Southernmost on the Beach
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... s favorite place, the rum bar on Duval, to have a few more drinks then to the Green parrot and then all the way back home. It was a long day and a wonderful night that we will remember for some time to come. It was really great to ride the bikes I'm glad we got bikes. It was so peaceful riding bikes weaving through dark alley ways with no noise or nobody around we had the streets all to ourselves. It was a great day number two. Good ...
... think we had be up for 20hrs! Jet lag kicked in for The grown ups at 3:30am and about 5:30 for Z&T! But an early breakfast and then a super long walk all the way down South Beach stopping to look at Jellyfish! (No swimming today!) We had a quick drink and then back to check out and set off for The Keys. We drone north so we could go all the way through Miami and up the beaches. About an hour ...
... to get ready for dinner.
We walked down to Duval Street and stopped at Sloppy Joe's. I never really thought about Sloppy Joe's serving sloppy joe, but they do and it was awesome! We sat for a while listening to the music (a tribute to America and breasts...you had to be there to appreciate it)! Next we moved down the street to Mallory Square to watch the sunset and the street performers.
From there we continued walking Duval ...
3:00 AM - an ad-hoc rendition of something close to "On the Waterfront" occurs outside our window. “Stella”, or whatever female name is being bellowed. “Stella, I'm on my knees. I’m literally on my knees. I’m not like your Ex. You gotta meet me half-way here Stella”. (If you read this blog, you know who you are and you know this is true). Could you have been a contender? Nope – just ...
... the Colony Inn for dinner meeting Tom.
Peggy was in New Jersey due home tomorrow and we would stop at Conch Key to see Tom and Peggy on our way out tomorrow.
Had a beautiful dish of scallops stuffed with crab and shrimp in a gorgeous mornay sauce.Pity Brian is allergic to shrimp as the seafood in the keys is fantastic.
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Great little resort
Just returned from 5 days at Southernmost on Beach. Had lovely room, and really enjoyed being on the quiet end of Duval! Previous trip had us at Marquesa, uptown, but really enjoyed ocean/beach view. Room was immaculate and obviously recently renovated. Nice to walk to Louie's Backyard restaurant for great lunch and dinner, and especially evening cocktails. AVOID Duval Beach Club like the plague! Lousy food, unbelievably surly bartenders and waitresses. Cannot believe that with their prime location, that is the best they can do. We do fault the hotel for recommending them! Buy cocktails at liquor store next door, and sandwiches from deli across street.
Great View, Great Room, Great People
This hotel could not have been more perfect! Key West is a boutique hotel type of town and this hotel was wonderful. The rooms were imaculate and newly updated, with great furniture and bathrooms. One step out the door of our room was a gorgeous view of the ocean in two directions. The hotel is attached to a small beach (which is larger than most hotels on this island have) There is a pool, which is nothing fancy, but it is a decent size, clean and close to the beach. There is also a tanning deck that has step down to the water. The hotel is only a few blocks from all the action of Duval Street. The people here were more than helpful and friendly. We are headed back next winter and there is no question, we will stay there. We HIGHLY recommend this hotel.
Hotel Lied to us and mgmnt didn't care. We don't stay here again.
Bottom line is we'd never stay here again. Here's why.
We booked a room with the Southermost for a weekend while we were in Key West. Upon making the reservations, we asked what the difference was in the the room categories. We were told that the Oceanview rooms were exactly that, ocean view and were on the ocean and the other rooms weren't. Ocean view costs about $65 extra per night.
Well, there definition of Ocean view is a 2nd floor room that allows you to look over the parking lot of the ocean at the hotel next door.
They don't have any rooms that are direct ocen view except the very end of the unit. So...... we were told that we were getting a room that was directly on the ocean, but instead got a great view of the parking lot on a tiny balcony that wasn't much fun to sit on. Our room was also directly across from another hotel and the only ocean or beach you could see was of the hotel next door at an angle.
We imediately went back down and asked about the room we had been told about in the reservation and were pretty much told that was it. We asked why were we being charged $65/night more for this room and they were no help. Management was no help either and didn't seem to care about customer service. They were pretty much like they had our money already so they didn't care.
We also didn't get the King Bed we reserved (and paid for).
It's not that the hotel was that bad or anything. The rooms were very nice. It's an old hotel they remodeled. It's just the fact that we were lied to and got given the room we reserved and charged extra for something that we paid for and didn't get. I think anyone would be upset at that also.
Parking was also impossbile. They only have maybe 20 or 30 parking places for the entire hotel (if that). So they don't have enough for all the rooms. If you can't find a parking place then you are forced to park on the street and feed the meter. For $180/night for a hotel room you would expect it to include a parking place and not to have to worry about getting ticketed or towed .
No elevator either. Not a big deal until you have to carry your suit cases up/down the stairs. We survived it, but I would see alot of difficutly with senior citizen or disabled.
Their pool is also TINY. It's the size of a pool you'd have in your backyard. They must have put it in as an afterthought becuase it sitting int he middle of the parking lot. It has no "resort feel" to have a pool in a "parking lot"
So... bottom line is, we would NEVER stay here again. Doesn't matter that the rooms were nice. It's just the fact they don't care one bit about their customers but only care about getting your money. Next trip to Key West I would stay anywhere but here.
Excellent Facility/ Location
Wife and I highly recommend this facility. This was our first trip to Key West and the place was exactly what we were looking for, with the exception being the on site food was pretty average. But there are many excellent places to eat, many nearby. The property has a decent beach and a nice pier for sunning that has steps to the water. Be warned that the place next door has clothing optional deck and pier and while most is screened off, there may be fleeting sights of people in various stages of dress. The walk down Duvall is easy - 15 or 20 minutes to the docks, with all kinds of distractions along the way. We did not rent a car and if we got tired of walking, we had no proplem finding a cab.
The staff at Southernmost at the Beach is exceptional and always had a great attitude. Even with our plane leaving at 5, we checked out at 11 and they stored our luggage while we walked down Duvall one last time.
At 3 they gave us a spot to clean up and change clothes and then called a cab for us. Believe me, we have stayed a lot of places and have been a lot worse off.
We'll be back
wonderful place to stay. close to everything but yet still somewhat removed to the hustle and bustle. the staff was very nice and accomodating. we will definatenly return Rose
The best of Key West.
We just returned from a week at Southernmost on the Beach and had a wonderful time. The accomodations were top rate and the staff friendly and eager to please. In my opinion it is the best Key West has to offer anyone.
End of the road escape
We stayed here week of June 19 - 26 and loved it... great location and quiet, interesting neighborhood with shops and restaurants all around... very close [ 2 short blocks] to the true southernmost point in the U.S. site. The beach bar/restaurant is very handy, the food is good and the view and setting are great. The beach is quite small, but very pretty with all the palm trees - sea weed at the shoreline can be a problem, but don't let that distract from the big picture - which is quite nice. Our room was clean and quiet. The pool was very nice with mostly adults around [ no wild, screaming kids ]. The location is easy walking distance [3/4 mile to a mile] from all the Duvall night spots on the north end. Hotel staff were very accomodating and also very respectful of our privacy. We got what I considered to be very good [ off season ] rates. We would gladly stay there again. It had been 10 years since I was last in the Keys and I had forgotten how pretty they were, but thanks to this vacation reminder I won't forget it again and plan to return much more often.
Tip - the Keys and especially Key West are much more adult oriented so either ship the kids off to camp and escape for a romantic getaway, or be prepared that this is not like Destin and you and the kids will see some things that you may, or may not want to see. But, that's what I like about Key West - she doesn't see the need to change her ways to adapt to society... it's been that way from the beginning and if you understand that Key West will go on with, or without your approval, or visit - then you begin to understand her and accept her for how she is and what she is - no pretense... then you can kick back, relax and unwind and enjoy the beauty and the special, spicy flavor that is Key West.
Nice/Quiet Location - Mediocre Ocean View
Location was great. It is on the southern end of Duvall Street which is much quieter and less touristy than the north end. At the same time, the action of Duvall street was only a few blocks away. The hotel is actually perpendicular to the ocean. So basically all the rooms face the hotel's parking lot and then the local (not private) beach next store. Therefore, getting a balcony room for an extra $50 per night was NOT worth it. For food I would recommend a place 2 blocks north and one block east of Duvall called Camilles. It is more of a local hangout but on the fancy side with a great atmosphere. We ate there one day for both breakfast and dinner!
My husband & I stayed there for 5 nights this past summer (June 2002.) The room was beautiful, recently remodeled, clean, and spacious. The concierge was very helpful with arranging transportation, snorkeling, cruises, and other activities. The staff was so nice. We loved the view. The location is on the quieter side of Duval Street, but within walking distance to EVERYTHING you'll want to explore, including Mallory Square. We loved it & hope to return to Southernmost on the Beach. It was a wonderful trip.
Great Place to Stay
My husband & I stayed at the Southernmost on the Beach for one week in December 2001. It was extremely reasonable given the location (at the foot of Duval St)and the quality of the room. The entire hotel has been recently completely renovated (and by that I mean gutted). We had the kitchenette with balcony and full ocean view ( a great place to have breakfast). The room was spacious and very nicely decorated. The hotel overlooks South Beach, a small public beach if you don't want to use the lounge chairs on the pier. The staff was very nice. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Key West.