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“50's Kitsch”
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El Patio Motel
Ranked #63 of 77 Key West B&B and Inns
Springfield, Illinois
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6 reviews
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“50's Kitsch”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Friendly, helpful staff. A step back in time with decor that was refreshingly cute. Great value, clean rooms, A little off the beaten path, but not too far off. We booked the 2 room suite and was pleased with it. There was plenty of space for 3 of us. Just don't expect an electric plug in the bathroom. This hotel was built before that was a consideration.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

This is a 1950s Motel and I was here in the early 80s it was the best value then and still is.
I paid 99.00 today Sept 2013, and got room 18 upstairs; I was traveling solo, when I opened the door I was pleasantly surprised to find not only one room but two! The first one has a flat screen TV, a queen bed, a small fridge with a table and two chairs;there is a door between the rooms, than a huge closet to the left and another queen bed and bathroom with a tub/shower. I called a friend and he drove down here to join me, since I had 2 rooms. It is very near Higgs Beach with its fenced children park, an Italian restaurant(super good lunch I had) and next door to the beach is the famous West Martello Tower, Key West Garden Club, entrance is FREE a sea side garden breathtaking beautiful. I will most certainly rent there again, for a week, next time. They have bicycles for rent for 16. a day! Tropical foliage on the terrace and a roof top patio to lounge in. No roaches or ants at all.

Room Tip: This Hotel is old but clean, spacious and no mold in the bathroom. The clerk was friendly , helpful...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Cuban decorated motel. Old like historical but very cute. We thought it was a little wore out but felt like we were stay in a little history. Very clean the cleaner even made little flower shapes out of the wash cloths. The staff was very friendly and helpful.We stayed for a week and would stay there again. the price was real good too you can't beat the price.I hope they don't try to modernize the place it was really neat staying in a place that has been there that long. It was are 25th anniversary and we had a real good time THANKS

Room Tip: we got a first floor in side the court very nice to come out to with the big fountain and little sit...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thomasville, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed September 6, 2013

We felt like we had gone back to the 50's. it was very outdated, very over priced for what we got, lot of repairs need to be done, and the air conditioner did not work. It is a good thing we did not get stuck in due to weather because the tv did not work either. I would stay here again....if I were desperate!!!!

Room Tip: Go 4 star and up. There are a lot of sleazy places to stay in Key West. If you are staying at the...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Room was sufficient. Needs better door locks and a small fitness center would be great, but still a nice value considering Key West prices. Good location to beaches and Southernmost Point. Great staff. Pool is awesome temp any time of day or night. I would stay here again.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Winter Haven, Florida
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

We read many reviews on tripadvisor while choosing our motel for our vacation to Key West. El Patio Motel is NOT like most chain motels; the office is open from 8am-9pm, there are no coffee pots or microwaves in the rooms, and the bathrooms are small. But on the positive side, El Patio is in a good location that is convenient to the Atlantic Ocean beaches and Oldtown Key West. Higgs Beach is about 1/2 mile away and has bathrooms, outdoor showers, picnic tables, and BBQ grills. Also, the E. Tower of Montero nearby has a free tour.

South Beach is about 3/4 mile away and has the Southernmost Point buoy marker. Oldtown Key West has mostly scooter, bicycle, and walking traffic with some narrow streets and lower speed limits, and the majority of the attractions - like Mallory Square, Little White House, Hemingways House, and several museums.

This motel was clean, inside and out. Yes, it's old, but not as old as the house that we leave in! The window A/C unit in our #14 room did a good job of keeping our room cool, there was also a 3-speed ceiling fan. We had about 50 cable channels on our flat-screen TV, with a good picture. My minor complaint on that is NO onscreen channel guide. There is no breakfast, but there are many choices nearby for places to eat - even a 24 hour Denny's just a short scooter ride away.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maplewood, Minnesota
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

El patio is just a few blocks from a public beach and Duval Street. We were able to walk to Duval Street in 10 minutes. I didn't see many El Patio employees but the rooms were clean, so they were doing there job just fine. The rooms had tile floors, which I though was a little weird and unsanitary so I wore flip flops. The rooms were well air conditioned. The bathrooms were small but clean. The beds creaked a little but were comfy. It was a good value.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: El Patio Motel
Address: 800 Washington St, Key West, FL 33040-4799
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #63 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — El Patio Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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