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Fodor's Expert Review Speakeasy Inn

1117 Duval St., Key West, Florida 33040, USA See on Map

Jill Martin

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.


Getting Around

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.


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.


Casual Chic


Phones: 305-296–2680

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