There’s no better way to experience the beauty of Key West, Florida, than by staying in one of the many Key West inns located throughout the island. Key West is famous for its history, and many of these bed and breakfasts possess stories as legendary as the island itself.
At just four miles long and two miles wide, Key West is a small island. This limited space is part of the reason the gorgeous antebellum-style houses are built vertically. Many Select Registry Key West inns include traditional Victorian-style elements such as upper-level porches, captain’s windows on balconies, and gingerbread woodwork railings. Select Registry boasts three luxurious properties expertly constructed in conventional Key West styles.
What to Expect While Staying at Key West Inns
The first thing that catches peoples’ eyes in Key West is the vibrant flora and fauna flourishing all over the island. Everywhere you turn you’ll find tropical palms, aromatic hibiscus and jasmine, and grandiose magnolias and kapoks lining the streets. Because of the island’s sub-tropical climate, flowers blossom all year-round.
Many of the Key West inns take advantage of the thriving flora by incorporating gardens into their properties. Surrounding the heated pool at The Mermaid and The Alligator, you’ll discover an expansive, colorful garden. The eco-friendly Gardens Hotel plays up the island vibe by including tropical plants throughout the property.
Historical Houses and Sites
Key West’s long history dates back 1521 when the island was first discovered by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon. The island was not officially part of America until 1822. After the acquisition, Key West’s economy flourished from a number of industries. In the mid-19th century, the island became involved in both the Cuban Ten Year War and the Civil War. Interestingly, when Florida joined the Confederate forces, Key West remained part of the Union because of its role in Naval operations.
While vacationing on the island, explore the numerous historical sites including the Key West Lighthouse, the 15th oldest lighthouse in the country. Civil War fans will enjoy visiting the West Martello Fort, one of three surviving Civil War-era buildings.
Throughout the last century, notable writers, musicians, and people of influence were drawn to Key West. Ernest Hemingway and his wife spent many years on a property in Old Town Key West. The residence, which dates back to 1851, remains as a museum. Tour the Hemingway Home to discover the immaculate gardens, admire the architectural details, and witness the author’s writing studio. The beautiful Conch House Heritage Inn is conveniently located just a quarter mile from this famed site.
Select Registry Key West Inns
The Mermaid and The Alligator
This lovely inn located on Truman Street in Old Town Key West was constructed in 1904 by a wealthy lawyer. Current innkeepers Dean Carlson and Paul Hayes helped to preserve much of the Victorian structure’s authentic elements including Dade County Pine wood floors and period style trim and pillars.
The Mermaid and The Alligator welcomes guests of all ages and preferences from across the globe. Take advantage of the luxurious accommodations like a breakfast buffet served poolside. Vegetarians rejoice! This inn has been recognized for serving the vegetarian-friendly breakfast out of 8,500 inns worldwide. In the rooms, enjoy amenities like a provided guest computer, Egyptian cotton sheets, and oversized showers. The bed and breakfast also includes complimentary wine each night, a heated swimming pool, and afternoon snacks.
The Gardens Hotel
Named one of the “Prettiest Hotels in Key West” by The New York Times, The Gardens Hotel maintains an eco-friendly property. The boutique hotel offers guest rooms, master suites, and cottages. Master suites include a full-sized living room and private veranda. Or, you can choose to stay in one of the properties’ five luxury cottages, four of which include their own private pool. Enjoy a complimentary island breakfast and take full advantage of the self-serve wine bar, amongst other outstanding amenities.
The Conch House Heritage Inn
If you’re looking a Key West inn with a convenient location, The Conch House is an excellent place to stay with a long and intriguing history. Just a few minutes walk from the Hemingway House and 1.5 blocks from the popular Duval Street, this inn sits in center of Old Town Key West. The Conch House offers three different room options: a room in the main house, a Caribbean-style room in the garden poolside cottage, or a poolside cabana.