I stayed in the carriage house (southern side, 6B I believe) for two nights in March of 2013. I found the room to be old but clean and comfortable. The property was E. H. Gato's house, who pioneered the cigar business to Key West - you can visit his factory that is walking distance away on Simonton Street. The room was air conditioned with a window unit that was blowing smoothly - a bonus in KW due to all of the roosters that like to crow outside every hotel window no matter where you stay. A note to the city commissioners: Your rooster population is getting out of control.
Within an hour of laying in the bed for the night, my lower back began to ache. After a fitful night, I pulled back all the sheets and I could see clearly why my back ached. Two concave dips in our king bed. I asked the front desk clerk if anything could be done - I was ready and they were okay with us switching rooms. I sat down to have breakfast. During this time, the manager was in the room inspecting the mattress. By the time breakfast was over, a new mattress was put in the room. I have to say that was the most efficient guest service I have ever witnessed. The next night was perfect.
The grounds of this property are beautifully landscaped with neatly trimmed palm trees supporting the many hammocks you can find there. With the ocean a mere block away and located on the quiet end of Duvall Street, it is in the perfect getaway spot and gives a lot of bang for your buck.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the southernmost guest house in the United States. At our Key West guest house, we offer southernmost hospitality, and since the late 1800s, we’ve gone to great lengths to make stays here an absolute pleasure. In fact, in 1894, when Cuban cigar-maker Eduardo H. Gato realized the handsome, rambling Victorian home he had built was not getting the right sun exposure on his favorite porches, he moved the house across the street! He had the huge structure rolled across the street on logs pulled by mules and he rotated the house to create the most favorable mix of sun and shade. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Southernmost Point Guest House Hotel Key West