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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 room4.2
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.1
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining3.2

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Love staying here,cute and quaint.

3.6 on March 26, 2015

This is 2nd year we have stayed here for 1 night. We really love the vibe here, very comfortable and laid back atmosphere. Enjoy meeting the other guests in the evening by the small pool. We plan to return next year for a 2-3 night stay. Must mention the kitty cats that reside here, always happy to have their ears rubbed.

Great stay and accommodatroins

4.0 on March 25, 2015

Last minute stay and was very well accommodated during peak time. Thank you!

Deffinately will be returning!

4.2 on March 23, 2015

The whole atmosphere was relaxing. The staff were so friendly and polite. Breakfast was an unexpected bonus. We have only stayed at big chain hotels previously this was a very nice change. I will stay here again!

Gorgeous room on beautiful grounds

4.0 on March 22, 2015

Our room (library) was beautiful, clean, and full of light (although on the bottom floor so it's possible for other guests to see in if you're bothered by that sort of thing, although closing the shutters takes care of any would be peepers.) The half barrier wall and lush plantings take care of any noise from the busy(ish) street outside. As far as the service, we were in key west to catch the boat to dry tortugas, so we weren't really in need of any advice on how to enjoy the city, we just wanted to be checked in and tucked away promptly and courteously, which we were. If you're the type who goes to bed and breakfasts for the food, I would suggest another spot, as this one was very basic. My partner and I are not, so we found this to be quite a lovely little place, I would recommend to any of my friends.

4 years in a row for our Anniversary!!!!!

4.2 on March 18, 2015

My husband and I go down there every year on our motorcycle. We enjoy this B&B so much! It's quaint, unique and close to Duval....wouldn't recommend it for young children. It's more of an adult atmosphere.

Wonderful Place to stay!

4.6 on March 18, 2015

We found this Guest house in a guidebook, and were very pleased with our choice. It is in a quiet neighborhood, within walking distance of most points of interest - we are hardy walkers though. The concierge (Sandy) was exceptionally helpful, and the staff more than accommodating. The room was very clean and comfortable, with a shared deck. We had a microwave and refrigerator in our room so we were able to keep some snacks and leftovers. The hot tub was really lovely. Yes, we would go there again and recommend it!

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4.4 on March 15, 2015

I loved the place, was a great location. I felt the breakfast was below standard.

Tolle Atmosphäre für einen guten Preis

4.4 on March 15, 2015

Waren dort für 2 Nächte. Süßes Zimmer mit schöner Dusche. Sehr angenehm waren die Sitzmöglichkeiten vor dem Zimmer, so konnte man das schöne Wetter genießen. Das frühstück war einfach aber völlig in Ordnung . Ich komme auf jeden Fall wieder


4.8 on March 15, 2015

We loved our stay at the Author's Guesthouse. It was our first time there for my wife and myself, and we were in the Library. Both the room and the premises looked nicer in real life than the pictures. The staff is friendly and neighborhood is quieter than some others in KW. Parking is also easily available. Recommended!

Loved Authors Guesthouse!

4.6 on March 13, 2015

This B&B was fantastic! My dad and I did a road trip to the Keys and stayed in the Kirkwood room with one queen bed and one twin. Both beds were very comfortable and the room was clean. Breakfast was as expected - bagels and fruit. Overall, I loved my stay!

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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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  • Serving Location: Garden


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

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