Key Lime Inn improves the Reception Building

Key Lime Inn improves the Reception Building

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Our Key Lime Inn recently received both a lobby remodel and new exterior window shutters. 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’re 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 interesting 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, 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.  He called it the Cactus Terrace Motor Court and it was innovative because you could pull your car right up next to your cottage. In the early 1970’s he added a “pool cabana” which now has 12 guestrooms in it. In 1998 we bought the property, then known as Key Lime Village, and made extensive upgrades and renovations while making sure that the property remained structurally the same since the 1930’s. We added the Reception Building in 1998 but budgets were tight and we had to keep the architecture simple in order to reopen the hotel as quickly as possible. This year we enlarged the lobby and added the characteristic Key West green shutters to the exterior of the building. We’ll see you here when you arrive!

Here is a picture of the Cactus Terrace Motor Court now our Key Lime Inn.

Here is an old postcard from the 1960's of the Cactus Terrace Motor Court now our Key Lime Inn.

This is our new reception building at Key Lime Inn.

This is our new reception building at Key Lime Inn sporting it's new green shutters.

 

Our new lobby at Key Lime Inn with plenty of space to store luggage if need be.

Our new lobby at Key Lime Inn with plenty of space to welcome guests.

Here we are on Truman Avenue. Definitely looks different than in 1940.

Here we are on Truman Avenue. Look for us across the street from St. Mary's Church.

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3 Responses to Key Lime Inn improves the Reception Building

  1. Jimmy Riley says:

    I stayed at Key Lime Village a number of times in late 70’s & early 80’s and had the time of my life. I was living in northern va at the time and would come down around Christmas when all the locals would call it cold but it was heaven to us. So glad to see it is still around. Good Luck with it and I will be sure & stay there if ever am back. Oh yeah we carved our names in an old table at the pool I hope its still there. Jim

  2. Mame Templeton says:

    Cactus Terrace was the first place I lived when I moved to Key West in 1973. Very fond memories and a few good stories. So glad it’s still there. Not sure where the pool cabana was, but there was an communal outdoor area with a stove and fridge. Can’t believe that was 40 years ago. Really. I can’t believe it. I’m not still 22?

  3. Christina says:

    Hi Mame,
    I know, time flies! That’s a great story; thanks so much for sharing it!

    Christina

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