1117 Duval St., Key West, Florida 33040, USA
Romantic and historic, this fully restored inn sits on the more-quiet end of popular Duval Street, and will not disappoint. Walk ten minutes to the beach or walk ten minutes in the other direction and be a part of the Duval Crawl, the name locals give to bar-hopping along this famous strip.
Parking is usually a mission in Key West, but the Speakeasy Inn has a private lot where you can leave your car--at no additional charge.
Key lime-colored walls and bright white trim give the rooms a relaxing, Key West ambiance. Furniture is mostly white wicker, but they’ve handcrafted beds and tables from the original 1896 pine saved from their renovation. Updated kitchenettes and flat screen TVs add a modern touch.
Your wall A/C unit will drown out most every noise, but if you’re overly sensitive, ask for a room along the back of the property. You won’t get to people watch from your room’s balcony but you’ll absolutely love the privacy.
Super clean and oh-so-pretty with towels and tissues always fanciful arranged. The supply of shampoos and soaps are good quality, and the showers are spotless. Some rooms even have claw-foot tubs.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you have bathroom shyness, you may need to take a Xanax. Your louvered bathroom door allows all your noises and scents to waft right through the slats.
It’s a rum bar! It’s a lobby! It is thee quintessential Key West reception area. Check in, and get two coupons for free drinks. How's that for a welcome?
There is not a pool onsite, but they do have an arrangement with another close-by hotel and you can swim there.
Don't miss the free breakfast that is served from 8 a.m. till 10 a.m. Fruit, cheeses, cold cuts, homemade coffee cake, hard boiled eggs, fresh juices--it's a nice way to start your day in paradise.
Every home in Key West has its own unique "gingerbread" trim (the hand-carved lattice or brackets that decorate porches). The Speakeasy Inn's is notable. Ask about its history while admiring it over your morning meal. Hint: it has bottles and each suit from a card deck.
The Rum Bar is right onsite and it's fantastic. Open 11 a.m. until 11ish p.m., you'll find 200+ different kinds of rum and the best damn bartenders on the island. It's casual with wood walls, wood floors, and you can sit on a bar stool or take it outside and sit on the porch. The prices are reasonable, and being steps away from your bed is a huge bonus.
You do not want to drive around Key West. Parking is expensive, if you can even find it. Instead, put on comfortable shoes and walk, take a cab, or hail a rickshaw. Rickshaws or pedicabs are very popular and a fun way to get from one end of Duval to the other.
They’re famous for breakfast, but their lunches are great too at Camille’s Restaurant (3-minute walk). For the most decadent evening, Better Than Sex (5-minute walk) is a dessert restaurant that is as good as its name. Lunch or dinner at Santiago’s Bodega (10-minute walk) is the "it spot" for fantastic small plates and an eclectic atmosphere. Reservations are essential.
No visit to Key West is complete without a stop at Sloppy Joe’s (16-minute walk). Hemingway was a regular, now you can be too. Hog’s Breath Saloon (7-minute taxi ride) is another institution and the music is fantastic. For frozen drinks and a bite to eat, stop in Fogerty’s (15-minute walk) right on Duval. The open air patio is the place to be.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This is the kind of place that you imagine when you think of casual, real-deal Key West. Great people, palm trees, flowering plants, an excellent location, comfy bed--and a rum bar right smack dab outside your bedroom. Seriously, you just couldn’t want anything else, except for a great nightly rate--and you can have that, too! You can even get in a little exercise by walking around the island. Or, just sit on the front porch and watch the world go by (a.k.a. people watch). Life. Is. Good. Unless you’re a total stick in the mud, you will love the Speakeasy Inn. And if you end up here, and you are a stick in the mud, a visit to the Rum Bar will cure what ails you.
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