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Ranked #41 of 94 Key West B&B and Inns
Delray Beach, Florida
1 review
“Can't beat it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Location, friendly staff, great prices and excellent accommodations, put Olivia on the top of my list when I travel to KW. I've been fortunate enough to stay at Olivia about 6 times so far in various rooms, and I can't complain about any of them. The staff is always ready and willing to help you with whatever you need, and the location is perfect. Just off Duval and only a few blocks from the scene, but quiet enough that you can get some recovery sleep when you need it. I highly recommend the Old Town Suites group if you are coming to KW.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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OliviabyDuval, Manager at Olivia by Duval, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Your "Simply Wonderful" visit delights us, as we work very hard to do whatever we can in the background to help make that happen! Friendly staff, friendly guests, location and value make us a great choice for many. Thank you for your kind words.
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

From check in to check out - the place is perfect. All staff that we encountered were very friendly and helpful. We both slept very good in the bed in the Poolside room and were surprised because we have memory foam at home that has us spoiled. All the couples we met at the pool had stayed there before and liked it very well too. Most folks at the pool choose the clothing optional choice. Plus you get to meet so many nice people in that comfortable casual environment. We did have entertainment when two young couples - all young enough to be kids to any of the four couples in the pool walked in...they didn't even have the door closed and they were gone. Horrified I am sure, but like I said, they can now say they have 'been there.' Nicely located as we walked most places but did hop a cab when going further. We would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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OliviabyDuval, Manager at Olivia by Duval, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
A wonderful time in Key West is exactly what we like and are always pleased if anything we contributed helped make it "wonderful". We do have lovely guests to visit with from all over the world. Thanks, thanks, thanks!
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Houston
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Our stay was from late May to June 3rd. First night in the poolside room, the next four nights in the balcony room. Both rooms are very nice. We liked the balcony room the best do to the larger bath room and a porch for morning coffee. The rooms were both great. Very clean, well stocked, A frig. Micro, coffee pot and a eating area.
The pool area "clothing opp." was outstanding. A small area but only a few people use this very private area. We were first out at the pool every morning. Fresh towels were around the pool every morning.
We have been to KW many times and stayed in other very nice accomaditions; this is by far the best place we have stayed. We already booked for late Oct. for the ParrotHead Phocking.

I think the best thing about ObyD is the staff. Kay, DJ and Guy. Our check-in took about 5-minutes during a major rainstorm with the cab outside. We stoped in the office another day and DJ provided us with new places to eat. His personal likes. All great I must say. Check-out with Kay was just as easy and friendly. Everyday around the pool Guy would ask it there was anything we needed, if so, it was provided right then. Not three phone calls later to the front desk to remind them we needed something. The location is very private. but steps away from Duval Street. KW is a very special place, ObyD makes it even better.

Room Tip: Poolside Balcony if you can book it.
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  • Stayed June 2013, 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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OliviabyDuval, Manager at Olivia by Duval, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Your stay was over one of our few "rainy" periods and you still had a good time in Key West. The staff loves to share places they like with our guests and ask them about their favorites, too. So many great places to visit and eat...a delight! Of course, just stop us if you already have all your favorites and are anxious to get to them. We want to be accommodating to your needs, without boring you! Thanks for sharing your perspective about your Key West visit.
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Kissimmee, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Olivia by Duval is a little gem of a property, just steps from the craziness of Duval Street. Buffered from the noise and hub-bub of the craziness on Duval, you can relax, unwind and rest at Olivia by Duval in this little slice of Paradise, and be just a one-minute's walk from Duval when you're ready to re-enter the real world.

We were very lucky to find this little place. After a friendly check-in process at the office near Truman and Duval, we made our way to our poolside room, which opens onto the tiny, sparkling-clean, private clothing-optional pool. Just one other guest room, the poolside balcony, fronts onto the pool, and it was mostly unoccupied during our Sunday-to-Thursday visit.

Our poolside room is wonderful. Clean, bright, roomy, well-appointed, and just six steps from the clothing-optional pool.

The pool and deck are compact, but more than large enough for the number of guests being housed at Old Town Suites. We were sunning and splashing with just five other guests this afternoon: two young ladies, and three gentlemen. Sunny, serene, private, and comfortable, it's a perfect little nude retreat on a hot June day, and we're just 50 steps from the hub-bub of Duval Street.

The poolside room itself is bright, well-appointed, clean and comfortable. The tiny bathroom is the only thing less than perfect in the poolside room -- the shower is very compact, and the water never got as hot as we're used to in other hotels -- it was plenty warm, but we would have liked it a bit warmer if possible.

The toilet is likewise wedged into an odd corner, requiring men to watch their heads when standing -- this might be a problem at night. Aside from those two small items, the room is delightful. Spacious, spotlessly clean, with a mini-fridge, microwave, sink and table service for four, and there's an HD TV with 100 channels of cable programming and nice fast Wi-Fi.

We loved every minute of our stay at Olivia by Duval. It is such a treat to return from a morning or afternoon of sight-seeing on a hot June day, soaked with sweat, and be able to walk into our room, shed our clothes, and drop into the sparkling clean, cool pool, relaxing in the sun as Nature intended.

Olivia by Duval's LOW RATES are also amazing -- you can pay A LOT more for a LOT less in Key West. Mid-week, mid-June, we were thrilled to have a four-night stay for just $150/night.

WE LOVE THIS PLACE and will be back every time we visit Key West!

Room Tip: Ask for the Poolside room for a clothes-free experience -- no need to wear clothes at any time in yo...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OliviabyDuval, Manager at Olivia by Duval, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
For us, it is about Location, Clean, and Value. For those who do not require the options of food service restaurant, a bar, a "traditional" hotel room, office open 24/7, we are comfortable for your Key West stay. Don't get us wrong, those amenities are wonderful and a necessity for many travellers. We are happy they are not a requirement for all travellers. Thanks for staying with us.
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Tampa, FL USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

I cannot say enough good things about my stay here! We stayed in the porch side room in the pool house and it was perfect! Location was great. The room was clean, very spacious, beds were comfy, shower was hot & strong, and we got a free cold beer upon check-in. Plus, the price was fantastic! My only complaint is that we couldn't stay longer!!

We also stopped by the clothing optional pool. There was one completely naked couple when we first walked through after checking in. When we came back after lunch that day, we actually had the pool to ourselves, which made us a little braver than we might have otherwise been. A nice introduction to the clothing optional lifestyle for us.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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OliviabyDuval, Manager at Olivia by Duval, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Our Cleaning Attendants work very hard to hear the accolade about "clean rooms". Thank you. If for some reason, something is not to your liking, a quick call to the office will remedy it! Please let us know immediately, as at check out we can't fix it. We want your vacation in Key West to be the best, even if you stay somewhere else the next time. It's about every experience being great for our great little island. Thanks.
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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

First off let me just say there will plenty more trips for us to Key West and we will be staying at Olivia By Duval; no question.

DJ checked us in on our first day, gave us each a beer and tons of coupons, tips and answered all of our questions completely!

We stayed in the Poolside Balcony. Wonderful! Wonderful! The room was super clean. Very spacious. Great price. Location to the pool couldn't be better. We loved the clothing optional pool and met some great people who also enjoyed it with us. We all got a kick out of some of the guests who would see the six of us swimming or tanning nude, then turn and run. Too funny!It's not a secret folks. The confirmation email and website are very clear. Please, just don't come if you will be offended.

Nothing like waking up in the morning, having coffee and a swim without ever getting dressed. That balcony room was way too cool.

The location to Duval Street is great. Literally 60 seconds and you are there! Close to all the other attractions as well.

Can't be beat!

We will absolutely be back!

~Bob~

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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OliviabyDuval, Manager at Olivia by Duval, responded to this review, June 25, 2013
Your happy attitude and playful days are the essence of Key West. It's all about fun. No grouches allowed. Sounds like you made the most of everything and contributed to the fun of those around you. Please come back soon. Thanks for expressing your experience with us.
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Ohio
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We stayed one week night last week. Great location. Central to everything and easy to walk anywhere you want to go. Check in was easy and we were pleasantly surprised by our room...great for the price. Clean, comfy bed, nice little kitchen area and great little courtyard outside. We paid $10 to park out front for the night and wanted to do some site seeing after check out and they were nice enough to allow us to stay parked there for a few more hours while we walked around. The pool is clothing optional and we were greeted by about 6 very nice naked people when we walked through the pool area to access our rooms. We didn't partake but we were not put off either. At check-in we were offered a couple nice cold beers which was great! Thank you so much for the pleasant stay....can't say enough nice things. When we make it this way again we will be calling Olivia by Duval!

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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OliviabyDuval, Manager at Olivia by Duval, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Your kind words regarding our guesthouse are very much appreciated by our small staff who work so hard to make us "five stars for what we are"...not fancy, just clean, comfortable, friendly, and a wonderful location. Hurry back to see us and Key West!
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Address: 511 Olivia Street, Key West, FL 33040
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #41 of 94 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This affordable guest house features unique Key West style rooms, each with their own personality. The location is near attractions and Duval Street, the pool is clothing optional and the rooms all have a refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, and complimentary wifi. Come stay with a staff that is here only to cater to you! ... more   less 
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