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“Absoloute worst RAT HOLE hole in all of Key West!!!! CONTAMINATED” 1 of 5 stars
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Smallest Bar Inn
Ranked #74 of 86 Key West B&B and Inns
Plantation
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Absoloute worst RAT HOLE hole in all of Key West!!!! CONTAMINATED”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Disgustingly dirty!!!!! Room not at all as shown on website, or described on phone. This place prays on out of towners , its a take the money and run operation. Good luck checking in, or getting a key, and if you complain they'll ask you to leave and threaten to call the police, cause they've already billed your credit card. The owners name is Josh, he has a tattoo of a Lizard on his neck. He also owns Smallest Bar. The only thing he's capable of is lying and charging your credit card, he's rude, incompetent, discriminatory, and a pathetic excuse for a business owner. The hotel itself is just as pathetic as its owner, roaches, bugs, broken furniture, dirt everywhere, hasn't been cleaned in months, much less remodeled or updated. There is no front desk or staff or housekeepers, only him and a bartender who have mastered the pass the buck, not my job, too bad buddy, game. Because they already got your credit card info. Don't be fooled by the positive reviews, take the time to read a few, and you'll see commonality, and if you're still truly interested in booking, GOOD LUCK, YOU'LL NEED IT!!!!!!!! Learn from my and the many others mistakes this place in a NIGHTMARE!!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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15 Thank m m
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customshouse, Owner at Smallest Bar Inn, responded to this review, October 15, 2012
Persona Non Gratis
Dear Sir
Your short stay at our facility failed to include the following :
You and other guests checked into the facility for a Bachelor party stay.
AS always , Upon checking in , guests keys are obtained in the Smallest Bar, located at the front of the property.
At aprox 2a.m. you again arrived at the bar demanding that you be let into your room ROOM. because you had separated (another story) from your group. You Then went to every room in the facility and began banging on other guests doors. Following that you returned to the bar and were extremely disrespectful to the bartender on duty and other patrons in the bar. You were then asked to leave the bar.
The following morning the groom and best man contacted the manager "Josh" and asked that he have you check out of the facility because of the disturbance and that you had altercations with them in the room and that you had broken and destroyed some hotel in the room
At aprox 10:30a.m. the manager "josh " arrived to your room and explained to you that due to the circumstances that had occurred you would need to check out of the facility. Two hours later the manager was again called and informed that you had not checked out. When the manager returned to your room you threatened him and at that point he told you that you should leave the premises immediately or the police would become involved. At this point he left your room, you departed from the facility. The other guests in your party stayed and enjoyed themselves as they had in many previous occasions.

We understand your embarrassment and unhappiness however, in all fairness we find this indent unfortunate for not only yourself but for the manager, bartender and guests. We also find your synopsis of your stay, the rooms and staff and our operating procedures inaccurate
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Lake Placid, Florida, United States
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

We had a great time here. We had a group of 6 people, and staying here was the best value. For the price per person we could have only stayed on the other side of the island. The management were friendly and personable.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Ryan M
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

My husband and I were celebrating our recent retirement and booked this inn because of its proximity to Key West activities. We were VERY rudely "greeted" by the manager who yelled at us from behind closed doors (and never apologized!) at the Smallest Bar next door...that's the place you go to "check in." Very odd arrangement and very confusing. The room not only lacked the barest of essentials (such as no kleenex, only 1 bar of soap, and 2 little hangers) but also the air conditioner did not work and was stuffed with rags, plus the mattress on the bed was almost non-existent. The nice older gentlemen who worked there did try to make amends for the poor behavior of the manager. This COULD be a wonderful, quaint place to stay...under a new manager!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Mandal, norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

We stayed here for two nights in february and we had a very pleasant stay. A really charming place in the middle of the old town. It reminds me about French Quarter in New Orleans.

Harald Rydberg Eriksen

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank haraleri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary in September since it was also recommended to us by the father who had stayed there. We were so thrilled with the fabulous location and how spacious our room was! The mini kitchen was great for making cocktails in the room as well. We loved it so much that we booked right then for a guys weekend for my husbands birthday. They crew just got back from a wonderful trip and everyone of the guys said they LOVED it! The room was even bigger than the one we had stayed in. I think Old Custom House will have some new business soon. Key West is our favorite place to just be laid back and worry free. This place made it even easier for us to do that. Thanks for taking good care of us.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Keywestgirl1
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Melbourne, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for our anniversary because it was recommended to me by the father who had just stayed there. We were so incredibly happy with the superior location and our room was super spacious. The room is very clean and we even made a new "cat friend". My husband loved it so much that he booked right then for his birthday weekend which he just came back from. This room was even bigger and nicer. He traveled with all the guys for this one and they loved it too. I think they will be getting some new customers coming back!!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank keywestgirl321
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Palm Bay, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

I have vacationed in Key West every 3 months for the past 10 years, this wasn't my first time staying at Old Customs House Inn it is the only place I stay....It is awesome. Best spot of the Keys, especially if you enjoy shopping, site seeing and the night life! My suite was extreamly nice and cozy, hard wood floors, two comfy double beds with an extra pull-out mattress to sleep six comfortably even though I only need one bed. Very spacious and very clean. There is a bar called World's Smallest Bar and it is awesome, I can get trashed and crawl to my room if I wanted to. No need for a taxi everything you need is within walking distance, it is in the heart of Key West!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Brandon D
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Property: Smallest Bar Inn
Address: 124 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040-6506 (Formerly Old Customs House Inn)
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #74 of 86 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Smallest Bar Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 6
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