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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 #11 of 98 Key West B&B and Inns
Strasbourg, France
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39 hotel reviews
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“Fabulous Place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We chose a king bed room with ocean view at Dewey House for our first stay at Key West - and were delighted by it. Room 419 was on the second floor,nicely designed, with a balcony facing the ocean, spotless, with a very comfortable bed and quiet. We weren't bothered by any noises - not even by a wedding on the beach or the Beach Café. This charming, adults only B&B is very homey and private but with all the amenities of the Southernmost Hotel which are included in your stay, as are the breakfast and lovely afternoon tea on the 1st floor patio and the beach chairs on the beach conveniently at your back door. The staff is thoroughly gracious and helpful - I have to name Jenny and Sam here who took very good care of us.
The property is at a walking distance from Duval St. and all the 'action' and near the Southernmost Point.
This was the right place for us in Key West and we had a great time here.

Room Tip: Kingsize-bed room 419, second floor in Dewey House is quiet, with a balcony and ocean view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Long Beach
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We stayed at the Dewey House for the second leg of our honey moon after the Sandals resort in the Bahamas, and enjoyed it immensly! We went in unseasonably hot weather so my only complaint was the pool situation. I crossed the street to the other pool on property, adults only, but it was surrounded by a wall so VERY hot on the pool deck for sunbathing/reading... had to leave after only about 20 minutes... dipping in the pool every few minutes just wasnt wnough.Nice touch though... a server came around for drink order and even brought popcicles! The main pool was VERY crowded and small and lots of kids playing and rough housing. I ended up going out on the pier where it was quiet and there was even a decent breeze.

The room itself was fantastic! Great bed and beautifully decorated! The bathroom was small, but that was OK for a B&B, and expected since our room was on a funny shaped corner. Minor problem was the window coverings... we were right on the walkway, so we had to be careful coming out of bathroom since bathroom door faced our windows and you could see in:)

Our favorite part about this hotel was the service! We were greeted with big smiles by everyone, and the innkeeper quickly introduced herself as we were wondering around, and explained how the breakfast and tea times worked, etc. Very helpful. It was great having a computer in the "lobby" area, and the continental breakfast was GREAT!!! Surpassed my expectations. Tea time was nice too, tograb a sweet bite and some cheese and crackers on the patio before heading out for dinner/evening advantures. When we arrived there was a bottle of champagne (honeymoon) and a hand written welcome note from hotel staff! We even got a handwritten Christmas note! The hotel is walking distance from the touristy part of town, but it was nice to be a little farther from the bars, etc. We found the best way to get around was to rent a bike... only $15 for 24 hours, so we could ride to bars at night and still have the whole day to explore with the bikes, for way cheaper than getting cabs or pedi-cabs. Overall, would definately recommend!

Room Tip: Shoot for a second floor to avoid foot traffic, and ocean front would be preferable.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Just returned home (sadly) from our week long stay at the Southernmost's LaMer Hotel. This was our second stay at this fantastic B&B (our 10th at the resort) I am happy to report that once again, it was a wonderful trip. Every single person was sweet, friendly, helpful... we always felt - well- MORE than appreciated! The rooms are meticulously maintained, the beds are super comfy, the entire property is just gorgeous. I love having breakfast each morning on the patio near the beach. I can't say enough about the entire property and staff. All are top notch!

Room Tip: If possible, request a second floor room - just in case you have a "heavy footed" early ri...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

My boyfriend and I spent a long weekend for my birthday at the Dewey House and we really enjoyed our stay. The room was clean and tastefully decorated. The staff at breakfast were always friendly and we enjoyed sitting on the lanai each morning. I agree with other reviews you have to wait to get coffee and food if you are an early riser...however to hear some people complain you have to clean your own dishes up?! You pick them up and put them in a bin less than five feet away, that's just lazy if you have a problem with this. Our favorite thing was afternoon tea and snacks which if you have been in the sun all day is a nice midday bite to hold you over before dinner. The beach is convenient but not the best, but if you know KW, you know beaches are few and not the best you have ever seen. There are numerous pools and we enjoyed the adult only quiet pool as the large pool was a bit too rowdy for our tastes. We enjoyed a couples massage at the spa which was outdoors and very relaxing in a private tent. My boyfriend talks about returning all the time since we left and I'm sure we will.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We have been to this resort many times (actually 6 times). We have enjoyed the entire property. The rooms in both the La Mer and Dewey house are clean and roomy. The service was excellent. This property is Located on the quite side of Key West.

This past visit we stayed in the Dewey House....we will be back again in February 2014.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

This property offers many different options and prices to accommodate a variety of needs. Ours was to repeat the wonderful experience from four years ago. We booked a room in the Dewey House B&B for five nights during February break. The Dewey House (and its neighbor, Le Mer) offer an Adults Only experience with an ultra deluxe continental breakfast, afternoon "tea" snacks and beverages and turn down service. (Turn down services are perfect for when we use the beach or pool and need to shower and change for dinner. Fresh towels replace wet ones for the morning, too.)

The staff always goes above and beyond. Having injured my ankle just prior to our trip, our innkeeper, Samantha, offered a bag of ice and a room change to main floor so that I would not have to use the stairs. Instead, I elevated my ankle on the private partially covered patio.

This area is used for breakfast and "tea" . At other times you'll find people taking in sun, reading, playing cards, or simply relaxing. It overlooks the beach, with beautiful views.
Breakfast consisted of freshly squeezed juice, hardboiled eggs, yogurt, cheeses, quiche, pastries and croissants from a French bake shop on Duvall. The huge fruit platter included fresh pineapple, orange and grapefruit slices, papaya, blueberries, strawberries, honey dew and cantaloupe melons, kiwi, and bananas. Cereal and milk were offered along with made-to-order Belgian waffles. An assortment of breads, English muffins, and bagels and toppings such as Nutella, peanut butter, honey and jams and jellies complete the offerings. In the adjoining room is the espresso/cappuccino machine and pots of fresh coffee with a wide assortment of teas. breakfast is served from 8:30-10:30 am. Coffee and tea are available at the pool from 6:30AM on. In addition, our room had a coffee maker as well.

B&B guests have access to all property facilities. (Three bars, three pools, tanning/Sunrise/Sunset Pier, and exercise equipment. The tranquility pool is for adults only and very peaceful. The other two pools have live music and pool games throughout the day.
The concierge offered many choices for dining out and was knowledgeable about most. We were also given a restaurant guidebook to narrow our options.
Late check-out? No problem. Our luggage was held for us and we were given a key to the exercise gym and shower. Overall, our stay was all we wanted and more. Friends, new to Southernmost, had fantastic times, as well. A few minor glitches were quickly addressed and taken care of.
Remember sunrises and sunsets are fabulous from the pier or enjoy sunset at the festive Mallory Square. Choose your favorite time of day and enjoy!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dearborn, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

This was our fourth year at the Dewey House. The setting is gorgeous and the staff are very attentive. Our room's balcony looked out over the beach and was a very relaxing place to sit mornings and evenings. Innkeepers Sam, Darlene and Randall are so very gracious and attentive. The breakfast and afternoon tea are a real treat. Dexter was extremely helpful with boarding passeds. Key West is such a varied and fascinating place and we wouldn't think of staying anywhere else.

Room Tip: Rooms overloooking the beach are excellent.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 504-506 South St, Key West, FL 33040
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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 #11 of 98 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — La Mer Hotel and Dewey House 4*
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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