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“Nice, but nothing special” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Southernmost Beach Resort
Ranked #13 of 51 Hotels in Key West
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Scotland
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Nice, but nothing special”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2012

Let me be clear, this is not a bad hotel. It's just not a great hotel and based on the price and the other rave reviews, I certainly expected more.

For a start, the 'beach' is extremely small - no more than 2 or 3 tennis courts in size so if there were more than about 20 people on the beach it felt crowded. Also, it suffers from a terrible seaweed infestation. Although they do try hard to clear it every day, they are fighting a losing battle against nature and by late afternoon, there is a line of seaweed several inches thick extending several yards into the sea. This made the whole experience of swimming in the sea quite unpleasant.

Getting sunbeds around the pool was not usually an issue though. It was also nice to see that they took seriously the rule that sunbeds should not be left unattended for more than 45 minutes and we saw the pool staff on several occasions remove towels on beds that people had tried to reserve selfishly.

The rooms themselves were clean but unremarkable. The air conditioning units are quite old and noisy - like trying to sleep on an aircraft - so lighter sleepers may have a problem although it didn't really bother us.

The staff on the whole are friendly and try hard to please. There is a daily list of activities and the weekly beer and wine 'schools' are free and fun to join in with. The only instance of poor service we encountered was at the front desk when we asked if one of our two rooms could be 2 queen beds for our teenage boys instead of one king bed. The staff member was quite haughty, rude and unhelpful and made out as if we were asking for the impossible when the hotel appeared far from full.

The hotel restaurant is on the beach. It offered a daily happy 'hour' from 4-7 pm each night with selected beer, wine and cocktails at $3 and selected appetizers for $4 which were tasty and good value. We ate both breakfast and dinner here on a few days and the price and quality compared favorably to other restaurants on the Key.

Key West itself is very expensive. Food, drink, everything is more expensive than the mainland and none of the meals we had were anything out of the ordinary.

As a destination, it reminded me of Las Vegas - minus the casinos :-) - where people come for a few days or a long weekend to party in the many bars and restaurants of Duval street. It is not really geared up for children or teenagers.

If you're into sailing, fishing or partying hard then you'll find all this in Key West and you could do a lot worse than SMOTB hotel. However, there is nothing here to make me come back and make a 4 hour drive each way from Miami (longer if you get stuck behind a car towing a boat - of which there are many) down a single track highway. If you want a family vacation, you'd be much better off sticking to the Florida mainland.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2012

We stayed at this hotel in late May and found it to be cute and laid out nicely. There are only 2 floors and if you have a room with a view of the ocean it's a gorgeous view!
There is a beach next door to the hotel, it's not actual part of the hotel grounds but hotel guests can go to the beach and use it. If you are used to a large beach area you will not find it here, the beach is very small and compact but serves it's purporse. The beach also has a restaurant and bar which is convenient and nice. we ate there a couple of times but mostly went to other places within Key West just to explore. You can rent bikes which is nice since it allows for more viewing of Key West on your own, so we did this for a couple of days and walked everywhere the other days.
There is a little Cuban cafe across the street from the hotel and the Cuban coffee is outstanding, if you love coffee make sure to try this!
The Southernmost hotel is also across the street and there is a quiet, adults only pool over there. It was a nice little spot if you want to have silence around you.
We went to almost all of the museums that we could find in Key West and went to Mallory Square in the evening at sunset which is fun to see. We went on a dolphin/snorkel tour which was amazing! The dolphins came right up to the boat and stayed around us for almost 1/2 hour, this was the highlight of the trip for me. The snorkeling spot was also great, there were tons of sting rays, colorful fish, and corals. I highly recommend trying a tour like this in Key West if you like this kind of adventure. We also went to the Butterfly Conservatory which is neat and took the trolley tours, this is good for people who like to learn the history of the islands and all kinds of tidbits. Most of the drivers are pretty funny as well.

Room Tip: Choose an oceanfront room if you can, the view is amazing from the resort!
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

My favorite hotel in Key West. Fantastic view from the beach. Good parking. Huge walk in shower. Wonderful pool bar as well as beach bar and restaurant. Walking distance to everything. A little pricey but well worth it.

Room Tip: Ask for west view. Fantastic sunsets.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hilliard, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2012

This was a amazing hotel! We all enjoyed it very much! The rooms were incredible! You have lots of room. We had 5 people in our room and we weren't on op of each other. We had a partial ocean view according to the hotel but it was like ocean view to me. From our balcony you see palm trees and ocean. We were in building B I say the best location. It seemed more like a condo complex then a hotel. When you leave your room you have ocean view all the way down to the elevator. Go right down stairs and there is a huge pool and bar. Which leads to the private beach and cafe. The beach was great besides all the sea weed that was in the water and on shore. Also around the front of our building was chairs to lay out and several hammocks to swing room. Also near there was several differnt games to play. Cornhole,ping ping, fose ball table and. etc. The front desk answered any questions we had. The hotel is one block from Duval street and two from the Southern most point. This hotel is great for any traveler. But if your part of the younger growd like myself and want to go out at night and go to the bars and etc. Stay in the opposite end because it's easier to get around and get back at night. But other then that it's a great hotel overall and will be back

  • Stayed July 2012
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Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2012

I have to admit I'm a sucker for the little things and if you are too stay here. It is such quaint B&B The staff is extraordinarily friendly from reception, to cleaning, to our hostess. The morning greets you with fresh muffins, breads, wonderful fruits, cereals, cheese, juice, quiche, and waffles when asked for. You sit out on their wonderful patio that overlooks the beach. Afternoon brings tea time. More fruit, cheeses, and sweet treats. Hot and cold tea. Turn down service you will find chocolate coins, mints and molded chocolates. Ours were hammers. At the main pool there is a bar with pool games for fun. There is a beach restaraunt right there with a live band. It is quiet and peacefull yet a 20 min. walk gets you to Duvall Street and all the action. I love this place and I'm sure you would too.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Southernmost Beach Resort

Property: Southernmost Beach Resort
Address: 1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Key West
#3 Spa Hotel in Key West
#5 Luxury Hotel in Key West
Price range (per night): ₹ 20,353 - ₹ 41,688
Hotel Class:4 star — Southernmost Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 261
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located where Duval street meets the Atlantic Ocean in historic old town, Southernmost Beach Resort stretches over 6 acres across 2 city blocks on the quieter end of Duval Street, away from the hustle of Key West activities, but close enough to the excitement when you want it. The resort offers many on-site amenities such as 3 pools, 4 bars, a private oceanfront beach with tanning pier, access to public South Beach, an oceanfront restaurant, fitness center and petite spa. Southernmost Beach Resort now encompasses the Southernmost on the Beach, Southernmost Hotel and La Mer Hotel and Dewey House all part of the former Southernmost Hotel Collection. ... more   less 
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