This place offers Spartan but adequate accommodations for people traveling on a budget. The place looks as if it were built sometime in the ‘50’s and might have been updated around 1972, but if you’re just looking for a place to lay your head and aren’t hung up on aesthetics, this will do just fine. The room was old but clean, the water was hot, and everything basically worked. Put yourself in an old Keys Jimmy Buffett frame of mind and it’s okay for the $80 per night during high season (Christmas week). If you don’t mind paying $200 a night and up you can probably find nicer accommodations but you’re by no means assured of them.
The Lorelei waterfront restaurant/bar was just a 5 minute walk away, and was a delight on our first night there. For a couple days of scuba diving and roaming the Keys, the Key Lantern/Blue Fin did just fine.
The place is actually two motels under one management (you register in the same place for either). There’s mobile homes parked between the two, it’s kind of scruffy, and overall tacky as hell, but it was home for us for a couple days. We’ll do it again if we’re on a budget.
- Also Known As:
- Key Lantern Motel And Blue Fin Hotel Islamorada