Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn
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Headed south, once past Miami the highway narrows to a two lane and slows to about 45 for the last 130 miles, nice ride out to Key West over bridges and many islands. Went to Mallory Square and the boardwalk for sunset, lots of pedlars and vendors every night . Went to. Jimmy Buffets Margarittaville for supper.
Okay we lied. We said we wouldn't be doing a blog entry today but we wanted to tell how nice it is here and what a beautiful relaxing day we have had. The day started late. We slept in until about 7:45 a.m. it was weird for us but we were exhausted after yesterdays ride, and it just felt so good to sleep in.
Then we did a load of laundry …
Well We did it!!!! Now we are in Key West and celebrating a little we are staying at the very beautiful Best Western Key Ambassador resort, we have a very nice pool view room and the ocean is right across the street.
We had a very nice dinner at Benihana's restaurant and shared the table with some very friendly folks that were doing business, …
... We headed back to Duval St. for a bit more of the craziness then back to our car. On the way out of town we stopped at the Southernmost Spot for the obligatory photo shot. The nice Brazilian group in front of us took our picture and I took one of them. Every one is friendly down here! We got back in the car and headed east.
On the way back we thought we would check out the Big Pine Key again to see if we could spot any more of ...
... a good spot, but it is off the street a bit and not much in the way of people to watch and the bartender is not the friendly kind we are use to.
lots of stores to buy stuff in and they all seem to have a sale on... must be the end of season thing? Have to say i love the old buildings especially the old brick ones.
We cross over the street and make our way back up, stopping at the Island Dog for a quick Mojito! ....i could ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn Key West
We stayed here in October 2003 for our 10 year wedding anniversary. We went to Key West with another couple also celebrating their anniversary. When we checked in, our room smelled like insecticide. The room had definitely not been aired out for quite a while. We complained and were switched to another room which was better but I've definitely stayed in better places. The pool was clean and the bar was nice up until we were told that we couldn't bring any left over food from any restaurants (we only had pizza) as it was "against the rules". We were told this as the bartender was being delivered her take out lunch from a chinese restaurant! They said it was a "liability" issue. We were also told we could not bring any other drinks into the pool area too. Again, a "liability" issue. They just wanted us to buy their food and drinks at a premium rate as they couldn't explain what the "liability" actually would be. The thing that ticked me off the most, was that we had a very early flight out on departure day. I asked at the desk if we could get the shuttle over to the airport. There was a sign that said the shuttle didn't start operation until 8:00 a.m. and I pointed this out to the clerk. He said, "don't worry, it won't be a problem.....the driver comes in at 7:00 and we will make this the first thing he does". I was told to call the front desk when we woke up (asked for a wake up call but never got one) and they would get the van ready. When I called, I was asked "who told you that"? I explained the situation and told them that even though we knew the shuttle didn't start until 8:00 a.m., we were assured it wouldn't be a problem. The front desk clerk said, "well, hey, I can't control when the guy comes in, he'll get here when he gets here". We went to the lobby to check out at 6:45 a.m. and waited until 7:00 (when the driver was suppose to show up) and kept getting a hassle. I kept explaining that we were told to do it this way and it wouldn't be a problem. The clerk was extremely rude. At 7:05 (we had an 8:00 a.m. flight back to Miami) a man showed up and he turned out to be the night clerk's replacement for the day. We again explained what was going on and said, "forget it, get us a cab". It took another 10 minutes to get a cab........by now it is 7:15. Granted, the airport was a half a mile away but we all had luggage and couldn't hoof it with what we had. When the cab showed up, I asked the clerk if he would pay for the cab and he just looked at me stupidly while counting his cash drawer and said, "I don't have any money". We were charged $23 to go 1/2 mile to the airport. When we arrived, the reservation people knew who we were as we were the last passengers to check in. We literally made it check in, went through security and had to run for the plane. I kept the receipt from the cab driver and wrote an e-mail when I got home asking the hotel to reimburse us for the cab fare. Afterall, the shuttle is suppose to be free and were were assured that even though it didn't start until 8:00 a.m., they would get us to the airport. They wouldn't refund our money. I consider this poor customer service. I can't believe a hotel would lose a customer over $23.00. Oh well, I will never stay at another Best Western and have told everyone I know the problems we had and I know they won't be staying at a Best Western either.
Great room.... Needs renovation though!
At first site my Fiance were worried. What did we get ourselves into ?
This being our first trip to Key West, we wanted to stay in Key West and appreciate the full experience. We stayed on a holliday weekend and it was HOT! From the look of the building you wouldn't pay that kind of rate. Once we opened the door to our room though, we were quit impressed. Clean rooms. Clean bed spreads. I would and will be back.
The best part about the hotel is the staff. Especially the bar tenderThe only bad thing about the whole experience was the outside.
renovations are seriousley in need. Our room overlooked the pool, we had one king bed, and we had alot of space in the room so we didn't feel cramped!
I had read some negative things about the Best Western Key Ambassador, and was initially apprehensive about staying there. What a wonderful surprise! The pool was absolutely beautiful, we went swimming every morning to start off our day! The rooms were pretty and spacious, staff was friendly and helpful. You are literally across the street from the beach, it makes for a nice view in the morning. The continental breakfast was delicious: cereal, bread products and fruit. This hotel was one of the lower priced hotels, and we were impressed by the beauty and professionalism of this hotel. They kept the pool absolutely spotless. The "Bone Island" shuttle stops right at the hotel to bring you into town. However, because the shuttle made so many stops, it was a 40 minute ride into town. We preferred to walk into town in the morning- 3 1/2 miles to the bottom of Duval, 5 miles to the top of Duval (we clocked it on an odometer). However, the walk allows you to eat delicious Mahi-Mahi sandwiches at Hog's Breath and Turtle Kraals all day!!
Terrible, terrible, terrible. The rate of $170/night for this old, renovation required facility should be in the $55. Red Roof Inn range. The rooms are directly under the "full-throttle" take off of planes from the adjacent airport. The reservation clerk reported that flights end at sunset, and the sound is "not a problem". Lies, lies, lies. We stayed one night and wonder if anyone stays more than one night at this place.
We stayed two days march 25 & 26 and found the hotel really clean, comfortable and enjoyable for the money. The pool area was a plus , very clean and surrounded by lush topical palms . For all of you that couldn't find the beach , take a right - follow the road down about 1/2 mile , free off street parking , cross the road ( yes the cars will stop ) and enjoy a lovely sandy beach with palm trees . The ride down town was only about 10 minutes by car , or the hotel had a shuttle bus every 30 minutes for $7.00 per day . Would recommend this hotel
Great Place to Stay
The Key Ambassador (Best Western) was a great place to stay in Key West. It has ocean views and other than it's proximity to the airport was relatively quiet, even during a spring break week. The room was large and clean and had a good sized screened-in balcony. The Bone Island Shuttle gave us easy access to the downtown area, with all day riding for only $7. If you don't want to stay in the pricey downtown hotels, this is a great alternative.
Not what vacations are made of...
it's NOT beachside- other than vending machines, there's no food after 6pm- the pool was way too shallow and warm, yuck!- the complimentary breakfst was danishes or little cereal boxes on styrofoam platesand bowls, plastic utensils, real class-and WORST of ALL, our room smelled like they hadn't aired in out since they built the place-vile! we slept bad because of it and received no leniency on the rate when we complained. We were booked for 10 days-left of course-and went down the street to the Sheraton Suites, which was awesome.
We stayed at the Key Ambassador during our trip to Key West in early
I was in Key West during June of this year (2003). When I first checked in the Key West Key Ambassador I was put in a first floor room over looking nothing except thick bushes outside the window and a room that stunk! After I called my travel company and demanded my money back they happened to find me a very nice 2nd floor room with pool and ocean view. It was a long way to the Old Town area where most of the nightlife is and the buses quit running at 11 PM, so if you stay out later it costs around $13 per taxi ride back to hotel, a bit much for only a 2 mile by 4 mile island. No beach at the hotel and very few on the island. Also extremely hot and humid in the summer!! The Sunset Celebration was OK and worth going to particularly on a very clear night. The Hemingway House and the Truman Little White House tours were incredible.