My wife and I stayed at the Simonton Court for four nights during the week of June 17, 2013. We stayed in the historic inn in the Orange Blossom room. This room was on the second floor, and it had a king-sized bed, couch, desk, chest, television, refrigerator, window air conditioner, closet, and safe, along with a bathroom with a double head shower. It also had a private sun deck, overlooking a swimming pool. The room was clean on check-in, and we received daily maid service – usually in the morning, while we were at breakfast. The bed was very comfortable, and we slept soundly. We enjoyed this room and its location in the inn. We could hear traffic sounds on Simonton Street from louder vehicles, but these sounds did not keep us awake or wake us up.
The grounds were very tropical, lush, and peaceful. The four swimming pools were open 24 hours, were very inviting, and seem to see continual usage as a main attraction of the inn. We enjoyed the main pool, a saltwater pool, and the pool adjoining the historic inn, a freshwater pool. These pools had sun and shade during the day, were heated to a comfortable temperature, were lighted at night, and had deep ends – five to six feet. We did not notice a problem with bugs during the day or at night.
The inn served breakfast each morning – coffee, juice, grapefruit, apples, oranges, bananas, yogurt, and boiled eggs, along with toasted bagels, waffles, and French toast – at a breakfast bar in a courtyard next to the main swimming pool. We were satisfied with the breakfast food and the service provided.
The staff was friendly, courteous, and helpful. The desk clerks helped us with restaurant recommendations, bicycle rentals, taxis, and airline boarding passes on departure.
The clientele were cordial and included couples of all ages, ranging from younger honeymooning couples to older couples in their 60s and 70s, and in between. Some families had older teenagers with them. The inn was quiet at night. The grounds were secured after dark with a locked gate, opened with a cipher lock.
The inn was in a perfect location in Old Town Key West, one block from Duval Street and within walking distance of many restaurants and attractions. We visited the Hemmingway Home, the Lighthouse, the Little White House, the Butterfly Conservatory, and the Southernmost Point – all within easy walking distance of the inn. We do not recommend renting a car here.
We really enjoyed our stay and we will stay at Simonton Court when we visit Key West again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A converted mansion & 1880's cigar makers' cottage & factory, situated amid lush foliage, in the heart of the historic district. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Simonton Court Historic Inn And Cottages Hotel Key West
- Simonton Court Key West