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“Old Key West” 5 of 5 bubbles
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El Patio Motel
Ranked #62 of 77 Key West B&B and Inns
Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
8 reviews
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“Old Key West”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2012

Visiting the Florida Keys is much more authentic when you avoid the cookie cutter chain hotels and stay at authentic Florida Keys Motel. I am a bicyclist and I ride the Florida Keys often. I found the El Patio Motel several years ago and have never been disappointed. It is clean, affordable and far enough away from the craziness of Duvall Street to be relaxing and quiet. The staff is friendly, informed and always ready to serve. They have a great and relaxing pool. And, as a bonus, there is the courtyard garden and a sun area on top of the motel that offers a good view of Key West.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Earl S
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Banff, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2012

I stayed here a few times throughout the years, and have to say this must be one of the best motels I have stayed in!

The gentleman at the desk was very nice to show me a room the first time, just so I could picture what I was "getting myself into."

I must say I was always impressed with the cleanliness of the place and I truly enjoyed their pool!

I was astonished to read reviews about rude management at this hotel! I have always been treated as an honorable guest there, and I have recommended this property to a number of friends who have visited Key West throughout the years.

I have yet to hear a bad comment from any person I referred to El Patio in the past.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gazpacho16
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Magdalenapie, Manager at El Patio Motel, responded to this review, 2 March 2012
Thank you for your review, and we appreciate the fact that you continue to stay with us when visiting our lovely island of Key West. We have met a lot of wonderful repeat guests who we look forward to seeing @ each visit from all over the world. We know that you have many lodging options to choose from, and we appreciate your business.
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2012

I stayed here on the advice of a coworker yet found myself utterly depressed at the state of the place. It probably hasn't been renovated since 1940. The linens were far from fresh and the bars on the windows left me wondering. Don't count on using the Internet - the network key doesn't work and the front desk isn't the most helpful. I slept on it the first night thinking I might be over reacting... Until I got into a shower that trickled out of the tap. Too bad they take your money up front - otherwise I would have changed hotels in a heart beat.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Lauraly23
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Magdalenapie, Manager at El Patio Motel, responded to this review, 2 March 2012
It appears as though our modest motel was not really what you were looking for. We understand that our motel is not for everyone, but we try our best to accurately describe our establishment. We are a modest, clean and quaint motel. If ever there is ever a problem, we hope that our guests inform us about it, so that we can attempt to fix any issues, maintenance or otherwise that may arise.
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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2012

I stayed for a week at the El Patio just before Christmas. I've waited a month before posting a review because I wanted to be able to give an objective opinion. There were things I really liked about this place, others not so much.

Pros:
-Cost - I looked a long time before booking my reservation and there just wasn't anything even close to this price range in the area.

-Staff - From my phone call to place my reservation to my last interaction with the front desk, the staff was pleasant and very helpful. There was some confusion when I rented my bike (the price I was quoted was $8/day but I was charged $12) and when I asked about it later, it was handled fairly. I was told that the actual price should have been $16/day but the manager did honor the first quote I was given.

-The patio - the rooftop patio is really very nice and while I was there was always deserted

-Quiet - again, while I was there the place was pretty quiet, no little kids or loud parties, although I see by some other reviews that this is not always the case

Neither pro or con
-Location - generally I loved the location. It's in a quiet residential neighborhood on the ocean side of the island. There is a public beach three blocks away. It is away from all the craziness of Duval Street. However, I did not have a car while I was on the island so I had a fairly long bike ride or walk every time I wanted to eat.

Modest and dated - from the furniture to the bedspread to the TV, everything was old-ish and modest. I decided to find this quaint and charming, like going to visit Grandma.

Cons
-Bed - my bed was awful, hard as a rock. By the end of my week there I couldn't lay flat on the bed.

-No wifi - I could only use their wifi if I was standing within about 5 feet of the office. I use my phone a ton, so this was a problem.

Not especially clean - not dirty per say, just not really clean. There was a little mold in my shower stall. The floor of my room appeared dirty, especially near the walls. When I walked around bare foot in my room my feet turned black.

Would I stay there again? Maybe, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Shannon L
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Miami, Florida
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52 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

We stayed there this weekend and really enjoyed it.
This is an old FL motel that has been kept up nicely. The gardens are beautiful and the we enjoyed the rooftop deck in the mornings and evenings.
The rooms are clean and comfortable with original Cuban tile.
The motel is situated on the south side of the island close to the southernmost point.
It's in a quiet neighborhood walking distance to Duval Street and about a 5 minute walk to the public beach. You can sleep comfortably knowing there won't be screaming partying people outside.
We did not get to enjoy the pool as it was too chilly this weekend, but the area around the pool is nicely kept with plenty of chairs and potted plants to make it look tropical.
The staff was helpful and friendly.
Will definitely return to El Patio!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mingercat8
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Additional Information about El Patio Motel

Property: El Patio Motel
Address: 800 Washington St, Key West, FL 33040-4799
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #62 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price range (per night): $176 - $436
Hotel Class:2 star — El Patio Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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