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The Southernmost House in Key West, FL

The Southernmost House in Key West, FL

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Welcome to the Southernmost House in Key West Florida.  Each of our exquisite Key West accommodations radiates the magnificent ambiance of our tropical setting.   The Southernmost House is one of the premier bed and breakfast locations of all Key West bed and breakfast offerings.   Each of our 18 rooms is different from the other and offer their own unique design and personality to enhance your experience.  Read below and find the perfect match for your Key West experience.  Book online with the links below and you will find the best rate available.

History

Established in 1996.

The Southernmost House was constructed in 1896 as a family home for Dr. Jeptha Vinning Harris, a surgeon in the navy during the Civil War and a prominent leader in Key West, and his wife Florida Curry Harris. The Southernmost House gained real popularity in the early 1940's, when the Ramos family from Spain purchased the home and transformed it into the Cuban Café Cayo Hueso. After several successful years, the Southernmost House once again became a family home in 1954. Over the next 40 years, the Ramos family would play host to Presidents, royalty, and celebrities, including Harry S. Truman, Richard Nixon, John Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, King Juan Carlos of Spain, and Ernest Hemingway. In 1996, the Southernmost House underwent a $3 million renovation, marvelously restoring this Victorian into the remarkable landmark it is today. Come visit and experience the oceanfront inn that has seduced guests for more than 100 years.

 

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Rating: 3.67

Address: 1400 Duval Street, Key West, FL, 33040

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    Comments (27):

    1. Michael H.
    Got married here in 2006 - amazing place, everything was perfect.

    11/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Tuco ..
    paid $313 per night for a 2 day non-weekend stay in march. you are essentially paying to stay in the southernmost house in the usa. noisy @ night when guests return=wood floors. as we checked in, i was interrupted by a staff member who was called down by the lady @ the desk. water was dripping from the ceiling. know why? their glass shower partitions allow water to spill onto the bathroom floors .... our floor was all wet until the maids came in and cleaned? $313/night gets you one small bar of soap? had to ask for more. the bathrooms are comparable to a budget motel & no room amenities like a stocked fridge, internet, (wi fi only) or food service? (other than a small continental breakfast) yeah i know, its an "old house". fine, then the rate should have been $179. PLUS they jack you $15/night to park on top of the room rate?  never again

    09/03/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    3. Amme P.
    One of the most charming places I have ever stayed.  Yes, it is a little run down.  Yes, it is a little hokey.  Yes, those were the grayest "white" towels I have ever seen.  But the whole southernmost point thing is cool, and you can rent an outside cabana right on the water, so close it's like you are sleeping on a boat.  

    The pool scene can not be beat.  All the really cool locals hang here: the Marlon Brando lookalike with the gold chains, the sweet lady in her late forties with lots of tattoos and very tan breasts, the drag queen showing off his newly tighter ass.

    Love it.

    09/12/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. William B.
    Half my group stayed here and let me tell you that This place is above and beyond. They Were on top of everything and a pool side cabana house for $200 a night. Infinity pool facing the ocean and helicopter pad and your one block away from the southern most point of the USA. It's on Duval st so your near everything.

    07/09/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Terry H.
    Right off of the Southernmost Point marker. It is a huge, kind of Victorian-looking building/hotel. Kind of beatup with lots of exterior colors.

    The clientele looks like a freak show and the beach is nice with a good area for tanning or people watching. It must be an inside in-the-know hotel because all of the rest seem to attract normally dressed tourists but SHGH is filled with the odd and disturbed.

    16/08/08 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    6. Diane C.
    We just love the Southernmost House and Museum!!!  We were recently there for a wedding and it was just a magical place.  Not only does the property have quite a lengthy history, but it is a beautiful venue.  When we were greeted at the front desk it was like we were being invited into someone's home.  The rooms are up to date, it's quiet and the concierge was so helpful to guide up when we ventured out into Key West.  They have a Facebook page that we discovered when we got home, and love to see their  daily updates and the comments from their guests and fans!  We will definitely visit the Keys again and the Southernmost hours will be our choice of hotels!

    12/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Nat M.
    While visting my sister in Miami this month we decided to go to the Keys.  We wanted to stay a couple of days in Key West. We walked in the gates which were open to get some info when this rude lady started yelling at us "we are not a museum", as tourist we did not know you are not welcomed in the lobby unless you are staying there. At least be nice to the tourist that pay your bills!!!!!!!

    28/09/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    8. Richard D.
    My wife and I stayed at the southern most hotel on the beach in October .  Very nice accommodations, large flat screen tv, refrigerator, safe, nice gym and resturant . We would definitely stay here again.

    26/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Petia K.
    Such a cute, whimsical place to stay. A historical house turned into a hotel. We had a room attached to the side of the house with two entrances one to the front and one to the back (the yard and the pool/ocean) which was great and gave a nice amount of privacy also. The staff was super personable and accommodating, booked our tours etc. The bathroom in the room was gorgeous with stone tiles and a few jets in the shower. Also close to all the action but to the end of duval so not right in the middle of everything. Loved it, would stay here again. You can rent bikes  2 blocks from there. Riding bikes in key west is fun! :)

    12/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Jack S.
    Definitely worth the extra bucks if you're going down to Key West. Rooms are very nice, and the whole place is laid back. It's perfect for a weekend trip, and you wouldn't want to stay anywhere else. Right on the beach and in walking distance to some solid restaurants and bars. Do it.

    28/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Jeremy H.
    Great room, great service, very fair price.  We stayed at another local hotel that we also enjoyed, but when I return to Key West I will surely stary at the Southern Most Hotel. Having access to all of the pools and beach was awesome. I was a fan of the pool nearest to the beach and beach cafe. Highly reccomended

    30/05/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Stephanie M.
    Polite staff and nice rooms.  We stay here every year for Key West Brew Fest.. Its a fun place with lots of rooms and several pools.  I wish their pool par carried better beer, even if it was just for the weekend of the beer fest... but I deal... :)

    02/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Cee L.
    **Not worth as much as they charge for the rooms a night.  
    The place is a lovely, Old Victorian. Beautifully decorated with many old antiques. Not badly situated within the town area.  However, here's where the end of the fairy story starts;
    No valet service, no bell boy upon arrival. Don't bring anything heavy, and don't be handicapped, otherwise GOOD LUCK because the place is not very handicap accessible.  
    Let's say you happen to make it to the inaccessible front office, you will then be checked in.
    Upon being checked in, you will then hump your OWN luggage up to either the 2nd floor (or 3rd depending which room you get).  
    Once you enter your room, you can actually SMELL Al Capone, JFK, and everyone else who stayed in that room!!!! The funky MUSKY smell is enough to drive you away.
    So, supposing you TRY to get past all that, you try to settle yourself in. NO closets, just a simple cabinet which was broken.  Okay, so that's nothing!!! Settled in, and decided to shower up and go eat dinner. Wellllll......... If you're a plumber and have them skills then perhaps this is the hotel for you!!! I turned the knob to the shower, and WHALAAA!!! In my hand I held the knob as it came completely off!!!  I shriveled in the shower, trying to put the knob back on so I could turn it off!!!!
    The place is not equipped to be a 4-5 star hotel as it is "advertised as". I've stayed in rooms for 175 to 250 a night where the amenities and the comforts of a five star room are IMMEDIATELY visible. THIS, is NOT a five star Inn.  
    The pool area, was nice, however, if you're looking to lay on the beach??? There is NO beach area, so good luck with that.
    There IS a tiki bar, and staff is less then friendly. Oh, here's the kicker.... You pay TOP dollar for a room, however, for ten dollars, the locals can enjoy the pool amenities like everyone else!! Oh, PLUS they get a free drink coupon!!! We BARELY got a "hello" upon arrival!!!

    Frankly???? I wouldn't waste my money ever again to stay at this place.
    From the outside, it looks like a "cuter" version of the Bate's Motel house!!!

    14/08/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    14. Izabella J.
    Loooooved it!!! Small, boutique place right on the shore. Rooms were pretty and cosy. Staff was very nice. The pool area gorgeous! Must stay there :)

    02/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. M H.
    This place was better when it was managed by the last company. They used to have bunny rabbits hopping around the pools. It was awesome. Since the management change it's more about the dollars. I still think this is the best place to stay on the island... unless you rent a private house. Room 201 has a private balcony.

    17/03/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Zack E.
    Stayed at the Southernmost House in September 2012 with my fiancé (well girlfriend at the time).  If you're looking for a romantic/charming place to stay in Key West, look no further.  Southernmost House is located on the southern end of Duval Street (the quiet end).  From the Southernmost house it's a short walk down Duval to where all the restaurants and excitement is (from the Southernmost House to the other end of Duval it's right at a mile).  The pool is idyllic and the perfect place to lounge around and kill hours in the sun. Overall, I thought the rates were reasonable, our room was clean, spacious, and had everything we needed, and the staff was friendly.  A small little anecdote about the friendly staff: we were talking with the manager (Miss Kadi) one day and it came up in conversation that we had gotten engaged while we were in Key West.  Well the next day we had a bottle of champagne, a couple cupcakes, and a card saying congratulations waiting for us in our room.  It was the icing on a perfect stay.

    Next time we come back to Key West we will definitely stay at Southernmost House again.

    21/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Lauren P.
    We stayed at the second house that belongs to the Southernmost House and it was absolutely beautiful! There was a wrap-around porch on the second story where we stayed and we could see and hear the ocean at any point during the day. The staff was extremely nice and helpful. One of the girls helped us arrange a snorkel trip that was fabulous (see my review about Fury Water Adventures) and they were always looking out for the guests who stayed at the house.

    Because it is a bed and breakfast, there is a complimentary breakfast each morning. We had croissants, boiled eggs, fresh fruit, and freshly brewed coffee everyday. We enjoyed the meal both by the infinity pool and the ocean. The beach is open to guests only, or the locals pay a $15 fee to use the site, so it stays very private throughout the day.

    The only downsides are: no 24/7 concierge, there is a great cafe just down the street, but they do their maintenance throughout the middle of the night for God knows what reason, the wifi does not reach the second house (only the main-house), and there is no ice machine. I know the last one is a silly request, but after biking down to Key West and then walking the streets all day it would have  been nice to have ice water in the room.

    I definitely would stay here again. Semi-pricey, but you only have to share the space with a MAXIMUM of 17 other rooms. That's right, there are only 18 total rooms on this property.

    25/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Jamie W.
    I loved the Southernmost Hotel and will definitely book here again if I every head back to Key West. We booked a king room. It was almost completely separate from everyone else - a big plus - and had a huge terrace. I think it was technically on the 3rd floor. The decor was light, bright and had a great island feel to it.

    The hotel's location is perfect. On Duval without being too close to the action but just a couple minutes walk to the beach. The staff, for the most part were helpful. Check in took forever though (more than 20 minutes), and I felt like the one employee was taking his sweet ass time just to spite me.

    The main pool was great and had a decent bar attached. No problems with parking with the added bonus that it was free (not a lot of Key West hotels do free parking).  Someone (Terry H) mentioned that this hotel attracts a "freak show" clientele, describing them as "odd and disturbed". WTF??? Maybe it was a special event or something because in no way did the people there seem to be out of the norm. Weird.

    21/02/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    19. Jerome W.
    Jerks employed at this hotel.  We were walking around town and decided to check out the southern-most hotel in the US.  Here's the thing about Key West.  Everyone thinks they have the best key lime pie and everyone also thinks they are the southern-most something.  It kind of gets old after a while.

    This hotel looks really nice, but there are tourists everywhere during the day.  We walked up to the gift shop and these rude employees were standing there smoking and chatting up a storm.  They'd yell at people as they walked up all annoyed that we were there.  HELLO...there's a gift shop on your property that sells southern-most everything.  At least be polite to people walking on your property and don't make me walk through your thick cloud of cancer-causing smoke to get to your gift shop.

    P.S. The pictures look nicer than the actual hotel.  It's kind of a dump.

    21/02/12 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    20. Natalie D.
    We stayed here on the first night of our honeymoon. We lounged in the nice hammock, soaking up the amazing view and breeze. The pool and views are breathtaking. The room makes you feel like you stepped back in history. Loved the antique touches. We had breakfast by the bay window and spent an hour in the swings by the pool. Lovely. This is a must stay for the romantics.

    06/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    21. Jennifer S.
    the place smells.
    older hotel, and good renovation, but the entire room smelt like sewage.
    location is great, but overall, not impressed for the price.
    would not recommend going there.

    20/11/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    22. Morgan M.
    It's getting the stars for the spectacular view.

    We went for a wedding, and when we got there our room wasn't ready for two and a half hours. The innkeeper apologized and offered us a cocktail at the bar while we waited. We went to the bar and there was no bartender. I went inside and asked for the bartender, she was sitting out in the reception room (where the wedding party was checking everyone in) EATING! So unprofessional. The wedding party was definitely not happy about it. She literally rolled her eyes at me and huffed when I simply asked for a bartender.

    Finally we got checked into our room, which was spacious but the plumbing had issues which we were informed of by a manager as soon as we got in the room. They told us someone would be in the next day to fix it but no one ever came. Because the staff took so long preparing our room, we had 10 minutes to shower, change, and get ready for the wedding welcoming dinner.

    The room was situated in an area that was very noisy. When I woke up the next morning, I found ants in our bed and in the bathroom. Gross! When I told the girl behind the desk, she seemed disinterested in fixing the problem and it wasn't addressed during our four day stay.

    The day we were to check out was the farewell breakfast for the wedding. We were packing 15 minutes before checkout, and we get a call from the front desk hassling us about checking out now. My boyfriend rarely complains about anything, and he said we would never stay here again because of how rude they were and how we were treated.

    13/12/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    23. Kalvin K.
    I stayed here about six months ago with my brother and two cousins for a bachelor party.  I would definitely recommend this place, it's a ritzy higher class hotel than I normally stay at but it's central location is great.  The decor is top notch and makes one feel like they're at a four or five star hotel.  My deduction of a star comes mainly from price -- it seems like a family owned hotel but they're charging pretty high prices for a night's stay.

    27/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    24. Tom H.
    Great place to stay, and will definitely stay again.

    We had a late check-in (9pm) but the process was quick and everything was set up and ready to go. The room ended up being across the street in the Lopez house but had no problems at all.

    The wifi was adequate, not very fast, but good coverage anywhere I went on the property. We found a mini fridge in the room which was a nice surprise, and the armoire provided plenty of space. The bathroom was large and spacious, as was the shower. Really the whole room had plenty of space and was a bit larger than a standard hotel room.

    The property was gorgeous! Very picturesque, they had a beautiful backyard behind the main house with a pool, hammocks, swinging chairs, and plenty of pool chairs all overlooking the ocean. I didn't hang out there too much except for having breakfast in the mornings, but the bar looked like a nice place to swim and have drinks in the afternoon. The courtyards and gardens in the property were excellent and really added to the atmosphere on the property.

    The staff was friendly and kind during our stay. The breakfast each morning was a continental style but was very good as far as those go. Croissants, fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, quiche, pumpkin and cranberry breads. Just some of the things they offered in the mornings.

    I try to seek out boutique hotels wherever I go and this one rates pretty high on my list. I can't wait to stay here again.

    02/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Brenda P.
    4.5

    Finally! Finally! I finally stayed here.

    I visited Key West for the first time 22 years ago. Since then, I have been enamored by The Southernmost House's doll-like Victorian charm. When I first saw the house, it was fenced off and looked abandoned. In 1996, the house was turned into a B&B and I have been waiting to stay there since! Through the years, I always drove by it with every visit to the island. When choosing a hotel for my birthday celebration trip recently, the decision was a no brainer; I would be staying at the Southernmost House, or "My House" as I lovingly call it. I called several times and placed a request each time for the exact room I wanted. I know they couldn't promise it, but I held out hope. They delivered!

    The hotel was built in the late 1800s and has a rich history. It seems to have been a residence to two families and was also once a social club. It is very easy to picture what it must have been like back then just looking at it from the outside. You definitively go back in time the second you set foot inside. It must have been really hard to keep the house's integrity while remodeling and adding all the modern amenities needed. Know that there are no elevators. Our friends had a room on the third floor (honeymoon suite) and it was quite the trek all weekend. Check-in was in what must have been the old living room. It's just one desk and several chairs surrounded by opulent and endearing decor. Parking was a daily $20.

    My room was spacious with very high ceilings and a (non working) fireplace. There were no closets. Instead, there was an armoire with several drawers and a dresser which was plenty (especially if you know how I pack!). It is what it is. It's a historical site. Building in closets would take away from the integrity of the period. The bathroom was on the small side. Then again, I rather have a spacious room than one chopped up to accommodate a larger bathroom and closet space that bare no place in a Victorian house. The room was on the second floor and had a large balcony overlooking the pool and the ocean. The entire south side was filled with windows boasting the gorgeous view. My only suggestion would be to add blackouts under the blinds. It was WAY too bright in there in the morning! Especially if "morning" is noon. Ahem. Other than that, I was in heaven the entire stay. The balcony was a dream at night. The ocean breezes were delightful and I may or may not have fallen asleep out there one night. Oops!

    The hotel lists 18 rooms. From what I noticed, my floor only had three rooms. I think the third floor only had three as well. There is a small guest house to the side which I believe has four. There's also a good three or four cabana-like rooms right next to the pool, but not inside the house. I'm not sure where the other rooms are. With the exception of when I stayed there (because our friends can get a little loud), it was always very peaceful and quiet at the inn. We were allowed to bring in up to 4 guests per room to the pool area.  At night, the house was locked and only accessed with our key.

    The pool area experience was wonderful. The lounge chairs (like the Frontgate ones!) were comfortable and the pool water had the perfect temperature. There were plenty of soft lush towels and complimentary sunblock available for all guests. Zack at the pool was manning the bar each day and he was great! He was always there for anything we needed and went out of his way to make our pool time enjoyable. Two (enthusiastic) thumbs up for the Key Lime Colada too. Order it! There are a couple of hammocks on a (man-made) sandy area as well as a swing. Beyond the pool, closer to the ocean, there is a tanning deck. The hotel does not have beach access, but there is a small public beach to its left.

    Breakfast is included and has all the morning staples: eggs, yogurt, fruit, toast, milk, juice, etc. If you prefer  a full breakfast you can walk right down the street to Banana Cafe (one of my favorites!).  There is no kitchen on site, but they do have a binder pool-side where you can browse the menus of nearby restaurants that deliver. I suggest Cuban Coffee Queen and Bad Boy Burritos.

    The inn does look like it needs a little touching up here and there. I imagine the wear and tear of having people constantly stay there combined with the salt water must be a nightmare to maintain. Overall though, I loved my stay. I will definitively stay here again!

    In case you were wondering, YES, it was worth the wait!

    *13 photos + 2 videos added*

    16/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    26. Dana S.
    We reserved a room a month in advance and ask for a two queen room as we had our adult son joining us. The reservation desk as his age as you have to be 18 to stay at this hotel. When we arrived during spring break they had given our room away to another guest and only had a king room which would not work. Instead of apologies the young lady at the front desk ask if I had proof of my reservation after telling me they had upgraded me to a king room. I know we all make mistakes but this one wasn't mine. They tried to move me to a different building but the room wasn't nice and at 450.00 a night I wanted a little more luxury. We left and found another room. I didn't want to make a scene so I called the manager and emailed but we never seemed to be able to connect. I would recommend taking a copy of your reservation with you when you stay at this hotel and I am not sure that will help.

    19/05/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    27. Steph C.
    We absolutely have been dying to stay at Southernmost House since our first visit to Key West. S and I love all things old and restored and we were enamored by the beautiful house and it's awesome location on our first visit.

    So on our return trip to Key West staying here was a no brainer. We arrived in KW a little after 1 and our room wasn't ready yet, but the very nice staff told us to just leave our bags at the desk and enjoy the pool. S had to take care of some work business and needed papers printed out. They took care of it and even came out to check that his papers were correct. My only gripe with check in is that we were originally supposed to be given a room in the nearby Lopez house, they were quick to alter our room to 302 in the main house when we raised an eye brow.

    The hotel is absolutely gorgeous and the grounds are immaculately maintained. I loved relaxing on the hammocks with a drink in my hand. The hotel is also very quiet which compared to the last hotel we stayed in, I really enjoyed.

    One night we didn't have hot water in the bathroom for an hour or two and the front desk couldn't give me an explanation other than try again later, we also had a very small, yet nice view of the ocean for the price we paid. Next time I will request a room on the second floor beforehand.

    Overall we loved the building and the character and can't wait to return and have a wedding here in the future.

    27/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0