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“Perfect kick back weekend.”

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Island Hotel & Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 3 Cedar Key B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Parrish, Florida, United States
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Perfect kick back weekend.”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

For my birthday, my husband surprised me with a weekend trip to Cedar Key, choosing the Island Hotel knowing I have a love of ghosts. Being in the hotel is like taking a step back in time. The inn is very old and steeped in history. Staying there is like staying at someone's home. The rooms are clean and quaint with no television and no phone. Probably the best part of the hotel is the upstairs wrap around balcony with the porch swing. After a day wandering around town, we visited the bar at the hotel and enjoyed the best hamburger that we have ever tasted while visiting with Steve, the bartender, who provided us with great conversation and surperb service. We ended our evening on the porch swing listening to the blues band playing at the Big Deck. Awesome relaxing time, great staff, great place. Only disappointment was that I didn't see a ghost!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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tampa florida
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

Stayed one night. Clean hotel(10 rooms). Stayed in room 29 but saw no ghost! Hotel is rightfully on the historic hotel register list. Over 150 years old, looks it, but everything works, though the shower was a challenge! I didn't see a single thermostat but the hotel was nice and cool throughout- in Florida in July! All rooms
are on the second floor-which has a wrap around porch you can access. But be warned-the noseeums get that high! Some rooms do not have a bathroom in the bedroom - you have to cross a short hallway, so ask!

  • Stayed July 2012
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newcastle upon tyne
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Reviewed June 29, 2012

We are return visitors to the hotel & never wonder why when we arrive. Always greeted by a warm welcome. This place is steeped in history & you can just feel it in the air. Very quaint & original. Its a lovely place to stay if visiting the island. The food is tremendous, with rooms, restaurant & lounge always spotless. I dont know how they keep such an old building so clean. The bar has a good mix of locals & guests with a good selection of beers, wine & spirits. Really feel at home here & could always stay longer if time allowed. The Hotel is in a great location for everything the island has to offer & its such a friendly place. Run by the owners, Andy had plenty of advice for me, a novice fisherman. I must have asked him a 1000 questions & was always given his wealth of knowlege, so thank you Andy. Wouldnt stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

My wife and I decided to try the Island Inn after seeing it mentioned in Southern Living Magazine. When the article said it represented "old Florida" I thought about pink and aqua tile in the bathroom. No, they mean really old Florida, like just after the war between the states. We had a king bedroom with a comfortable bed and some eclectic furniture. The painted plank floor sloped several degrees. I kid you not. I put my bottle of water (thoughtfully provided by the affable proprieter, Andy Bair) on the bedside table and saw it slide off the table and onto the floor. We could not stop laughing. The bathroom looks like it was constructed by your uncle Charlie, who fancies himself as sort of a handyman. So it ain't the Ritz Carlton. But that's OK, because this place was built when Abe Lincoln was still splitting rails. It is homey and charming. Early in the morning a thunder storm blew up and my wife and I got up and sat on the second floor wrap around porch to see the amazing display. We were dry on the porch swing, thanks to the wide overhang of the roof.

The included breakfast was very nice, a choice between scrambled eggs, French toast and quiche. All selections also came with bacon and made from scratch biscuits. It was so good it made you want to slap your grandma. The French toast was incredible.

Overall, the service was excellent. Everyone there made you feel like family. The common areas were comfortable and homey. Although very old, everything was clean and functional. We stayed two nights and hated to check out.

Room Tip: There are only ten rooms. Room 34 was a blast (tilted floor and all)!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hawthorne, Florida
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Reviewed May 22, 2012

A sudden decision for a weekend trip led to a phone call where the owner agreed to wait for our late arrival to check us in. The hotel has quite a history and has survived hurricanes and encampment during the Civil War. The rooms vary in their accomodations and are decorated differently. It is located on the main street in town, 2 blocks from the waterfront strip of bars/stores. Following breakfast we asked the owner what the best way to explore town would be and he offered us their personal golf cart (not sure this would be possible during peak season). They are famous for their menu and deservedly so! Dinner was three appetizers and a main course: we couldn't move, but it was sooooo good! Enjoyed lounging on the second floor in the quiet mornings watching the town wake up with a cup of coffee. We loved it and plan on returning again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Georgia
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Reviewed May 15, 2012

A block or so from the waterfront, this 1836 hotel has been kept in its 1950's state, to the delight of most of the guests, quite a number of whom are return visitors. The claw-foot bathtub was updated with a nice shower; the room was comfortable and the mattress good and firm. Puzzles and games are available in the spacious reading room on the second floor, which opens out onto a wraparound balcony for a view of the sea and a late afternoon breeze. There is a nice, cozy bar and a TV room on the first floor, as well as a restaurant with very good food and service. The owners are also the managers, and they are welcoming and willing to help with any questions.

Cedar Key really is the old Florida, where a $500,000 home can quietly exist across the street from a 40-year-old mobile home, and where everyone in town knows everyone else. There is nothing fancy about the place, although some of the waterfront bars and eateries have been modernized a bit. But if you want a relaxing, laid back vacation or weekend getaway, where you can fish from the large pier, rent a kayak, or put your boat in the water for some interesting exploring, this is the place. I hope to return with friends and family.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Dunedin, Florida
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Reviewed April 19, 2012

No TV or phones..Nice change! Walk the block of quaint shops while enjoying great food & good drinks. All while being surrounded by the scents of the islands flowers. Hotel provides a tasty breakfast. Old original plank floors, walls, just updated enough for bathroom conveniences. Spacious rooms, shared sitting area, and fantastic wrap around two sided upper porch overlooking street and shops across water. Family owned and they work it all. Recomend this if you want a slow pace for a change!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Island Hotel & Restaurant
Address: 373 2nd St, P.O. Box 460, Cedar Key, FL 32625-5116
Location: United States > Florida > Cedar Key
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Cedar Key
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Island Hotel And Restaurant
Island Cedar Key
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