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Reviews of Key West Youth Hostel & Sea Shell Motel

Hostel | 718 South Street, Key West, Florida, USA 33040

59.0% Overall Rating

333 out of 481 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (12/05/2015)

Awais Siddiki thinks…

"We Love Demitri , manager guy He was very helpful and very friendly - with out him this place would not be the same ."

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Washing machines
  • Bicycle hire
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • BBQ area
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area

What's Included

  • Linen

Important Information

Our MIXED Shared rooms are reserved for couples only. Our office is open from 9:30 am to 9:00 pm. We do ask that you check-in after 2:30 pm and before our office closes for the night. 7 day cancellation policy.

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59.0%

Overall Rating

333 out of 481 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Key West Youth Hostel & Sea Shell Motel'

Atmosphere
54.4%
Location
80.0%
Facilities
48.8%
Cleanliness
53.6%
Staff
67.2%
Value
41.6%
Safety
67.2%
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74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

15 March 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: If the prices aren't for spring break you get a bed in a nice place at a great location. However,around spring break the prices are four times higher than normal.

Disliked: The price

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Steve Jupinko

Alone

Events / festivals

13 March 2011 Steve would recommend this property

Liked: The front-desk guy was very helpful and courteous.

Disliked: The shower water was not hot - lukewarm to cool. The shared room could really benefit from a ceiling fan for air circulation.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Hargobind Khalsa

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

18 February 2011 Hargobind would recommend this property

Liked: Close location to Duval street, Higgs beach, and the Southernmost Point. Even though we paid $44 per person which is pricey for a hostel, it's still the cheapest deal you can find on the entire island! The manager was very friendly and helpful. There was another guest in our dorm room who snored like a dying lawnmower, and the manager was happy to move us to another room with no trouble. The common area is comfortable and relaxing too.

Disliked: There were no cooking knives, though the manager was kind enough to lend me his. All the beds and pillows are covered in a plastic waterproof bag, so even with the provided sheets, it wasn't the most comfortable. Linens are provided for free, but no towels -- probably because they don't want people taking the towels to the beach.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Christian Brink

As a family with children

Family Holiday

10 February 2011 Christian would recommend this property

Liked: I like sitting in the garden

Disliked: The aircon is to noisy

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

09 February 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: location

Disliked: Kitchen not well maintained or cleaned regularly.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture

27 January 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: There isn't any age restriction on those who can room at the hostel, so it's cool to meet people of all ages and backgrounds. The cooking facilities were very nice and everyone really kept up with it so as to ensure a clean place to eat and cook. The patio was always filled with people socializing but during quiet times, everyone quieted down and the hostel was very peaceful during the night. The dorm rooms were cleaned every morning and the cleaning staff was thorough and very pleasant. The showers had good water pressure and were heated. The hostel staff was very friendly and informative about activities. Bikes could be purchased and the bikes were nice and relatively inexpensive.

Disliked: The windows don't open, there aren't any fans, and when the showers are used the humidity is pretty intense in the room and not much can be done to air out the room, save opening the doors (which understandably some roommates don't appreciate). There is air conditioning, but it didn't seem that effective to me. There were many times in which the office was supposed to be open but there was no staff there (they did leave a phone # though and would always pick up). The deposit on the bikes was pretty expensive.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

21 December 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The employee was very helpfull and the appartment was clean. Also the location is good, it's just 5 min. walk to Duval street. And you can park for free and use the wireless lan. Also the central place in the hostel (outside) is a good place to meet some people and you can use the kitchen! The price is very high for a hostel but I think it's the cheapiest way to say in Key West. :)

Disliked: The beds were old and the cooling fans make a lot of noise. Also my roommates (2 or 3) were old streetartists what I didn't like, because they make a lot of noise in there sleep (talking and snore) and I didn't feel safe. I think they are living in the hostel...(but I'm not sure!)

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Liz Lomax

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

13 December 2010 Liz would recommend this property

Liked: Once you get over the price, it's really not such a bad place. The rooms were standard dorms, a bit shabby but clean and plenty of space. Each room has a bathroom inside which is also clean and the showers are pretty good and hot. They have a kitchen and wifi, although no computers for those without laptops. The staff were really friendly and helpful, whether it was giving me extra blankets at night or letting me use the office phone to book my bus tickets when the internet cafe was closed. Location good; 3 blocks from southern most point and Duval Street; 10 min walk up to bars and feels like a nice safe part of town. I've definitely stayed worse places.

Disliked: Paying $39 pn for a dorm room seems ridiculously expensive but then everything in Key West costs more so if you're on a rightly tight budget, it's not the place for you. I felt the locks doors on the rooms felt a little flimsy and the "lockers" were coin access and only big enough for passports and credit cards, which meant leaving laptops/ cameras etc unsecured in room.

51.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

10 December 2010

Liked: Location in quite good. Not to far from Duval street and easy to park in front.

Disliked: The room were really not welcoming. Cleaningness was really bellow average, and most of the bed were terrible.

22.9%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 20%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

05 December 2010

Liked: homeless shelter as well

Disliked: rip off

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Romantic getaway

26 October 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Not so far from city center and mallory square!

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 20%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing

25 October 2010

Liked: The price.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

51.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife

19 October 2010

Liked: Very close to Duval street

Disliked: Looks nice at a glance, but once you really look at the details it becomes clear that it is not the best kept place around.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

SEO HEE JEONG

Alone

Beach / sunbathing

29 September 2010 SEO HEE would recommend this property

Liked: THIS HOSTEL'S LOCATION IS GOOD.IT IS LOCATED WITHIN 7~10MINUTES BY WALKING FROM THE SOUTHERN MOST POINT AND 10~15MINUTES FROM HEMINGWAY HOME.

Disliked: SEO HEE left no negative feedback.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

27 September 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good location

Disliked: Old

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Chik Chun Jeanne Cheung

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

16 September 2010 Chik Chun Jeanne would recommend this property

Liked: Probably the most economic accommodation in town. Staff are pretty friendly, I met some cool people on the first night. Beds and bathrooms are clean.

Disliked: Very seldom did I see staff on the property.

51.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 20% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Partying / nightlife

07 September 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: price is allright.

Disliked: Dirty linen, no towels provided, little animals in the shower/bathroom, only one toilet & shower (with only cold water) for a 10 girl dorm... the kitchen does not really work... unfriendly and unhelpful staff... really not a nice place ... :( but at least it's cheaper then everything else you can get there and not to far away from duval street..

31.4%
Atmosphere - 20% Staff - 20% Facilities - 20% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 20%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

25 August 2010

Liked: Nothing

Disliked: It was dirty, bugs everywhere.

54.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

City break

19 July 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Guter Outdoor-Kochbereich.

Disliked: Im wesentlichen mit maximaler Anzahl an Betten vollgestellt. Laute Klimaanlage

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

sam van Dijck

08 June 2010 sam would recommend this property

Liked: The Yard is beautiful, good place to hang out and meet people. Cleaning was not too good. Got some sheets with bloodstains on it, bathroom wasn't cleaned in the first 4 days i was there. Otherwise a fine hostel, with everything you need. Big walk from party area (rent a bike :) ), but very close to a beautiful little beach and the hemmingway house etc. One more bad thing. Lockers are a $. So you can put something in once, but everytime you need it you need to pay 1$again. So no going to the beach real quick without leaving you valuables unatended or payin a dollar.

Disliked: sam left no negative feedback.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 40%

Lasse Persson

28 April 2010 Lasse would recommend this property

Liked: Cool room with the outside temparture over 80 F.No hot water in the shower.

Disliked: Lasse left no negative feedback.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

23 April 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice Hostel closed to the Duval street and to the Southernpoint in Key West. Nice Staff.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Patricia H Larsen

11 April 2010

Liked: Meeting other travelers. Office staff very helpful. Room was dirty but no bugs.

Disliked: Patricia H left no negative feedback.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 40%

Customer review

11 April 2010 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel dorms are a little crowded, very helpfull staff. The only hostell in key west, so thats why it's more expensive thenhostels in other citys in the US. The private rooms are nice with it's own bathroom.Free parking, walking distance to the most of interest.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

60.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Customer review

29 March 2010

Liked: dirty bathroom.shower too old.too expensive for what it is.window broken.environment : okoverall: Average, can improve.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.