Travel Blogs from Key West
... and forget about your nausea. It REALLY helps. It wasn't as though we could just jump out of the boat, because we HAD to go back to the shore.
As the name of the boat indicates, the boat has a glass bottom, with magnifying glass, for under water viewing. Inspiteof the nauseating feeling, we also managed to get a good glimpse of the mysterious life underwater. Seven miles into the ocean, we could see the water transitioning into a crystal clear aqua. Coral reef, jelly ...
... pincher. It was like we happened upon a little crab party, but I don't think they were happy we were there. They keep swinging their pinchers at us. When we finally made it to our cute little inn in Key West we quickly headed down to the Ernest Hemingway house before it closed. Its such a lovely house and is actually the largest property in Key West. There were a lof of people there so it was hard to enjoy the ...
... a steep bridge to climb on the way. Still I made it, albeit sweating bucket loads. It really made the shower I had earlier worthwhile. Still, I wasn't having to sit next to anyone on the ferry :) I jumped on the ferry which had 3 levels and seated 500 people. It was only about half full for this sailing though. We left Fort Myers Beach to a show put on by dolphins playing in the ferry's wake. Somersaults and everything. Pretty cool. Now ...
... we received from Darlene on the sunset tour, we did not hear from our guide regarding this tour and sat waiting at the dock until just minutes prior to our departure time before he showed up. He explained his tardiness that we were the first customers to show up on time or not show up at all in over a week. Who would miss a pre-paid, non-refundable tour? I think the guy was just up late and could not get started quickly on this ...
... there was no real concept of beauty there. That we could all be beautiful in our own way. I was thinking how nice it would be if the world was more like that. If everyone was considered beautiful and everyone was accepted for their uniqueness and their differences were celebrated. Yes THAT would truly be beautiful. Maybe we should all strive to bring a little fantasy fest into our lives every day...maybe minus the naked on the street part.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Truman Hotel Key West
Good, but could use some improvements...
I searched for a hotel in Key West and I always check the reviews at Trip advisor to make sure I am not staying somewhere nasty LOL, and I must say the Truman hotel was not a bad hotel they had a friendly staff but they weren't so friendly about me cutting my trip short I must say they were a little rude when I changed my dates other than that they were friendly. The rooms were not so big and the bathroom was really small, the doors always got stuck you have to give it a push to close and to open. the location was good we walked everywhere and never needed the car. I don't think I would stay in this hotel again but the price was good so you get what you pay for.
I disagree with all the previous negative false fabrications. Don't be fooled some of this people are just looking for a cheap stay or a free night. And since they probably didn't get what they wanted. NOW they're trashing the hotel. I've stayed there twice back in 2004 and recently in March 2006. I made the reservation in advance I was never misguided they told me up front about construction by phone and when I received the confirmation letter, When we got their the staff was very helpfull gave us good recommedations for near by restaurants, for the sunset cruise. Mallory Square is great place to see the Sunsets. Pay no attention to all this displease unhappy travelers. The Truman was awesome back in 2004 but I'm sure that once the renovations are complete next year it will be greater. I will stay there again.
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The Truman Hotel is definately run down. Everything is old-50's style (but not in a funky way). Don't be fooled into thinking there is even a continental breakfast-donuts in a package from the grocery store! We decided to move after the first night, and they were accommodating about not charging us for nights we didn't use. There is some free parking, a plus in Key West, and the location isn't too bad. I would pay more for a better Key West experience.
The only place I'll stay
I've stayed at the trumman about 4 times last year. Great pricing and the service was always great. I will only stay in this hotel every time I come to the keys. Not only are you right next to duval st, but you have very convient stores near by. I def recommend this hotel to everyone I know.
I have raved about the Truman Hotel to everyone I know for a year or more. I returned during the Xmas holiday for 2 nights with my husband. They are renovating, which was happening before the hurricane. They have torn up the pool/jacuzzi and rooms that are inside the compound area to redo the area. The only rooms they have to rent are the 8-10 outside rooms along the parking lot. For the time of year $99 was a good rate for the location, but the rooms are absolute dumps! They were filthy, broken down, smelled like cigarette smoke, and small. This should set the tone for you, when you walked around barefoot on the carpet your feet turned black! We were extremely disappointed. The staff is friendly, but Marcus is gone too. We did find out that the owner of this property own several more in the area. They have truly let this go. Of couse we figure that once the renovations are done, there go the reasonable rates. They have ruined a very nice, small, cozy place that offered a great ambience. We won't stay here again unless it is in the renovated section.
I recently stayed at the Truman Hotel for the Fourth of July weekend, and had an experience that was quite different from many of the previous reviews of this Hotel. The problem wasn't with the accomodations (it should really be called "The Truman Motel" due to its size and layout). They were bearable. The problem was with the staff at the front desk. Basically, they booked me for the wrong nights (one earlier night) and on my arrival told me that I would have to pay for the previous night, as well as pay for an increased rate for the following two nights (the ones I had originally booked). The mistake in booking was left up to me, the customer, to foot the bill for, instead of the managment, who's mistake it was in the first place; they never sent me a confirmation email or letter confiming the dates that I had actuallybooked. In summary, the services you're paying for as a customer, don't exactly extend to the business morals or general cordiality of this establishment.
Five stars on everything
After two disappointing hotels, we drove by the Truman and stopped to checked it out. Staff was marvelous, friendly and helpful; location great; room clean, private and terrific; pool clean and nice; grotto lovely; price unbelievably affordable, even when we needed extra nights because the mainland was getting struck by a hurricane. When I'm in Key West, this is where I'll be staying.
I hate to tell anyone else about this gem that I found in October 2004 for Fantasy Fest. What a great location, within walking distance to everything. There is a fantastic breakfast restaurant right next door that has been there since the 50's and still owned by the same family. Filled with local people, so you know it's not only good, but a good value. The rates at this hotel are great. It is very private and the staff is especially friendly and helpful. Say hey to Marcus when you visit. He's the bomb! The rooms are just fine for what I needed. Very clean and comfortable. They could probably stand some updating, but that will mean the prices go up too. I have stayed here 3 times already and have reservations for me and 5 more friends coming up soon. I won't stay anywhere else if I can help it. They have free parking. Take a walk up Duval Street to Square One. That is a new place that has shops and restaurants right around the corner. The cont. breakfast is perfect for sitting around the pool/jacuzzi while reading the paper and enjoying the birds and beautiful weather. You won't be disappointed.
The Truman is wonderful
We stayed at the Truman for five nights March15-19,05. We parked our car when we arrived and never used it again for our entire stay. This a central spot and all of Key West is in walking distance. The staff is helpful (hello to Marques) and the atmosphere is relaxed.
Great service - Reasonable prices - Close to Duval St.
We stayed here on Jan 17/05 and were pleasantly surprised with the hotel. At first glance you think it is a motel, but ask for a room on the courtyard and you will be amazed. Lush tropical courtyard with a hot tub and heated pool. The rooms need some updating, we were told that renovations begin in Feb/05. Once complete this will be a great place to stay!
Pros: Clean, spacious, great staff
Cons: None worth mentioning