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El Patio Motel in Key West, FL

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Rating: 3.41

Address: 800 Washington St, Key West, FL, 33040

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    Comments (27):

    1. Jeff W.
    Quite a nice surprise.  Clean room, hot shower.  That's all we were looking for and it worked out great for us.  Can't beat the rate!   elpatiomotel.com

    24/01/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Jane Lan E.
    i came for a wedding and was just looking for a cheap place to crash. this place fit the bill more than i could have imagined.

    even though i came in later than expected, the hotel made arrangements with me to leave a key in a lock box where i could get it after hours.

    the island is small... 2x4 miles, approximately. renting a bike is a must to get around. you won't find a cheaper, more convenient place to rent a bike than from el patio itself.

    my room was everything i needed. it was just a place to crash between doing other things. i was just a couple of blocks from salute and duvall. it was quiet. the pool was great. i was in there every morning reading books or something. i had free internet access and it only cost about $100 a night. the front office staff guy was awesome. without him, i never would have gone to salute and met deedee, so, i love him. :)

    how could anyone complain?

    19/04/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Amy S.
    I came in June 2011 and wanting to experience Key West right, I needed a cheap place to stay, close to Duval Street. Ok so the room wasn't the most luxurious and you will probably be greeted by little critters (in the form of various bugs) but you are on an island and you get what you pay for. I had a bed in a room with AC, a shower, a tv, a pool if I needed it and it even had a mini fridge! It was in walking distance to the beach and Duval street. I did rent a scooter to travel around the Island which made everything even more convenient.

    I will be honest. I never took advantage of the pool or the upstairs deck. I was just too busy doing other things. Oh and if you are looking for a bigger public pool where you can drink and eat (I noticed one of the other posts complained that they weren't allowed to drink at the pool), go to Dante's on the North end of the island.

    The staff was incredibly nice. One staff member gave me a pen so I could finish writing my speech for the wedding I was attending while I was there. They even held my bags while I went out for my last day on the town before my plane flew out.

    I would stay there again if I'm on a budget. Key West is such a great place with so many things to experience that you don't spend much time in your room. I would much rather get an OK room that is comfortable and convenient and spend my money at the bars, on water activities, and at the shops. I'm glad El Patio caters to people like me!

    07/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    4. doug a.
    We have been there two times and had a great time on both experiences.  it is not fancy, but is very quaint and reasonably priced.  it is an old fashioned two story motel with a verdant couryard and of couse an upper patio on the thrid floor, which if one goes there for the 4th of July as we did, the fireworks display is just due south(perfect view) and has a festive atmosphere.  

    it is a long walk to the main attractions but we always take our bikes so it is no problem.  they also rent bikes.  the pool is very cool and the times we were there always really nice people hanging out at the pool.  don't expect an expensive resort with spa off Duval, but this place is a really great value.

    17/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Julia J.
    The Motel is pretty close to the beach and just a short walk from the main street. However, it was a bit of a walk to Duval Street with all restaurants and bars and a long walk to the pier.
    The motel is very green. They have a lot of tropical plants and little seating areas. Another good thing was that they had a vending machine.
    The rooms were very old and stinky. When we opened the door we were greeted my cockroaches. Hmm not so nice. The furniture is very old and dirty. The AC is extremely loud and makes it difficult to sleep. The bathroom was small. All in all this motel is ok and would probably deserve 3 stars but for what you get it's toooo expensive.

    11/09/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    6. Amber E.
    I was very pleasantly surprised by this place.  We had a hard time finding a room that would sleep more than 2 people fairly last minute under $200 bucks....lo and behold El Patio emailed us back saying they had one room left for $108/night + taxes (=$120).  

    El Patio is a two story building (with a roof top sun bathing/hang out area) with what looked like about 40 rooms.  The beds were queen and each (clean) room had a private bathroom - granted it was nothing spectacular.  The showers had really poor water pressure and the toilets seats did not have a lid (and without a vanity, there was no place to put toiletry bags!).  There was a nice little closet, flat screen tv and dresser/mirror outside the bathroom plus a mini fridge (no microwave).  

    There was a pool, but we didn't check it out.  We did rent bikes for $15/24 hrs.  We also got some great recommendations for places to visit/snorkel from the girl working.  

    We were able to ride our bikes (and then later, walk) everywhere on our 'to see' list - fort zachary taylor, southern most point, mallory square, MM 0, duval street, etc.  I highly recommend renting bikes when touring Key West.    

    I'd probably stay here again if I had to, but there are cuter places to stay.  However, this place fit our budget, time schedule and sleep number!

    18/07/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    7. Will J.
    I've stayed at El Patio twice now, and still enjoy the place very much.  The plants everywhere, the big roofdeck (trying to add some pics here...), the uber-friendly staff, the utter lack of pretension... This place is not for those with a particularly high-end, personality-free approach.  It looks just about exactly as I imagine it looked 50 years ago, so has all the funky quirks one would expect, and I think that's great- and yes, in my experiences it is always nice and clean.
    Those complaining that it's "too far" from Duval street likely need to a) walk more in their regular life,  b) remember they're in Key West- what's the rush?, and c) sure, get/bring a bike!  You can see the whole island easily, and bike to Duval st. in minutes.  Plus it's only a few blocks from the beach.

    07/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. George J.
    I know that this was a "motel" but what place can't at least provide a small cheap microwave?!? We had the single bed cheap room (room #1)so I don't know if this applies to the other rooms. Along with no microwave there was no coffee maker in our room or the office.  Along with no continental breakfast this made meals an ordeal.  Having to leave your room or order take out for every single meal gets old( and expensive) real quick.  Also this was my first experience with a window AC and I will never do it again. That thing was LOUD and to keep the room cool we had to keep it on almost the whole time. We found one of those giant roaches in our shower. That wasn't nice but luckily it was on the last day there. There was free wifi but it was so weak that you basically have to be outside to use it.  On the plus they did have a nice enough pool.  The guy at the desk was friendly and knowledgeable.  The place was not much to look at inside but outside it was cute and picturesque.  Considering Key West prices we also got an ok deal on our room. I would spring for at least a hotel next time we are in the Keys but this wasn't the worst it could have been.

    23/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    9. Britt P.
    I stayed here a few weekends ago and loved the convenient location. You get what you pay for, but I actually prefer the boutique hotel over a chain. The staff is friendly, the rooms are large enough. No complaint except with the showers being so tiny.

    I will certainly be staying here in the future.

    10/07/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    10. Ricardo X.
    Good, clean place for the money. We got the two-bedroom, which saved a ton of money over getting 2 rooms. It's in a quiet residential neighborhood, and I love the 28+ age limit, which keeps it quiet. It's walking distance to Duval, but far enough to avoid the noise, etc. Only complaints are:
    1. The tiny tiny bathroom
    2. A/C in only one room (ceiling fan in the other), not great in August.
    3. You can only lock the door knob from the outside with the key (easy to forget), but the deadbolt can only be locked from the inside (not the key), which means you have to trust the knob lock when you go out. Odd.
    The guy at the desk was very helpful and spent some time finding local grocery stores that were open on Sunday (not a sure thing in KW). I didn't try the wifi, so no comment there. Parking is kinda odd, but good by KW standards I guess. We had to park on the grass when we returned that night because all the regular spots were taken, but the mgr suggested that, so it was ok.

    11/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. Cristina L.
    I stayed here during Hemingway Days 2010.  The staff was very helpful with our last minute booking, and the price was right ($99/night).  

    The location is nice, but it is quite a bit of a walk to the restaurants and bars on Duval, so I recommend renting bikes to get around. After walking everywhere on Saturday, we decided to bike on Sunday instead.  Made it much easier to get around.

    The motel and rooms are right out of the 1960s, with jalousie windows and all.  The pool area is small but really nice, and the sun deck is a great place to hang out and have a drink in the late afternoon.  For the price, I thought it was a great place to stay and experience Key West.

    18/04/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Ess B.
    El Patio is rockin the retro-kitsch-art-deco vibe. It is clean and charming, with a nice pool and great courtyard. Up top on the roof there is an incredible patio to watch the sunset through the palm trees. The staff was helpful and friendly, the price was affordable, and it's just a short walk to all the things you want to do in Key West. Can't wait to come down and stay here again, El Patio definitely puts you in a beach bum frame of mind.

    25/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. Gary W.
    I come to Key West at least once a year and every time I do I stay at El Patio.  I love the original Cuban tile that the rooms have.  I enjoy the greenery of the center court yard.  My evening gets started with a drink on the room top patio (The Patio of El Patio).  Of course El Patio could do with some updating, the bathrooms are small and I don't particularly like the comforters they use... but I have tried to stay at other places and I always came back to El Patio.  I don't come to Key West to feel like I'm in another city at some fancy hotel.  I want to feel like I'm in Key West... feel like Hemingway did  back in the day... hear the roosters in the morning.  Walk to Ana's and get my Cuban coffee in the morning.  I love this place and will continue to come back.

    14/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. A S.
    Great little place! I'm really, REALLY picky when it comes to where I stay. I'm a stickler for comfort and cleanliness to the point that I'd rather sleep in my car if I can't find a place that's clean.
    This place IS clean. They have the best housekeeping staff. When you walk in your room, it might seem a bit dingy - it's just original, not dirty at all. Behind the bed, on the floor, there wasn't a trace of dust. The bathrooms all have original tile - and BRIGHT white, clean grout. I know how hard it is to keep it that clean!

    The place is really pretty too. Neat original architecture and a beautiful, lush courtyard. The pool is fabulous and just right.

    My sister lives in Key West, and I don't think I'll be staying at her house ever again. I'll be staying here.

    12/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Autumn H.
    This was one of the only affordable places I could find to stay on Key West. We paid $240 a night for a room with two beds (there were only two of us but we like to be comfy and not squeezed into a tiny bed). The only reason they can get this kind of money from folks to stay here is the location. Don't expect much.

    The pros: The place is indeed clean, although really run down and dingy, and the staff was friendly enough when I dealt with them. Very nice interior area with plants, fountain, etc. Close enough to walk to Duval St., beaches, Southernmost point, etc. A few nice little restaurants not too far away. They also don't let anyone under 28 stay there so it's not a party-like hotel which is loud. Was pretty peaceful most of the time. Fridge in room was a nice bonus.

    The cons: I understand that this is an older motel and I do like the kitschy, retro appeal. I'm not really that hard to please but this place needs some major updating. The furniture (including the beds) is very old. No curtains on the windows (no sleeping in), no fan in the bathroom, old towels, of which we only got two. No little amenities that you expect in a hotel like an alarm clock, scratch paper and pen (I know it's nitpicky but I expect that stuff, especially at over $200 a night). The walls are also thin.

    If I had it to do over again, I would have just spent more to stay at a B&B like Pearl's.

    13/03/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    16. Kathy G.
    For what this hotel was it was perfect! Great location very close to beach and walking to  Duval . And it was in our budget! There is a beautiful pool with gorgeous bouganvilla flowers all over and a cute little courtyard that leads up to a roof top deck with chairs. Rooms small , comfortable bed and a wall unit air conditioner, small fridge ....but they are clean. We did not spend much time in the room other than to sleep so the room was perfect. Nothing fancy  here ...if you want fancy go down to the Waldorf Astoria! Two blocks away.  When we go back to Key West I would definitely stay here again.

    06/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Fifty T.
    this place used to be decent for the price i'd say a good 30 years ago, i was there around 10 years ago, and found out they had changed owners or some management...and can see that it had gone down hill...i'm was very disappointed because of the location. but i found two HUGE cockroaches running around one when i was sleeping ran right accros my bed, and another in the bathroom, and i mean HUGE.....then they allow some people and screaming kids to hang out in the  second floor b;acony area and you can hear them all day and night when your trying to sleep.

    the management has a guilty look on their face when you try and complain but also a look of  dont like it, then leave atitude, aint worth your money, and suggest  if you dont like roaches and loud  people dont stay here.

    21/12/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    18. Annaleah K.
    This place gets all of my stars.  Mind you, I only stayed once but that was enough for me to recommend it to anyone who needs a wallet friendly weekend getaway.  First of all, the room was huge and clean (to the girl who reviewed and commented on the bleach white grout- RIGHT?!).  I don't need a coffee maker in the room - I'm on vacation and can go up the street for a cafe con leche.  Second of all, it was in walking distance to places I wanted to go.  And lastly, SOMEHOW, the stay was less than 150 for the weekend for my lovely love and I.  PLUS, there were all of these BOGO drink offer coupons to almost every bar, at the check in counter.  We had the best cheapest first romantic getaway weekend ever here.  Thank you El Patio Motel!!  (Please remember me and that price you gave me).

    30/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    19. Scott D.
    Considering where it is, reasonably close to Duval but at the South end, where less is going on, it's less expensive than most. I'm not too sure that it's meant to be retro.  It's old. It is clean.

    However, I knew it wouldn't go well when there was no coffee maker in room. I just expect that from your most basic Motel 6. It's standard.
    Little things like that, or towels by the pool. Or that the pool should be swept.  The bed is amongst the worst I've slept in. You know. You hear the weak springs creaking every time you move and feel them through the thin bedding.

    Just put some coffee in the office in the morning.
    When I asked, the girl says, "Down at Ana's at the Cuban grocery."  Reeeaaallyy?  For $149/night you can't brew a little coffee in the office?

    20/07/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    20. Rebecca L.
    This place was a slice of Americana! It doesn't seem to have had any decor updates since the 50s (and could use it), but that's what I was expecting so it didn't bother me. The location was fantastic, just a few blocks from everything and in a more residential area, so very quiet. The guy in the office was very friendly and helpful, I'd definitely stay again.

    28/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    21. Barry L.
    Cockroach motel, linoleum floors, very small bathroom, and wicker furniture, didn't spend a lot of time in here, I personally didn't like it, my wife was a trooper though, I'm glad to get out, I would not stay here again, it does not pay to be cheap

    17/06/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    22. Dennis M.
    I want to preface this review by stating we decided to go to Key West end of Feb and we tried to book 3 weeks before. There was nothing available but El Patio. We stayed two nights. Cost $560.26. For this we received threadbare towels, toilet leaking water over half the bathroom and a basically run down business in desperate need of an upgrade. We had a great time in Key West but for the poor value for money for this lodging left a bad tast.

    22/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    23. Karen P.
    I loved it here!  It reminded me of a hotel that would have been around in the 50's, but I loved that atmosphere.  It was small, but clean and the staff was great.  We were able to rent bikes right at the hotel which was convenient.  It's only a 3 minute bike ride to the beach, and about 10 minute to the state park beach.  Close to town, everthing in biking or walking distance.   We will definitely go back there.

    22/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Michael A.
    I booked this motel online and it was over $100.  Mind you; there aren't really any cheap hotels or motels in Key West.  The fact that they are well paid for the rooms, you would think that they wouldn't skimp with cleaning staff.  The bathroom is in pretty bad shape.  There is a nice tv though and there is a small refrigerator in the room.  The bed is ok.  The most important thing is cleanliness and they failed there.

    15/12/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    25. Jeff K.
    I didn't expect much from El Patio, considering it was just the cheapest I could find (although still not particularly cheap for the weekend we wanted, $240/night after tax). Whoever it was that posted two photos of a roach on the shower curtain certainly seemed to make a big deal about it.

    Hey, buddy. Welcome to Florida. Those things could get into a vacuum-sealed bag without breaking the seal, if they tried hard enough.

    At any rate, we saw zero roaches (or bugs of any kind, for that matter) in or around our room all weekend, so the entomophobic can rest easy that roaches are probably not nearly as common as Picture Guy would have you believe.

    I really like the old architecture of the place, and the center garden is pretty cool.  Up on the roof there's a big deck with a number of lounge chairs and tables. It seems that the tile in the rooms is original, and the air conditioner worked great. There's a TV in the corner, almost as an afterthought, because I'm sure no one actually uses it. Our room on the second floor was surprisingly spacious.

    We didn't bother with the wifi while we were there, but contrary to what another reviewer mentioned, it's not "weak".  It's just not meant to be accessed from in the rooms. The sign at the front desk states that the wifi is available in the common areas of the hotel.

    As far as location is concerned, it's a few minute walk to the Southernmost Point. Maybe a 25 minute walk to Mallory Square, and probably about a 15 minute walk to the "party section" of Duval. If you want to cut down on those times, El Patio will rent you a bicycle for $16 for the first 24 hrs, and $12 for each additional 24 hrs. The location is great -- far enough from the bars to be quiet, but close enough to walk to many destinations.

    23/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    26. Cassie G.
    I'm afraid I've grownup. Back in the day, I was just fine staying at a cheap motel and even sharing a room meant for two with seven friends. After all, we'd stay out all day and night and just needed a place to pass out (ya know, because we were so tired). Times have changed though and these days, I'm looking for a place I can feel at ease sleeping with the comforter at, taking an afternoon nap in and simply, hanging out.

    As others have mentioned, the rooms here are out of date, as is the look of the whole place. I didn't mind that so much as the still very uncomfortable bed (we slept with one flimsy sheet the whole time), the toilet that seemed to never really want to flush, and the wifi that was available but never really worked.

    The good? The pool sufficed for laying out for a little bit, it was in a good location (about a 15 min walk to the Southernmost Point and Duval Street), and the management seemed friendly enough. Heck, they even had a decent TV in the room.

    We paid about $220/night during high season and I can confidently say I would never pay that price again or encourage anyone else to. It could work for someone planning on staying out ALL day long and getting wasted to the point where the linoleum floor would suffice as bedding, but that's simply not me... anymore.

    23/01/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    27. Amber A.
    Awesome little motel. Great prices and clean rooms. I love when I go into a Motel and I can smell the cleaning products. That means it was just cleaned and not just a few days ago. Bed was a little harder then I like but I was able to sleep just fine

    29/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0