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Old 05-27-2015, 03:58 AM
 
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Not at all surprised, Annerk, but even your friends have a different view of "options on a budget" than the rest of the world.

Heron House - two nights = $507 including tax, fees for their lowest room rate
Curry House is booked for our dates, but even if it weren't, it's over $525 for two nights

Comparatively,
Hilton Key Largo = $327 including tax, fees and resort fee
Hyatt Place, Marathon = $352 including tax, fees and resort fee
Pelican Cove, Islamorada = $361 including tax, fees and resort fee
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All are midweek, mid June prices

We've booked at the Pelican Cove instead of the Hilton, mostly because it's in Islamorada instead of Key Largo. I still have reservations at the Hilton, so any comments are welcome.
Out of curiosity, what are your dates?

You do know that Pride week happens during mid-June, right? That event draws thousands of people and can cause hotel rates to rise. If you are not open minded, it might not be a good time for you to visit.

You do realize it's over two hours in each direction between Islamorada and Key West, right? You're seriously going to spend 4-6 hours a day depending on traffic driving back and forth? You'll burn up any savings with the added fuel and parking costs.
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Old 05-28-2015, 02:53 PM
 
Location: OCNJ and or lower Florida keys
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At least its a really beautiful drive all sorts of great ocean/tropical scenery!!! Stop and check out the blue hole in big pine key. If you want to stay in a cottage style fish camp you can rent a cabin at the old wooden bridge/ marina in big pine key which is only 30 miles to key west. plus you can rent kayaks right at the marina. it varies from $120 to about $200 a night depending on the cabin you rent. its a no frills place but the water is literally across the street and key deer/nature are all around. they have some decent reviews on trip advisor. Old Wooden Bridge Fish Camp Home Page
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Old 05-28-2015, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Southern, NJ
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Key West has changed dramatically in the last 5 yrs. & prices have escalated. If you can find something for $150.00 a night grab it, that price is a minority. You can check Trip Advisor, KW Forum. Within the last 2 yrs. many Inns have been sold to overseas investors & those prices have doubled. Last year 4 Hotels were leveled to be rebuilt, that left little inventory and a lot of demand. People who wanted to go to KW gladly paid the inflated prices. This past Dec. a new Hotel The Marker Resort opened their doors. If you check the Winter prices they are $400-500/nt. + Taxes. The Hotel is booked up. As long as people keep paying the inflated prices they will continue to go up.

As far as airbnb in KW? The City is shutting them down very quickly. People have to have special licenses and permits to rent out their homes. A lot of people have gone down there to a rental they have paid for and found that they can't rent it, it was an illegal rental.

There are also numerous scams of people renting "cheap $100 nt." homes through what they thought was a reputable agency, only to find when they arrive there it is someones home. They are out the money and now don't have anywhere to rent.

If you stay in KL and travel down to KW every day you will be wasting a lot of time, money & gas.

An average week staying in KW for Hotel, food and misc., is around $2,500 & that is being conservative & watching your budget. kelsie

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Old 05-28-2015, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Florida
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The original bridges were built before WW1 for a single track railroad and were not very wide. The new bridges took the excitement out of driving in a strong cross wind

We went down with our small travel trailer and stayed at Bahia Honda State Park which is 2 or 3 islands up from KW. Can't help on hotels.

Be prepared to walk in KW, parking is minimal and not convenient. Walking doesn't work for us at our age. We were glad we had been there several times before.

We did go up the side roads on Big Pine Key and got to see the little Key Deer. They are neat.
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Old 05-29-2015, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Key West has changed dramatically in the last 5 yrs. & prices have escalated. If you can find something for $150.00 a night grab it, that price is a minority. You can check Trip Advisor, KW Forum. Within the last 2 yrs. many Inns have been sold to overseas investors & those prices have doubled. Last year 4 Hotels were leveled to be rebuilt, that left little inventory and a lot of demand. People who wanted to go to KW gladly paid the inflated prices. This past Dec. a new Hotel The Marker Resort opened their doors. If you check the Winter prices they are $400-500/nt. + Taxes. The Hotel is booked up. As long as people keep paying the inflated prices they will continue to go up.

As far as airbnb in KW? The City is shutting them down very quickly. People have to have special licenses and permits to rent out their homes. A lot of people have gone down there to a rental they have paid for and found that they can't rent it, it was an illegal rental.

There are also numerous scams of people renting "cheap $100 nt." homes through what they thought was a reputable agency, only to find when they arrive there it is someones home. They are out the money and now don't have anywhere to rent.

If you stay in KL and travel down to KW every day you will be wasting a lot of time, money & gas.

An average week staying in KW for Hotel, food and misc., is around $2,500 & that is being conservative & watching your budget. kelsie
Yep, just read in the Hawaii forum that they are cracking down also on these types of rentals as they are illegal...BUYERS BEWARE.

Your post is spot on...KW at any time of the year has become very expensive.
Happy I've already done that twice
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Old 05-29-2015, 06:08 AM
 
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My uncle lived in a conch house for eight months in Key West last year (legal long-term house swap for his NYC home) and five times had people show up on his doorstep thinking they had rented the place for a few days to a week. Once he actually had to call the police to get rid of them. He felt bad as they were out quite a bit of money and two of the couples had younger children in tow, but there was nothing he could do for them.

The one couple showed him the advertisement from Craig's List, and the interior photos were obviously of a different (and much larger!) home.
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Old 05-29-2015, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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My uncle lived in a conch house for eight months in Key West last year (legal long-term house swap for his NYC home) and five times had people show up on his doorstep thinking they had rented the place for a few days to a week. Once he actually had to call the police to get rid of them. He felt bad as they were out quite a bit of money and two of the couples had younger children in tow, but there was nothing he could do for them.

The one couple showed him the advertisement from Craig's List, and the interior photos were obviously of a different (and much larger!) home.
That was their mistake, you are better off renting through VRBO, Home Away as you can purchase insurance for a small fee to get your money back if it was a scam.
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Old 05-29-2015, 08:30 AM
 
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That was their mistake, you are better off renting through VRBO, Home Away as you can purchase insurance for a small fee to get your money back if it was a scam.
I agree, although getting your money back doesn't help you after you've traveled to Key West and are now stuck paying a lot more for your room--if you can even find one. The reimbursement comes long after you get home. It's why I will only rent through a well established management company with plenty of positive reviews. It might cost a bit more, but the peace of mind is worth it.
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Old 05-29-2015, 11:10 AM
 
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I stayed in the Pegasus. Relatively affordable, good location, and it was fine.
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