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“A good choice but with a few oddities” 4 of 5 stars
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L'Habitation
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   408 Eaton St., Key West, FL 33040   |  
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Ranked #49 of 94 Key West B&B and Inns
Waterloo, Ontario
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“A good choice but with a few oddities”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

The proprietor calls it "a small hotel", but L'Habitation is really more of a bed-and-breakfast. And the emphasis is not on the "breakfast" part, which consisted of a plate of croissants and a bowl of fruit. Fortunately there are a couple of coffee shops within a block.

L'Habitation is, like quite a number of other places to stay in old Key West, a converted 19th century house. I had one of the second-floor rooms; the carpeted staircase felt a bit precarious on the downward trip, but proved to be okay. My room had a sharply sloped ceiling, on which I bumped my head a number of times before I learned the trick of sliding into bed at a bent-backwards angle. There's a very positive side to that shape, though, which is that the Key West heat collects at the peak of the room, and the hard-working little air conditioner only needs to cool about the bottom third of the space.

The tropical climate of Key West makes it almost essential to come back to home base more than once in the course of the day, for a rest, a breath of cool air and a lot of water. (Warning about the final day before departure: L'Habitation seems to be firm about an 11:00 check-out time.) For sitting-and-relaxing purposes, there's a back porch on the upper level, not air conditioned but breezy enough to be tolerable. It was fun to sit there, hear the feral roosters, see the stucco tower of the old Anglican church, and occasionally jump as aircraft flew so low overhead that their shadows blocked the light for a moment.

L'Habitation is comfortable, and definitely clean, though it could not be called luxurious. The hot water did not seem to be reliable.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Wesley Chapel, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

My wife and I just returned from a 3 night stay at L'Habitation. It was our first time there and we would most certainly return. The B&B was just about perfect aside from losing hot water! The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Not concerned about the continental breakfast as we tend to eat breakfast out and about. It's similar to other B&Bs we've stayed at in Key West so we knew what to expect. Location was awesome - just a half block off Duval so everything was very close. Stuart was very helpful at checkin showing us where we could park since there wasn't any by the inn. They had a nice little honor system for water and soda up front - take one and put $1 in the basket. As we try to get to Key West 2 times per year, L'Habitation has been added to our list of places we would return to.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012 via mobile

Stewart is very helpful and answered all questions. A great place for a Key West visit.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lewiston, Idaho
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

I can't think of anthing else I could have needed. Clean, quiet, friendly and close to the heart of Duval St. Being single and a seasoned traveler this is the type of establishment I love to find.

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

L'habitation does have a nice location and the house itself is quaint and somewhat charming. But their breakfast was terrible! My husband and I have stayed at B and Bs all over Canada and the U.S. and have rarely been disappointed. But for $200.00 a night for a bed AND BREAKFAST, we expected more than sugery muffins and pastry. We have had better breakfasts at low priced chain hotels along I 75. We definitely do not recommend this establishment. There are plenty of choices out there. I wish we had done better research. I should have been suspicious when there was no description of their meal on the website. I did get suspicious when checking in when I spotted a "breakfast" a menu for a local restaurant. The owners should be ashamed.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2012

Stayed here over MLK weekend. Had to call a couple of weeks early to add a person to our reservation. Wasn't a problem at all. Stayed in room 19 (upstairs, 2 twin beds plus a pull out twin). They have rearranged the furniture since the pictures on their web site. The new arrangement give more floorspace but watch your head!
We arrived a bit early, but check in was quick and easy. The location is fantastic. There are better locations on the island but you either pay a fortune, or have to sleep with one eye open. We were in town because a friend's band was playing Sloppy Joes, a couple of blocks away. We were out til 2 or 3 AM every night. We did make it to breakfast most days. Fresh croissants, muffins and fruit. There's coffee and tea most any time and a fridge of sodas on the honor system (leave a dollar in the basket). Don't underestimate the value of just sitting on the front porch and watching the world go by, or on the back porch shaded by lush trees.
We have already started planning a return trip for longer than 3 nights, and will certainly be looking into l'Hab when we start booking things.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington Grove, md
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

L'habitation, a bed and breakfast in Key west, was a real disappointment. Touted as charming etc, it is overrated, overpriced with lousy breakfast and shabby furnishings. Breakfast only available from 9 to 11, no cereal other than oatmeal, a few pastries and apples - very disappointing. We went out and bought our own and brought it in. Its only saving grace is its convenient location and nice downstairs and upstairs porches.

Room Tip: stay away from the upstairs two bedroom suite - low ceiling, poor furnishings, no carpet
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 408 Eaton St., Key West, FL 33040
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
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Ranked #49 of 94 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — L'Habitation 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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