10 Best Keys West Hotels for the Budget Traveler

Key West offers a variety of accommodations from B&Bs to luxury resorts. The one thing they have in common? They may give you sticker shock. Limited space on the island, paired with high demand, equals less availability and higher prices. This presents a challenge for budget-conscious travelers. Fear not, you can still find hidden hotels that offer reasonable rates--mostly small independent B&Bs and inns. There’s a price you pay for paradise, and “reasonable” is anything under $200.

Many of the least expensive properties like Speakeasy Inn and Caribbean House are privately owned. While the rooms may be small, the owners provide personal attention, making guests feel at home. Charming B&Bs are tucked away in Conch-style houses, and the Historic Key West Inns has several to choose from including Key Lime Inn, Lighthouse Court and Merlin Guesthouse. While these spots might be low-frills, the free breakfasts help with food costs.

To squeeze the most out of your savings, travel in the off season and on weekdays. Check the Key West calendar to avoid festivals and holidays. Watch the hotel’s website for discounts such as AAA, AARP and special packages. When booking, do it the old-fashioned way and pick up the phone. At these quirky properties, the rooms may vary significantly right down to decor. Use this opportunity to quiz the staff about size and location. Try these top ten budget hotels in Key West, so you can get the best bang for your vacation buck.



A member of the Historic Key West Inns collection, this 37-room hotel is wedged in Old Town just two blocks from the nightlife scene. The inn's 3-diamond accommodations are geared toward couples, with all rooms containing a queen, or king-sized...  Read More



Not to be confused with the go-to gay B&B, Alexander's Guesthouse, Alexander Palms Court is conveniently located in the Casa Marina area of Old Town. Only two blocks from the beach and Duval Street, the gated inn only has nine rooms grouped...  Read More



In this Nantucket-style house, special touches like hand-quilted bedspreads, marble ceiling bathrooms and canopy beds set this cozy B&B apart. There are four types of rooms to choose from, each with unique decor (visit the website to see...  Read More



One of the six quaint hotels owned by Historic Key West Inns in Old Town, Merlin Guesthouse has 20 guestrooms and Conch-style cottages spread out in four buildings. They share a shaded courtyard, featuring a lily pond where a free continental...  Read More



Best Western's are dime-a-dozen, but the Hibiscus might surprise you. It's perched on the calmer side of Key West, but is within walking distance to Mallory Square, the local beaches and popular attractions. After a day of exploring, guests can...  Read More



Across the street from the Hemingway Home and next door to the Key West Lighthouse, this quaint historic inn is comprised of ten conch-style cottages. Dating from 1890 to the 1920s, the cotages showcase charming Key West architectural details...  Read More



In the Old Town district of Key West, Authors Guesthouse is tucked away near the Historic Seaport. This compound of historic Conch style homes, cozy suites and rooms is dedicated to the authors who called Key West home. Using eclectic decor, the...  Read More



The premier guesthouse for gay and lesbian couples, this 17-room inn does everything right from the shaded pool and Jacuzzi to expanded continental breakfast and clothing-optional sundeck. In the heart of Old Town, this lovingly restored Key...  Read More



As one of the cheapest digs in town, the Caribbean House is no-frills accommodations, but that doesn't mean it isn't a welcoming place to stay. It's pet-friendly, and the brightly-colored rooms are tiny but very clean (each opens to a balcony)....  Read More



A rum bar and bed and breakfast combined, this cheerful Duval Street inn has a rich history as a former speakeasy. In fact, if you look closely, you'll see bottles carved into the woodwork--a subtle advertisement. Cozy up at the rum bar and try...  Read More


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