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The Weatherstation Inn
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   57 Front St, Key West, FL 33040   |  
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Ranked #22 of 98 Key West B&B and Inns
Lexington, KY
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“Best All Around Location and Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2008

I was a little skeptical about the location and how nice it was going to be since I never truly stayed in Key West for a long period of time. This hotel turned out to be better than advertised and worth every bit. The location is great because it is the closest place you can get to Ft. Zach Taylor beach. While a lot of hotels are close to Smathers, the water is terrible at Smathers beach so the only option is Ft. Zach if you want to snorkel or swim. This hotel is also extremely romantic and very safe and peaceful because it's located in Truman Annex and surrounded by million dollar homes. We stayed in the Garden Room and it was small, but I thought it was the best room because it was very private and off by itself (no shared walls with other people). The room is small, but how many people go on vacation to stay in their rooms? The hospitality is great with Barbara (Manager) taking care of all your needs including a great breakfast. The hotel also has an awesome resident cat (Shady). If you're a cat person bring a cat toy and some catnip. She'll appreciate it! I couldn't think of a better place to stay than Weatherstation.

  • Liked — Location & Service
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2008

When we arrived in Key West, we told our taxi driver, The Weatherstation Inn and he said, "oh, probably the nicest place in Key West." We thought he probably says this to all his clients until we got there. Everything about the place is perfect: the receptionist who greets you like you're a VIP, the room, the location, the breakfast, the staff, etc., etc. Every request was handled efficiently and willingly. The location is close enough to Duval, close enough to Ft. Zachary Taylor Beach, and yet nestled in the most upscale neighborhood in Key West. No need for a car and bikes are great. We would definitely recommend this to adults only since children would be totally bored and young adults would want Duval and Smathers Beach scene. Key West v. The Islands: no comparison, Key West by far.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No internet
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kent
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2008

This place is an absolute gem. Clean, well decorated, friendly staff, a great breakfast assortment, quiet area in a desirable neighbourhood - I could go on. There was nothing about it which I could criticise. Perhaps a bit more expensive than some other accomodation in Key West but worth paying the extra.

Very close to the hustle and bustle of Duvall Street and only a short walk to Mallory Square. Before leaving home I recommend calling first for directions. Although on Front Street, which is in two halves, the maps show it as on Emma Street. But once there, you have free parking.

I don't understand why this is not higher in the rankings. It deserves more positive feedback. We will certainly return since we loved Key West altogether. We wished we had stayed longer.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — We weren't there long enough
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2008

This was the best price B & B we could find that had rooms! We lucked out. First, it's location...inside the Truman Annex is very quiet and private. It is all private residences and is the access to Fort Zachary Taylor park and beach. Yet you are just a 2-3 minute walk to Mallory Square and Duvall Street.
Secondly, our room was beautiful and clean...the sweet little breakfast was right outside our room (our room was the "Back Country"). Now...it wasn't totally quiet in our room because of this, but it didn't bother us one bit. Breakfast was delicious pastries, fruit, quiche, juice, coffee, tea. You fix yourself up a little tray and take it outside by the pool or just to your room.
The people that work at the Inn are incredibly friendly and eager to help point you in the right direction.
While in Key West...please stop at Blue Heaven for breakfast. Try a bloody Mary and the Lobster Benedict! YUM! Amazing atmosphere! The best in Key West.
Just outside is my favorite Key West shop...besame mucho. Stop in from some really beautiful things for your home.
Try a sunset cruise on the Schooner Hindu. The ship is incredible and the crew is so great. It's $49 per person, very romantic. They take you out to sea, cut the engine, and you're sailing! They serve drinks (Yingling, Heinekin, 2 other beers I forget, champagne, red and white wine) and panini sandwiches that are made by a local place. You catch one amazing sunset, then head back. Two hours! Great!
For local nightlife...we liked Schooner Wharf and the Green Parrot the best. Excellent bands and the people are just so friendly and fun.
Duvall Street is fun and all...young, loud, raunchy...but fun in it's own way. We preferred doing less touristy things.
Those were our faves! Hope you enjoy Key West and the Weatherstation Inn!

  • Liked — The linens
  • Disliked — I could hear the breakfast area a couple times...it's right outside the door of our room.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2007

The Weather Station Inn is a wonderful hotel. It is not cheep, but altogether it gives good value for the money. The inn is vary small (I believe that there are only four rooms on the first floor), but each room is vary spacey. The pool was very small and I didn’t use it. It was better to go to the beach nearby (at the nearby Fort Tyron reserve) – the beach cost 2$ to enter (the inn's concierge forgot to mention that we need to bring the money with us). The beach is 10 minutes walk from the inn. It is better to view the sunset from the beach than from Malory Square with the crowd.
The inn serves a wonderful breakfast of pies, orange juice, tropical fruits, croissants and cakes. There is no dining room so one can either eat by the pool (or – if it rains, as it did one day while I was staying there – inside the room).
I have seen two rooms – the banana sun room and the artisan room and both were very nice (I preferred the first). Each room has a huge bad, television and a nice shower (no bath tub). The shampoo and conditioner provided where great (coconut shampoo and mango conditioner).
The inn is located one!! Minute walk from Truman Little White House (it is literally next door)), five minutes from Malory Square and the Mel Fisher Museum, and 15 minute walks from Hemingway's House. It is situated in a nice turn of the century building giving you the feeling you area guest visiting a southern manor house.
The hotel is within the gated Truman Annex – so you get a key for the gates to leave the premises at night.

  • Liked — The room, the location and the breakfast
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2007

some people are picky! this place is a 5. we only had 1 night in key west and what a perfect place to stay. it was like going back in time to a bygone age of the old colonial days. people are moaning about the stairs being outside the building and settlement cracks in the wall. well, its called character and we loved it. if you dont like something a bit quirky and unusual, there are plenty of bland, faceless, motel chains that you can stay at.
wish we could have stayed longer. highly recommended.

  • Liked — location and decor
  • Disliked — tricky to locate in first instance
  • Stayed November 2007
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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London, England
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2007

This hotel is a lovely place to stay. Beautiful rooms, grounds, atmosphere and a great breakfast. We were sad that we could only stay one night as it was fully booked the following night.

Please don't make the same mistake we did though. The hotel is within the gated Truman Annexe which we didn't realise, so we couldn't find it for an hour and a half! The numbers on Front Street just didn't go that low (outside of the Annexe)!

Anyway - try and get there before 7pm (which we didn't due to the speed limits on the road to Key West) or let them know in advance you'll be late (we didn't) and they can advise. The gates to the Truman Annex lock at 7pm and the desk at the hotel isn't manned. We were lucky to come across some guests returning back to the hotel who let us through a gate!! Maybe there is another way in.. but we couldn'd find it on our arrival.

Learn from our mistake!

Stayed November 2007
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Address: 57 Front St, Key West, FL 33040
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #22 of 98 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Weatherstation Inn 2.5*
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