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“Great location and value”
Review of Cuban Club Suites

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Cuban Club Suites
Ranked #72 of 77 Key West B&B and Inns
Cape Cod
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great location and value”
Reviewed January 24, 2010

We have recently returned from Key West. We stayed at the Cuban Club Suites. We loved our condo; it had all the conveniences of home. The condo was clean and comfortable. The balcony overlooking Duval Street was a great place to start your day with morning coffee and the perfect way to end the day with a night libation. The location was perfect; you are in walking distance of all the action and can sleep at night because you are on the quiet end of Duval. The staff was always cheerful and accommodating Christmas in Key West was truly memorable and we are already planning our return trip to the Cuban Club Suites next year.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — pool
  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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2 Thank fiftyandhavingfun
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Strongsville, Ohio
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Reviewed October 16, 2008

My husband and I and a group of our friends were looking for a vaction place for his 50th birthday. We found it in Key West at the Cuban Club! Considering other places on Duval street we have stayed, this was a palace.
We've stayed here 3 years and am looking forward to going back this December 2008. The staff was very accomidating with whatever we needed; blenders, cd players, cork screws, extra pillows, extra towels, etc. Anything we needed we got and then they left us alone and stayed out of our way. WE PARTIED LIKE WE WERE IN COLLEGE AGAIN. The wrap around porch was our Cabana. WE SMOKED CIGARS, DRANK LIKE FISH, PLAYED LOUD MUSIC AND DANCED TILL MIDNIGHT OUT THERE. We loved the availability of a kitchen and ate almost every breakfast and lunch in our suite. DINNER WE ATE OUT AND THEN CAME BACK TO OUR OASIS.
BEING IN OUR 50'S WE ARE LAZY, so walking to most attraction (even Mallory square) was a breeze.
DID WE REALLY CARE WHAT THE FURNITURE LOOKED LIKE? NOPE...as long as the sheets were clean and the furniture held our weight. The toilets flushed and we had hot water when we wanted it. The maid service was wonderful and cleaned up after us slobs everyday. The dishwasher was always loaded, bathrooms and toilets cleaned, fresh towels and linens daily.
The pool was small but very intimate. we met and made many friends there over the years. BREAKFAST IS BREAKFAST. If you want hot food go get crepes across the street.
We will be at the cuban club every december celebrating my husbands 50th again and again year after year AND HOPE THE CUBAN CLUB STAYS THE SAME.

  • Liked — quiet and right on duval street
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
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3 Thank HeartinNC
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Lexington, South Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed July 17, 2008

If you are looking for a home away from home in a great part of Key West, the Cuban Club Suites is the place to go. It is spacious and if you have a group of people . . . the price is better than going with individual hotel rooms. There is a pool next door that is nice but very small and quiet. It is within walking distance from most everywhere in downtown Key West.

You can request some rooms that overlook Duval Street with porches and rocking chairs.

You do miss some of the luxuries of hotels like a restaurant and bar. However, there is only a short walk for all of these. Full kitchen is nice to have for long stays in Key West.

  • Liked — Space and location
  • Disliked — not having the luxuries of a hotel
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled with friends
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1 Thank AmyBryant
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2007

This review has been a long time coming... We stayed in 2004, so I can't imagine that a lot has changed. We were going to stay there this Spring, but decided to try Puerto Rico. We had two couples staying at the Cuban Club, it was a great layout with two full bedrooms and bathrooms, on two floors. So, you definitely have your privacy. Our room/condo had a dining room, kitchen with dishes and appliances, a washer and dryer, living room with TV and cable, and a great balcony with rocking chairs. There is a great wine store right across the street that we frequented to buy wine for our nights on the porch. It is about a 10 minute walk uptown to the bar and restaurant area which was very convenient. The hotel is far enough away from the crowds to get a good night's sleep. The A/C worked fantastically. In our downstairs room the roosters did wake us early every morning, but our friends upstairs didn't believe us because they didn't hear a thing... The pool was great and the staff were attentive. This is the only place we would stay again on Key West.

BTW, renting a bike is great. If you call ahead they will meet you at the hotel when you arrive and you just call when you are done. We biked allover the island, including our daily trips to the Fort Zack beach. This was the best beach in my opinion.

Enjoy your stay!

  • Liked — The amenities, like laundry, dishes, etc.
  • Disliked — The fact that I can't live there all year round!
  • Stayed February 2004, traveled with friends
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3 Thank OhioBeachBum
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Seattle, WA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2006

Stayed here with my mom in November of 2006 - we moved here after not being happy with our room at the Douglas House (it's the hotel next door, and they manage the Cuban Club, plus, I think, a few other places, too). This review really covers both places since they share amenities (like the pool) and are in similar shape. The grounds of the Douglas House are beautiful - cute pool (they now only have one pool and not two) and jacuzzi. Management was kind of cold, but did an okay job of greeting us. The room we had (Travelers Palm) was nice, but it was in desperate need of upgrading, and it was very dark inside, and pretty musty. After one night on the very uncomfortable bed and sofa bed, we asked if anything else was available and were moved to the Cuban Club. We had a huge room with a nice big porch on Amelia Street and at the quiet end of Duval - the location is superb - there is a lot to walk to and it's easy to get around. Again, however, the rooms/suites really need some upgrading and repairs, and the bed and sofa bed were just horrible! The place was clean, and has a lot of potential, but I hesitate to recommend it until they do some things to get it in line with the rates they charge (we paid $235 a night). The continental breakfast is fairly useless - small packs of cereal, bread and fruit, plus coffee or tea. Furtunately, there are great places to get food, like Alices (on the corner of Duval and Ameila) and the Banana Cafe (on Duval). At this point, if space and location are your prime concern, it's fine to stay here, but if you want anything else, look at other properties - for this money I expect bathrooms and furniture and kitchens that are not 25 years old and in desperate need of repair.

  • Liked — Location and size of rooms!
  • Disliked — Condition of rooms - needs to be upgraded!
  • Tips/Secrets — Ask about construction when you book!
  • Stayed November 2006
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6 Thank travelbugseattle
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2006

The short review:
Not Recommended:
Pros: Location, room size, full kitchen, charm and character
Cons: Smelly and cheap indoor/outdoor carpeting, no pool on-site, miserable Continental breakfast, uninterested staff

The longer-winded version:
My wife and I travel to KW annually with friends of ours, so we usually rent 2/2 apartments or condos, which can be somewhat hard to find. The room configuration was what initially attracted us to the Cuban Club and honestly, this property has a lot going for it – a great location just south of Truman (the quieter end of Duval St), an historic building with lots of character and spacious rooms with wraparound porches. But it only gets three stars from us because of the aloof management and substandard condition of the property. Bear in mind, this is not a housekeeping complaint. The staff did the best with what they have to clean, but things like cracked tiles, rotting wood, ripped upholstery and most notably a strong musty smell keep this place from being someplace I'd recommend.

We arrived and were greeted professionally but with no trace of any warmth or congeniality that was prevalent in the other places we have stayed in the past. After agreeing to a set of rules seemingly written for Spring Breakers, we were “shown” to our room. This consisted of opening the door. I should also mention that the other staffer at the front desk was shopping on the Banana Republic web site and didn’t even bother to acknowledge our existence. The room smelled like Grandma’s (if Granny had a drinking and mold problem.) The upstairs room had a door that was so warped it wouldn’t open and the furniture was a mish-mash of some nice but mostly really trashy stuff. The beautiful wrap around deck was great (until your neighbors began to use theirs as well) and the apartment has to be close to 1,000 square feet, which really made the space comfortable (if you could stand the odor).

This place is owned by the adjacent Douglas House, which is where you have to go to check in, use a pool, or get breakfast. Don’t bother with the breakfast. Pre-packaged cereal, mini-muffins and bread (yes, just slices of bread) make up the Continental breakfast. The audacity to have a tip jar next to this paltry array made me chuckle. If you want a really great breakfast, and we did, since we were paying hundreds per night, walk right next door to Alice’s – a fine dining place that is open for breakfast and who was so good we went back the next day.

The problems with the Cuban Club could easily be fixed with a little re-investment and attention from the management company. Due to its room configurations, it’s very likely become a popular Spring Break rental and has no doubt been the site of some legendary parties. But so have many other Key West properties that manage to keep the places in better shape. The comment card in the Cuban Club says they “aim to exceed your expectations.” If your expectations are low, they may succeed, but since this place costs the same as other, much nicer and better-cared-for properties, I’ll stay elsewhere next year.

  • Liked — Location, historical significance
  • Disliked — Musty smell, poor property condition
  • Tips/Secrets — Eat breakfast at Alice's next door
  • Stayed July 2006
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10 Thank awfulcat
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southern NJ
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed May 9, 2006

I stayed at the Cuban Club for four nights with my wife and another couple. Our unit had one bedroom downstairs and a large loft upstairs with another bed and full bathroom. It was spacious (1500 Sq Ft) and had a balcony overlooking Duval St, which we spent ALOT of time on waiting for the wives to "do" themselves up. The units are privately owned and managed by Douglass House, so call them directly and ask them for the AAA discount for an even better rate than advertised.
We walked to Southernmost House (3 blocks) and Mallory Square (10 blocks) with ease. It really is an easy, lazy walk. We did most of the walks while somewhat intoxicated and/or full from dining. There are two small pools and a hottub which are on the Douglass House property. You may think that would be a long walk, but it is literally about 90 seconds from your door. Down the steps, through a small parking lot, and onto the DH property. They offer a daily continental breakfast at the pool area-coffee, cereal, breads, juice, etc. Another breakfast spot is about 75 feet south of Cuban Club; we, unfortunately, never got the chance to eat there. Below the suites are two stores and there is a market across the street-for our six packs!

Would I stay here again, absolutely! I found it to be the perfect mix of location, price, and size for my vacation needs.

  • Stayed May 2006
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2 Thank ritewinger
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Property: Cuban Club Suites
Address: 1102 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040-3100
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
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Ranked #72 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
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