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... was like it was raining again!! All good fun though! One of the best things about being in Florida is being able to get around in shorts & tshirts again after living in the same pair of jeans for the last 2 weeks! Climate seems quite Queensland like. There is some lovely, leafy manicured, old school suburbs, & more lively areas like "Little Havana". South Beach where we are staying is like Surfers Paradise on Steroids, ...
... Couple of stops along the way, one in Key Largo. and one to take a few water picture and we are getting closer.
It is getting hotter too, so its time to put the top up and some AC on.. Hey! you try driving 5000kms with the top down and see if your body can handle all that heat! lol.
Anyway,.. it is a good thing we did! as the heavens open up and down comes the rain. One thing to remember in ...
... a light meal. Dan ordered conch fritters and I ordered a crab salad. Pretty good, but the restaurant was deserted. Very odd.
Walked on down Duval and stopped at Walgreens to buy tatami beach mats. They're only $1.99 each, so we don't feel bad leaving them in the car. We started walking back toward our hotel. Stopped one more time at a front porch bar called the Speakeasy for an after dinner drink. Back to the hotel and off to bed.
Day 2 …….. Saturday, January 19th. Key West, Florida
First day out and we’ve arrived in The Bahamas in the USA.
Key West really has the flavor of the Bahamas with its Conch architecture and tropical ‘feel’.
Took a stroll around and came across ………….
... occasions. It didn’t temp me to hold back that’s for sure.
We made it all the way around the Island and had to bring the ski’s back in. I wanted to head back out to the Atlantic for a few more hours and keep hitting that swell. I was having the time of my life. Afterwards it made think "I should buy a Jet Ski". Not a wise move if I want to keep travelling but it sounded like a good idea at the time.
Finishing up with the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lighthouse Court Key West
We loved this property!
We arrived very late due to tropical depression and arranged to enter our room via a coded lock box. Very easy, and we loved it! We stayed in a superior queen room, ground floor. 2 steps outside our door was a lovely pool, bar, and a great gym. The outdoor cafe was 15 paces away, too. Very clean, basic room with a huge bathroom. The airconditioning was great, too. Our room got down to 64*-when its 99*, we loved that!The location was perfect! Right across the street was Hemingways house(a Key West MUST!!)and 2 minutes away was Duvall Street. Excellent location.The front desk was very nice and helpful with dining recommendations. We used the hotels parking no problem everyday. We drove around during the afternoons to sight-see and eat and never had trouble getting a spot.I loved the food at the little cafe. The bartender was so nice.I highly recommend this property !!
Hemmingway Suite & 'Guest House'
We rented the "Hemmingway Suite" and the adjacent "Guest House", May 27 - 31, 2005. These are the former owner's living quarters. They have been split into two rooms, one a standard room and the other with a full kitchen and a loft bedroom. The Hemmingway offers the loft bedroom and full kitchen. A huge balcony on the street side offers shady seating and a relaxing environment. Large sun deck can be used for tanning, cards, visiting. There is no privacy in the loft bedroom -- windows and an open view of the kitchen are wide open, so be wary if you are the shy type. The livingroom and kitchen area are great for gathering of groups and entertaining, but the kitchen is not well stocked at all -- neither is the room in general. After two different coffee makers arrived in the room broken, we gave up. You would need to bring all of your own pots, pans, utensils, etc. to actually make a meal in the kitchen. Worked well for making drinks (bring your own blender). No paper towels, no facial tissue. Kitchen counters, floors and cabinets needed cleaning and the whole place needed a good ducting. Laundry can be done in the washer and dryer. Pool is fine, workout room small, but serviceable. Excellent location -- short walk to everything (especially Ft. Zach beach). I would stay again, but maybe not in the Hemmingway unless I was with a big group to better use the space. Staff was helpful and friendly, but lost most of their tip due to the lack of cleanliness and working coffee makers for the room. New owner could be working out the kinks, btut perhaps if they stayed in each room for a night or two they would figure out what all is missing/wrong. Parking is limited. If you have a car, find a space on the street and leave it there -- you do not need it at this location.
Great Location, Horrible rooms
I booked this hotel cause it seemed to have that key west charm that I was looking for , but boy was I wrong. First of all the best thing about this place is its location (near Duval st) and it had really pretty grounds but the rooms are another story. The first room we were in was horrible, there were ants everywhere, huge gaps in the front doors letting in bugs, the roof looked like it had been leaking and there was a taped up hole in the wall where a AC had been. After we complained they switched us to another room, it was better but still had ants and the floor was so dirty that my feet would be black and the doors were also not sealed. Beware! its overpriced and not worth the money , my fiance got bit in bed by a spider that landed him in the doctors office! Also as we were leaving 2 days early because of the hotel and I saw that cooking grease had leaked all on my car from the cafe (I recommend dont eat there because my breakfast had a hair in the eggs). One of the worst places Ive ever stayed, will never go there again , it was a waste.
Light House cottages.Small, but in a good location, in Olde Town
Nice Pool, Clean rooms, although small. Clean bathroom. Not modern but nicely maintained. firstname.lastname@example.org
I just returned from my first trip to KW and the most relaxing vacation I've had in a long time!! I can't say enough nice things about the Light House Court! They mad my feel welcome from the moment I walked through the door of the guest house!! My room was comfortable and very clean! Very convinient to the pool---just outside the door!
The on site cafe offered good food at a reasonable price! Loved the pool side bar---just wish that they had been open on St. Pat's day!
I would definetly stay at the Lighthouse Court on future visits to KW!!
I thought a higher price meant better hospitality...
As other reviews have noted, this is a physically lovely property. For my traveling companion and me it was a bit on the pricey side (six nights came in at about $1,100) but we splurged because we wanted a nice experience. My room had its own porch, which was great. I swam in the beautifully situated pool and enjoyed the poolside cafe. I used the gym twice, and I was glad it was there. In terms of how it looks, its amenities and its location near Duval Street, the Lighthouse Court is a really nice place to stay.
Also -- guidebooks and some reviews on this site say or imply this hotel is a "men's" guest house, but during my stay there, I was far from the only woman in residence. There were many heterosexual couples and I didn't feel at all like an "intruder." I didn't see any nudity or feel like I was staying in a meat market.
However, based on two significant problems, I can't recommend this hotel.
1. A bottle of Ralph Lauren fragrance disappeared from my room. I turned the place upside down, but it was definitely gone. I asked at the front desk whether it might have been accidentally moved in some way during cleaning. I have never before had something go missing from a hotel room and I assumed that this was not a matter of intentional theft. Accidents happen, and I made a point of saying this ("I'm sure guests' things sometimes end up on carts or inadvertently thrown away," etc.). The clerk promised to look into it with housekeeping staff the following morning. At checkout (about 2 days later), he had no answer. He looked sheepish and I think he'd just forgotten about it. He also acted defensive, though I explicitly was *not* accusing anyone of stealing. I asked whether the hotel had a policy to compensate guests in this situation, and the clerk told me to "write a letter" to the hotel when I got home. Not even a nominal amount was taken off my bill, no apologies were made, and I basically was just brushed off with a loss of $67.50 (the cost of a bottle of this fragrance). Not right.
2. The hotel has 10 parking spaces for guests. Because of the layout it is not entirely easy to figure out where you can legally park; on our first night we specifically asked the clerk to show us. He said, "As long as you're on the red brick, you're fine." We found a space on the red brick with a "reserved for hotel guests" sign posted right above it on a fence. We hardly moved our car during our stay, mostly getting around on bikes. At some point, *while* our car was parked below it, the sign was pried off the fence. But no one from the hotel bothered to tell us this or to advise us to move our car! They just pulled the sign down and let us leave our car there (with its hotel parking permit and our room number prominently displayed on the dash). On our final night in KW, we got a $35 parking ticket. When we complained at checkout, the (same) clerk told us that the hotel is in some sort of dispute with the city over that particular spot. Why on earth didn't he tell us this on our first night when we ASKED where to park? But in his eyes, the ticket was our problem; again, no apologies or offers to take even a nominal amount off our total bill.
I will not stay at this hotel again, and I wouldn't recommend it. Bacause of my budget, I normally stay at economy hotels; I'm disappointed that I could pay so much more than usual and then not be offered even the most basic hospitality when things went wrong.
Very Good location, close enough to anything that you might want to see or do! very well maintained property exterior (loved being outside) nice selection of rooms and locations! rooms are well maintained and clean (but dont expect alot) in the way of space or decor very nice pool/hot tub/and sun deck(if you dont mind the tourists visiting the lighthouse next door taking in the view!!! A few things i would like to see added or changed (thats subjective) over all a very nice place would stay there again without a doubt. at the time that we stayed there there did seem to be a fair amount of attitude among the guests not sure if it was just timing or if the lighthouse attracts the attitude prone!
THE place to stay in KW
As far as I'm concerned, this is THE place to stay in Key West. It has everything you could possibly want, including a cafe that serves breakfast and lunch. My partner and I have been staying here almost every year for the past 11. Staff is friendly and helpful for the most part, although a couple of times the cafe help was a little lacking in mannners. That minor factor would not dim my view of an otherwise terrific resort!
Great place and staff
I have been coming to Key West for an annual get together with friends since 1991. I have stayed at the LightHouse on all but 2 of my trips. The staff is great and always meet some great guys. I will be back on May 9th with "our gang." I look forward to this refreshing vacation. Hello to Bill and Gary!! BILL IN ASHEVILLE,NC
Very nice, great location
I stayed at the Lighthouse Court during New Years week (December 2002-January 2003). It's a very charming place, and not the trashy pickup place as some friends had reported it to be. If you want to cruise, that can be found -- but it's not in your face, not a brothel.
The rooms were small but fine -- you go to Key West to be outside, not sitting around watching TV. The crowd was very pleasant, mostly 30-40-something year old men from all over the world. There were some hotties, some trolls, but most were decent, average guys who were ready to caht and meet new people. Some were nude, some were not -- nobody cares one way or another what you might (or might not) be wearing.
The location of the guest house is great -- close to a lot of things but not in the middle of the noisy touristy crap. It's close to the bars and the quiet end of Duval Street -- exactly where you want to be as far as I'm concerned.
Nit-Picks: The staff ran a little hot-and-cold. All were very nice, but not all were professional in their manners. The chef didn't show up for work one morning -- he was too hung-over to cook. The staff got too rowdy on New Years Eve -- set off fireworks from the pool deck until 4am. The hot tub could be cleaned more often -- it got a little nasty. <----- Are you seeing this, Gary?
Would I go back to Lighthouse Court? In a skinny minute! Right now it's 22 degrees outside with 25 mph winds -- I'd go back right this second!