My wife and I ventured on a three day - two night visit to Key West, having no idea what it would be like. We had a very enjoyable trip, and the BW Hibiscus played a big role in our positive experience there. It is not a 5 star hotel, but I rated it 5 dots when compared with similar motels in that style and price range. In fact, the price was more than reasonable when compared to other places in Key West, and on top of that, it included free parking, WiFi, and breakfast.
If you have not visited Key West, here is a little info that might help you decide where to stay. There are many small, medium and large hotels in the “downtown” area. There are also lots of cute cottage style B&Bs. In addition, there are a number of hotels away from downtown - especially in the airport area. These hotels are too far from the bars, shops etc. to walk. You will either need to drive, or take a cab. Parking in downtown Key West is hard to come by, and usually is pretty expensive, unless you luck into a rare free space. The hard-to-find meters go for about $1.50 per hour, I think.
On the other hand, if you stay at the BW Hibiscus, parking is free there, and the spaces are easily accessed and ample in number as far as I could tell. The BW Hibiscus is located on the south end of town very near South Point. It is a block east of the main drag, Duval Street, which runs north-south. The rowdy end of Duval is the north end from about 0 (the pier area) to 600 Duval Street. The BW Hibiscus is located about 1.1 mile from the pier at the southernmost end of Simonton Street, just one block east of Duval Street. Although there are shops and bars all along Duval (and some of the other streets as well), you will walk about 0.6 mile from the BW Hibiscus to where the “action” starts on Duval. Plan to walk a lot and wear comfy shoes. The south end of town appeared fairly quiet, and a good night’s sleep should not be in jeopardy at the BW Hibiscus.
The hotel itself is clean and freshly painted on the outside. It was being painted during our stay on Valentine’s Day 2012, but there were no problems resulting from the painting, and by now I’m sure it is very pleasantly painted in various pastel shades. Our room was on the second of two floors, and was larger than most studio suites in modern hotels. It had two queen beds, a sitting area, a refrigerator, complimentary WiFi, an old style 26-32" TV that we never watched, a better than average complimentary continental breakfast, and free parking. Just don’t park under the loaded coconut tree in back (see photo).... We had requested a smoke-free room due to allergies, and although the entire hotel is non-smoking, the staff put is in Room 214, which has hardwood (laminate) flooring as a precaution. The room was clean, and odor-free. The queen beds were comfortable and the room was quite large. Outside our door was a nice view of the pool area.
I don’t know if we will return to Key West - it’s a long way to drive for a margarita - but if we do, we will stay at the BW Hibiscus.
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