Albury Court - Key West
I stayed for two nights at Albury Court, right on Eaton Street at the corner of Frances Street. This Key West style inn comprises several buildings, all of which are a 5-minute walk from the docks and within walking distance of Duval Street. My room was completely updated and comfortable. The bathroom was beautiful and sparkling clean ( I wish I could keep my bathroom at home sparkling like that!) The, A/C was cold, the bed comfy, and my front porch was perfect for watching the party animals go by, which was quite entertaining at times.
If I wanted to whine about some minor issues, it would be these three:
First whine: My room was, as are most of the rooms at Albury, directly on Eaton Street, which is a main (but very narrow) thoroughfare for cars, motorbikes, bicycles, and pedestrians. The traffic noise itself was not tremendously bothersome, but the passersby, especially late at night, are quite drunk and very loud. As I said, this isn't really a fair criticism because after all, this was Key West on a Friday and Saturday night, near the party district. What else could I expect?
Second whine: Although the Albury has wireless internet, I found that the connection in my room was unreliable. However, there is a sandwich shop called the Paradise Cafe (link is to TripAdvisor reviews) on the corner with wireless internet. They serve great sandwiches. Their Cuban gets rave reviews. I had a fantastic chicken salad sandwich.
Paradise Cafe pictured above. They deliver to your location or you can eat in.
Third whine: parking is an issue. There is no parking lot. All parking is on the street and it's literally every man for himself. I had to park several blocks away and drag my luggage through the streets to my room. The helpful clerk had directed me to a parking spot right across the street, but it was too small for my car.
The Albury also has a pool, which I didn't have time to go in (I'm not a big fan of hotel pools anyway). The bottom line is that Albury is a nice, clean, very conveniently located Key West Inn that puts you right near the action. It isn't a destination in and of itself, but there is so much to see and do in Key West that I can't imagine you'd spend much time in your room anyway.
Key West is a fabulously different place. In many ways it's like being down in the Caribbean. Just strolling through the neighborhoods is a treat for the senses: beautiful tropical foliage, eye-catching architecture, and tempting aromas coming from neighborhood kitchens all evoke the feeling of the islands. Below is a slide show from my Sunday morning walk in Key West:
Disclosure: I stayed at the Albury Court while I was in Key West filming a promotional video for VISIT FLORIDA. Because VISIT FLORIDA was "promoting" the area through the video, I was extended the courtesy of a "media rate" of $99 per night, which was somewhat less than I would have otherwise paid. I did not receive any special treatment that would, in my opinion, cause my review to be biased. I think you'll find this to be an honest review.
Would I stay here again? Yes, and no. Yes, because it is a perfectly fine place to stay. No, because there are so many other places I'd like to try out on my next trip.