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“The PERFECT Key West B & B!” 5 of 5 stars
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La Mer Hotel and Dewey House
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   504-506 South St, Key West, FL 33040   |  
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Ranked #26 of 94 Key West B&B and Inns
Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“The PERFECT Key West B & B!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

We are always looking for that one great place to stay, that when we leave, we say, "Wow! We are coming back here soon!" La Mer and Dewey House is that place for us in Key West!

We stayed in Garden View room 408 of La Mer and it is really a Garden/Courtyard and partial beach view. Just perfect. The room is on the 2nd floor and it is just lovely. The balcony is huge and the room is perfectly sized with a nice table for 2, King sized bed, vaulted ceilings and spacious bathroom. The bed is VERY comfortable and the entire house is so quiet. It was booked solid, but we always felt like we were the only ones there.

The 2 houses have a unique "Victorian old meets modern day new" feel to them. Very tastefully decorated and cozy, yet with that great vintage feel. We met Sam (who was great!) when we first checked in and then we really didn't see many people after that. Perfect for us!

The houses sit on the quiet end of Duval Street and yet it's very easy to walk a short distance to everything. The beach was not crowded (South Beach) and while we had read about weddings blocking views and closing down the beach, we experienced none of that for our entire 5 day stay. The bar/restaurant on the beach was a great place for ocean side dinners and lunches. (Beach chairs are free for hotel guests).

It was nice to be able to access all of the Southernmost properties with our La Mer stay. We made a habit of watching the sunset from the pier at the southernmost because there was beautiful Luce music and I obstructed views! Just gorgeous!

Breakfasts at Dewey House were also well above and beyond a "continental" breakfast. There were made to order waffles, quiche, fresh fruit, cereals and juices. Extremely filling for a full breakfast. High Tea was also excellent. Nice finger sandwiches and desserts.

Truly, La Mer and Dewey House will not disappoint. The staff is exceptional and friendly and the location can not be beat. There has been some talk about the cost, but we did not run into a horrific price being quoted to us and we were able to take advantage of certain "specials" that we were told about when we booked our reservation.

Lastly, Our final night, we were lucky enough to be able to wish Sam and her Groom a wonderful wedding night and sent them a bottle of wine. She's a great asset, La Mer!! Congrats to them!

We'll be back!!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

Just got back from a 6 night stay at the Dewey house with my boyfriend. We were only supposed to stay 5 but decided we didn't want to leave. The front desk was very helpful and let us keep the room we had been staying in. The room was small but very cozy and comfortable. The bathroom was huge. We had a private porch which we loved, and if we wanted to people watch we also allowed to use the front porch facing the street, and the Dewey terrace which was oceanfront. We enjoyed the breakfast that had everything you would need. I read some people complaining on here about it, but it was fruit, pastries that were delicious, cereal and bagels and breads. It was fine for us because we are light eaters in the morning. There were no grand slam meals because this is not Denny's. We had no problem putting away our own dishes since it was only a few feet from where you are sitting. It's not like they made you wash them! We spent most our time at the shores pool bar. Great staff there. We enjoyed all the facilities at the other Southernmost properties. The hammocks at the Southernmost on the beach were very relaxing and had servers ready to take your order. We really enjoyed La mer and Dewey house. We've stayed at other southernmost properties but chose this one because its more romantic and quiet. These properties are perfect, you don't even have to leave them to enjoy Key West. I haven't stayed at another hotel in Key West and I don't plan on it. You can't go wrong staying at anyone of their 3 hotels. Already planning a trip back.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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20 hotel reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Had mixed feelings about this place. Our room was beautiful and opened directly onto the beach. Their Southernmost Beach Café was only a few steps away and served delicious reasonably priced meals. It also incorporated an authentic American bar style area where many of the guests met and mingled. Also we had a problem with some lost luggage on arrival and after an initial hiccup at reception their duty manager, Sam, was exceptionally helpful in assisting us sort it out.
But…there were more negatives than I expected. Our room was pleasant, but smaller than the internet site led us to anticipate. Breakfast was basic – and that’s a generous description. Furthermore at the price being charged you certainly don’t expect to have to clear away your dishes personally!
Perhaps the biggest issue is the website leaves the impression that this property is a stand alone bed and breakfast operation. In fact quite to the contrary it is an integral part of the Southernmost hotel complex with completely shared facilities. All that you buying really is a nicer room and a small degree of seclusion which is certainly not the impression the website gives.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Republic, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Stayed at Bed and Breakfast.Deluxe breakfast and afternoon tea on terrace overlooking Atlantic Ocean.Other resturant and bar there also.Beautiful scenery and great place to walk,shop and relax! Would go back.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stamford, Connecticut
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

For us, it's perfect. You get the intimacy of a B&B and the amenities of a large resort. We've stayed in 7 different rooms, each unique and well done. There is no reason to look elsewhere. On the beach, 3 pools to choose from, really good open air restaurant/bar on the beach, great hosts in Sam and Randall, great activities director in Boomer, great breakfast, afternoon tea, turn down service. In the winter, sunset celebration with live music. And then there's Duval Street.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edmond, Oklahoma
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97 reviews 97 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I have very mixed feelings about La Mer. It is a great location for Key West, helpful, welcoming staff, nice breakfast on the patio, beautiful, clean, room. But...our room had a funky smell. It seemed to be coming from the AC unit. We turned off the AC, turned on the ceiling fans, and opened the windows. The room faced the street and so was noisy. They were full and said there were no more rooms. So if you can afford the ocean view room at the Southernmost Resort, (next door, same company), that would be the best bet.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

This is our 2nd stay at the La Mer House. This year we opted for a garden view to help reduce costs of the room. We were there during fantasy fest week. The accommodations are priced very high ~ but I absolutely love the location and the accommodations. They have 3 pools associated with the properties (La Mer, Dewey, and Southernmost). Each pool fits a certain need - watch a football game, have peace and quiet or have people around you who are enjoying some beverages. The La Mer is a beautiful bed and breakfast. We opted for this vs the hotel room and are glad that we did. They give you that extra special attention. They do have turn down service in the evening (the beds are unbelieveably comfortable - so, so comfy) and breakfast is served from 8:30-10:30am each morning - it offers a variety of foods. The fruits are really fresh, they usually have a quiche (sp????) in the morning - not one of my favorites but I was good with the different breads, hard boiled eggs, yogurts, pastries, etc. The fresh brewed coffee was awesome ~ very strong! They also had tea time in the afternoon's. This was really nice - it offered hot and cold tea's and pastries. Helped you get through until your evening dinner.

The location is awesome - you are not directly in the middle of duval street but you are at the end of the street and within walking distance of ALL the activities. We opted not to rent bikes this year and walked everywhere. If you do decide to get back to the hotel sooner rather than later - they have taxi's and pedi-bikes that you can take.

They do have a spa there. I did not choose to use this option - but it did look really nice.

When we return again ~ we would most likely stay here or give the Southernmost Hotel rooms (directly on the water a try). They do have a public beach area right by the hotel - for hotel guests, the lounge chairs were free (nice added perk). If you wanted an umbrella, it was $10 for the day (reasonable). It is a topless beach, so if you are from the US, it is not the norm for us. The have a restaurant right on the beach where we enjoyed some lunch ~ reasonably priced also.

You have to stay there to experience the best ~ we love this place!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 504-506 South St, Key West, FL 33040
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 94 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Mer Hotel and Dewey House 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Key West's only beachfront bed and breakfast. Enjoy complimentary gourmet, continental breakfast and tea hour daily on the Dewey Terrace. The La Mer Hotel and Dewey House are part of the Southernmost Hotel Collection. As our guest, you will be able to use the facilities at the other two properties including access to three pools, an oceanfront tanning beach, petite spa, 3 bars and enjoy daily entertainment and on-site activities. All included in a $25 plus tax daily resort fee. ... more   less 
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