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Authors Key West Guesthouse
Ranked #29 of 77 Key West B&B and Inns
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Edmond, Oklahoma
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127 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“A Fortunate Find!”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

My wife and I stayed three days (two nights) at the Authors of Key West guesthouse for our 24th anniversary, it was a very pleasant experience for us.

All the staff we encountered were extremely friendly & accommodating towards us; Carol & Tippi in the office both provided us with sincere and very helpful information to make our stay at the Guesthouse and exploring the city exceptional.

Tippi is such a great asset to this location, she was even went above and beyond offering to keep our luggage behind the counter after checkout so we could continue to enjoy the city the rest of the day before we boarded the ferry back to Fort Myers!

The rooms are not fancy but they have more than enough room, they may be simply decorated but are very clean; something that is extremely important to any traveler.

The Authors KWGH provides a simple but more than adequate continental breakfast each morning @ 9:00am to get your day started; there were two selections of fresh fruit, containers of yogurt, two selections of packaged bagels (with a toaster available if you wished), Orange juice and fresh brewed coffee along with all the necessary condiments.

One thing we thought might perhaps be an improvement would be to have breakfast available say 8:00-8:15 for those who were earlier risers and wanted a bite to eat and coffee at the guesthouse before venturing out to enjoy Lovely Key West instead of waiting until 9:30ish to get started; but perhaps this time works better for the Guesthouse as we noticed the office hours posted as 9:00am - 6:00pm.

As we said the room we had (Helman) was a more than adequate size, very clean and also had a mini fridge, small microwave, cable and free WI-FI which is a real plus; the negative for us would have to be that the mattress was not very comfortable, hence the earlier than normal rising (6:00am each morning) because we just could not stay in bed any longer and also the room pillows that were very thin and flat, even when doubled over.

Our best recommendation would be to upgrade both of these with something better; it would make all the difference in the world to travelers like us.

Other than that it was a wonderful experience, the excellent staff and convenient location made The Authors a place we would not hesitate to come back to again; as a matter of fact I am already planning our next trip for January 2014 to celebrate our 25th anniversary and a return trip to Authors of Key West Guesthouse is absolutely being considered; hopefully during our next stay we can enjoy one of the Cottage's available.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lafayette, Louisiana, United States
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

This adorable hotel was comfortable, clean, and quite cute. While not RIGHT NEXT to any one thing in Key West, it is close to EVERYTHING (which is much better, I think). It also has a beautiful little courtyard that is a perfect writing spot. And, when I had a scheduling problem with my flight, the staff made sure I had a room to stay in and that switching rooms required no effort from me. A great experience.

Room Tip: The second floor feels more secluded.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

I stayed here for the Key West Literary Seminar. The quiet neighborhood offered an wonderful respite from the business of Duval Street. I was able to walk to the beach each morning and view amazing sunrises. The staff was friendly and courteous. Breakfast was out each morning, who wants a heavy breakfast in the heat? The yogurt,, fruit, coffee, juice and bagels were all I needed. The room was clean and functional.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

My friend and I stayed here on a last minute road trip. The staff was nice and the place was very cute. It's nice and peaceful and a few blocks away from Duval St. The look and furniture is a little dated... but it was okay cause it clean. When we go back to visit we may stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2013
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

We were traveling between Christmas and New Years down to Key West. All the other B&Bs had their prices through the roof and wanted at least 4 night minimums. Authors was reasonably priced and about a 20 minute walk to Duval Street. The house is quaint and the rooms were themed after a variety of different authors. There was a nice hot tub to enjoy and the breakfast area was in a nice garden area. There was plenty of free street parking.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Pierre, Indiana, United States
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

Greatly enjoyed our stay here. Location was actually nice -- I've stayed right on Duval during my past 2 visits, and this time I liked being out in more of a "neighborhood" environment. The staff is very nice and we really enjoyed the other guests. The resident cat became a Facebook celebrity among my friends, too. A tremendous value, too, when you compare prices at other KW establishments. We will be returning.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Orange County, California
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Booked on line, I think it was one of the least expensive rooms but it was plenty large. bathroom was a bit dingy. The room was a library inside, lots of books. Nice garden area for breakfast in the morning. Small but adequate pool/spa. Nice helpful staff. A bit of a walk from Duval street but definitely doable, maybe 20 mins at a moderate to leisurely pace. They had 2 or 3 VERY tiny parkign spots, we found ample street parking right at the guesthouse but on a busy weekend it could be tough to park.

Room Tip: We were right on the main road but it was quiet
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Authors Key West Guesthouse
Address: 725 White St, Key West, FL 33040-7166
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #29 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Authors Key West Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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