Conveniently located on Route 1, or Truman Avenue, I was concerned about street noise. However, those fears were unfounded. The parking lot and the lush landscape block the noise from the street.
A feature setting this Inn apart from the other beautiful, historic accommodations is the “cottages.” These charming, two-room buildings make a refreshing change from the typical hotel, and also make for a more tranquil setting, with the noise from adjoining guests is only possible on one side instead of four. The pathways around the property are packed mulch, so very quiet and in keeping with the natural area.
The pool is not huge; it’s appropriate for the size of the hotel and has a comfortable area, including lots of shade and tables for socializing. In the pool, there is a ledge running around the inside, just below the water level, which is perfect for sitting or lying, and staying cool.
The staff are gracious and helpful, but allow you your privacy too. Any request was handled immediately, and they were all quietly attentive to an elderly relative, which was so kind.
The wooden rooms are large with high, vaulted ceilings, fans, dark wood floors, plantation shutters on the windows and complimentary furnishings. The king bed was very comfy, and the extra modern conveniences are there too–fridge, plugs in the bedside lights for charging electronics, along with the expected TV etc. The bathroom has a big shower, and the single sink has a large top for two people’s possessions. Some rooms have a porch off them, and there are sitting areas scattered on the property–the tree bench is a wonderful sport to swing and watch the world go by.
The Inn a convenient location for exploring the island as it’s near bike rentals and the historical trolly and train. I recommend the train over the trolly. You will learn a great deal about the history and architecture, and come away with a good understanding of Key West. The train is not as closed in as the trolley, and is slower-paced as it doesn’t tear around the outside of the island. It’s a more intimate experience of Key West.
A trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park, in a sea plane is back on my bucket list. It’s not cheap, so we opted for half a day. It’s a day trip, no question. The snorkeling is excellent; you can go around the fort itself in the water, there are migrating birds and white beaches. There is also lots of shade in the fort. Take food and drink, as there is none in the park.
Restaurants abound, and we didn’t have a bad meal. The menus are what they read, in our experience.
I was surprised by the calibre of accommodations and food in Key West, we shall be back, and I probably stay at the Key Lime Inn again–I don’t think I could improve upon it.By: Lowrey Mumford March 9, 2015
5 / 5 stars