El Patio is an older motel with a lot of good points. The location is great, as is the free on-site parking. The street is quiet and easy to find. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the free wi-fi worked fine for us (in room and out). The courtyard and rooftop are nice settings, and the saltwater swimming pool is nice and private, perfect for relaxing or a family swim. And unlike a lot of older motels, the plumbing at El Patio is great. We had plenty of water pressure and hot water. At request they provided a mini-fridge, blow dryer, iron, and mini ironing board. The bedrooms were unusually spacious, and the beds were acceptable for an older motel (but if you like really firm beds, look elsewhere).
But there are also a few drawbacks. There are no microwaves available (but they did provide a hot water pitcher so we could make oatmeal and tea). We had a two-room suite, but only the back bedroom had a (very loud) air conditioner. Fortunately our daughter likes to sleep warm so this was not a big problem.
The tiny bathroom was an issue, though -- it's really small! Plus a few little things - like no drain stop, no toilet seat cover, no place to hang towels and wet swimsuits -- made our stay a little more inconvenient than it could be. They could improve the guest experience just by adding a drying rack, some towel hooks, a toilet seat cover, and a drain stop to each room. QUIET A/C in both rooms of the two-room suites would help a lot too.
We also had minor quibbles with the maid service. Our room was often not made up until 3 or 4 PM, even when we left the "please service" door hanger out. The floors in all the rooms are old tile/terrazzo (not sure), and they mop them all apparently with the same mop. If we went barefoot in the rooms our soles were black within an hour. I think that has more to do with the age of the motel than anything else, but there it is.
So would we stay at El Patio again? Yes, I think so. Because of the value of El Patio we were able to afford a 5-night vacation rather than a 3-night stay at a more expensive place. Just be aware you get what you pay for, even at Key West prices.
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