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“Friendly staff, nice rooms, clean and fun” 5 of 5 stars
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822 Fleming Street, Key West, FL 33040   |  
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Ranked #54 of 92 Key West B&B and Inns
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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102 reviews 102 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Friendly staff, nice rooms, clean and fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

This was my first time staying here, and wont be the last. We had a great room, the staff is very friendly and helpful. The pool area is great and they host a nice little happy hour each evening. They have a quiet location, very walkable to Duval. Parking is street only but should be available within a few blocks walk.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Outer Banks, NC
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62 reviews 62 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We ecently stayed a few nights, had a very fun time. They have a daily happy hour, nice pool and hot tub area, along with plenty of places to hang out with your friends and meet new ones. Professional staff, clean rooms, friendly folks. Cannot wait to go back again.

Room Tip: Not sure there is a bad room, and can see room photos online to get what you want.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Dallas, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012 via mobile

We arrived during happy hour, came in drop the bags and had few drinks.Upon check-in Jay a (very helpful young man) helped us set up our tours for the next two days. Then we had a wonderful time the next 4 days. Breakfast was great help yourself to what they have that day,Happy hour the same. We had a very enjoyable time.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jackson, New Jersey, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We just want to say what a great time we had at the Equator Resort. The staff is fantastic and knowledgable about the area. We were so pleased with the accommodations. The resort was clean; the pool and hot tub were wonderful; nice choices of the continental breakfast. The happy hour was a great way for us to meet the other guests. Jay and Billy, our hosts, were very personable and made sure we always had everything we needed.

Thanks guys for a wonderful vacation

Room Tip: Afraid to say, cause we will always want the room we had when we visit again ;-)
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Falls Church, VA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Our group of 4 has been staying at the Equator every August for the last several years. We like August because (except for Tropical Heat Weekend) it tends to be fairly quiet -- off season. (So long as no tropical storms or hurricanes interrupt your stay!) We also like that the place is small enough to have an intimate feel and large enough to support a decent crowd on the weekends. The guests that we have encountered over the years tend to be less pretentious or wild than some other places. As long as they keep updating/maintaining, this place should be good to go for years. Rocco (on Sunday and Monday) is a reliable source of good info on where to go and what to do in Key West.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Equator Resort

We stayed at the Equator Resort from August 15 - 21, 2012 for Tropical Heat Weekend.

They say that first impressions are everything, so when we first drove up to the front door and was buzzed inside, my initial thought was "What did we get ourselves into?" The Equator Resort has a very unassuming entrance, an entrance with a green awning with the name on it stuck between two yellow buildings and as soon as you step through the front door you are hit with a wall of heat and a dark passage way leading to the office and pool area. Unlike most of the other guest houses in Key West the Equator has no street appeal, the building comes right up to the sidewalk, there is no inviting porch, landscaping or anything else to welcome you to your "home" for the next week. Again, first impressions are everything, but we kept moving forward.

We arrived about 6pm, during the nightly cocktail hour, Jay was the host on duty and buzzed us into the front door. Because it was happy hour, jay asked if it was OK if he gave us our keys, showed us to our room, and finished the checkin process after happy hour, this was fine with us.

We were in room 15 and we had a friend staying in room 16. Room 15 opens directly onto the pool patio, has a small sitting area with a sofa and chair, wet bar, microwave and sink. The bedroom is slightly separated and in the next room and contains a king size bed. The bathroom is off the bedroom and has a large shower stall with a three quarter glass brick wall. The small problem here is the opening to the shower is directly in-front of the shower head, but the shower head is on an extended arm so water is not going everywhere, it's a little backwards, but not a big issue. Room 16 is located behind the hot tub area and has a small outdoor semi private siting area, unfortunately this is located next to the hot tub's electrical/plumbing system so it is not a place you would want to sit and have your morning coffee especially in August. Room 16 also has a king size bed and the same bathroom setup with a shower stall. Both of these rooms are a little dated and in need of a refresh. We happened to look into a bother room, located next to the breakfast area, the room number escapes me, but this room is newer and has updated features and fixtures and the shower stall is nicely tiled and has a sliding glass door so water stays in the shower.

During happy hour Jay went over house info, like the property is not manned 24 hours and provided after hours contact info. He also went over happy hour and breakfast details. Because the property does not have a liquor license, they don't have a bar, but do have a daily happy hour where they provide to the guests, free of charge, beer, wine, and a frozen rum drink. A continental breakfast is also served each morning which consists of coffee, apple and orange juice, cereals, yogurt and yes canned fruit, as so many have commented on before… It is simple and basic.

Overall the property is nice and fairly well maintained with mature plantings. The layout of the property creates an inner courtyard which shields you from the outside world, though like some of the dated rooms the property could use some updates. Additionally the upper sun deck is still out of service, but we thought there was ample space around the pool and we did not miss this aspect.

The night before we checked out, we received a note from the staff thanking us for choosing the Equator and reminded us about tipping and suggested a 10% tip based on the room charge before taxes. While we were expecting this, from reading past reviews, we did find this to be a little excessive. We travel regularly and have stayed at many fine resorts and on cruise ships where we have been waited on hand and foot 24 hours a day and our room was serviced several times a day. This is not the case at the Equator, our room was services once each morning, when we came out for breakfast usually about 8am before showering or getting ready for the day. On two occasions when I was asked if they could service the room, I told them no because my partner was still sleeping and I received a disappointed look from the staff. It almost felt as if, they wanted to clean the rooms as quickly as possible, so they could get onto other jobs… In my estimation in order for them to warrant a 10% tip based on room rate they would truly have to kick up the service several notches. We did leave a tip that we felt was representative to the level of service the property provides.

Sleeping was peaceful, we did not encounter any noise from other guests, this could be because room 15 does not share a common wall with another room. Additionally, we did not hear any pool noise during the night and the property was full. All and all we enjoyed our time at the Equator and would stay there again. Thanks for reading.

The property is men only, clothing optional.

Room Tip: Room 15 does not share a common wall with other rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Miami, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

We had a great room overlooking the pool and stay for 12 wonderful and relaxing days.

Room Tip: Go for the rooms overlooking the pool.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Equator

Address: 822 Fleming Street, Key West, FL 33040
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #54 of 92 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 33
Also Known As:
Equator Hotel Key West

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