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Authors Guest House / Authors of Key West

725 White Street At Petronia , Key West, FL 33040 USA (Show map)

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Authors Guesthouse is a private compound of historic Conch style houses, suites and rooms, dedicated to authors who called Key West home. All rooms are air conditioned with private baths, cable television,and refrigerators. Authors is located in the historic Old Town district of Key West, close to all activities. Come, relax and enjoy our pool, tropical gardens and sun decks.



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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.3
  • Value4.0
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining3.3

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A great overnight in Key West!

3.8 on February 27, 2015

We found this place at the last minute and were very pleasantly surprised....we will definitely stay there again! And we were delighted to find ''!

Nice place to stay in Key West

3.4 on February 24, 2015

We rented a small cottage with my wife and baby. The welcoming service was perfect. The hot tub is nice. The cottage was clean but the day light is missing. Furniture are very basic, the mattress not firm. Breakfast is good enough but made of packed bagels cream cheese, yogurt and fruits. More varied items would be appreciated after the 2nd day. Location is fine, easy to access by car and close to the city center by walk (10-15mn) . I would recommend this place, it worth your money in key west.

Nice place to stay

3.8 on February 24, 2015

it was a nice stay in authors guesthouse, the room was clean and it was very cozy. Staff was really kind and breakfast was nice. I would recommend to a friend.

Meet our needs

3.0 on February 21, 2015

Quaint, picturesque b&b, but room didn't blow us away. Pool is heated to about 95 degrees which is nice. Breakfast was individually wrapped bagels, generic-tasting OJ or OJ-flavored drink, fruit, yogurt, coffee. Lots of street parking was available which was great. We could have walked to Duval but chose to drive whenever we went instead and never had a problem finding a space upon returning. Good value compared to other b&bs.

Authors-Key West

3.6 on February 17, 2015

I was in Key West for 4 days and this was an excellent location. Not to far from the main area, however just far enough. I stayed in the library, which had a very relaxing, pleasant and private sitting area. Staff was very friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to book here again for a return visit.

nice B&B

3.2 on February 14, 2015

chambre petite mais propre, au calme, confortable et bien située, avec une mini-piscine jaccuzzi très appréciable en fin de journée. Accueil agréable. Seule petite faiblesse: le petit déjeuner, manquant de produits naturels.

Great place reasonable

3.8 on February 09, 2015

This was one of the cheapest places we found and had a great experience.

Quaint and Quiet

3.2 on January 02, 2015

Great clean rooms with a great little pool. it is a bit out of the way from the beaten path and a far walk from Duval


4.0 on December 29, 2014

Loved this place. Just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Duval street. Nice and quiet. The staff were very friendly and accomadating.

Author's guest house

2.6 on December 12, 2014

Nice room, great location. Staff were very nice and helpful. Only problem was with a plugged toilet (and that is enough of a problem...).

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Rooms & Rates

#1B Artist (V)

Originally part of the residence quarters, Artists Room is a lovely sunny yellow with crown molding. Queen Bed, Private Bath and a Mini Fridge.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#1A Library (Q)

The Library is a sunny room with gloss white woodwork and soft green walls. Queen Bed, Private Bath and a Mini Fridge to keep the beer or wine chilly.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#4 McCullers (V)

Carson McCullers was only 23 when her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, became a literary sensation. This pink and white wicker room combines a compact interior with a small outdoor seating area. Mini Fridge in the room to chill your beverage of choice

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#3 Herlihy (Q/T)

James Leo Herlihy, author of Midnight Cowboy, acquired an intense love of Key West and used it as a setting for many of his short stories. Queen Bed, Twin Bed, Private Bath, and a Mini Fridge. Just steps away from the pool spa.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

#2 Hellman (Q)

Lillian Hellman, one of America's leading female playwrights, is best known for such classics as The Little Foxes, The Children's Hour, and Watch on the Rhine. Queen Size Bed, Private Bath and a Mini Fridge. Enjoy the early evening in the Pool Spa directly outside your front door.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#9 Williams (C)

Relax beneath a cool Bahama fan and read A Streetcar Named Desire or Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, two of the many plays written by this Pulitzer Prize winning author. This cottage has a living room with a trundle bed, a bedroom with a queen bed, and full kitchen and bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

#5A Harry Truman (Q)

Harry Truman, our 33rd president, cherished the tranquility of Key West. This room features a Queen Bed, Private Bath and a Mini Fridge. Enjoy the morning on your private deck.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#8 Hemingway (C)

You can imagine "Papa" pounding out The Snows of Kilimanjaro or For Whom the Bell Tolls on the old typewriter that sits on the desk. Hemingway won the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature. This cottage has a living room with a trundle bed, a bedroom with a queen bed, and full kitchen and bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

#7 Kirkwood (Q/T)

James Kirkwood co-authored the musical, A Chorus Line, while relaxing in these cozy tropical surroundings. Enjoy reading one of Kirkwood's many plays or novels. This room features a Queen Bed, Private Bath and a Mini Fridge. Located off the upstairs sundeck.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

#6A Audubon (Q)

John James Audubon was one of the most renowned residents of the Florieda Keys and author of Audubon's Florida. This room features a Queen Bed, Private bath and a Mini Fridge. Located as the last room off the sundeck, it is quite private. Can be connected to the Wilder Room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#5 Margaret Truman (Q)

Margaret Truman, President Truman's daughter, enjoyed Key West as her father did and became a well-known mystery novelist. This room features a Queen Bed, Private Bath and Mini Fridge. It can also be joined to the Harry Truman room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

#6 Wilder (Q/T)

Thornton Wilder is the author of The Matchmaker, on which Hello Dolly was based, and the very popular Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. The Wilder Room, the largest in the main house, provides a very elegant setting.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3

#1 Poet Room (P)

Our largest room. King Size Bed, Private Bath, Full Kitchen. Excellent for a long stay in Key West!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Meeting Room

  • Maximum Capacity: 1


Location Type

Island, Tropical


Key West, FL (EYW)

Directions to property:

3 blocks off US 1 located in historic preservation district of Key West

Area Attractions

Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Ocean, Performing Theater, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Alarm clock, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Library, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Ceiling fans, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycles, Bird watching, Fishing, Golfing, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Wave Runners, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2-4 nights on Special Event Weeks
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1 Night Security Deposit
  • Cancellations: Our cancellation period is 14 days prior to your arrival date (30 days for Holidays and Special Events). Cancellations made prior to this period may obtain a deposit refund, less a $30 processing fee. Cancellations made within 14 days of your arrival date (30 days for Holidays and Special Events) forfeit the entire deposit. There is no refund for shortened stays or early departures. Room numbers for specific rooms can not be guaranteed. "No Shows" will have the remainder of the reservation canceled after the first night.



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About the innkeepers

Fine Food, Fine Drink and the Fine Living that Key West Provides.

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  • Serving Location: Garden


725 White Street At Petronia , Key West, FL 33040 USA (Show map)

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