My wife and I stayed at the Speakeasy last year - Mar. '07 - after driving down from Key Largo. Situated on the southern end of Duval St. in the gallery district, it promises a quieter, more relaxed stay than those located closer to the 'party' end of Duval. The inn, itself, is beautifully restored and the innkeeper was extremely friendly and courteous and promptly showed us to our room. The room was very neutral, cozy, had a small kitchenette, private bath and a nicely shaded balcony to block out the intense morning heat and sunlight.
The hotel, at the time, was adjacent to the Havana Cigar Co., which from what I have been advised by the innkeeper, has since been converted into a small cocktail lounge. A very close walk to some of the popular 'tourist-y' spots, like the Southernmost Point, Butterfly Conservatory, Hemingway House, etc. but a bit of a stroll, about 20 minutes, down to the nightlife of Key West; although it is well worth the walk when you are ready to stagger back and 'get away from it all', as well.
If you're headed to Key West, I highly advise giving the Speakeasy Inn a try. We are looking forward to our return trip this year - Mar. '08 - to see the changes they have made to the inn and to enjoy the simple serenities the islands have to offer.
Unique Quality: The Speakeasy does not have a pool on the grounds, but allows access to the Southernmost House grounds; which includes a beautiful pool area overlooking the ocean and a full-service bar for a small daily fee.
No designated parking is available, but we had no problem finding a 'free' spot along one of the side streets nearby.
Complimentary continental breakfast and cocktail hour are amongst the ammenities they now offer.
Directions: Southern end of Duval St. just a couple blocks off the ocean.
The room was spacious, yet simple. White walls, shower, queen sized bed, alarm clock, and cable TV. Also, there is a microwave oven, refrigerator in the kitchenette. The room had airconditioning, as well as a ceiling fan.
Unique Quality: This quiet little guesthouse sits above a cigar store. What made it really special for me was the help provided by the management. Every day I'd go into the cigar store, and talk to Mark about what my options for fun where for the day. Without fail, he put me on the right track, and I was able to do everything I wanted.
Directions: It's on the quiet end of Duval St., very close to the Southermost Point.
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Address: 1117 Duval Street, Florida, 33040, United States