The Key Lime Inn is a collection of 12 cottages and a historic mansion all on one property connected on an acre of tropical landscaping. We are one of the few historic hotels in Key West that has a center parking area near the cottages for guests, but it was not always that way.? Here is some of our history.
The Maloney House, which is part of this historic Inn, is one of the oldest houses in Key West, built in 1854 by Walter Maloney. He was a Mayor of Key West and he, his family and descendants lived here on the property until they sold it to a former circus performer named Joe Zorsky, who built some cottages on the property in the 1930?s and 40?s, making it into a place for guest accommodations for the first time. Joe called it the Cactus Terrace Motor Court and it was innovative because you could pull your car right up next to your cottage. Below is a postcard from the 1960’s that show’s his wonderful motel.
In the early 1970?s he added a “pool cabana”, which later was converted to 12 guestrooms. In 1998 we bought the property, named it Key Lime Inn, and made extensive upgrades and renovations, making sure that the property remained structurally the same since the 1930?s.
This past month we have given each of the 37 rooms at KeyLime Inn a fresh, new look, including cottages one, two and three that you seen in the right side of the postcard above. These adorable cottages house a queen bed, flat screen tv, private bath with shower and a mini-fridge to keep your drinks chilled. French doors lead out to a private side porch where you can view the tin roof, board and batten siding, and plantation shutters.
The exteriors of these cute cottages on the property are painted in tropical yellows, blues and whites and are comfortably nestled among royal palms, whispering birds, and tropical flowers. Their location two blocks from Duval offers a serene escape during the day and a close walk or bike ride at night to all the things you want to do.
Come and ‘be a local’ with us soon!