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Seashell Motel in Key West, FL

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Rating: 2.11

Address: 718 S St, Key West, FL, 33040

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    Comments (19):

    1. Katherine C.
    More expensive than most hostels but the cheapest bed in town by far. Outdoor kitchen is okay, plastic spoons and forks and styrofoam plates and bowls are a turn-off but at least they have a fridge and a teapot so that i can make my own breakfast in the morning. My room was small, not dirty exactly but very dingy, with scribbling as all over the bunks from as many as seven years ago. You know what I mean, "Debbi boinked Kevin twice and then got f*cked from behind 04-03-02." The people that work there are very nice and were helpful every time that i had a question or wanted a recommendation. Seems to attract mostly a Euro crowd but then again this is their low season. I wouldn't want to be here during spring break.

    17/10/07 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    2. Trevor S.
    The Sea Shell Motel was a great place to stay for a single traveler on a tight budget. I was in Key West for four days, and didn't have any problems with the facilities or security. The location is a little bit of a walk from the main action on Duval street, anywhere from .5 miles to a mile, but it's obviously doable. The hostel has bikes to rent for about the same cost as other places around the area, but they broke down on me every time. I switched out bikes three times in one day and the chain always kicked off. Never once was my money offered to be refunded, but neither did I make that big of a deal out of it. The hostel offers a kitchen area and an outside covered patio area where you can smoke. There is no alcohol allowed on the premises, but that wasn't such a let down considering alcohol runs like water in Key West. Probably for the best.

    28/07/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    3. Raymond Y.
    Strickly a review as a dorm patron.

    I stayed for 5 days 4 nights, $39 a night, by hostel dorm standards its a bit more but...

    Seashell will be the cheapest you can find on the island.

    ("mixed dorm") The rooms/bed are simple as they should be, seemed clean enough, so is shower/toilet. NO blankets, not that you need them anyways...

    Encountered numerous cockroachs, big ones, and all over the room, I supposed its not a big deal.

    Heard next door neighbour complained about bed bugs, I wasnt there and didt see any myself so the validity is questionable.

    Bike rentals $10 a day $15 for 24 hrs, other places charged similar I went with it because it was right there... The best and fastest way to get 'round town if u dont wanna walk or spend money on gas/ moped (lots of fun but gas powered, loud! No helmet required though)

    Alcohol is a tight rule but if you dont make a scene you can down a couple before anyone notices.

    Best part is the kitchen, for longer stay you can reslly make use of that full kitchen and utencils, microwave and oven, very clean.

    I didnt use the washer/dryer but others told me they are clean/efficent.

    The only problem was that there are many older men staying there, they were weird and not very social, except for this one guy....he rest of them were either mental or about to be mental...

    Aside from that its really not that bad, not awesome either, but hey, its a hostel!

    29/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    4. Ashley K.
    I stayed at Seashell Motel in August 2011 in a double room for 3 nights.

    I was quoted $84 a night for my room. I feel this is exorbiantly high for the off-season. I was floored by the prices for hotel rooms in Key West. During the cheapest travel month of the year, the next cheapest room on the entire island was $129 a night.

    Please be aware this this is a LOW-BUDGET hostel. It's not even comparable to a Motel 6 or a Super 8. It's lower than that. The rooms are basic. Even lower than basic. Like something you might see in a third-world country. Our room had two TINY twin beds and a wall air conditioner that barely functioned. There was dust collecting in every corner. No TV service. It was very bare bones. If you're looking for a dorm-type, NO FRILLS stay in Key West, this is it.

    A few pluses - the location is excellent (just a few easy blocks to walk to Duval Street). Also, I felt very safe, and surprisingly, the hotel was quite quiet. Free parking and Internet is definitely a perk on the island.

    Also, the "front desk" is only open from 9 am-9 pm. No late or early check-in. This is a bit inconvenient. Also, if you have a problem with your room, you will be inconvenienced.

    21/08/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    5. Brian K.
    I had a reservation at this hotel last June.  I sent a credit card number to hold the reservation and confirmed the reservation over the phone.  When I confirmed the woman helping me said they had my reservation and credit card number.

    When I arrived, the office had been spontaneously closed an hour early.  I tracked down an on-site manager name Mike who threw a fit because I had disturbed him watching his game show.  He had closed the office early to watch TV and now he was upset with me because I needed to check in.

    He said all the arrivals had checked in for the day and he couldn't do anything.  I explained I had a confirmed reservation and he angrily agreed to go back to the office to check on it.  He found the reservation but refused to check me in because he had turned the computer off for the night.  He said it was to much trouble to turn the computer back on to check me in.  WTF?  Mike was angry and rude and I was getting nowhere.  I realized there was either something seriously wrong with Mike or he dislikes people in general.  I offered to let him hold a credit card or some other deposit until the morning and then let the someone else check me in but he wouldn't do it.  I explained I had no other place to stay, had been driving all day long and didn't know my way around.  

    He rudely told me to go stay somewhere else, there were plenty of hotels in the area.  This was a nine o'clock at night on a busy day, so my chances of getting a hotel were slim.  I would recommend everyone stay away from this place.  I've never been treated that poorly by any business.

    19/01/09 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    6. Rosa A.
    Ommmgggg you'd be better off sleeping in a bush on the street than here. It's probably more sanitary.

    I love to travel and explore new places (on a budget since I am a student). I've never seen anything like this.

    If you like hostels Key West does not offer any of those sorry better off in San Fran or Manhattan...Stay away from this place and pay like 40 bucks more to stay somewhere a little more comfy and much more cleaner.

    By the way Key West is BEAUTIFUL!!! :)

    23/01/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    7. Jim R.
    Be careful when you reserve a spot at this hostel.

    A friend and I had to reschedule a trip to Key West. This place does not give refunds for cancellations, and they were completely unhelpful with moving the reservation. I was treated not like a paying customer, but like some sort of crook or cheat.

    I was polite at all times, but it was obvious that once they had my money, they could care less about me.

    I can't say anything about how nice it is to stay there, but based on my experience with them so far, there are many better places you can do business with.

    22/03/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    8. Benjamin E.
    because there are so less reviews and just bad ones everywhere I wanted to make a real review about all; check it:

    PLACE
    - the MOTEL/HOSTEL is in a pretty ok-safe area
    - near the main DUVAL Street (but not too close to have the noise)
    - 5 min to one of the free beaches there

    HOSTEL / MOTEL
    - the beds are not that comfortable, like army-beds, but you get new sheets and they are clean! (---- that's what HOSTEL means)
    - the Rooms are OK and are airconditioned, the shower, toilets etc. are FOR SURE not new, but you can manage to do your business etc... in the 10 Bed rooms is enough space to move(more than in some NEW YORK hostels!!)
    - Staff was pretty friendly, (speaks also german), if you complain; they give you another room [- that's what I've seen when I was there...]
    - wifi worked pretty good all the time
    - you have to give your credit card details in advanced with a WORD-Sheet, this is kind of "unsafe" but.... :-)
    - you may have also a BED if you just go there by chance (out of season; season is all what is not SUMMER :-) )

    REMEMBER: this is key west, that's pretty close to cuba (you do not see cuba! :-) ) etc.. so the CLIMA there is TROPICAL so you WILL see for sure a lot of insects, bugs,  lizards etc.! In the outside area [which is pretty ok to sit, eat, and relax] you may meet rats! :-)

    my stay in this hostel was cool, but (because it is the only one) seriously overpriced :-) I was there at a weekend for 3 days and had a good time!

    - a lot of german people in this area, I met about eight german guys in this hostel :-)

    if you want the cheapest key west experience; go here!
    if you are scared about all moving animals; stay at home! xD

    30/07/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    9. TJ B.
    This place is so bad. I didn't wait to get home to write a review.  There are Mosquitos everywhere.  Huge giant roaches.  The place smells bad.  The paint is peeling off the walls. The shower curtain is full of mold.  I think that if the right authorities see this place, they would shut it down. My wife opted to sleep in the van, I followed here there a couple of hours later.  Yeah it's that bad.  Will be taking pictures to forward to the right authorities.    Avoid at all costs.

    09/07/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    10. Amanda M.
    For forty bucks I wasn't expecting much, but there was no wifi in the room at all, and the bright light bulb outside my window all night was like being in hell. The door to the street had gaps all around it making the street noise loud at night, too. Oh and you can't put soiled toilet paper in the toilet you have to put it in a garbage can next to the shower. I won't go into the girls coming in at three am, whispering and rustling around and flushing for forty minutes and their alarms going off at six thirty am. Or the plastic mattress and pillow. Yikes.

    18/01/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    11. RONALD W.
    Good no frills hostel. I think much of the mess that others mentioned were by the guests. I was around after the staff cleaned my hostel room and it was really clean. People seem to track a lot of sand and dirt into the bathroom. I wore sandals the whole time so I didn't mind.

    The beds and pillows have plastic or vinyl covers before you put on linen, so I was hot and sticking to the bed and pillow until I laid my own towels over them and then it was fine. The ACs worked well which was good as it was hot and humid outside. WiFi is free and worked fine.

    Service is good but sporadic. Sometimes hard to find the manager. I'd say its pricey for the hostel portion but I found out from someone else it was only $10 more than camping and the AC is worth much more than that...

    05/04/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    12. Maddocks A.
    Not worth the money. It's a better idea to rent a car and find some place to camp. Extremely overpriced. Inconsistent rates. Spotty wifi. One bathroom for 12 people. Don't waste your money here.

    23/05/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    13. Foodie Queen B.
    Splurge on a motel room.
    No coffee.
    Tile floors remain moist and clammy.
    A/C in room never cooled.
    Roaches everywhere.

    Couldn't check out, fast enough.

    03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    14. Christina V.
    Before I begin my review I just want to say that I would have never booked here had my traveling companions been more organized. I usually book at the Sunrise Suites- never had a bad experience there. Moving on to the review:

    The room was smaller than I expected. It was clean and the bathroom smelled like cleaning products (which was a good sign). No carpet in the room (that's the reason for two stars). I stated in a room with two double beds and a twin, the twin is located in what should have been a closet, there is literally about 15 inches of room left on one side of the bed and 2.5 feet at the foot of the bed with a light directly in front of the doorway turned on by pulling on a twine. The next room has to double beds, adjacent to one another, a small nightstand between them and a little dresser with a tv on top. Simple room, no frills. The room itself was not horrible, a little snug but we didn't come down with the intention of hanging out in the room so it worked.

    One thing I hated about the hotel is that there isn't a pool. What a bummer man! We hit up Dante's instead but it definitely made me not like the hotel at all.

    Check in is kind of wierd, the staff attends you through a little window and make you sign off on a scary looking form stating you won't have visitors, you won't make noise, no alcohol, and a few other things or you will be charged. It made me nervous but in the end we didn't have any issues. I was mostly worried about the alcohol since we brought a cooler full of love in anticipation of hanging out by the non-existent pool but since we took our party elsewhere it didn't matter anyway.

    I'm debating on writing my own bill to the hotel for services provided during my stay, I'll explain: after we got back from bar hopping we noticed the remote wasn't working, office closed so we programmed it ourselves. Another maintenance job we did was cleaning out the filter in the room ac because we noticed the room wouldn't cool down. There was a good half an inch of dust that needed to be scrubbed off. I think we deserve a credit at least for the upkeep.

    There is limited parking available, get there early and do not move your car. Walk or cab it around the island.

    All in all it wasn't the worst experience of my life but it was far from the best.

    30/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    15. Ron M.
    If I could give it 0 I would. I ended up handing them my keys the second night of my stay with NO REFUND and literally had no where to sleep. I luckily was able to rent a car and stay there. The place was absolutely disgusting... The entire night I couldn't move, I thought the bed was going to cave in on the guy below me. The room was hotter than some of my tours overseas... The blanket had a combination of food and God knows what... BURN THEM. I had to go buy another blanket the first night. Seriously. Trust me, I'm not hard to please but if you can't afford a hotel, buy or rent a tent and camp somewhere. Totally ruined my Key West visit :(

    28/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    16. L B.
    I very much enjoyed my stay here. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. They seemed to be always taking steps to improve things.  Months long guest, James, certainly added to the vibe. The A/C and fan worked fine for me. No complaints on my end.

    10/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    17. Rony M.
    The combination of bulletproof glass and the front-desk staff's Stalinist approach to hospitality make for a jarring check-in experience at the SeaShell Motel. One can only shrug their shoulders as they peek toward the powder blue façade of the courtyard with its Tiki Hut refuge. Upon closer inspection you realized you've been duped as the attendants close the white picket gates that looked so inviting a minute ago. The mirage you thought was a Polynesian paradise in Florida comes into full view; faux grass that would give a Dallas Cowboy turf toe and a tube TV that perpetually plays Formula 1.

    The communal kitchen reminds me of the time I was a classical archaeologist in Pompeii. Everything was covered with a light yellow film like a layer of volcanic ash. Housekeeping can only do so much with the aging property and even if they could submerge the whole thing in bleach, it would still look like a Slovenian shanty. In many resorts, if the cleaning crew disturbs you, they come back. Here they clean around you leaving a dust outline like an old-fashioned mystery movie.

    I could show my girlfriend the monkey brain-eating scene from Faces of Death and she'd still be more horrified by this hostel/motel/mostel. It's not a place for your significant other, however it still serves a purpose. A fishing, diving or drinking jaunt where you only need a secure area for your belongings and a place to sleep... BOOM this is it and the location is prime, just a block over rooms go for hundreds a night. It's the top of a triangle where the other points would be the Hemingway Museum and the Southernmost Point of the United States. Couple the location with the free and speedy WiFi, proximity to the water's edge and the blow-out price of $20 per person and the "Sheesh" Motel is the budget place to beat in the Keys.

    04/06/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    18. Spencer F.
    Bathrooms are designed for tall people
    Rooms need better window treatments
    Clean
    Courtyard had a kitchen
    Needs more parking spaces
    Convenient location
    Good neighborhood
    No pool (which stinks)
    Friendly employees
    Bring an air conditioner

    02/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    19. Aubrey H.
    I'm here to change the minds that will not stay at this hostel based on previous negative reviews.

    It's important that when you're reviewing an establishment to compare it to an experience on a similar scale.  Yes this is a hostel.  Majority of the rooms are co-Ed style dorm rooms.  If you're the type who usually stays in a 5 star hotel with room service and and a bell hop, just don't bother.  It's the cheapest night's stay you'll get in Key West at 50$ a night.  It's a very clean, quiet place to sleep, shower, and store your bags.  Yes there is a tube tv but you should be exploring Duval Street instead.  No there is not a pool, but why bother when the beach is a 5 minute walk away.  If you're looking for a no frills place to sleep right in the center of all the action, I highly recommend staying here.

    29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0