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“A certain Charm and good Duval Street Location” 3 of 5 stars
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La Te Da Hotel
1125 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040   |  
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Ranked #20 of 40 hotels in Key West
Boston, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“A certain Charm and good Duval Street Location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

This was myself and a female friends 1st trip to the Keys. We were driving down from Key Largo after good stay at the Marriott and were looking forward to the charm of Key West.

After reading reviews and doing research on price and location, I decided to give La Te Da a chance for a 2 night stay - Room #22 (1st floor right near restaurant). It is considered a Deluxe room due to crown molding and was only one available at time of booking.
Our room was steps from the restaurant with small fridge which came in handy. As many other reviews say, it does need to be updated. The room was semi-small for 2 people. There is a bureau and small half closet but no vanity or shelving in bathroom to hang anything. Not even a hook on back of door. They supplied enough clean towels and facecloths plus 2 pool towels.
We found parking nearby on a side street where we left car rest of stay. Check-in was smooth but didn't get any breakfast vouchers at time which didn't occur till needed.

The location is close to so many restaurants and shops. Hemingways house which we toured and enjoyed is the next block over. Southernmost is to right of hotel down Duval St about 4 blocks and to left is marina and many restaurants about 8 blocks away. You get plenty of exercise walking around to the sights. You can also rent bikes and for those who prefer - scooters. I'm a walker myself!

We ended up having a late delicious seafood lunch at Alonzos at the waterfront. After doing sufficient research on snorkel trips. We booked a all day Snorkel/Mangrove kayaking trip with Sebago Watersports. You have to be at boat 30 mins before they leave. I did a separate review on them but we had a lot of fun for the price. The crew, boat and food were fun!

When we got back to La Te Da, I found out that breakfast didn't start until 8:30 AM with no exceptions. That is SO late even though it's island time. Because breakfast is included we were hoping we could get something to go, a drink voucher, etc. The concierge wouldn't budge. We had to be at the marina or miss/forfeit snorkel trip and $. This was a disappointment for us naturally. One reason I picked hotel was because breakfast was included and a good one according to reviews.

We didn't book Cabaret show at hotel even though we considered it. We did come back satisfied after great tapas and martinis at Martins - right down street on right hand side. Dave Boutle was in the Piano bar and has a good voice and personality. We did have a drink and dance to some of the music. This wraps up about midnight. The outside of the hotel, the small lobby, restaurant and piano bar are all updated. The rooms need some TLC.

We did go in the small pool which was warm and somewhat clean. We put wine in plastic cups we had brought and floated around with included noodles. The staff was friendly and talkative about things to see and do. The grounds looked decent. We never did see Cabaret room or any other guest rooms. We both enjoyed our breakfast of eggs and meat the 2nd morning.

We did go out the next night for Cuban food at El Meson de Pepe down near waterfront. I had a good Chicken dish with rice, beans and yucca. My friend had Grouper with veggies and rice. We both enjoyed our dinners. Thurs night low season there was a moderate amount of people out. Friday night was hopping. Both nights we found music to listen and dance to - from live bands to DJ's. Margaritaville was overated and the entertainment should of been much better.

La Te Da rooms could use an update - bedding, tiles and grout need replacing around sink, tub and toilet. They have the location and a certain charm already. It depends on your preferences.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Safed, Israel
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46 reviews 46 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

the room is b-i-g, big bed and shower, and clean. The workers were extremely nice, and every morning we had a tasty breakfast- you can choose from yogurt, french toast or american breakfast and the choices are all good.
the location is excellent, on one of the main streets there and close to everything. had a great time there!

  • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

I've stayed at The La Te Da a handful of times in the last few years and the place remains awesome! The service is dynamite! Eric has been there for years at the front desk. He is very helpful and accommodating! The rates are very affordable. Cathy was our server for breakfast and was friendly and attentive. All the staff is friendly and helpful. The rooms are awesome! The grounds are lush and tropical. The piano bar is fun and classy! The outdoor bar is such a fun time! I would highly recommend this hotel to anybody staying in Key West. You wont be disappointed! - Steve Pacitto

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Palm City, Florida, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

I had always wanted to stay at La Te Da and was very happy to spend 2 nights off season between Womens Fest week and Bike week in Key West. We were upgraded to a luxury suite room (21) a nice sized room with a renovated bathroom upstairs. Everyone was super friendly, breakfast is included and you are only a few steps from everything. We really enjoyed being in close proximity to the Wine bar, Rum bar, good restaurants, art galleries, shopping etc. The food, drinks and service at La Te Da were better than expected and we can't wait to return.

  • Stayed September 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Okay, my husband and I didn't stay at the La Te Da, but I still feel compelled to write a review as we stopped a couple of times on our trips up and down Duval to eat at the outside bar. It was WONDERFUL. The bartenders were just great and so was the food. If the service at the bar was indicative of the hotel as a whole I can't imagine that this wouldn't be an awesome laid back place to stay during a visit to Key West. You can see the pool from the bar and altough it's small, it looks like the perfect place to take a cooling dip. On the whole it looks like the La Te Da would be a fun place to stay on our next visit to Key West.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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West Milford, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Drove into Key West on the Friday before Issac, dropped the rented car off and settled in at The LaTeDa for 2 nights. Chris at the front desk was so nice & helpful with local info and everyone else working there was very friendly. Our room (31) was right off the pool and although it wasn't fancy it had character and was very clean. Having a small frig was a bonus. Breakfast was excellent. Went "downtown" just in time for the beautiful sunset and party atmosphere. We caught the end of the piano music in the bar area and wished we had gotten there earlier as it looked like so much fun. The location is great for exploring the island from one end to the other....so much to see along the way!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Holiday, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012 via mobile

I usually head down to Key West a couple of times a year. We were looking for a new place to stay and decided to try out La Te Da, since we have walked by it a hundred times.
Everything about our stay was excellent. The service was great. The breakfast which was included with our stay, was delicious. The rooms were clean and spacious. The pool and bar area were relaxing and clean. Not to mention rye location is great since it is on Duval but on the quieter end.
I'd definitely recommend this place and wil be back.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
La Te Da Key West
Hotel La Te Da
Address: 1125 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Key West
#9 Romantic Hotel in Key West
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