leaves room for improvement. Rug never vacuumed and worn. Outside the steps were full of palm berries that you tried not bringing inside. Public areas are welcoming. Poolside breakfast with other guests was enjoyable. Just clean the rooms better, add new refrig, and new wall print, then you could forgive the tired old guest house. December 2011.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Miami Beach, Florida
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We were only their for one night, but the two staff members we had to deal with at the front were spectacular. Brian was a complete sweetheart! Room was a little small, but perfectly clean and comfortable for what it was. Would stay again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Had a wonderful stay in Key West at the Chelsea house. Stayed in room 26, the Forster Room. Room was slightly small but worked for the 4 days we were there. There is so much to do and see in Key West that the only time we spent in the room was to sleep and shower. The staff was extremely helpful, friendly,and accomodating in all aspects of our trip. Our room was clean as was the rest of the house. The location is the greatest, just a few short blocks from Duval almost in the center of the island. They only serve a continental breakfast, which was fine for us as we wanted to explore the island and try all of the wonderful restaurants around us. Our only complaint would be more space for your clothes and a full sized mirror on the wall. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

This place has everything you need in a hotel. It's not the Waldorf, but that isn't what it's supposed to be about. From a service and amenity standpoint, I would favoribly compare it with a Holiday Inn Express, but with an historic twist. The Chelsea House is actually two historic houses, along with some extra rooms that were added at later dates. The two main houses are ca 1880's and 1905, respectively. We stayed in Room #1 of the 1905 house, which appears to have once been the dining room when it was originally built as a private residence. It still retains all of the history you would expect from the historic house that is it, but comes with nearly all of the modern aspects of a new hotel/motel. In short, it has everything we needed. It features a very comfy bed, new TV with great channel selection, a new and quiet AC, a fully modern bathroom (but, with a style largely in keeping with the historic archetecture) and also...and this is very important when choosing a hotel in KW if you have a car...really good parking lots! None of this was lost on us and we were glad to have all of it. If you want a really good taste of KW and/or Southern FL history, you don't want to miss this place. You certainly won't find any places like this left in Miami and likely not too many in most of the other parts of the Keys. But, fortunately, KW has chosen to retain and retrofit most of their historic buildings and the CH is an excellent example of this. Don't miss it! (Also, I need to add that Bryan and the entire management and staff were very friendly and helpful with all of our needs and questions.)

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Address: 709 Truman Avenue, Key West, FL 33040 (Formerly Red Rooster Inn)
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 44 Hotels in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Chelsea House Pool & Gardens 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chelsea House Pool & Gardens is one of five hotels in the Historic Key West Inns collection and is centrally located in the Old Town area of Key West. Just two blocks from Duval Street, you can walk to Key West restaurants, nightlife, and attractions. This former estate property includes two grand Victorian mansions dating from 1888 and 1906 that stand on an acre of tropical gardens. Within the expansive grounds there is a large heated pool and many comfortable lounging areas. Whether you seek sun, solitude, or a gathering spot for friends, Chelsea House offers a perfect spot for your next Key West vacation. ... more   less 
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