The first thing you have to decide when staying on Key West is do you want to be in the Mayhem of the Duval Zone or do you want to stay out of the party area and travel a mile or two to get there because it makes a huge difference in what you activities might be.

Today’s Review is an on island out of town Hotel THE GATES, which is located on North Roosevelt. If you are driving and arrive on key West it is 30 seconds onto the island, which puts you about three and a half miles from the middle of Duval.

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Benefits – if you have a car there are many places off island that are worth traveling to that you can get arrive at  much easier. If you play golf the course is a minute and a half away. If you want a quieter experience this might be a place for you. If you want a hotel that is almost brand new this could be the place for you.

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The Nitty Gritty – The rooms were large. The beds were comfortable. The bathroom was large and the shower had substantial water pressure and plentiful hot water.  It was VERY CLEAN. Housekeeping did a great job. The Room come with large flat screen TV’s and if you turn to channel one, which is KEY TV you will get an interesting variety of things to do, places to go, places to eat etc… Another nice thing is all the rooms come with Tablets and free WIFI so if you want to put the phone down and search the web on a bigger screen you can do so in an instant. The WIFI is easy to log into. There is also a computer in the lobby that you can use to print boarding passes. The staff was friendly. The clientele had an interesting European flair.


The pool area was fantastic if you wanted to sit back and relax. The water was warm, around 52. Chairs were abundant and you could find a spot in direct sun or shade. The water was clean, towels were plentiful and they even provided reading materials should you want to keep the medulla oblongata firing. It was a very nice place to spend the morning before heading out on the day’s adventure. Ohh yes they have bar service with a waitress that will come server you whilst in the water.


The Gates does not have a restaurant, but it does have a very reasonably priced food truck. As you will discover everyone in Key West is trying to put their hands into your wallet so it was refreshing to be able to get breakfast through the truck, a nice goat cheese omelet that melted in your mouth, for only $6.  The young lady in the truck was jovial and seemed to sincerely enjoy filling the bellies.

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The Rum Runner is the Local Bar on premises and it stays open fairly late, around ten to twelve at night depending upon how many people are sitting around. It generally opens around 11 a.m. and has a full complement of adult beverages with a nice view of the pool.

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Overall this was a very pleasant place to stay and we can highly recommend it.


Tomorrow – places to stay part two THE Waldorf Astoria Key West