My husband and I came here to celebrate our anniversary. We both really loved this property. There were so many great things about it, but I've listed what I saw as pros and cons and you can decide for yourself. Starting with cons, but that doesn't mean they outweighed the pros.
-Many of the reviews mention getting put in the adjoining property instead of the main house. So, I called to make sure the room I was reserving was in the main house. Given it was our anniversary and I wanted this to be special, I even opted to pay extra for a room with a balcony and ocean view. I was told there was only one room with a balcony and ocean view and that it was in the main house. So I went for it. When I got there, I was put in the adjoining property. I was extremely disappointed. I am usually a go-with-the-flow kind of person, but this really got to me. The room did have a balcony and ocean view, but it looked over electrical lines and the the top of a restaurant.
-Since my room looked over the top of a restaurant, sitting on the balcony meant smelling the exhaust fans (think hamburgers, fried fish, grease) and not being able to hear the ocean because of the exhaust fans
-The house we were in was really loud. Every time another guest came in, the front door would slam really loudly. At first we thought someone was just being loud, but it happened every time. Other guest room doors were also really loud. Made it hard to take a nap or sleep in
-WIFI - non existent in the adjoining house. We were given passwords for the hotel next door but the signal was pretty weak. They need a router in that house. We were told that wifi on the island is spotty, but I didn't have a problem in other parts of the island using various restaurants' wifi.
-Not sure the floors in the bathroom were all that clean. I laid a towel down for a bathmat and when I picked it up, the bottom was black in places. Now, the tiles do seem to be historic, so I understand they look worn and scuffed, all a part of the historic charm - just not sure they were clean
-Some of the furniture could be replaced or repaired. The cabinet that held the minifridge didn't close so when we walked across the room the doors moved and it got noisy. The balcony furniture was a little shabby, but at least there was a place to sit
-THE POOL. It really can't get better than this. Beautiful view, warm water, plenty of places to sit in the sun or shade. On certain days, my husband and I were often the only ones in or around the pool. They did sell some day passes at least one day when we were there, but not a lot, so there were still lounge chairs available for guests
-The staff. Everyone who worked at the front desk was warm and friendly. Gio even let us check in early which I really appreciated (I'm sure this just depends on whether or not there is a room available)
-Breakfast was nice. Fruit, breads, pastries, bagels, cereal, mini quiche, hard boiled eggs, OJ, milk, coffee
-This place is full of historic charm and pretty little details around every corner
- The location is perfect for me. On the ocean, so great breezes when the rest of the island feels like a sauna. Close to Duval but not in the middle of the craziness (although walking distance when you do feel like getting crazy)
- The AC worked really well in the room. This was awesome when I needed a break from the heat and humidity.
- This place also has a relaxed vibe. The staff are all very professional but not the least bit pretentious. I really appreciate that :)
Given all of this, I would stay here again. I would just not pay for an upgraded room - it wasn't worth it and left me feeling pretty disappointed for much of my trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only Bed and Breakfast on the Ocean in Key West, Florida. Located on Duval street and within walking distance of Museums, Restaurants, Bars and entertainment. Due to museum pieces within the Southernmost all guest must be 18 years or older. A sophisticated setting located directly on the Oceanfront. The Southernmost House stands out as Key West's most striking oceanfront bed and breakfast, with 18 spacious, exquisitely appointed, air conditioned guestrooms and suites. Refresh in the cool water of a glistening zero-entry pool as you gaze out at the infinite sea. Enjoy peaceful moments soaking in the sun and a delightful complimentary breakfast. Stroll down Duval Street, towards all the spirit and character that embodies Key West's laissez-faire persona. The Southernmost House is located just footsteps away from Old Town Key West attractions, restaurants & bars, shops and art galleries. Built in 1897 and electricity was installed by Thomas Edison in 1990. The Southernmost House is the 2nd most photographed home in the USA. The most requested location in the Florida Keys for Weddings. The Mansion has hosted presidents, movie stars and writers. Guest must be 18 years or older due to museum pieces throughout the Southernmost House Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Southernmost House Hotel Key West
- The Southernmost House Hotel Key West, Florida