Key West Inns & Motels

by Alison Merfeld

While staying at resorts does have its perks, inns are less crowded and create a home-like feel. Some Key West inns have history, such as the Southernmost House, which has been visited by kings and presidents, and the Curry Mansion, home to the first millionaire in Florida. Each inn is located near an attraction such as the Ernest Hemingway House & Museum, Mallory Square and the Southernmost Point.

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Near Southernmost Point

Designed to appear like an oversize buoy, the Southernmost Point Marker represents the southernmost point in the continental United States. It is within walking distance of the Light House Museum and the Key West Butterfly Museum and Nature Conservatory. Less than a one-minute walk from the marker is the 18-room Southernmost House, which has been visited by President Truman, President Kennedy and Spain's King Juan Carlos. Renovated in 1996, it has rooms with garden or scenic ocean views, chandeliers over the beds, and sitting areas. The hotel provides an outdoor swimming pool, in-room massage services and concierge services. Hotel staff can arrange for sunset cruises, snorkeling tours and bicycle trips around the island. Built in 1885, the Victorian-style Southernmost Point Guest House was renovated in 1987 and is located directly next door to the Southernmost Point Marker. Accommodations range from deluxe rooms with full kitchens and private porches, to master suites with separate living rooms and private balconies with ocean views. Hotel provides Internet access, an outdoor swimming pool and seating in the garden.

Near Mallory Square

Located along the harbor, Mallory Square is home to the Key West Aquarium, shopping, and food establishments such as the Key West Conch Fritters Stand. Built in 1911, the two-story Weatherstation Inn opened as an inn in 1997 and is a six-minute-walk from Mallory Square. Once the residence for the U.S. Navy during the 1950s, the inn still maintains its classic Key West charm with hardwood floors, Bahama shutters on the windows, and lush vegetation around the property. The eight guest rooms are individually decorated with four-poster beds, original windows and pine furnishings. Room amenities range from shared patios to sitting areas and courtyard views. A continental breakfast, consisting of croissants and fruit from the local Croissants de France, is served daily. The Curry Mansion Inn on Caroline Street is only a five-minute walk from Mallory Square. The inn is also located a half-block from Duval Street, where restaurants such as Irish Kevin's and the Cheeseburger Restaurant are located. The inn contains dark furnishings, crown molding and hardwood floors. The 22 guest rooms offer Internet access, ceiling fans and small living areas; master suites provide whirlpool bathtubs, balconies and two bathrooms.

Near the Hemingway Museum

The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, located on Whitehead Street, is where author Ernest Hemingway once lived and wrote many of his novels. Andrews Inn, a two-minute-walk from the museum, creates a tranquil feel with its tropical gardens and outdoor swimming pool surrounded by lime trees and palm trees. Named after the settings in Hemingway's novels, the guest rooms offer mini-refrigerators, Internet access and ceiling fans. For those seeking something larger, the inn's cottages include hot tubs, private sundecks and full kitchens. The inn also offers a cocktail hour, serves continental breakfast and provides snorkeling equipment. Situated one block from the Hemingway Museum, the Orchid Key Inn provides an oasis with its tiled mosaics and soft brown and gray decor. An outdoor swimming pool and hot tub are located on the property. The inn provides a daily happy hour and prepares a complimentary breakfast. Guest rooms, decorated with black and dark-wood furniture, offer orchids, plush couches and free Internet access. (See Reference #6)

Near Key West Airport

Located one mile from the Key West International Airport, the Sheraton Key West is one of the first hotels you'll see when getting into town, due to its bright yellow exterior and blue shutters. The hotel provides suite accommodations with separate living rooms and bedrooms, full kitchens and dining areas. The outdoor swimming pool provides a cascading waterfall, and a poolside bar prepares light snacks and beverages throughout the day. The hotel provides a shuttle service into downtown Key West, with pick-ups and drop-offs near Mallory Square. The hotel is approximately two miles from Duval Street and the Key West Aquarium. The Days Inn Key West, located one mile from the airport, offers 133 guest rooms with free Internet access. The hotel provides designated non-smoking rooms. Hotel features include an outdoor swimming pool, laundry services and available bus parking. The Key West Golf Club and the Key Plaza Shopping Center are both one mile away.

About the Author

Alison Merfeld has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her published articles can be found on various websites, covering golf, the outdoors and other topics. She is currently working on her first fiction novel. Merfeld earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Iowa.

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