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Beautiful pool on private beach. Stately, elegant, and quiet on pristine grounds. In 1885 Cuban cigar maker Eduardo H. Gato, Jr. built this handsome, rambling Victorian home on the Southermost Point Guest House northwest corner of the world-renowned Duval Street.
Unique Quality: Spectacular views!!!
Directions: Duval & South Streets the South eastern point of Key West
the southernmost point guest house is located in the 1885 victorian home of cigar maker eduardo gato. this guest house has seven small rooms and a small pool. located across the street is the southern most beach and next door is the southern most point in the U.S. this section of duval street is a lot more quiet than the northern end. this is not the best guest house in key west but it is a great value. as with most hotels in key west prices are much higher during the winter tourist season.
Directions: southern most point.
Charming Taste of Old Key West
I can’t remember the first time I stayed at this guest house (also known as E.H. Gato) but I think it must have been back in the mid to late 80s. It’s only gotten better since then, while maintaining its beautiful charm and historical feeling.
Part of this reason is probably due to the fact that Mona Santiago still runs the house as lovingly as always…her family has owned and operated the guest house for the past 20 years or so. Why do I feel so much older and Mona hasn’t aged a bit? I checked in with her last weekend while I was in Key West and she informed me that the kids have all grown up and gone…wow how time flies.
Do not confuse this place with “Southernmost House Grand Hotel”, which was recently renovated and is now open to guests - and costs double the price of Gato Guest House but lacks the quirky charm and personalized attention that comes with Gato’s. Gato’s is right across the street before you reach Southernmost House Grand Hotel and I must say, is almost just as beautiful.
If you are thinking about staying in Key West and want a place that is surprisingly affordable and beautifully authentic, then Southernmost Point Guest House (Gato) is the ideal place.
Rates run as low as $75 and as high as $285 per night, depending on the room and the season.
Unique Quality: Southernmost Point Guest House (aka Gato Guest House) sits at the end of the famed Duval Street (in the residential section, not the main drag) and is just around the corner from Hemingway’s home, the Key West Lighthouse, and the Southernmost Point marker indicating you’re a mere 90 miles from Cuba. You can’t ask for a better location. The home itself is a restored Victorian with requisite veranda caressed by tradewind breezes…pool in the back, garden patio, hammock…the works. It’s wonderful to sit in a wicker rocking chair on the porch, toward the end of a hot afternoon and sip on some ice cold lemonade.
The Santiagos have maintained decent pricing for such charming accommodations which is another reason for my loyalty to this place. I also remember how one time, I showed up at the Guest House (I didn’t book in advance) only to find that they were full. Mona put us up in her own home a few streets away. I’ll never forget that.
Directions: End of Duval Street, in the residential area (by Southernmost Point...obviously!)
A NICE-lookin' bed and breakfast
So, you'd like to stay in a very, very nice bed and breakfast? This is probably your place in Key West, folks. We didn't stay here, as you know if you've been reading the other accomodation tips. But as a public service, I post info and photos of the Southernmost Point Guest House.
Hey, while we're on the subject, I suggest staying on the southern part of Key West. The northwestern area, near Mallory Square and all the bars, is NOISY and RAUCOUS from sundown to sunup. So if you're into a few hours of sleep each night, as am I...you'll head south on Key West.
Unique Quality: This appears to be a terrific place to spend some bed and breakfast time. They have wonderful grounds, and the house is gorgeous...and old Victorian that would makes one think lovingly of the Bay Area three thousand miles away.
As accomodations go, this will be on the deluxe scale for B&Bs. If you want to spend bigger money in Key West, ignore the Hiltons and such at the other end of Duval Street and relax here.
Also very close to the Hemingway House and the Lighthouse, as well as the "southernmost point" marker.
Directions: Truman Avenue into Key West, turn left on Duval. Drive until you're about out of road and look to your right.
Very Nice Bed & Breakfast
This was a great historic Bed & Breakfast. We stayed in one of the outbuildings because the rooms in the main historic building fill up quickly (and are more expensive!). Full breakfast in the morning, you can eat out on the sprawling front porch, and the main strip down Duval St. is within walking distance. The "Southernmost Point" buoy is at the end of the block, hence the name ;).
Unique Quality: Nice little heated pool to the side of the historic building. The old-style southern wraparound porch is great for eating breakfast!
Directions: It's right up the block from the "Southernmost Point" buoy. Heading from there, you pass the "Oldest House" site on the right, and the Guest House is at the end of the block on the left.
Southernmost Point Inn
Unique Quality: Victorian Mansion nestled among the palm trees, built by the original owner of the cigar factory.
They're building a butterfly museum next door, so you awake to the sound of construction, but the pounding and sawing and drilling won't last forever.
Directions: It's at the South end of Duval Street which is the happening street, but the south end is far enough removed from the action that it's pretty quiet.
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