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Simonton Court Historic Inn & Cottages in Key West, FL

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Rating: 3.67

Address: 320 Simonton St, Key West, FL, 33040

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    Comments (15):

    1. Liana S.
    Why can't I live here?

    We stayed for two nights and were upgraded to the Hibiscus Room (MH-1), which is considered one of the penthouses.  Beautiful.  Well designed, clean, comfortable.  It has a kitchen, and living area that is separate from the sleeping area and a great bathroom.  Large shower with two shower-heads and bench.  Mattress was really nice ... big plus!  Best part was that the front door (and sliding doors from living area) opened onto a semi-private deck and pool area.  (Shared with the room next door).  The pool is the perfect size and depth (5 feet at max) and it's heated!  Like, the perfect temperature.  I don't know how these guys do it, but amazing.  And the cozy 2 person hot tub was super hot,  so when one of the guys stopped by while we were in the pool, we mentioned it to him and he brought over a bunch of ice to cool it down.  Seriously, who are these people!?  Really nice and thoughtful : )

    Breakfast was bagels, toaster waffles and toaster french toast, oranges, and juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate.  I think the only part f the inn that could use improvement.

    Concierge service is very nice.  Good recommendations on restaurants and they scheduled poolside massages for us which were great.

    The place in itself is beautiful and looks perfect even though you rarely see employees doing stuff... how is that possible!  

    Obviously, we had a great time.  Can't wait to come back.

    Note:  Parking is $25 per day, but I don't think there are many other parking options.

    25/03/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Pamela M.
    We had the third floor Mimosa room for several nights in Key West and it was absolutely lovely.  I couldn't imagine staying anywhere else the next time I come here.  The bed and linens were very comfortable, the room had a mini-fridge in it and the bathroom was very nice as well (except for the water pressure coming out of the tap, but lots of hot water available!) and even a little deck off the bathroom with a couple of chairs to sit in.

    Breakfast is great, lots of variety from warm food to fresh fruit, coffee and tea is always available.

    There are 4 pools, 3 of them heated and even though we were too busy to relax and take a dip in them, everyone else seemed to be enjoying them!

    Parking was extra but well worth it b/c we barely used the vehicle while we were there, it was nice to have it in a safe location where we didn't have to worry about it at all.

    The B&B is in a great location, within a couple of blocks of pretty much everything we wanted to do in the main Key West area.

    Pricey, but will definitely be back here the next time down, it's just too good to pass up!

    29/05/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Sumanth G.
    My wife and had a fantastic stay at their Tulip resort. Clean and well restored. Courteous staff

    05/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. heather D.
    Our stay at Simonton Court wasn't terrible; it also wasn't wonderful.  We stayed in the Orchid room which has a large private balcony overlooking Eaton Street.  Unfortunately, the balcony was the best part of the room.  The bed was incredibly uncomfortable, with just a sheet and blanket.  No duvet cover or bedspread.  For an extra touch of whimsy, the headboard was actually lower than the bed; which frankly, defeats the purpose of a headboard to begin with. If the headboard is on the floor, you might as well not have one.  The bathroom seemed to be decorated with a mix of things picked up at garage sales,  and there was no door or curtain on the shower.  I never figured out how to adjust the ceiling fans without standing on something to pull the chain on the fan.  And the door to the room required finesse, a prayer, and a decoder ring to open.  It also helped if I clicked my heels together and said, "there's no place like home" three times in a row.  In keeping with the minimalist theme, there wasn't a Do Not Disturb sign for the door, so housekeeping would call the room to see if they could come and clean.  Not the best system, especially if no-one explained it to us upon checking in.  One the bright side, answering the phone allowed us the opportunity to use a phone that was probably purchased in 1986.  
    Would we return? No.

    29/05/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    5. Katie D.
    Stayed here a couple of times. This time we scouted out new hotels for the next visit though.  It's just too expensive for what you get.  I love the tranquil setting and its convenient location, and the main pool is usually warm and lovely, but everything else is a let down.  

    The smaller pools are usually cold and a little dirty.  The rooms are not super clean and the bathrooms are in dire need of updating. (Saw two roaches in the bathroom this time.) There is nothing on the breakfast bar that I would eat (but I'm picky). The staff is friendly and helpful unless they're busy with something more important.  Oh, and three guests were visited by a cat burglar in the middle of the night during the last stay.  Apparently, it's not the first time either.

    06/03/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    6. Robert W.
    First of all when visiting Key West Location is very important and Simonton Court is in a great location! You can walk to almost all the main tourist locations and its only one block to Duval st. I do agree with a few of the previous comments that Simonton Court does need a little help or updating. You have to remember that most hotels in Key west need a little help or updating and I feel the price reflected the little items that needed fixed. It is old Inn and called Simonton Court Historic Inn and Cottages. Over all the rooms are nice, try one of the rooms with a private patio, our room was once an old cigar factory we loved it. The staff here was so helpful with travel info, restaurants and they even had bikes delivered to the hotel for us. The breakfast I also agree needs a little help but not as bad as other comments stated. Over all this a nice Inn and we felt comfortable and will stay here again.

    24/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Wayne K.
    My buddy had arranged staying here after looking at a few places where a group of 7 of us could all hangout together.  This was a great location for us as it provided a really tranquil place where we could hangout in the evenings without enduring the drunkenness of Duval Street, while still being close to all the other fun places, like the beach, Hemmingway House, etc.  The place had 4 swimming pools and the lush garden really made it feel tranquil and pleasant while we sat most nights drinking on the porch while talking and joking in the late hours.  I also have to give props to this place due to the helpful staff and the friendly vibe all around...even by the other guests.

    There were a few downsides, which doesn't make me give it 5 stars.  The Internet didn't always work, the free breakfast was very mediocre, and the furniture was pretty uncomfortable, but for the sheer tranquil atmosphere, this is a great spot to stay with a group of friends.

    05/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. J K.
    When you first arrive, you see beautiful gardens and pools.  The location is handy--it is close to everything, but when you are within the compound it is nice and quiet.  However, our cottage was not only a let down, but it was disturbing and uncomfortable.  Let me explain.  The room had a VERY strong chlorine bleach smell.  The smell did not come from the pools.  The smell came from housekeeping staff using way too much bleach to clean the room.  I had a very bad headache the entire trip.  Needless to say, the trip was ruined.  In addition, the bathroom was outdated and rusty in areas.  The furnishings were old and the bed was uncomfortable.  Finally, the attendant was very rude to us upon our arrival.  Would we return--NO!

    10/07/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    9. Suzanne M.
    We headed here based on a recommandation from the owner of a small Inn in Marathon Key. She said whenever she heads to Key West without a reservation, she always comes here first to see if they have any available rooms.

    We were not only able to get a room, because we walked in, they dropped the price from $300-something to $140 for one of the second floor mansion rooms (MA-2). The gal at the front desk was reeeeeeally pleasant and helpful getting us set up with the room and guiding us to free parking options a couple short blocks away (they offer parking for $28ish).

    The room is gorgeous and the location is just a couple blocks from all of the action.

    There are four pools available to use, each one a little different set-up. She said that this used to be four different properties, each came with its own pool and the owner bought and merged the properties together. We took a swim tonight and the temp was perfect. It is a little creepy that there is a live web-cam of the pool area on their website, but no biggie.

    Very clean. Comfy bed. Free breakfast in the morning (i.e., bagels, breads, honey, cream cheese, peanut butter, fresh grapefruit, apples, oranges, yogurt, juice, coffee). Water cooler & ice tea are always out and available. Free wi-fi... read a bad review about that, but I haven't had an issue with it (uploaded pictures, watched a video, surfed around - no glitches, speed is fine). The shower is large (no tub in this room) and tiled. It's one that you walk in and there's no need for a curtain because it's big enough that the water doesn't go out. Hair dryer in the room, mini fridge, tv, iron, a/c.

    I love it!

    Unless there is a hidden elevator, I only saw stairs to get to these upper rooms, but there are lower level rooms on the property.

    We will definitely be back!

    07/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Chris P.
    We stayed in TH-3.  The room was small but no complaints.  We only needed it to sleep and shower.  The complex was only a few minutes walk from Duval St.  The front desk was BEYOND friendly and helpful.  We followed their suggestions for places to eat and were not disappointed.

    The room, pools and grounds were all clean.  The grounds staff were all nice as well.  The breakfast was okay; juices, bagels, french toast, waffles, muffins, juices, fruit, coffee and tea.  It was enough to fill the belly after a long night.

    We will definitely return here!

    25/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. Rob W.
    A nice place to stay in Key West. This is a small compound where everything is calm and tranquil. The home and cottages are older and have some charm and character. This inn is in easy walking distance for all the highlights of Key West.

    13/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Sashimi M.
    This place was touted as a 4-star experience; only the price was 4-star, definitely not the experience. The room was disgusting. Our entry way was a sliding glass door with a flimsy lock. The bathroom was a plastic unit shower with a very old, rusty dispenser for cheap shampoo and body soap. The upper framing of the shower was rusty and the paint in the bathroom was chipped in many spots. The air conditioning unit was old, and loud, preventing a good night's sleep. The sheets and towels reeked of bleach and were old and ratty. I tried to spend as little time as possible in the room because it was so gross. The cost of this miserable room was exorbitant. I feel like I was fiscally assaulted. Originally, I made the reservation for 3 nights. The reservation was confirmed. Soon after I received an email from the place stating that they can't accommodate me for 3 nights in the same room, but would need to do a split, with us needing to move to another room after 2 nights. They did offer an option to change my reservation at no charge, if I wanted to. I changed reservation to 2 nights only, and got stuck in the dump, right off the Main Street, main entrance, right behind the lobby. I wish I had cancelled the entire reservation b/c I spent close to $900 to sleep in a room on par with Bates motel!
    This place is gross, disgusting and does not provide a consistent experience for all it's guests, especially those who get stuck in MH2 the Royal Rip off...oops, I meant the  royal poinciana room!

    The photos displayed do not represent the wide gap in the guest experience. Not all the rooms are of equal quality, and skew the entire experience. The one consistent is the  exorbitant cost...Key West or not...it's a major rip off and deceptive marketing.

    15/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    13. Melissa R.
    This hotel is by far the best place we have ever stayed in Key West. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our cottage, C-6a Heliconia, was perfect! There was plenty of room, it felt like home away from home. There are four pools on the property and a few of them are heated, which was nice for a midnight swim. The location is within walking distance from everything you'd want to see, do, and eat. We will absolutely be back next time we visit.

    20/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Brenda P.
    At first, the inn seemed like just another tiny old home on Simonton: simple and nondescript. After briefly checking in, we opened the gate to go find our cottage. Wow! I was not ready for what followed; a bougainvillea framed path with private cottage entrances on either side. I discovered a whole new world hidden in there! Some even had their own private pool and sun deck areas. Our cottage was all the way towards the back and up a flight of stairs (naturally, no elevator). It was small, but it was also full of charm. The large verandah faced Simonton, but it had enough strategically placed landscaping to still give us plenty of privacy. Service was prompt and nonintrusive; our room was always made up and we had plenty of towels. Our privacy was kept at all times.

    From the website, I am guessing our room was the Orchid Mansion. Oh, one more thing, that was 2000 and most definitively pre-Yelp. Last weekend, 14 years later, I returned. It was as if I never left: exactly as it had been my first time. Simonton Courts is definitively kept up with lots of TLC. This time, our room was the Iris Cottage 2. It has two rooms, two bathrooms, living room and a little kitchenette area. Perfect! This particular cottage shared a private pool with just another cottage across the way. My only criticism is this: please add some blackout blinds to the master suite in C2! It's way too bright in the morning!

    The location cannot be any better. It is a short stroll to most of the sought after Key West locations. By walking through the adjacent (safe) alley, you are on Duval, right on Fat Tuesday's steps. From there, the world is yours. If you head south, you will find the quieter side of Duval with restaurants, wine and jazz bars. Head north and well, it can be the point of no return. Bar hopping, loud music, bachelor parties, and spring breaker types. It all depends on what kind of fun you are looking for I guess. The inn gate remains open throughout the day. At night, there is a code to get back in. This can be dangerous depending on where you end up at night. Make sure to write that code somewhere safe. Ha! There is street parking available as well as a private lot.  

    Simonton Court is a little rustic. By that I mean, it's not shiny and new. You can tell it's been there for a while and that's exactly what I love about it. If you are looking for a chain hotel look and feel, go elsewhere. If you want authentic Key West charm and poise- this is it!

    21/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Costa D.
    Simonton Court has to have been the most I have ever paid for a hotel that does not have an indoor jacuzzi. (overpriced like everywhere else in Key West lol).
    My wifey and I booked one night in the mimosa room, which is the economical route when it comes to boarding with Simonton Court.
    Peace and serenity could not have found us any sooner in our stay. Employees were friendly as well as the other guests. Our room was very beautiful. The complimentary breakfast gave us so many options we debated whether it could still be referred to as complimentary.
    Our balcony was small just enough room for two; but for me and my wifey it's exactly what we needed to set the mood. ;-)
    We will definitely return to Simonton Court!

    29/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0