Island City House Key West
ReviewsMy husband and I just spent a fantastic weekend at the Island City House in Key West. We went down with our daughter & her husband’s parents. I booked a large pool-side suite with a king size bed and a sofa sleeper for our daughter. The suite had a complete kitchen with stainless steel appliances. I spent a lot of time in the hammock out on the deck overlooking the pool. What a setting for books, naps, etc. Our in-laws booked a suite in the house next to ours. The island city house is actually a group of historic houses around a pool area. They are large buildings and have a lot of rooms. Their suite was little smaller than ours, but it had a living room separate from the bedroom and also had a kitchen. The entire staff was very helpful with planning the best snorkeling trips, charters, restaurant suggestions, etc. I'm really happy we booked directly with the hotel, because most of those booths on Duval street selling snorkeling and fishing excursions seemed kind of shady. I liked being able to make our own breakfast. It was always fresh and on time to get you going in the early am. We were a little concerned with the fact that the hotel has no parking lot, but we found a place to park right around the corner from the hotel and walked to everything. If you fly in, you won't be needing a car if you stay here. We will certainly stay here again.
My boss told me about the Island City House Hotel and we were very happy with the choice. They're registered as a historic property, but it was more upscale than a lot of other historic accommodations are. Unfortunately that means rundown a lot of times. The hotel didn't have that “grandmas house” feel of some other inns we've have stayed in the past. The employees were very nice and helpful in making restaurant reservations and recommendations. The location is the best part. It's on the north side of Old Town and a short walk to where all of the of the bars, shops and activities are. If you vacation in Key West, stay in Old Town. New Town is the "regular" strip malls, grocery stores, and were the locals live. There's nothing fun to do there. Unless you enjoy hitting the Sears and grabbing a bite at a corporate restaurant you can find anywhere in the country. This is a great place to relax during the day and party late.
My wife and I stayed here a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it. We stayed in the Arch House and had what we thought was a sizable Junior Suite. This was one of their smaller suites, which was more than enough room for two. It was a street side room, which they very clearly explained when we booked could possible be noisy, but being from Chicago it was still much more quiet than our apartment. I guess if you live in a quiet country area and are a light sleeper it might bother you, but you'll get plenty of warning from the staff and they can put you more in the back. For us it was fine. It's Key West after all. Our room was in the video here on See A Room which was pretty cool. Felt like we had been there. If you're on a lower budget for your trip, this room is very affordable for such a nice hotel. A lot less than the rooms off the street in the back. Finally they've got lush green gardens all throughout the property and around the pool. Watch the video, you'll see. I think that's the idea.
We spent eight nights at the Island City House. It was clean and had undergone recent updating. We also chose the street side room for the lower rate and the noise wasn't too bad. Not enough to keep us up. You had to listen for it and late at night there really is very little traffic. The last guy didn't mention the bedroom is in the back of the suite (at least ours was), so even though the room itself may be street side, where you sleep is a few walls and a couple of doors back. I asked to see the island and cigar rooms. They're much better if in your budget. The cigar house was the best they had. I'll go back to Key West again, but next time I won't stay at the arch house. I'll shell out a few extra bucks for the cigar. The hotel staff was wonderful, the grounds were exceptional and the pool was very large compared to just about any inn on the island. I recommend spending the extra money and staying in the cigar or island city rooms. It's worth it. The difference isn't too bad. How much can you eat and drink anyway. Save enough to go to the reef though, you won't regret it.
This is a lovely place to stay. It's one of the most exciting and yet laid back vacations my husband and I have ever been on. We went in September, so it was pretty hot. Thank god for the cool dips in the pool. We jumped in and stayed in for a while every day. The location is perfect. You're close to Duval St. and all the action on the north west side. Walking to Mallory Square and everything is right there. The rooms were very big, and had balcony's. We had our own entrance, away from the main house. The balcony overlooked the fabulous gardens winding around the property. There's a huge banyan tree that provides shade over the walkways and most of the property is shaded. The setting is very unique and tropical. I will certainly be staying here in the future.
We stayed here for five nights in July with two other friends. We booked directly with the hotel. We stayed in one of the two bedroom suites in the main house. The rate was very affordable compared to getting separate rooms. We saved an absolute ton of money. Enough to pay for just about everything else we did while we were there. Our suite had a full kitchen, which saved even more money. There's a little grocery store right around the corner so we made lunches and our own breakfast every morning which left plenty of money for nice restaurant dinners, which the staff was great and very courteous to suggest the best restaurants. They also helped us with the best excursions, shopping, etc. They were helpful but not at all trying to sell us to get a commission like some other places we've stayed. I'm sure they get a kickback, but they are sincere with trying to be helpful. If you want the best bang for the buck on excursions they'll point you in the right direction, not push you for the most expensive boat. Our friends said it was really different to be treated so well. I agreed. These types of places are becoming rear finds. I really liked the decor because it wasn't too Old Historical Victorian. It was more like Tropical Colonial if that makes sense. It's classical not antique. The furnishing must cost a fortune. Great location too. We all can't wait to go back.