I have stayed here 3 times in the past 3 years. I enjoy Gert and Della who oversee the house and all of the guests are equally nice.
The Hollinsed House features a pool, wi-fi access, 7 spacious suites including studios, one & two bedroom condos that are fully equipped for your convenience. Kitchens include microwaves, coffeemakers, blenders, toasters, and all of the comforts you're used to having at home. Large private bathrooms, ceiling fans, cable TV, VCR's, and air conditioning. And local trips and excursions can be arranged.
All suites have private entrances, sun decks and telephone with free local calls.
I would highly recommend this guesthouse to anyone visiting Key West. The location, accomodations, and ambience are hard to beat.
Gert "The Skirt", manages this guest house and has for quite a while. She makes everyone feel like they are truly coming home. I have stayed here 3 times in the past three years for Fantasy Fest and it is always sold out for that week in late October but Gert can usually find alternate accomodations should that be necessary.
My room #7 is somewhat secluded behind the main house and I like it because it is quiet and cool being surrounded by trees.
The guest house is close to all the action on Duval Street, plus it is close to Fausto's delicatessen & grocery store and Sarabeth's restaurant at the corner of Southard & Simonton.
Parking is at a premium anywhere in Key West but the Hollinsed House usually has two or three free parking spots. If not, there is public parking on streets nearby.
At the end of our Charity Bike ride from Miami to Key West (admittedly, we didn't ride very much of the 165 Mile Bike Ride due to an injury....) our Teams sponsor /Employer, "HOTELBEDS" donated a night's stay at the Casa Marina. What a blessing. We didn't have the outta pocket money for a night stay in Key West. Everything was high since it was High Season.
The view - per my Key west Home Page Photo - from our room patio was spectacular. And as former Hawaii Resident, this was as close to paradise as you can get in the Continental US.
The rooms were dismal, however. This was Holiday Inn / 3 Star standard. Room was tired (needing refurbishing). Bathroom had mold on shower wall tile and stains on the tub floor. Bathroom counter was faded and wallpaper was coming off.
But the view! Smile... You get the drift.
Sodas and juices from the mini-bar (Jan. 06) cost $2.50. Not the highest, but nothing you'd want to keep on consuming... Phone calls: we had a 15 second long distance call (cell was outta power / forgot charger ) They tried to charge us $9.45. We complained / they waived it.
Lobby is very upscale. Landscaping and pool area VERY nice. Beach is lovely. So is the pier. Location of hotel is close to everything. The room was disappointing.
ice maker didn't work on first floor. Elevator didnt work to the 2nd floor. Little things like this make you realize, this is NOT a five star hotel.
But the view! Smile...
Bellstaff and front desk staff were impeccible. They let us put our bikes in the room (against policy!) and helped us with our gear and luggage. GREAT hospitality extended to us!
We camped in Key West during the week of New Years 2002. We arrived at Jabour's "trailer court" after reading on their website that they had tent sites as well as trailer sites and ended up spending 67$ per night to camp between the bathroom and a trailer that I am pretty certain was someone's home. We did not spend a lot of time there fortunatly and it was the closest campground to the action, just 2 blocks off of Duval St. but if you decide to stay, keep in mind that when you finally turn in for the night....there are dozens of wild roosters in Key West that will keep you up ALL NIGHT! You don't come to Key West to sleep, agreed, but you also can't live without at least a few hours every night! It made for some great laughs...
It was nice to be able to walk to Duval St. and not have to worry about finding parking like the people who camped at Boyd's a few miles up the road.
When we lived in Key West in 1966, this was the 'big' luxury hotel on the island (built in the 20s-30s and in the National Historic Register), and the only one with it's own beach. It still is the only one with any extensive private beach. It appears to have a nice pool in addition to the beach..
It is on the Hawk Channel/Atlantic Ocean side, and has 1100 feet of private beach just 'south' (west) of the West Martello Tower.
I have not stayed here.
There are two other hotels which are across the street from the manmade public beach on that side of the island, but you have to cross 4 lanes of Roosevelt Blvd to get there. The hotel is also close to Duval Street and across the island (widthwise) from the Mallory Square action. The Bone Island Shuttle or the other buses can get you down there pretty cheaply without the problem of parking once you are there.
My sister bid on this condo in a church fund raiser. I don't know exactly what she paid. According to the people who own the condo, these are not weekly rentals, but my husband said that there were people who were just renting for the week.
I was unable to log on to the wi-fi and I am not sure whether it was just for this unit or if it was condo wide.
This is a gated community which requires a code to access the inner areas. It is across the street from Smathers Beach. There are two swimming pools (one heated) and two tennis courts. There are elevators and laundry facilities.
We were in a condo on the front of the building so our view was over the beach. It is quite near the airport.
the casa marina resort hotel is my favorite place to stay in key west. this elegant old hotel dates back to the 1920's. what i like about the casa marina is it's location. it is walking distance to smathers beach and the southern most point but far enough away from the party area of duval street. this property has a private beach and is an excellent place to relax in key west. the casa marina is owned by wyndam so you can expect all of the amenities of a first class resort hotel. expensive, and as with most hotels in the keys prices are much more expensive in the winter tourist season.
If your directions to your accomdations lead you to buildings that look like this, GET OUT! This is Ocean Walk Condominiums, not a resort! There are plenty of fine bed and breakfeast situations available, don't settle for this!
The Wyndham is the nicest hotel there. It has the only real beach and a great restaurant for eatting breakfast while catching a cool breeze overlooking the water. A little pricey but it's worth it.
$330 per night
One more view from the roof top, notice the ocean in the back ground of both of these photographs. The streets are still wet, as it had just briefly rained, but it quickly cleared up, and we decided to get this photo session in before heading over to Mallory Square for the sunset celebration.
I recommend a Bed and Breakfast or to rent a house for your time in Key West for accommodations. My parents found this place for all of us to stay with Vacation Homes of Key West. Amazing! All of us like to cook, so it was nice to have a full kitchen and as a bonus, we even had a grill. We rented a two bedroom, one bathroom house, with a spacious balcony and a pool for a very good price. We shared the pool with the other house in the gated courtyard, but we didn’t see the people very often. Therefore, we had the pool to ourselves. There is just one other house on the property and it is all fenced in so no one can see or come onto the grounds. The house was located right upstairs from a convenient store, which ironically, was very convenient for us. We stayed on the corner of Carolina Street and Peacon Lane, close enough to walk to all the great places in Key West. We found a great natural food store and purchased food for our stay. The beds were wonderfully comfortable and the linens where fresh and clean for our stay. The kitchen was fully loaded with everything we needed to make a home cooked meal. We had a washer and dryer, which we did not expect. It was nice and very convenient to wash our clothes before leaving Key West.
It's a nice location, however it's currently under renovation. Also the hotel next to it, The Reach is under major construction. Before you book your room, call the hotel directly & make sure you are AWAY from the construction. Both resort hotels will be wonderful when the renovations/construction are completed. Casa Marina is far more pricey than what is listed in many of these postings, especially for high season! Casa Marina has no Happy Hour at the bar, & it's $15.00 + tax for a hamburger. It is definitely not inexpensive, yet the location is nice.
Two nice pools, good beach location, nice gift shop.
Here's a picture of our messy bathroom at LaConcha. It really was a nice place - i just don't have any pictures of the actual room...
Definetly pay the extra bucks for a water side site. I swam and frollicked like a british school kid in the water all the time. Campfires are allowed and drinking till your retarded is welcome. Just make sure you shut the hell up at 10pm for their quiet hours...the security guards there are complete jerks and will ruin any trip if given the chance. Complaining to ownership doesnt help; they agreed and said they get complaints quite often. There is no bar or drinking area near the pool, dont be fooled by their website. The bathrooms are usually clean, hot as hell, but they get the job done. This campground is expensive but I couldnt find anything closer to Duval street. A cab ride is about 15-20 as the distance isnt the issue (5miles), its the traffic and time traveling those five miles. Parking isnt too hard near Duval though, just bring your big city parking skills and you're set. Generally older, motorhome kind of crowd here.
Views, cuban sandwich restuarant across the street, liquor store about 3 blocks away, 3 miles to an awesome beach (forgot the name).
B&B's and loads of quaint places
Varies on what you pick
Check them out before you book . . . Many places cater to alternative lifestyles . . . It would be a shame to ruin their vacation as well as yours if you are not comfortable with this . . . The chamber of commerce spells it all out for you on what they send out
Camping is cheap--$3 per night per person--but the boat ride is a bit pricey. $130 per adult,$99 per child (4-16 years).
The view is gorgeous. Blue water, ideal for snorkeling.
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