I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, there’s so much charm bundled up into the little island that is Key West. Sure it’s popular for it’s famous bars like Sloppy Joe’s and Captain Tony’s, but there’s a lot more to the island than just doing the Duval crawl. There’s a wealth of history, culture and yes, even peace and quiet.
During my most recent trip to Key West for the “Half” Conched in Key West Bar Crawl I stayed at this charming property and am very glad I did. The Lighthouse Court Hotel is next to the Lighthouse Museum on Whitehead Street, one block past Duval Street. The location put you within easy walking distance to all the fun of Duval, yet tucked into the tropical quiet beauty of Old Town.
Wonder how this historic inn got its name? Oh, just because there’s a lighthouse in the back yard. The Lighthouse Court is located next door to the Key West Lighthouse Museum and across the street from the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. It’s really something to wake up, look outside your window and see the Key West lighthouse.
The guest inn is comprised of ten “conch” buildings spread out next to the Lighthouse Museum. The buildings date from 1890 to the 1920’s. The architecture is typical for old Key West, featuring one and two story buildings that have tin roofs, wood siding, open porches, and french doors.
Forty guestrooms are spread out within the ten buildings, creating a spacious and relaxing environment. Buildings are separated by brick pathways, tropical landscaping, and decked courtyards.The grounds provide many comfortable spots for lounging, sunning, or gazing up at the lighthouse. They even have Corn Hole area tucked away in a lush courtyard!
Guests can relax around the large pool in the main courtyard while sipping on tropical drinks from the Mojito Bar & Cafe. I didn’t have time to check out the Mojito Bar, but wish I had. Free wireless internet service is available around the courtyard and a nice continental breakfast is served each morning.
I love staying at different places when traveling to Key West, I guess I just want to experience all the island has to offer. But the Lighthouse Court Hotel is one that I will be returning too. I’ve stayed at a couple of the Historic Key West Inns’ properties and each one has given a great experience.
If you’ve stayed at the Lighthouse Court Hotel I would love to hear about your experience.
Until next time Key West, until next time.