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.
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