This was myself and a female friends 1st trip to the Keys. We were driving down from Key Largo after good stay at the Marriott and were looking forward to the charm of Key West.
After reading reviews and doing research on price and location, I decided to give La Te Da a chance for a 2 night stay - Room #22 (1st floor right near restaurant). It is considered a Deluxe room due to crown molding and was only one available at time of booking.
Our room was steps from the restaurant with small fridge which came in handy. As many other reviews say, it does need to be updated. The room was semi-small for 2 people. There is a bureau and small half closet but no vanity or shelving in bathroom to hang anything. Not even a hook on back of door. They supplied enough clean towels and facecloths plus 2 pool towels.
We found parking nearby on a side street where we left car rest of stay. Check-in was smooth but didn't get any breakfast vouchers at time which didn't occur till needed.
The location is close to so many restaurants and shops. Hemingways house which we toured and enjoyed is the next block over. Southernmost is to right of hotel down Duval St about 4 blocks and to left is marina and many restaurants about 8 blocks away. You get plenty of exercise walking around to the sights. You can also rent bikes and for those who prefer - scooters. I'm a walker myself!
We ended up having a late delicious seafood lunch at Alonzos at the waterfront. After doing sufficient research on snorkel trips. We booked a all day Snorkel/Mangrove kayaking trip with Sebago Watersports. You have to be at boat 30 mins before they leave. I did a separate review on them but we had a lot of fun for the price. The crew, boat and food were fun!
When we got back to La Te Da, I found out that breakfast didn't start until 8:30 AM with no exceptions. That is SO late even though it's island time. Because breakfast is included we were hoping we could get something to go, a drink voucher, etc. The concierge wouldn't budge. We had to be at the marina or miss/forfeit snorkel trip and $. This was a disappointment for us naturally. One reason I picked hotel was because breakfast was included and a good one according to reviews.
We didn't book Cabaret show at hotel even though we considered it. We did come back satisfied after great tapas and martinis at Martins - right down street on right hand side. Dave Boutle was in the Piano bar and has a good voice and personality. We did have a drink and dance to some of the music. This wraps up about midnight. The outside of the hotel, the small lobby, restaurant and piano bar are all updated. The rooms need some TLC.
We did go in the small pool which was warm and somewhat clean. We put wine in plastic cups we had brought and floated around with included noodles. The staff was friendly and talkative about things to see and do. The grounds looked decent. We never did see Cabaret room or any other guest rooms. We both enjoyed our breakfast of eggs and meat the 2nd morning.
We did go out the next night for Cuban food at El Meson de Pepe down near waterfront. I had a good Chicken dish with rice, beans and yucca. My friend had Grouper with veggies and rice. We both enjoyed our dinners. Thurs night low season there was a moderate amount of people out. Friday night was hopping. Both nights we found music to listen and dance to - from live bands to DJ's. Margaritaville was overated and the entertainment should of been much better.
La Te Da rooms could use an update - bedding, tiles and grout need replacing around sink, tub and toilet. They have the location and a certain charm already. It depends on your preferences.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- LaTeDa offers 15 guestrooms in a vibrant Key West style atmosphere. The whole property has been recently renovated by new owners. LaTeDa Features - A full cooked to order is complementary for all hotel guests. - Nightly piano Bar with live entertainment - Cabaret theater - Terrace bar with Duval St view. Note: LaTeDa does not offer any clothing optional areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Te Da Key West
- Hotel La Te Da