In October of 2008, my husband and I took a belated honeymoon to Key West. It is now 2010, and that's the last vacation we've had...sad, but I digress.
When we were booking the trip, we noticed several lodging options, from the standard resort to the cozy bed and breakfast. What we wanted was something fairly inexpensive - we figured we'd be out and about most of the time - but we did want something with a little bit of warming coziness.
We decided on Albury Court, which is on the harbor side of Key West. The resorts and beaches are actually on the other side of the island, which makes the location not ideal for some people. However, we enjoyed being by the harbor. There are many sights to see and even a nice coffee shop nearby.
We booked our hotel stay online, which saved us some money. I thought the price for staying at Albury Court was quite reasonable.
Of course, there were problems. The biggest was that my leg got chewed up my bugs. We were initally concerned that we had bed bugs, so we went to the front desk to complain. The first girl (20-something I think) was incredibly rude, acted like we were morons, and generally put me in a bad mood. All she said was that it was probably sand fleas from the beach. We explained that we had barely made it in to town and that we hadn't even gone to the beach yet, and she responded by acting like we were lying. I mean, I'm sure people try to pull that stuff, but isn't there still some sense of the customer being right?
I got mad and did my version of storming off. A manager showed up about the time I did. Fortunately, she was incredibly nice and helpful. She offered to have the cleaning staff look through the room for bed bugs. Once they didn't find any, she said they could still switch the room for us, which we still wanted even though there weren't bed bugs. We got moved to the 2nd floor and didn't have any problems the rest of the trip. I think there were sand fleas on the first floor near the pool, and that somehow they got into that first room. Anyway, while the first employee was rude and unhelpful, the other made up for it.
Albury Court is further away from the beaches or Duval Street than some people would like, but I enjoyed being by the harbor. Breakfast is served every morning by the pool - just a continental breakfast with juices and pastries and such. If you want more luxury, I suggest going to one of the resorts.
As far as ambiance goes, the rooms were fairly small but did have fireplaces and a nice stand-up shower.
There is no on-site parking lot, so you either have to park on the street or in a parking garage. When we were there, it wasn't too busy, so we were able to find a parking spot on the streets at all times instead of having to pay for the parking garage.
For what we wanted, a decent place to stay that wouldn't cost too much, the Albury Court offered what we needed.