Key West Bed & Breakfast Resorts

by Richard Ludwig

Key West is about lazy. Lazy mornings reading your favorite book. Lazy afternoons fishing the Atlantic's fruitful waters. Lazy evenings watching the sun set over Mallory Square. And to compliment your lazy life is a bed and breakfast resort that allows you to fall asleep peacefully and wake to the aromas of your host preparing breakfast. Key West is littered with bed and breakfasts, but few combine the historical ambiance, conch architecture and exemplary service to be considered the best bed and breakfast resorts in Key West.

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The Popular House

Housed in a late 19th-century Key West Mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Popular House is exactly what it name implies -- one of the most sought-after accommodations on the key. A sweeping Key West-style porch, lined with Adirondack chairs, invite guest to forget all life outside the quiet street. Eight rooms, each distinctly styled in pastels and hard woods, are cozy, yet unassuming. The house is rife with local art and features common areas, sauna and Jacuzzi. Complimentary breakfast can be taken at any time of the morning.

The Mermaid & The Alligator

Hidden behind a half-dozen varieties of palms in "Old Town" Key West is an early 20th-century Victorian aptly named The Mermaid & The Alligator. The bed and breakfast is as fantastic as a mermaid, and as lazy as a Florida alligator taking in the afternoon sun. Guest rooms have names like Caribbean Queen and Treetop Suite, providing guests with luxurious linens, private baths and daily maid service. The common area features games, television, computer with Internet access and a selection of reading material. An outdoor pavilion is the setting for a complimentary evening glass of wine while breakfast is served aside the inn's pool.

The Gardens Hotel

Originally built in the 1800s as one of Key West's first luxury hotels, The Gardens Hotel tells a timeless tale of one woman wanting to create a garden paradise in "Old Town." She succeeded. Today, guests roam walkways built of faraway bricks admiring exotic orchids and native palms. The Gardens Hotel, housed in the Peggy Mills Botanical Key West Gardens, is an oasis that is blocks from Duval Street and Mallory Square. The bed and breakfast has a pool, bar, hot tub, concierge and art gallery. Each of the 17 guest rooms offer private entrances, marble bathrooms, flat-screen televisions, robes and include a complimentary "island" breakfast.

Seascape Tropical Inn

Not many mansions have floated over the Atlantic Ocean, but that is exactly what Seascape accomplished in 1858. Originally built in the Bahamas, the Seascape was moved by its owners to "Old Town" Key West, becoming the Seascape Tropical Inn. Each room has a flat-screen television, DVD player, mini-fridge, iPod docking station and robes. The grounds feature a pool, sundecks and lush gardens. Breakfast, consisting of French toast, muffins, cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit and champagne mimosas, is served on the garden patio.

About the Author

Richard Ludwig has been a writer for over eight years and has had his work published in "Co-Ed Magazine," the "East Manatee County Observer" and the Disaster and Recovery e-magazine. He received journalism and sociology degrees from the University of South Florida.

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