We stayed at the La Te Da Hotel in Key West last week. We chose it on the basis of Tripadvisor reviews and generally in the past, a good review on Tripadvisor is a sure fire way of finding a good hotel.
First impressions were that of my own naivety. Given that Key West has a large gay community, I should have read something into this hotel's name. I just had not realised or spotted that it was a gay hotel. We have stayed at gay run establishments in the past and they have been superb. Unfortunately this one wasn't.
We had been given a supposedly deluxe room and my wife's cousin had the neighbouring room. Both were right by the bar at the front of the establishment. It is a piano bar with enough PA power to rival Wembley Stadium! There was a very competent entertainer who played a lot of Elton John type of music which unfortunately went on for far later in the evening than we were able to. After around midnight, when the music stopped we were then serenaded by the sound of cutlery being replaced in drawers in the pantry area that was next door to our room. It sounded like they were hurling each knife fork and spoon from the second floor at full force. Maybe we were unlucky in getting such noisy rooms. There are other rooms in the hotel that are further from the bar but there is a show lounge upstairs where they host drag entertainments on certain nights of the week. It was far too noisy and really not for us!
Breakfast was supposedly included but the choice was small as were the portions. They were really not up to the standards for breakfasts that we had become accustomed to in America. You could have either fruit/yogourt or fried but not both. Throughout the hotel were notices where staff were pinching for tips. The hotel supposedly offers free WiFi but it did not work for the duration of our stay and no effort appeared to have been made to get it up and running again.
The hotel's location is at the southern end of Key West's main drag (if you'll excuse the term!) This gets very lively in the evenings with all sorts of bohemian characters and loads of music bars and clubs. There is no car parking available within the hotel but there are nearby streets where cars can be parked for free. This may involve some walking after having searched for a space to park. There are parking meters outside the hotel where a quarter dollar buys you seven minutes so suitcases can be offloaded.
Would we stay there again? Certainly not. It was far too noisy and service was no better than mediocre. It was really not for us. That said, if you are in to the gay scene, if you like lively noisy bars and suffer from either insomnia or deafness, then this place may be okay for you. For us it was terrible!
Hope this is helpful.
- Also Known As:
- La Te Da Key West
- Hotel La Te Da