Island City House Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Island City House Hotel Key West
Sleepless in Key West
I just spent 6 sleepless nights in the Arch house at this hotel. Our
room was just inches away from the busiest road into town which was
travelled 24-7 by loud trucks, motorcyles, scooters, glass recycling
trucks, you name it. In addition, there was a porch outside our room
with bright lights that lit up our room at night like it was daytime,
reguardless of the positioning of the blinds. Forget about fresh
air-the windows would not open-it looked like they had been painted
shut annually for several decades. Isn't this a fire hazard? We were
forced to use the moldy air conditioner for some relief. As an added
bonus, the bed was covered with cheap illfitted sheets-you know the
kind-so covered with fabric pills that it feels like they are full of
sand before you have even hit the beach! We would have been better off
sleeping in the street than this $200 a night room!
The hotel claimed to have quieter rooms just sitting empty-they refused to move us. They would consider letting us occupy one of the empty rooms if we forked over another $400. We didn't have the extra money. They had also made us prepay for the room so we could not check out and go elsewhere. The management of this hotel would rather let rooms sit empty than try to please their guests.
I feel that the rooms in their arch house are unfit for occupancy and I wouldn't advise anyone to stay at this property after the way we were treated.
Needless to say, I am exhausted after our "vacation" and I need a real vacation-soon!
Two days in paradise>>>>Cigar House
The cigar house was great! This was our first stay at a B&B and was very pleased with the suite and the beauty of the gardens on the property. The cigar house was close to Duval Street but very private and peaceful. The pool and hot tub was spotless.
Idyllic spot in the heart of Key West
After a lot of research, this place seemed like the perfect match for what my group needed. When I arrived, it exceeded my expectations!! The three buildings are connected by gardens filled with palm trees, hanging orchids and tropical foliage. The location was within walking distance of the heart of the action, but also far enough away to still remain peaceful. We stayed in the Arch House, in a two bedroom unit with a kitchen. The decor was perfect and the bed was even cozier than mine at home. This house is probably the least quiet because its the closest to the street and near the office where people are checking in and out. Next time, I think I would stay at the Cigar House which overlooks the gardens and pool. Also, there are bicycle rentals available in the office. Since driving a car is probably the only stressful activity you can find in Key West, I would definitely recommend renting some wheels! The island is so small that you can cover the whole area, easily! My biggest piece of advice is to explore the areas off of Duval STreet. If you venture away from the touristy area, you can experience more of the true flavor of the Keys. Try eating at Blue Heaven on Petronia St.
Garden Paradise in the American Caribbean
Stayed in early December, 2003 for 6 nights in the Island City House, 3rd floor suite on the pool side. Heaven in the swaying palm tree tops!
Large suite with full kitchen, king sleigh bed with a feather mattress and many feather pillows, overhead fans in the kitchen and over the bed. Private sitting area on the third floor veranda with wonderful cushioned wicker furniture. Widows walk on the fourth floor that's a great sunning spot (beware: clothing optional - this is the real Key West!) and a great starlight view of the Island. Delightful palm shaded pool and Jacuzzi. Wonderful tropic garden breakfast spot with a very nice continental breakfast each morning. Quiet residental area within walking distance to anywhere in Old Town by the harbor and Mallory Square. Highly recommended.
Loved this place!!
My husband and I stayed here for four nights in September 2003 with three other couples. We booked one of the two-bedroom suites in the main house for a very reasonable $220 a night (granted this was the peak of hurricane season.) Our room had a full kitchen, which came in handy even though we didn't cook full meals. The staff was great, very courteous, suggested great restaurants, excursions, etc. They were helpful yet unobtrusive. Our friends stayed in the cigar house and that was fabulous, too. I loved the decor because it wasn't too frilly-Victorian, more like Bahamian colonial. Good location, too. I would definitely stay here again.
Fantastic villa in the middle of Key West
With so many hotels and inns to choose from in Key West, we made the right decision with this one. Located just a few short blocks from all the Duval hot spots, the Island City House is a villa-type hotel with a bed and breakfast feel. The rooms are spacious and furnished with antique fixtures. They are not luxurious, but they are clean, light, airy, and well air conditioned. Bathrooms and showers are nice and appear to be recently remodeled. The staff is extra friendly and ready to help out from everything from directions to restaurant reservations to weather updates (via a real time internet radar station located in the office). Our visit was in May, and the pool and jacuzzi (both very clean -- which is a must) were relatively deserted, so we had the place to ourselves. If you want a moderately-priced stay within walking distance of everything, stay at this hotel. The feline residents are an added bonus. Buy some cat treats for them and you'll have a friend for life -- or at least as long as you're in Key West.
Loved the Cigar House
Stayed 2 nights with 3 other couples - shared the lower part of the Cigar House with one couple. Beautiful room - pool outside the door made it seem so cozy and home-like. Best cinnamon buns I have ever tasted! Fantastic time had by all.
A tropical surprise
This hybri d hotel/B&B is a tropical gem, tucked away on the corner of
Eaton and William Streets just a few blocks from Duval, the marina and
the Mallory Square sunset party.
Island City House is comprised of three restored buildings; we stayed
in the Arch House. The first floor suite in the Arch House is a very
comfortable retreat with two bedrooms, a kitchen, a sitting/dining room
and a private bath. Several house cats roam the property and will slip
into your room behind you if you don't pay attention to them.
If you follow them back to the gardens between the buildings, you will be happily surprised by a hidden, lush tropical space. A continental breakfast is served here each morning from the bed of an antique, wooden wagon that may once have been pulled by a horse.
Just to the left of the gardens, tucked away behind the Cigar House
(one of the three ICHH buildings) is a private pool surrounded by ferns
and large leaf plants. It sports a huge ceramic alligator mosaic on the
pool bottom. A hot tub off to the side in a more private space
completes the common areas.
The staff is helpful and friendly. It's hard to believe that a B&B
enthusiast would not find this a great retreat and a good base of
operations for a visit to Key West. The only drawback: As in all of Key
West, parking is a bit of a problem and Island City House, like nearly
all B&B's has no off street parking. Despite this inconvenience, we
recommend this tropical surprise. FTP2
we stayed at the island city house from the 27th junt to the 29th and
the moment you step through the arches you are swept away to a tropical
I have been and stayed in many a place in key west and this is by far the best..There are 3 building around a court yard that have a amazon jungle feel, tropical plants everywhere..We stayed in the main house which is massive with 3 floors ask for the units with balconys, they are large and great for relaxing, the two smaller house are the ciger house and the carriage house and they all have a history and seem to have hammocks..
They have a great website check it out, the place have 6 toe cats and lots of charm, our rooms had four poster antique beds and tiffany style lamps...soooo charming and best of all they allow kids(rare in keywest )..
The Island City House Hotel is a great place with a fantastic garden (where breakfast is served), neat cats, and the most helpful and courteous staff. I have recommended the Island City House many times to friends and have never had anyone be disappointed with the place. All of my friends who have made multiple trips back to KW have become, like my wife and I, repeat visitors to the Island City House Hotel. Oh, and did I mention that the location is great, far enough off of Duval to be quiet and yet within stumbling distance of the bars and real close to the Turtle Kraals and Finnegan's.
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