My wife, son (16 yrs old), and I stayed at the Ibis for 4 nights. I echo what another reviewer said, which is that if you are looking for luxury, do not stay here, but if you are looking for a quiet, clean place to stay, then consider the Ibis. This was formerly the "Blue Lagoon Sports Motel" which I was told had a spotty reputation. New owners are trying to change this back to a value place to stay and I think they are succeeding. Our room was small/spartan, but it was clean, freshly painted, and served as a great starting and ending point for our stay. We did not want to spend a lot of money on our hotel since we planned on being out most of the time. The Ibis fit that bill. You can wake up, walk to their patio/outdoor bar/restaurant and get a great latte for $2.50 and breakfast that is reasonably priced, then go downtown to enjoy Key West. The pros of the Ibis were the cost (and free parking), location, cleanliness, and quiet. Cons were the somewhat loud AC unit, waterfront (which is just a man-made bay with rocky shoreline), and small size of the room. The support staff were all kind, but we did have to ask for items that we had requested in our reservation, like a refrigerator and hair dryer. We also asked for a microwave, but we never got one, but that was OK because I'm not sure where it would have fit into our room. Another pro was that across the street is a large grocery store/pharmacy. It also has a nice salad/fruit/soup bar so if you want to save some money, you can make yourself a big salad to go.
I would recommend a waterfront room. Being able to open the sliding door and sit outside made the room seem larger and more private. We never used the pool even though it looked great. We only ate breakfast there, so I can't comment on dinner but they did have live entertainment when we returned from our days out. I was concerned with possible noise (neighbors, live music, street noise), but that was never a problem. Also, there is not bathtub, just a shower which is fine for us, but may be important to you. Not to be rude, but one of my criteria for an OK bathroom is if I can sit on the toilet and close the door without hitting my legs. You can. Still, the bathroom is small, but servicable.
All in all, the Ibis is more like a motel than a hotel, giving you the basics. But if you are looking for a reasonably priced place to use as a starting point, then I would recommend adding this to your list of possible places to stay.
Outside of the Ibis, we drove into town each day (less than 5 minute drive). If you are going to spend all day downtown, then use the city's parking ramp at the corner of Grinnell and Caroline. Thirteen dollars for covered parking that's located right at the beginning of the boardwalk. If you want to park for free, then we found we could still find places a few blocks off of Duval Street (the main street in town) if we got downtown by 9 am. Key West doesn't seem to wake up until 10:30ish so finding a spot wasn't hard for us. We would recommend going to Ft. Zachary State Park. Great snorkling, swimming, eating (picnic tables in the shade), restrooms, and you can see the sunset without the crowds (I included a picture). Seven dollars gets a car in for the entire day. You can leave and reenter that day as long as you save your receipt. Finally, we did a 4-hour snorkling/lunch trip with Capt Alex (Islescapes). It was great. Just my family, Capt Alex and his first mate. We had lunch on the beach of an island about 10 miles offshore that we basically had to ourselves. Capt Alex will make whatever you request for lunch. Snorkling was great by a lighthouse around 9 miles offshore then we snorkled by a sunken pirate ship nearer to the Keys. It was about $450, but if you can afford it, we'd recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis Bay is exactly what you dream of when you imagine Key West. It's a friendly, quirky resort with design and colors inspired by 1950s Havana. The landscaped white sand beach leads right up to the beachfront guest rooms, and guests can jump right into the beautiful bay for swimming, snorkeling and take jet skis, kayaks or paddle boards right from our dock! The staff are all Key West locals who love the island and want our guests to enjoy their stay. We have exclusive attractions like our poolside Dive-In Movies every Wednesday night on a 20ft screen by the pool, plus Nightboarding nightime LED-lit paddleboarding and kayaking! Wildlife abounds on our grounds including huge tortoises, lots of large colorful parrots, local iguanas (don't touch!) and our namesake, the very pretty ibis birds. In the mood for some fun? Ask our Fun Desk concierge about our jet ski, scooter and electric car rentals on site plus paddle board, kayaks and kiteboard rentals on the beach. They can also recommend off-site activities, restaurants, tours and local attractions. We have 80 hammocks for lazing about, and an amazing restaurant called The Stoned Crab that has two of its very own fishing boats delivering fresh crab, shrimp, lobster and fish every day! What are you waiting for? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ibis Bay Waterfront Hotel Key West
- Blue Lagoon Hotel